The Scenic Side of VoyagerBy Amy
March 28, 2001 - 7:48 PM
The official site has posted a third interview for the 'Reflections' section of their Voyager finale sub-site. This time, scenic artist James Van Over steps up to the microphone to talk about the show.
While working originally on 'The Next Generation' and 'Deep Space Nine', Van Over has been one of the scenic artists for 'Voyager' since day one, and it holds a special place in his heart. "Voyager holds a special place for me," he told the site, "because, though I worked on TNG, DS9, and three of the films, Voyager was the only one in which I was there from the beginning. I must admit to feeling like a proud uncle who helped in a small way to nurture it and help it grow."
While he lists his favourite episode as 'Relativity' - "not only because it provided new creative challenges for [him] personally and "also had a solid science fiction core and a terrific story" - from a purely artistic point of view, 'Future's End' is the standout.
"In 'Future's End,'" he commented, "I got to do two new sets of video graphics. On Starling's desktop computer, we used a variation of the "mutated Macintosh" interface we created for "Past Tense" on DS9. We felt this helped the old-Earth continuity. In the SETI lab, I got to have fun with the 1950s-60s green-screen computer look. I think I made about five or six new ones just for that."
More of the interview with Van Over, where he also talks about his favourite character (Janeway), can be found by following this link.