Vfx supervisor Roger Guyett adapted the “dolly zoom” technique, made famous by Alfred Hitchcock on “Vertigo,” for shots of the starship Enterprise “going to warp.” Space seems to stretch for a moment, then snaps back to a normal perspective as the ship speeds away. “People use it for the feeling that a change is about to happen,” Guyett says. “You get this sense that the bow is being pulled back.”
Another highlight: The cityscapes for London and San Francisco. When Khan and Spock fight on a barge over San Francisco, “that entire city in the background is digitally created and it has to have a strong sense of design,” Guyett says.
“The problem with a lot of futuristic cities is they get too futuristic,” he adds. “J.J. (Abrams) would say ‘I want it to feel like people are actually living there.’ How do people get to work? We tried to think about all of those things.”