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Trek Welder Talks Teaser Shoot January 21, 2008

by Charles Trotter , Filed under: Interview,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

EXCLUSIVE: The teaser trailer for the new Star Trek starts off with the face of a rugged welder…and as it turns out he wasn’t just acting! spoke to the ‘welder’ actor and got the lowdown on what it was like to shoot the new Trek teaser.

Like almost every other actor in LA, last fall Anthony Vitale went in to Paramount to audition for the big sci-fi film "Corporate Headquarters." Vitale had no idea that was a code name for JJ Abrams new Star Trek feature. After reading some lines Casting Director April Webster pulled him aside and asked him the fateful question "do you know how to weld?" Little did she know that Vitale had only started acting 3 years previously after being laid off as a marine carpenter and welder. Needless to say he was soon on Stage 25 at Paramount decked out in a full genuine welding outfit and ready to be the first man shot for Star Trek in years, something the actor is rather proud of.

The very first frame of film for principal photography on the teaser trailer was my close-up with the goggles on. When the cameras first turned on to start Star Trek XI, it was Anthony Vitale’s close-up.

Vitale sets the scene and it is clear he was the man for the job…

There was real steel there for the welding. I was using a genuine welding tool…specifically it was a mig welder — the technical term for that type of welding is gas metal arc welding. I was actually standing on concrete and there were some special effects going on behind me but the sparks that you guys see in front of my face, those are real… I was actually welding

Although what Vitale was doing was very real, of course there was a lot of movie magic going on…

Half the stage had a green screen and a green floor. Plus on the backlot there it was shot in front of a giant greenscreen. A good portion of it was real, but as far as the ship itself, there was just partial columns that were painted the color of NCC-1701. It gave them a starting point, I imagine, to CGI the remainder of the ship..

Often teaser trailers are shot by assistant directors, but in this case Vitale found out that he was to work with the man himself…

J.J. Abrams came in and directed my scene and then the first AD [Tommy Gormley] directed the rest of the stuff with everyone else. So I had the opportunity to work directly with J.J. Abrams. He is a very, very nice guy, really down to Earth. And to be honest with you, I was quite in awe because of his success. To have worked directly with him – you know, it’s just a short scene, it’s just a teaser trailer, but I was ecstatic, to say the least.

At this point Vitale doesn’t know if his teaser scene is going to be in the final film, but says there was ‘mention’ of him being brought back for the principal photography phase on the film itself (in a different role). Right now Vitale is riding high on getting onto the big screen in a big way. Like many actors he had no idea if what he shot would end up on the cutting room floor so like all the fans he went to see Cloverfield over the weekend to catch a glimpse…

Everything’s been so secret and under wraps, I had no idea what kind of finished footage was gonna be left in the teaser. But, [that] night is when it really sunk in… when I saw my face on the big screen for a huge film with a very loyal following. And I was very excited about that.

Plus it turns out, Vitale has always been a Star Trek fan who has been watching it since his childhood. When asked which Trek was his favorite he quiped "I want to believe Star Trek XI is my favorite."

Anthony Vitale…welder and actor


About Anthony
Hailing from Hailey, Idaho, Viscale was a professional marine carpenter/welder until he was laid off from his company on November 18th, 2004. Having been theatrically trained as a child, he turned to acting. Since then, has made appearances on several television series, including Days of Our Lives, Passions, and Numb3rs. He also worked with Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan on the pilot for Shark and appeared on The Nine, starring Enterprise‘s John Billingsley. In addition, he has four films due out in 2008. Currently, he is in rehearsals for a remake of The Night of January 16th at the Royal Theatre aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

For more on Anthony Vitale, see his pages on MySpace and IMDb.

Mr. Vitale extends gratitude and thanks to J.J. Abrams, all of the producers, and casting directors April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg for allowing him to be a part of the Star Trek phenomenon.


