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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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RizarLogic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I'm a big fan of the first Star Trek movie too. It's often overlooked, but it actually has some of the best sf elements of the Star Trek movies. I also like the episode with a powerful probe that, in a small way, seems to inspire some of the movie.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I liked the first Star Trek movie too - despite some shortcomings it had.
It had a very epic theme - pure sci-fi. And it kind of paved the way for a lot of ideas, like machine intelligence.
Also - the starship never looked quite as beautiful as it did in that movie- they really nailed it with their lighting :)
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I absolutly Love V'Ger, great Work
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I liked it too. I always thought V'Ger was an amazing concept, and the first Star Trek movie had a feeling of grandeur and mystery about it that I really feel is lacking in most of the science fiction movies coming along these days :nod:
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Commander-June Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, that's freakin beautiful!
I alwayl loved V'Ger's ship, and you definitely did an awesome job on it ^^
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
:)
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kirinranger Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I am just....in awe. I love this shot of V'ger. I also wish Paramount wouldn't have been so short sighted about the Directors Edition in HD. But just to see a shot of V'ger in its entirety is just so awesome. TMP is my favorite of the original six movies and I thank you guys for bringing it closer to the original vision.
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SuperShadow781 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
That is bad ass
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - yes, literally - it is :D (It's the back end of the thing!)
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SuperShadow781 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yeah, but still
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loved seen this model in the film. are there any wire-frames or it love to have a look at the inner of this model. always wanted to try to build this in Lightwave myself .. or at least an hobbyist attempt
.I watched the extras on the Director's Edition and spent some time looking at the making of the cgi extras ... relay added to the film :)

thanks for sharing this.
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Featured in my latest journal! :peace:
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
What I would give to get my hands on a copy of that mesh...lol.

And what you said earlier about contracts is soooooo true. People forget the negotiating part of negotiating a contract.

And I will echo the sentiment about the "suits" shortsightedness. Whenever I do a vidclip I always go full HD. One button click and about 10 seconds perframe extra...lol

Well thats two artists that I have met on here that have professionally wowed me, ( i.e. movie etc.) jjasso worked on Avatar. Hope to see some more of your work in the near future.

BTW roam through my gallery if you get a chance!
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Nadia-design Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, i think i'm going to have to find a copy of this, it's on the 2001 Directors cut ed? never saw that version :-o
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It came out okay - definitely worth a look. It's still a bit ponderous, but I always cut that movie some slack because some of the ideas were so good.

Mainly, as much as a very limited budget would allow, it was brought closer to the originally intended vision.
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Snazz84 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
To be honest, though I thought the Director's Edition was a huge improvement, I was a bit disappointed that the viewer saw V'Ger at the end. I preferred the mystery in the original version, of never knowing exactly what this thing looked like in its entirety (but putting to the back of my mind the knowledge that it was only like that due to the time and budget running out :)). The model and the shot of it approaching Earth looked great, though, as did all the CG in the DE. It really was seamless, and, I guess you could say, "tastefully done". Considering how jarring the CG additions to some re-released movies have been, it's a real shame that the studio were so short-sighted about producing TMP in HD. Really would've payed dividends down the line.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
In looking over the materials we had from the original production, it was very clear that the film makers definitely intended to show the V'ger in a big reveal when it finally arrived at earth.

Their aspirations were set very high, no doubt due to Douglas Trumbull taking over the effects. But they ran out of time in the end :(

We took great pains to not exceed what could have been achieved with the technology available in 1979 - using real cameras and real models. Compared to current effects spectacles (like "Transformers") that don't offer even the pretense of realism - it was a very different cinematic style in those days ;)
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celestialelf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010   Filmographer
very cool ~
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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ExPir Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mass effect - citadel O__o new model
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Mass Effect is heavily influenced by Syd Mead (which is not a bad thing, BTW :)!)

Well, this was a Syd Mead design :D!
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010   Digital Artist
It's beautiful. I haven't seen the new dvd edition- but a guarantee you I will go out of my way to see it now!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) Unfortunately, this edition was the previous one, done in about 2002, I think. The new edition for BluRay includes none of these scenes. It is simply the movie as released in 1979 (nothing wrong with it, but being able to view both versions might have been a nice option).

At the time we did the added scenes, The studio opted not to pay the additional "$19.95" it would have taken to output at full 1920x1080 HD resolution. At the time, the bean counters couldn't viualize the "distant future" when this investment would have paid for itself in seconds - so here we are :(

I must say that it's a bittersweet exercise to dig up some of these commercial assignments. So much of what gets done winds up in the *sigh* "what-might-have-been" category. At least I can post a few images for people to enjoy :)
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010   Digital Artist
That's pretty unfortunate. Sometimes it really astounds me that people can't see the value of keeping the quality/technology high in professional endeavors.

I think, via my father-in-law, I can lay my hands on the 2002 edition.

