My Weekly Spock: This Rare Color Picture Got Me Amok!

Hi Everyone!   Occasionally I’ve seen candid, on-set photos from TOS – but this week I came across one that totally blew me away! I have NEVER seen before!   Enjoy this very rare COLOR photo of Arlene Martel and Leonard Nimoy on the set of “Amok Time”!!!  Leonard is totally in character as he contemplates the script.  Arlene casually peruses her script while keeping her costume clean wrapped in a blue robe!  I love this!  I hope more are unearthed! 13754238_10154396290742431_740500958687866314_n

My Weekly Spock: Sing Along with Leonard!

A reader found these great images of Leonard in a recording studio!  I’m guessing they came from a fan magazine @ 1967.  Thanks  Hanulka Křenořová for finding these! ( I cleaned up and brightened up the originals a little:-) )13669277_630842910426874_8745101488934107693_o13769633_630843043760194_430133532408828305_n

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TrekkerScrapbook is 5 years old!

Hi Kids!

Hard to believe that I started this silly little blog half a decade ago! And here I am, 5 years and 1000+ posts later still able to come up with things to talk about for a 50-year old sci-fi show!  ( I guess you could say I’ve completed my first 5 year mission!)

I’m always getting ideas about TOS posts, whether it’s analysis of a character or story, a comment about the franchise or (most popularly) any pictures  of cast and crew (especially of sweet Leonard Nimoy). I still have so many I want to share.   Of course, I don’t always have time to write them, but please know that I’m happy to be here and it’s wonderful to know that I’ve attracted so many nice people to my site!  Thanks for your patronage and I hope to bring you more fun and Trekkiness in the coming year!  LLAP!  Love, Therese  :-)  \\\///

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Video — 1979 Star Trek TMP Premiere!

A fair quality video with lots of good stuff here – Gorgeous Leonard Nimoy appears @ 8:00 (and a bit later) — poor Sandra looks terrified through most of this.  Poor woman, I think she never got used to the publicity. (a fan gives Leonard a gift)  Great to see our old friends here — Dig Majel Barret’s ‘spiderweb neckline!  And Sweet De Kelley!

 

Have You Seen This Incredible Trek Auction? (On Now!)

Browsing the net yesterday and came across this fantastic auction of Star Trek items! There are props, scripts and costumes from all the Trek series, but I’m focusing on TOS here:-)

The Auction is being held by the site invaluble.com,  and you can see the entire list of Trek items here.   Note: This auction started yesterday (6/29) and ends tomorrow (7/1) — the bidding is going on as I write this, (on unpublished photo negatives, scripts, etc>)  and they’re saving the real iconic stuff for the last day!  Costumes!!!  (Spock’s Shirt! Carolyn Palamas’ pink toga!!!)

I’m amazed to see how so many of these survived 50+ years in remarkable shape!  Of course,  if I had money to burn, you know I’d bid heavily on the Spock Tunic!  The story of the tunic is incredible — this original screen-worn tunic of Nimoy’s was won in a movie magazine contest in 1968, and the owner has kept it quietly in her dark closet all these years; preventing fading and damage (thank goodness there wasn’t a fire in all those years!) Seeing the condition of some of these gives an insight to how backstage work went; there’s an insignia missing 0n a couple, probably re-used) And the Klingon pants were see-through??? (worn with black pants underneath!)   You gotta hand it to the auction company Profiles in History to find all the coolest stuff!

It’s a TOS fans dream! Get a load of these! (No drooling on your device!)

New “Guidelines” for Fan-Based Star Trek Fan Films

Greed and Jealousy.

