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aalenfae May 21 2014 06:52 AM

PACIFIC 201 - A Star Trek Film
While I'm still only in the writing and early pre-production phase, I present to you my first contribution to the Star Trek fanfilm world:
Pacific 201

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The year is 2200. Four decades have passed since the devastating Romulan War, and while Earth prevailed, mankind was scarred with the memory of its first interstellar war. Now, humanity's future belongs to the children of those who fought and died those years ago, and they are eager to resume peaceful exploration of the stars.

These hopes and dreams ride with the launch of Earth's newest starship: USS Pacific, NCC-201. But the final frontier is full of untold dangers, and when crisis befalls the Pacific in deep space, it will take a crew of incredible bravery and fortitude to boldly go into the unknown.

Basic Dramatic Premise
This film will focus heavily on the 'normal' people in Starfleet, and how they live and work on a starship. The operation of a starship isn't as easy as calling orders and pushing buttons. "Pacific 201" will focus on the skill and expertise required of every crewmember to complete the mission. It's not just the bridge crew that handles everything. Hundreds of people need to do their jobs just right.

In this sense, the movie will take on a "documentary" style of filmmaking. While being a dramatic film, the visual style will be as though the film crew is actually there recording the events. And when crisis befalls the Pacific, nobody is any more or less important than another. This is a story about a ship, her crew, and their struggle with the unknown.

Design Philosophy
Going along with the dramatic focus of the film, the design of the film will be a very utilitarian, functional, and practical one. The ship needs to feel like a place where real people live and work. This philosophy carries over very notably to the design of the ship exterior, which is a little bit of a departure from other "Trek" ships. The Pacific is a rugged, practical machine built for the depths of space.

Well, that's all for now!
Remember to visit the Facebook page for pictures and semi-regular updates.

Let me know what you think!

Barbreader May 21 2014 08:28 AM

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I just liked your Facebook page. I'll be following your progress. Good luck with this 'below decks' approach.

Dennis May 21 2014 01:48 PM

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I like the looks of what little I can see so far.

Borgminister May 21 2014 03:43 PM

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The Office in Space. :p


surak-toc May 21 2014 05:13 PM

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Really looking forward to this, the premise is sound, I am very much intregued by the ship and it's crew complement and captain, what class this ship is and what it can do, god speed on this venture....

aalenfae May 22 2014 06:45 AM

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Thanks for the comments!

And surak-toc, I'm glad you asked. I myself am really big on knowing the specs of the ships in Starfleet, and I've been pretty meticulous about scale, deck count, crew complement and more. Here's a quick fact sheet I made:

surak-toc May 22 2014 04:31 PM

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After seeing this it's going to be an exciting ride for this project

aalenfae May 23 2014 06:40 PM

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Playing around with some prop ideas.
Here's my pre-TOS padd concept prop, with some FJ technical manual artwork for the graphic.
The paper surface is intentional, as the prop will not be illuminated. But for detail shots, the "paper" will be animated, and have colors and interface (as well as being a literal physical writing surface). Essentially, the in-universe explanation is that you can physically write on the surface with a pen or pencil, and the padd can store that writing as searchable data. That way, something that /seems/ old fashioned to modern audiences in TOS is actually a fairly high-tech piece of hardware. Not just a chunky black iPad.

surak-toc May 23 2014 08:18 PM

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That's a brilliant, solid piece of tech here, looking forward to seeing more

aalenfae May 25 2014 10:52 PM

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A very work-in-progress render of another ship in the 2200 starfleet: USS Interceptor.

Barbreader May 26 2014 07:28 AM

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I may be jumping the gun on this, but I've given you a listing at Star Trek Reviewed. You are (P) here: . If you give me the city you live in (as well as the nation and subdivision) I'll add you to my fan filmmakers map. , here: .

aalenfae May 27 2014 01:21 AM

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Oh, sure - cool. We're in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here's some other new stuff: some revised costume sketches.

Barbreader May 27 2014 03:57 AM

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Thanks! You are now on the map: (you can also see it here: . You are the only fan film group I have In Pennsylvania.

surak-toc May 27 2014 03:24 PM

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Nice uniforms, really looking forward to seeing these in real form, I am wondering are you going to build a proper set or is it green screen

aalenfae May 27 2014 05:09 PM

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Currently, the idea is to build at least a full bridge and corridor, and then a few partial sets for greenscreen extension.

The "you-are-there" feel of the movie necessitates some level of physical sets. I want to make sure that the events feel like they're happening in a real place.

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