Executive Producer Jeffrey Chernov
spoke recently with KGET-TV out of Bakersfield, California, regarding the choice of Kern County, California as a shooting site for Star Trek XI
As reported by KGET, Kern County is standing in for the Iowa birthplace of James T. Kirk. "We wanted something that looked like Iowa, and we also wanted to stay close to Los Angeles," explained Chernov. "So, we came out here and scouted and realized that we can kind of make Iowa out of Bakersfield."
Kern County is accustomed to being the backdrop for Hollywood films. In the past, films such as: Erin Brockovich, Deep Impact, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Armageddon, The Right Stuff, Jurassic Park and Planet of the Apes have been filmed here. Star Trek is no stranger to the area. Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek Generations were filmed in the county.
As reported yesterday in the article located at Trektoday, a site manager for Star Trek XI was involved in an automobile accident at the site recently. Footage filmed and available on YouTube picked up another interesting vehicle. A vintage red corvette from the 1960s was being transported onto the set for use one of the shots. A person was in the corvette, possibly a woman with blonde hair, but it is unknown who that person was.
To read more, head to the article located here. A video of the KGET story can be found here. The YouTube video with the red corvette can be seen here.