A few months back we showed you how we created a brand-new CGI Viper from the original 1979 Battlestar Galactica. Using a model built by the talented Derek Smith, I painstakingly recreated the lighting and studio look of the TV classic just to see how close a match we could get to the original. But what about the Galactica herself? Not too long ago, FX veteran Lee Stringer enlisted a few cohorts and spent quite a bit of personal time building an exact replica of the original filming miniature (as seen above – yes, he did this on his own time) so I thought I’d take a crack at creating a brand new shot of the girl and see how close I could get it to looking like a scene from the original series…
So, after spending much time studying the original footage, tweaking the lighting and color and coming up with a few other tricks to match the look of 1978 motion control, here’s my brand new, cgi version of the most iconic shot from the entire series:
Personally, seeing that shot again gave me goosebumps. It’s a unique combination of old and new – I think it still retains the look and feel of the original, but benefits from the clarity and smoothness of new technology.
Isn’t it amazing what nerds do in their spare time just for fun?
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, I’ll do a follow up on this next week with a spotlight on what it took for Lee and his cronies to build the model and exactly how the shot was constructed. Also, we’ll look into the controversy over the font!