Full Coverage of the Star Trek Trailer:

HD Version of Teaser + Viral Site + Screenshots
Fan-made art inspired Trek teaser Roberto Orci Q&A On Teaser
Review – Star Trek Teaser Trailer [w/TRAILER VIDEO]
First Official Image of the USS Entperprise
Review – “Cloverfield”


1. Pragmaticus - January 21, 2008

Pretty sweet!

2. Tony Whitehead - January 21, 2008

I loved the teaser and the fact that so many folks got to see it this weekend.

3. GNDN - January 21, 2008

That’s show business, man. Vitale’s story is a movie in itself. This picture just gets better and better.

4. GNDN - January 21, 2008

Oh, and nice scoop, Chuck.

5. Papa Jim - January 21, 2008

This makes me wonder if ANY of the trailer is going to be in the film.

6. Keith H - January 21, 2008

Wow, all my imagination for the teaser and what it could be has been broken down into green-screen, CGI, the actors involved and who directed it. I need to stop reading this stuff but I am too interested. UGH!

7. Batts - January 21, 2008

What a nice break for this guy!! Why could’nt I be in that place..maybe as a Starfleet janitor or garbage man??

8. Freddie Wise - January 21, 2008

Cool stuff! I want to work on a Star Trek Movie!!! :-D

9. devolution - January 21, 2008

i posted this earlier, but this entry seems more appropriate and less populated so far, so…

does anybody know the identity of the second welder shown in the trailer? it looks like carl lumbly from ‘alias’, which would be appropriate…

10. Chirs M - January 21, 2008

Good to hear the bloke in the teaser is genuine Star Trek fan and was genuinely excited just to be part of the teaser. Excellent story!

11. The Realist - January 21, 2008

I found this Teaser to be the best for Trek. I love all the other films but thier trailers feel cheesy except for Trek VI and Trek VIII. This felt well realy classy and well thought out. Not bits from other Trek movies.

12. Mike - January 21, 2008

Good for him, way to go. Silly me, I was under the impression that the welder was actually this guy…

13. Ensign Ricky - January 21, 2008

Every time I hear a story like this about this movie, I get a good feeling. The producers draw inspiration for the trailer from a fan produced image, a professor who has a terminal illness will be in the movie as a crew member, and now Mr. Vitale, a fan of Trek has his chance to be a part of this whole phenomenon. Well done JJ and team, Trek is in good hands. I look forward to December!

14. James Jamziz - January 21, 2008

What an expression on his face. They chose the right guy. They should give him a cameo appearance.

15. max - January 21, 2008

cool. best of luck to this guy. Hope it leads to bigger and better things for his future.
Awesome trailer, by the way.

16. Noleuser - January 21, 2008

Very cool, I wish I was in the trailer.

17. Jabob Slatter - January 21, 2008

Wow. Interviews with the guy who barely appears in the teaser trailer. I’m impressed with the thoroughness of this site. Very impressed.

Good luck Mr. Vitale!

18. Imrahil - January 21, 2008

In that headshot he looks like the love child of Matt Frewer and Bruce Willis.

19. Jeffrey S. Nelson - January 21, 2008

He’s Vitale to the production!

20. Anthony Pascale - January 21, 2008

17…we leave no stone unturned here!
Especially Chuck…he is the one that found Mr. Vitale while I was still trying to figure it out. Most impressive my young padawan

18…OMG you are right!

21. John from Cincinnati - January 21, 2008

He could pass as Jeffrey Hunter. Have they cast Christopher Pike yet?

22. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

What a loyal group of fans!!! Thanks for having me.

23. Smitty - January 21, 2008

You know he has the look of a TOS actor.

I could picture him as a Lt. type working security but not a red shirt!


24. Charles Trotter - January 21, 2008

For the record, I’m not really the one who found him. It was a fellow contributor/admin on Memory Alpha who brought it to my attention, and I alerted Anthony P.

Just for the record. :)

25. JustBob - January 21, 2008

Mr. Vitale,

From one mig welder to another, welcome aboard! Best of luck with your acting career – break a leg!

26. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

Thanks hopefully this career will have less smoke!!!

27. Sci-Fi Bri - January 21, 2008

I think he would be a good red shirt… how’s your dying, Anthony?

how’s this look on your resume: “First Red Shirt to die in star trek in 39 years” ?

28. Etha Williams - January 21, 2008

So cool! I can only imagine how I’d feel if I went into the teaser for a Trek movie and found out that I’d made it into it. (Okay, so seeing my face on any big screen would be cool…but especially Trek!) Hope you get into the film itself as well, Anthony!

29. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

Having a stunt background as well, I was last killed by Eric Roberts in the film “The Butcher” I’ve been told “you die well”!!!!!

30. Charles Trotter - January 21, 2008

Congratulations, Mr. Vitale! And again, the best of luck in your career. Break a leg, indeed! :)

And now… good night. :)

31. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

My hope as well………………..

32. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

Thank you Mr. Trotter!

33. JustBob - January 21, 2008

Re: 26. Anthony Vitale – January 21, 2008

“Thanks hopefully this career will have less smoke!!!”

Indeed. I do so love welding during an August day, you? It’s not just the heat but the smoke tends to linger a bit more than usual.

34. Enc - January 21, 2008

im wondering.
hopefuly we get to see Vitale listed as welder, regardles if the trailer footage makes it to film or not.

35. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

That is why I chose the marine industry, more heliarc/stainless as opposed to stick welding galvanized fence posts!!

36. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

Thanks Enc!!

37. Enc - January 21, 2008

oh i forgot.
cause we fans can be such nerds some times.
you know what would have been cool? if they had Vitale welding an actual part of the set. It dosent matter what set or if its seen. just that it be a part of the set.

38. georgina vitale - January 21, 2008

Yay, Anthony, very cool.
love you,

39. JustBob - January 21, 2008

RE: 35. Anthony Vitale – January 21, 2008

“That is why I chose the marine industry, more heliarc/stainless as opposed to stick welding galvanized fence posts!!”

I’ve done my share of stick welding over the years, it wasn’t a joy to say the least. I prefer mig welding overall.

40. Anthony Vitale - January 21, 2008

Thanks again everyone for your enthusiasm and without our fans we are nothing, I shall never forget! Thanks for being one!

41. patio - January 21, 2008

yeah because in the 2200’s we’d be using welding materials from the 1920’s

42. Sci-Fi Bri - January 21, 2008

Maybe Anthony could be a bad guy… i could see him getting death-gripped by Spock… that would work.

43. Sci-Fi Bri - January 21, 2008

re: 41. patio – January 21, 2008

” yeah because in the 2200’s we’d be using welding materials from the 1920’s”

I doubt that the physics of metal to metal bonding are going to change soon.

44. Anthony Pascale - January 21, 2008

Ah Anthony…it wouldn’t be a genuine experience with Trek fans if someone didn’t come in and nitpick!…by the way if anyone asks you about ‘nacelles’…just smile and say ‘i love star trek’

45. JustBob - January 21, 2008

Re: 40. Anthony Vitale – January 21, 2008

“Thanks again everyone for your enthusiasm and without our fans we are nothing, I shall never forget! Thanks for being one!”

And a big thanks to you for taking the time out to interact with us geeks. :)

Sleep well – I’m off to bed.

Take care all!

46. trekee - January 21, 2008

Ahh, the Vulcan Death Grip… you aren’t Romulan are you?

Excellent article to start the day with guys, and Kudos to Anthony V for being there right at the restart, obviously he’s had a reall kick out of it…

47. Locutus of Alberni - January 21, 2008

Honestly, I thought that they’d found another role for Jeffery Combs!

Great job, though, Anthony! The teaser’s great!

48. trekee - January 21, 2008

@44 – who us? Surely not….


