FYP: Moodboards

Final Year Project

The Warp Core

Warpcore Moodboard

In Star Trek the warp core is the beating heart of the ship, providing power to the warp drive. Traditionally the warp core is characterised as a large cylindrical object in the centre of the room which pulses with blue and/or red light into the dilithium chamber, the wider domed object in the centre usually with white glowing hatch. From there, two power transfer conduits (PTC) travel away from the core at 45° increments towards the warp engines off screen, depicted by a stream of red or yellow pulsing lights travelling away from the core into the walls.

The image shows the variety of warp cores seen in multiple series and movies. Generally the blue and red, ribbed warp cores appear to be the most visually striking as well as the cream coloured power transfer conduits that provide a good neutral colour balance.

The Engineering Consoles

Console Moodboard

These engineering consoles display all of the ships systems and schematics, characterised by their black reflective glass screens; typically angled towards the user at approximately 30°, smooth plastic or chrome house and rounded screen edges.

Shown in this moodboard is one of the most well-known components to The Next Generation series onwards was the LCARS interface on the screens, an acronym for Library Computer Access/Retrieval System, designed by Michael Okuda. The LCARS graphics typically used complementary colours traditionally yellows and blues, with alternating panels using oranges and purples. In the later movies such as Star Trek: Nemesis (Paramount Pictures, 2002) and in Star Trek Online (Cryptic Studios, 2010), the LCARS become mostly blues with slight accents of orange.

Other Key Assets

Props Moodboard

One of the more important computer consoles in engineering is called the master systems display, also nicknamed the “pool table”. It is a large central device, usually positioned in the centre of the room. Displaying the schematic of the ship as well as other functions when necessary the pool table is typically hexagonal in shape, in The Next Generation the console had two hexagonal shape joined together that provided an interesting shape.

As referenced in the original concept was a large use of angular handrails, however after looking at references collected in Figure it appears that the handrails around the warp core are traditionally of the same appears, the chrome handrail fittings have appeared from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979) right through to Star Trek Voyager (CBS, 1995).

The handrails are topped with a glossy red panelling that sometimes is singular or double mounted.

Typically Star Trek interiors have always utilised a combination of carpeting and either metal or a type of vinyl material for the flooring. From Figure 4 there have been several variations of carpeting colours as well as vinyl floorings, in later movies metal plating and chrome plates were often used. For this environment a combination of metal and carpet will be used to ensure a mix of textures, rather having an overly plastic feel.

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