In today’s video, the Starship Constellation exits from warp in the style seen forty years ago in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
You want screenshots, we’ve got screenshots…
This was a hard effect to figure out. I actually shot this back before Christmas 2019, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the result and shelved it for a while. There are multiple layers comped together to create this sequence, and it takes a lot of painstaking setup… truly a giant PITA. But now that that I’ve solved how to animate phasers (see my previous post), I think I’ve also figured out how to improve on this effect and make it easier to setup for future use.
So, this is the only time this particular version of the effect will ever be used, so I figured I might as well share it with you guys to see what you think. When I publish the finished video later this year with the final version of this shot, I’ll explain how I created it.