We had our three heroes [Picard, Worf and Hawk] in space suits, which look identical so you couldn't tell who was who until you got in real close. These lights were supplemented by what Leonetti called "interactive light"; these were off-stage, red-gelled lights that cast flashing rims on the bridge set and heads of the crew. The term first contact described the first official encounter between representatives of two races or governments. [12], Film composer Jerry Goldsmith scored First Contact, his third Star Trek feature. [16] Background Borg were simulated by half-finished mannequins. [30] Working with illustrator John Eaves, the designers conceived the new Sovereign-class Enterprise-E as "leaner, sleeker, and mean enough to answer any Borg threat you can imagine". [5] The android ruptures a coolant tank, and the corrosive vapor eats away the biological components of the Borg. Dr. Beverly Crusher. [16] Lily's words cause Picard to reconsider, and he quotes Ahab's words of vengeance, recognizing the death wish embedded therein. [12] Most of the effects sequences were planned using low-resolution computer-generated animatics. [44], The film also required a number of smaller non-Starfleet designs. [47], The Starfleet uniforms were redesigned for the film by longtime Star Trek costumer Bob Blackman to give a more militaristic feel, with grey padded shoulders and colored undershirts. "[38][53] Frakes noted that the Queen ended up being alluring in a disturbing way, despite her evil behavior and appearance. Critical reception was mostly positive; critics including Roger Ebert considered it to be one of the best Star Trek films, and it was the most positively reviewed film in the franchise (93% of reviews were positive) until being marginally surpassed (94%) by the 2009 reboot film. For the Borg intrusion, the lighting originated solely from instrument panels and red-alert displays. [115] As with other special-edition DVD releases, the disc includes a text track by Michael and Denise Okuda that provides production trivia and relevant facts about the Star Trek universe. Here is real acting! It eventually made $92 million in the United States and Canada with an additional $54 million in other territories, combining a worldwide total of $146 million. The impact of Federation weaponry on the Borg Cube was simulated using a 60-inch (150 cm) model of the Cube. The film would have featured sword fights alongside phasers in 15th-century Europe, while Data became Leonardo da Vinci's apprentice. [104] Empire magazine's Adam Smith wrote that some characters, particularly Troi and Crusher, were lost or ignored, and that the rapid pacing of the film left no time for those unfamiliar with the series to know or care about the characters. The crew used a 50 mm lens to make it easier for the effects team to dissolve the closeup shots with the other elements. [16] Berman told Braga and Moore that he wanted them to think about doing a story involving time travel. The game, Star Trek: Borg, functioned as an interactive movie with scenes filmed at the same time as First Contact's production. [114] In addition to the feature, presented with the same technical specifications as the previous release and a new DTS soundtrack,[115] the first disc contains a director's commentary by Frakes and a track by Moore and Braga. Using separate motion control passes on the set, Knoll shot the lower of the upper torso and the secondary sequence with Krige's entire body. ILM supervisor John Knoll insisted that First Contact's space battle prove the breadth of Starfleet's ship configurations. [21] Neal McDonough plays Lt. Hawk, the Enterprise helmsman who aids in the defense of the ship until he is assimilated and killed. Nanjin, launched Exo-6 by revealing a highly-detailed 1:6 scale figure depicting Brent Spiner's Lt. Cmdr. Four days were spent in the Titan Missile Museum, south of Tucson, Arizona—the disarmed nuclear missile was fitted with a fiberglass capsule shell to stand in for the Phoenix's booster and command module. Patrick Barnitt as Borg drone 3. [61] Rosenberg preferred motion-control passes of ships over computer-generated versions, as it was much easier to capture a high level of detail with physical models rather than trying to recreate it by computer graphics. Only two major Vulcan ships had been previously seen in Star Trek, including a courier vessel from The Motion Picture. [44] To make the pullback shot work, the camera had to be within one eighth of an inch from the model. [6] Rather, the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation play the following characters: Several of The Next Generation's recurring characters also appeared in the film; Dwight Schultz reprised his role of Lieutenant Reginald Barclay and Patti Yasutake briefly appeared as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa. [45] ILM layered their 30-inch (76 cm) model with an additional five inches of etched brass over a glowing neon lightbox for internal illumination. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. Deanna Troi. "They were using two tubes, and then they were using three tubes, and then they were sticking tubes in the ears and up the nose," Westmore explained. Handheld cameras were used for battle sequences so that viewers were brought into the action and the camera could follow the movements of the actors. To make the prosthetics appear at the proper angle when her lower body was removed, Krige extended her neck forward so it appeared in line with the spine. [69], On April 2, 2012, GNP Crescendo Records announced a limited-edition collector's CD featuring the complete score by Jerry Goldsmith (with additional music by Joel Goldsmith), newly remastered by recording engineer Bruce Botnick, with an accompanying 16-page booklet including informative notes by Jeff Bond and John Takis. [3], Enterprise arrives hundreds of years in its past on April 4, 2063, the day before humanity's first encounter with alien life after Zefram Cochrane's historic warp drive flight some time after the Earth had been decimated by the nuclear holocaust of World War III; the crew realizes the Borg are trying to prevent first contact. The effort of writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore was chosen and developed into Star Trek Generations. Star Trek: First Contact Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and First Contact (#8 in the popular movie series) is no exception--an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth's past, alter history, and "assimilate" the entire human race. [84] The film was knocked out of the top place the following week by 101 Dalmatians, earning $25.5 million. David Keith Anderson as Armstrong 2. Lt. Cmdr. Everton and makeup designers Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, and Jake Garber wanted to upgrade the pasty white look the Borg