Running (1972) was Douglas
directing experience. The box office success of the low budget
to hand one million dollars to five "unsupervised" film
projects, Silent Running was one of them.
The interiors were shot on board the actualValley Forge
aircraft carrier, which was drydocked before being dismantled. Doorways were cut and minimal set dressing was
The cargo bay was actually the hanger on the carrier. A number of corporations donated parts and materials to
the production (many of their logos can be seen on the cargo modules).
Particularly, Dow Chemical donated lots of sheet plastic that was
vacuumformed into everything from the cargo modules to the drones.
Images from collections of Tom Seiler, Lee Gotcher,