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Star Trek Cast & Crew Fan Chat Transcript + Pictures From The Set [UPDATED] January 25, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

EXCLUSIVE: On Friday afternoon [UPDATED and during a 2nd round during the evening] Star Trek director JJ Abrams, along with exec. producer Bryan Burk, exec. producer/co-writer Roberto Orci, VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, exec. producer Jeffrey Chernov and Unit Production Manager David Witz all dropped in to TrekMovie.com to field questions from the fans. Also joining were castmembers: John Cho (Sulu), Karl Urban (McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Chris Pine (Kirk), and Zachary Quinto (Spock). They posted online in between takes while shooting on the Enterprise sets! See the full transcript (in easy to read Q&A format) and a couple of photos below (including the very first picture from the Bridge).

 

AFTERNOON CHAT TRANSCRIPT (see evening transcript below)

Bronson : HOW DEEPLY DO YOU FEEL THE WEIGHT OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES WITH CARRYING THE TORCH OF THE STAR TREK FRANCHISE?
JJ Abrams (Director/Producer):
It’s funny that you phrased it that way — carrying the torch — because that’s exactly what it feels like. Trek means a great deal to many people, and I fully appreciate that responsibility. But I have never been overwhelmed by that burden. Quite the opposite. The fans have been part of the inspiration. This experience has felt, from the beginning, like a truly unbelievable opportunity. We’re only half-way through principle photography, but the torch is burning bright and we’re running hard!

Marian Ciobanu: When we will see more detailed clips from the new movie..?
Bryan Burk (Executive Producer):
Barring any thievery from our production office, we’re working on our first trailer right now, which will hopefully be in theaters early to mid summer.

Josh: What was the greatest challenge you faced when you first decided to take on Star Trek?
JJ Abrams:
This may not be a fair answer, but there were two greatest challenges: the first was getting a handle on the vision of the future. The fact that most of the tech that we use in our everyday lives seems modelled after — and actually more advanced than — TOS, made it tricky to find a way to make our movie’s world far more advanced than where we currently are, and yet also consistent with the original show.

The other challenge was, obviously, casting. How in the world were we ever going to find actors who can fill the shoes of that remarkable original cast? It was tough in theory and harder in practice. We couldn’t — and wouldn’t have — gone into production with a cast that simply didn’t WORK.
With the amazing efforts of April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg (our casting directors), we somehow did it. This cast is massively talented and smart as hell and funny and dedicated and completely inhabiting these roles. You will see. Kirk f’n LIVES. Spock is HERE, right now. I can see him. Uhura and Bones and Chekov and Sulu and Scotty are ON THE BRIDGE and they are wonderful.

In short, WHEW.

The Vulcanista: For any cast member — What’s your favorite on-set moment so far? Best on-set prank? (Answers expected to be spoiler free, of course!)
Zachary Quinto (Spock):
Definitely the first time Leonard and I were both in costume at the same time for the wardrobe test.

EREHWONNZ: HAS WRITING FOR THIS FILM BROUGHT YOU ANY NEW REALIZATIONS OR INSIGHTS ABOUT TREK, ITS STORIES, OR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED TO BRING IT TO LIFE?
Roberto Orci (Co-Writer/Executive Producer):
Writing this film with my high school chum Alex Kurtzman has reminded me how solidly constructed the original paradigm for Star Trek really was. Our job was to just do our homework. We not only went back to our favorite episodes and books and movies, but we also read graduate level dissertations about the meaning of Star Trek. It was like going back to Star Trek school, and it made us appreciate Trek even more, which I didn’t think was possible.

Roberto Orci: Just to set the scene a bit, call time today was 1 PM. So JJ is setting up his first shot right now on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise — bear with us…

Charles Trotter: Do you have a targeted wrap date for the film?
JJ Abrams: Currently it is scheduled to wrap the beginning of April. Which means we’ll be shooting until September. I’m kidding. I hope. No, I am.

RoobyDoo: Mr. Abrams, how important is humour in your vision of Star Trek? And what kind of humour do you enjoy most?
JJ Abrams:
I’m afraid to answer this question, because The Haters will think that I’m looking at Trek as a comedy. I am not. But humor is hugely important. Humor and humanity go hand-in-hand — there is such wit in the screenplay (kudos, Kurtzman/Orci), and the actors bring such intelligence and humor, that my job is just to keep the thing REAL. Dramatic as hell, but also LAUGHS. Without comedy (my fave TOS eps had GREAT wit), the audience finds their own places to laugh. And in a world of humans and aliens, that could be disastrous. So the short answer? It’s very important.

Mawazitus: For Roberto Orci: Seriously, how often do you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? A dyed-in-the-wool Trekker getting the opportunity to add to the mythos. It must be awesome. How many pages of ideas do you already have for the sequels?
Roberto Orci:
No kidding. I think I speak for many of us when I say that we pinch oursleves every day, and it still doesn’t work. I’d ask Quinto or Nimoy to “pinch” me, but I just think that would make it more surreal…

Gibnerd: Random script question… what is the 10th word on the 10th page of the ST script?
Bryan Burk: "…and…"

Questions for Burk and Lindelof: In your Producer roles, how are you having the history-making production of “Star Trek” documented?
Bryan Burk: From the beginning there has been behind the scenes DVD team capturing all phases of pre-production and production. There’s been talks of possibly having book as well, but that’s contingent on an interest for it.

EuroTrashTrekker: The Trek teaser trailer was very American focused, with all the sound bites from American space program (and none from anywhere else). Star Trek often seemed overly American. How will you make sure that Star Trek is a global film that appeals in Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc?
Bryan Burk: There were different versions around the world of the teaser trailer around the world to deal with exactly that.

