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Old July 1 2014, 03:52 AM   #61
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Re: Phase II begins re-filming "Mind Sifter"

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I think BillJ is right: Boss/Friend and Friend/Friend: if you two folks could work toward resolving this in some other manner than posts here on the TrekBBS boards, folks would probably be grateful. It's not really a topic in which other board members can readily participate--other than weighing in to recommend that your concerns be taken elsewhere.
Only because this issue was started here, I wanted to let people know that James spoke to Greg and the stuff that seemed familiar from my scripts were familiar for reasons other than they came from my "fertile mind". So there is no issue here.

I thank James for handling the question as a professional.
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Old July 1 2014, 04:40 AM   #62
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Re: Phase II begins re-filming "Mind Sifter"

Well, that's a load off my mind.
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Old July 1 2014, 11:22 AM   #63
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One final "Chico's Padre" note. IMDB lists the following as the writing credits:
Ron Friedman ... (story)
Ron Friedman ... (teleplay)
George Arthur Bloom ... (teleplay)
Henry Irving ... (teleplay)
I looked up Ron Friedman. He's an Emmy-nominated writer with 69 credits to his name (link), including Written by credits for Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, All In the Family, etc.
Are you saying Ms. Wright is making it up that she wrote the script and they didn't change a line?
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Old July 1 2014, 01:11 PM   #64
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She said it was credited to staff writers, so out of curiosity I looked up what IMDB lists the credits to be and what those men had credits for.
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Old July 1 2014, 07:34 PM   #65
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Of all the great things they've done, I was incredibly underwhelmed by "Kitumba". I thought it was their weakest outing.

Oh, I really enjoyed "Kitumba." The only one I don't really care for is "The Child."
I agree with this, Kitumba was fun and exciting. The Child was awful, and as Space 1999 did the same story 20 years before TNG its been awful 3 times.

I reiterate what I said on the Phase2 forum back when it still worked, to many of us the behind the scenes tales of Phase2 are as interesting as what makes it to the camera. All of you involved need to write your books on the experience. Just do something up on Lulu like the Wil Wheaton books, we'll buy them.
"Kitumba" was a mess. Sloppily edited, jingoistic, and just altogether too hamfisted. I don't know who's to blame for it specifically, because I know there's innumerable steps between typing "FADE IN:" and locking the final cut at playback, but as it stands, despite the high aspirations (which Phase II is clearly not lacking of) the episode itself was mostly a disappointment.

As for the Phase II message board/forums, I recall logging in in May and finding that the message board section was inoperable and unaccessible. Upon complaining about it on the Facebook page, someone was good enough to reply that they were in the process of upgrading the site and redesigning the forums, but it's still something of a disappointment that it's taking this long. I understand that there's a cost involved, and I understand that it's not a high priority at the moment, but it's still disappointing that such a void is there. Perhaps it's P2's way of directing their traffic to Facebook, where they can easily (and with less scrutiny) delete the comments they don't like. I don't know.

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Jack Komack was the worst person to work for in the world, but that didn't stop me from having him produce one of my scripts.
Which script was that?
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Maurice (and thanks to Greg for letting me know to check this thread), the episode title was "Chico's Padre". I'd like to be bragging about it being on the "best of" DVD, but during a private tour of Paramount they explained that the TV shows during the time period were all shot on tape and stored incorrectly, By the time they realized it, they could only salvage a handful of episodes for each one so, say, "The Best of Bosom Buddies" was actually "The Bosom Buddies Episodes We Could Salvage, The Rest Are Lost Forever". (They literally said that about the "best of" DVDs.)

I'm afraid I can't substantiate the "Jack Komack Terror" note. (I was just using it to make a point.) I was told years later by "industry people" when I got involved in the industry and met them. Can't even say for sure who told me, but I was told it was an industry wide known fact. Could have been "Horshack" from "Welcome Back Kotter" or Kevin Kline or Jack Albertson or.... not really sure. I seem to remember stories about him raging and throwing things and being an open dick to people and such... but can't say for sure. I was just told "Thank your lucky stars you didn't get on set". He was good to me. I bought Trek books with the $40. (and the note was vague enough that I couldn't prove anything if I wanted to fight him for credit and more pay. I was 14. I didn't even think that way....)
andreich, based on what I know about writing for television in Hollywood (especially freelance writing and submissions to network-produced series) as well as your account of how this all took place, I find it extremely difficult to believe.

