"We don't have a lot of time to spend on R&D of new techniques since our schedule is so tight," he says. "If something doesn't work, we have to be able to correct it in a short amount of time."
This workflow demand led the effects team to seek out Eyetronics, a Los Angeles company that specializes in digital scanning of actors. By shooting just two people, the scene of thousands of alien inhabitants in a forgotten city in "Extinction" was made possible under the show's abbreviated production schedule.
"Eventually we want to get 3D scans of all of the principal characters because we know the high level of detail Eyetronics can provide, especially for facial close-up shots," Moore says. "We want to evolve with the technology and grow slowly. STAR TREK has been on television for a while, and we've taken some risks, but they've been calculated risks the creators and fans have been happy with."
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