The End of Filming on Location

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.

Front view of enterprise
Warp Six!

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.

2 thoughts on “The End of Filming on Location

  1. Robin Bangerter September 30, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    I know what I’m going to mention is going way beyond the scope of what you’re talking about. But I have always been intrigued with the upgrades in technology. It’s sad to see people getting away from “the real thing”. I had a friend in Kuwait, that assist in graphics, in working on films. Very complex. We talked for a long time about new things coming. Going forward. Beyond imaging, 3D, Real d, and iMax. I have been to places that have films, and even rides that go 4 and 5d. These become interactive. So a person can feel as we’ll see and hear what’s going on. I believe the ultimate will be holograms. I was so very impressed by a movie that came out in 2016. With Tom Hanks in it. It’s called “A hologram for the King”. Tom Hanks is sent to Saudi Arabia to introduce a new system of communication to the king of Saudi Arabia. This system allows a person to be somewhere else in the world. But to be right there with a dignitary, or someone else to communicate, and even teach a person or people by hologram. I thought it was awesome. It’s kinda slow, because the king was always to busy to see Tom Hanks. By the end of the movie everything came together. And since the movie was in Saudi Arabia, there was a lot of memories from being in desert storm. I’ll leave you with that. Enough said. Hope you have a good week. Robin Bangerter

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    • Linda Maye Adams October 1, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw true 3D films. The problem I don’t think a lot of people see coming is that one day they may replace the actors. There’s some signs of that already with Star Wars making appearances of deceased actors.


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