I watched the original series as a child with my parents who were both fans. One of my first memories was watching “Patterns of Force” and getting very confused about how the guy who got “shot” could get back up after being shot. I’d never heard of “blanks” before.
Reveling in ST:TMP during its first showing at the local theatre, and watching ST:TWOK with special friends.
We published fanzines. In fact, I started publishing ORION PRESS in June 1979 with STARDATE 1. I’ve sold tens of thousands of Star Trek fanzines as ORION PRESS.
Sadly, they got bigger, and the little guys were pushed out of business, and then the big guys got so expensive that the cons are getting smaller.
I LOVE the original series and the original series-based movies up through Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country. I like TNG, DS9 and VOY. I detest ENT. I like the modern Trek movies with the major exception of NEMESIS. JJ Abrams’ nuTrek is hit and miss with me. I liked his first one, but this was not my Star Trek. At least it was enjoyable. INTO DARKNESS is terrible.
6 What is the most ridiculous argument you’ve ever heard between two Trek fans?
Usually it’s related to costumes. “Oh, our material was hand-spun of the looms of Gene Roddenberry, and yours wasn’t!” and “Well, our patterns were drawn by Gene Roddenberry himself!” and “Your colors are not exact.” and “Your patch is made of inferior materials!”
Kevin Sorbo was better in HERCULES vs Kevin Sorbo was better in ANDROMEDA. Heard this one in Tampa in April.
The studios are aware of what you’re doing. As long as you abide by their rules (i.e. don’t make any money), they’ll leave you alone. If you ignore them, you risk their ire. We’ve had positive relations with the studios, and our only problem with Orion Press came from a franchisee.
9 What makes Project Potemkin different from other productions?
Our actors are actors, and are for the most part not tru-fans, so to speak. Our writers are telling horror, science fiction, comic stories. We don’t restrict ourselves to the four-act format. Our shows are as long or in most cases as short as they need to be. We don’t pad stories. We are a ZERO budget production, that means we have to keep how much something costs ALWAYS in mind.
11 How much of your cast and crew is regular members and how much consists of people who just come around for one or two shoots?
Our cast are all actors from theater, stage, television, and even film. They’re professionals. This is not to say they everyone is in every episode. We have two or three actors for each post (e.g. we have three science officers and we rotate who appears in our production). Rarely do we have someone come for just one or two shoots.
We have a graphics visual effects artist in Nova Scotia, another in Iceland. We have two musicians in Britain. One of our editors (and co-exec producer) lives in Phoenix Arizona. We have writers in the Canary Islands, Ohio, California, Georgia. Basically, we’re an international production in that regard.
Project: Potemkin is blessed to have a 2000’ sqft studio in Albany, Georgia. We have a bridge, ready room, transporter room, three corridors, plasma conduit maintenance room, and brig as our permanent standing sets. We also have a Klingon bridge and a Romulan control center as part of our temporary sets. There are three studios with more square footage, and they’re wonderful. But that’s outside of our scope and budget. We’re very happy with what we have.
14 Does Project Potemkin film only at certain times during the year, or year-round?
We film year round, although we don’t usually film in the studio in the summer. Interestingly enough, today, July 12th, we filmed for 7 hours on location in the heat and humidity of a South Georgia swamp.
We’re on a schedule to release one per month this year:S02-B “Darkness” 5 mins
S02-C “Second Contact” 8 mins
S02-D “Ashes” 5 mins
S02-E “Beach Towel” 6 mins
S02-F “Shovel of Kahless” 8 minsAnd on Monday, July 15, we’ll be releasing…
We have a daily blog on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/projectpotemkin/ that fans can keep up with the latest news. We also have an updated website: http://www.projectpotemkin.com/ Our YouTube channel ishttp://www.youtube.com/user/Potemkin1711/videos. Our Vimeo channel is https://vimeo.com/user5227474
Believe it or not: Asia Carrera (yes, the porn actress), the late Roddy McDowell, and Harrison Ford. An eclectic group to be sure, but I have story ideas that would fit them perfectly.
Han doesn’t trust people in authority, so sadly, there would be no dynamic. Will doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and when Han pops off with the Millennium Falcon making the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs, he’s not going to be interesting in striking up a conversation, especially if Han shoots someone first.
Well, obviously Han. I don’t care for the revised versions of Star Wars or Star Trek.