Although Star Trek 2 has been filmed in 3D, fans can be sure that no story quality was sacrificed in favor of doing so.
According to TrekMovie, Damon Lindelof and the other writers were not originally fans of the idea but came around after seeing the results. “We wanted to tell the story that we wanted to tell and we have already talked about the idea that all of us were a little bit cynical about doing the movie in 3D…,” said Lindelof.
But a test using footage from Star Trek XI soon changed their minds. “…and then they set up a test at Bad Robot where they took footage from the first movie – the sequence when the Enterprise drops out of warp and they come upon all the federation vessels destroyed by the Narada and they are doing evasive maneuvers – and we just looked at each other after and said ‘that was kind of awesome,'” said Lindelof. “We are now – I wouldn’t say converts – but I don’t think this is going to hurt the movie. If people want to see it in 3D, they will get their money’s worth.
“And in terms of actual production, J.J. [Abrams] shot the movie exactly the way he wanted to shoot it. And when you are doing this process, as opposed to a standard conversion, after every single set up – not just every scene but every angle – we had to do a 3D pass where you clear the set of the actors and the camera has to do the same moves so the guys doing the conversion can map accordingly and that will provide a much better 3D experience for the audience.
“But again, our job was to just make an awesome movie and to care about the characters and again do service to this amazing baton that has been passed to us and that we take incredibly seriously and treat with a great deal of reverence. So the 3D decision was more along the lines of like ‘are we going to screw up Trek by doing this movie in 3D or is Trek ready for 3D?’ Hopefully it is the latter. Based on the dailies that I have seen, I think J.J. pulled it off.”