From the Files: What It Takes to Film a Star Trek Episode

This is the third of several articles “from the files” – these were published in January of 2009 as part of the “Production Club Newsletter”. There is some great information in them and some personal sharing/visiting with some of our wonderful, gifted crew and “family members” that deserves to be shared.

So you wondered what that $25 donation toward the costs to shoot an episode was spent on? Here’s a little insight into some of the things that were “consumed” during our October Shoot for “The Child” in 2008

 

~ Forty times the normal monthly electricity

~ Eight times the normal monthly water

~ 1/4 tank of oil fuel heat

Powdering down Mr. Scott

~ 375 makeup sponge applicators

~ 75 eye makeup applicators

~ 23 stipple sponges

~ 15 pairs of Vulcan ears

~ 4 pairs of false eyelashes

~ 8 ounces of fresh scab

~ 14 ounces of blood

~ 900 baby wipes

~ 9 dozen bar towels

~ 20 reams of paper

~ 100 brass fasteners

~ 85 yards of cloth

~ 12 yards of Velcro

~ 8 invisible zippers

~ 2 yards of rank braid

~ 200 aspirin/acetominophen/naproxen sodium/imitrex

~ 300 gallons of drinking water

~ 500 gallons of soda

~ 140 rolls of toilet paper

~ 1500 paper plates

~ 700 hot cups

~ 1000 cold cups

~ 2000 napkins

~ 1500 plastic utensils

~ 30 lbs. of coffee

~ 10 gal. of liquid creamer

~ 1000 packets sweet & low

~ 1000 packets sugar

~ 750 packets Splenda

~ 168 bagels

~ 192 ounces of cream cheese

~ 500 tea bags

~ 65 pizzas

~38 “James Cawley Specials” at Gene’s Drive-In

~ 80 lbs. of chocolate and candy

~ 100 packages of cookies

~ 15 boxes Kleenex

~ 15 reams of copy paper

~ 4 toners

~ 90 large garbage bags

~ 45 small garbage bags

~ 25 gallons of carpet cleaning solution

~ $10 for plumbing for bathroom sink

~ 6 2 x 4’s

~ 1 gallon bondo

~ 14 gallons of paint

~ 20 Paint brushes

~ 22 paint rollers

~ 6 rolls of painters tape

~ 15 rolls of gaffers tape

~ 3 lbs screws and nails

~ $150 worth of assorted hardware

~ $195 of wood to build 12 apple boxes and camera dolly

~ $30 of PVC to support lighting defuser over the bridge set

~ $500 of lighting gels

~ electrical wiring

~ 10 bulbs for studio lights

~ 8 florescent bulbs

~ one 10 foot industrial strength ladder

~ 6 removable computer hard drives

~ bandwidth for post production and media site

~ electricity for media servers

~ servers for redundancy and storage

~ 11,200 hours of lost sleep

 

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About The Star Trek Phase 2 Team

Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II is an award-winning independent webseries that produces new episodes of Classic Star Trek. Continuing the fourth and fifth seasons of the original series, we film the untold stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Kirk, and his crew with the intention of filling in the missing years of the original five year mission, and bridging the gap to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We are a group of fans who have come together with a common love for the classic era Star Trek for the purpose of having fun while making new episodes. It is the goal of Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II to support and promote the CBS/Paramount Star Trek franchise by giving fans an active way to continue their interest in Classic Star Trek.