Star Trek – Secrets Of The Universe
Aug09

Star Trek – Secrets Of The Universe

Star Trek – Secrets Of The Universe is a documentary that the History Channel made. This looks behind the scenes of the making of Into Darkness, as well as clips from the movie not seen in TV spots or trailers. Description Is building our own starship Enterprise possible? Will we ever travel between the stars as easily as they do in Star Trek? JJ Abrams’ new feature, Star Trek Into Darkness, hits the screen in a golden age of scientific discoveries. HISTORY is there, giving viewers a deep look behind the scenes, on the set, and into the science–amazing new exoplanets, the physics of Warp drive, and the ideas behind how we might one day live in a Star Trek...

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Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Return for Star Trek 3
Aug09

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Return for Star Trek 3

Here is an interview that IGN did with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, about returning to write the third Star Trek film. They are currently in talks with Paramount and hopefully the film will be out for the 50th anniversary in 2016. IGN: How influenced, or not, are you by the online feedback to your work? Kurtzman: Bob will constantly say when we’re writing something, ‘Oh you know, I’ve been reading a lot online and people aren’t liking X or Y or they’re critical of this or that.’ We’ll certainly weigh that into the things that we write. We’ll decide if we want to give that total merit or say, ‘Okay, but still there’s more to be explored here and we really like it.’ So I just don’t believe that you’re ever really finished. I think you have to let it be an evolving process. There’s all these articles that are being written right now about the summer tent poles, and why some work, and why some don’t. We’ve had a very fortunate summer, but I can’t exactly tell you why. IGN: So are you tuned in to people’s response to the use of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and if they liked it or if they didn’t? Kurtzman: Oh, for sure. That’s very specific. Khan is a whole different ball game. We debated whether we were going to us Khan or not for a year before we started writing anything. Before we committed to breaking story, even. Khan is the Joker of Star Trek. Khan is the most memorable villain in Star Trek and probably the thing that got me completely locked in on Trek as a kid. And because it was also, really the most emotional Trek ever, we knew what we would be taking on by taking on Khan. And part of it was, ‘Okay lets do it because of all of the reasons, because we’re protective of him, because we know what it means.’ At the same time we talked a lot about how we were going to make it really different. We did not want to do a remake of The Wrath of Khan. And yet there are certain things about our version of Khan that you recognize, that feel similar, but it’s not the same story. We just didn’t want to do that and I think so far, for the most part, people appreciated that. But it took a lot of thought. We gave it a lot of thought. IGN: I just talked to Karl Urban, and we were speculating on what might be next in the Trek cinematic franchise. He was saying that maybe for...

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Star Trek: Renegades Update
Aug08

Star Trek: Renegades Update

As reported here on 30th July 2013, Star Trek Renegades had setup an Indiegogo.com project to raise money to fund the completion of their production. Star Trek Renegades has reached their minimum goal of $20,000. This will fund both extra days of shooting (sound stage rental, actor salaries, and other various daily expenses). Star Trek Renegades next goal is $45,000. This will build alien planet sets. If you would like to support Star Trek Renegades with this project visit the Indiegogo website for more info Visit their website: startrekrenegades.com Follow them...

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Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 2013 –
Aug07

