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 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I just saw the LIS unaired pilot for the first time. (Found it on iTunes) Personally I thought they put all their great ideas into the pilot, and it moved along way to fast. It felt very choppy. Thankfully, they redid the pilot, and slowly brought those original story elements out over a period of 5 or 6 episodes.

I laughed when the Lost In Space Logo appeared large on the screen and slowly moved backwards until it disappeared. Now I know where Lucas got THAT idea! And how funny all those years later Johnny Williams would end up scoring Star Wars with the same logo effect.

Last nights episode of VTTBOTS guest starred Ed Asner. (The Exile ) Great story with some clever writing. But what really stood out for me was Ed Asner's performance. Perhaps the best acting I've seen on Voyage thus far.

Question about the effects. When one is inside the observation room. Are the shots outside the window rear projection or blue screened? I don't see any matte lines so I don't think it was done with blue screen.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)



Question about the effects. When one is inside the observation room. Are the shots outside the window rear projection or blue screened? I don't see any matte lines so I don't think it was done with blue screen.


Back then it would have been rear projection.

The FX in Irwin Allen's TV shows were superb - the Lydecker brothers and LB Abbot were absolute geniuses. Some of the model work still stands up today, like the flying sub launch sequence in Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and Jupiter 2 flying over alien landscapes in Lost In Space.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I agree with you. I know the model work was done "in-camera" and looks so much better today than the blues screen effects from Star Trek TOS. Thanks for answering my other question.

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I was watching some LIS outtakes and old footage on YouTube and noticed several scenes from B&W episodes in color. Does this mean the entire series was filmed in color? If so, why aren't season one episodes rebroadcast in color?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2013 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Crush! Kill!! Destroy!!!

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!!

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2013 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I was watching some LIS outtakes and old footage on YouTube and noticed several scenes from B&W episodes in color. Does this mean the entire series was filmed in color? If so, why aren't season one episodes rebroadcast in color?

As I understand it, Irwin wanted to shoot the pilot episode in color, but 20th Century Fox wouldn't pay for the difference. So he just ordered the miniature fx to be filmed in color, with an eye toward possibly re-using them in future color episodes.

But that was only for the pilot. Miniatures for "The Derelict" were shot in black and white, which is painfully obvious later when they get re-used in S3 "Kidnapped in Space," crudely tinted blue.

I don't recall hearing of any live-action scenes from year 1 being in color.

 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ ZapBrannigan- Thanks for the response. That would answer a lot. I think most of the shots I saw were Special Effects work. (Chariot, Cyclops, etc.) One other shot that stood out was a scene of the space pirates robot parrot sitting on Will's shoulder. It was a color shot. The episode was in B&W. Perhaps the robot parrot returned in a later episode?

 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

It did, as did the pirate, Tucker, in the second season Treasure of the Lost Planet.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It did, as did the pirate, Tucker, in the second season Treasure of the Lost Planet.

Oh wow. Didn't remember that, thxs! MeTV is still broadcasting the first season, and I haven't seen the series in 35 years.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Last night they broadcast "The Challenge" with Kurt Russel. I wonder if this is where Lucas got his light saber idea from?

In this episode John Robinson got to play "Zorro" as he was asked to finish the challenge with the alien boy's father. They fought with electrically charged sabers. They gave off sparks on contact and when John hit a tree it split it in half like butter! (very cool effects shot) when they hit a bolder it gave off an electrical blast. Pretty much acting like light sabers!

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Too funny. Someone added the glow effect.



Starts at the 1:18 mark. No sound because of copyright claim.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I love the Lost in Space ship, the robot, the miniature ship (forget the name) and the land rover vehicle (forget the nam). Also the jet packs.

The episode with the army of Remco robots is a favorite. Also like the one where the robot grows to giant size and they have to go inside of him to reverse the process.

There is an Irwin Allen sound effect that sounds very much like one of Raymond Scott's inventions.

It is track 29 on disc 2 of Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research:

http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Research-Inc/dp/B000QR1D1C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1259973243&sr=8-3

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2013 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I love the Lost in Space ship, the robot, the miniature ship (forget the name) and the land rover vehicle (forget the nam). Also the jet packs.

The episode with the army of Remco robots is a favorite. Also like the one where the robot grows to giant size and they have to go inside of him to reverse the process.


The Chariot and Space Pod. wink When I was a kid I loved those two robot centric episodes myself. Got a Remco Robot as a Xmas gift way back when.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Are there any post production information available on Irwin Allen shows? Specifically pre-production designs or drawings for the spaceships, robots and other hardware on his shows? For example are there any early concept drawings for the LIS robot? There's a descent amount of material on Star Trek TOS, but I've never seen anything on Irwin Allen productions.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Are there any post production information available on Irwin Allen shows? Specifically pre-production designs or drawings for the spaceships, robots and other hardware on his shows? For example are there any early concept drawings for the LIS robot? There's a descent amount of material on Star Trek TOS, but I've never seen anything on Irwin Allen productions.


This is all I have of Bob Kinoshita's robot sketches:







 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ ZapBrannigan - That is totally awesome! Thxs a lot. smile I was wondering if there were any early production designs of the robot. I love the final design.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

@ ZapBrannigan - That is totally awesome! Thxs a lot. smile I was wondering if there were any early production designs of the robot. I love the final design.

Yeah, it's pretty cool. A licensed, high-quality, high-accuracy replica is available for $24,500:

http://www.lostinspacerobot.com/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Lost In Space has been re-mastered in HD, so I suppose a Blu-ray release could be on the cards. Some debate here as to aspect ratio.

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=228679

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ ZapBrannigan - That is totally awesome! Thxs a lot. smile I was wondering if there were any early production designs of the robot. I love the final design.

Yeah, it's pretty cool. A licensed, high-quality, high-accuracy replica is available for $24,500:

http://www.lostinspacerobot.com/


If I ever win the lottery I will be getting one!

There's a new model kit of the subject that just got released this week. Unfortunately I'm not into model making, but if they release it as a prepaint and assembled I'll be getting one.

http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Lost-in-Space-Robot-from-Moebius-Models_p_2802.html

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Lost In Space has been re-mastered in HD, so I suppose a Blu-ray release could be on the cards. Some debate here as to aspect ratio.

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=228679


I didn't read all the posts, but is this confirmed? I know a company did some remastering tests to sell the idea to FOX. But I don't know if they got the go ahead, (finances) to actually do the entire series.

 
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