APRIL 24, 2022 – Not so long ago we brought you a video from Gazelle Automations featuring a scene from Star Trek: The Next Generationanimated in the style of The animated series from the 1970s. Since its publication, the animated scene from “The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1” has had more than 375,000 views. Last week, executive producer and visual effects artist Justin Lee shared “How we animated Star Trek: TNG: TAS” – a behind-the-scenes look at the project – on the Gazelle Automations YouTube channel.
In the video, Lee talks about his fascination with ’70s “cheap cinematic animation,” the inspiration for his “love letter” to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Using modern technology, Lee and his team have strived to bring the authentic look of hand-drawn animation to The next generation, one frame at a time. Yes, they could have done it faster and easier, but it wouldn’t have been the same.
After sequencing the animation, Lee intentionally added “dirt and smudges” to the individual frames. This brought an added authenticity, reminiscent of the less than clean and sometimes hasty process of photographing hand-painted cells for The animated series.
To top it off, Lee included a bonus clip featuring none other than Wesley Crusher at the helm of the Enterprise-D. To learn more about the animation process used, watch the full behind-the-scenes video for yourself.