Poster from the Smithsonian exhibit

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  1. Bryan Levy

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    I normally hang over in the Trek Lit board, but I get the feeling that this is the group that could help me. I’m looking for a poster, I’m almost positive I got it at the Smithsonian Exhibit in ‘91, it’s a painted image of the Enterprise, either refit or A, speeding along, firing photon torpedoes. I remember that the edge of the poster was about an inch thick, some kind of purple or magenta or something. I’d love any information anyone might have!
     
  2. Maurice

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    Try googling image searching Robert McCall Star Trek. It's probably this, but he did variations.

    TMP McCall.jpeg
     
  3. Bryan Levy

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    Holy smokes. That’s it exactly. Thank you so much.
     
  4. BorgMan

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    Hot damn. I think that poster would look wicked printed on metal...
     
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    that is gorgeous. looks like it's going to zoom right off the canvas
     
  6. QuinnTV

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    I like the wake effect coming off and between the nacelles.
     
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    Wasn't that something Andy Probert wanted to depict? Yes, I know he worked on the model, not the effects, but one of his concept drawings for the officers' lounge (when Kirk and McCoy have their first real discussion with Spock) shows an "exchange" of "energies" between the nacelles. Who actually proposed that notion and how seriously was it considered before dropped? Apparently the idea was at least discussed since at least two different artists incorporated it into their work.
     
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    I think it was Jesco von Puttkamer who put the kabash on that idea. He explained that any light or sound effects created by warp drive would indicate a waste of energy and engineers work hard to eliminate such inefficiencies. Nevertheless, we were still left with that dramatic entry into warp drive.

    I've often thought that there could be some kind of patterned, optical ripple along with a faint, almost bio-luminescent glow dancing near the nacelles, showing severe curvatures of spacetime and the excitation of interstellar hydrogen. Indeed, the clouds surrounding V'ger were supposed to have been created by such a powerful warp field exciting interstellar hydrogen, so it would be interesting if there were some kind of relation to both. Wise set the whole space dock flyby to firmly establish the enormity of the Enterprise in the audiences' minds just so that he could then shatter those concepts of size by showing it dwarfed by V'ger later. He may have discussed the Enterprise's warp effects with artists as just such another comparison of size and power.
     
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  9. Dr. Kravaal

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    Now, that mid nacelle look, easier to achieve now with CGI, might best be used as a one off. Say it generates a soliton drive or can accelerate a small shuttle or something violently back ward.

    I can see a detached saucer head for a quantum hole generated by the deflector dish, alien shuttles escaping backward, while some Lovecraftian thing is held seized between the nacelles and the secondary hull exploding, with some of the power going to the nacelles to rip the thing apart with a final warp, or pulling two neutron stars to collide with the sec hull and entity crushed/imprisoned in the resulting black hole.

    Then the billion year voyage about the runaway black hole eating everything...third element style.
     
  10. Maurice

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    There are storyboards featuring some tween-nacelle effect and a shockwave under the fantail, and I believe Richard Taylor told me they intended an effect, but he kiboshed the idea they were going to built an all black model of the ship for shooting the engine energy effect.
     
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