Having seen remastered The Menagerie on the big screen, I can tell you that when seen on the big screen, the TOS sets look like they were made out of wood.
That seems pretty clear to me... you think the design (no matter what it be made of) will turn that material into wood.
Like I said, I'm unable to follow how you see the original designs performing this form of alchemy.
I just don't know how to reply to this.
You said something looks like they were made out of wood
... if no wood is showing, and everything is painted, how does a design look like
I've made a number of props/replicas, and I often started with wood, got the shape/contours I wanted, then made a mold and made the final pieces from plastic/urethane. The final pieces looked identical to the original, and many times after making the mold I painted the wood master like the copies. Without holding them, you couldn't generally tell which was which.
I'm guessing that you are seeing wood
because you are expecting to see wood
... not that you are actually seeing wood. Because you know
that the sets are made of wood, you associate wood
with the designs. So it wasn't poor design, you decided to ruin the magic
That is a bias on your part... not on the average viewer. If the average viewer doesn't know (or care), then they aren't going to be seeing wood
. They are going to see the design.
A few years back Ptrope
did a beautiful reworking of the bridge stations starting with the basic elements from the design as seen in The Cage
. Of course, much of what he incorporated the producers of TOS wanted... but couldn't afford (as every active display on the bridge required a projectionist by union rules... and I think there are nearly 60 displays on the TOS bridge).
To date, I can only think of one instance where I saw wood (actual wood, not imaginary wood) in TOS, and that was in a hole in the deck that Charlie was looking through
I noticed that size was brought up... spacecraft should feel cramped and claustrophobic. Space is a hostile environment, which is why you need spacecraft... and it is part of the drama. That has been lost today.
I mean, maybe audiences don't want to see things like that. I thought that Master and Commander
was the best Trek movie to make it to the big screen, but I guess it didn't do that well because it wasn't realistic enough for modern audiences.
USS Intrepid wrote:
The original series designs would not work in a modern, multi-million dollar, commercial motion picture.
Actually, the original designs would work just fine... if you actually had a compelling story. The problem with space movies these days is that movie companies aren't concerned with story... they want as much flash as possible.
Any setting... even the original set designs for Forbidden Planet
would work today if they are supporting a compelling story.
Weak stories need a lot of things to distract the audience from their shortcomings... and under those circumstances, no, the standard TOS designs aren't flashy enough.
While I liked STXI, it lost a lot by the third viewing because it was more of a ride than a compelling story. And it needed everything Hollywood could provide to keep the audience's attention off the story (the weakest part of the movie).
All movie productions could learn from Pixar... story is king!