‘The Mandalorian’ was not the only instance of a big franchise making a grand television return. Its rival franchise, ‘Star Trek’ kicked off another coveted television series titled ‘Star Trek: Picard.’
Developed for CBS All Access, the show serves as the eighth television series in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise. It is set eighteen years after the events of ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’ and in a speculative world in the 24th century.
Patrick Stewart returns to the franchise after ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ re-essaying the character of Jean-Luc Picard. The series will revolve around his character being deeply affected by the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus.
Star Trek: Picard Filming Locations
Many fans might be wondering where ‘Star Trek: Picard’ is filmed. Like most of the stories in the franchise, the show can be expected to take viewers to several otherworldly places. So, how does the show manage to capture such speculative locations? Do they travel to a diverse number of places to achieve that level of unfamiliarity?
Santa Clarita, California
‘Star Trek: Picard’ is filmed in the state of California. California has been a site for filming major film and television productions in the past. However, the state has been losing a lot of filming opportunities to other states like Louisiana and Georgia and even other countries like Canada, thanks to their generous amounts of tax credits.
However, of late, the state of California has been fighting back to bring big-budget productions to the state by providing tax credits to select projects. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ is one of them.
The show received a $15.6 million tax credit so that it could film in California. This decision came after ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ filmed in Toronto and the California Film Commission did not want another show from the franchise to leave the state. All the previous ‘Star Trek’ shows have been filmed in California and thus, ‘Star Trek: Picard’ will prove to be a kind of homecoming for the science fiction show.
Within California, most of the filming for ‘Star Trek: Picard’ took place at Santa Clarita Studios: an independent production facility with multiple stages. The choice to film in Santa Clarita Studios might have been because of a recommendation by Patrick Stewart.
“Star Trek – Picard” is in production based in Santa Clarita and scouting locations in Los Angeles and Palm Springs pic.twitter.com/cNjeyUi3NX
— Film Location Scout/Manager (@locationson1) March 23, 2019
Apart from playing the titular lead, Stewart is also an executive producer for the series. He previously filmed at Santa Clarita Studios for the Starz comedy, ‘Blunt Talk.’ Hence, his recommendation might have been a principal reason for the show to shoot at Santa Clarita Studios given the fact that most ‘Star Trek’ productions have been filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.
Apart from Santa Clarita Studios, the crew also traveled to several places in the state of California for on-location filming. For instance, according to local sources, a few scenes of the show were also filmed at the College of the Canyons campus in Valencia, California. Reportedly, the crew was seen filming on campus on July, 25, 2019.
Moreover, ‘Star Trek: Picard’ is also filmed at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. In the series’ trailer, the Anaheim Convention Center building can be seen quite clearly. It doubles up as the Starfleet Headquarters on the show.
How did I miss the filming of new show Star Trek: Picard at Anaheim Convention Center? Where was my invite? Where was my offer to be a Starfleet extra?? pic.twitter.com/grIwbzkdJN
— John von Wolzogen (@vwjohn) May 24, 2019
While at #BPANLC2019 in Anaheim, Calif., Team TestOut happened to beam up some photos of production on the new @CBSAllAccess STAR TREK series, currently filming, that will bring back Captain Picard. Can you spot @SirPatStew? #TeamTestOut #StarTrekTNG #Picard pic.twitter.com/WqSrRVpX55
— TestOut Corporation (@TestOutCorp) May 2, 2019