In a new interview with io9, Ira Steven Behr shares a new clip from the Deep Space Nine: What We Left Behind documentary and talks about bringing the long-awaited documentary to life.
Io9: “…what was it like coming back into that creative process of exploring what you would have done if this show continued, all this time after it came to an end?”
Behr: “Well, that was one of the easiest things about this whole process. We — everyone — had a wonderful day. I mean, true, we hadn’t been in the same room with each other for a long, long, long, long time, but I’ve worked with all those guys since the show went off the air.
“I knew I had no doubt when I had the idea of doing that it was going to work.”
Io9: ” You’ve touched on the fact that this has been a very long process in the making and last year, part of what made that process longer was the decision to switch to using fully remastered, high-definition clips in the documentary. Can you tell me about the moment you came to that decision you were going do the complete remaster?”
Behr: “I laid that little revelation on the team — to their shock, horror, and surprise! You know — look, a lot of this journey had to do with me accepting the fact that I was on the journey, and that took a long time. I’d never done a documentary before, I never thought of doing a documentary before. I hadn’t thought of Deep Space Nine as a thing for a very long time.
“We talked about five minutes of HD, and fifteen minutes of standard def, and that’s all we could afford…It was August, and we were literally, at that point, winding down. We were going to show the film at the beginning of October to the backers, and suddenly, it just hit me, the night before. Just like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ Fifteen minutes. The fans are not going to be happy. They’re going to look at those five minutes, then they’re going to look at those fifteen minutes and they’re going to be pissed. And rightly so! So, at that point, it’s like… ‘This is the time; it’s way too late in the deal to do this; it’s now or never. And backs against the wall, boom, we’re going to do it.
“They’re like ‘We can’t! We can’t. Time-wise we can’t do it, money-wise we can’t.’ I’m like, ‘I totally understand that, but we’re doing it anyway.’ So we did. And thank God.”
For those who didn’t get to see the early stream of the documentary, Fathom Events is making the documentary available at theaters on May 13.
More of the interview can be seen at io9.