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More From Bakersfield Star Trek Shoot [UPDATED] April 10, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

The Star Trek location shooting in Kern County continues to be big news for the local media. A new article in the Bakersfield Californian reports Paramount was trying to keep the filming a secret, but the cover was blown when the TV crews ‘found’ the film crew while covering a traffic accident (reported here on Monday). Another report has more video and a better spoiler picture from Monday’s filming.

Secret Iowa
The Bakersfield Californian also notes that the rural settings in Kern County (100 miles north of Hollywood) is being used to stand in for Iowa, quoting an unnamed Paramount official “Iowa usually looks pretty green, so that’s what we were looking for.” The crew had set up camp at a private farm and has now moved their activity away from the road (and from prying eyes). A Kern county official summed up Paramount’s desire for secrecy and need for using code names (the permit was for ‘Corporate Headquarters’):

Paramount doesn’t release to locals the movie they’re shooting. They shoot it in confidential mode, so this was no exception to that.

The official was also pleased to report that Paramount is pumping an estimated $2 million in revenue for the local economy benefiting restaurants, hotels and gas stations, but also including the hiring of ’10 to 15′ local craftsmen.


Guard keeps watch on Trek location shoot

More at Bakersfield.com


Google Earth view of ‘Iowa’ farm for Star Trek

SPOILERS

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Better shot of the vette + mystery tarp
Yesterday we showed video (from local station KERO) of a red corvette being used for the filming. Now in a new blog post (which quotes yours truly), Nick Belardes of KERO has put up a new higher res cap from the Corvette video.


Who is behind the wheel? (click to enlarge)


could it be either Jimmy Bennett (L- young James Kirk) or Spencer Daniels (R – young George Kirk, Jr.)

What is under the tarp?
Nick also has uploaded more video from Monday. It shows crew people peeking at some large thing under a tarp. They then put a security guy (and then a bus) between the camera crew and the object of interest. What could it be?

 

UPDATE: TrekMovie.com on the news!
Nick just sent in this video of his segment on tonight’s broadcast where he talks about how big the Trek news has been for ABC23 website…and how TrekMovie.com is fueling the mysteries of the Corvette.

 

Comments

1. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

Corvette — now that’s a Captain’s land vehicle!

2. RTC - April 10, 2008

I’d rather see him in a Hemi ‘Cuda … but that’s just me.

3. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

Let’s speculate what he would be doing in a ‘Vette. Is his family into antiques (classic cars)? Is it a time travel thing? Trek’s equivalent of Back to the Future’s DeLorean? (Nah.)

One wonders….

4. Art Trek - April 10, 2008

A corvette in the future? They must be making their own fuel on that farm. Corn gas I bet. This movie could be very down to Earth in sum respects.

Check out my star trek fan artwork at

http://artdak.dyndns.org

Tanks.

5. El Ghost Host - April 10, 2008

This tease is too much!

6. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

Maybe it’s a fantasy sequence.

Picard was into antiquities, and we know that Kirk had books in his quarters (if memory serves). His luxurious San Francisco condo in one of the Trek movies, was it (“Damn it, Jim, why’re you acting as if it’s a funeral?” — Bones, or words to that effect) had various items of ancient vintage.

Perhaps it ran in the family.

(What if the Kirk family had been videophiles? Would they have late 20th Century / early 21st Century DVD’s? If so, why not copies of episodes of a little show called Star Trek? Is there “Star Trek” in Star Trek? But I digress….)

7. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - April 10, 2008

Shatner is under the tarp!!!!

8. Captain Dunsel - April 10, 2008

The tarp is hiding the nacelle that fell from space, of course.

9. SirMartman - April 10, 2008

I say,,,

Just let them do their job,

Im trying my best not to read or to look at these sorts of pics,,

Im going to watch this movie without knowing any spoilers and say WOW

10. manrum - April 10, 2008

If having him were in antiquiteit and we know that Kirk book. To be luxurioese in the Trek Film, was Jim, why’re function, on it?

The auto will show this!

