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Boldly Going Virtual with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Magdalena Górka, ASC, PSC at camera on the set of Strange New Worlds. (Photo by Marni Grossman)

Article by Noah Kadner, 23 June, 2022, ASCmag

“We’re constantly trying to infuse more dynamic lighting and moving, interactive elements into our environments. It’s terrific for a DP to have access to tools like these.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is technically not the first Trek project to embrace LED-volume in-camera visual effects — that achievement belongs to Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery — but the new Paramount Plus series is the first in the franchise to be designed entirely around them.

Strange New Worlds, the latest series in the Gene Roddenberry spawned sci-fi universe, serves as a prequel, chronicling the adventures of the crew aboard the USS Enterprise before James T. Kirk took command. A spinoff of Discovery (AC July ’21), Strange New Worlds features the famous starship commanded by Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and crewed by familiar characters such as Spock (Ethan Peck); Nyota Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding); and Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn), aka Number One. The first season was shot by cinematographers Magdalena Górka, ASC, PSC and Glen Keenan, CSC; the latter’s contributions included shooting the show’s pilot episode. Click to read more


American Cinematographer: https://ascmag.com/articles/star-trek-strange-new-worlds

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