United Colors of Beaming: An Unused Pilot Transporter Effect

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    Many visual effects were evaluated before deciding on the final shimmer asssoicated with the transporter beaming process. This was the most colorful, showing what ultimately was a discarded effect using multiple, different color fills for each person within a red outline being "beamed" out or in via a shimmering column.

    This shot is the surface of Talos IV and the scene is the original beam down moment for Pike and landing party from the Enterprise. This effect was judged too garish and eventually the shimmer alone contained within the area occupied by the beamed object was selected. The filming of this action was done in late 1964 though the optical was likely completed a bit after.

    Originally devised as a time and cost saving plot enabler, the transporter became an integral part of TOS Star Trek and beyond, entering pop culture and science fiction history.

    BTW - that famous Italian company with the united colors campaign was founded in 1965, maybe around the same time as the production of this optical.

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    1. carverMA 57 months ago | reply

      Interesting to see how the image was composed. Nice.

    2. MarstonJJ 56 months ago | reply

      I believe there is an interoffice memo reproduced in The Making of Star Trek that Gene Roddenberry wrote where he is quite critical of this attempt.

    3. Main Mission 55 months ago | reply

      Awesome collection of Star Trek images! Obviously you've put a lot of work into restoring them. Thank you for your hard work, and for sharing them!

    4. scotbpens 53 months ago | reply

      In Gene Roddenberry's memo regarding this version of the transporter effect, he was dissatisfied with the heavy colored outline around each crew member and what he called the "Peter Pan sparkle."

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