Treating ships like characters in the final episode of ‘Star Trek: Picard’

The VFX of the Borg cube and Enterprise-D.

This week on the befores & afters podcast, we’re chatting Star Trek: Picard with visual effects supervisor Brian Tatosky. Brian has worked on a number of the current Star Trek series, including Picard, Discovery and Strange New Worlds.

On this final season of Picard, he worked closely with production visual effects supervisor Jason Zimmerman (see our previous coverage with Jason, here).

For season 3’s finale – and spoiler alert here – I thought it would be fun to chat to Brian just about the Borg cube and Enterprise-D shots. If you haven’t seen the ep yet, I highly recommend it, since you get to see the real innards of the cube and some spectacular space craft choreography.

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Check out the podcast, and a special slideshow of images, which includes other scenes from s3 of Picard, below.

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