Michael (the real one in Texas, by way of Afghanistan): I am a big fan of yours, but also of your friend and so called good luck charm, Greg Grunberg. Can you tell us if he will make an appearance, and if so perhaps a hint as to his part ????
JJ Abrams: I am so pissed at Grunberg. The guy was about to be in the movie — had a GREAT PART — but had to bow out because of some LAME OTHER MOVIE HE’S DOING.

All right, so I’m half-kidding and just disappointed: Grunny WAS gonna be in Trek, and he IS doing another movie, so he can’t be in ours — but his movie isn’t lame, it’s funny, and he’s producing and co-writing and long-time collaborator Larry Trilling is writing with him and directing, so I wish them all the best. Even though I hate Greg now. Who knows, maybe he’ll be a tribble.

 


JJ Abrams & Bryan Burk chatting with the fans

 

Yammer: Have you taken anything from the novels? My dream Trek movie would be an adaption of Diane Duane, whos Trek novels combine hard SF with vivid elaborations of the classic characters, and are so well written that they are totally unembarassing to read in public.
Roberto Orci: We have absolutely been inspired by the novels. We’ve mentioned before how much we loved Prime Directive and many others as a great example of all things TOS at its best.

Battletrek: How many visual effects shots will there be in the new movie?
Roger Guyett (Visual Effects Supervisor): We’re anticipating about 1000.

Lawrence Boucher: Has there been a particular moment while filming that has caught you off-guard and made you stand back and say “wow” or just made you think “how cool is this”?
Chris Pine (James T. Kirk): For me, I still get the chills every time I sit in “the” chair, and every time I say who I am in the movie.

Mike J. Hafezi: My current English teacher, Mr. Zimmerman, doesn’t like Star Trek and doesn’t want this movie to happen. What do you say to that?
Roberto Orci: Please tell Mr. Zimmerman that there will be plenty of English spoken in the movie.

Daniel Broadway: Roger Guyett — First, I want to say, I’m a fan of your work. I’m an aspiring VFX artist (compositor) myself. I was wondering what types of software you will be using for 3D animation, but also for compositing. I know you have many in house tools as well.
Roger Guyett: We’ll be using lots of different pieces of software, a lot of ILM proprietary tools, but we’ll also be using Maya, Renderman and Shake (the compositing software). Good luck with your career in VFX!

Captain April: ILM is doing the effects for the film. Will it all be CGI or have they built a physical model of the New Enterprise? Also when will we see a photo of the finished Enterprise?
JJ Abrams:
I was lucky enough to work with ILM on Mission: Impossible III. Roger Guyette and Sherri Hanson are geniuses who are also a true joy to work with. ILM has always been the best — but in recent years they have — remarkably — gotten even better, making the virtual photo-real.
Having said that, my goal is to make Trek REAL — that is to say, not have it be camp — not have it be phony — not have it look like a scrap of green screen was used anywhere. Of course, this is Star Trek. We’re using every trick in the book. But WHEREVER WE CAN, we are shooting on sets — either built on sound stages or expanding upon found locations. This is important. What this means is that the movie won’t have that “actors performing in a blue or green void then placed in front of a spaceship set” feeling that makes me insane. One of our really talented designers recently commented online how we shot on a green screen set and what a shame that was, since we could have built something incredible. And she was right — for that one scene, which will last for maybe thirty seconds on screen, we built only pieces and were surrounded by green. But that is the exception. We can’t build EVERYTHING, and need to make this film on a budget (partly because that’s the $ we have, and partly because I want the studio to see Trek as viable!). The Enterprise will be a combo of the physical and the virtual. A photo is forthcoming!

Jon1701: A lot of good questions so far, but I don’t think the key issue has been addressed yet. WILL THE DOORS GO SWOOSH WHEN THEY OPEN?
JJ Abrams: Dude. Will they ever!

Raffie: Is there anything I can say to my girlfriend to convince her to go see a movie with me that is titled “Star Trek”? If so, that could be very helpful.
JJ Abrams: First of all, I’m relieved you have a girlfriend. Secondly, this movie is not being made solely for Trekkers — that is not to say we aren’t giving the true believers the fix they want — but we’re also making a movie for people (men AND women) who have never seen Trek once in any incarnation.
What finally pushed me over the edge to direct and not just produce Star Trek was my wife, Katie’s, reaction. She loved the characters. She confirmed my deep suspicions that I should direct this movie. The story is dramatic and funny and emotional and romantic and full of adventure. I know I’m biased — but I think people are going to love this experience. For some, perhaps, DESPITE the fact that it’s called Star Trek. Who knows? Maybe your girlfriend will see the movie and become a fan of the show.

 

 


JJ Abrams takes a station on the bridge of the Enterprise to chat with fans

UPDATE: AND THEY’RE BACK
Tonight is the last night shooting on the bridge of the Enteprise, and so the team are busy…plus having some tech issues. But people should be popping in and out to answer questions…The article will be updated as more folks chime in below.