— Manrum

11. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

One thing is clear: The producers have thought a lot about the backstory behind Kirk, and in a way that really hasn’t been explored too much in previous productions (mainly because such things haven’t been plot-critical, perhaps, but also because these details have hardly been noticed by the nonfan).

Ironically, the Iowa thing is actually one of the little bits of the Kirk backstory that’s better known, among the ranks of those that are, as a set, not that well known in general. Many people know that Kirk is from Iowa from his statement in STIV (“…I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”)

Rambling on…. What better factoid to use in a movie than one that appeals to the American heartland and mainstream — literally!

12. Jorg Sacul - April 10, 2008

Under the tarp? Obviously, a very sensitive weather experiment.

13. Viking - April 10, 2008

#10 – WTF?

Somebody get the redshirts in here. The back door was left unlocked again…….*grumble*

14. Garovorkin - April 10, 2008

Why won’t they show us anything? what are they afraid of revealing? This is getting on even my nerves a little bit, This is nice but its not sufficient .

15. Rhett Coates - April 10, 2008

#11. Yes, I would suspect as much. Now it remains to be seen if the actual name “Riverside” will be heard as their hometown in Iowa of the 23rd Century. It was spoken by Kirk to someone on the main viewscreen in an episode of “New Voyages….” His line was something like, “If you believe that, I have some property in Riverside I’d like to sell you.” Or words to that effect. LOL!

16. Falvoant - April 10, 2008

We took a Backlot tour at Paramount when we were in LA
I saw this vehicle at Paramount…near Stage 18 I don’t think Im giving away any state secrets since you see it right there in the video…
Thats the car alright

17. Daoud - April 10, 2008

#6 In the Star Trek universe, they have many seasons of Galaxy Quest, GQ: The New Generation, Babylon 9, and the big movie trilogy was ‘Lost in Space Wars’ done by George Lucas. ;)

#14 I agree about this. Non-script points wouldn’t hurt at this point. We know there’s a driving sequence now, but not the context. We know we’re getting to see a drier future Riverside, Iowa farm…. Releasing the “years” different scenes take place would be a great tidbit, that wouldn’t spoil the movie.

On the images… I’m betting that George Kirk Jr. decided to trek cross country from Iowa to attempt to go see the construction of the Enterprise out west. Jim Kirk was born in 2233? The Big E was built in mid 2240’s? If ‘Sam’ is about 6 years older than Jim, he’d be about 18 to Jim’s 12, and the two boys could be on a bit of a Road To San Francisco. 2243 then. In 2253 Kirk graduates from the Academy. In 2263 he’s assigned as next captain of the Enterprise. Then it makes sense. In 2233 we see a pregnant Winona Kirk. “Thirty years ago” “Twenty years ago” “Ten years ago”. Yep.

18. That One Guy - April 10, 2008

#7, Shatner is too chunky to fit under a tarp…

Anyways, I wonder why on Earth they have a Corvette. The last Corvette that I saw in a science fiction movie was the Rebel’s Corellian Corvette from Star Wars. And that’s not exactly an older car. Though… Tom Paris does have a holographic Camero.

19. lolocaust - April 10, 2008

was it…fun?

oh yah

20. sean - April 10, 2008

It looks like a girl driving that ‘vette to me, but maybe it’s just a kid with long hair.

21. LostOnNCC1701 - April 10, 2008

Gotta say, I like the idea of the two Kirk boys finding some centuries old car, fixing it up and going on a joy ride.

22. DEMODE - April 10, 2008

Kirk didn’t know how to drive. Spock told him on the TV show to stick with Starships. Somhow, I doubt young Kirk is driving a car.

23. Justin Toney - April 10, 2008

be sad if we got…

“Its a fake”

here :)

-JT

24. Darth Quixote - April 10, 2008

It’s like Ewoks and droids cracking wise and baby Boba Fett! Send in the midichlorians! I guess there is a line in TWOK where McCoy tells Kirk to get a command back before he becomes part of his collection, but the ‘Vette just seems out of place.

25. AJ - April 10, 2008

This will be a six-second scene in the flick, most likely.

