Visualize This: Previs in the Making of “Star Trek” (2009)

Star Trek (2009)

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council

Hosted by writer-producer Damon Lindelof

Scheduled guests:

Star Trek Panelists:
Senior Previsualization Supervisor David Dozoretz
Previsualization Supervisor Brian Pohl
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett
Editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Production Executive Marc Evans

Other panelists:
Previsualization Supervisor Chris Edwards
Production Designer Alex McDowell
Cinematographer Wally Pfister

Previsualization (previs) in the digital age is an evolving pre-production process that incorporates 3D animation tools and virtual environments, enabling filmmakers to fully explore their creative visions by creating visual references for complicated film shots and sequences long before production begins.

“Star Trek” producer Damon Lindelof led an evening using his film to demonstrate how innovations in previs are impacting the filmmaking process. “Star Trek” was Oscar-nominated for its visual effects, sound editing and sound mixing, and won for makeup.

“Visualize This” will feature a panel of “Star Trek” crew members discussed the challenges and opportunities that come with this technology-driven process. The program included film clips and behind-the-scenes footage demonstrating how previs was used to shape several key scenes in the film.

In addition to producing “Star Trek,” Lindelof is producing and co-writing the forthcoming sequel. He also co-wrote the feature “Cowboys & Aliens,” directed by Jon Favreau, due to be released in 2011.

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