49. Alex Rosenzweig - January 21, 2008

41 – So pretend it’s a fusion torch. ;) After all, it might be a little more exotic than just plain welding to secure tritanium/duranium plates together.

Anthony V., congrats on getting a prime role as one of the first people to be seen acting in connection to the new Trek! For me, the irony of all this is, just a few hours ago, I’d downloaded a nice resolution version of the trailer and was watching it, wondering, “Okay, now who is this guy?” And I check back here just before going to bed, and voila’! An article, with an interview, and “this guy” is posting in the talkback, bantering with us. Now how cool is that? :)

Reading some of the really neat stuff about this film and the people involved with it, it’s hard not to come away with a warm feeling. Enthusasm like thuis is infectious, and I hope it can be sustained through 2008, ’cause we may have a real treat next Christmas to cap it all off!

50. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 21, 2008

Very, very nice.

51. Daniel Broadway - January 21, 2008

Congrats, Mr. Vitale! I’m sure that a very neat experience.

52. S. John Ross - January 21, 2008

A good read and an inspiration. Congratulations, Mr. Vitale! Good stuff.

53. Bobby - January 21, 2008

Congrats, Mr. Vitale! Hope the business treats you well and the best of luck to you. Hope this is not your last journey with us among the stars.

54. S. John Ross - January 21, 2008

Oh, and I officially demand a 10-minute featurette of Vitale’s story be included with the deluxe DVD set.

55. Alex Trekek - January 22, 2008

I gotta say, I was looking forward to Cloverfield, but that the main reason I saw it opening hour (at midnight) was for the star trek teaser. I am not at all displeased. even knowing that the film is a year away, and that the first trailer with real footage is at least several months away. I am very happy with the teaser. Its obviously huge and even the teaser is huge. I havent been this excited about star trek since ds9, and i’m only 28! wow! JJ… good job, bro. marketing is important! and mr. orci.. i know you read these, so to you especially: good job! star trek needs new blood. market away. many fans, unfortunately, have become disenfranchised with trek, and marketing is key in bringing them back. this movie will do it. trek used to be immensely profitable, and will be again, if marketed properly.

56. jfh100970 - January 22, 2008

Perhaps if William Shatner knew how to weld then he would’ve been in the movie after all, lol.

57. Christian Hinze - January 22, 2008

hey Mr. Vitale,

Greetings from Germany! I would like an autograph of the person who have built the enterprise. Perhaps you can sign a picture from the teaser? Do you believe that should be possible?

Live long and prosper,


58. Harry - January 22, 2008

Awesome interview! :D

I’m sure whole novels and websites will get written about this 23rd century welder.

As an aside, anyone else getting some real 1940s/50s ‘mad scientist’ type of feel from the way he appears in the trailer?

59. stevie jay - January 22, 2008

oh my freakm god

60. me - January 22, 2008

Cool, an interview with the welder.
Couldn’t have found a better face.
And from one moment to the other this face is suddenly known all over the world.

61. fakesteve - January 22, 2008

kudos, Anthony Vitale, the coolest welder in the solar system…

62. NCC-73515 - January 22, 2008

58. Harry: As an aside, anyone else getting some real 1940s/50s ‘mad scientist’ type of feel from the way he appears in the trailer?

Yes, I immediately thought of Stranger from Nocturne… and Doc Brown in 1955 when he demonstrates his plan for Marty on the model that he didn’t paint :D

63. Doorchime - January 22, 2008

You kno what I think is a pleasent surprise?

That these filmmakers are actually taking serious action to make something like a teaser trailer. Sure, we had teasers before, but most of them were faint SF shots, dialog and logo’s or something that was in the movie anyway. This one is scripted (according to Roberto), cast with a bona-fide actor and directed by the the director himself, albeit partly. They even, and this is something that pleases me the most, had new music written and performed. It could be werth our while to find out if its Giacchino’s. If so, we’ll have a strong indication in what Star Trek would sound like.