These are the only two words I can think of to describe the new restrictions  guidelines that have been set forth by CBS and Paramount last week in regards to any new Fan Films based on Star Trek.  Here’s the link: http://www.startrek.com/fan-films?ecid=PCID-2617611&pa=affcj

Paramount and CBS included this statement along with their new rules:

Throughout the years, many of you have expressed your love for the franchise through creative endeavors such as fan films. So today, we want to show our appreciation by bringing fan films back to their roots. The heart of these fan films has always been about expressing one’s love and passion for Star Trek. They have been about fan creativity and sharing unique stories with other fans to show admiration for the TV shows and movies. These films are a labor of love for any fan with desire, imagination and a camera.  We want to support this innovation and encourage celebrations of this beloved cultural phenomenon. It is with this perspective in mind that we are introducing a set of guidelines at Star Trek Fan Films.

Well, I’m sorry Paramount and CBS, but this statement in light of your your rules is total BALONEY.  More importantly, for a company that wants “…to support this innovation and encourage celebrations of this beloved cultural phenomenon” it’s a slap in the face for anyone who has dreams of creating their own Trek stories.

This all started over the magnificent production of Axanar, a fan film many of us are anxiously awaiting.  Axanar is a prequel to TOS, recalling the war fought by Captain Garth in the years before he went mad (perhaps this will explain his later affliction).  It appears to be a compelling story, and from what I’ve seen of its trailer, it’s truly a labor of love.  For as it is created by fans and NOT corporations, it is the one of the  purest form of GOOD Star Trek I’ve ever seen:

Paramount and CBS  are livid over this and other fan films. The Axanar and other fan film productions (Star Trek Continues, Star Trek The New Voyages) wanted official guidelines for a long time, but I’m pretty sure they never expected anything this Draconian.

Some highlights include:

  • The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.  

Well, that pretty much prevents any new hour long episodes of the fan series.

  • The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.

But several professional actors have already gladly appeared in these Trek films (Lou Ferrigno, George Takei, Walter Koenig, etc)

 

  • CBS and Paramount Pictures do not object to limited fundraising for the creation of a fan production, whether 1 or 2 segments and consistent with these guidelines, so long as the total amount does not exceed $50,000, including all platform fees, and when the $50,000 goal is reached, all fundraising must cease.

 

Do they know how expensive it is to make a production? This financial limit would have been fine –about 10 years ago!

Now I know that not everyone likes all of the different fan films out there, and that’s fine– but this is not a matter who’s is best, but of the very RIGHT to CREATE them in the first place!  This creativity, born out of great love for Gene Roddenberry’s creation, must not bow to  being squashed by a corporate machine, who only wants to make money on their version.  What’s next, a ban on fan fiction and artworks?

I can only hope that these fan-funded films, (that their creators have made NO money on) will note that these are only guidelines, not rules, and that the creators of the many fan films out there will continue their loving, artistic recreations of our Star Trek universe, and not let these greedy, narrow-minded corporate armies throw them down.  Fan Films have the support of Trek fans world wide, if they get sued, I’m sure we fans will protest.

Shall we boycott CBS/Paramount to let them know we DO NOT APPROVE?  I’m very tempted.  Or better yet, write or e-mail these bozos and remind them of this little exchange between Spock, Kirk, and Landru in The Return of the Archons: 

Kirk: Without freedom of choice, there is no creativity. Without creativity, there is no life. The body dies. The fault is yours.

Spock: Are you aiding the body,or are you destroying it?

Kirk: Answer the question.

Landru: Peace, order, and tranquillity are maintained.The body lives, but I reserve creativity to ME.

Spock: Then the body dies. Creativity is necessary for the health of the body.

I can only hope that these fan-funded films, (that their creators have made NO money on*) will note that these are only guidelines, not rules, and that the creators of the many fan films out there will continue their loving, artistic recreations of our Star Trek universe, and not let these greedy, narrow-minded corporate armies throw them down.

*UPDATE:  A reader has informed me that Axanar HAS made money on it’s production. (This is what started the whole lawsuit in the first place)  I was not aware of all of the aspects involving Axanar.  I do agree with CBS on this point.  I do hope Axanar will go through, but yeah, they shouldn’t be making money on it. (Thanks Andrew Saxon)

As Captain Kirk proclaimed in Return to Tomorrow: “Risk is Our Business!”  Let’s hope the fan film makers will continue to take risks.  LLAP.

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