During the filming of Star Trek, the special effects people used miniatures for the spaceships. This is a photo I took of the miniature on display at the Air and Space Museum.
With the new technology, a lot of science fiction shows and movies went to digital instead of building miniatures because there were so expensive. And you can generally tell the difference. There’s a flatness to the images that the miniatures don’t have.
Now there’s talk that movies might be headed for filming in a studio against a blue screen and adding the location in:
I watched a TV show recently where they added rain via special effects. It didn’t look real…it was kind of like it was raining in front of the actors, not on the actors.
Yes, you can build an island paradise with computers, but it’s not the same as going to the real place and shooting there. There are some things you can’t and shouldn’t create out of thin air.