Believe it or not, there is even more from the Entertainment Weekly’s interview with Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg. A new article today contains some of what published in the magazine (reported here on Friday) along with some additional new bits, specifically about the influences for the new series.
Speaking of influences Berg said:
“There’s a hint of all of them, but in the writers’ room people are so in love with The Original Series and Next Generation, and they talk about the family aspect of those cast members.”
“I think Nicholas Myers’ [sic] film are a touchstone, and not just because he’s been on staff with us. His storytelling is complex and intellectual and yet there’s a lot of room for character voices and character work, he’s done such an incredible job with the franchise.”
Aspect Ratios and JJ Abrams’ influence
Much has been said of the cinematic aspirations and style of Star Trek: Discovery. In talking about influences of the show, Harberts expanded on this as well saying…
In terms of scope and scale, there’s something about Star Trek: The Motion Picture that really speaks to us as well. CBS has allowed us to find a cinematic language that’s wider in scope — our aspect ratio is 2:1 — and it just lends itself to a very lyrical way of telling the story. And just visually speaking, there’s also a little hint in terms of what J.J. Abrams did, a little bit, in terms of some of the visuals.”
This 2:1 aspect ratio could be seen in the trailer that was released in May, made apparent by the slight letterboxing. This is a wider aspect ratio than typical TV programming which is made to fill in the standard widescreen HDTV shape of a 16:9 ratio [1.78:1 in theatrical ratio parlance], like Star Trek: Enterprise. The J.J. Abrams Star Trek films (and most of the other Trek films) were done in the wider 2.40:1 ratio which is typical for feature films. The 2:1 ratio has become popular recently with some premium television series, such as Netflix’s House of Cards. The 2:1 ratio is seen as “splitting the difference” between the extra wide cinema format and the typical widescreen HDTV ratio.
The below comparison shows Discovery’s wider aspect ratio compared to Enterprise (standard HDTV ratio of 16:9) and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek (2.40:1), as they would appear on a typical 16:9 HDTV screen.
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