The new Star Trek is seven months away, but it is already picking up awards. The California on Location Awards, which honors location professionals for excellence while working on location in California, held their 14th annual ceremony last night and three Star Trek location department members were among those nominated. TrekMovie has the results plus some words from the nominees.
Epic Trek gets noticed
TrekMovie has reported before about how JJ Abrams Star Trek has used more locations than any previous Trek film. The location managers on the film fanned out to find spots to stand in for Planet Vulcan, Starfleet Academy, an Iowa Farm and many more spots both alien and terrestrial. Apparently this work got the notice of the industry as Star Trek picked up three nominations at this year’s COLAs. Supervising Location Manager Becky Brake was a finalist in the category of “Location Professional of the Year for Features” for her work on the film, while Kathy McCurdy and Scott Trimble were both up for "Assistant Location Manager of the Year for Features". Unfortunately, Brake lost her nomination to a tie between Douglas Dresser for Fired Up and Gregory Alpert for Frost/Nixon. However, McCurdy ended up winning in the "Assistant Location Manager" category, with Trimble being named a runner-up.
TrekMovie.com contacted Kathy McCurdy, who had this to say about the COLAs:
It was an honor to be nominated for Trek, let alone to actually win. The other two finalists, Scott [Trimble] is one, are both great at their jobs so it was an extra special experience for me to be included in that group. The movie was my all time favourite work experience. The crew [was] fantastic and friendly and fun and that all starts from the top. We were so lucky to work with JJ Abrams. The 14-15 hour days don’t feel like work when Scott Chambliss is your Production Designer. He is so inspiring to work with. Scouting for him and JJ was so fun because they are so creative and open to cool locations you find for them. They were supportive and appreciative of our whole department. Part of the reason it was my favorite work experience is that it was a chance to work with literally some of the best in the business, in each department. What a treat. Saving the best for last, we had the best locations team from our coordinator to the bosswoman herself, Becky Brake. She is the perfect boss – she gave our whole team the latitude and support to do our jobs properly and she has a great sense of humour, a necessity in our line of work! A finer group of folks doesn’t exist and it was such a pleasure and an honour to work with them. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
TrekMovie.com also talked with runner-up Scott Trimble, who had this to say:
I am very happy about the contributions that both Kathy and I made to this film. It can be extremely tough to shoot such big movies in Southern California, particularly with all the confidentiality needed with this kind of film, but through a lot of planning and teamwork we pulled it off. The whole thing could not have been done, of course, without the leadership of our Supervising Location Manager, Becky Brake, as well as the rest of our Location Department. Plus, we had the support of the extremely talented group at Bad Robot Productions and Paramount Pictures.
Trimble also added:
I’ve been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember, so working on this film was a dream come true for me! I am very excited about the many creative contributions that I made in regards to finding and securing the amazing locations that you’ll eventually see in this film.
Trimble and McCurdy were also nominated as part of the “Location Team of the Year for Features” for the film Hancock, but they lost to the team from Eagle Eye (which, ironically, was executive produced by Star Trek writers/exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci). Both Trimble and McCurdy previously won a COLA as part of the location team for Transformers, while Trimble and Brake won as part of the team for Mission: Impossible III, also directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Kurtzman and Orci.