Battlestar Galactica, the original television series from 1978, rode on the success from the theatrical release of Star Wars. However, trying to follow in Star Wars footsteps on a weekly basis was costly.
The show ran for a full twenty four episode season but ABC cancelled the show stating low ratings and the afore mentioned high costs. An example of this can be seen by watching just a few episodes. It becomes apparent that there was a limited amount of model work that was filmed and then used again and again throughout the series.
Space battles, whilst at first impressive, soon become a repetitive series of shots throughout the season.
But someone has had an idea. In recent years Paramount has been restoring both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation for HD. Raw footage is remastered from the original film elements and the special effects have recreated or improved upon using using modern CGI techniques.
Now what if the same process was applied to the original Battlestar Galatica? Removing all the stock footage from the space battles and instead replacing it with CGI to bring the show up to date and give it a new lease of life?
This video is apparently a test of that process to show what could be achieved in a hope to convince the studio executives to give a green light on the project.
Thanks to Ain’t It Cool News for the story.