26. lostrod - April 10, 2008

#18

Sigh. Another juvenile Shatner weight comment.

27. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

17, that would rock. Babylon 9 — a rip-off of DS5! ;-)

24, that’s the scene I was thinking of, in Kirk’s waterfront / SF Bayview condo. I like that scene, somehow. It makes the 23d Century seem positively down-homey, comparatively speaking.

Also, before that scene, who knew that the middle-aged Kirk had to wear glasses?

Speaking of which, that cracked lens was a nice touch — a classic cinematic trope. The time travel thing, on the other hand….

(In 1986, Kirk pawns his glasses which will be given to him three hundred years in the future. Question: Who originally owned the glasses before Kirk was given them?

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Philosophy:Logic:Paradoxes)

“I hate temporal paradoxes….”

But I digress….

28. penguin44 - April 10, 2008

Hmm, perhaps converted to a hovercar?

29. Dennis Bailey - April 10, 2008

#26:”Sigh. Another juvenile Shatner weight comment.”

Actually, Shatner was quite slim as a juvenile.

30. Thomas - April 10, 2008

20. Sean, I was thinking the exact same thing. The hair seemed rather long for a boy, especially since every male child in the 23rd century that have been shown on screen has short, neatly-combed hair.

31. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

30, one set of exceptions might be:as in

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/STChildLead.jpg

“And the Children Shall Lead” (TOS). Hair not too short or neat.on two of the boys.

32. MiniKirk - April 10, 2008

Honestly? The person in the ‘vette looks female. Maybe its some High School Sweetheart to meet ol’ Jimmy boy? Or perhaps she’s a Romulan. We can’t see her ears…
-The Doc

33. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

I just looked at the ‘Vette pic again and I must say that I agree that it’s probably a girl, not a boy, sitting in the back seat.

34. Valar1 - April 10, 2008

I was looking back on all those leaked pics with the shuttle-type vehicle and the guys in blue work jumpsuits and silver hard hats- there are hills behind some of those shots that look exactly like the hills around Bakersfield. I wonder just how long this shoot has been here.

35. Red Shirt - April 10, 2008

12: LOL. Doc Emmett Brown would be proud.

Forgive me, but would it be so damn hard to take a small crew to Iowa for a week and shoot second unit? ILM has to paint all those mountains out of those shots now, and have us nitpickers point out crops and plants that aren’t native to Iowa. I am sure Iowa would have offered some tax credits, et cetera.

36. the king in shreds and tatters - April 10, 2008

#35

After WWIII they had to repopulate Iowa with Californian planet species that weren’t mutated by radioactive fallout.

37. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

Woohoo! TrekMovie is on the teevee! :-)

38. S. John Ross - April 10, 2008

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that at least half of the “spy footage” and “spy shots” we’ve seen have been released deliberately by the production team after screening them for just the right balance of tease and lack of real substance :)

39. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

39, that would be using fans as the willing accomplices of the ultimate in viral marketing!

If so, sneaky — but effective!

(Although, one must acknowledge that if this were true in regard to the ‘Vette, the traffic accident in Kern County would have had to have been faked in order to get enough notice for people to investigate and find the production there, and how likely is that?)

40. Hat Rick - April 10, 2008

I meant that last message for 38.

41. demon barber of starfleet - April 10, 2008

I’m a muscle car junkie (old ‘Vettes ranking a close second place on my all-time favourites list) so the car has me totally pumped.

The news video is funny. Makes you feel kind of special being one of “all the Trekkies” they talk, doesn’t it?

42. demon barber of starfleet - April 10, 2008

*talk about

43. Bobby - April 10, 2008

#10 manrum
i know you are not english speaking…we have spoken before about slivovitsa, but i could not understand what you were saying this time, sorry.

#33
i agree. that looks like a female to me as well.

man, i gotta stop looking into all these potential spoilers

44. S. John Ross - April 10, 2008

#39: Well, like I said, “at least half,” but not all :)

45. Rastaman - April 10, 2008

If that’s Kirk in the car than I’m the first one saying it … continuity error!!!

