Like many, Sir Patrick Stewart remains at home waiting to return to normal and get back to work, in this case on his new show Star Trek: Picard. We have a roundup of bits about Picard starting off with a new interview with the man himself.
Stewart on how the character of Picard impacted his life
Sir Patrick was featured today in a segment on CBS Sunday Morning, with an interview that was shot before and during the pandemic quarantine. In it he talks about his career before, during, after, and returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, including the period when he felt Picard had become an “albatross” holding back his career. Stewart has, of course, returned to the role for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, for which he is also an executive producer. In the segment he explains how that would not have been possible during his time with Star Trek: The Next Generation, because he was “too naive” in the ways of making series television.
You can with the entire segment below.
During the part of the interview conducted from Stewart’s home during the quarantine, he talked about how he is ready to return to the set:
I miss work. This is the longest period in my career, which is well over 60 years, in which I haven’t been doing what I do, which is performing, acting.
Production on the second season of Star Trek: Picard was originally set to begin in June. Last week executive producer Akiva Goldsman said the writers are using this time to refine the scripts and once the lockdown ends, prep work will restart before they can move on to production.
Yesterday CBS shared a clip from their interview which did on appear in the aired segment on CBS Sunday Morning, where Stewart talked about his time playing Picard on The Next Generation and how “gradually the character and the actor grew closer and closer.” You can see that below.
Tomorrow on #SundayMorning@SirPatStew recently returned to the role of Captain Jean Luc Picard in the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Picard." But as @tonydokoupil found out, Sir Patrick Stewart is much more down-to-earth than his title might imply https://t.co/VvPtJeIRlA pic.twitter.com/c4qoKx8Y6o
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) May 23, 2020
Sir Pat takes sonnets hiatus for a mystery project
As discussed in the CBS Sunday Morning segment, Stewart has been using his time during his home quarantine to share a Shakespeare sonnet each day on social media. However, with Friday’s sonnet, Stewart announced he will be taking a brief hiatus while he works on “a very exciting new project.” He also promises that fans will be able to see this project in two or three weeks.
More behind the scenes from Picard
In recent weeks as CBS continues their Emmy campaign for Star Trek: Picard we have been sharing some of the more interesting bits from behind the scenes on the show. This week a few more bits have emerged.
We still don’t know what happened to Narek after his big fight with the synths in Star Trek: Picard, but a new video shows just what it took for the stunt team to make that fight happen.
Directing Picard’s start
Appearing in a virtual panel women directors, Hanelle M. Culpepper talked about helming the first episodes of Picard, including casting some of the show’s stars and updating the look of Romulans and the Borg. She also talked about the challenge of how the character of Picard himself should be presented, including just how much action this older Picard can he be seen taking on. On the dramatic fight scene in Picard’s chateau, Culpepper discussed how it took a lot of back and forth to get it right, saying “we still wanted him to be a hero, we didn’t want to see him do nothing in this scene and have [his Romulan caretakers] do everything, so we found that nice balance with that.”
VFX and Cinematography sizzle
CBS used Twitter to share a clip from the first episode of Picard, showing some of the processes used by Jazon Zimmerman and his team to create the visual effects.
Today, we're taking a look at how @jzvfx and the VFX team built some of those amazing shots.
— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) May 18, 2020
CBS also shared a sizzle reel featuring the cinematography of Star Trek: Picard, showcasing the work of the director of photography Philip Lanyon.
— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) May 21, 2020
There is no “i” in makeup
CBS hopes that makeup supervisor James Mackinnon will get a nomination for his work on Star Trek: Picard, as he did before for his work on Star Trek: Discovery. This week MacKinnon took to social media to share a list showing the dozens of professionals it takes to create the makeup and hair magic.
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Thank You Team for an amazing season 1 of Star Trek Picard. So many people came out and played in the Hair Makeup and Prosthetics and shop dept … so many we couldn't fit everyone on 1 page ! Thank you for all your hard work to everyone mentioned and missing Thank you, James .. . . #makeup #makeupartist #startrekmakeup #startrek #startrekpicsrd @startrekprosthetics #startrekprosthetics #aliens #space #artist @startrek #makeupfx #makeupfxartist #makeupfxs #makeupfxschool #makeupeffects #Prostheticmakeup #prosthetics #hair #makeupdept #makeuptrailer @beautymasterclassonline #borgs #vulcans #makeupartist tutorial
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