EVENING TRANSCRIPT

Lawrence Boucher: Has there been a particular moment while filming that has caught you off-guard and made you stand back and say “wow” or just made you think “how cool is this”?
John Cho (Sulu): It had to be walking on the bridge of the Enterprise for the first time. It was experiencing something from my past, which was amazing, while seeing it totally revamped and updated. It was a wholly unique experience.
Anton Yelchin (Chekov): for me, it was extraordinary to spend my last shooting day on the enterprise. it really struck me just how epic it all was…AND WILL BE.
Karl Urban (McCoy): For me, the “wow” moment was hearing Nimoy’s voice, and seeing him as Mr. Spock, for the first time in years, and seeing it live.
Zoe Saldana: My “wow” moment was spending time with Nichelle Nichols when she visited the set and knowing that we were shooting in the exact stage where the show was shot back in the 60’s

Darryl: I have a tattoo of the Enterprise, will I have to have it changed now?
JJ Abrams: Which one? Enterprise A, B, C, D, or E?

ensign joe: Question for everyone – If there was one thing you wish the fans would quit complaining about what would it be?
Roberto Orci: complaints mean you still care… so we never want to see you stop complaining.

starbase63: Please settle the arguement that has erupted since the release of the teaser…which shows the Enterprise being built in a ground based drydock (someone seems to have taken a gag photo seriously). Though not official, it has been accepted from “The Making of Star Trek” on, and even listed in the entries both in Michael Okuda’s Star Trek Encyclopedia and the Library at startrek.com that the ship was assembled in orbit…even in the Enterprise series set 85 years before TOS we see ships being built in orbit. Will we actually see the 1701 finished in the San Francisco Orbital Yard, or has this concept been thrown out? After all, duranium will be just as strong in orbit as it would on Earth…
Roberto Orci: Without giving anything away, nothing in the teaser precludes final assembly in space.

Craig: Mr. Abrams. What made you select the TOS time frame? I have read on other Trek forums fans saying the new movie should have been post Nemesis. Do you feel the 24th or 25th Century Era is done? I think choosing TOS is cool even though I do like TNG and DS9. I can’t wait to see the rest of what the new 1701 will look like.
JJ Abrams: Alex, Bob, Bryan, Damon and I always wanted to do the Kirk/Spock/original crew story. That was what attracted us to the project. New timeframes have been done numerous times in the Trek universe. What we wanted to explore required the TOS timeline.

PM: Did you guys ever discuss the project with [former Star Trek producer] Rick Berman? If so what does he feel about the project?
Roberto Orci: We have note but we have nothing but the deepest respect for all the previous incarnations and stewards of this great franchise, and we truly hope we will have his blessing when all is revealed.

Scott: What is your favorite Trek film out of the prior ten?
David Witz (Production Manager): STII The Wrath of Khan

AJ: What MPAA rating are you shooting for? Are merchandising tie-ins planned on a grand scale to bring in a younger audience for the long haul a la Star Wars?
Jeffrey Chernov (exec. producer): We’re shooting for PG-13. We’re working on a massive intergalactic tie in… but I don’t want to spoil anything yet.

Zachary Quinto: (to no question in particular) live at the center of the action. walking past bob all day – he has been standing in front of his computer for hours talking to you all. so i had to jump on and give a shout out and huge thank you to all of the ardent fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of what we are putting together out here. the energy on the set is so exciting. really. especially tonight. literally shooting the final scene of the movie as i type (of course we shoot out of order – there are more than two months of shooting still to go). so we are getting close to finishing all of our principal photography on the actual bridge of the enterprise (and scott chambliss has made it come alive like you won’t believe). we just said goodbye to all of the additional cast members who have manned all of the various stations and posts during the heat of this mission. i found myself faced with such a well of emotion at the prospect of this experience coming to an end for anyone… let alone myself. i still have a while until my picture wrap – but after such a long time separating from my emotional response to things – i imagine the end of this run will be quite a flood. but then it enters into a new and in some ways more exciting phase because we get to share it and celebrate it with each other – and with all of you. and i know that is something we are all looking forward to. so. be safe and well and look forward to seeing you next christmas… thanks again. live long. and prosper. of course.

Rod (Dunedin, New Zealand): To Karl Urban: Go, mate! You’re along way from ‘Out Of The Blue’ now, eh? Cheers
Karl Urban: Mate , I could murder a Spieghts right now, miss that Dunedin surf
Cheers,
your mate,
Karl

OR Coast Trekkie: For JJ and/or the crew: There are people here who are getting angry that things look different, and believe that if you get those little minute things “wrong” then you are going to get the big things wrong, and get the message of Star Trek “wrong.” How do you respond to that kind of criticism?
Roberto Orci: We surely understand the concern. I can only say that no decision will have been made out of ignorance of canon or details. — anything you see that you feel deviates from canon will have a canon inspired reason.

And a final message from Cast and Crew of the Enterprise: Thanks for spending the day with us…
Bridge Out.

 

 

 

 

Related: Put faces to these names…see the Cast & Crew Pictures from the Cloverfield Premiere

 

Photos: Roberto Orci

Comments

1. Viking - January 25, 2008

SWEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

2. Viking - January 25, 2008

Those look like LCARS-style panels!

3. I-Chaya - January 25, 2008

Yes first pic of the set

4. maspill - January 25, 2008

very cool

5. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Darn Roberto for using his Iphone to capture pictures! I wanted to be able to read that call sheet in the bottom of the frame! I am sure there is something spoilery there. Dang!

6. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

This portion of trekmovie.com is sponsored by Apple.

7. Duncan MacLeod - January 25, 2008

That photo of the station on the bridge is so totall washed out on purpose. But i think thats the FIRST picture we have seen of anything other than the corridor.

8. Nathan - January 25, 2008

Oooooooooo…..

Shiny red buttons! Yay!

9. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Holy Shat! We can see a green screen with compositing tracking squares! Either that, or it’s the worst alien design of all time…

10. Tony Reale - January 25, 2008

So Apple developed the OS for Starfleet?