If Kirk was driving Corvettes as a kid than why was he such a bad driver in a “Piece of the Action”???

;-)

46. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - April 11, 2008

35. Red Shirt: Yes and more expensive than needed for an outtake scene. Sorry not to be crass but the only ones who will care or notice are people who live in Iowa or nearby. It’s just how it works. :)

47. Al - April 11, 2008

Sex in the back seat if you ask me

48. Dyson Sphere - April 11, 2008

The gay scene was under the tarp :-o

49. Chris Mulrooney - April 11, 2008

I am orginaly from Iowa. NW Iowa. I have been near Riverside and that area of the state. There are now big Hills located in Iowa. It’s the Great Plains for a reason. (Don’t think the Production staff has ever been to Iowa. :( ) \

Should have found flatter area with out the hills.

50. Devon - April 11, 2008

#49 – If they can CGI entire ships, planets, people, enviroments, de-age you by 20 years, don’t you think they could airbrush out mountains? ;)

51. Devon - April 11, 2008

I have a serious question.

“The official was also pleased to report that Paramount is pumping an estimated $2 million in revenue for the local economy benefiting restaurants, hotels and gas stations, but also including the hiring of ‘10 to 15′ local craftsmen.”

So does this mean that the $2 Million is coming from expenses that incur during this production at those local businesses, or that they are giving the county $2 Million just for them to shoot there?

52. Valar1 - April 11, 2008

49- the majority of Bakersfield is flat area- mostly dusty, some farmland. The hills are on visible only on 2 contiguous sides, so they could shoot the scene with the hills to the back of the camera and replicate Iowa’s flat landscape.

the other scene I suspect was shot in Bakersfield- the one involving the refinery and the big shuttle mock up and the guys in blue coveralls- that is probably supposed to be some other planet so I doubt they need to digitally remove the hills.

53. AJ - April 11, 2008

Devon:

I would think it’s an honest indicator of the economic impact of the shoot on the locality and its various businesses. $2m seems quite alot

I do not know if towns in the US can charge companies who film on private property within their borders. They can provide Police protection, most likely, for a price.

And, in the end, Bakersfield gets a nod in the end credits, and a good reputation for the next films requiring similar locales close to LA. In any case, it’s good to see that JJ’s preference for location shooting is benefiting a local community.

54. Jon C - April 11, 2008

The guys at GM (General Motors) must be thrilled to see the young James T Kirk making off in his Dad’s ‘ Vette.
If that’s not product placement then it’s great free advertising for brand equity.

55. Krik Semaj - April 11, 2008

#22
Kirk had trouble with an old non synchronised clutch. The Vette is either an automatic or has a synchromesh clutch.

56. Jon C - April 11, 2008

Kinda foreshadows him stealing the Enterpris in Trek 3.

57. Bill Cox - April 11, 2008

Corvette: accept no substitute.

58. Captain Dunsel - April 11, 2008

#13 – It’s called a joke. Perhaps you saw the entries to the “fake video” contest? Hmmm?

“Humor. It is a difficult concept.”

59. Captain Dunsel - April 11, 2008

OOPS – Read the wrong line
Ignore

(Typing – It is a difficult concept.)

60. Alex - April 11, 2008

It’s hard to see, but from what I can tell it could be a ’66 Corvette (1966, that is). Which would be a nice insider, of course. Especially if this is, as initially speculated, the birth of Jim Kirk…

http://www.allvette.net/images/autos/66_1.jpg

61. Balock - April 11, 2008

obviously Kirk’s mom fleeing from the Romulans…. great chase sequence..

62. The Khan Federation - April 11, 2008

I like the use of the Corvette. It was, after all, the personal vehicle of choice for the Mercury and Apollo astronauts.

63. FlyingTigress - April 11, 2008

@6

“Picard was into antiquities, and we know that Kirk had books in his quarters (if memory serves). His luxurious San Francisco condo in one of the Trek movies, was it (”Damn it, Jim, why’re you acting as if it’s a funeral?” — Bones, or words to that effect) had various items of ancient vintage.”

