Picard Budget

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Picard' started by Go-Captain, May 9, 2020.

  1. Go-Captain

    Go-Captain Captain Captain

    May 23, 2015
    I remember reading Picard is the most expensive Star Trek ever at $8-9 million but where did the money go? I ask because Discovery's two seasons are far more polished and lavish looking, and everything is obviously made from scratch for the show. Picard isn't bad looking as a whole, it has a couple good CG scenes, sets, and props but it took obvious shortcuts not required of DIS.

    Did all the money go to location shooting and paying Patric Stewart, or is this a symptom of a rushed time table for the whole show, not just the finale? Or am I misinterpreting the cost of certain scenes or whole episodes?
  2. Random_Spock

    Random_Spock Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2009
    I'm thinking paying actors, probably who you mentioned, Brent Spiner, etc.. Maybe the effects they wanted to use cost more, maybe it was rushed like you mentioned.
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  3. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 7, 2011
    Aug 10, 1999
    I have a feeling they made up the difference of having these actors by cutting episode count from 13 down to 10.
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  4. DEWLine

    DEWLine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 27, 2003
    Ottawa, Canada
    Also, set design and construction. They've done a two-story standing set with La Sirena alone...and that, they're expecting to use for at least two more years.
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  5. Pubert

    Pubert Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 13, 2014

    But those miniature Christmas light strewn throughout some of the sets were so expertly hung. Ugh they were terrible.
  6. Kpnuts

    Kpnuts Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 25, 1999
    The money definitely didn't go towards fly-throughs of the Borg cube.
    And you can't compare season 1 of a show with season 2.
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  7. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nuevo México
    Disco's helm chair may have been a spinning hot seat, but everyone who sat in it had experience producing television. Picard was helmed by a novelist with very little experience in cinema.
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  8. DEWLine

    DEWLine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 27, 2003
    Ottawa, Canada
    Surrounded by people who do have that experience. Chabon had able help at every step, and a lead actor comfortable working with him so far as I can see.
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  9. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    Picard went over budget, but certainly, the intent was to bring it under Discovery's budget, probably at $7 million per episode (pattern budget). They got a $15 million tax credit from California, but even with this, they probably averaged 1st season Discovery money.