Fun Stuff In Official Star Trek Movie Credits May 2, 2009by Charles Trotter , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback
TrekMovie.com has received the official final credits list for Star Trek, and it contains quite a few interesting names. A complete cast list and a list of the main crew members are linked on the film’s info page, but below, we point out some of the more interesting tidbits we found throughout the entire credits. [WARNING: SPOILERS]
Trek vets in cast (besides Leonard Nimoy)
- Greg Ellis appears in the movie as Chief Engineer Olsen. Ellis previously played Ekoor in DS9’s finale, “What You Leave Behind.”
- Majel Barrett Roddenberry receives her final screen credit as the Starfleet Computer. Her name is separated from the rest of the cast list.
- Douglas Tait is credited as the long-faced alien seated between Kirk and Uhura in the Iowa bar. Tait was previously seen as a colonist on Gaia in the DS9 episode “Children of Time.”
- Robert Clendenin is credited as a shipyard worker in the film. He previously played a Vidiian surgeon in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Deadlock.”
- Alex Nevil is credited as a shuttle officer. He previously played a Menk in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Dear Doctor.”
- Mark Bramhall is one of the many actors credited as a Vulcan elder. He previously appeared as Gul Nador in the TNG episode “Parallels.”
- A Vulcan council member is played by Anna Katarina, who previously played Valeda Innis on Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Haven.”
- One strange omission is William Morgan Sheppard (Klingon commandant in Star Trek VI) is listed in the credits, even though he plays the head of the Vulcan Science Academy
- Also not listed is Chris Doohan (son of James who appeared as background in Star Trek TMP). Although he has no lines, he appears a few times in the transporter room.
That’s Sheppard in the center of the dais, but not in the credits
Crew (and family) cameos
- There are two ‘barflies’ credited: one is J.J. Abrams’ father, Gerald W. Abrams and the other is James McGrath, Jr., JJ’s father-in-law.
- J.J. Abrams’ “good luck charm” and best friend Greg Grunberg revealed he was able to work himself into the movie, and we now know the role he played: that of Jim Kirk’s stepdad (voice only).
- Producer Jeffrey Chernov‘s children, Max and Zoe Chernov, appear in the film as Vulcan schoolchildren.
- Neville Page, who designed many of the creatures and aliens in the film, is also credited as a Romulan crew member.
- Marcus Young is credited as both a burly Starfleet cadet and as a stuntman
- Zachary Quinto’s brother, Joe Quinto, is credited as a stuntman
- Sean Gerace, who was the researcher on the film, appears as a tactical officer.
- Film producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) is credited as a Vulcan council member. Goldsman recently wrote two episodes and directed one episode of J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci’s Fringe.
- Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who died of cancer last summer, appears in the movie as a Starfleet officer on a bridge. The credits reveal that Pausch specifically played a crew member aboard the USS Kelvin.
- ‘Madea’ writer/producer/director/actor Tyler Perry plays Starfleet Academy president Admiral Richard Barnett, his first acting role in a film he didn’t direct
- Stargate Atlantis’ Paul McGillion is credited as Barracks Leader
- Star Trek New Voyages Kirk and (former) Spock, James Cawley and Jeff Quinn, did shoot scenes for the film as background actors, but do not appear in the credits (although they may still appear in the film)
- Diora Baird (on Maxim’s Top 100 Hottest List) has touted her role as an Orion in the film, but she does not appear in the credits [and Anthony can’t remember seeing her in the movie either]
McGillion hands out assignments as the Barracks Leader
Trek trivia in cast credits
- Someone named Ben Binswagner plays a character named “Admiral James Komack.” Admiral Komack is a character who was reference in the original series episode “This Side of Paradise” and who was seen (played by Byron Morrow) in “Amok Time.” The first name “James” appears to have been chosen as a reference to James Komack, the director of TOS’ “A Piece of the Action.”
- Rachel Nichols‘ Orion has a name: it’s Gaila. Interestingly, that was also the name of the Ferengi arms dealer played by Josh Pais in the DS9 episodes “Business as Usual” and “The Magnificent Ferengi.”
- Spencer Daniels is not credited as George Samuel Kirk, Jr. (Jim Kirk’s brother), the role he was reported to be playing. He is instead credited as someone named “Johnny.”
Trek vets in the crew
- Trek language creator Marc Okrand was a Romulan and Vulcan consultant on the film.
- Veteran Trek designer John Eaves listed as a ‘concept illustrator’
- Joel Harlow is credited with creating the make-up for the Romulans and Vulcans; the other aliens were designed and created by Barney Burman. Both are veterans of Trek (Harlow provided a few prosthetic of Porthos for Star Trek: Enterprise and Burman did some make-up work on Star Trek III and Star Trek VI), but the extent of their work on previous Treks pales in comparison to what they did for this film.
- Mark Mangini (a veteran of past Trek films) and Mark Binder (Transformers) are credited with designing the “mind meld soundscape.”
Linguist Marc Okrand (pictured discussing Klingon on Star Trek III DVD) is back helping with Romulan and Vulcan
Visual Effects fun facts
- Roger Guyett serves as the Second Unit Director in addition to his duties as Visual Effects Supervisor.
- Industrial Light & Magic has 300 credited visual effects artists.
- In addition to ILM, other companies which provided visual effects are Digital Domain (which previously worked on Star Trek Nemesis), Svengali FX, and Lola VFX.
- There is a special section of the credits dedicated to “Star Trek Avionics.”
- The film credits both aerial photography (provided by David Nowell) and underwater photography (by Pete Romano)
- The main titles were designed by Andrew Kramer. He also designed the main titles for FOX’s Fringe.
Music and Sound fun facts
- The Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” is listed as one of the songs used in the film. I would think “Intergalactic” would be more fitting, but what do I know?
- Two songs heard in the movie (“Josh Greenstein” and “Awasoruk Jam”) are listed in the as being “Written & Performed by Cyrano Jones.” As every Trek fan knows, Cyrano Jones is the name of the intergalactic trader responsible for introducing tribbles to the crew of the Enterprise in “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
- Also Josh Greenstein is a marketing exec at Paramount and "Awasoruk" is Kurosawa spelled backwards, apparently an homage to famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa
- Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt‘s specific credit is “Special Sound Effects and Montage.”
- The sound was re-recorded at 20th Century Fox. Interestingly, Fox will be Paramount’s biggest competition at the box office when Star Trek opens next weekend against Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which will be in its second week of release.
- Michael Giacchino provided additional orchestrations in addition to composing the score for the film.
Music by Cyrano Jones?
Lastly, the film is dedicated to the memory of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died in 1991, and his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who died in December.
More stuff on Star Trek info section
You probably haven’t looked in a while, but there is a lot in the Star Trek info section.
The media section currently has all the clips from Star Trek in it. We will be adding the TV commercials and official press kit videos tomorrow (hopefully)