“I know of your fondness for antiques” Spock, giving Kirk a copy of “A Tale of Two Cities”, TWOK.

We won’t even discuss the antique computer that JTK had on the desk in his condo/living quarters — that used the leftover SF background image salvaged from “The Towering Inferno”.

64. FlyingTigress - April 11, 2008

@59

Just speak into the mouse…. it’s easier.

65. Kirk's Girdle - April 11, 2008

RE: #27. The example you’re thinking of is in “Somewhere in Time”, where a warch was given to Christopher Reeve and then back to Jane Seymour in the past, only ever exchanging hands betwwen the two of them. That object had no history – how was it made?

For STIV, I believe the glasses were older than 1986, so there’s no paradox there – they simply took a side trip through time and would actually exist in two places for all the years between 1986 and Kirk’s 50th birthday.

Same thing happened to Data’s head.

Other points: it’s amazing that a “wrapped” film can still dump $2 million on a 2nd unit shoot. Star Trek NEVER had that kind of cash before.

I’m very worried about little Kirk (or Sam) stealing Pa Kirk’s Corvette and joyriding under the sepia-toned cornfields of Riverside. This is not the Kirks of Hazzard. (daggummit, it’s them Kirk boys ugin!). Kids are best used sparingly and with purpose (note to George Lucas).

I have no problem at all if lil Jimmie is forced to drive the car in an emergency. It’s more in line with Kirk’s character as a man (or boy) of action.

66. Kirk's Girdle - April 11, 2008

The Apollo astronauts all had Stingrays.

67. Diabolik - April 11, 2008

#45… a Corvette would be a lot easier to drive that the Model T. I doubt any of us could do as well as Kirk did and we drive all the time.

68. D - April 11, 2008

What is with this concept that all characters should act exactly the same way as children as they do when they’re adults?

I love the novel “Best Destiny” precisely because it shows young James Kirk as a teen hooligan, and not a clean cut kid who always wanted to join Starfleet from the moment he understood what it was. It makes his rise to being the most famous Captain in Starfleet history that much more heroic.

69. Mr. Poopey face(formerly known as Closettrekker) - April 11, 2008

#65—Owning an antique Corvette in the 23rd Century may be the equivalent of owning a bicycle today. He may not be “stealing” it at all. If it is indeed “stolen”, this may be something that Jim’s older brother instigated, and the end result may be a testament to the character of the future Captain of the Enterprise.

As for your reference to the use of children, let’s remember that we have no idea to this point as to how much of the film is devoted to that era or the significance of the scene at all. Moreover, what takes place in this scene may actually be relevant to Orci and Kurtzman’s story. We have often seen JJ may very good use of such sequences in “Lost” episodes, and such scenes are always pertinent to the development of the story (although their significance sometimes remains unrevealed until several episodes later). Unfortunately for those of us nosy Star Trek fans, it will be 13 months until we find out what any of this means.

70. CE3J - April 11, 2008

I remember the spoilers that came out for Return of the Jedi and how everyone could not believe Vader in Empire claiming that he was Luke’s Dad. Speculation can either ruin a movie for fans, or flame the heart of the fan.
BTW I think that Kirk has always had a passion for antiques, look at STII:TWOK and the guns and antiques in his place. This may be a quick look into his charater.
IMHO

71. Valar1 - April 11, 2008

60- If you watch the video a bit more obsessively, like moi, the car matches up with an earlier model- more like a 63 vette.

72. JSanders - April 11, 2008

Congrats on the coverage, Anthony! Keep snoopin’!

73. Kirk's Girdle - April 11, 2008

Re: Poopey.

I was responding to some earlier posts that the scene could be a “joyride”. I am in total agreement that when explored properly, the concept of Kirk being a hooligan can be valid. Shatner did this in his “Collision Course” novel as well. Of course, there is a very valid psychological explanation for his anti-social behavior in that book.
I’m just saying for the purposes of this movie and the couple of minutes this sequence may last, the bad boy Kirk notion can end up looking cliched and hackneyed (love that word).

