The AR Wall virtual set technology introduced in season four of Star Trek: Discovery is being put to good use by Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Not only is the AR wall being used to help create some of those alien worlds, but it is also being used for some sets within the USS Enterprise itself. Thanks to team behind the show’s visual effects, we can now get a closer look at how it’s done.
Pixomondo’s virtual engineering
The often talked about AR Wall used by Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (and Star Trek: Discovery) is located at Pixomondo’s and William F. White International’s virtual production stage in Toronto. Pixomondo has been working on the Star Trek shows since the launch of Discovery and introduced the AR wall for use in season four of Discovery.
The following video shows how practical set pieces and the AR wall are combined to create the set for engineering on the USS Enterprise.
Pixomondo also provided us with this photo from the production on Thursday’s episode “Ghosts of Illyria” showing off the engineering set.
The AR wall is also used for the Enterprise mess hall. Writer/producer Bill Wolkoff shared a video this week showing the ship at warp effect in action.
The Enterprise mess hall, in warp! This AR wall set by the genius Pixomondo artists was seen in the Strange New Worlds pilot. Best cafeteria view in the galaxy. pic.twitter.com/wvNbQxb9x7
— Bill Wolkoff (@flying_lobster) May 17, 2022
Of course, a big selling point for the AR Wall is creating alien worlds. Pixomondo shared some photos showing how the AR wall was used for Spock and T’Pring’s date on Vulcan in the premiere episode of the series. You can see in the following two photos a sort of before and after once the AR wall displays the virtual Vulcan environment.
Gaming tech driving new virtual sets
Pixomondo’s virtual set and AR wall utilizes technology from the Unreal Engine, which is gaming technology being applied for film production. Unreal released their own video showing off how the tech was used in season four of Discovery.
New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it is available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.