had retained since The Next Generation's second season, born out of a need for budget-conscious television design. As they gear up for a whole new chapter with Star Trek: Picard, the magic of discovering the iconic franchise still feels fresh for series icons. The Borg were redesigned to appear as though they were converted into machine beings from the inside-out; the new makeup sessions took four times as long as their appearances on the television series. [47] Among the new additions was a larger holographic viewscreen that would operate only when activated, leaving a plain wall when disabled. [38] Frakes reported to work every day at 6:30 am. Jaeger came up with a set of cables that sprang from the Borg's knuckles and buried themselves in the crewmember's neck. [47] Despite the long hours, Westmore's teams began to be more creative with the prosthetics even as they decreased their preparation times. The time-travel vortex the Sphere creates was simulated with a rocket re-entry effect; bowshock forms in front of the ship, then streams backwards at high speed. Gates McFadden. Ebert wrote that while previous films had often looked "clunky" in the effects department, First Contact benefited from the latest in effects technology. Terrence Beasor as Additional Voices 4. The Borg and the special effects were lauded, while characterization was less evenly received. Traditional optical effects techniques were supplemented with computer-generated imagery. [4] While in the future Cochrane is seen as a hero, the real man built the Phoenix for financial gain and is reluctant to be the person the crew describes. Check out the official Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Trailer starring Patrick Stewart! [29] Braga, meanwhile, wanted to see the "birth of Star Trek", when the Vulcans and humans first met; "that, to me, is what made the time travel story fresh", he said. Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Adventure Action Drama released in English language in theatre near you. [8] Zimmerman, Everton and Westmore combined their efforts to design and create the Borgified sections of the Enterprise to build tension and to make the audience feel that "[they are being fed] the Borg". The film was presented in its original 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio, with a surround sound Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix. [52] Accustomed to directing episodes for the television series, Frakes was frequently reminded by effects artist Terry Frazee to "think big, blow everything up". Picard has Cochrane's assistant Lily Sloane sent back to Enterprise for medical attention. While Joel composed many of the film's action cues, his father contributed to the spacewalk and Phoenix flight sequences. [21] Paramount wanted Braga and Moore, who had written the Generations script and a number of Next Generation episodes,[12] to pen the screenplay. [27] Two months after the release of Generations, Paramount decided to produce the second feature for a winter holiday 1996 release. Realizing the Borg have used time travel to change the past, Enterprise follows the sphere through the vortex. [17] Whereas Frakes had seven days of preparation followed by seven days of shooting for a given television episode, the director was given a ten-week preparation period before twelve weeks of filming, and had to get used to shooting for a 2.35:1 anamorphic ratio instead of the television standard 1.33:1. [116][117] The second disc contains six making-of featurettes, storyboards, and trailers. 2 years ago. Star Trek: First Contact. It was followed by Star Trek: Insurrection in 1998. [90] Ryan Gilbey of The Independent considered the film wise to dispense with the cast of The Original Series: "For the first time, a Star Trek movie actually looks like something more ambitious than an extended TV show," he wrote. [107] Thompson's assessment mirrored Carr's; he agreed that the film managed to convey much of the original 1960s television show, and contained enough "special effects wonders and interstellar gunplay" to sate all types of viewers. [72] Several lines in the film refer to the 21st-century dwellers being primitive, with the people of the 24th century having evolved to a more utopian society. James Cromwell. "You can't always rely on color because the actor might start to melt into the background." when you spend $25 on participating products. [109], A First Contact "Special Collector's Edition" two-disc set was released in 2005 at the same time as three other Next Generation films and Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season, marking the first time that every film and episode of the franchise was available on home video up to that point. A digital version of the Borg body suit was used for the lowering sequence, at which point the image was morphed back to the real shot of Krige's body. He won the cameo after suggesting to producers that the Enterprise should have the same technology as Voyager. Find out where Star Trek: First Contact is streaming, if Star Trek: First Contact is on Netflix, and get news and updates, on Decider. The scene was difficult to execute, taking ILM five months to finish. [35] Stewart met a potential candidate and concluded that "they didn't know Star Trek". Starring: Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart. Sloane confronts the captain and makes him realize he is acting irrationally because of his own past with becoming Locutus of the Borg. After destroying the Borg sphere, an away team transports down to Cochrane's ship, Phoenix, in Bozeman, Montana. Check out the official Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Trailer starring Patrick Stewart! Scholarly analysis of the film has focused on Captain Jean-Luc Picard's parallels to Herman Melville's Ahab and the nature of the Borg. They were unstoppable. The ship incorporated elements of a starfish and a crab. The writers combined the two ideas; they initially set the film during the European Renaissance, but changed the time period that the Borg corrupted to the mid-21st century, after fearing the Renaissance idea would be "too kitsch". Each time it was a real pleasure, seeing the Next Generation crew battle the Borg and travel back in time to one of the key events that shaped they world they know and love. [23] Goldberg only learned about the decision through the newspapers. Data as he appeared in the film Star Trek: First Contact. The warp ship Phoenix was conceived as fitting inside an old nuclear missile, meaning that the ship's nacelles had to fold into a space of less than 10 feet (3 m). Director. [62], Frakes considered the entrance of the Borg Queen—when her head, shoulders, and steel spine are lowered by cables and attached to her body—as the "signature visual effect in the film". 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