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Celebrate Star Trek TMP’s (& STVI) Anniversary & Watch Rare Behind Scenes Films December 7, 2012

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Today, December 7th, is the 33rd anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first feature in what will soon be a twelve film franchise. To celebrate TrekMovie is featuring a rare behind the scenes feature that shows how the film was made. We also have video of William Shatner reflecting on TMP and if you want to relive the movie but don’t have the time, you can watch the 10 minute version.We also remember Star Trek VI, which had an anniversary yesterday, with another BTS video.


Remember Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Here is a rare featurette reel for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (thanks to YouTuber Jay West). It shows a lot of interesting behind the scenes action creating the epic film.

And while we are remembering here is William Shatner reflecting on TMP, from when it was shown on TNT in the nineties (thanks to videoholic90sA).

If you don’t have time to sit through the entire 132 minutes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, YouTuber weownyoursoul  has distilled the film down to 10 minutes.

Star Trek VI Birthday (Belated)

Yesterday, December 6th, was the birthday of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the final film for the TOS crew. It was released 21 years ago. To remember that film, You can watch the electronic press kit (EPK) Paramount used to help promote the film (thanks to Doug Engalla). Click image below because it is not embeddable.

And since teaser trailers are the topic of the week, it is worth remember the teaser for Star Trek VI. It didn’t have any footage from the film but was a great look back at the franchise.

Happy anniversary to TMP and TUC!


1. Matt Wright - December 7, 2012

I loved that teaser for TUC, since we knew it was the last voyage of the original crew, it was really a perfect teaser.

2. George Zip - December 7, 2012

Agree re/#1. Beautifully done.

Still think TMP is underrated. One of my favorites. Sure, it’s a different kind of Trek, but it’s still a great Trek IMO. It was thoughtful, cerebral, and a bit mind-bending if you let yourself immerse in it. Read the novelization if you have the opportunity.

I still think that the great unexplored stories of the TOS-era lie between TMP and TWOK. As I recall, one of the timelines noted two five year missions between the end of TMP and when Kirk got promoted (again).

A special kudos to the score; get the LaLaLand complete extended collection — 3 CDs — there’s even a vocal version of Ilia’s Theme sung by Shaun Cassidy. Jerry Goldsmith’s best work, IMO as well.

3. BRF - December 7, 2012

At 1:13: that mustache! That model! They don’t make (either of) them like that any more.

4. Lords Of Kobol Book - December 7, 2012

I was dragged to the movie theater in 1991 to see “Ernest Scared Stupid” because it was my brother’s turn to choose.

I was already in a bad mood because that was the day Gene Roddenberry died.

And then that teaser for “Star Trek VI” came on.

I wept. I still get choked up when I watch it.

(The trailer; not “Ernest Scared Stupid.”)

5. CmdrR - December 7, 2012

Dang. I want to be 17 again, watching Trek on the big screen for the first time!

6. Chain of Command - December 7, 2012

Ah…..The Refit Enterprise… How I miss thee.

I was one of those people who actually liked TMP. I don’t care what anyone says. I’ll take a five minute fly-by of the Enterprise any day of the week.

And Star Trek VI…

Can’t believe it’s 21 years old. Saw it opening night and remember feeling melancholy about it being the last voyage of the original crew, but what a good film to go out on.

7. This is going to be a long year - December 7, 2012

Who is the narrator of the Undiscovered Country trailer?

Sounds a bit like Christopher Plummer.

8. Kendall Byrd - December 7, 2012

@7 Yup it was Plummer aka Chang.

9. Vultan - December 7, 2012

Reminds me what a fun channel TNT was in the ’90s. Anyone else remember Monstervision with Joe Bob Briggs? Good times.

10. A. Fortner - December 7, 2012

That trailer gave me goosebumps when I first saw it and it still does today! It captures one of the best aspects of Trek: the relationship of the crew. Pioneers, Team, family, and friends.

11. Andy Patterson - December 7, 2012

That STMP featurette is fun. Persis Khambatta had a great shaped head and was a great looking woman. She left too early.

12. dlee - December 7, 2012

Sad to think we have gone from the poetry of TMP to the cartoonishness of Trek09.

13. Lostrod - December 7, 2012

Wow. Hard to believe it’s been that long since STTMP premiered!

I remember watching the first showing at a small theater in California and was pretty amazed. I saw it probably 3 or 4 times again.

The theater owner gave me that HUGE lobby display with the 3D Enterprise and popout characters and the winkie-blinkie lights. Only problem was it was to big to fit anywhere in my house. I wound up putting it in storage but there was a leak and it was a total loss.

