Thursday, August 23, 2007

InfoLink: StarTrek - Behind the Scenes

If, like me, your childhood was filled with the adventures of Kirk and Spock in Star Trek's syndication, you'll appreciate this collection of photos of the models used for filming the pilot and the series. Lots of studio shots of the 11-foot Enterprise model on the soundstage as well as details on the model itself. Good stuff for both the historian and the geek in you!

StarTrek - Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

InfoLink: American Experience - Behind the Scenes

For a documentary on James Eads, an American engineer, a miniature diving bell was constructed. This section on the PBS Web site talks about the process of shooting models with cinematographer Boyd Estus.

"Art Director Katha Seidman created a six-inch high model of Eads' diving bell using basswood, lead fishing weights, copper wire and a fish tank hose. The shot of the diving bell from below was achieved by shooting the reflection of the model in a mirror as the model was lowered into a water tank. The camera was on the outside of the tank. The mirror was positioned on the bottom of the tank at a 25-degree angle to the floor."

American Experience: Behind the Scenes