Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

The Trek Untold podcast is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise

84: Fred Raimondi, VFX Artist on Star Trek TNG

The first season of Star Trek TNG showcased some breakthroughs in visual FX for television and was truly groundbreaking with what that post-production team accomplished. Fred Raimondi was one member of that group of pioneers, but his time in Star Trek was just a footnote in his prolific career.

We discuss Fred’s beginnings as a filmmaker and the internship that changed the course of his life, how he got into VFX during his time with The Post Group in California doing “The Twilight Zone,” being a VFX artist on “Max Headroom,” and the road it led to working on Star Trek TNG thanks to Rob Legato.

From there, it’s stories of Greg Hutzel and Dan Curry (along with Rob) on season 1 to explain How the original transporter beam effect was made, making VFX for ships and phasers, the infamous deleted scene from “Encounter at Farpoint” and his embarrassing story from an early screening of it that could have gotten him fired, Tasha Yar’s death in “Skin of Evil,” and the behind the scenes info on one of the goriest Trek VFX ever with the exploding body from “Conspiracy”!

Plus, being on the Star Trek episode of “Reading Rainbow” with Levar Burton, his Grammy award-winning work on the Rolling Stones music video “Love is Strong,” the explosive Harrier jet scene climax to “True Lies,” understanding the difference between optical effects and visual effects, advice on being in the VFX industry and how to stay relevant within it, and more!

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