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Old June 22 2009, 07:34 AM   #16
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Re: Computer-animated, or models on strings?

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But, yes, the vast majoirty of SFX ship shots were practical using models. The Enterpise had a Six-Foot and Four-Foot model that were used (and I believe even at times a small Two-Foot model) for SFX shots.
They had just the six-foot and two-foot models for the first three seasons. They built the four-foot model sometime around season four.
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Old June 22 2009, 11:40 AM   #17
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Re: Computer-animated, or models on strings?

I dont think Computer animated models were used until VOY, Im pretty sure it was models in TNG.
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Old June 24 2009, 12:04 AM   #18
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Re: Computer-animated, or models on strings?

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But, yes, the vast majoirty of SFX ship shots were practical using models. The Enterpise had a Six-Foot and Four-Foot model that were used (and I believe even at times a small Two-Foot model) for SFX shots.
They had just the six-foot and two-foot models for the first three seasons. They built the four-foot model sometime around season four.
They built it for season 3, it is easy to see, because all of a sudden the fx shooting gets tons more ambitious and eye-catching, like the E-d wheeling around to find roms decloaking in that rom defector episode.
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Old June 24 2009, 03:02 AM   #19
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Re: Computer-animated, or models on strings?

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I don't think any legit production outside of Ed Wood movies or other horrendously low-budget movies from the early eras of film used "models on strings."
The Romulan ship in Balance Of Terror was hung from wires.
This is the first I've heard that. It's possible, but are we sure? They did all the other model that I know of work on pylons.
Here it is hanging from wires, being steadying by a crew member.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3337/...1089d6afbb.jpg

Star Trek History website had a better image, but it is still down.

I'm pretty sure the TOS shuttlecraft hung from wires too.

EDIT: Better image: http://spacestationk7.autom8on.net/i...OT_setupLR.jpg
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Old June 24 2009, 01:38 PM   #20
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Well, there ya go! Thanks.
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Old June 25 2009, 09:57 PM   #21
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Re: Computer-animated, or models on strings?

They hung the models on fishing line -- not strings!

Nahhhh, they were really mounted on a big huge stands that had electrical cables running through them. The model was usually static and the camera was mounted on a camera truck and a computer controlled the motions of the camera toward and around the model -- simulating "movement" of the model.

Clever, huh?
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