Not So Final Frontier
Saturday, July 25, 7PM
Members of the Starship Exeter Crew in Attendance
Location: DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway
Aurora Picture Show and DiverseWorks members free with RSVP
You've seen the big screen version, now try it Aurora-style!
Escape the summer heat at warp speed with an intergalactic night of sci-fi and Star Trek fan films. We will take you aboard the Aurora Starship with CGI animation, appropriated hyperspace scenes, talking action figures, a boy waiting to be taken by aliens and a Star Trek fan film produced in 1969. The program concludes with a modern day original fan-produced pilot from Starship Exeter titled Savage Empire.
Would you give your spare time and money to write and film a pilot episode for a new series that would come close to the look and spirit of the original 1960's Star Trek television show? The team behind Starship Exeter did. They conducted research, wrote a number of possible story lines and chose "The Savage Empire" as their debut. The action sequences were all storyboarded, and they created all the costumes and most of the props from scratch. A warehouse studio space in Minneapolis, Minnesota was rented for two years where Jimm and Josh Johnson built sets and shot much of the production. They carefully picked friends and acquaintances to work on a voluntary basis both as actors and crew. Once the live action was completed came the long and tedious task of editing and creating visual effects true to the look of the "Original Series." It took seven years, but on December 19, 2002, STARSHIP EXETER made its internet debut.