It’s been a long road for the DS9 documentary What We Left Behind, but the time is nearly here. In August the DS9 doc team gave an update on how they had “locked” the edit at Star Trek Las Vegas and later announced Dennis McCarthy was set to compose the music. This week they have another update on post-production, including the release of the first image from the animated “season 8” scene.
Season 8 Gets Animated
One of the exciting parts of the documentary is a Writers’ Room feature where showrunner Ira Steven Behr gathered with four of the Deep Space Nine writing staff – Ronald D. Moore, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Hans Beimler, and René Eschevierra – to break a story for what would have been the first episode of a hypothetical eighth season of Deep Space Nine.
One of the stretch goals of the crowdfunding campaign was to hire an animator so selected scenes of the season eight story break session could be brought to life. This week the documentary team released the first look from that animation. The image features what appears to be Ezri Dax as a captain in a uniform like those seen in the future Starfleet depicted in the Star Trek: The Next Generation finale “All Good Things.” It’s not clear if this scene is a flashforward or if their envisioned season eight jumps forward in time entirely.
Sound Mix Being Finalized At Famous Facility
The team also announced this week that the directors are up at the world renown Skywalker Sound facility at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California putting final touches on the music and sound design.
World premiere set for Destination Star Trek in the UK
In August the first private screenings of What We Left Behind for backers in Los Angeles (October 12th) and New York (October 14th) were announced. The red carpet world premiere has since been announced to be at Destination Star Trek in Birmingham, UK on October 20th. The UK private backer screening has also be set for Birmingham on the 19th.
The NYC private screening is full up, but a handful of seats have become available for the Los Angeles backer event and can be purchased for $150. Tickets for the UK premiere (which gives entry to both the private screening on the 19th and to the world premiere on the 20th) are also available for $100. You can find out more and purchase by going to the documentary’s BackerKit store.
Last steps to finish the film and remaster scenes in HD
The team is almost done, but the version shown at the October screenings won’t quite be the final product. The team says:
After our event in Birmingham, we’ll be finishing up the film and preparing it for digital stream. As hard as we’ve tried, not ALL graphics and HD remasters will have been completed in time for the preview events — but we promise it will be well worth the wait for the final full release. This finishing stage also includes captioning and translation for our international backers.
Keep up with all the updates and news on the DS9 documentary in our What We Left Behind category here at TrekMovie.com