Skipping on from the Galileo Shuttle restoration project, I thought I would update you on the Enterprise-D bridge project that has been happening.
Huston Huddleston was “in the right place at the right time” when he stumbled upon the remains of the bridge that was built by Paramount for touring duties in London and a few other cities in Germany, 1 week before it was due to be destroyed completly.
Huston quickly recieved backing from a whole host of Star Trek set designers and actors including none other than the mighty Bill Shatner, the first major star to give his approval. Others include Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar, Sela), Ronald D Moore (writer/producer), Larry Nemecek (writer), Scott Tipton (writer), Andrew Probert (designer of the USS Enterprise refit and the USS Enterprise-D), Rick Sternbach (illustrator/designer), Doug Drexler (illustrator, make-up artist and visual effects) and of course, the man who designed the computer displays, scenic artist, Michael Okuda.
Many more of the cast have also voiced thier approval of the project and Paramount themselves have given thier permission for the set to be used.
The bridge, once finished, will be totally interactive, with real touch-screen computers in place of back-lit panels, that will be used to teach kids about science, a press of a button will activate red alert status, conn and ops panels that really work and possibly a large, fully working viewscreen – wow!
The project is due to be complete by the end of 2013, with a permanent home to be found by 2016. Until then, pieces of the bridge have begun to be shown at various events across the United States, where people have enjoyed having a photo sat in the chairs, or using a console.
They have just under 8,000 facebook followers, 2 million hits to thier website and have been featured in various on-line publications, blogs, websites including Star Trek.com and in the Star Trek Magazine.
From the site:
New Starship Enterprise Bridge Restoration is nonprofit foundation created to completely restore one of the Paramount created Enterprise-D Bridge sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it can be displayed to the public and turned into an Interactive Museum attraction.
The ORIGINAL TV Set was destroyed for the film Star Trek: Generations, and this duplicate set was created in 1997 by Paramount, under the supervision of Herman Zimmerman and Michael Okuda.
A group of the original Star Trek designers, artists, cast and crew including Ronald D. Moore, Naren Shankar, Doug Drexler, Andrew Probert, Herman Zimmerman, Rick Sternbach, David Gerrold, Brent Spiner and Larry Nemecek,are helping us update our set to the 21st Century technology with WORKING INTERACTIVE Touch Screen LCARS COMPUTERS. It will be the equivalent of the world’s largest, totally interactive educational video game.
By 2014, it will be opened to the public for Weddings, Meetings, Movie Showings, Fund Raising, Tours, Fan Films and more. Our Kickstarter and Indiegogo raised over $84,000, every dime of which goes directly into the restoration.
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You can visit thier website here and donate to this great cause.