My Name Is Legion wrote:
...I was struck that the economics of doing a fan film were about the reverse of doing a Trek series at Paramount: ie, it was cheaper and easier to shoot on location than to outfit a studio and build sets.
Very much true. The construction plans for our corridors are estimated to be around $3,000, just for 24 feet of corridor. Economics being what they are, we're scaling back our plans. It's the same sort of choice we've made all along with our bridge, ready room, transporter room, uniforms, etc.
Filming on location is far cheaper and easier by far. Other than catering for the cast, there's not much in the way of other expenses for filming on location.