While Berman was concerned about the move,[67] Goldsmith hired his son, Joel, to assist. [20] The set for the ship's outer hull and deflector dish were built on gimbals at Paramount's largest sound stage,[51] surrounded by bluescreen and rigged with wires for the zero gravity sequences. Leonetti was unfamiliar with the Star Trek mythos when Frakes approached him; to prepare for the assignment, he studied the previous four films in the franchise, each with a different cinematographer—The Voyage Home (Donald Peterman), The Final Frontier (Andrew Laszlo), The Undiscovered Country (Hiro Narita), and Generations (John Alonzo). [48] The designers created a larger and less-spartan ready room, retaining elements from the television series; Zimmerman added a set of golden three-dimensional Enterprise models to a glass case in the corner. [100] Lloyd Rose of The Washington Post felt that while Woodard and Cromwell managed to "take care of themselves", Frakes' direction of other actors was not inspired;[101] Steve Persall of the St. Petersburg Times opined that only Cromwell received a choice role in the film, "so he steals the show by default". [81], The film premiered on November 18, 1996 at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles. 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. He suggested adding an individual Borg villain with whom the characters could interact, which led to the creation of the Borg Queen. [44] Small lights attached to the Cube's surface helped to create visual interest and convey scale; the model was deliberately shot with a slow, determined pacing to contrast with the Federation ships engaged in battle with the Borg. Enterprise pursues the sphere into a temporal vortex. Leonetti preferred shooting with long lenses to provide a more claustrophobic feel, but made sure the length did not flatten the image. Terrence Beasor as Additional Voices 4. Eaves made sure to emphasize the mechanical aspect of the ship, to suggest it was a highly experimental and untested technology. [64] The young composer provided additional music for the film, writing three cues based on his father's motifs[66] and a total of 22 minutes of music. Berman's suggestion was the Renaissance; the Borg would attempt to prevent the dawn of modern European civilization. After destroying the Borg sphere, an away team transports down to Cochrane's ship, Phoenix, in Bozeman, Montana. [105], Critics reacted favorably to the Borg, describing them as akin to creatures from Hellraiser. Each drone received an electronic eyepiece. The live-action scenes of the spacewalking crew were then digitally added. [51] A one-armed actor portrayed the Borg whose arm Worf slices off to accurately portray the effect intended,[12] and the actors' shoes were fitted with lead weights to remind the actors they were to move slowly as if actually wearing gravity boots. [69], GNP released the First Contact soundtrack on December 2, 1996. [12][38], The spacewalk scene on the Enterprise exterior was one of the most challenging sets to envision and construct for the film. [18] Robert Picardo appears as the Enterprise's Emergency Medical Hologram; Picardo played the holographic Doctor in Voyager. Michael Braveheart as Martinez 9. [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. Jeff Coopwood as The Voice of the Borg 13. [82], First Contact opened in 2,812 theaters beginning November 22, grossing $30.7 million its first week and making it the top movie at the US box office. Know about Film reviews, lead cast & crew, photos & video gallery on BookMyShow. James Cromwell. "[21], In deciding to combine the two story ideas, the writers decided that the time travel element could play out as the Borg attempt to prevent humanity from ever reaching space and becoming a threat. [16] Eaves looked at the structure of previous Enterprise iterations, and designed a more streamlined, capable war vessel than the Enterprise-D, reducing the neck area of the ship and lengthening the nacelles. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy. The game, Star Trek: Borg, functioned as an interactive movie with scenes filmed at the same time as First Contact's production. [82] It closed with a US & Canadian gross of $92,027,888 and an international gross of $54 million for a total of $146 million worldwide. Jerry Goldsmith and his son Joel collaborated to produce the film's score, though only Jerry was credited. Perfect foils for a feature story. Deanna Troi. Knoll did not want it to seem that the Queen was on a hard, mechanical rig; "we wanted her to have the appropriate 'float'," he explained. [21] In this draft Picard has a love interest in the local photographer Ruby, while Riker leads the fight against the Borg on the Enterprise. The second draft, titled Star Trek: Resurrection, was judged complete enough that the production team used it to plan expenses. As the sphere disappears, Enterprise discovers Earth has been altered – it is now populated entirely by Borg. SEE DETAILS. Tracee Lee Cocco as Jae 12. "[20], The Borg Queen was a challenge because she had to be unique among Borg but still retain human qualities; Westmore was conscious of avoiding comparisons to films like Alien. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. [69] The album contained 51 minutes of music, with 35 minutes of Jerry Goldsmith's score, 10 minutes of additional music by Joel Goldsmith, "Ooby Dooby" and "Magic Carpet Ride". I wanted it to look scary and mysterious, so it was lit like a point, and we always had the camera dutched to it; we never just had it coming straight at us," he said. https://www.tvguide.com/movies/star-trek-first-contact/cast/2030344236 Photos of the Star Trek: First Contact (Movie) voice actors. Picard's orders are for his ship, USS Enterprise, to patrol the Neutral Zone in case of Romulan aggression; Starfleet is worried that Picard is too emotionally involved with the Borg to join the fight. Since much of Picard's role made a direct reference to his time as a Borg in The Next Generation episodes "The Best of Both Worlds", the opening dream sequence was added to explain what happened to him in the show. First Contact is the first film in the Star Trek film series in which none of the main characters from The Original Series appear. [12], In December 1992, Paramount Pictures executives approached Star Trek: The Next Generation producer Rick Berman and engaged him to create two films featuring the cast of the television series. While Joel composed many of the film's action cues, his father contributed to the spacewalk and Phoenix flight sequences. The nebular columns and solid areas were modeled with basic wireframe geometry, with surface shaders applied to make the edges of the nebula glow. [3], A group of Borg invade Enterprise's lower decks and begin to assimilate its crew and modify the ship. First Contact is the first film in the Star Trek film series in which none of the main characters from The Original Series appear. [87] The film was the best-performing Star Trek film in international markets until 2009's Star Trek film,[88] and Paramount's best showing in markets such as New Zealand, making $315,491 from 28 sites by year's end. Braga and Moore focused the new arc on Cochrane himself, making the ideal future of Star Trek come from a flawed man. Moore was afraid that it risked becoming campy and over-the-top,[21] while Stewart refused to wear tights. Zylinska draws comparisons between the technological distinction of humanity and machine in Star Trek and the work of artists such as Stelarc. Since Blackman was also handling the costumes for the television series, non-Starfleet design clothes were delegated to Deborah Everton,[18] a newcomer to Star Trek who was responsible for more than 800 costumes during production. Starring: Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart. 