Originally Posted by jla1987
Anyboy know why CBS Digital didn't add the cool lighting on the Enterprise for the remastered episodes? deg has proven that it looks worlds more realistic when you add a nifty lighting scheme. Couldn't have been that hard...
From 3D Artist magazine -issue 05.
Apparently it was a commitment to honour the original series. The aim was to "slavishly" re-create some shots and tweak or slightly vary others. The Enterprise was originally done in Maya but was too detailed to render in a reasonable quantity of time. The render times per frame were 2-2.5 hours. So they simplified it and brought the time per frame down to 10-15 minutes.
I agree that there was an opportunity to tweak the Enterprise - I like the idea of refinement. But as we have seen with the new Enterprise, fan opinion varies a lot. They could tweak it one way and some fans disapprove. They tweak it another and other fans disapprove. It's a brave group of producers/artists who dare put their own stamp on the TOS ship.
Of course another thing to consider is budget and time constraints. Just how much money was made available to revamp the effects.