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V'ger Rear View by steve-burg V'ger Rear View by steve-burg
This is not "Fan Art"! Read on... :D!

I worked on the DVD "Director's Edition " of the original "Star Trek the Motion Picture" as art director for the additional cg effects. I recall this was in about 2000 or so...

This was a really fun assignment, as I have always been a big fan of the movie. I got to work with my good friend Daren Dochterman, who supervised the new effects work. Here's a link to his website: [link]

This 3D model of the V'ger machine entity was created to achieve several shots that had been storyboarded but not completed for the film's original release in 1979, due to time constraints.

I had to reverse engineer the model from reference, which included frames from the film and Syd Mead's incredible concept paintings.

This and other views (I will post a few more) were test renders done to check the progress, which I later finished off as illustrations. Film grain was added to match the texture of the release prints.

Credits: 3D model and rendering by me, design by Syd Mead, imagery is copyright Paramount Pictures
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genchang2112 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek The Motion Picture when it came out in '79.
When I saw the Director's Edition, I almost had a tear in my eye.  The updated effects were, in my humble opinion, gorgeous. 

You did a great job with this model.  I was stunned getting to see the entirety of it, as you represented it in the movie. 

You have probably been asked this a thousand times, ad nauseam, but, would you know, is there any chance of a hi-def upgrade so that the DE can be released on blu-ray?   I'd always heard that the new FX footage (as excellent as it was) was shot in standard definition. 

Whatever the case, thank you for doing such a fine job with this, and reinvigorating one of my favorite Trek films. :)
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Despite what I've heard people and critics say, I really liked Star Trek: The Motion Picture precisely because of its often-condemned aspects: the slow pace of the film, the pervasive feeling of mystery and uncertainty experienced by the crew and the audience alike and the strange, godlike nature of the V'Ger BDO itself.
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meepmeep189 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems the Executive Producer of Star Trek Online likes this render, it's his profile picture :P
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DreamRevolution Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. The First Star Trek Film was truly a "Thinking" film. Filled with Symbolisim, Beauty, Awe, Even a little Scary & Trippy at times. I've looked Up alot of stuff on V'Ger, seen some comments on it, some Which I found a little offputting.

I'm even familiar with the V'Ger/Borg connection theories that are out there, Heck I've even saw a theory in which the Higher lifeform Dekker, Ilia & V'Ger merged into resulted in the creation of the "Q".

I would like to see a debate or discussion about the following subject to hit whatever Websites people can converse on.
"Dispite all appearances & Everything it had done, Is/Was V'Ger truly evil?"

In the film that Spock was the only one that Understood even Defended V'Ger. Dispite all the "Evil" that it caused on it's journey back home to earth. "V'Ger is a child." He mentions in the film. As far a I'm aware Children's concepts of good & evil are pretty basic Even seeing the concept in Black & White without the shades of grey that we develop later in life.
Children also need disipline, too, in order to understand what's right & wrong too.

What are your thoughts on this? Do You believe in the end dispite it all was V'Ger the living machine, truly evil?
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scorpiodigitalis Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Looks pretty epic.


Heh. On a sidenote: I could imagine a "bumpersticker" or something on its rear that says "I only stop for my creator!"
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eva012 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Dude that's Fucking awesome I love love love this movie. I couldn't tell you how many times ive seen it since I was 4 and rented it from a library: ) V'ger <3
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It was tough to figure out what that V'ger really looked like - hopefully we got it more or less right! :nod:

I always liked that movie too, despite whatever shortcomings. It was science fiction about encountering the unknown - something we don't see that much these days
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eva012 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Its true, We are in an age of explosions, and lazer beams. Its kinda pathetic really. I love action and all but, I feel a lack of intelligence in films today.

I think the only shortcoming the re-release of this movie was that I liked alot of the original sound effects. I hated some of the new ones for instance. The noises of the computers on the klingon ship at the beginning, and the sound the alarm noise on the enterprise was annoying. It may be bc I grew up watching this movie, so I have a large attachment to it, but I just hated the new sounds. Gota say tho you did a great job at showing the ship, and Im glad to know who brought that to me :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It was a great opportunity to contribute to that DVD "director's edition" - because the original movie was such a huge influence on me :nod:

I agree, we get loads of superheroes, and post-apocalyptic endless war in the ruins of civilization. But I sure miss the good old fashioned "let's explore the universe and discover something astonishing" flavor of science fiction. And a level of intelligence to the stories beyond just having an explosion every 3 minutes! :D
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eva012 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Its True! :D The unfortunate thing is Movies today truly bastardize the idea of Sci-fi. I would continue but my friend next to me is starting to freak me out. hahaha
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