I also bought the 8MM version of the movie as well. Still have that but no projector to show it on. The theater owner gave me the trailer which I cut up into individual frames and mounted as 35MM slides. I have hundreds of those.


14. Randy Johnson - December 7, 2012

It would be nice IF they showed or submitted footage that was
worth the effort to watch but like the Film it merely drones on
endlessly. Why beat a dead horse? At best it’s a real snoozer.

15. Jeff - December 8, 2012

Not only was TMP dull, but it has the worst costume and set design of the entire franchise. The bridge is almost barren, and those short-sleeved shirts…bleah.

16. William Kirk - December 8, 2012

These were the Star Trek movies…

17. Mark Lynch - December 8, 2012

TMP, probably my favourite Star Trek film. Especially since getting the directors edition a few years back. Glorious.

Still waiting for STMP: DE on Blu-Ray though!

Come on Paramount, if CBS can pony up what must be millions of dollars redoing TNG for Blu-Ray (and what a great job they are doing)
Surely you can spend a fraction of that cleaning up TMP and re-rendering the DE scenes at the appropriate resolution. In fact do them at 8k resolution so that you are future proof for a few years!

18. JED - December 8, 2012

I guess it won’t happen but……….


19. Douglas - December 8, 2012

I also love the teaser for STVI. It really was the best. It was the heart of soul of why so many have stuck with Star Trek for years.

The announcement/teaser just released for ST Into Darkness is depressing by comparison. Yet another psycho the crew of the Enterprise must police. Soran, Shinzon, Nero…, comic-book bad guys because Paramount demands a “Villain” for the films. Many don’t care anymore because ST films have gotten so derivative. When I showed the new one to various people, nobody had a positive reaction or even cared to see the film. Explosions, FX and dialog either screamed or whispered. I don’t want to spend my money anymore on plots green-lit by a revolving door greedy empty suits.

I’m grateful to have the more diverse Trek coming out on Blu-Ray. I also treasure the experiences of the 2 films being remembered in this line of comments.

20. Dr Beckett - December 8, 2012

I also cannot believe that it’s been so many years since TUC opened, I still remember the hype around it as if it was only yesterday. For TOS’ 25th anniversary they got a beautiful sendoff in the form of TUC, just a pity it did not work out that way for the TNG crews’ 25th…

21. DeBeckster - December 8, 2012

After all these years, the flyover of the Enterprise in TMP still gives me goosebumps. . .

22. Emperor Mike of the Empire - December 8, 2012

Trek 2 and Trek 6 were the best of the Movies. Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war.

23. Driver - December 8, 2012

TMP is ripe for the 3D treatment and a revisit to the big screen.

24. Romulus - December 8, 2012

Persis Kambatta was nervous and distressed so Gene Roddenberry decides to stick a camera in her face…WTF was he thinking!
and that bit where he presents her with a razor was just creepy and inappropriate.

25. Bird of Prey - December 8, 2012

Persis Khambatta – BALDLY going where no Trek actress has gone before! :-D

26. Commodore Adams - December 8, 2012

@ 2. George Zip. Agreed. TUC is my fav TOS film, but I agree that TMP is underrated. Even as a kid I never found it boring. Granted it does prod along at a slow pace but it so damn 70’s retro that I cant help but love it.

@17. Mark Lynch I am waiting for TMP DE as well, the slight updates were perfect.

27. opcode - December 8, 2012

TMP still is my favorite. And I don’t understand what people see wrong with the pajama like uniforms. Much more in line with the original series than the later Nazi u-boat uniforms. And the sets are what they were supposed to be by original series standards, well lit, not the again depressingly dark u-boat version from TWoK.

28. Commodore Adams - December 8, 2012

@ 21. DeBeckster. Same here, the dry dock scene and the Enterprise flyover at the end of the film with the trek theme playing oh so slowly give me goosebumps every time.

29. Phil - December 8, 2012

There was something to be said about the skills needed for that kind of model making.

30. Commodore Adams - December 8, 2012

Thanks to the trekmovie staff for posting this. The behind the scenes look was interesting. Its incredible to see how much movie making has changed in the the last 30 years especially the special effects, from mat paintings and ship models to purely CG.

31. tony - December 8, 2012

man you got to love this the good old days

32. captain realistic - December 8, 2012

27 – How can you possibly have a problem with the movie era uniforms…. there were used far longer than any uniform in the entire franchise.

33. Dr. Image - December 8, 2012

#27- Agreed. And TMP is actually my fav.
And it’s also the least dated of the TOS films. Goldsmith? Trumbull? It was magic.
It just gets better with age!

