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Jun132011

Yet Another Welcome Page

We have had a nice influx of new visitors thanks to a very cool piece over on Blastr that named us one of their "10 Awesome Unmade Star Trek Projects." We are in some very fine company alongside the likes of Bryan Singer, J. Michael Stracynski, and a sitcom Jonathan Frakes came up with after half a bottle of scotch called "The Rikers in Space." I thought it'd be good do do yet another front page that makes it a little easier to figure out where to go. So here that is.

The original pitch packet can be downloaded here, and will give you an idea of exactly how the project was pitched to CBS and Startrek.com. This site goes into a lot more detail about both the story and the work that went into it, and all that can be found by using that menu over there on the left.

The full script for the pilot episode is available right here. Keep in mind the episode was intended to air as a series of five shorts, so the structure is a little different. But still incredibly awesome.

A very talented artist named Mei-Yi Chun graciously lent his talents to the project to draw up full storyboards for the entire pilot, so if you'd rather check out the script with some visuals, there's like a bajilliion storyboards up in the gallery. I am working on a nice PDF that contains the boards alongside the script, but that's a lot of cutting and pasting and I don't know when it'll be done. So for now you're going to have to click. 

We have promised new scripts, and fully intend to deliver on that promise as soon as we have the time. Unfortunately at this point, Final Frontier is officially a passion project, and passion projects don't pay the rent. We're happy to answer any questions or respond to your criticisms of our spatula-shaped Enterprise in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting!

Reader Comments (4)

Have you considered calling more people to help with the scripts? It would move things faster.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbatty

Have you fully given up on making this show with Paramount? Would you be open to a fan campaign to try and make it happen still? If not, what about making it as a fan production like the "Star Trek: Phase II" fan production? Would you be open to finding help?

I really think you guys have something awesome here and would love to see it happen. I'm also not a fan or the "JJ-verse" and miss the Prime "Star Trek" universe,which your stories take place in.

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason S.

The Star Trek franchise is at a point now where CBS/Paramount are paying very close attention. JJ Abrams' film was a hit, and it got people talking about Trek again for the first time in years (the other people, I mean, not just you and me and our geeky friends). They will be very careful not to dilute it again, and they'll make sure that there is a cohesive vision behind it. The new Trek comic at IDW has Roberto Orci attached, even if it's just for name value. Not only does it help sales, it lets you keep things under watch and in line with what they hope is a parade of films. An animated series, when it happens, will be mounted with influence from the people involved in the film and utilize talent that has a proven history in the genre.

We were in a great position to sneak in the back door with this project, because the guard at the gate was usually drunk and napping. "A couple low-level guys making a cartoon on a web site? Sure, whatever, who cares, it's just Star Trek." That mindset has, thankfully, changed, and they're keeping tabs on every atom. In addition, they're making sure those atoms support this new universe, not the old school stuff. We also feel that Final Frontier wouldn't be as organic today as it would have then. Love it or hate it, the Abrams film made Trek fun, optimistic, and appealing again. That was our hope all along, though our path would have been slower and less jarring. It would still be fun to tell cool stories with Chase and the crew, but they're not really needed to redeem the franchise anymore.

A fan production effort would be flattering, but doing the project at the quality level we all envision would be cost-prohibitive. Trust me, I've seen the budget and even the low-end one isn't Kickstarter material. Couple that with the fact that no one would ever be able to make a single dime off of the project for all the hard work and time, and it starts to be totally unrealistic. If I find a billion dollars in gold dubloons, getting Final Frontier made is in my top ten list. It's under "dinner on the International Space Station" but just above "fully-working Batmobile." We are grateful for the fan support we have gotten, especially all the talented people who contributed art simply for the fun of it (because we can't draw for shit). But the time, effort, and money to do Final Frontier right would be ridiculous.

Anyway, that's where we are. If the project ever gets made in its original form, it means I have found those doubloons. So hit me up and we'll take the Batmobile up to Laguna Seca. But please, spread the word about the site and the project as much as you can. Free publicity is never a bad thing, and we've met a lot of cool people through this thing. Thanks for reading!

June 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterDoug

Any chance of posting a few "Next Time on..." descriptions of what some of these future episodes you have in mind would be?

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

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