Tobias at FedCon 2013 - The Visual Effects of Star Trek Phase II
German language presentation of: The Visual Effects of Star Trek Phase II
English and Spanish subtitles are available for the presentation, not yet the Q&A section.
Tobias Richter is one of Germany's best special effects artists and has a long history of creating Star Trek related effects with his company: http://www.thelightworks.com
Tobias has been providing special effects for Star Trek Phase II episodes since Enemy Starfleet and his work on this project has been highly acclaimed. In this German language panel, Tobias shows how he created some of the effects for the series.
This presentation took place on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the FedCon Star Trek Convention in Düsseldorf, Germany. http://www.fedcon.de
In the recently released vignette "Going Boldly," not only does Brian Gross have his debut as Captain Kirk, we also get to see a completely redesigned Enterprise, based on the planned Phase II design for the series that Paramount never made, and the virtual character "Lt. Arex," who is a character known from the animated series, yet never previously seen in any live action series. Both the new ship and Lt. Arex were created by Tobias Richter.
What often looks simple in the script can be very difficult to implement. Animatic models have to be built that work with the right timing and in sequence - finally the individual elements are assembled in compositing to create a harmonious and very realistic looking scene. Each sequence can take, depending on the density of effects - several weeks to several months of work. The procedure used here is not much different to those used in commercial productions, except that the artist has more time and freedom to implement the scenes for the fan-film.
In this lecture, examples of the effect works and various intermediate steps are shown - models, animatics, and final compositing shots demonstrate how such effects are created.
Tobias Richter gave an English language presentation on the use of visual effects in three independent Star Trek productions.