And to mr. Vitale, welcome to the Star Trek legacy. I’ll reckon your caracter will have his name and background in Memory Alpha soon. In a way, you’ve become inmortal already :)

64. CanuckLou - January 22, 2008

Its these nuggets of information that make this site a joy to visit.

Once again, thanks guys!

65. Marian Ciobanu - January 22, 2008

-Cool thing…that teaser trailer…

66. Anthony (no, not THE Anthony, the one in Indiana) - January 22, 2008

Is it just me, or are Anthonys are always really good looking?

67. GraniteTrek - January 22, 2008

It’s just you. Or not you.


In any case, glad that Anthony Vitale is making headway in his career after the last one got cut short. He’s a brave man to make a leap from one career to a totally different one – and one hard to break into, as well.

68. British Naval Dude - January 22, 2008

Well, that’s a bonny little article. It’s funny that Mr. Vitale is in what be probably the most awaited, most watched trailer of the year… probably more seen than many of this day’s Oscar picked pictures…good for him… hope he does get put in the final picture somewhar.

69. GraniteTrek - January 22, 2008

Oh, and on another topic (this one Anthony Vitale should be familiar with) – even on the biggest ships, where computers control the cutting torches that make up the modules that get put together into the ships – such as the Nimitz carriers – it still comes down to human welders manhandling these big sections together (I saw a documentary where they had to use welders, jacks, and good old fashioned sledgehammers to get the bulbous bow section to fit on the hull of the USS GHW Bush, the latest carrier launched). Hard working men doing a tough job. So it still comes down to the human touch. I don’t think that’ll ever change.

70. Andy Patterson - January 22, 2008

Good story. Everybody loves a success story.

71. Scott - January 22, 2008

Re: #21: I had the same thought. Vitale does bear more than a passing resemblance to Hunter. He also reminds me of actor Michael Barrier, who played DeSalle in a couple of episode of TOS:

He has a real old school leading man look that is largely absent from TV and movies these days. I’d certainly cast him to play an action hero or a Starship captain.

Congrats on the Trek gig, and best of luck with your career, Mr. Vitale!

Scott B. out.

72. Ralph - January 22, 2008

It would seem Anthony Vitale is a genuine human being like JJ Abrams. I have been spreading the news about Star Trek and this sight with news and links at blogs and discussion groups back to here. I hope everyone else is doing the same. Spread the news.

73. j w wright - January 22, 2008

in his shot he looks like a character from classic science fiction, something you might see in a well produced ray bradbury story… tres cool.

74. Schiefy - January 22, 2008

I am glad Mr. Vitale has been identified as it was really bugging me since I saw his face in the trailer–where have I seen him before?!

My family and I watch Numbers rather faithfully so when I saw Mr. Vitale credited there I knew that is where I had seen him.

Keep up the great work (and we hope you get more great work) Mr. Vitale and thanks for becoming part of Star Trek in such a grand way!

75. Buckaroohawk - January 22, 2008


Anthony PASCale (operator of this very site).
Anthony VITale (the first actor seen in a filmed Trek production in yeears).

I’m sensing a conspiracy here… :-)

76. Bonez, Thugz, Harmony & McCoy - January 22, 2008

This is why I check this site 15 times a day – for fun stories like this

77. barry - January 22, 2008

WOW….based on what I’ve seen so far…ie. THE TRAILER….the movie will win at least 10 academy awards…..bullocks

78. Kenny S - January 22, 2008

OK its good they have this man a break … BUT
couldnt he be in a clean white antigravity suit hovering over the platforms a few feet controling the nanorobots that were doing the welding via a 3d virtual goggle controler??

Why the 1912, sweaty, stinky, dirty, dark, slave-labour, old fashioned, welding thing????

79. Moonwatcher - January 22, 2008

Maybe its just me, but doesn’t the welder in his goggles remind you of the mutants in the film Battle for the Planet of the Apes?

80. Sci-Fi Bri - January 22, 2008

#75: thats what RSS is for :-P

#77: that would be far less cool… less cool

81. John N - January 22, 2008

You know what I love MOST about the teaser?

