This is the screencapped adventure of the United Starship Enterprise. Originally presented in a smaller, boxier format, one man as made it his mission to make Star Trek boldly look as it has never looked before.
Nick Acosta loved the original series of Star Trek, but he didn’t love how it looked. He always felt that the show’s scope was hampered by television’s puny 4:3 aspect ratio. To change that, Acosta took frames from TOS and stitched them together in the style of “Cinerama,” producing some stunning portraits of the series.
Now, at the recent Bay Area Science Festival for an awesome live event put on by our friends Adam, Jamie, Will, and Norm of Tested.com, he engaged his stitching skills with shots from Star Trek: The Next Generation:
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Acosta’s cineramas are in the style of the old movie theater technique using three synchronized projectors to show a widescreen movie on a gigantic, deeply curved screen — Cinerama. This technique was complicated and has fallen out of use, but the cinematic vistas it was able to produce are still unparalleled.
Using HD versions of the original episodes, Acosta waited for the camera to pan across an episode and captured those frames, later stitching them together. The results let you see so much more of one of the best sci-fi shows of all time, more than any 4:3 aspect ratio could reveal:
You can really get a sense of how much love was put into the sets, the staging during scenes, and the interplay that the actors had with each other:
Even typically shaky action sequences — which came off a bit dull in the show — look fantastic as cineramas:
It makes you long for a kind of cinema long gone:
You can check out Acosta’s TOS cineramas here.
Kyle Hill is the Science Editor of Nerdist Industries. Follow on Twitter @Sci_Phile.