(Source: features.cgsociety.org) Space may be the final frontier, but the ever-expanding capabilities of visual effects are nipping at its heels. And where the two meet, there is Star Trek.

In just six months, roughly 800 visual effects shots from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and 150 from Digital Domain (DD) in four months helped to bring J.J. Abrams\u2019 vision to the big screen.

Abrams wanted to maintain familiarity while basing everything in reality, so there were many discussions about how form follows function. Some of the ILM Star Trek aficionados added back-stories for what the ship does here and what the crew stored there. Abrams desire for reality required extensive research into the fantastic, finding a blend of science and art to compliment scenes like the battle in the black hole, the transporter, or the ice planet. Co-VFX Supervisor Russell Earl explained. “We tried to develop different, what we called neighborhoods in space. We didn’t just want a black void of space with stars. There are different beats in the film, so we have distinct areas.” Abrams brought in Carolyn Porco, leader of the Imaging Science team on NASA’S Cassini mission at Saturn to advise ILM on the look and attributes of Saturn’s rings. “We spent time talking to her so we could nail the true science.”

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