It doesn’t LOOK like any Trek we’ve seen before. After TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise, they became so damn formulaic in everything… from music, to cinematography…. everything. I remember turning on the TV once, and based on a guest star running through a forest, I guessed that it was Enterprise. You could just tell from the lighting and the music. That was the day I stopped watching Star Trek completely, because I realized just how stale it had become.

This does NOT look like Star Trek, and that’s why I love it.

82. Victor Hugo - January 22, 2008

>Why the 1912, sweaty, stinky, dirty, dark, slave-labour, old fashioned, >welding thing????

Maybe to make it more real, to emphasize the industrial feeling ,
the fact this is heavy metal being dealt by humans.

Maybe to give it a steampunk feel.

Maybe that´s how Joe Michael Straczynski envisioned. ;)

Maybe having machines building it, like it should, it would lead folks to think this is a Terminator or the MATRIX sequel. (the Terminator 2 teaser showed machines bulding the T-800 then he says “I´ll be back”.

Or maybe this Star Trek movie is a cross-over with DUNE, where the Orange Catholic Bible forbids Robots and Androids.

83. Khan - January 22, 2008

41,77 – I think they are trying to create a mood. Things will be grittier in this version of the 23rd century.

84. Andreas -horn- Hornig - January 22, 2008


btw MIG = metal inert gas ;) just to say that because my engeniering part takes over ;)

but I really hope, that he will get an acting role in the final thing!
he sounds quite nice.

greets, Andreas

85. I AM THX-1138 - January 22, 2008

Geez, some of us are a bit too nerdy. We think that if it’s Star Trek, there must be technological magic involved in everything. Try this hat on:

Perhaps after years and years of attempting advancements in the joining of metals, we have gone back to the best method available: real people applying heat in one form or another and “welding” the pieces. Robots can do a more perfect job, but people still have more faith in their fellow man when it comes to a delicate job like building a craft to travel across the galaxy at faster-than-light speeds.

And the union won’t let them use robots.

It’s going to be a real long year if we don’t learn to use our imaginations and quit flailing our arms in the air at every little detail. It’s pretend, remember?

I was thinking about this guy (now known to me as yet another Anthony) as being the first person on film for the new movie. And of course, here is where I find an interview with him less than a week after seeing the teaser.

86. Dr. Image - January 22, 2008

Very cool.
Hey, he would’ve made a good Pike!

87. AJ - January 22, 2008

I would like to welcome Anthony to Trek as well. When this becomes a democracy, I vote he be cast in the film.

Scotty: “Och me poor bairns! Tony…ya think ya could get up top for a wee look at the port nacelle? Don’t forget your kit, laddie. Ensign Ricky! Please help our good man here, and see to it he doesn’t get hurt.” (That’s to protect you, Anthony. If someone has to die, make sure it’s not you).

Hope you get more than that. Every single actor in any role in Star Trek is generally known here, and you are our first glimpse of the new film.


88. Woulfe - January 22, 2008

Welcome to the Star Trek family Andy.

Don’t worry we don’t bite.

Unless we’re asked to do so.

– W –
* heh heh heh heh heh heh *

89. The Vulcanista - January 22, 2008


Agreed! I couldn’t believe the resemblence to Jeffrey Hunter when AV lifted that welder’s mask!

And Georgina, if you’re Mrs. AV, you’re one LUCKY woman! Rowr!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

90. Scott Gammans - January 22, 2008

That is so cool! Congratulations, Mr. Vitale… and great story, Anthony!

91. georgina vitale - January 22, 2008

I am the cousin.
by the way, there is no Mrs. AV

92. Andreas -horn- Hornig - January 22, 2008

@ 87:

Let’s start a petition to get him in? ;)

93. Anthony Pascale - January 22, 2008

RE: Buckaroohawk
Are you implying there is some kind of mob connection going on here? You know accidents happen to people who talk!

