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Old June 25 2010, 09:16 PM   #181
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We've been getting ready for a big garage sale this weekend, so last weekend I didn't do much. I have 5 of the 8 sections in place (the remaining 3 will be the viewscreen), but I need the space taken by the garage sale stuff to have room to finish that up. I've been building puppets in the meantime and rewriting the script yet again. In the last couple of drafts, it looks like we've committed to this thing becoming a feature 00 I just hope the material is strong enough to warrant someone spending an hour and a half of their life watching it... let alone all the man hours we're putting in to it.

Part of the cool part for me is that I think I've found a way to make a Star Trek fan film of sorts that can be marketed -- since it really has nothing to do with being a Star Trek fan film -- other than the way it's being produced... all in all, it's just fun to be making something that I like... if something more comes of it, all the better.

Looking forward to your update. I'll have new pics of mine soon as well!

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Old June 28 2010, 06:09 AM   #182
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Have just uploaded to our website a whole bunch of pics from our work over the past two weeks. We're THIS close to being ready to film a short introductory vignette. I expect we will be finished by the end of the July 4th weekend!!!
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Old June 28 2010, 05:06 PM   #183
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Wow! That's great progress! Will have to more to post on mine soon as well, now that the garage is cleaned out. What didn't sell when to Goodwill.
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Old June 29 2010, 07:25 AM   #184
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Installed two partitions and one-third of the upper deck carpeting tonight. Found the carpeting on sale for $22 for the 6'x12' roll. Now if I can just find three more rolls like that!!!
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Old June 29 2010, 05:14 PM   #185
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Wow! Where did you find it? Any chance that other stores in the chain might have more rolls?

That's one of the perks of doing a puppet film -- no floors!
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Old June 29 2010, 05:22 PM   #186
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It was a return at the local Home Depot. They had a number of rolls, but there's no way I'm putting mustard-colored short shag carpeting on my bridge. But this grey indoor-outdoor carpeting was perfect. I'm going to try again this weekend.
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Old June 29 2010, 08:36 PM   #187
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Re: New Star Trek Fan Film

I'm happy you decided on a design that looks a bit more complex and gives the actors something to interact with.

Do you have any additional plans for the screen area so far?
Not sure about the situation in the US but a country-wide electronics store over here offers an electronics kit for Knight Rider style running lights (example image). If one lets two of those run towards each other, spreads the LEDs wider apart using some wires in-between and backlights some translucent paper with those lights it wouldn't be hard to create those running lights below the movie viewscreens at a cost of less than 40 bucks for the whole array.

Also don't forget that simply cutting some leftover sheets of wood into access panels with rounded edges and gluing them to a flat surface will quickly break up larger areas as well and add additional details at a relatively acceptable cost. A quick look at the stuff around the Excelsior viewscreen should explain it better: http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/9...siorstartr.jpg

BTW: Will your doors operate using a cable pulley like the real thing?
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Old June 29 2010, 09:23 PM   #188
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Thanks, Lennier! While we didn't use your exact color scheme on the center seat, we certainly made it far more artistic than I had originally intended.

We've got someone willing to do the running lights for a price. Not sure if I have the technical skill to do it, and we've been looking for Christmas lights to accomplish that effect. If anyone has a link to a website that sells them, please let me know. We've been scouring the Internet for a source...

Our set graphics/decorator is supposed to come up with those "doo-dads" to put everywhere. If he doesn't, I've actually been saving some odd cuts of plywood for their construction.

We're going to have our local engraving shop prepare our ship's plaque (seen in the bottom right of the Excelsior's screen). We're torn on where to hang it: at the turbolift (port or starboard?) or over the center of the mainviewer?

I hope to use the cable pulley doors, but space is at such a premium, I'm still worried the doors won't open more than 36". Last night, we installed the door partitions. Tonight I'm going to hang the overhead track for the doors to hang on, and hopefully the doors themselves. We used 3/4" plywood on the "dummy" turbolift. They slide manually, but they're as heavy as they can be, of course. They were made of leftover plywood from the original flooring test, but they're fine for what they are.

Our final decision coming up is regarding the "backdoor" to the bridge. In STVI, there's a walkway behind the bridge. You exit through the center and turn right or left. We're thinking the same thing, but originally planned on using working doors there. But we don't want too many doors to the bridge, and the walkway was clever enough. We've got to add a step to it because of the elevation of the carport steps there, but I think it'll work.

Any suggestions?
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Old June 29 2010, 11:49 PM   #189
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It all looks fantastic, Potemkin!

A question though -- will you be cleaning, or covering the original bucket seat for the captain's chair? I assume you will be doing something, but if I may be so bold, Amazon sells bucket seat covers relatively cheaply and would work perfectly on the seat you incorporated in to the set. Obviously a black seat cover would gel well with the already-in-place black color-scheme of the seat frame and the rest of the set. Perhaps something like this?
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Old June 30 2010, 01:04 AM   #190
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Thanks!

Hmmm. I haven't given any thought to cleaning the seat. Do you think it needs it? The gray paint, burgundy highlights, and even black contrast are visible in the chair. Still, that black seat cover might look really awesome on the chair...

Gotta think about that! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old June 30 2010, 01:18 AM   #191
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That might be a good option for different ship redresses -- Remember how they used to put a different seat back on the Captain's chair in TOS? Heck -- they even did it to differentiate between Reliant and Enterprise in TWOK.

Maybe you could use the seat cover for a different starship in some of your episodes?
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Old June 30 2010, 02:40 AM   #192
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The only reason I suggested the seat cover was simply because, well, to be blunt, the seat could use a thorough cleaning. Sure, you could probably spend a day and a small fortune on a couple cans of Resolve and some scrubbing and vacuuming, but a black seat-cover would solve the problem nicely and save you the time and aggravation.

You could always take the seat cover off if you need it to look like the bridge of another ship.

That said, it's justa friendly suggestion
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Old June 30 2010, 04:39 AM   #193
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Actually, we took it to a local car detailing shop and they thoroughly cleaned it for us for free. Perhaps it's the fabric reacting badly to the video camera's settings? I remember Johnny Carson used to have this jacket that drove the video cameras nuts...

Will take a look at seat covers this weekend, and see if a change would be in order. And definitely will go with that option for other ships.
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Old June 30 2010, 07:00 AM   #194
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Concerning the viewscreen area:

If you don't want to build running lights based on something like this you could always opt for additional display mount points like the Galaxy battle bridge had.
That way you'd only need to take care of the Red Alert indicator and that can be done with a piece of acrylic class with red translucent paper glued to its back and a cheap LED array behind it to light it when needed,
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Old June 30 2010, 04:04 PM   #195
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Our set graphic/decorator is working on the red alert light. The ones from ST:TMP and forward are simply red lit domes of clear plastic which alternate back and forth. Not as dramatic as the original series I suppose, but will definitely be in line with what we see in the movies.

The running lights continue to be a concern for me. I want two of them, two foot long, with the lights running toward each other, and hopefully in sync. I need to talk with the fellow who offered to do those for me...
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