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Constructing and filming the V’Ger set for Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The lighting effects for the film’s finale required the flooring to be constructed from translucent plastic.

“Since it was a machine, we decided to stay with a sort of aluminum feeling. We didn’t want to get a lot of curves into the design, which would have given it an organic overture. Yet, we felt that the machine should have a certain feeling of life, so we used light to lend it a pulsing effect,” art director Harold Michelson told American Cinematographer.

As you can imagine, thin plastic was not the most stable surface for cast or crew to walk on, leading to more than a bit of trepidation during filming.

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