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Old April 5 2012, 06:46 PM   #1756
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Re: Whatever happened to Starship Exeter?

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Man, it is such a shame they couldn't continue this fan series. The Tausarrian Intersction remains the best fan film outside "World Enough and Time." What they did was amazing.
I agree. The parts of "The Tressaurian Intersection" (hope I got the title right) that I've seen are excellent. If this series were produced on a regular basis, it would give just about any other fan films a serious run for their money.

And that's the truth.
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Old April 5 2012, 07:18 PM   #1757
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Re: Whatever happened to Starship Exeter?

It was an amazing amount of fun.

For a good part of the time we were working on this, no other fan film making such extensive use of full sets and locations had been released. The producers had visited the partial bridge set at what would become New Voyages, but "Come What May" was shot while we were in preproduction and released while stuff was being built in Austin. And of course the first installment of Exeter, "The Savage Curtain," had been finished in 2003. So we were pretty much in uncharted territory for most of this time. Jimm and everyone else had TOS itself and otherwise pretty limited research/reference material to base everything on (he's a fan of the Franz Joseph publications of the 1970s and to some extent the FASA games).
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Old April 5 2012, 09:02 PM   #1758
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That is why I wish they could get out the fourth Act. This has such huge potential. The teaser with teh primary hull of the Congo was AMAZING and the idea of them being in the rain was brilliant.

Doc John Muenchrath (McCoy from P2) and I met with Jim last year in Austin and I had talke dto him a few times about getting the sets. Ultimately Ajax got them and I am happy for that. But Jim was super nice and very generous.

It really is a shame that they couldn't keep going, but if Tausserian Intersection is your Magnus Opus, I say Bravo! I know it sets a standard we are shooting to match.

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Old April 5 2012, 09:11 PM   #1759
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Jimm is a great guy, level-headed and low-key. You could always rely on his word.

The rain was serendipitous - though I doubt anyone thought so while they were standing in it - and Jimm added more visible rain in post. That landscape was great, though.

The Kongo reveal was what we called the "Planet Of The Apes" shot. We loved that a lot, too.

One thing we talked a lot about while cooking up the story was "what kind of stuff might they have shown on TOS that they didn't, and that we can without violating the spirit of the thing (Jimm and Josh not being big fans of much Trek after the original)." Having a ship jettison and crash the saucer came out of that.

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Old April 5 2012, 09:55 PM   #1760
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Re: Whatever happened to Starship Exeter?

I spoke to both Jimm and Josh on and off over the years, since before they released The Savage Empire. Both of them were always very gracious and very supportive. Indeed, Jimm even took the time to register on our forum and posted some very kind words about our first fanfilm.

The Savage Empire is still one of my favourites.
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Old April 6 2012, 08:59 AM   #1761
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"The Savage Empire", Dennis, not "The Savage Curtain".
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Old April 6 2012, 10:19 AM   #1762
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How many of us even remember what happened in the existing parts?
You are allowed to watch the segments again, you know.
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Old April 6 2012, 07:30 PM   #1763
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Old April 6 2012, 09:32 PM   #1764
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Well put.
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Old April 6 2012, 09:45 PM   #1765
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Old April 6 2012, 10:05 PM   #1766
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Old April 6 2012, 10:53 PM   #1767
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Jimm is a great guy, level-headed and low-key. You could always rely on his word.

The rain was serendipitous - though I doubt anyone thought so while they were standing in it - and Jimm added more visible rain in post. That landscape was great, though.

The Kongo reveal was what we called the "Planet Of The Apes" shot. We loved that a lot, too.

One thing we talked a lot about while cooking up the story was "what kind of stuff might they have shown on TOS that they didn't, and that we can without violating the spirit of the thing (Jimm and Josh not being big fans of much Trek after the original)." Having a ship jettison and crash the saucer came out of that.
The Kongo shot was the best shot of that segment. When they pulled back for the wide shot, all I could think was "holy shit!".
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Old April 7 2012, 04:46 PM   #1768
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Love the set dressing in STARSHIP EXETER. Reminds me of the early TOS look, where the ship looked lived in with microtapes haphazardly strewn on the briefing room table. That's a detail I don't see much in fan films, where everything is neatly arraigned and the sets don't have much of a lived-in look.
They did indeed do great set decoration in this scene.

Doing much of the Phase II set decoration, I can tell you that the "lived-in look" cuts both ways and we need to be careful not to overuse it. If there is a relatively constant state of disheveled-ness employed to make the sets look believably lived in, when it comes time to show, for whatever reason, that things are really chaotic and hectic, you've got no place to go set decoration-wise. You can't leave crap lying around to convey chaos if lots of crap lying around is the normal state of affairs. In that case, crap lying around would look like just another day on the ship--if that's how the set decoration looks all the time. So, the sets need to be pretty neutral so you can move from there as needed. (Finding a good "neutral" is the art of doing this.)

At any rate, here's a "we're hectically trying to scramble around to get some answers" shot from "Kitumba:"

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Old April 7 2012, 08:46 PM   #1769
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You're welcome.

Set dressing IS an art. If you look at Act One of TTI the briefing room table is relatively uncluttered. In Act Three the table gets cluttered with tapes and a tricorder because Garrovick is going through every bit of data he can to find an answer, and the chaotic clutter indicates his state of mind. In this shot from Act Four, everything's still a mess because he ran off to the bridge earlier and left things in a state of disarray.
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Old April 11 2012, 08:12 AM   #1770
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