The Saturn Award 2013 for Best DVD/BD Television Series Release goes to Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two, Re-Mastered by illuminate Hollywood.
Online PR News – 13-August-2013 – Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 2013 – Starting with only the vaulted archival film footage, the standard definition video master and no-edit decision lists, illuminate Hollywood was able to utilize its proprietary iConform™ technology to re-master into high-definition video the 22 episodes of Star Trek, The Next Generation. This film restoration project involved also recreating all the visual effects and compositing. The repurposed series was then distributed in BluRay and DVD.
To help ensure that the visuals in the new videos would meet or surpass the standards of the original version, illuminate worked with the original art director and several key people in the original visual-effects crew on this series. Among those who joined the illuminate iConform team were: Dan Curry, the visual-effects supervisor of the original series; Michael and Denise Okuda, art directors on the original project; and Doug Drexler, the visual-effects artist on the original project. These award-winning professionals are considered by Star Trek fans as the ultimate Star Trek experts.
Mike Volland, manager of Advanced Processing at illuminate Hollywood, states, “We conformed the bulk of the series using iConform. CBS had preserved the footage very well and kept the logs organized. This allowed the conforming to proceed smoothly. Re-doing some of the effect shots was more problematic: some were reused from season one, which had been re-mastered to high definition in-house at CBS. Also, the sheer number of shots in Season two that needed re-compositing—literally thousands—was a challenge. This created a logistical complexity in terms of sharing files between the two facilities, but in the end the process performed efficiently.
"Having the Okudas in the studios, available to screen the work and submit changes as we made progress, made a big difference. There was a learning curve for us, we had to develop a keen understanding of their tastes, but after a while we all shared the same understandings. The final look was established by the Okudas. Whenever they asked us to make a change, we made the change and it worked very well that way."
Created 21 years after the original show, Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science-fiction television series, conceived by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry, Rick Berman, and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production. The show is set in the nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy, around the 2360s (about 100 years after the original series) and features a new crew and a new starship Enterprise. Patrick Stewart's famous voice-over introduction for each episode's opening credits (stating the starship's purpose) is updated from the original to represent an open-ended "mission" and made gender-neutral.
Space: the Final Frontier, is the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
It premiered in September 1987 to 27 million viewers with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint." With 178 episodes spread over seven seasons, it ran longer than any other Star Trek series, ending with the two-hour finale "All Good Things ..." in May 1994.
The series was broadcast in first-run syndication with dates and times varying among individual television stations. The show gained a considerable following during its run and, like the original series, remains popular in syndicated reruns. Three additional Star Trek spin-offs followed The Next Generation—Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). The series formed the basis of the seventh to tenth Star Trek films, and is also the setting of numerous novels, comic books, and games.
In its seventh season, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first and only syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Series. The show received numerous recognitions, including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards, and a Peabody Award. The Next Generation made several publications' lists of the best television shows of all time.
In celebration of the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, a news release on startrek.com announced in September 2011 that Star Trek: The Next Generation would be completely re-mastered in 1080p high definition from original 35mm film negatives (consisting of almost 25,000 reels of original film stock). Effects would be recomposed from their large-format negatives specifically for each episode, accompanied by 7.1 DTS Master Audio. An initial disc featuring the episodes "Encounter at Farpoint," "Sins of the Father," and "The Inner Light" were released in January 2012 under the label "The Next Level." The six-disc first-season set was released in July 2012, and the second season was released in a five-disc set in December 2012.
About illuminate Hollywood.
illuminate Hollywood consists of two facilities located ½ mile apart from each other:
illuminate Post /Digital Finishing and illuminate Studios
illuminate Post /Digital Finishing services include:
• Digital intermediate
• iConform to HD, 2K, and 4K conforming from original film
• Digital file deliverables
• Editorial services
• Audio services
• Color correction
• Film restoration
• 3D conversion
• Visual effects and graphics
illuminate Studios’ services include:
• 4 sound stages with pre-lit sets, fully equipped for HD multi-camera production
• In-house cameras, 3 control rooms, comprehensive production equipment. All stages include complete lighting packages.
• Fully crewed production is available
• HD/SD fiber connectivity
• Social media video chat connectivity
• Kitchen sets, news sets, and talk-show sets
• Virtual sets, motion tracking
• Coved green screen
• Green rooms, conference rooms, production offices, dressing rooms
• 16' high lighting grid, 48 channel lighting board, clearcom/RTS intercom
• Secure exterior staging area
• On-site parking with free overflow lot
Contact us to find out how illuminate Hollywood can work with you.
Jim Hardy, CEO, (323) 969 8822, or
Steve Wiener, Chairman
Visit our website: www.illuminatehollywood.com