Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi: "When it came time to designing our hero ship, we were looking for something compact but burly, suggestive of muscle and maneuverability. We wanted this ship to have character marked by retro-fitted armaments and battle scars. Artist Bartol Rendulic did the honors. And once we'd signed off on the design, we handed things off to our VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson who oversaw its development ... "
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, Visual Effects Supervisor: "It's hard to understate just how impressed we were with the first concept sketches of the hero ship. For our team of modelers, animators and lighters, a world of possibilities became clear. The way the ships engine pods were mounted meant we could have it fly and maneuver in ways that traditional fixed engine ships couldn't. The detailed surface planes and trenches could house weapons, access points and, as we see in the first few episodes, a daring space walk. The ship's design gave it both a slick maneuverability while still making it look like a hulking brute you wouldn't want to mess with."
"Finding the right balance of weathered metal and patched paneling, we wanted to give the ship just as detailed a history as its crew members. There's scaring and blast marks from previous battles. Patched panels from repairs and upgrades the ship has had along its storied life."
"Building the ship at the same time the sets were coming together meant that communication between the art department and the VFX team was integral to creating one unified ship. Textures and colors from the exterior digital model needed to be reflected in the exterior extensions being built. The beautiful elaborate bridge had to be measured and photographed so that it could be perfectly incorporated into the front of the digital model. When we see inside windows we wanted to make sure you were actually seeing our bridge and corridors that the crew and actors filmed on every day."
"The goal was to create not just another ship but one of the heroes of our show. Just as nuanced and realistic as the crew is carries."