11. David (Flaming Wings Forever!) - January 25, 2008

…BRIDGE….LOOKS….OMG….BRIDGE…LOOKS…COOL…

nice. part new part old, classic lines…

12. Viking - January 25, 2008

You know, it would make sense – go through any self-checkout in your local Swillmart, and it’s all touch-panel tech now. From the color and the contours of the console in that last shot, it seems to evoke a TMP-like ambience. And dig the color of the fabric on the chair behind J.J……..this ain’t your daddy’s TOS……..;-)

13. Rob - January 25, 2008

What’s that gold at the bottom of the second pic ? :)

14. Robohunter - January 25, 2008

LOL #6

Trek different!

15. Pizza - January 25, 2008

Absolutely amazing coup.

16. Ampris - January 25, 2008

*Chokes*

He was posting… from the BRIDGE?! Holy freaking cannoli, that’s awesome. :D

17. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Burke: “There’s been talks of possibly having book as well, but that’s contingent on an interest for it.”

Interest in a behind-the-scenes book? Are you KIDDING me?? We’d eat that up with a great, big, giant spoon and come back for more!!

Spill, baby, spill…

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

18. Tony Reale - January 25, 2008

I enhanced the top photo in Photoshop and the right page in the binder is actually a recipe for deep fried Tribbles!

19. Kirk, James T. - January 25, 2008

Wicked, love it, thanks Anthony and the Star Trek team from, Dave in St. Albans England.

20. Viking - January 25, 2008

#8 – I guess middle age is catching up to me. I don’t see any shiny red buttons.

Just put on my reading glasses.

Hmmmmmm.

Nope. Don’t see ‘em. Point out the snake that’s about to bite me.

21. Pizza - January 25, 2008

Bryan Burk: From the beginning there has been behind the scenes DVD team capturing all phases of pre-production and production. There’s been talks of possibly having book as well, but that’s contingent on an interest for it.

I will be buying both the DVD and book whenever they come out. So yes, I think there will be a big interest.

22. Joseph - January 25, 2008

awesome.
thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. we all really appreciate that this direct dialogue between the production team and the fans is happening. ive never known anything quite like this in all my fanboy days.

thanks.

and oh yeah, if ya wanna slip us a picture of the Enterprise we wont tell anyone.

23. Dab - January 25, 2008

Ok… Now I HAVE to say that the bridge station design looks amazing. What an age we live in that this sort of thing is even possible. I love it!

24. CanuckLou - January 25, 2008

Thanks to everyone at ST XI for taking time out to do this chat and to Anthony and his crew for hosting this.

Awesome just awesome. It really means a lot to us fans.

From a first generation Trekker.

25. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

It’s kind of funny to see the “Countdown to Star Trek” widget next to Abrams and Burk. No pressure, fellas!!!

26. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Oh, yeah, and despite the creaky beginning, thanks so much to Anthony and crew and Abrams and crew for making this once-in-a-lifetime event happen!

Cheers, dears!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

27. Joel - January 25, 2008

I’d just like to say thanks. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of any members of a production team chatting with fans while on the set. It really shows the commitment these guys have in producing a quality film. This chat should put to rest any fears of JJ and crew doing anything to upset the fans. How many directors/writers/stars/producers would come and chat with us rabid fanboys while in the process of shooting? This could be the most down to earth group of individuals I’ve ever seen make a major motion picture, and boy is it a breath of fresh air.

28. SD - January 25, 2008

*delighted* Apple on the Enterprise bridge. I wonder when the first real ads get out.

Anthony, thanks for your great work!

29. neal - January 25, 2008

This whole thing here, online chat from set, was simply wonderful. I want to thank all who put this together. What a great way to connect with fans. What a great way for people all over the world to connect and share. (There was no internet in Trek …).

30. SD - January 25, 2008

#27 And fangirls ;)

31. Viking - January 25, 2008

Anthony, I agree with #27 – is this a first?

32. ShawnP - January 25, 2008

Apple laptop with a banana next to it. How healthy!

33. Kigs - January 25, 2008

Freaking awesome! Posting from the Bridge of the big E! Nice one JJ and Mr. Orci!

Kigs:)

34. Ampris - January 25, 2008

#30: Yeah, we appreciate a bit of recognition now and then, too. :D

(BTW, thank you very much for linking to that site in your name, that was too much fun reading.

35. Mawazitus - January 25, 2008

AP: Today has definitely been a red-letter date for Trekmovie.com, congratulations!

That second photo… Just great stuff. I hope that JJ is sitting at the Comm station.

36. Sular - January 25, 2008

I saw the bridge and I crapped my pants!!

Effing AWESOME!!!

37. GraniteTrek - January 25, 2008

I love the “relieved you have a girlfriend” joke – only a person who knows Trek (and Trek humor) can deliver that line and not sound like a jerk. :)

38. GeneralChang - January 25, 2008

great day for trekmovie.com

thank you so much Anthony for making all of this happen!!!!

39. ~~TARA~~ - January 25, 2008

Thanks to everyone that stopped by to chat with us. And a special thanks to Roberto for the pics:)

40. corbetto - January 25, 2008

All hail the hypnotoad… I mean, Anthony… All hail, anthony…

A real coup in getting this site up and taking the online trek universe by storm!

41. GraniteTrek - January 25, 2008

Futurama reference! Nice one!! :D

42. rooster - January 25, 2008

Anthony- you deserve a raise and some financial support from Paramount…

Geez. I think I’ll have to see it at least 4 times in theater. Did 3 with Transformers and SW ep3.. this is teeming with MUCH more potential.
thank you!

43. Scott Seals - January 25, 2008

First off, thanks for the opportunity, and thanks for being so willing to sit for a second and chill with some fans.

