At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
When James MacKinnon originally began working in the Star Trek universe back in 1996, the then-state-of-the-art in makeup effects included foam latex appliances and rubber mask grease paint/PAX/rubber cement paint. Since then, the art form has jumped light years. From silicone appliances to 3D printed parts to alcohol-based paints and transfers, James says that there has been a great progression in technology. Besides makeup effects, things have advanced in the digital realm, as well. However, James says he doesn't like to depend on using digital effects to fix a makeup problem. Sometimes lace piece will pop up, he says, "You can't help that." But that, "I'd rather spend an extra five seconds in the chair, make sure that lip is done, that blending edge is done..." instead of trying to fix it all day long. James does admit that, with certain time constraints, it is quicker to decide in production meetings that an effect should be accomplished digitally. Or, they will agree to build the practical effect up to a certain point and then have it continue with CG. He says that combination, "is awesome." One of the things James likes to impress upon his crew is that because Picard is shot in 4K, "There is no such thing as a background makeup artist." Meaning, every makeup is going to get a closeup. See more »
The opening credits feature a piece of the sky cracking off and floating through various locations from Picard's life (his family vineyard, a Borg cube and the planet Romulus) before finally used to reform Picard's profile. See more »