34. I am not Herbert - December 8, 2012

ST: TMP is a GREAT MOVIE! we need it on bluray!

the opening scene w/ the klingons always gets my blood pumping! =)

35. Hat Rick - December 8, 2012

There really is no other way to put it. After seeing the vintage footage and all those involved in the production of TMP, I am more convinced than ever that TMP was one of the least-appreciated motion pictures in science fiction, bar none.

Star Trek has heart and soul, and the images of those who worked on the original motion picture — many of whom are no longer with us — makes TMP a truly moving picture in more senses than one.

Thank you for presenting this look at the past — a vision of the future, now visible only in history.

36. Hat Rick - December 8, 2012

“There really is no other way to put it. After seeing the vintage footage and all those involved in the production of TMP, I am more convinced than ever that, unjustly, TMP was one of the least-appreciated motion pictures in science fiction, bar none.”

As corrected to indicate that TMP should have been appreciated a great deal more than it was.

37. Captain Dunsel - December 8, 2012

Fascinating that the featurette talks about matte work in connection with the Vulcan sequence, and not the dry-dock sequence.

The matte shots on Vulcan were mostly basic two-element static shots. The dry-dock, with the Enterpise, the star background, technicians in space suits, worker bee pods, shuttlecraft, cargo trains etc. was sometimes as much as a 7 element *travelling* matte shot. Absolutely unheard of at the time.

38. TreK_Fan - December 8, 2012

Star Trek the motion picture still has the best visual shots of the enterprise.

39. sisko - December 8, 2012

I love that ST:TUC teaser. Simply the best trip down memory lane for a great group of old friends.

40. Lurker - December 8, 2012

@34 Herbert – ST:TMP is on Blu-ray as the theatrical cut. It’s part of the 6 movie TOS box set.

41. Basement Blogger - December 8, 2012

Happy anniversary Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The biggest compliment that I can pay to the film is that no one doubt that it is Star Trek.

42. aligee - December 8, 2012

STMP – 33 years ago! Where does the time go!
I remember going to see it on the opening night here in Glasgow Scotland with my now wife!
Still got the first issue of Cinfex with all the SFX effects work detailed in it!!

43. al - December 8, 2012

The next time people want to bitch about Star Trek this, and Star Trek that, just look at the amout of work that goes into these film. The Motion Picture is one of my favorites. It was Trek to the core. It may have lagged when it came to action, but it told a compelling story, and the twist at the end…didn’t see that coming. V’GER.

44. porthoses bitch - December 8, 2012

Were any of robert abels shots included in the final cut .? The harsh realization that the USS ENTEPRRISE is not a pair of Levis….Has anyone watched the bd?.. I always looked to pick it up cheap acnd hear Anthony s commentary.

45. NCC-73515 - December 8, 2012

TMP is so much better than 5, 3, or 10.
But I have to admit, as a child and early teen, I found it absolutely boring. I only began to enjoy it as I got old enough to actually get the philosophical messages, and when I noticed the fine blend of graceful models, beautiful music, and a cerebral story.
You couldn’t show a movie like this in our time. Not if you need it to be a success to keep the franchise running. We now live in a time of fast-film, just like fast-food took over our cuisine. But there is hope that one day audiences will have enough of that and want their cerebrum involved in watching a movie again ;D

46. Obsidian - December 8, 2012

The TUC teaser is the best teaser ever made for any movie. Ever. It sometimes gives me a lump in my throat if I’m in a particularly sentimental mood.

45 – Is Avatar close to being a cerebral movie?

47. NCC-73515 - December 8, 2012

I don’t think so. Beautiful first half with the sci-fi ‘sense of wonder’, but the second half is certainly decerebrated XD

48. MC1 Doug - December 8, 2012

#34: “ST: TMP is a GREAT MOVIE! we need it on bluray!”

ST:TMP IS available on Blu-ray… just NOT the director’s cut.

I LOVE the first movie… still think it is the best of the TREK franchise films!

49. dlee - December 9, 2012

46 Barely.

50. dlee - December 9, 2012

46 Hardly.

51. KHAAAN the weasel - December 9, 2012

Those puns in the first vid made me cringe…

52. Your Father's Star Trek - December 9, 2012

ST-TMP is the only movie that I ever sat through back-to-back showings at the cinema. I think I saw it theatrically all together about 17 times. (No DVD — and no wife — in those days!)

The drydock sequence still brings tears to my eyes — not least because it contains some of the most majestic music ever composed for a movie or otherwise. Even after 30+ years of marriage, when the travel pod docks with the Big “E”, my wife looks at me as if wondering whether I’m still breathing.

