Drexfiles - OPS – ds9′s Operations Center

Me, Mike and Denise have a lot of memories tied up in the DS9 Operations center. We spent a lot of late nights getting it ready for the first episode. It was a real departure. It was the first time that we had ever spent so much time developing the architecture of an alien race. Federation was curvy and round, while the Cardassian design ethic loved angles and corners. Here we are looking toward Sisko’s office, which had a distinctive eye-shaped window, easy to identify on Tony Meinenger’s DS9 station model. The office was intentionally grand by Cardassian standards, and framed with haughty arches. Unlike many of Trek’s command centers, Ops is punctuated with numerous levels and plateaus. This was considered extravagant because it slowed shooting the episodes. Marvin Rush our DP, bought a light-weight easy to maneuver camera crane to help move things along. Ops was notably the first big set where video graphics were used extensively. A departure from the “pola-motion” back lit graphics so prevalent on TNG. In the picture above, we are looking south toward Melrose Avenue and the famous Paramount Bronson gate. Of interest is the fact that the stage wall is only about three feet behind the window in Sisko’s office. The DS9 sets were enormous, and Herman Zimmerman took advantage of [every] bit of the soundstage.

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