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 2013 –

Creation Entertainment’s 12th Annual Official Star Trek Convention Las Vegas 2013 will be on 8th – 11th August and will be located at The Rio Suites in Las Vegas. Creation Entertainment will also celebrate Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s 20th Anniversary. Over the four days there will be non-stop, round the clock live entertainment featuring over 100 Star Trek celebrities, the Vegas Convention also offers something no other major fan event does: EVERYONE who attends, no matter what grade of admission ticket, is guaranteed a seat in their main theatre where all the stars appear and all the major attractions take place. No worrying about getting in (or being cut off after waiting in line), no extra hassles and no extra charges to see the biggest stars: just pure fun! This difference is HUGE and they take pride also in the fact that many of their stars do far more than just “Q and A” on stage. They encourage their guests to really perform for the audience and many do live theatrical presentations which are always a highlight. Autographs and photo ops are available for attendees to get to meet their favorite Star Trek stars and go home with a commemorative signature or beautifully shot professional photograph. The Rio Suites in Las Vegas, has proven to be a huge hit with Creation’s audiences, everyone loves the super-large suite rooms, the fantastic selection of restaurants, buffets and bars, the exciting casino and its in the sky Masquerade show, and of course the state of the art theatres (featuring built in stages) and tech systems that offers impeccable sound even at the back of the main and secondary theaters. The fact that the entire convention takes place here rather than in a cold concrete convention hall really makes a big difference in enjoying your vacation! Guests appearing at Star Trek Las Vegas 2013 are:                Willam Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei,                Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Buton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie,                Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Nicole de Boer, Alexander Siddig, Cirroc Lofton, Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik,                Aron Eisenberg, Chase Masterson, Andrew Robinson, Marc Alaimo, Casey Biggs, Jeffrey Combs, Barry Jenner, James Darren,                  Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, Jeri Ryan,  Robert Picardo,  Jennifer Lien, Ethan Phillips, Martha Hackett                Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Vaughn Armstrong, Gary Graham, Joanna Cassidy, Crystal Allen,                 Grace Lee Whitney, Don Marshall, Sean Kenney, Beverly Washburn, Sally Kellerman, Charlie Brill, Tania Lemani, Felix Silla                Lawrence Montaigne, Arlene Martel, Lois Jewell, Victor Brandt, Fred Williamson, Michael Dante, Catherine Hicks,  Deep Roy,                Stephen Manley, Heather Langenkamp, Judson Scott, Suzie Plakson, Michael Aron, Michael Berryman, Matt Frewer, Jon Steuer,                Jonathan Del Arco, Carel Struycken, Natalija Nogulich, William Wellman Jr, Eric Pierpoint, Kitty Swink, Don Stark, Chris Sarandon,                Adrienne Barbeau, Steve Rankin, Megan Gallagher, Rick Worthy, Mark Sheppard, Joel Grey, Kipleigh Brown, Jeff Coopwood                Brannon Braga, Ira...

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Vulcan’s Trekcetera Museum Opens
Aug05

Vulcan’s Trekcetera Museum Opens

Canada’s Only Star Trek museum, the Trekcetera opened it’s doors on August 2, 2013, as Vulcan’s newest attraction. From the Wild West to the final frontier, the Trekcetera Museum displays an array of memorabilia and artefacts. Beam yourself back to the days of Star Trek while viewing original costumes, screen-used props and pre-production artefacts utilised in both the television series and various Trek movies that followed. The Trekcetera Museum, it’s located at 118-2nd Avenue S. Vulcan. Vulcan itself  is located between Calgary and Lethbridge. Vulcan is home to the infamous annual Spock Days Festival. It’s an annual event held the second week of June. Opening Times: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm Last admission at 7:15 pm Prices: Adults – $12.00 Seniors (60 and Over) – $8.00 Youth (7-17) – $8:00 Family (2 adults and 2 youth or 2 seniors or 1 adult and 3 youth) – $30.00 Children 6 and under – Free with adult entry Flight Crews and Military Personnel with I.D – $11.00 Source Trekcetera...

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Star Trek Actor, Michael Ansara (1922-2013)
Aug05

Star Trek Actor, Michael Ansara (1922-2013)

Star Trek guest star Michael Ansara passed away on July 31 at the age of 91 following a long illness. Michael Ansara played the Klingon commander, Kang, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Day of the Dove.” He would then return to reprising his role as Kang in the Deep Space Nine episode “Blood Oath.” and  Voyager episode “Flashback”. Ansara also portrayed Lwaxana Troi’s Tavnian spouse, Jeyal, in the Deep Space Nine episode “The Muse.”. Away from Star Trek Michael Ansara had a long and prolific career that spanned from 1944 to 2001. A few of his credits included: Gunsmoke I Dream of Jeannie Fantasy Island Babylon 5 Broken Arrow Murder She, Wrote Animated projects: Batman SubZero Batman Beyond Batman of the Future Batman: Vengeance Ansara was predeceased by his son, Matthew, with former wife Barbara Eden. He is survived by his wife, Beverly...

