A Vintage Look at the Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 27, 2010 in Star Trek |

I came across this amazing video from back in the day showing quite a bit of behind-the-scenes work that went into Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1978. The film would be released in 1979 to mixed reviews, but while it wasn’t Star Wars you have to admire the amount of work that went into this film. You also get a glimpse into how making a special effects film was different then:

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: The set

Above: The film opens with a shot of the set — it gives you a feeling on what it must have been like to work on that film over thirty years ago.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: model of the Enterprise

Above: The scale of the model Enterprise was huge.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: model of the Enterprise

Above: Here they’re getting ready to film the model. Magicam was a special effects company from that era that also worked on the television series The Greatest American Hero and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: klingon models

Above: A fleet of Klingon ships which are surprisingly small in scale.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: pre-production model of a set design

Above: This is a pre-production model of a set design.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: Persis Khambatta has her hair shaved

Above: Persis Khambatta has her hair shaved (she looks quite unhappy until the end). By the way I hadn’t realized it but Persis passed away in 1998 at the young age of 49.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: a special cake

Above: My guess is that this may have been a cake from the wrap party.

The Making of Star Trek the Motion Picture: on the bridge of the enterprise

Above: Putting together the set of the bridge of the Enterprise.

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