The team working on What We Left Behind, the documentary chronicling the production and lasting impact of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, poked their heads up from the huge task of editing all the interviews, archival footage, and newly remastered episodic clips, to give an update since their last big showing at Star Trek Las Vegas last summer.
The new update explains to Indiegogo backers why it is taking so long to edit the documentary:
Well, for starters, we’ve got over 100 hours of new interviews with cast and crew to go through, plus fan submissions, archival materials, animations, audition tapes, convention footage and over 170 broadcast episodes… endless possibilities! And sure, you SAY you’d be down to see a 4-hour documentary, but really that’s just excessive even for us. Carefully and artfully assembling everything down into a reasonable length film (with a story of its own!) is an even longer process.
Then, factor in the technical elements of licensing all our official footage, finding new archival elements and creating animations, working with CBS to scan film negative for presentation for the first time in HD… the fact that we’re even close to having something to show is, frankly, a bit of a miracle. If we were wormhole aliens, we’re sure all this linear time wouldn’t even be an issue, but alas in this process we’re only human.
The good news for you in all of this is that we’re continuing to find new elements and stories to include as we go along, and we’re committed to making the best stand-alone film we can, however long that takes. (And, suffice to say, we’ve got HOURS of bonus content to release later on down the line!)
Thanks to exceeding all their goals in funding, the team was able to negotiate with CBS for the rights to remaster selected scenes in HD for the documentary. This is quite a process in-and-of-itself, recreating shots from the raw footage.
Any luck with DS9 in HD?
YES! It’s expensive, it’s time-intensive and lengthening our post process… and it’s gosh-darn beautiful. CBS has been partnering with us on this aspect and we can confirm it will *absolutely* be worth the wait.
In our interview last summer with Deep Space Nine showrunner and documentary producer Ira Steven Behr, he lamented how DS9 looked in standard definition and how the documentary is consulting with Mike and Denise Okuda about the remastering of selected footage for HD.
I was disappointed with the way the show looked on DVD and the idea of giving the fans something they haven’t seen before and getting to look at the show and going “Oh, wow, that is a pleasant surprise.” It’s something we have wanted to do since we first talked about this doc.
The update didn’t provide a release date. However, producer Kai de Mello-Folsom tells TrekMovie that they’re still targeting a 2018 release.
The documentary team will be at the official Star Trek convention in Dortmund, Germany at the end of the month to show off their progress. We do not expect the clip from Germany will be made available online due to rights issues, so be sure to see their panel if you’re going to the convention.
You can find more details on the documentary at their official website: ds9documentary.com