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Old December 5 2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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Re: Why was the 2-foot model built?

Bigger is better for close-ups, but for long shots, if the ship is far away from the camera, you want a smaller miniature, since a bluescreen stage is only so big and the camera can only move back so far. Here's ILM's model shop supervisor Jeff Mann from "Creating Special Effects for 'STAR TREK: The Next Generation" in Starlog's ST:TNG magazine issue 2, p. 28:
They asked us to build a six-foot Enterprise and a two-foot Enterprise; presumably, one for close-up beauty shots and one for long shots.
EDIT: Oops, just beaten to it.
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