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Old October 8 2010, 05:12 AM   #1
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"In Harm's Way" - 6th Anniversary

Hello! My name is Jack Marshall, the Director of "In Harmís Way" and co-creator of what was once known as "Star Trek: New Voyages". Itís been a long time since Iíve been around these parts or contributed to fan films in any significant way, so I thought Iíd reintroduce myself.

At the end of 2005 I left "New Voyages" and moved in February of 2006 to Los Angeles to take a job with Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler and the amazing VFX team on "Battlestar Galactica" as their Coordinator. Iíve been working out here in L.A. ever since, living in Burbank and still married to Pearl.

A few days ago, I realized that this coming Friday marked the 6th anniversary of the release of "In Harmís Way". Back then, there were only two other major fan-films, no HD prosumer cameras and "streaming media" on the web was barely a gleam in the eye. YouTube wouldnít be a reality until February of the next year (2005).

It seems like yesterday. As I watch the episode now, I recognize it for what it is Ė quaint, endearing and fun. It was a bunch of fans, some pros, some not, who came together and just had great fun making an over the top Star Trek episode.

On this, the anniversary of the release of the episode (Oct. 8, 2004), Iíve "re-mastered" the webisode. Youíll be able to watch it in 720p on YouTube and if youíve got internet on your HDTV youíre in for a real treat. I made some tweaks, both cuts and additions, and present for lack of a better term, the "Directors Cut" of "In Harmís Way".

This version is not "official" in any way and was not approved by anyone involved in the production either past or present. Itís simply my re-visiting something very dear to my heart.

Regardless of the episodes flaws, I fondly recall those days when things were a lot simpler; when a handful of people in two small rooms with a partial Bridge set and a green wall were able to create something unique and then share it with all of you.

Back in the day, I believe the word "hubris" was used in connection with me a few times. I canít argue with that assessment of "the me" back then. I was pretty full of myself and proud. But, it is not hubris which motivates me to share this version of the episode with you. Rather, it is a desire to say "thank you" to all the wonderful people who helped make this episode happen.

I hope now, 6 long years removed from the hype, you can, as I, sit back and enjoy this little work for what it was Ė a bunch of fans, just like you, having a great time playing "Star Trek".

Nothing more, nothing less.

Enjoy!

Jack Marshall

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Old October 8 2010, 05:20 AM   #2
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Re: "In Harm's Way" - 6th Anniversary

Thanks, Jack! I look forward to watching it tomorrow evening!
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Old October 8 2010, 05:40 AM   #3
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I've added it to my "Phase II" page under "In Harm's Way", vis: http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/06/20.html
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Old October 8 2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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Thank you
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Old October 8 2010, 12:49 PM   #5
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Welcom back Jack... thanks for the update. Sounds like you have made a very nice treat for us. Hummmm 6 yrs. you say, cooridnator you say. Don't let them promoto you, don't let them take you away from the Captian's chair, because while your there you can make a difference..... Oh! sorry, when ever I get close to Jack these verses start falling out.
Thanks for the work you have done to up date ,"In Harms Way" I'm very happy to hear you are still working.
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Old October 8 2010, 07:07 PM   #6
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Re: "In Harm's Way" - 6th Anniversary

Good deal, Jack! Just FYI, I've put a link to get to the "Director's Cut" site at the bottom of this week's Fan Film Friday column, along with a link to my review of "In Harm's Way."

Here's the link to FFF: http://scifipulse.net/?p=34495.

Enjoy!
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Old October 9 2010, 12:10 AM   #7
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Good to see you here, Jack! I have find memories of meeting you at a couple of the LA events where you were promoting New Voyages and other Trek events. For the last year or so, I've finally started working on my own feature-length puppet film, so I often think about the ground you guys pioneered back in the day.

I'm in LA as well. Hopefully, we'll cross paths again soon!

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Old October 9 2010, 02:45 AM   #8
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Re: "In Harm's Way" - 6th Anniversary

Jack, good to hear from you again. I remember chatting with you the night "In Harm's Way" was released. Can't believe it's been 6 years. I'll be watching your "Director's Cut" this weekend.
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Old October 9 2010, 08:08 PM   #9
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Ummmm, I watched the first two parts....(I forgot how much I loved this episode) but I did not see that much of an improvement in the visual quality. I was hopping the images would be clear clean and SHARP. I did not see that. I was watching at the 720 level. Has anyone else noticed any improvement? Am I looking at the worng clips?
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Old October 9 2010, 08:10 PM   #10
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I was wondering what changes have been made between the original version released and this one...
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Old October 9 2010, 10:52 PM   #11
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scifib5st wrote: View Post
Ummmm, I watched the first two parts....(I forgot how much I loved this episode) but I did not see that much of an improvement in the visual quality. I was hopping the images would be clear clean and SHARP. I did not see that. I was watching at the 720 level. Has anyone else noticed any improvement? Am I looking at the worng clips?
The original footage was shot at 720x480. What I did was take that source and uprez it to 1280x720 (with black bars on the side to retain the original aspect ratio).

No, it's not blu-ray, but the episiode is cleaner and clearer than previously released versions. But certainly not "real" HD, just a tad better than DVD.

Hope that helps explain
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Old October 9 2010, 10:59 PM   #12
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Potemkin_Prod wrote: View Post
I was wondering what changes have been made between the original version released and this one...
I won't be able to list them all, but the major changes are:

In the opening teaser the camera now zooms in on each character during the action.

Extended dialogue in Project Timepiece once Kirk, Spock and McCoy have returned from BarBara Luna's.

Slight recut of the Klingon destruction sequence.

Major recut of the Pike transporter scene.

Added Spock "shouting": "Shields at full intensity", on the Pike Bridge, cause it made me laugh.

Did color correction throughout.

Rendered out most of the visual effects from their native source so they would read clearer in 720p.

Dropped a couple of cutesy lines I thought never played right as well as a few gimmicks like the "PG13" rating card at the beginning of the original edit.

I think that's about it for now :P The new runtime is 50 minutes, 42 seconds.
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Old October 9 2010, 11:19 PM   #13
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oy!

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Old October 9 2010, 11:19 PM   #14
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oy!

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Old October 10 2010, 04:30 PM   #15
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It looks and sounds great, thanks for posting it.
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