Venkman Here - The biggest geek of them all from Ain't it cool got to meet up with J.J. Abrams over at Paramount Pictures recently and J.J showed him some Star Trek Footage from the new movie that is coming out next year! Lucky Bastard! J.J. is very protective of his work and even the executives over at Parmount haven't seen anything! There is not much I can say about it other than I am excited to see the final product! You can read the full Article by clicking RIGHT HERE. Or check out some highlights below.
He showed me a scene of Ben Cross (Sarek) & Winona Ryder (Amanda Grayson) cradling a baby Spock on the surface of Vulcan. A baby with Spock ears is kind of amazing to look at. But there was no dialogue here, and Vulcan wasn't really there yet
The next scene was a really nicely completed visual effects pass of a pre-Enterprise Federation ship from about 25 years before the Enterprise. I've no idea how this fits into the larger story, same with the Spock baby stuff. But this effects shot had a completely different space feel than anything I've seen before from STAR TREK or STAR WARS. The shot began on a small part of the ship, then craned back and over to reveal the ship coming into a larger shot of the ship seemingly orbiting a really angry sun. The shot was absolutely dynamic as the star was seemingly raging - and we cut to the interior of the ship - it was very shadowy and very much like that of an old diesel submarine - JJ told me that the look was an evolving look for Star Fleet - so that you could get a sense of the passage of decades here.
I really like the dynamics and tone of this Space shot - very much not like something I'd seen before - although it was Star Trek, because the ship was a saucer, with a nacelle above and below the saucer. It just felt aggressive and frankly... badass.
he (J.J) pulled up a scene that looked like it was shot in an enormous hanger - There looked to be well over a hundred Starfleet graduates standing in the center of the room - with a couple of shuttlecrafts (old school) that looked like they were ready for boarding... the voice over was basically assigning cadets to the ship they would be serving on. The shot was huge, but oddly sparse... that's when the editor said they had a newer version of the scene and then worked with JJ to pull it up.
The newer version was much much grander. It feels as though some Intergalactic Pearl Harbor has happened and all the cadets are anxious to get underway. You'd see cadets running to meet their shuttles - and as shuttles filled up, they took off to take their crews to their respective starships. They hold on the long shot - we hear Leonard McCoy being assigned to the Enterprise - You catch Uhura being assigned to a place... not the Enterprise. You see Chris Pine as Kirk demanding to know why his name wasn't called out - apparently Kirk is in trouble. You remember that Kobayashi Maru thing he got a commendation for creative thinking for? Well, he isn't smiling about it here. It seems his entire future career in Starfleet is in jeopardy - and he might miss out on whatever is going on. In a way it plays like the reality of legend. The truth behind the mythology of Kirk's youth. How is Chris Pine? He's young. The scene I saw wasn't a strong KIRK scene, but a proto-KIRK scene. To see a character called Kirk that isn't comfortably calling all the shots is a bit strange, but welcomed at the same time. I can't wait to see how JJ takes the character and thrusts him into "greatness" - which has to happen in this film.
But then there's McCoy - when you see McCoy... you'll realize how metaphysically perfect Karl Urban was for the casting of the character. He's got that right cantankerous, best buddy, ethical, but anything for his friend type of doc attitude - and he has it down pat. He's helping Jim to get onto a ship, but in a million years I wouldn't spoil that. It's funny, without being ridiculous. And it begins to exhibit the early kernels of a classic Bones/Kirk interaction. Best friends with a history - and perhaps this moment is a key moment of that history. The favor that launched a career? Perhaps that is what I saw.
We see Uhura confront Spock regarding her assignment to NOT the Enterprise. Zoe Saldana doesn't look like the Uhura we knew - she looks young and hungry, confident and determined. And Spock... perfect.
It all ended with characters arriving on the bridge, under the command of Captain Pike. Sulu was at the helm - and the bridge. And the uniforms... Classic Trek. Nice. Then for the first time in the history of Star Trek, it looked amazingly functional. It echoes that classic Trek look - but imagine if you handed that design to the folks at APPLE and said... Make it really work. I instantly believed in the functionality of everything. That's hard to quantify, but it is true. Remember when you saw the war room underground on Hoth in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK? How it just felt functional - that's what this looked. And it looked Star Trek, without looking as cheap as Star Trek. It was a tech-fetishists wet dream.
I will say this - I've no idea of what this is going to be, but I got a sense of what JJ is up to. He's very much reinventing it - the way Robert Wise did - and at the same time - he's directing the actors with an energy and an aliveness that we haven't seen. This was exciting, yet strange and it felt somehow... real.
this isn't like regular Trek where the set moments had very little post work, here - with a grander scope to the Trek Universe - every moment is enhanced to take us into the future. And it's a future based on where our current technology is - and a leap forward from here. I think that's the greatest reason for this. Since STAR TREK, the technology of man has taken some pretty amazing leaps. This is a Trek future more in tune with the present we have and the future that would come from where we are now. That said, I can't wait to see more.
I am so excited to see this movie. I honestly think J.J. is going to bring Star Trek to a whole new level. Everything Harry says about what he saw is exciting. I would love to see what he saw! All I have though is the desciption Harry gave and my imagination to fill in the blanks, but the movie sounds like it will be amazing.