Wednesday, November 11, 2009
USS Encounter Bridge Displays
In the comments a couple of posts ago, Jeff alluded to some work he'd done on older-model computers back in the day. Believe it or not, I actually saved some of that work by pointing a video camera at a monitor and filming the results. While the image quality is poor, I think you can still get a sense of the amazing work Jeff did with the computer technology of the day. Jeff also composed the music in this video - it's named "Coda," after the villain of the Star Trek fan film we were working on back when we were members of the University of Alberta Star Trek club. I was most impressed with the meticulously modelled USS Encounter, our imaginary ship back in the day - not just a plain old Miranda class, but a unique class of its own, as evidenced by the sensor pod replacing the Miranda's weapons pod. Talk about attention to detail!
Jeff came up with several displays for the abandoned film. In order, they are:
Red Alert signal
Damage control readout (note that the display itself also has a "damaged" setting)
Klingon tactical view (Encounter under attack!)
Klingon power readout
Captain Woods' email/alarm clock
It's too bad that the resolution is so bad. Jeff put a lot of work into these, and the little details are really impressive.
Even then - perhaps especially then - computers were wonderful creative tools. I'm glad I took the time nearly twenty years ago to capture at least a fuzzy glimpse of Jeff's work.