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New TOS Retro Art Prints Now Available
Aug05

New TOS Retro Art Prints Now Available

Juan Ortiz has created 4 new TOS Retro Art Prints, which are available now. Star Trek.com chatted with the artist. Here’s what he had to say: “Journey to Babel.” First up is “Journey to Babel.” That’s a super-tight close-up of the Enterprise, with the juxtaposition of the shuttle making the Enterprise look massive and the shuttle miniscule. What inspired this poster? ORTIZ: The word journey in the title implied a voyage aboard a tall ship to me. Since the Enterprise has no tall sails, I compensated by cropping in close and evoking the tall sail image. The shuttlecraft helps add depth and scale and makes up for not being used in my version of “The Galileo Seven” poster. “The Return of the Archons” “The Return of the Archons” has a The Seventh Seal vibe to it. What were you aiming for with this one? ORTIZ: For some reason I pictured an article or story in the Sunday paper with this image of the two sentinels. When I was a kid, I used to love going through all the papers on Sunday. I’m sure it was a ritual in many homes before the computer. Creating artwork for newspapers is what editorial illustration is all about. I would do it every day. “The Plato’s Stepchildren” “The Plato’s Stepchildren” poster captures the famous kiss between Kirk and Uhura. Did you immediately want to go with that image or were you hesitant? ORTIZ: That was my first and only choice. This one, of course, was inspired by the Gone with the Wind poster. It’s very iconic and captures the moment. Once you decided to go with the kiss and the Gone with the Wind inspiration, take us through your choices in rendering the poster. ORTIZ: Sometimes I’ll layout a concept in illustrator and then move from there. But I remember being excited by the eyelashes, of all things. They came out so rough yet simple. It may sound strange, but I knew the poster would work, based on those lashes. The rest of the piece just had to work to accentuate them. The “Plato’s Stepchildren” print looks worn, like it’s been scratched by being on a wall for a long time. Why? ORTIZ: Originally, the scratches were supposed to imply an old paperback cover, but I feel that the end result is more of an old Roman fresco wall painting. That works for me, too. “The Mark of Gideon.” The fourth art print is for “The Mark of Gideon.” How did this print come together? ORTIZ: I remember doing several layouts, but not having any luck. The episode itself makes little sense. Why create an...

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Star Trek: Seekers
Aug04

Star Trek: Seekers

August 2014 will see Star Trek: Seekers, which is a sequel to the Star Trek: Vanguard series of books. Written by the Vanguard authors David Mack, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. Seekers will feature two ships, the Constitution-class USS Endeavour and Archer-class USS Sagittarius. This will include characters from the Vanguard series and continue their ongoing mission of exploration in the Taurus Reach. David Mack writes on his blog that the inspiration for this series came from two sources. When the three authors were waiting for reader reactions to the end of the Vanguard saga last year, they started brainstorming ideas for another project they could work on together. A a series of mock book covers created by artist Rob Caswell, had sparked David’s imagination and he showed Dayton and Kevin. Rob Caswell’s covers focused on an imaginary series called The Seekers, a sequel TV series to the original Star Trek. His book covers were inspired by the 1970s-era anthologies of James Blish episode adaptations. Part of their aesthetic was the use of large, stylised numbers rather than titles for each volume, as well as a distinctive use of graphic overlays and hyperbolic taglines. All three of the authors had grown up with the reading style of James Blish and combined with the mock covers that Rob Caswell had done, they wanted make it real. They wrote a brief proposal and sent it to their editors at Simon & Schuster. The editors and licensor like the idea and gave them the green light to proceed. David Mack had contacted Rob Caswell to let him know that a large part of the inspiration to write these new books came from his work. The authors also hope that Simon & Schuster will be able to strike a deal with Rob to acquire (with a few minor tweaks) his original mock covers that inspired this new series, so that they can serve as the covers for their new retro-flavored Star Trek adventures. The first book will be out next August, 2014 and maybe book two at Shore Leave 36 which is a fan run science fiction convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The two books will constitute a single two-part story to kick off the new series and acclimate readers to the alternating format. The David Mack books will focus mostly on the crew of the Archer-class USS Sagittarius, and the books by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore will focus on the crew and officers of the Constitution-class USS Endeavour. Visit David Mack’s blog here Visit Dayton Ward’s website here Visit Kevin Dilmore on Facebook Source David...

