In April To The Journey: Looking Back at Star Trek: Voyager wrapped up a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, bringing in over $1 million. This week the documentary started putting some of that money work and director David Zappone gives us an exclusive update on the production.
To The Journey running on the ‘holodeck’
This week To The Journey began its first in-studio production in Los Angeles, kicking off an extensive list of interviews for the documentary looking at Star Trek: Voyager. Filming is being done on the same stage the team used for their DS9 documentary What We Left Behind, but with a brand-new custom-built set themed around a USS Voyager holodeck. One of the first interviews conducted this week was with Martha Hackett, who played Seska on the show. Also interviewed this week were guest actors Alexander Enberg, Scott MacDonald, Jeffrey Combs, and Vaughn Armstrong.
Others interviewed this week include a number of people who worked behind the camera on Voyager, including director David Livingston, Andy Robinson (who also directed an episode of Voyager), writer Lisa Klink, make-up artist Karen Westerfield, composer Dennis McCarthy, and Emmy-winning make-up designer Michael Westmore.
To The Journey also brought in some notable fans and others tied to the franchise including Discovery actress Mary Chieffo and current Star Trek science consultant Dr. Erin McDonald. And they are just getting started. Director David Zappone tells TrekMovie, “We want to focus on every aspect of producing Voyager, from those in front to those behind the camera.. We are looking for To The Journey to be an all-encompassing documentary so we anticipate that filming will go into 2022.”
Of the work so far Zappone said:
“Even with just a few days into these one-on-ones, the interviews thus far have been incredibly insightful and honest. Despite being an avid Trek fan since the ’70s, and having done so many of these documentaries, I continue to learn new things about the franchise every day. I’m thrilled that the story of Voyager is shaping up to be as interesting and compelling as that of Deep Space Nine.”
These new in-studio interviews will just be part of the mix as the team already shot a significant amount of footage and interviews during the 2020 Star Trek: The Cruise, which included a reunion of the Voyager cast. They will also be flying to London this fall to shoot more at the Destination: Star Trek convention, which will also include a Voyager reunion.
While work has continued during the pandemic, Zappone tells TrekMovie there won’t be any Zoom remote interviews included in the final doc, saying “Those types of interviews cannot match the intimacy of being in person, and we want this film to match the high production bar we set on What We Left Behind.” However, the team has visited some interview subjects at work or at their homes, including Voyager co-creator Jeri Taylor.
Passing the $1 million mark in crowdfunding allowed for To The Journey to include an “exclusive never before seen Voyager surprise” stretch goal. In an interview earlier this year Zappone told TrekMovie this surprise will be something “new” that involves the Voyager actors. This week he confirmed this special segment is on the production schedule, but it has yet to be filmed.
To The Journey is still on target for a release in the fall of 2022. To learn more visit the official site at voyagerdocumentary.com. You can also keep up with the production on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.