My question is simply this… will the film take place in the established canon? I’ve seen that it will ACKNOWLEDGE it, that it will RESPECT it, and that there will be REFERENCES. However, you can do that and have it still take place in another fictional universe. As a final, definitive answer, will this film take place in the same fictional universe as everything that came before it?

Either way, thanks for resuscitating the franchise!

44. JK - January 25, 2008

Ok i missed everything earlier but after reading the transcript am I correct in reading that there will be tribbles?(was this a spoiler?)

Mr. Abram’s can you confirm this?

45. Blackout - January 25, 2008

Hey, guys.

The photo with the bridge terminal had some mean oversaturation and lense flare going on, so I attempted to clean it up a little bit. Can’t get much out of the souce picture, but it certainly looks a lot better now. Take a look.

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5445/betterqxy8.jpg

46. Michelle - January 25, 2008

To J.J. Abrams and crew: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions. You all seem like such a fun and thoughtful group of people. I really feel as though Star Trek is in good hands. :)

47. OR Coast Trekkie - January 25, 2008

Hmmm, perhpas it is just me, but I looking at these 2 pics, I would have no idea where in the set they would be.

48. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#30 Very cool website!

And thanks for stickin’ up for us fangirls!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

49. Joseph - January 25, 2008

45-thanks thats much sharper!

50. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#45

Holy colorful euphemism! Thanks, Blackout!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

51. Brian - January 25, 2008

So someone fixed the second picture, anyone working on enhancing the first yet :P

52. Kigs - January 25, 2008

Blackout- can you clear up the other one with the call sheet?

53. SD - January 25, 2008

#34 and #48 – fangirls unite! Don’t know why people seem to think all fans are male ;) (didn’t that sink ENT already?)

And thanks for the website fb :)

54. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

I could be wrong, but it looks like one of the outer ring stations, a la Sciences, Engineering, Communications, etc. The screens just behind the laptop look like a modern version of what was the banks of winky-blinkies on the original set.

Hard to be sure with so little overall context, though. :)

55. Blackout - January 25, 2008

Well, I really don’t see the point in clearing the first one up. It doesn’t look like there is anything interesting to see, and the text on the book is unrecoverable (at least by me).

I’ll give it a try, though, since you guys want it. If I get anything useful out of it, I’ll tell you. If not, assume that my attempt was a failure.

56. Gibnerd - January 25, 2008

Great stuff.
The shot of the bridge control panel threw me off at first and then the more I looked at it the more I got seriously hyped for a whole look at the bridge. this is gonna be wicked!!

57. Viking - January 25, 2008

#45 – nice work! Now it really DOES look like a backlit, color-negative LCARS interface…….CANON ALERT! CANON ALERT! SENSORS DO NOT DETECT BLACK PLYWOOD PANELS AND COLORED JELLYBEANS! LOL ;-)

58. bernie - January 25, 2008

the laptop is the prop, he is at Uhura’s station! seriously, the bridge looks very star trek V and VI ish, nice.

59. Joel - January 25, 2008

Sorry #30! Forgot about those fangirls! :D

60. ObiWanCon - January 25, 2008

WOW this was just great I have to say Anthony you’ve out done yourself this time and great thanks to J.J, Roberto, Bryan, Roger, Zachary, Chris and everyone else thank you all so much for doing this you all made my day. THANKS.

61. CmdrR - January 25, 2008

Cool bridge shot. Dang, which one of my computer buttons transports me there? I can never remember.

Thanks JJ, et al. Great answers. I’m so enthusiastic, I’m having a little Trekker in a few days. He may be on the small side to bring to this flick, but the whole family can’t wait until STXIV.

62. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#57 Viking

Canon dictates that the bridge controls are Ju-Jubees, not jellybeans.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

63. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

This is still the coolest website in the interwebs. Unprecedented. Fantastic. Inimitable. Groovy.

And dare i say it…..a first!

64. Jon - January 25, 2008

Eric Bana,

Will playing a villian in this movie be anything like when you were in Chopper??? You were awesome in that movie!

65. Jon - January 25, 2008

Can anyone speak about Eric Bana yet??? How is he doing???

66. Viking - January 25, 2008

#62 The Vulcanista

Meh. One man’s gumdrop is another man’s Jelly Belly. Or woman’s, as the case may be. :-)

67. reptileboy - January 25, 2008

I would love to know how much they understand that many Star Trek fans are scared by this endeavour. At least with Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor etc, they had worked under people close to Gene Roddenberry or directly under.

It’s hard not to see them as invaders of our realm. It’s easy to say that Star Trek should appeal to the broader audience, but when so many fans have lived and breathed the franchise, to see even such a talented group come in, it begs the question; Can they be trusted.

I don’t often say this, but JJ and co. if you have read my comment please understand that some fans are standing on the edge not fully sure of what to make of things. We’d love to see Star Trek renew itself and grow, but really out worst fear is that the entire franchise would be dealt a death blow should the movie fail and fans not like it.

It’s hard to describe that as a fan of pretty much the entire series so far, that until now I had never felt such discontent over the direction and abilities of the franchise that I’ve had to wonder how much Star Trek meant to me.

68. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#6 Mission accomplished, CmdrR! Another native Atlantan!

Congratulations!!

Babies are on my brain tonite. Dinner guests had to exit rather suddenly due to daughter deciding to be born tonight. Fortunately, amnio fluid is easy to clean up.

Now I’m just hangin’ here, waiting for word on the little one’s arrival. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

69. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 25, 2008

Thanks #45 — Yep those are definitely TOS style buttons, made over for our age… awesome!