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Holodeck Reviews by Eric Gator1 – Star Trek After Darkness, Part 3
Aug03

Holodeck Reviews by Eric Gator1 – Star Trek After Darkness, Part 3

Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid. The After Darkness 3 issue story begins here! The hit ongoing Star Trek series picks up right where this year’s blockbuster sequel Star Trek Into Darkness leaves off! Don’t miss the all-new adventures of the crew as they go boldly into the unknown, in a story overseen by Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci! The events of Star Trek After Darkness will occur across Issues #21-23 of IDW’s ongoing Star Trek series It’s come to my attention, that my friends at The HoloDeck are not particularly thrilled with the direction that these post-Into Darkness treks have been taking. I have no beef with that, as-they know how I felt about the Countdown issues; I think EVERYONE knows how thoroughly disgusted I was with that laughable venture. But-I like this thread and I can’t wait for the next exciting issue. Some of their complaints have been about the Pon Farr aspect of the story; however, I feel that they (IDW & Co.) are just trying to keep us apprised of New Vulcan’s progression, as-well-as, tying-in Spock and Uhura’s continuing romance. Also, maybe, in this new universe, Kirk, Spock and Uhura are the ‘new’ triad, and-that is chafing on old fans. I plan to give it a little more time, before I jump ship… As we left off, in issue #22, Spock was embroiled with the blood-fever wracking his body and mad-as-a-hatter in the harsh wilderness environs of New Vulcan; along with a couple dozen of his fellow-Vulcans, in similar straits. Kirk and a landing party had beamed down, in the hopes of bringing the first-officer back to the Enterprise, but-were being thwarted in those rescue attempts by the raging tribe of Vulcans. Meanwhile-Commander Kor left us wondering the fate of the Klingon attack force, which-he was leading towards the Federation. Issue #23 begins with Kirk, Uhura and Sulu on New Vulcan, facing-down the Sasaud, and Scotty trying to lock-on to their signals, but-the volcanoes magnetic emissions are wreaking havoc with the transporters. Kirk isn’t ready to give Spock up, just-yet, and he continues to fight the angry horde off, along with the landing crew. Uhura pleads with Spock to return to the ship, but-in his fevered-delirium he attacks her, as well. Even with phasers set on max-stun, it’s having no effect; so-reluctantly, he allows Scotty to beam them back to the Enterprise. T’Pring counsels Kirk to leave Spock and his compatriots to their devices, as New Vulcan can’t restore them, like their lost homeworld was able to. Kirk doesn’t agree with her logical reasonings and he calls a meeting...

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Star Trek style gadgets don’t get much cool than this: A Handheld 3D Scanner
Aug02

Star Trek style gadgets don’t get much cool than this: A Handheld 3D Scanner

A British inventor has unveiled a Star Trek style gadget – The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full colour 3D scanner available for under £650/$1,000. Fuel3D is developed by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists, from Oxford University. They have developed the Fuel3D handheld scanner, a point-and-shoot 3D imaging system that captures extremely high resolution mesh and colour information of objects. Fuel3D is the world’s first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process files in seconds.  Fuel3D can be used by anyone who wants the ability to rapidly create 3D models. Whether you are part of the maker movement, involved in mass personalization, a game developer, animator, 3D artist or any other type of creative developer who uses 3D. When combined with a 3D printer, it could be used to create 3D copies of everything from broken parts to 3D portraits. They currently have a Kickstarter to help fund the final engineering works and to lower the component costs, so they are able to offer the Fuel3D for under £650/$1000. This will also further develop their software to make access to their high quality 3D data as easy as possible. For more information and to support Fuel3D visit their Kickstarter Page Source...

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