Maurice Molyneaux

NCC-1701 (Motion Picture Version) Firing Photon Torpedos

This animation depicts the 'movie' Enterprise firing photon torpedoes. The file was created when I decided to test my ability to replicate the fiercest-looking torpedo effects seen in any Trek adventure, namely, those ray spraying torpedoes fired by the Klingons in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. The torpedoes (two fo them) emerge from the base of the ship's 'neck' and come nearly head-on at the camera (passing just to camera right).


The animation was created using several programs. The Enterprise was a 3-D model constructed initially in CAD-3D and later 'tweaked' in Cyber Sculpt. Light sources were moved along the torpedo paths to cerate interactive lighting. The actual shifting ray effect, while it might seem random, is a carefully designed effect (which I'm not giving away right now).

(Maurice Molyneaux)

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