Sure, TMP has plenty of things that could have been done better or differently. It certainly could have used more character development with less time spent on kaleidoscope-like special effects. The one thing it did best was to revive a “canceled” 1960’s television series and propel it into a franchise that is still going strong today.

(Whether it will survive its current incarnation is a matter for another day.)

53. Shannon Shark - December 9, 2012

TMP is pretty cool…yeah the V’Ger scenes could use a trim, but the Director’s Cut is pretty darn solid.

What I really love about the film is how clueless Kirk is. He’s a jerk to Decker. He’s condescending to Rand. He throws a tantrum after the wormhole.

I think Nimoy never got in the Spock groove…he stays sort of too-serious for the entire film. We don’t see chop-busting Spock until TWOK.

54. sean - December 9, 2012

Look, I like TMP, but it was appropriately ridiculed as ‘The Motionless Picture’. And the costumes and set design are depressingly monochromatic.

55. Jim Nightshade - December 9, 2012

Nimoys character was supposed to be less emotional more distant in tmp…his sensing of vger and its cold intellect attracts him…only after joining with vger does he realize that cold emotionless intellect makes vger and himself incomplete…thus embracing emotion friendship n love….probably the biggest and most important change to his characters arc ever…

56. Ricker - December 9, 2012


Man I’d love to have one of those frames

57. Jack - December 10, 2012

55. Agreed. It’s a pretty amazing movie. That 10-minute Burns cut just floored me. It’s probably the most Star Trekky Star Trek out of everything (all the books, series and movies) ever done. We talk about it lacking character connections — but that’s kind of the point… all three mains were lost in isolation, lacking community and purpose — just like V’Ger
. Basic ideas, but elegantly presented.

And Trek VI was a great Trek yarn period.

58. Jack - December 10, 2012

It would be swell to compare the various Trek trailers — to see how much they actually revealed. I get a little grumpy about stories, like that Forbes one last week, predicting that, based on the teaser, ID won’t be true Star Trek but will be a mindless, soulless FX romp like Transformers. Looking back at the Trek trailers — they were mostly fx shots and Kirk yelling “Fire!”

59. Jonathon - December 10, 2012

I love ST.tmp; it’s my favorite. Although the uniforms may have benefited from some subdued color, I still like them much better than the garish red coats. The entire production design was coherent: the uniforms matched the look of the Enterprise exterior and interior.

60. ksmsscu - December 10, 2012

Will never forget the electric thrill in the audience waiting for the first showing, first day for TMP in Austin TX. Ilia’s gorgeous theme, the jaw-dropping Klingon cruisers, Kirk and Scotty’s fly-by of the beautiful new Big E, set to the majestic and heart-tugging strains of Jerry Goldsmith’s score…Trek lived! And survived and even prospered many times in its different incarnations and will do so again in our future.
And happy birthday to The Undiscovered Country, standing proud with TWOK as the best of them all. Whip-smart, drawn from the headlines of transitioning eras, great adversaries and a long, suspenseful and meaningful battle near the end, Shakespeare and dinner with Klingons with live blue entrees, and a final reaffirmation of the key relationship of the Triad and the sense of family that will not be broken even with retirements and new commands. Surely ‘second star to the right, and straight on till morning.’

61. Jim Nightshade - December 11, 2012

yes actually the tmp healed spocks character n kirks also by putting him back into a dtarship his best destiny….with bones back as well…yup….goldsmiths soundtrack has not been surpassed in any scifi movie..but his logans run soundtrack a close second to me…his use of elect. and orchestra gave the inside city and outside focus and depth n his love theme also excellant…

62. Trekboi - December 11, 2012

I Love ST TMP it’s so underrated.

63. dub - December 11, 2012

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but did they produce the TMP director’s cut scenes in HD resolution or higher? Or did they just produce the effects in NTSC widescreen? Just curious. I wonder if a small budget for DVD release may have caused them to produce the added scenes only for NTSC, so upconverting them for bluray would be ugly? Sorry if there is an answer that is already common knowledge on this.

I loved TMP the first time I watched it. And there are definitely moments and scenes that count as some of the best Trek moments ever no doubt. I admit the bulk of the movie drags along upon rewatching it, but I still love the movie and I was on the edge of my seat the first time I saw it.

And that ship…what a beautiful model. What gorgeous shots. The effects in TMP were better than the effects in TFF a decade later!

64. ML31 - December 11, 2012


The best teaser trailer EVER.

65. Adam Bomb 1701 - December 12, 2012

#44 – I remember hearing or reading somewhere that the only shot of Robert Abel’s that was used in “TMP” was the explosion of the asteroid in the wormhole sequence. Abel still got a credit at the end of the film. Abel and Associates closed in 1987; Abel died in 2001.

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