Happy Friday, nerds and nerdettes! I twisted my wrist pretty badly yesterday, so I decided on a weekend post that would involve as little typing as possible; that could mean only one thing – another tasty edition of Sci-Ficandy! Today we have a selection of never-before-seen images from Star Trek: Voyager. The one you see above is an alternate angle from the episode “Relativity,” which featured a flashback to Voyager being constructed at the fabled Utopia Planitia shipyards over Mars.
As we were finishing the episode, I moved the camera to the back of the ship just to see what it would look like and was really struck by how dynamic it was. We offered it to co-Producer Peter Lauritson for free if he could find a place for it in the show, but production was too far along to make room for an unscripted effects shot. Even thought it didn’t make it on the air, I loved the angle so I rendered a high-res image for posterity… and now here it is, all dusted off and shined up just for you! As always, these pictures are huge, so feel free to click, download and drool.
Tom Paris was always a little twitchy with that trigger finger! Here’s the Voyager zipping along though the Slipstream, a trans-warp tunnel effect that looks not entirely unlike the background from an early Doctor Who title sequence. Cooincidence? I’ll never tell.
Model maker Koji Kuramura went absolutely nuts busting up the Voyager for “The Year Of Hell,” a fun two-part episode in which Voyager and her crew go though a year of… um… hell. This scene was towards the end of Part II, the very first Trek episode that earned Foundation Imaging an Emmy nomination (we lost to famed Cellist Yo-Yo Ma. That’s right, Yo-Yo Ma).
Here’s a great image of the Delta Flyer that Rob Bonchune and I had printed out and framed for our pal Doug Drexler’s birthday (hence you won’t recognize this from any episode). I can’t remember exactly what significance the Flyer had for Doug, but I’m sure when he reads this he’ll remind me!
Voyager sails through “fluidic space” from the two-part episode “Scorpion.” The task of visualizing liquid space fell in my lap, so I started out with the “hyperspace” environment from Babylon Five and heavily reworked it. The finishing touch was coming up with a “trails” effect for the warp nacelles, an important element to visually suggest that the ship was traveling through something solid.
Ok everyone, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane - I felt it was only fitting to pay tribute to the other show about a big spaceship searching for Earth ;-)
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