I notice that no questions were answered concerning the uniforms (I didn’t ask any of those questions myself, so I’m not sniveling). Could it be this is something they are being especially cagey about? Perhaps they just didn’t get around to it before the tech problems came up.

70. Blackout - January 25, 2008

Nope, after only a couple minutes of messing with it, there is nothing I can do to recover that text and there is nothing else in the scene to focus on.

You can have the result anyways, though. It looks a little nicer…maybe.

http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/6130/betterq2ve7.jpg

71. Viking - January 25, 2008

#64 – good question. Has Bana even been on the lot yet?

72. star trackie - January 25, 2008

That was fun, despite the knuckleheads who didn’t bother to read the instructions on how this thing was supposed to work.

BIG thanks to Anthony and most of all JJ, Roberto and the cast for being so accessable and bringing the fun back to being a TOS fan.

Well done gents!

73. SD - January 25, 2008

When I first heard about the movie, I was very critical. Now I’ve got a “we’ll always have Paris” attitude about it:

If it’s good, it will be added to my personal canon. If it’s bad (not expecting), I’ll set it to ignore like “Generations” ;) Nobody can take away from me what I already have.

And I’m waiting for 3D animation software to become so powerful that I can produce my own movies here without each character looking like YAPF (yet another Poser figure).

74. New Horizon - January 25, 2008

Thanks for hosting the chat Anthony. I appreciate it. It’s just a shame that people refused to listen and continued to clutter the thread when the chat began. It was next to impossible to find the answers…(thanks for the recap)…and it was also disheartening that new questions were being answered over questions that had been posted well in advance. I posted my question late last night, and while it was certainly no more important than many other questions…I did put some thought into it. So I was a little upset when I saw the spammers having completely trivial questions answered. All in all though, a very exciting experience…just a bit disappointed! Oh, and to whoever made the remark about putting my toys back in my pram in the previous thread, I wasn’t throwing a temper tantrum. Sorry if it was interpreted that way, I was simply stating my disappointment in the folks who plowed their way over top of those who had been there first and put some thought into their questions.

75. Jabob Slatter - January 25, 2008

Am I missing something here? Two pictures, right? That hardly show anything, and some of you are saying it looks cool? There must be other pictures that aren’t loading on my computer, right? Because I don’t see anything that would lead me to express an opinion about the bridge.

What am I missing? What do the other pictures show…?

76. Gojira Al-Kzin - January 25, 2008

@74 completely agree. Kudos to Anthony for setting this up. Shame on the people who were ignoring the rules and messing the whole thing up getting their questions answered.

Hopefully the infrastructure will be fixed up before the next go.

Thanks muchly to JJ and crew. and especially for the snaps.

77. CLS USMC - January 25, 2008

TO JJ and the entrie Trek team.. despite things you may read, the vast majority of us fans are beyond excited and speaking frankly, my young son is excited to see this too. I was afraid the fandom ended with me, but I have a feeling it will now “live long and prosper”. Thanks for treating us and Trek the right way!!!

78. Gojira Al-Kzin - January 25, 2008

@75 Yea you’re missing the whole “experienceing the thing a smattering at a time” thing.

Yea it’s two pictures. Two pictures more than we had before, and obscured enough to let our imaginations work on them. That’s the beauty of it. We can imagine what the set might look like based on what little we’ve been given.

That “what little” btw, is 100% more than we had 6 hours ago.

79. star trackie - January 25, 2008

…loving the TOS style buttons too by the way. Nice big and blue and red and no lcars. All arranged on a TOS style inlay. Very cool, modern yet retro and very diffferent from 24th century designs.

Thanks for the sneak peek guys, cant wait to see more!

80. Andy Patterson - January 25, 2008

Ah well;,……he didn’t get to my question, and even though Gary Seven and Assignment: Earth isn’t directly a Star Trek question, I think JJ and gang are prime ones to tackle it.

81. Captain Otter - January 25, 2008

Freakin’ Sweet! But oh how I wish they’d show us a glimpse of the center seat.

82. Gojira Al-Kzin - January 25, 2008

@80 I’d like to see Assignment: Earth picked up too. Certianly better than Earth: final Conflict (and probably Andromeda). I’m more concerned with makeing sure Trek Proper gets a proper treatment right now though.

83. Viking - January 25, 2008

Vulcanista – I’m down here in the La Grange/West Point area. Better bring in the brass monkey tonight – it’s gonna get icy our way. ;-)

84. Spock with a crowbar - January 25, 2008

A behind the scenes book!

Put me down for yes! I’ll buy one!

85. Admiral Denny Crane - January 25, 2008

Call it a hunch, but I think JJ is sitting at the science (Spock) station. The reason I say that is the monitor with the grid pattern on it. It looks like it would be related to the ship’s sensors. As I recall, sensors were primarily (though not always) under Spock’s control.

The only other possibilities in my mind are navigation or a weapons station. But, as I recall in TOS, the helm and navigator controlled the weapons systems. The shape doesn’t look like the helm or navigation console, though. So I think the best bet is the science station.

BTW, did anyone else notice that JJ acknowledged that Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones, Sulu and Checkov are indeed doing a scene together on the bridge of the Enterprise. In other words, this movie is probably not 100% pre-5-year-mission. Yipee!

86. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#83, as long as I don’t lose power, I’m down with whatever Mother Nature slams our way!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

87. Jabob Slatter - January 25, 2008

#78 Gojira Al-Kzin

I get it, and I’m not trying to spoil the fun of everybody else. Sorry. When I read there was a photo from the bridge, I was expecting more. Teases like this seem kind of cheap to me.

But I’ve been one of the biggest defenders of this new endeavor, and am very excited about the movie. Maybe that’s why I was so disappointed by the photo on the bridge. Personally, I’d rather wait for a real photo showing the bridge.

