First Star Trek footage seen

Star Trek SFX CGI-free? Abrams seems to be returning to the golden age of movie models for his Trek prequel. Hurray! [SPOILERS]

Zachary Quinto as Spock in Abrams' Star Trek

SPOILERS IN THIS…

AICN reports that a ‘Mr.Atoz’ has seen initial footage from the new J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie, although the principals – Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al – are not featured in it.

The first part of the footage seems to depict a pre-Kirk Enterprise- with Kirk possibly one of the cadets present – escorting a convoy of freighters into warp speed…

The view is of the warp jump. It looks like the stuff from the TMP era, with streams of mainly white light with a slight rainbow hue forming a tunnel and the view shaking a bit to show the ship is rocketing along. Definitely doesn’t seem like the nice smooth cruise from the TNG series…

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An attack follows, with ‘red beams of light’, and much tossing oneself about on the bridge. Then there’s some kind of distress call from a Constitution-class vessel called the Yorktown, whose destruction is singled out for praise..

Now this is one shot I have to single out for praise. It looks so real and harrowing, like seeing the remains of a collapsed skyscraper. The viewscreen POV is of the side of the Yorktown, with saucer section on the left side. The nacelles and most of the top half of the secondary hull is just gone, blown off, with thick black smoke billowing out every which way. The viewscreen suddenly changes to show the face of what looks most definitely like a (rather human-looking) bad guy smirking in triumph. Footage ends abruptly before he can speak.

The sequence continues to a confrontation between the unnamed captain of the Enterprise and an alien vessel described as “like a Vulcan ship but it has a tri-nacelle configuration”. The captain fires some formidable ordinance at the ship…

During this exchange you can see the shields of both ships flashing bright white electrical-like when the weapons hit, like when a bulb blows. Very quick or you’ll miss it. You get the impression that either ship could be destroyed by just a handful of hits with these weapons.

Though it hardly seems likely that Abrams is abandoning CGI for a film as challenging as Star Trek, the director is on record as preferring to build rather than ‘post’, and presumably this policy about creating sets has extended as far as possible into the SFX of the picture itself. Which is a good thing…

AICN

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