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Old March 11 2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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Yet another "Memory Wall" post

Hi everybody,
I have been reading this forum for a long time, but this is my first post.


Like many other trekkers, I have always been fascinated (kind word for ‘obsessed’) with the lost ‘Memory Wall’ scene from The Motion Picture, since I first saw a picture of Kirk and Spock floating together (before Internet) and I asked myself “Where does THIS come from?”


Now, many years later, my curiosity has been mostly satisfied, also thanks to Trek BBS and to the very well done Forgotten Trek website. However one thing that always bothered me is that I couldn’t find a single place where all the existing pictures of this lost footage where grouped together. Also in some cases the pictures used in some websites were incredibly small (example here). So I did just that. In the following page you can find a complete collection of Memory Wall pictures, all with a decent size (except one) and in many cases in high resolution. ‘Complete’ simply means all those I could find. For each picture I’ve also tried to indicate the source.


Star Trek - The Motion Picture Memory Wall Pictures Collection


There you’ll find no less than 150 images related to the Memory Wall scene.
Help, corrections and suggestions are always welcome.
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Old March 11 2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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Re: Yet another "Memory Wall" post

A few times I've posted links to the proof sheets I bought at a charity auction:


TMP contact proofsheet 1 by Therin of Andor, on Flickr


TMP contact proofsheet 2 by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
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Old March 11 2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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Great idea, Maab. I will be adding your page to my burgeoning list of Star Trek bookmarks!
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Old March 11 2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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Wow, Therin, those proofsheets are fantastic! I’ve never seen them before!


Especially the second one, I believe that it’s test footage for the part when Kirk and Spock move from the trench to the memory wall chamber. The scene was supposed to be shot from above as indicated in this sketch, to simulate the absence of gravity.


May I add them to my page? With proper credits and links of course.


For Lokai thanks for your nice words.


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Old March 11 2013, 11:28 PM   #5
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May I add them to my page? With proper credits and links of course.
Sure!
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Old March 14 2013, 10:47 PM   #6
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OK, added.

Along with few other images, including this one, which I recently discovered and I had never seen before.



Star Trek The Motion Picture - Memory Wall Pictures Collection

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Old March 14 2013, 11:07 PM   #7
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Excellent work. Great to see this all in one place. I have mixed feelings about them not going with this. I suppose it would have just opened them up to criticism that it was a ripoff of Fantastic Voyage, while at the same time, if it had worked, it would have been visually stunning, not that Spock's walk isn't already stunning.
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Old March 14 2013, 11:20 PM   #8
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Whatever happened to the alchemist footage?
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Old March 15 2013, 07:28 AM   #9
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OK, added.

Along with few other images, including this one, which I recently discovered and I had never seen before.



Star Trek The Motion Picture - Memory Wall Pictures Collection

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Neat. Clearly a test since the set is obviously not finished.

i wonder what the hell happened to that V'ger trench set. They manufactured all those pieces, and you'd think they'd have gotten reused someplace.
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Old March 15 2013, 08:51 AM   #10
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I have mixed feelings about them not going with this.
Personally I prefer this version to the final one. It's more classic science fiction space action oriented and less "trip of mind" visual experience. But I agree to what Douglas Trumbull said, they would have never be able to do it, and if they did they would have spent the entire remaining budget for special effects. Think of all the things they had to do in post production: the swarms of floating sensor devices, the floating pyramids...


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Neat. Clearly a test since the set is obviously not finished.
Yes, and if you look to the big version there are a lot of interesting details. It's clearly visible the gear used to have the astronaut floating, there is a man at the hutch near the ladder. Also the spacesuit is missing few details like the directional thrusters in the front.


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Whatever happened to the alchemist footage?
Good question. Does anyone know why the footage wasn't released in the end?

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Old March 15 2013, 04:09 PM   #11
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Doe anyone else find those sets derivative of the interior of HAL 9000, with Kirk and Spock floating weightless in front of the memory wall, to boot?
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Old March 15 2013, 08:55 PM   #12
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Mmmmm, loves me some Memory Wall. Great job; thanks Maab!
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Old March 15 2013, 10:14 PM   #13
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i wonder what the hell happened to that V'ger trench set. They manufactured all those pieces, and you'd think they'd have gotten reused someplace.
Mike Minor mentioned using lots of bits left over from TMP on TWOK, but a lot of the memory wall stuff looks pretty distinctive ... I would imagine it would be identifiable even if paintedover and opaqued. Then again, if you used the BACKSIDE of those pieces ... who knows? I've often wondered about the model buildings outside of Kirk's apartment, which Minor supposedly had assembled from leftover TMP stuff.
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Old March 16 2013, 01:18 AM   #14
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Doe anyone else find those sets derivative of the interior of HAL 9000, with Kirk and Spock floating weightless in front of the memory wall, to boot?
Not the first thing to come to my mind, but there could have been some ispiration. Also the spacesuits' helmets are vaguely similar.

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Mmmmm, loves me some Memory Wall. Great job; thanks Maab!


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I've often wondered about the model buildings outside of Kirk's apartment, which Minor supposedly had assembled from leftover TMP stuff.



Mmm... maybe the one on the left has some pieces of the memory wall panels?

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Old March 16 2013, 06:16 AM   #15
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Doe anyone else find those sets derivative of the interior of HAL 9000, with Kirk and Spock floating weightless in front of the memory wall, to boot?
Not the first thing to come to my mind, but there could have been some ispiration. Also the spacesuits' helmets are vaguely similar.

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Mmmmm, loves me some Memory Wall. Great job; thanks Maab!


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I've often wondered about the model buildings outside of Kirk's apartment, which Minor supposedly had assembled from leftover TMP stuff.



Mmm... maybe the one on the left has some pieces of the memory wall panels?

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That cyclorama is left over from The Towering Inferno, and based on the views of it from Kirk's apartment that places his address at roughly at 655 Market Street. Just FYI.
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