I'm glad you've at least got the ability, legally, to post work on things like that. I've heard that a lot of places are pretty adamant about not letting the artists have any control over their own works.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I can show things as "work samples" once something has been released.

Unfortunately, artists are not known for their business savvy :lol:. I will rewrite a contract before signing it. Clients who make unusual demands, like wanting to withhold copies or wanting all the assets turned over, are well worth passing up.

It's important for artists to realize the client is really nowhere without them in a lot of cases. Saying "No thanks" can be a real eye opener. No one is expendable - but there is no reason to sell short either :D
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010   Digital Artist
I'm of a commercial artist, personally, I get a mental block when someone wants me to paint and can't do it (I have a serious hang up about control of my art), but I have run into LOADS of people who think artists should fall all over themselves to do work for much less than it's worth, or for free.

It always astounds me that so many people don't give the creation of art credit.. that they'd never dream of short-changing their grocer or plumber, but they've got no qualms over telling an artist they should work for less and be happy about it.

And dear god, concept artists, WOW, art takes skill and imagination, but for someone to create worlds that don't even exist? Blows my mind. I envy the hell out of that ability.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
On a fundamental level, artists are "giving" people. They allow themselves to be taken advantage of, usually out of insecurity. The concept design field has never been anything less than fiercely competitive - more so now because of the sheer numbers of artists eager for any kind of a break.

In the long run, I think people are better off having art be a wonderful hobby than doing commercial art for low money - or for free. After all, work done for a client is a service, and not an expression of your inner creativity. So why do it unless you are being fairly compensated?

I think every artist has to reach a turning point, when for the first time they just say "No" to a job. Sure the client might find someone who will work round the clock for free - but it doesn't have to be you :D

A worthwhile client realizes the artwork is an important component of their project. They fully expect that they will have to pay everyone who's working for them. These are the people to work for. You should only do "free" artwork for one person - yourself :D!
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That envy. Just to see designs MEAD SID live. It is worth doing anything with ..
And did you also post the modeling! .
Certainly a very interesting ...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
HA! I guess when you're a pro-concept designer, "fan art" could be a bad word, but honestly as an artist there's no shame in allowing your muse a little "follow the leader" fun :) That said you're note serves a distinctly different purpose here - that is to point out that this is the "real deal"! You guys really made V'ger interesting with your added visuals - particularly the long shots where we finally get a sense of the whole thing. In the original we spend so much time on shots that just say "V'ger is freakin' BIG!" that we never get a sense of its whole. And I think that somehow prevented (well at least me) from putting it all together as a "real" antagonist. Instead it felt more like some sort of disembodied intellect. You guys gave it the body it was missing (even if it was just a case of "pulling the camera back") and helped it deliver that needed "Nomad on steroids" punch.

Man, that must have been a seriously cool project to work on. I love this view. And while we see it more as a "craft", it stills reads as some sorta freaky-cool flying fine art sculpture :D Eager to see the others in this series, Steve!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It was fun, and a "labor of love" in every sense -because the studio just didn't want to spend much money. In fact, when presented with the option of finishing the new shots in full HD, they declined. "Hey, that's YEARS from now..." And the cost was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. So short sighted... :(

That's why the BluRay release is the original theatrical film. God Bless America :rofl: !!!

And you are quite right - this wasn't a fan making a copy for enjoymwnet, this is the actual 3D asset seen in the release. So in a sense, it was Pro-Fan_Art :D!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I remember the reviews on release complaining that the image quality wasn't cleaned up throughout. Ah well... better to have it the way it was rather than not to have that edition at all. It still got my groove on, noisy grain and all :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I have tremendous respect for Robert Wise, and his films had made the studio a bloody fortune. It is the least they could have done.

I don't think much of today's "Only In The Now" way of thinking. It does a huge disservice to both the past and the future.

But nevertheless - this was very rewarding - and I would have done it for free (ssshhh!!!) ;)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah... so you ASPIRE to do fan art!!?!! :D :D

I guess if they can clean up the old footage, somewhere in the future, they can clean up you and Daren's work too. Just too bad that "extra noise" had to be put in the system instead of less throughout. I bet you'd have had a bigger project budget if the film had whales in it....
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
My favorite of all the Star Trek films is The Motion Picture. That said, it really never felt finished to me until I saw the Director's edition. (traveled from Chicago to western Mass to view it with Arcass, actually!) The images like this one, of V'ger, really, finally, sold both the menace and wonder of the whole thing. The reveal shot as it takes up orbit around Earth is one of my all time favorite space scenes ever. Thanks for posting this, Steve. Its a beauty!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!

The film never felt finished, because in fact it wasn't :D!

They did as much as they could, but definitely things suffered. Nevertheless the effects work and some of the central concepts in this movie were well done and quite influential. It was fun to revisit it :)
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OMFG!
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