I got a message from Zenzmurfy (aka Mike Ling) about two videos he posted on YouTube, showing off some new work-in-progress animations he has made very recently.
The fly-by shots of the ships is very reminiscent of Star Trek. Back then, to give the appearance of a ship flying through space, effects artists would have a detailed model ship in front of a blue screen and the camera would move over the ship to give the impression it is cruising through space.
Really awesome stuff. Thank you Mike for sharing these videos.