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Old October 11 2013, 11:44 PM   #81
C.E. Evans
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Re: Making a Star Trek series that fits in with today's TV landscape

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You would think with CGI, it would be cheaper, but it actually isn't. The more photorealistic the CGI, the more expensive it is.
The introduction of CGI was what made -- for instance -- Babylon 5 and its regular space battles possible at all; that scale of space opera storytelling would have been prohibitively expensive for a production that size without use of the CGI technology they employed. That was managed with an Amiga and a primitive Video Toaster. I find it extremely difficult to believe that you couldn't improve on that standard today -- if maybe not to the level of "photorealism," let's not get nuts -- in the same price bracket.
It's just a case that the price for decent CGI has gone up. It's cheaper if it's more cartoony in nature.
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