Sony and Paramount Premiere 'Storm Front'By Michelle
October 5, 2004 - 7:58 PM
See Also: 'Storm Front, Part I' Episode Guide
Sony Electronics teamed up with Paramount Television last night to debut the season four premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise, filmed with a Sony HDW-F900 digital camcorder, during a special screening on the Paramount lot.
StarTrek.com had a report on the event, hosted by Entertainment Tonight weekend anchor Kevin Frazier and attended by many members of the cast and crew. Guests from the US military were invited as well to the presentation of "Storm Front, Part One" and desserts following.
A panel following the screening discussed the technical aspects of digital photography and other plans for Enterprise, including the prospective dates for the first set of DVDs, planned for release in May 2005. Executive producer Manny Coto, star Scott Bakula, director of photography Marvin Rush, "Storm Front" director Allan Kroeker and others talked about adaptations made to adjust to digital filming, which allows the makeup and effects teams to check colors and lighting on the monitors.
Bakula admitted that he had been nervous about switching to digital, but felt watching the new episodes that the digital film did a better job presenting the material. The format also saves time in pre- and post-production. "I understand the next generation of camera will have a button you push that produces a fully-formed teleplay," joked Coto.
The official site's report on the screening is here. The IESB has a photo gallery as well as a favourable review of the episode from the screening, while The San Jose Mercury News is less positive. The Digital Bits has a report on the event as well.