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Published on Aug 11, 2017
This intro is a Star Trek Fan Production created in Lightwave 3D and Adobe After Effects, and has been a labour of love over the past few months in my free time. Please give it a share if you feel it worthy!
I originally recreated this title sequence in 2012 when entering the world of VFX and animation. Since then I have gained a bit more experience and wanted to revisit the project again, so this is me giving something back to the community.
This is also very much hero worship of Dan Curry, title designer; John Grower, effects and animation supervisor; Erik Tiemens, storyboard/design; and Eric Guaglione, animation supervisor, who won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design in 1995, and the reason I got in to VFX!
The ship herself is a highly modified version of Voyager originally by Sarod (https://demozoo.org/graphics/47985/), which has been knocking around online since the late 90’s. I retextured and bought it up to 4k standards including miniature cabins behind windows, a complete rebuild of the nacelles, and some (non canon) self-illumination.
www.facebook.com/neonvisual is the best place to check out how the project progressed from scratch, most of it is an embarrassment tbf.
I used a plugin for Lightwave called “Turbulence FD” from Jawset (https://www.jawset.com/) for the fluid simulation in the nebula segment, and aside from that everything else is stock.
“Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are solely owned by CBS Studios Inc. This fan production is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise, and is a non-commercial fan-made film intended for recreational use. No commercial exhibition or distribution is permitted. No alleged independent rights will be asserted against CBS or Paramount Pictures.”