While the crew seen on screen for the 2016 Star Trek movie will remain the same, there are going to be some changes to the crew behind the camera. TrekMovie can now exclusively report on a couple of key new members of director Roberto Orci’s team. More details below.
Oscar-winning Cinematographer Claudio Miranda Joins Star Trek 2016 Team
Unlike Star Trek Into Darkness, which retained most of the behind-the-scenes team from the 2009 Star Trek movie, Roberto Orci’s 2016 Star Trek film will feature some new faces. Part of this is Bob putting his signature on the film and part of it is due to how some of the people who worked the last two Trek films are working with JJ Abrams on Star Wars: Episode VII, including cinematographer Daniel Mindel.
Now sources have confirmed with Trekmovie that director Roberto Orci and his fellow Star Trek producers have picked Claudio Miranda to be the Director of Photography. Miranda won an Academy Award for his work on Life of Pi in 2012. He also picked up a BAFTA, a Critics Choice Award and a number of local critics awards for Life of Pi. Miranda also has an additional Academy Award nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, along with a number of other award nominations, including two from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Star Trek will not be Miranda’s first time in genre films as he was the DP on TRON: Legacy in 2010, Oblivion in 2013, and (if you count it as genre) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. And earlier this year Miranda wrapped up production on the Disney genre film Tomorrowland (written and produced by Trek vet Damon Lindelof).
"Oblivion" featurette includes comments from Miranda
Star Trek 2016 To Be Shot Digitally
TrekMovie has also learned that Miranda and Orci are planning on shooting the new Star Trek film digitally. JJ Abrams shot both of his Trek films on film, but shooting on film is becoming rarer these days. In 2013 only three of the top ten grossing live-action movies were shot on film (one of which was Into Darkness). And so far in 2014 only two of the top ten were shot on film. Miranda is an expert in the technology, shooting his last five films with digital cameras (including the Oscar-nominated Benjamin Button and Oscar-winning Life of Pi).
Kim Winther Joining As First AD + More New People Being Added
Another new person behind the camera will be Kim Winther who is coming on board as First Assistant Director, the position Tommy Gormley held for the last two Trek films (but he too is working with JJ on Star Wars). Winther worked with Orci as First AD on last year’s Ender’s Game (which Orci produced). She has a long history as first and second assistant director dating back to the 80s and has worked on a number of big genre films including Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, X-Men First Class, and this year’s Edge of Tomorrow.
TrekMovie is currently working on additional stories on the team Roberto Orci is putting into shape, which will include some of the people who worked on the 2009 Star Trek and/or Star Trek Into Darkness.
Stay tuned to TrekMovie for more updates on the development of the upcoming Star Trek film.