Burk Talks Bigger Movie, Budgets, 3D, Roddenberry Vision & More At Star Trek Into Darkness Moscow Event

As we have been reporting, Star Trek Into Darkness producer Bryan Burk has been on a global tour showing footage of the movie at special preview events for industry and press professionals. One of his stops late last week was in Moscow. TrekMovie Russian partner site trekker.ru was at the event and have provided us with an exclusive report.  


Burk Talks Into Darkness Differences, 3D and Big Budgets At Moscow Event

Late last week Star Trek Into Darkness producer Bryan Burk took his tour of showing footage of the film to industry and press to Moscow. At the event he introduced the footage by talking about the film and post-production. He began by describing the differences between 2009’s Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, saying:

When we released our last Star Trek film we were fortunate to have a wonderful reaction from around the world. But when we started talking about doing a new film my fellow producers and I really didn’t want to take the success of that film for granted. We knew if we were going to do a new film we had to earn doing a new film. It had to be better than the last film. It had to have more drama. More action than the last one. More emotion than the last one. It had to have more impossible odds. It had to be bigger.

Burk’s global promotional tour does not include any 3D footage. While explaining why to the Moscow crowd he detailed the laborious process they are undergoing for the 3D conversion:

We decided for Star Trek we wanted to make [the 3D conversion] special, which is why nothing you are going to see tonight is in 3D. It turns out that the process that we chose to use is significantly more laborious and precise than we ever imagined. We are literally going shot by shot and frame by frame pushing things further than they have ever been pushed. Our stereographer – the guy who is in charge of doing 3D – we regularly have these conversations and he says ‘you can’t further than this, nobody goes further than this’ and we say ‘go further!’ So when the movie comes out we will have it in IMAX and in 3D – hopefully like nothing you have seen before.

Bryan Burk (with translator) talking to Moscow press and industry professionals
(Photo by Denis Ananiev)

It is noteworthy that this new tour Burk is on showing the first 30 minutes of the movie does not include any events in the USA. The reason for that is clear, Paramount is putting a lot of effort to boost Star Trek internationally – especially in non-English speaking countries where the franchise has never had big box office success. Specifically for Russia, 2009’s Star Trek was the first film in the franchise to get a wide release. So for this audience Burk emphasized how Star Trek Into Darkness was made for anyone, even those who have not seen the last movie, saying:

We also knew that if we were making this film, it would have to work for people who have never seen Star Trek. They had to be able to walk into the theater, sit down, and completely understand what is going on — learn to love these characters instantly with no knowledge of anything before. We didn’t want it to be a sequel, we wanted it to be it’s own film. So we thought we could do all of those things without compromising we could make a film for everyone.

We have reported before that of the five producers (Abrams, Orci, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Burk) that Bryan Burk was the one member of the group who wasn’t a Star Trek fan before getting involved with the franchise. In Moscow he spoke about his experience with Trek and how Bad Robot got Paramount to spend more on their Star Trek movies in order to attract a wider audience (including people like himself):

I quickly was thrown into the world of Star Trek and started learning a lot about it. Here is what I learned: Gene Roddenberry – the man who created Star Trek – was a genius. He made a [show] about us, about all of us getting together. And all of our problems, all of our wars, had all gone away. And we were all working together to survive. What is better than that? It is not about far away planets and distant aliens, it is about humans, about us, about Earthlings. Where we have to combine forces to explore and protect and to fight and to love for everything that is out there. So then I start wondering how is it I didn’t get that before. Why wasn’t I a Star Trek fan?

What I realized was, for years the old studio regime – many studio executives – always made Star Trek films for a very small segment who did love Star Trek films. They did not make them for me. They never spent the money on it – the resources were not made available like they were for other Hollywood films. Not to say that Gene Roddenberry and all the writers that followed him – let alone all the craftsmen and artists and production designers, cameramen and visual effects people – all these people were brilliant. Particularly because they had to make these films with limited resources and limited funds. So we said, if we were going to do a new Star Trek film we need more money. And we were going to put up all that on the screen. And fortunately for all of us, Paramount Pictures went beyond our expectations and supported it not only financially, but also creatively. Allowing us to do anything we wanted to do.

Russian poster for "Star Trek: Vengeance"
(aka Star Trek Into Darkness)

Special thanks to Oleg Ryzhikov (@elfwine) and Tatiana “JLPaparazzzzi” Gomozova of our Russian partner site trekker.ru  for providing Moscow reporting for this article.

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