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Howard Anderson

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Howard's company worked on the visual effects for the Original Series of Star Trek. Among other things, he came up with the sparkly transporter beams, and did some pioneering work with blue screen model shots. He was always asked to do it faster, and smaller!

Shooting the Enterprise
  Shooting the original Enterprise model.

Meatball stars
  What look were you going for with the model shots?

Lighting a flying hotel
  Making the model more detailed.

Pioneering visual effects
  It took two years to get all the effects right.

Using toys
  Not all of the models were specially made.

The Enterprise library
  To make life easier, Howard’s team assembled stock footage of the Enterprise.

The tail-lights
  How were the tail-lights made for the Enterprise?

  What did you think of your effects when you first saw them?

Design classics?
  What was it about the ship designs that made them so successful?

The original model
  What happened to the original model?

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