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Old August 15 2010, 07:51 PM   #301
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Re: New Star Trek Fan Film

I look forward to your upcoming releases, as well as more behind-the-scenes pages and photos on your website!

Once you've figured out the door pulley, would you mind sharing some information, including photos, about how you set it up?
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Old August 15 2010, 09:20 PM   #302
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Will definitely do so!
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Old August 18 2010, 03:41 PM   #303
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Definitely having some issues with the pulley system. May be necessary to rethink the automatic door system this weekend. So the rest of the week, I'm going to concentrate on the rear alcove and see if the folding door contraption I have envisioned will actually work.

Meanwhile, Tom Scott is finishing up the editing, Bill Walker continues to work on the SPFX, and we're about to turn it over to Ralph Miller for Sound and Steve Gallant for Music.
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Old August 18 2010, 10:33 PM   #304
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Did you go with the Traverse Rod system, or did you have to make something from scratch?
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Old August 18 2010, 11:29 PM   #305
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The traverse rod was a miserable failure, possibly due to the fact that it just didn't seem capable of pulling the doors. Right now, I've purchased four pulleys and heavy duty cord, and will give that a try either this evening or Friday.

I also am convinced I may need to trim 6"-8" off each door to make the effect more effective... if you get my drift.

Rained heavily this afternoon, so work on the rear alcove can't proceed. Not going to get lumber and plywood in a heavy downpour.

May rework the control panels as cabinet pieces. Definitely not going to back light them, but have been experimenting with using SPFX to animate them. Looks pretty darn good, but will certainly add to the length of the post-production process.
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Old August 19 2010, 01:09 AM   #306
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Have you thought about contacting James Cawley over at Phase 2/New Voyages what ever they are calling themselves this week, to see what they did? I bet if you send over a link to your photos and describe your issue, they would be more then willing to help. http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/contact.html
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Old August 19 2010, 02:42 AM   #307
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The problem lies not within the stars, but within ourselves.

IOW, the problem we're having aside from the inadequate traverse rod is that we didn't leave enough room on one side for the pulley system.

But I will contact the Phase 2 guys and the Farragut guys and see what they've come up with. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old August 21 2010, 12:48 AM   #308
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Well, if the rest of the show is even half as much fun as the bits and pieces of the vignette I've seen exchanged internally, people will love the chemistry between the cast.
Makes me miss Farragut and the special touch the chemistry between their actors gives to the whole show.
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Old August 21 2010, 01:02 AM   #309
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Thanks, Lennier! Actually, the whole cast got along famously on the set of both the Klingon Bridge secondary footage we've shot for "Void" and on the set of "The Old Guys." Frankly, we all had a good time -- despite the heat -- and we're looking forward to the results. If the on-screen chemistry matches that on the set, we're going to see something special, I think.

Tom Scott's going to upload the final version of the live action footage for Sound and Music on Monday, and Bill Walker's almost finished with his mesh for the starbase so the special effects should be ready soon, too.

Ricky Thompson moved his family to Florida today, so we're down to just a few folks available to help with construction. I'm still having trouble with the danged doors; haven't had a chance to ask around yet, but Melonpool's quite right about the traverse rods. That's what everyone tells me they used. May just need to go find a heavy duty traverse rod.

Tomorrow's schedule is the back door alcove and another attempt on the turbolift.
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Old August 27 2010, 08:27 PM   #310
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Okay, it's killing me... I've been checking a couple of times a day for the last few. Any updates and or pics?
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Old August 27 2010, 08:59 PM   #311
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I'm the same way! LOL!
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Old August 27 2010, 09:43 PM   #312
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LOL Thanks for asking!

There's not much picture worthy opportunities right now. We're supposed to head over to JCPenney and pick up a heavy duty curtain traverse rod to install this weekend on the turbolift doors. We've begun moving stuff out of the existing Fast Copy office so we can build the Ready Room set. It's rained every evening practically lately, making getting plywood impossible for the backdoor alcove, but we should be purchasing it Saturday or Sunday, again depending on the weather.

Editing for the vignette, "The Old Guys," has been completed by Tom Scott. He did an awesome job. Bill Walker is finishing up the special effects for the approach to Starbase 211. Ralph Miller says he wants the effects in it before he begins work on the sound. Once the effects are in it, we'll be sending it over to Steve Gallant and Andrew Morgan Smith for the music.

We've also shot "Care for a Lift?," a short turbolift vignett. We wanted to test out an older technology digital camera. The quality is grainy, but we're still going to release it to YouTube. It is in the backseat, so to speak, behind "The Old Guys." Bill Walker will be doing the editing of this one (and test some means of cleaning up the graininess).

I'm not going to put up a release date of any sort for either "The Old Guys" or "Care for a Lift" until we've released them. We're beginning to look at our Fall shooting schedule for "The Void" (our 30 mins episode). Looks like shooting will take place in November, with some in October and December. Shooting an episode like "The Void" will be tricky, especially with divergent schedules. Our plan literally is to shoot one side of the bridge on a Thursday, then shoot the other side of the bridge on a Friday, then shoot the front of the bridge on a Saturday, and finally shoot the back of the bridge on a Sunday, with any needed pickups on Monday.

We've secured a great location for building a corridor set, and that will be awesome. Won't have need of it yet, but it'll be something to work on when we're not shooting.

We've also had a couple of productions asking to use our bridge, and we're coming to an agreement on the terms, eg. NO PYROTECHNICS. LOL
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Old September 1 2010, 04:59 AM   #313
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We've also updated the Project Potemkin website with what we've been working
on lately (sorry, nothing really photo-worthy), but progress continues on
all fronts! Visit it weekly for updates! We're hoping to finish "The Old
Guys" soon!
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Old September 1 2010, 05:27 AM   #314
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This is just in from Bill:
"At long last I have finished Starbase 211!! Well, finished enough for the work on "The Old Guys" anyway -- there are a number of things I want to make better on it. Plus, the undersides of the two "mushroom-shaped" hulls aren't done, but they won't be seen in any of these FX shots. I will try to get the flashing beacon on the lower spire working tonight, and get started on the moving starfield for the end credits. Once I finish that moving starfield, I can plop it on the second system to render so I can continue using my primary system to work on the other sequences."

He adds:
I have now completed 18 FX shots for the console animations. The easier ones are about finished, leaving the really difficult ones to complete (the ones with major camera motion), with just a handful that don't need any FX. I think you'll like what I did...

Getting there, getting there....
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Old September 8 2010, 03:34 AM   #315
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Construction began on the dreaded rear alcove this evening. Slow going without any help (my son was too sore from football practice to help this evening), but managed to get 3/4th of the frames constructed. Should be a snap to finish up the frames and secure the service board tomorrow. Thursday, I'll be painting.

We're going to be starting on the ready room Saturday. Will be posting pics for the alcove in Sunday's update. Will post ready room pics as construction proceeds.

Hope to have an update on the special effects shortly.
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