Big changes are in store for the Star Trek franchise with screenwriter Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers) taking over directing duties from J.J. Abrams. One such example is the news that respected cinematographer Claudio Miranda has apparently been hired to work on the film and shoot it digitally.

Abrams chose to shoot 2009’s Star Trek and the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness on film, but Orci’s version should still end up looking a different kind of stunning based on Miranda’s Academy Award winning work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. His credits include Tron Legacy and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

This likely won’t be the last behind-the-scenes change as Abrams ended up taking most of his frequent Star Trek collaborators to work with him on Star Wars Episode VII. That includes cinematographer Daniel Mindel.

Another change (though it won’t make too much of a difference) is the fact that Orci will shoot the majority of Star Trek 3 in Vancouver rather than California. However, it was also recently revealed that at least some of the threequel will follow in the footsteps of Avengers: Age of Ultron by shooting in Seoul, South Korea.

The currently untitled Star Trek 3 doesn’t have an official release date as of yet, but it’s expected to start shooting early next year in order to be reach cinemas by 2016, the franchise’s 50th Anniversary.