- They were considering filming the Nibiru scenes on location, but still wanted to do a red jungle. They did tests, with the idea in mind that they could use make-up and costume designs in false colours, so they could then change the colouring of all the footage to shift the foliage to red, and make the characters the normal colours again! In the end they just built a red forest, but cool idea!
- Also from Nibiru, the animal Kirk shoots, McCoy's "ride" is in fact the "polarilla" from Delta Vega in the first film, they just took the hair off! They call this version a "niborilla".
- There was an animator on set when the attack on Starfleet HQ was filmed. They used animation sequences they had already planned to control the lighting rig that shone practical lights into the set, where the ship would late be added with CGI.
The Guardian has also had a look at the production of the film, getting several members of the crew to comment on various aspects of their work. Their article includes all sort of factoids, my favourite is an insight into the Qo'noS sequence: Production designer Scott Chambliss noted:
Kronos has quite a classical influence. The quadrant of the city where the action takes place is sort of an interpretation of the Roman Colosseum, the warrens below the Colosseum floor.For a less in-depth look at the production, Paramount has released a slightly longer version of the making-of promo featurette:
For more on the production of the film, the July issue of Cinefex is set to feature Into Darkness, and also has an excellent starship filled cover:
Finally, Simon Pegg tweeted this photo, showing off his brilliant shirt from the bar scene!
For full coverage of every aspect of Into Darkness, check out my Into Darkness guide page.