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Joined: 03 Dec 2016, 18:53

05 Dec 2016, 08:40 #61

In modeling, most observers are 3-4 feet away from the scale model.
However, the work on STC is a bit more challenging in resolution than TOS had.
In reading about the original filming of the original series, it seems that sequences were filmed in 35 mm and then mastered for TV in NTSC standard definition.
In 1966, this was roughly 240 lines of resolution.
However, STC seems to be mastering in 1080 at 16:9 and then downscaling to fit the 4:3 aspect ratio of the original.

For this reason, it's actually more difficult for your team to recreate the original props and sets for filming in 1080.  There is a real challenge for the STC crew to not have the sets distract from the story.  Sometimes, even in high budget films, the props look artificial.  In STC, the props are so accurate that they do not distract and instead draw the knowledgable viewer into the story.

In the context of 2K and 4K filming, the pixel depth begins to approach the limit of the human eye to perceive one pixel.  

Presuming that the viewer is looking at an object 3 feet away, the limits of resolution discernable to a viewer could be roughtly the equivalent of 4K at maximum detail.  However, since TOS was filmed in Standard Definition, the accuracy of specific items really only required light detail work.  As the digital camera resolution has improved, the need to build additional detail is more significant.

Joined: 19 Dec 2016, 03:20

19 Dec 2016, 03:20 #62

Hi.  I occasionally indulge the old Star Trek fan in me and spend hours on the Internet looking for any information I can about the original series.  This is the first time I've seen your site.

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and Star Trek was one of the things that kept me occupied and out of trouble.  I spent many hours in those days (the 70's) thinking about how I might reproduce the bridge set, leveraging what little information there was available to figure out how the bridge was constructed.

Somewhere in my basement, I have a 3x5 note card, on which I took notes about the bridge construction while speaking with none other than Jim Rugg.  This was probably 1975 or 1976 but I may be off by a couple of years in either direction.  In the 70s version of doing a "search", I simply called directory assistance, asked for and was given his phone number.  It took me a LONG while to work up the courage to make the call but I finally did, and found the man to be very gracious and accomodating.  I wonder how many other calls he received like that?

I'll have to find that note card.  I do remember him saying egg-crate assemblies separated the lights and rotary switches made them blink.  I know that I asked some questions about construction materials but don't recall the answers, but I believe they're written in those notes.  I had to keep the call brief as I was intruding on this man's time and more importantly, racking up long-distance phone charges!

Anyway, I thought I'd share that story as some may find it mildly entertaining.  The experience was a highlight of my youth and stays with me to this day.  I only wished I had followed through on those dreams like you have.



Joined: 12 Oct 2017, 06:29

12 Oct 2017, 06:33 #63

Long time TOS fan; I've watched since mid-first season of the original airing. I found this forum from the credits of STC (which is great, BTW, they are fanatics).


Joined: 14 Oct 2017, 01:27

14 Oct 2017, 01:29 #64

Hey Folks... Odd that its taken me so so long to register here... Hi Will!

Joined: 29 Apr 2007, 15:38

Today, 03:23 #65

Well, it's about time!!!  :)