94. Anthony Pascale - January 22, 2008

oh and people I appreciate the thanks….but please note that Chuck gets the credit here.

95. AV - January 22, 2008

Thank you everyone for the kind comments!!

96. AV - January 22, 2008

There is no conspiracy Anthony and I only share a first name and a vowel!!

97. The Vulcanista - January 22, 2008




Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

98. Scott - January 22, 2008

Its nice to see a fan of Trek get there 15 minutes!
Congratulations Dude!
Its also funny how everyone in LA is a actor.
The Photo Studios in LA have to do great business!
Everyone in town probably has a
publicity photo kit under the bed.
You never know when those audition tables are
getting set up down the street looking for “TV Ugly” people.
But not real people ugly, tv ugly.
Thats a Simpsons Quote/Joke if anyone gets it!

99. Diabolik - January 22, 2008

#81… john N…I’m with you…. if they are goingto attract the regualr movie-going audience, and not just old trekkers, they must make it fresh and exciting.

They must want to see it in spite of it being trek, not just because.

100. Kenny S - January 22, 2008

# 95 AV

Is that you Anthony Vitale?

Congrats.. something tells me that they will put you in the movie in more and more scenes… give you a good part…

and why not, perhaps you will be an ongoing actor on star trek for many years to come!

101. Kenny S - January 22, 2008

I can agree that knowing that the Enterprise was HAND MADE gives some quality to it……

There is nothing like the care of humans… BUT still.. this is the 23rd century…

102. Daoud - January 22, 2008

Well, if the big E was constructed in 2245, it is making a lot of sense now that a young Winona and George Kirk were cast. And Sarek and Amanda might be present to view it in some manner… And also with a young teen Jim and older teen Sam around to view it…

Perhaps that welding fellow is a younger Christopher Pike working as a welder. Who’s not to say he went to OCS after serving as a Welder in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers? That could tie in the resemblance. Age would be about right.

103. AV - January 22, 2008

It is Kenny, thanks buddy.

104. Diabolik - January 22, 2008

AV, here’s hoping that this is not your last or biggest role in the Trek saga! Hope to see you in uniform on the bridge someday.

105. Diabolik - January 22, 2008

AV, Any convention apppearances planned yet? :)

106. Diabolik - January 22, 2008

Hey, Anthony, any convention appearances planned yet? :)

107. Scott - January 22, 2008

Everyone remembers in Star Trek 3 when the Admiral told Kirk & Crew
that the Enterprise was over 20 years old & was not being refitted?
Ever since then IMO the history of the Enterprise is open for debate.
The Search for Spock line regarding the age of the Enterprise should
have been more like 30 years at that point.
Its cool that the Enterprise itself has such a rich history.
This is one concept that The Menagerie
explored very nice with the cage clips.
Hope the this new film adds to that fun.

108. AV - January 22, 2008

None yet, !!!!! :- )

109. Cush - January 22, 2008

OMG I just read each of these posts and I cant believe any of you came up with the big question? The Enterprise was built in space by guys in freeking space suits… Its canon for one! Second of all the Enterprise not only couldnt be built on earth, because of size and weight… It would have no way of taking off! (Its not Voyager) The details in the ship are in some cases alarmingly different. I clearly do not understand the need for reinvention! especialy with the exterior. I was prepared to eat the new interior but dang why do they have to allways change stuff we are all to familiar with down to the last detail. Do I throw away all my manuals? at most they will make a handfull of movies that will force me to try and accept all the new ness… They screwed up lost in space and they are about to screw up this movie too.

110. mike - January 22, 2008

So excited to see this today . I just finished watching an old one.. But then i read into it and was dissapoinited.. going back to the beginning.. eeekkk judt like the new show that no one watches… boring… no one likes to go backwards.. and how less advanced they where . we like to see the future and our favorate actors not some newbees that we are not attached to… not looking forward to it now at all… dont waste your time..

