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Old August 23 2014, 08:32 AM   #136
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Re: PACIFIC 201 - A Star Trek Film

NEAT.

I'm interested.
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Old August 23 2014, 09:37 PM   #137
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I really like the way this isn't obsessing over canon and minutiae. Seeing the Trek 'verse through a new set of eyes is never a bad thing.
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Old August 24 2014, 03:43 AM   #138
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I really like the way this isn't obsessing over canon and minutiae. Seeing the Trek 'verse through a new set of eyes is never a bad thing.
Thanks! I'm glad you appreciate it.
I really am taking an "everything is new" approach to some things, and it's a little risky with some trekkies.
My biggest complaint with modern Trek is that it's so concerned with serving and referencing its own world that it rarely forges ahead to new ground and "strange new worlds". So in a lot of ways, I'm trying to bring back that TOS feel in the sense that everything is exciting and new and uncharted.

And of course, I do care about canon, but I'm approaching canon as a "depiction" rather than "historical fact". Historical movies don't always get every detail spot-on, and that's how I think the Star Trek series and movies are best interpreted. Some things are indisputable, but the minutiae of canon are debatable.
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Old August 25 2014, 03:04 PM   #139
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I really like the way this isn't obsessing over canon and minutiae. Seeing the Trek 'verse through a new set of eyes is never a bad thing.
Thanks! I'm glad you appreciate it.
I really am taking an "everything is new" approach to some things, and it's a little risky with some trekkies.
My biggest complaint with modern Trek is that it's so concerned with serving and referencing its own world that it rarely forges ahead to new ground and "strange new worlds". So in a lot of ways, I'm trying to bring back that TOS feel in the sense that everything is exciting and new and uncharted.

And of course, I do care about canon, but I'm approaching canon as a "depiction" rather than "historical fact". Historical movies don't always get every detail spot-on, and that's how I think the Star Trek series and movies are best interpreted. Some things are indisputable, but the minutiae of canon are debatable.
Trek contradicted itself all the time, there are many you tube videos that point out every contradiction.

Make your own magic I am sure no matter what you will piss off someone, hell go look at the Axanar thread
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Old August 27 2014, 10:01 PM   #140
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Alright, time for a fun release - here's a first look at the Pacific 201 phaser!

A big push in the design for this film is "realism", and naturally, as phasers have traditionally looked like plastic toys, I wanted my phasers to look like REAL weapons while still honoring the typical "phaser" look.
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Old August 27 2014, 10:06 PM   #141
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Can you remove the trigger guard? To me, doing that would make it look more Star Trek and more like a phaser. With the trigger guard it looks to much like a modified pistol.
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Old August 28 2014, 01:24 PM   #142
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I like the trigger guard but it looks too thin to me and I feel it should have some kind of emitter with a THE CAGE feel to it
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The trigger guard will stay. Chiefly because the weaponry in Pacific 201 will be decidedly more military-like, and the choice to make the phaser inspired by modern-day handguns is based on that. Starting in 2156, Earth's entire space program was based on churning out battleships to fight the Romulans, and now (year 2200), after a period of relative stagnation and paranoia, they're only just returning to their original mission. In that light, their gear is still going to be more "military" in nature.

All that being said, we did try to add a tiny nod to Phase pistols and Cage phasers at the same time with a wider chamber near the emitter. Not as bulbous as a phase pistol, and not as cylindrical as a Cage phaser, but it's meant to reflect that technology.
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Old Yesterday, 04:28 AM   #144
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Frankly, it looks like a generic gun with a crest. It makes me think of a barcode scanner.
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Frankly, it looks like a generic gun with a crest. It makes me think of a barcode scanner.
It's probably because the overall shape is quite directly inspired by a Walther P99. It's been James Bond's gun for a while, and I've always liked its look.

Funny that you should mention barcode scanners! I actually thought to make the rugged, looks-like-a-weapon phaser when I was using a barcode scanner like this one at a warehouse. It had almost perfect proportions for a phaser, and it was hefty - like you could throw it around. It looked far more like a weapon than the props from the show, and it pushed me in the "what if I took a handgun and gave it a phaser's proportions?" direction.

So the modern handgun look is very intentional.
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Old Yesterday, 06:31 AM   #146
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Frankly, it looks like a generic gun with a crest. It makes me think of a barcode scanner.
As does a Cylon visor for me! ;-)

No, I actually like the design. And "in use" might actually change perception of it. Also in context with the set decorations...

I wouldn't want to be a barcode standing in front of it. ;-)
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