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TrekToday February 29 2008 09:45 PM

Carolyn Porco To Keep 'Star Trek XI' Real
 
NASA's Imaging Science team leader to advise graphics technicians and lend credibility to <i>Star Trek XI</i>.<p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="http://www.azstarnet.com">The Arizona Daily Star</A>, <font color=yellow>J.J. Abrams</font> called <font color=yellow>Carolyn Porco</font>. He spoke to her about his thoughts on science fiction films. "He mentioned the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey,'" said Porco. "Since '2001' is my all-time favorite sci-fi film, it made me think this guy thinks like me. I was 'in' at that point."<p>She was a fan of the original series when it first aired. "I was one of the originals," she explained. "I watched Captain Kirk back in the '60s. I used to actually take my younger brothers to 'Star Trek' conventions. I watched Picard and the first 'Star Trek' movie, 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture.' I've seen 'The Wrath of Khan.'"<p>Porco described what she expected to do on <i>Star Trek XI</i>. "I'll probably be working with them creating astronomical scenes, planetary scenes, whatever there's going to be," she said. "I doubt there will be very much shooting down inane things like phasers. I'm going to be the planetary policewoman. That's what I'll try to be. I'll be consulting, but in the end it's Abrams' decision what he takes and what he doesn't of my advice."<p>She had praise for those working on <i>Star Trek XI</i>. "From what I can see, this is a sincere group of people trying to get it right. From what I've seen, the idea is to make this movie different. Of course, it's still gonna be 'Star Trek.'"<p>When asked if she was worried about tarnishing her reputation, Porco said, "You know how these things go. If you do something right, another person gets the credit. Do something wrong and you get the credit. In the end, Abrams makes the decision. It would be lovely to get some of the real solar system phenomena on the big screen. You can't really expect reality. You couldn't realistically depict objects as they would be observed at ten astronomical units away from the sun because our eyes are not evolved to work under those conditions. So, you have to violate something to begin with."<p>To read more, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/ent_index/226976">here</A>.<center></center>

Admiral Buzzkill February 29 2008 10:00 PM

Re: Carolyn Porco To Keep 'Star Trek XI' Real
 
Good for her; I'm sure that she'll do a great job. :thumbsup:

Procutus February 29 2008 10:43 PM

Re: Carolyn Porco To Keep 'Star Trek XI' Real
 
I really like the attention to detail that's being paid here. Again, it reminds me of the way similar things were done on ST:TMP to try to make the movie a bit more of a realistic science-fiction film.

Basil March 1 2008 02:58 AM

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"I doubt there will be very much shooting down inane things like phasers.
What does this mean? It resembles English.

Sharr Khan March 1 2008 03:13 AM

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Basil wrote: (Post 1393954)
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"I doubt there will be very much shooting down inane things like phasers.
What does this mean? It resembles English.

Reads pretty clear: She won't be coming up with reasons why phasers and or transporters, warp drive, aliens, time travel ect aren't necessarily the most realistic aspects of Trek and she doesn't see it as her job to criticize those things.

I'm very interested to see the look of the planets and environments, and even how the Enterprise and other spaceships move in space...

Sharr

Pioneer March 1 2008 03:17 PM

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Sharr Khan wrote: (Post 1393997)
Quote:

Basil wrote: (Post 1393954)
Quote:

"I doubt there will be very much shooting down inane things like phasers.
What does this mean? It resembles English.

Reads pretty clear: She won't be coming up with reasons why phasers and or transporters, warp drive, aliens, time travel ect aren't necessarily the most realistic aspects of Trek and she doesn't see it as her job to criticize those things.

I'm very interested to see the look of the planets and environments, and even how the Enterprise and other spaceships move in space...

Sharr

It's unfortunate that she chose the phrase "shooting down" instead of, say, "debunking" or "showing the non-scientific aspects of". But because phasers "shoot down" things, she talked about "shooting down" phasers. Perhaps it was a lame attempt at humor. She should stick to science. So I understand perfectly well Basil's confusion.

22 Stars March 1 2008 11:42 PM

Re: Carolyn Porco To Keep 'Star Trek XI' Real
 
Did they put the wrong photo on the website? That's a picture of a man with the caption Carolyn Porco?


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