111. I AM THX-1138 - January 22, 2008

In response to #’s 109 and 110, I would like to refer them to a book called “Who moved my cheese?”

Sometimes in life things change. Some people can adjust to change. Some people don’t like to change.

If change is not for you, that’s OK. This site does have a definite “pro new movie slant” though, so you may not like a lot of what we have to say. And that’s OK too.

And Cush: Gene Roddenberry wrote in the Trek Encyclopedia that the Enterprise was built in the Naval ship building yards in San Francisco. On the ground. Out of Gene’s mouth (or pen) makes it canon in my book. We have been over this and it seems like the folks who think it was built in space have their fingers in their ears.

Oh yeah, and it’s all pretend.

112. diabolk - January 22, 2008


Are you George Takei?

Annyway, this is as close to true Trek as we will ever get, except for the original.

I don’t think anyone wanted another TNG movie. Give me TOS anytime!

This is not Enterprise… it is TOS in nrew movie form!

I haven’t been this stoked about a Trek project since the early original cast movies.

113. Edith Keeler - January 22, 2008

Yea, but Cawely was his stand-in.

114. Enc - January 22, 2008


whats the new joining tech i forget


u know paramount will jack up the price for that


it couldhave been just a ref to an earlier refit.
maybe ill crunch some numbers when i get home

115. OR Coast Trekkie - January 22, 2008

The best of success to you Mr. Vitale.

Here’s a question I have for you (if you are still reading this forum). How much of a backstory/backgrund information did/do they give you? Do they give you things like time and place, what it was you were welding, the mood you were to create, etc. This teaser has produced rather heated arguments in other forums on whether the Enterprise was constructed on earth or in space, and so I am half-jokingly curious as to whether or no you were given the inside info.

116. diabolk - January 22, 2008

Yeah, I’m wondering, what was your motivation as an actor to prepare mentally for this scene? :)

117. Hon. David Kulessa - January 23, 2008


“… I’m a welder.”

118. Rhett Coates - January 23, 2008

AV: Do you recall Kirk’s line to Picard in ST-VII (in the Nexus), “…This is my uncle’s barn in Idaho!” Well, if JJ offers you some other role in the shoot as well, why couldn’t you portray Kirk’s UNCLE in Idaho? (That wouldn’t be a stretch, though, considering it’s stated that you hail from that state, anyway.) And references to your resembline Jeffrey Hunter aren’t too far off the mark, either. From one actor to another, AV, “Break a leg!” (I only wish I lived closer to L.A.—I would have auditioned for a role as well. I did send in the resume/headshot, but with no reply. But then, not everyone makes it into Starfleet, do they?)

119. Edith Keeler - January 23, 2008

Check out

And you people did not believe me when I said that Cawley was going to be in the movie….

120. Gustavo Valente - January 23, 2008

What a great debut, mr. Vitale!!

hope to see ‘ya soon in another movies


121. Diabolik - January 23, 2008

Here’s a better, brighter image of one of the new corridor sets… not bad! Bigger than the dark version looked….

122. Michael P. Delaney - January 24, 2008

Hey, I am THX1138- Rodenberry didn’t even write the Star Trek Encyclopedia. He did, however, write the Star Trek Bible foe writers of the original series, whicj, for the 100th time, says,”Sections of the ship were built in what is still called the San Francisco Navy Yards, and were assembled in space. The ship was not designed to operate in a planet’s atmosphere, and never lands on the surface of a planet.” You can read this in a book written by Gene Rodenberry and Stephen Whitfield published in 1968 called “The Making of Star Trek.”

123. scotty - January 26, 2008

There’s nothing I saw in the trailer to indicate that the ship was not being assembled in space. I just assumed it was happening in an air-tight orbital hanger, which could be free of gravity but would not require a space suit.

I also think that Anthony Vitale has a very cool Christopher Pike look to him. I have to confess though that at first view I thought that Bruce Campbell had scored yet another cameo.

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