Behind-The-Scenes Photos from the Making of Star Trek: Picard

Never-before-seen images from our favorite French Captain's latest adventure.

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Behind-The-Scenes Photos from the Making of Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard finished airing its first season on Paramount+ back in March 2020, and what a wild ride it was. As exciting as the final product was, we want to show how adventurous Star Trek can be behind the scenes.

Fortunately, still photographers were on deck to capture the actors and the hundreds of crew members that make them look so good. Here are pictures of that journey, featuring some never-before-seen photos from the filming of Picard!


Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the United States and is distributed concurrently by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

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Another day at the office

Jonathan Frakes directed the episodes “Absolute Candor” and “Stardust City Rag.” Frakes has directed at least 20 episodes of different Star Trek series. He also directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Here he is with Santiago Cabrera (Cristóbal Rios).

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The magic of reading

Cabrera and Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker) laugh as they flip through The Three Musketeers. Cabrera actually played “Aramis” in the BBC series The Musketeers.

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Sitting in the driver’s seat

Here is Frakes directing Hurd for a scene in the La Sirena spaceship. Hurd grew up watching The Original Series with her family and said it felt “phenomenal” to join the Star Trek franchise. 

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Hours of preparation

Makeup artists are the unsung heroes of Star Trek. In this photo, two of them work to bring Mr. Vup (played by Dominic Burgess) to life. 

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Old friends

Frakes and Patrick Stewart prepare to film a scene from “Absolute Candor.”

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The inseparable duo

Frakes and Stewart share a laugh around several Romulan actors. 

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Sun hats are a must

Stewart and Frakes beat the heat while filming a scene on the planet Vashti, which is, in reality, a Universal backlot location. 

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Oh Captain, My Captain!

Frakes and Stewart embrace in-between shots. Evan Evagora (Elnor), who grew up watching The Next Generation, tries to play it cool in the foreground. 

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Time to get serious

Actor Harry Treadaway, who stars as Narek, practices his mean mug. Before joining the cast of Picard, Treadaway was most known for appearing as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful.

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Communication is key

Isa Briones (Soji), Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) and Stewart talk with executive producer Michael Chabon. Del Arco first played Hugh in The Next Generation

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Setting up the shot

Director Hanelle M. Culpepper (left) directed the first two episodes of Picard. Here she is with her crew strategizing the next shot. 

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The Californian sun

DiHurd and Stewart stay out of the sun at Vasquez Rocks, an often-used filming location for Star Trek

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Don’t move...

Del Arco has his Borg makeup applied by makeup artist James Mackinnon. Del Arco used to watch Star Trek while he grew up to help him learn English. 

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Relieving tension

Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Frakes share a laugh with Necar Zadegan (Bjayzl). Ryan talked to Wil Wheaton about returning to the Star Trek universe in her episode of The Ready Room

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Attention to detail

A member of the makeup team does a spot check to make sure Mr. Vup is ready to go. Picard won Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup at the 2020 Emmy Awards. 

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Filming is fun!

Just two men having fun playing make-believe. This picture was taken while filming “Stardust City Rag.”

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But work is work

Frakes goes over the script with Evagora and Stewart.

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In their element

Frakes discusses the scene with Ryan and Stewart. Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter she was glad to have Frakes as director while she attempted to get back into the character she hadn’t played for 20 years. After a couple of takes, Frakes walked onto the set and proclaimed “There she is.”

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Getting the shot

The crew executes a raised dolly shot for the episode “Nepenthe.” Notice how the dolly track is propped up by an assortment of apple boxes and wedges to get steady, level camera movement despite the terrain. 

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They still got it

The captain poses with his former commanders. Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) was excited to reunite with her castmates and said she believed Picard would be the “next big thing” for Star Trek

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It’s always a good time

Frakes and Stewart laugh during a break in shooting. Troi and Riker’s home was filmed on a Universal backlot originally built for the film The Great Outdoors.

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Burton can’t resist dropping by

LeVar Burton visited the set while they were filming “Nepenthe.”

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Burton catches up with Stewart and Briones. You can watch Briones interview about her experiences with filming Picard on The Ready Room.

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Working on set

Here is an overhead shot while the team is filming a scene inside the La Sirena. You can take a tour of the massive speed freighter set here

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I’m ready for my closeup

Cabrera brings the intensity. 

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Getting every angle

The Star Trek: Picard production team uses as many as three cameras at a time to shoot a scene. 

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Lighting is key

Here we see Hurd shrouded in the blue lights of the La Sirena.

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Another reunion

Stewart shares a discussion with his old friend Brent Spiner (Data/Dr. Altan Inigo Soong). Spiner returned for three episodes of Picard

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New friends

Alison Pill (Dr. Jurati), Hurd and Briones take a picture together on set. Pill previously had roles in The Newsroom and American Horror Story: Cult. You can watch her appearance on The Ready Room alongside Patrick Stewart here

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Friends for life

Stewart embraces executive producer/director Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2001’s A Beautiful Mind. Goldsman has also written and directed for Star Trek: Discovery.

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Stay still...

Ouch! Practical effects are serious business. 

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The guitar guy at the party

Treadaway serenades the rest of the actors. “You guys wanna hear 'Wonderwall?'”

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Stewart gets into character as they prepare to slate. 

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All smiles

Briones, Stewart and Goldsman share a picture and a smile.

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Group photo

The Picard actors take a scenic photo together in the mountains of California. 

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To be a fly on the wall...

Stewart holds court during a break in the action. 

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Hurry up and wait

Evagora, Cabrera and Hurd hang out while the crew sets up the next shot. 

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Director Picard?

Stewart tries his hand at cinematography. Stewart directed a total of five TNG episodes including the holodeck Western “A Fistful of Datas.”

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Friends in real life

Briones, Stewart and Treadaway share a laugh off-camera. 

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The journey ends

Treadaway thanks the cast and crew at the end of filming.

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Giving the actors and crew their due

Stewart gives a round of applause for his fellow actors. 

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Have a seat

The main cast gets down low to pose for a group photo. 

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Fancy future tables

Stewart and company get ready for a crowd scene on Coppelius from the two-part season finale.  The Coppelius Station seen in the episodes was filmed on a private residence in beautiful Malibu, CA. 

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Turning the tables

Treadaway makes sure the rest of the crew looks as good as him. 

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Attn: Paparazzi!

The camera catches Goldsman and Stewart holding hands behind the scenes.

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Making sure it looks good

Stewart, Pill and Goldsman check the monitor together at video village. 

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It’s a group effort

Frakes, in full costume, discusses a scene with Jason Zimmerman, the lead visual effects supervisor. 

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Peace out!

See you in the next gallery!

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