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Old 18-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Hi, newbie here, first post.

As a teenager at the time I remember clearly my first impressions of Space: 1999. Overall I was slightly disappointed. Firstly there were not really any hot girls in it, unlike UFO and the costumes were rather dull. The models I thought were OK and the plots and acting reasonable.
But what immediately struck me were the sets! Wow, I was simply gobsmacked by the Alpha interior sets. In 1975, when everything was basically brown, this was something else, and made the designs in Star Trek look positively archaic. I knew immediately that this was the future. White would be extensively used in minimalistic designs in interiors and I was of course right.
So how do these designs look now? Well if you ignore the mono CRT screens, they still look futuristic. In fact if Apple did interior design.....
The aspect of the sets that I liked most was that, uniquely, the set provided the light, by means of the light panels. Also the sets had ceilings with these light panels, and this meant plenty of low camera angles which was a quite different filming style from any other show, where sets were just flats, and the ceiling didnt exist as it was just open.
When I bought my first flat, I decided I was going to try to emulate this by eliminating lights from the living room. I replicated an Alpha ceiling by building a false ceiling with frosted perspex inset panels and lit from above. It worked really well because there was a large enough void above the false ceiling.
But, the way in which the Alpha walls have the lit panels was rather tricky and I never worked out a way to do this (anyone?). Of course we know how they did it in the studio but that method is not practical in an actual room without losing a huge amount of space.
The only way I can think of doing this and get 100% even light would be to use Electroluminescent sheet, but this would be massively expensive and difficult to do. This is why the sets are still futuristic, beyond todays technology!
Lastly a question: I have seen pictures in the past of the studio containing an Alpha set, or it might have been a UFO set whch were designed in a similar way. I cant find this picture any more, anyone know where to find it?
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Old 18-02-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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The sets weren't white, though...They were beige, Andy. But I agree, the sets were amazing and both the sets and the lighting were very futuristic.

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Old 19-02-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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The sets weren't white, though...They were beige, Andy. But I agree, the sets were amazing and both the sets and the lighting were very futuristic.

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Hey, I loved those plastic corridors: I wanted to live there!
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Old 19-02-2012, 08:03 AM   #4
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I did too...LOL! As a kid, I was blown away (or gobsmacked, as Andy says above) by the sets (especially Main Mission and the Commander's office)...I loved the crew's living quarters in Season 1, as well.

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The sets should be maintained in 2099
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Old 19-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #6
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Agree, I think you are right. Keith Wilson's sets are still brilliant today.
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Old 19-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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I remember as a teenager there was a bank that had a corridor with off white, light panel backlit walls. I use to hang out there just because it was like being on alpha. I ended up having to start an account so they wouldn't throw me out for hang around there for no reason.
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Old 24-02-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
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I'd like to see some updating for 2099...But for the most part, I'd really like to see that clean, modern aesthetic kept and the cool light panels (I'm pretty tired of grungy sci-fi show sets). Instead of the beige, perhaps they could go with a light gray with colored light panels, with a medium gray rubber grid flooring? Oh...It would also be nice too see that modular style kept too...So it looks like the base was actually put together.

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I remember as a teenager there was a bank that had a corridor with off white, light panel backlit walls. I use to hang out there just because it was like being on alpha. I ended up having to start an account so they wouldn't throw me out for hang around there for no reason.
Moonbase Alpha Loiterer...LOL!

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Old 24-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #10
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Does anyone know what they made the panels from? Even viewing on blu-ray the sets look like a superb piece of workmanship. What about the curved corner panels?
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The light panels or the entire wall panels, Andy?

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The light panels or the entire wall panels, Andy?

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Well I guess the inset light panels were just frosted perspex but what were the main panels made from? It must have been quite a thick material. Would they have used that type of board which consists of layers of card each side with rigid foam in between maybe?
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I'm guessing the walls had a wood frame, maybe covered with beige Formica or something (or maybe they were all wood and sanded really smooth, then painted)?

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