Please understand: I'm not trying to suggest you are lying; but it does occur to me that as you were so young at the time this all took place, that I'm just curious if it is at all possible that you might be misremembering or just not aware of the entirety of the situation?
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Old July 1 2014, 08:16 PM   #66
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One final "Chico's Padre" note. IMDB lists the following as the writing credits:
Ron Friedman ... (story)
Ron Friedman ... (teleplay)
George Arthur Bloom ... (teleplay)
Henry Irving ... (teleplay)
I looked up Ron Friedman. He's an Emmy-nominated writer with 69 credits to his name (link), including Written by credits for Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, All In the Family, etc.
Are you saying Ms. Wright is making it up that she wrote the script and they didn't change a line?
Or that it was submitted hand-written on a yellow legal pad by a fourteen year-old and purchased with "two crisp twenty dollar bills?"

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andreich, based on what I know about writing for television in Hollywood (especially freelance writing and submissions to network-produced series) as well as your account of how this all took place, I find it extremely difficult to believe.

Please understand: I'm not trying to suggest you are lying; but it does occur to me that as you were so young at the time this all took place, that I'm just curious if it is at all possible that you might be misremembering or just not aware of the entirety of the situation?
Perhaps so?
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Old July 5 2014, 12:49 AM   #67
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Re: Phase II begins re-filming "Mind Sifter"

A nice article!

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/04/startrekphaseii.html

They mention that the next two episodes to film will be "A Fuzzy Thing Happened" by David Gerrold (a visit to the Tribble home world) and "Joanna" by D.C. Fontana!
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Old July 5 2014, 01:23 AM   #68
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A nice article!

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/04/startrekphaseii.html

They mention that the next two episodes to film will be "A Fuzzy Thing Happened" by David Gerrold (a visit to the Tribble home world) and "Joanna" by D.C. Fontana!
Very interesting article. I think the success of STC has lit a little more fire in PII's belly. Sounds like the real winners are going to be the fans.
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Old July 5 2014, 02:08 AM   #69
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"A Fuzzy Thing Happened" = The Great Tribble Hunt?

And "Joanna" is lonnnggg overdue. I'm really happy to hear Dorothy's finally getting to tell that story!
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Old July 5 2014, 02:25 AM   #70
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They're still making fabric that was used in TOS?
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Old July 5 2014, 02:48 AM   #71
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They're still making fabric that was used in TOS?
AFAIK James Cawley got an unknown amount of the original fabric from William Ware Theiss. It's not new stock, it's left over from the original series.
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Old July 5 2014, 03:24 AM   #72
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They're still making fabric that was used in TOS?
AFAIK James Cawley got an unknown amount of the original fabric from William Ware Theiss. It's not new stock, it's left over from the original series.
No, sorry - you're wrong. Bill Theiss willed (among other things) his notebooks containing the fabric swatches of the original fabric from TOS. James went to extensive lengths to have the fabric duplicated and yes, now made again - thanks to the generous donations of Greg.

Phase II does own several "original" costumes...both from TOS and Phase II (and from TNG). Several of James' "Kirk" costumes actually are Shatner's originals.

In addition, a "lot" of "scrap fabric" was purchased back in 08 from "It's a Wrap!" When we went through it we discovered that the fabric was actually cut out and traced out "Phase II" uniforms. The patterns were drawn and saved, and the uniforms assembled.

So, a lot of the stuff they own is "original fabric". In addition, Greg paid a buttload to make hundreds of yards of the fabric to make new uniforms.

(James did own a bunch of original TNG fabric from his time working for Bill, but I believe he's since sold it.)

(and on the other issue...I didn't come here bragging about writing a script for Komack: I was just using it as an example. It doesn't really matter if anyone believes me or not. I know, and that's enough for me - I don't need to invest the time in having family and friends come here to testify as to what happened. Doubleohfive - I guess I was a lot older at 14 than you were. I created and ran a biannual "Town Beautification" event, I produced a Variety Show and ran a carnival both to raise money for MDA, I built sets for the local pro theater, and I was volunteering as an adult for the GSA, in addition to editing and publishing a fanzine...all while I was 14. Ya know, at the time I used to pedal my banana seat bike to the local lumberyard and sweet talk the workers into giving me 1x8x10 "scrap" wood and rode it home to build a 10x10x10 "play house" and once a week would ride it 13 miles round trip to purchase the latest "Tony Orlando and Dawn" release - and I, myself, find those completely hard to believe - though I know I did them. I suspect we all did stuff when we were young that is now hard to believe - a lot harder to believe than a known unscrupulous producer bought a cheap script to get a quick, low budget episode out. So I am fine if people don't believe it - that's not why I discussed it.)
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Old July 5 2014, 10:22 PM   #73
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I used to make my own smoothies... there were a lot of steps involved.
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Old July 6 2014, 07:16 AM   #74
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Vodka?
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(and on the other issue...I didn't come here bragging about writing a script for Komack: I was just using it as an example. It doesn't really matter if anyone believes me or not. I know, and that's enough for me - I don't need to invest the time in having family and friends come here to testify as to what happened.
Extraordinary claims and all that.
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