Mr. B wrote:
It's quite simple, the actors aren't pointing the props in exactly the right direction... they should stick laser pointers in them.
I thought of that, (actors not pointing in right place) but dismissed it. That means the SFX person doing the shots knows better than the shooter what is being aimed at, & that doesn't make sense. His presumsumntion should be the shooter's aim is as true as can be thus lay out a straight beam along the phasers 'barrel'.
Union Elf wrote:
I could have sworn there was a scene in Deep Space Nine where Kira was reviewing the features of various hand weapons and she hefted the Federation rifle and one of the features she mentioned was the tracking servos/system... and she mentioned this was a remarkable feature but one of the reasons she preferred "simpler" weapons when "in the field..."
One of the 7th season episodes where she was trying to set up a resistance cell against the Dominion.
Interesting. I don't recall that but will check on it...
However, the effect is not limited to rifles, phasers have been seen doing it as well.