I know I’m difficult, but I love Star Trek. I’ve just never been a fan of bread crumbs. I want a whole slice, if not the entire loaf.

I should, however, thank the guys who took part in this chat. I don’t always complain.

Bless you all!

88. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#69 Ya think? I didn’t see any Ju-Jubees. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

89. Jon C - January 25, 2008

Looks like the helmsman’s station in front of the captain’s chair.The gold fabric on the chair is very TOS era futuristic.the vents are cool ,but it kinda looks like a Viking refridgerator vent.

90. Ed - January 25, 2008

#18 – Stop that before it get’s out. For the state fair here in MN EVERYTHING gets deep fried and tossed on a stick (deep fried mac n’ cheese to twinkies) and a recipe for deep fried Tribbles would somehow find it’s way here. I’d eat it once!!

91. Juli - January 25, 2008

ADMIRAL DENNY CRANE:

BTW, did anyone else notice that JJ acknowledged that Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones, Sulu and Checkov are indeed doing a scene together on the bridge of the Enterprise. In other words, this movie is probably not 100% pre-5-year-mission. Yipee!

Yeah, I’d been thinking about that. They never really did an “origins” episode for TOS, so who says that they can’t show the younger cast as being the crew for the [i]first[/i] two years of the mission?

92. Elrond L. - January 25, 2008

This is the best I’ve felt about being a Trek fan in 10 years. Thank you to JJ, Roberto, Bryan, Zachary, Chris and Roger for taking the time to talk with us. I can’t remember ever having a Trek experience quite like this before. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious — I didn’t think my excitement about this film could get any higher, but it was through the roof today. JJ’s answer about the casting and humor had me cheering.

For as fast as this came together, Anthony, you did a great job. Thanks to you also.

And that second photo with JJ on the bridge . . . WOW. Can’t wait for more!

93. NTH - January 25, 2008

This has been wonderful Anthony,Thank you for making it happen.

94. Michael (the real one in Texas, by way of Afghanistan) - January 25, 2008

Thanks to ALL involved.
I am Honored that JJ answered my question, but bummed that Greg Grunberg won’t be in the movie.

This has been an amazing experience.
Absolutely Historical Anthony!
Looking forward to the next one with the new software.

95. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#91: “BTW, did anyone else notice that JJ acknowledged that Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones, Sulu and Checkov are indeed doing a scene together on the bridge of the Enterprise.”

Yeah, and it gave me chills when I realized he was speaking literally! JJ and Co. were “talking” to us while on set, shooting a scene with the bridge crew. Waaaay too cool!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

96. Viking - January 25, 2008

‘#69 Ya think? I didn’t see any Ju-Jubees.’

#88 The Vulcanista – I thank you, and my optometrist thanks you, for confirming that I am not, in fact, going stone blind. LOL ;-) It looks like a stylized touch panel to me………

97. Radioactive Spock - January 25, 2008

I love the fact that these guys actually care what we think enough to read our comments and even comment back. Mr. Orci in particular. It’s obvious he makes time to come here periodically. Thanks, to all of you.

98. Edith Keeler - January 25, 2008

Wow. Looks like Enterprise has WiFi – and they have made an intelligent choice with regard to avionics (Macbooks).

99. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#94

I couldn’t believe that Zachary Quinto answered my question either. But that was the coolest answer he gave! Fav on-set moment: Him and Nimoy in full costume for the first time for the costume test. Man, it just don’t get any better than that for this fangirl!

{{sigh!}}

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

100. Scott G. - January 25, 2008

#67 reptileboy – January 25, 2008

Very well put. That describes my own feelings to a tee.

101. Ktrek - January 25, 2008

Mr. Abrams and company…thanks for taking time out from your busy schedule to address fan concerns and issues. I certainly feel more confident about the direction you are taking Trek now and am even more excited than I already was to be in the theater of Christmas Day! I hope that your schedule will allow for some more fan interaction in the near future. I’m glad that you seem to show great passion and care for what has been a blessing to my live for over 40 years now. Thanks for keeping the spirit of Star Trek alive!

Kevin

102. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

It’s too bad that JJ and gang didn’t have a more reliable connection. Apparently Starfleet still uses AOL. If you look closely on Spock’s workstation, you can see how he used one of those AOL CDs as coaster for his YooHoo.

I suggest Mind(meld)Spring as an ISP for them for next time. ;)

103. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#96

LOL!

However, I disagree with your assertion in an earlier post that Ju-Jubees = gum drops. For one, gum drops do not rip fillings out of teeth as effectively as Ju-Jubees. Nor will they break teeth as effectively as Ju-Jubees.

Ju-Jubees are gum drops on steroids. They are a superior form of candy and must be respected. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

104. Valar1 - January 25, 2008

I am so freaking excited about Trek again ! !!!!!

105. Greg2600 - January 25, 2008

67/100 – I once had the same kinds of strong feelings. After Berman essentially spit in the fans’ face and Paramount Television followed suit, I gave those feelings up. Like Shatner said, “it’s just a TV show!” I loved what Manny Coto did during Enterprise’s season 4, and hoped he could have gone further along. However, if there is one person out there who I am least worried about, it is J.J. Abrams. He’s no Michael Bay (can everyone tell how much I don’t like that guy yet?). Besides, the best thing about all this is that he’s using different characters (aside from Nimoy). So it’s not like we’re going to get a Nemesis, where you’re left not knowing if you just saw a Star Trek movie. Frankly, I have given up all those thick headed feelings. I’m like Jeffrey Lebowski now, just not high. Dust in the wind. Don’t worry be Happy.

