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Old April 13 2013, 05:29 AM   #1
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Star Trek Continues posted solicitation on Facebook

The Star Trek Continues fan-film/web-series just posted a solicitation on their Facebook page.

The solicitation calls upon sci fi script writers to submit a ten-page "treatment" to the Star Trek Continues writing contest. (Only ten pages; not a full script)

I'm a little unclear by what they want in a "treatment"; do they mean a standard teaser and first act? And it isn't clear how STC scripts are formatted. Are they supposed to be written exactly like they were for TOS? (Given the fidelity that STC seems to have to TOS, this would seem logical).

It seems like a very interesting way to attract writers to their "Enterprise".
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Old April 13 2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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A treatment is essentially a description of the story, not in script form. Sometimes it features dialog, sometimes not, but for TV type scripts often breaks down the description into acts.
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Old April 13 2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Re: Star Trek Continues posted solicitation on Facebook

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The Star Trek Continues fan-film/web-series just posted a solicitation on their Facebook page.

The solicitation calls upon sci fi script writers to submit a ten-page "treatment" to the Star Trek Continues writing contest. (Only ten pages; not a full script)

I'm a little unclear by what they want in a "treatment"; do they mean a standard teaser and first act?
Why don't you ask them?
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Old April 13 2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Re: Star Trek Continues posted solicitation on Facebook

Or better yet, just google it:

From wikihow.com:

A treatment is a summary of a screenplay, TV show, novel or other story, sometimes in the form of an outline. It can be anything from one to ten pages or even longer in length. Treatments can be used as a tool of development, encapsulating a story's most important elements in a more manageable format, for either the writer's own creative purposes or as a vehicle for a producer to give his or her input. Or it can be a marketing tool, a summary of your story that is easier to share with producers or others who might be considering the value of your project before they decide whether to get involved (either financially or creatively or both).
You may have already finished your entire work and are now reverse-engineering a treatment for marketing purposes (or to facilitate a pitch). Or you may see it as a starting point, a blueprint for your eventual full work.
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Old May 13 2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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It used to be march 24th so I rushed in several pages a few days late. Turns out now it's May 24th which is in eleven days (or about two weeks) from now. I had to check my phone to see if we were in 2013 or still in 2012. The winner will be announced on June 30th, so I may have time to resubmit using a four act breakdown this time. Are they looking only for the full one hour or the standard 50 minute scripts or will they accept a half hour TZ type two act thing as well? I have both already scripted.
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Old May 19 2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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Interesting. From what I've seen, Star Trek Continues does a MUCH better, if not excellent, job in recreating the original TOS look and feel than ANY other attempt. And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.

The quality of the visual effects is what the TOS-R effects should have been like.
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Old May 19 2013, 03:10 PM   #7
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I guess I should check into the forums more often. This sounds like it could be a great opportunity for an aspiring writer and if I can get a treatment done in time, I plan to enter. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old May 19 2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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Interesting. From what I've seen, Star Trek Continues does a MUCH better, if not excellent, job in recreating the original TOS look and feel than ANY other attempt. And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
no they do an equally good job as phase 2, with a whiney thief that likes to badmouth other fan productions as kirk.
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Old May 19 2013, 03:29 PM   #9
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junxon wrote: View Post
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Interesting. From what I've seen, Star Trek Continues does a MUCH better, if not excellent, job in recreating the original TOS look and feel than ANY other attempt. And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
no they do an equally good job as phase 2, with a whiney thief that likes to badmouth other fan productions as kirk.
Tread lightly, people. Make sure this topic stays in the intended direction, instead of veering off into no place good.
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Old May 19 2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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Ten pages? Heh - at Star Trek in the 80s and 90s they never asked for more than four or five and they paid you real well for those up front.
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Old May 19 2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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junxon wrote: View Post
JarodRussell wrote: View Post
Interesting. From what I've seen, Star Trek Continues does a MUCH better, if not excellent, job in recreating the original TOS look and feel than ANY other attempt. And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
no they do an equally good job as phase 2, with a whiney thief that likes to badmouth other fan productions as kirk.
Tread lightly, people. Make sure this topic stays in the intended direction, instead of veering off into no place good.
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Old May 20 2013, 11:16 AM   #12
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And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
And I think that is the problem. You shouldn't be doing an impersonation of another actor. You should be interpreting the character in your own way. No James Bond actor ever tried to impersonate Sean Connery. Each actor brought their own vision to the roll.

Impersonations of Shatner are invariably caricatures.
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Old May 20 2013, 12:43 PM   #13
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Loken wrote: View Post
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And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
And I think that is the problem. You shouldn't be doing an impersonation of another actor. You should be interpreting the character in your own way. No James Bond actor ever tried to impersonate Sean Connery. Each actor brought their own vision to the roll.

Impersonations of Shatner are invariably caricatures.
I like it. Together with the really great emulation of the TOS look, if you squint, it could be Shatner. That's nice for a change.

It's just a bit more than how Karl Urban channels DeForest Kelley.
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Old May 20 2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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Loken wrote: View Post
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And their Kirk is such an excellent Shatner impersonation.
And I think that is the problem. You shouldn't be doing an impersonation of another actor. You should be interpreting the character in your own way. No James Bond actor ever tried to impersonate Sean Connery. Each actor brought their own vision to the roll.

Impersonations of Shatner are invariably caricatures.
I tend to agree. Obviously mileage varies, but personally I prefer to see a fresh take over someone just ageing another actor's performance.

I also think, and I'm sure plenty will disagree, that's why some people dislike other interpretations of Kirk. Because they want the person playing Kirk to just be a clone.

You just can't please everyone.
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Old May 20 2013, 02:55 PM   #15
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Which is why I think an approach like Farragut is better. Of course, you still have to define a character with some charisma, and I'm not sure Farragut succeeds on that point. The captain comes across as a little dull.
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