And, no I don’t think that an 8 year old will ever drive a ’68 Corvette like hopping on a bicycle. It’s a matter of physical size, upper body strength, and a crap load of horse power.

74. Kirk's Girdle - April 11, 2008

That Google view looks like the farmhouse from that TNG episode.

Good tea. Nice house.

75. SChaos1701 - April 11, 2008

#35. They probably couldn’t work out a contract with the teamsters to work in Iowa. Usually, unless there is a scene that can’t be worked on at the studio or at a location within a certain distance, they have to work out a separate contract with the teamsters to go out that it costs a LOT of money.

76. Al - April 11, 2008

Not the birth of Kirk, his conception…

77. Randomfactor - April 11, 2008

They probably won’t have to do anything to get rid of the mountains. It’s that smoggy here, we seldom see them.

78. Captain Squidbeast - April 11, 2008

Woulda been kinda funny had it been KURN county…you know…Worf’s bro?

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

79. Jackson Roykirk - April 11, 2008

I think Chevrolet is striking back, publicity-wise. The Ford Mustang is getting exposure with the new Knight Rider. So now Chevy’s product placement weenies are putting a Corvette into Trek XI.

Corvette drop-tops have been featured in historical fiction about NASA astronauts: “Apollo 13″, “The Right Stuff,” etc. And since J.J. seems to be trying to establish a stronger relationship between the Trek world and our current world, providing a universally recognizable symbol of 20th century American culture will drive that connection home to audiences. Instead of corny flying skateboards and robo-air-taxis that we can’t relate to, J.J. is literally bringing Trek down to earth with the Little Red Corvette and all that it symbolizes: freedom, adventure, blondes…

But hey, there’ no reason why he who is The Kirk, The Creator, couldn’t have retrofitted it with a small fusion reactor and electric actuators at all four wheels, right? Gasoline will probably be illegal in the 2200s anyway.

80. K. M. Kirby - April 11, 2008

Just the sort of car that’s bound to become really hot, at about this time next year.

81. Xai - April 12, 2008

49. Chris Mulrooney – April 11, 2008
“I am orginaly from Iowa. NW Iowa. I have been near Riverside and that area of the state. There are now big Hills located in Iowa. It’s the Great Plains for a reason. (Don’t think the Production staff has ever been to Iowa. :( ) \

Should have found flatter area with out the hills.”

What part of NW Iowa? Near Sioux City here.

82. Xai - April 12, 2008

49- “the majority of Bakersfield is flat area- mostly dusty, some farmland. The hills are on visible only on 2 contiguous sides, so they could shoot the scene with the hills to the back of the camera and replicate Iowa’s flat landscape.”

While Iowa does not have mountains… we have hills…Iowa is not nearly as flat as you think.

83. Xai - April 12, 2008

75. SChaos1701 – April 11, 2008
“#35. They probably couldn’t work out a contract with the teamsters to work in Iowa. Usually, unless there is a scene that can’t be worked on at the studio or at a location within a certain distance, they have to work out a separate contract with the teamsters to go out that it costs a LOT of money.”

If you are referring to why they didn’t film in Iowa… It’s likely NOT what you describe. The film schedule and the needs of the scene are likely to blame. The scene probably called for “Iowa” in spring or summer and the filming is just wrapping up in April. Here in Iowa, spring is just starting and if they had filmed this week in Iowa, they would have seen snow, sleet rain and cold temps…. not spring or summer like conditions.

I would have liked to see them here… but I know why

84. Captain Otter - April 13, 2008

Silly Kirk! Every one knows that is Boba Fett’s Vett. Don’t be scratchin on his itch. You know he shoots to git.

What am I talking about? See for yourself. (NSFW)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRhnw1gFuDA&feature=related

85. Diabolik - April 14, 2008

In one novel (I forget the name) with Kirk’s father the security cheif on the Enteprise under April, the young Jimmy was using his excess drive and energy to get into reckless trouble, until his dad took him on the ship. The nhe began the path to command and the man we know today. Unfocused, that energy could have made him turn out badly. So I can see him getting into some trouble early on.

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