In recent weeks, we’ve brought you an exclusive look at an early workprint copy of “The Child“, with additional scenes, missing music, and several unfinished visual effects shots. The deleted scenes are certainly an exciting aspect of the original workprints, but we’re also fascinated by the insight they offer into the Star Trek: The Next Generation production process. We’re taking a deeper look at the missing visual effects with an exclusive before-and-after video comparison, along with a scene-by-scene breakdown which details the technical processes used to complete each VFX scene!
We have used four separate versions of “The Child” in this presentation: the “1st Cut” workprint, dated October 6, 1988; a second workprint – dated October 24, 1988 – which is virtually identical to the final broadcast version of the episode; the 2002 DVD release of Season Two; and the second season Blu-ray set which CBS released in December 2012.
Stay tuned to TrekCore as we have several more workprint analyses to come, including a special look at the use of widescreen photography on The Next Generation! What do you think about the use of visual effects in “The Child”? Let us know in the comments below!
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