A new behind-the-scenes video shows fans how the creatives behind Star Trek: Discovery use holodeck-like technology to create the series.
A Star Trek: Discovery video has shown the technology behind the real-life holodeck. Star Trek: Discovery is one of multiple ongoing Star Trek properties. The sci-fi franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry, started in the 1960s with Star Trek: The Original Series and rose to international fame. The hugely popular franchise inspired multiple sequels and spin-offs, including the acclaimed Star Trek: The Next Generation, making it one of the longest-running franchises to date, and it still has a dedicated fanbase decades on.
A common piece of technology used throughout the entirety of the Star Trek franchise is the holodeck. The holodeck projects specific holograms depending on the user’s instructions and can range from simple training programs to huge, expansive worlds. Throughout Star Trek, the holodeck has often been used to allow for more creative, one-off stories. This was particularly evident during Star Trek: Deep Space 9, where the holodeck was often used as a result of the show being largely based in a single area but has been widely used in all Star Trek shows.
Now, after years of watching famous Star Trek characters use the holodeck, fans have had a chance to see it for themselves. In a video posted by Pixomondo, fans got to see a behind-the-scenes look at how the backgrounds for the series are created using augmented reality and holodeck-like technology. As explained in the video, the backgrounds for the series are created using “massive… 250 or 270 degree LED screens.” These impressive screens project images which then move along with the cameras. Those involved with the show state this means that “as a viewer, you have the experience of our actors moving through the space in the way that you would if they were really in a space.” Throughout the video, viewers are treated to exciting visuals of iconic Star Trek: Discovery sets and the awe-inspiring work that goes into making these scenes.
Not only does this ground-breaking technology provide the viewer with a better, more realistic-looking experience, but it also allows the actors to visualize their surroundings better and is an alternative to using green screens. Star Trek: Discovery isn’t the first show to use this type of ground-breaking technology; it was originally designed for The Mandalorian. Since then, the revolutionary tech has spread and been adapted to be used in multiple shows and films to create more authentic-looking sets, better lighting references, and a better-looking finished product for viewers to enjoy.
Given the many uses for this technology, more and more media productions will begin to use it when shooting on locations will be difficult or impossible. Given that Star Trek is already using it for Star Trek: Discovery, it’s likely that future Star Trek projects will also benefit from utilizing this method of filming. Although this technique is still relatively new, it’s already improving film and TV for both those working on-set and those watching at home and is well on its way to becoming the Hollywood standard. Given the time, one can only imagine the lengths this innovative technology will go to improve how television and films are created.
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