While fans wait for news on the premiere of the third season of Star Trek: Discovery, members of the cast and crew give an update on post-production and ask for some patience.
The team is working hard on Discovery post-production
At the end of March, CBS released a teaser for the third season of Star Trek: Discovery which promised it is “coming soon,” but still offered no date. Production wrapped up in February before the coronavirus shutdown, but post-production has continued remotely. Yesterday, in response to a fan question about a release announcement, Discovery actor Wilson Cruz (Dr. Culber) asked for patience and assured that people were working hard on post-production and the release date would come as soon as possible.
Trust me, none will hesitate giving you a release date as soon as they can. Everyone is working hard on post production as we speak. Patience, grasshopper.
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) May 1, 2020
Discovery editor Scott Gamzon picked up on Cruz’s post to add that working remotely takes longer and has additional challenges.
Post production, Sound, VFX and Editorial are all hard at work from our homes. It’s going to take longer and there have been challenges but the results will be worth the wait!
— Scott Gamzon, ACE (@ScottGamzon) May 2, 2020
Could composer apply “jigsaw” recording method Discovery?
One of the big challenges for post-production under lockdown is music. The episode scores for past seasons of Star Trek: Discovery have been recorded with a large live orchestra in Los Angeles. In early April, composer Jeff Russo told TrekMovie he was working on composing the first half of season three from home, but the lockdown prevented him from recording with an orchestra.
However, in mid-April Variety reported how composers have started to change the way they record scores during the lockdown by recording each musician individually. This is much more complicated and time-consuming, but the process has allowed a number of shows to complete their work, including Empire and American Dad. The composer for American Dad explained that this technique may not be scalable for shows that use larger orchestras, saying, “I don’t think we could do this with The Orville, It’s just too symphonic and the music is much more complex.”
The Variety article reports that Russo is also using this “jigsaw” technique for his work on Umbrella Academy, which traditionally uses an orchestra about half the size of what he uses for Discovery. The Variety report explains the challenge:
[Russo] had 38 players on Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy,” but experimented using between four and 16 players on different cues, “all recording the individual parts on their own, at their home studios, then sending it back to me. We edit it, compile it and mix it as though it’s the orchestra. It worked really well. But I think it’s going to work even better when I expand the number of players. The only problem is, the more expanding I do, the more complicated it becomes on the back end. Something that would normally take us three or four days to do, will now take a week and a half to finish.”
One thing is for sure, ViacomCBS is keen to get Discovery season three onto CBS All Access soon.
Watch the trailer again
While you wait, here again is the NYCC trailer released last October.
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