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Moore, Wikipedia indefinitely move-protected pages, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Wikipedia articles with multiple identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 February 2021, at 19:15. [47] The time-travel aspect of the story also required period costumes for the mid 21st century and the 1940s "Dixon Hill" nightclub holodeck recreation. First Contact (Live In Concert 6 2001)This was on the soundtrack I got. The expanded album [GNPD 8079] runs 79 minutes and includes three tracks of alternates. Brent Spiner. [16] Berman told Braga and Moore that he wanted them to think about doing a story involving time travel. It is the eighth film in the Star Trek film series, as well as the second to star the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. [18], First Contact was the first Star Trek film to make significant use of computer-generated starship models, though physical miniatures were still used for the most important vessels. [49] Some set designs took inspiration from the Alien film series, Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1. At the last moment the torpedoes miss, and the Queen realizes Data betrayed her. Stuck in the past, Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) helps a pioneer of space travel (James Cromwell) in his efforts to create the first warp drive while Capt. With the Borg threat neutralized, Cochrane completes his warp flight. The term first contact described the first official encounter between representatives of two races or governments. [20] One camera shot begins inside the iris of Picard's eyeball and pulls back to reveal the captain aboard a massive Borg ship. [97] While Renzetti considered the lack of old characters from the previous seven movies a welcome change,[93] Maslin said that without the original stars, "The series now lacks [...] much of its earlier determination. 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. Having ensured the correction of the timeline, the Enterprise crew slip away and return to the 24th century.[3]. After two better-known directors turned down the job, cast member Jonathan Frakes was chosen to direct to make sure the task fell to someone who understood Star Trek. Synopsis Resistance is futile. [74] The nature of perilous first contact between species, as represented by films such as Independence Day, Aliens and First Contact, is a marriage of classic fears of national invasion and the loss of personal identity. Which was terribly interesting for me, but I did feel heartbroken for my minions. Painter Kim Smith spent several days on a tiny area of the model to add enough surface detail for the close-up, but even then the focus was barely adequate. "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. For the Borg intrusion, the lighting originated solely from instrument panels and red-alert displays. GNP Crescendo president Neil Norman explained that the decision to include the tracks was controversial, but said that "Frakes did the most amazing job of integrating those songs into the story that we had to use them". [76] The franchise was on rocky ground; ratings for Deep Space Nine and Voyager had shed millions of viewers, being bested by Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as the highest-rated syndicated series. Lt. Cmdr. When the actors first put the helmets on, the fully enclosed design made it hard to breathe; after a minute of wearing the suit Stewart became ill, and shooting was discontinued. [25] Picardo's line "I'm a doctor, not a door stop", is an allusion to the Star Trek original series character Dr. Leonard McCoy. The set was lined with window paneling backed by red lights, which would blink intermittently during red-alert status. [105] Likewise, Emily Carlisle of the BBC praised Woodard's, Spiner's, and Stewart's performances, but felt the film focused more on action than characterization. Looking to watch Star Trek: First Contact? [21] "Our goals at that point were to create a story that was wonderful and a script that was [...] producible within the budget confines of a Star Trek film", said Berman. The smaller Borg sphere was a 12-inch (30 cm) model that was shot separately from the Cube and digitally added in post-production. [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. [54], Next came the action sequences and the battle for the Enterprise, a phase the filmmakers dubbed "Borg Hell". In addition to composing new music, Goldsmith used music from his previous Star Trek scores, including his theme from The Motion Picture. Rated the #51 best film of 1996, and #4332 in the greatest all-time movies (according to RYM users). Star Trek: First Contact was released on November 22, 1996, and was the highest-grossing film on its opening weekend. These rough animated storyboards established length, action and composition, allowing the producers and director to ascertain how the sequences would play out before they were shot. [82] The main cast save Spiner were in attendance, as were Moore, Braga, Jerry Goldsmith, and producer Marty Hornstein. [107] Renzetti credited them with breathing "new life" into the crew of the Enterprise while simultaneously trying to kill them. [85] The film went on to gross $77 million in its first four weeks, remaining in the top-ten box office during that time. [46] Eaves considered the Vulcan ship a "fun" vessel to design. The ship incorporated elements of a starfish and a crab. [49] For its Borg-corrupted state, the engineering section was outfitted with Borg drone alcoves, conduits and Data's "assimilation table" where he is interrogated by the Queen. In the television series, much of the Borg's faces had been covered by helmets, but for First Contact the makeup artist removed the head coverings and designed assimilated versions of familiar Star Trek aliens such as Klingons, Bolians, Romulans, Bajorans, and Cardassians. The bridge was designed to be comfortable-looking, with warm colors. Alfre Woodard. 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