A ten minute behind-the-scenes “making of” documentary featurette reel for Star Trek: The Motion Picture has been posted to YouTube.
“Space, the final frontier. Gene Roddenberry invites you to go where few have gone before, behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” says the narrator of featurette, before taking fans on a trip to the movie-making world of 1979.
Fans are treated to behind-the-scenes details about the movie, including the construction of several Enterprise models to be used in the movie; the space station Epsilon 9, destroyed in the beginning of the film; Klingon battlecruisers which met the same fate as the space station; the probe; Vulcan, including the matte backgrounds and an explanation of what the model was for Vulcan backgrounds; and the large V’ger set.
Persis Khambatta, who appears as the bald Deltan Lt. Ilia in the movie, is shown getting her hair cut and shaved to attain the alien look. A few tears welled up in her eyes as her locks fell to the floor.
Other aliens are shown donning their masks and makeup; both new aliens and familiar ones such as the blue-skinned, antennaed Andorians.
Three hundred extras, including over one hundred Star Trek fans invited by Gene Roddenberry and Susan Sackett, are shown getting ready for their part in the movie. The massive set upon which they would stand (used only for the one day of shooting, and then dismantled) took hundreds of hours to assemble.