The USS Enterprise-D facing off the Sheliak colony ship. (TNG-R: "The Ensigns of Command")
This particular shot has in the past caused some minor controversy, when some parties claimed the shot of the
Enterprise-D to be an early experimental CGI element, among others on the The Trek BBS blog
While it is true that this blurred image is one of the more unusual images of the famed starship, it can be easily explained as an, either misalignment in, or generation loss of, that particular film element in the optical printer
, the visual effects apparatus that composites several separate film elements into the final single one. Furthermore, at the time (in this case 1989, well before the LightWave 3D
breakthrough of 1993) CGI was a too costly proposition for a television show, bootstrapped for cash, to flippantly experiment with. Also, Visual Effects Supervisor David Stipes
, desperately wanted, and actively lobbied for a CGI Enterprise. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, issue 4/5, p. 79) If even a preliminary CGI version existed, Stipes would have certainly been aware of it, never having mentioned the existence of one.
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