What We Left Behind, the crowdfunded Deep Space Nine documentary is nearly done. In fact, the actual interviews, editing, sound mix, and most of the other elements have been completed. What’s left now is to upgrade clips from the show to high definition. Thanks to an outpouring of support from fans, the documentary team can now upgrade all clips from the show.
HD upgrade is a process
While the documentary had its official premiere parties in Los Angeles, New York, and at Destination Star Trek in the UK earlier in the fall, many of the clips from the TV show were still in standard definition. That means backers won’t get their copies just yet. The process of remastering even the limited clips used in the documentary is time-consuming and expensive. Remember, despite the inclusion of DS9 showrunner Ira Steven Behr, this is an independent documentary, so CBS is charging the team to have the 35mm film unarchived, cataloged, scanned, and cleaned up.
In the video below, we see a few seconds of the cast decked out in formalwear as they head to the holosuite in the seventh season episode “Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang.”
A note from the documentary team
In their backer update sent out today the team explained their reasoning on holding off on rushing out copies for the early backers:
While we could have just released the version of the film that was previewed to backers in Los Angeles, New York, and the UK this October, we didn’t think it would be fair to you to release a separate, better version with all our HD just a few months later, in a whole separate disk-set for the public. We want you to receive the best film we can give you, and unfortunately that sometimes means more time.
When we started this campaign, we had NO idea we would be given this opportunity to actually see DS9 in HD for the first time in our documentary, and that’s all thanks to you and your support. Those who participated in the latest #HiDefHero campaign should be receiving their challenge coins shortly, or have already seen them in their mailboxes along with a special note from Ira.
Rest assured, we’re in the midst of HD remasters, which is our final big step to completion. We want to see this film released just as much as you do, but in the end we trust the opportunity to remaster as much DS9 as possible is well worth a couple months of additional wait.
We believe, when you see the finished product, you’ll agree.
You can show your support and pre-order the final release at www.ds9documentary.com
Keep up with all the updates and news on the DS9 documentary in our What We Left Behind category here at TrekMovie.com