Artist composites real-life Enterprise model into modern Star Trek shots

Sure, the Enterprise has evolved into a hyper-detailed, digital creation in recent years — but the original version of Star Trek’s iconic ship was a real-life miniature model. So, what happens when the old meets the new?

Illustrator and concept artist Nick Acosta wanted to find out, so he took some photos of the original model that is currently being restored at the Smithsonian and composited those images into newer film shots of the ship. The results are striking, and it’s amazing to see what happens when you combine something as elegant as original Star Trek’s art director Matt Jefferies’ model with some modern effects work. It also makes you wonder why we don't see more mixed media in actual films.

Here’s what Acosta had to say about the results, and we'd have to agree with his assessment:

“I think the model still holds up beautifully, especially when it is properly lit and the ship’s lights are illuminated. I did my best to replicate the proper lighting and look of the ship when I composited it into these famous Star Trek movie scenes.”

For anyone interested in the process, Acosta has put together some more information on how he created these stunning mashups. You can also check out the original photos here.

So, what do you think? Is the throwback style a good look for modern Trek?

(Via Old Glory, Nick Acosta)

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