Cool news from the Final Frontier...
Anthony Pascale of TrekMovie.com:
141 days after he declared ‘action’ for the first time, J.J. Abrams [pictured] has wrapped principal photography for his Star Trek movie. This comes in pretty much on the original schedule (although a couple of weeks earlier than the revised schedule). The 20-week shoot is long, but actually comes in 2nd place for the franchise behind the 24 week shoot of the last ‘epic’ scale Trek film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
In his recent interview with TrekMovie.com, producer Damon Lindelof stated that shooting would go until mid April. TrekMovie.com asked co-writer and executive producer [Roberto Orci} how it is already finished and he replied
Well we always add a few weeks for the studio, just in case. This is a lesson we learned from Scotty…this way we can appear like miracle workers.
At closing of shooting [yesterday] on the Paramount lot JJ Abrams gave out gifts to the cast and crew and made speech thanking everyone.
Although ‘wrapped’ there is still some shooting going on. There are some 2nd unit shots (scenes without Abrams and principal cast) to go. Next week JJ Abrams is off to Tokyo for the Japanese premiere of Cloverfield and when he comes back there will be some ‘pick-up shots’ with some of the actors (stuff they missed, different angles, etc).
On to post production
Of course due to the move of the release date to May 2009, Star Trek’s 407 days will be the longest post-production period for any Trek film. The next big step for the film is in the hands of the two editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey [Industrial Light and Magic is] already at work on the visual effects, but they will now be increasing their efforts. Even though the film’s release was moved back 4 1/2 months, plans are for the film to stick with the original schedule for the most part, with some ‘padding.’ This means the film could be completed months before the release…so Paramount better lock up that vault tight.
That's great! There's only one thing left to say--Show me the (next) trailer!!