Last week at the showing of Star Trek: Nemesis at the Star Trek Summer Screening series at the Royal Theater in West LA, veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman spoke frankly about his career in Trek, issues with Nemesis director Stuart Baird, and gave his thoughts on the look of the new Star Trek. Watch vidoe of that below.
Zimmerman talks Star Trek: Nemesis and designing 2 decades of Trek
Veteran production designer Herman Zimmerman was the guest for last weekend’s screening of Star Trek: Nemesis at the Summer Star Trek screenings at the Royal Theater in West Los Angeles. Here are some highlights of the talk.
- Zimmerman’s notes some of his favorite movie sets as: Star Trek VI Klingon courtroom, Star Trek Nemesis Romulan Senate and Bridge of the Scimitar, particular proud that the ‘theleron device’ part of Scimitar was done with practical effects instead of CGI
- Zimmerman on Nemesis director Stuart Baird "he is a really good editor and as before we started shooting he was charming…as soon as cameras started rolling he became impossible to work with, nothing satisfied him"
- Notes that Baird didn’t work well with the actors or the crew and was too controlling, leading to a bad relationships on the set, leading to Zimmerman’s set decorator John Dwyer quitting
- Zimmerman didn’t feel putting the bridge of the Enterprise E set on a gimbal for Nemesis worked or "was worth the money" (another idea of Stuart Baird’s), and they still ended up doing many of the shots with the actors leaning left and right like they had traditionally
- Zimmerman on production design of Star Trek 2009: "I think it looks great and [Scott] Chambliss is a very good production designer", but he notes that way the movie was shot makes it hard to get a good look at some of the sets noting "I still don’t know what exactly that bridge looks like…the action was so fast and furious that the sets were incidental. I think that is JJ [Abrams] method of telling a story, and that’s good"
- Zimmerman liked the exterior shots of the new USS Enterprise, but did feel that the nacelles on the redesign too big
- On TNG Enterprise D design "Gene Roddenberry literally wanted it to look like a Hyatt Regency Hotel literally and there was a point there was no captain’s chair…everyone was going to sit around a conference table…that would be deadly dull and the director of the pilot put his foot down and they went back to having a captain’s chair"
- On DS9 design: Original design was like a "tower of Babel" with the station being much older with a "hodgepodge of spacejunk" from various cultures, before changed to the "slicker" "gyroscope" design of a sole Cardassian station
Updated schedule – Giacchino for Star Trek 2009
UPDATE: The series wraps up on Saturday the 4th. The guest for the 2009 Star Trek movie will be composer Michael Giacchino .
|September 4||STAR TREK (2009)||Michael Giacchino
What: Star Trek Movie Series
When: Saturdays at midnight in July-September (see above schedule)
Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 478-3836
Tickets: $10 for general admission. You can buy tickets at the box office or online at www.laemmle.com.