106. cameron - January 25, 2008

All I have to say is………..

THAT WAS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

107. Closettrekker - January 25, 2008

I don’t usually come on at night (family time) but this was so exciting that the nerd inside completely overwhelmed me! I get more anxious about this all of the time.
#67–I feel your anxiety about it, but it looks and sounds more convincing all the time, especially when I hear Mr. Orci talk about “homework”. I would say that this is most promising.

108. RoobyDoo - January 25, 2008

Thank you Anthony for choosing one of my questions. And thanks very much JJ for your response. ‘Funny’ is tricky business, but when done well it is glorious. TOS often hit the mark. The TOS films worked at times, other times not so much.

I look forward to experiencing your film 11 months from now. Best of luck with filming and post-production!

Cheers.

109. Ralph - January 25, 2008

This is soo cool that they took time out from their schedules to participate.

110. Oregon Trek Geek - January 25, 2008

That was awesome–very interesting.

I am so looking forward to the movie! Can’t wait to see stills of the cast, the ship, etc…. hopefully not too long to wait.

111. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

102

Also, he’s actually directing the movie. Slowness mainly came from that. Our apologies. We’re still here, though, and we may get a few more answers between takes. And his is our last day on the bridge of the Enterprise, so we have to make sure we get everything we need. Our apologies.

112. seangh - January 25, 2008

Nice job Anthony! When an opportunity like this comes along -you gotta just go for it and it worked by and large – nice.

Hopefully you can do more chats with JJ and Co. later on – I think their are websites that allow you to set up live chats and moderate them – to control the tempo – might want to look at that for next time,

THanks!

113. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

Steal me something from the bridge set, Roberto. I promise I won’t show anyone.

And I’m ready for my death scene. (I haven’t let it go yet)

114. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#111

Well, how DARE they shoot a movie during *our* chat! Seriously, gentlemen, where *are* your priorities?? ;-)

Seriously, Roberto, thanks for coming back. I didn’t think I’d see any of y’all here tonight. I’ve been busy trying to clean amnio fluid out of an upholstered dining room chair in between reloads at this site.
(Long, really gross story. See synopsis at Post 68.)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

115. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

last day on the bridge? So Bob do they start tearing it down tomorrow. Here is a question (do I get to ask one?) how much are they going to store for future use?

116. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#111 Roberto Orci

No need to apologize. We’re just grateful you guys took time out of your busy schedule to take our fanatical questions. :)

117. John Cho - January 25, 2008

Lawrence Boucher – January 24, 2008
Has there been a particular moment while filming that has caught you off-guard and made you stand back and say “wow” or just made you think “how cool is this”?

It had to be walking on the bridge of the Enterprise for the first time. It was experiencing something from my past, which was amazing, while seeing it totally revamped and updated. It was a wholly unique experience.

118. T.'. - January 25, 2008

T.’.

Great work, people, seriously.

I’m thinking that ST will ultimately reflect a realistic take on the 23rd century per canon, that is, using the high-tech 60′s motif to link our world with Roddenberry’s potential future. Given some of Mr. Orci’s comments on earlier threads, it would be logical to surmise that this not only ‘grounds’ the storyline but makes it relevant socio-politically.

In other words, JJ and his merry band of uber-geeks may be attempting to elevate Star Trek into the realm of high art.

Case in point: the aforementioned global marketing campaign, employing appropriate voice overs to acknowlege various nations’ contributions to space exploration.

Also, curiously, the concept of ‘under construction’, as in the teaser and first viral site, of the USS Enterprise, both as ship and metaphor.

119. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

111 – No need to apologize, Roberto! As so many others have said, we so greatly appreciate that you’ve taken time out to talk to us, and give us this peek into the production. Absolutely, take care of first things first. :) Thanks to you and J.J. and all the rest!

That actually leads me to wonder… Are the Enterprise sets being struck completely when you’re done with them, or are they being shifted into fold-and-hold status for (hopefully!) future use?

120. I-Chaya - January 25, 2008

Roberto Orci
I just want to say thank you and i appreciate that you guys came by to chat with us from your day shooting

121. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#117 John Cho!!! Welcome! Glad you could make it! :)

And congrats on winning the Sulu role!!

122. Ravenwulf - January 25, 2008

I love the bridge style! Exactly what i had in mind! Keep up the good work :)
Because, as we all know the TOS was based in part with the available technology of the time, and the nobs, green things, were in fact standard in most military vehicles of the time, today, we have a mix, and the most advanced mostly in touch screen. And that includes airplane cockpits, which are both!

So, in other words, AMAZING! I can’t wait to watch it, and knowing how much you people care for the trek community makes me all “warm and fuzzy” inside! :)

hint: I hope one day to see a series with the Uss Titan from Capt. Riker, based on the book novels :P

123. Karl Urban - January 25, 2008

For me, the “wow” moment was hearing Nimoy’s voice, and seeing him as Mr. Spock, for the first time in years, and seeing it live.

124. Lawrence Boucher - January 25, 2008

117.

John, thanks for stopping by! I can only imagine what that was like (I guess the closest us fans will get to experience is when we see the first footage of the you guys on the bridge in action).

125. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#117
John, did you grow up with Trek?

TIA,

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

126. Anton Yelchin - January 25, 2008

for me, it was extraordinary to spend my last shooting day on the enterprise. it really struck me just how epic it all was…AND WILL BE.

127. Lawrence Boucher - January 25, 2008

123.

Karl, can’t wait to see your interpretation of Bones!

128. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#123 Karl

*Wow!*

Enjoyed “Comanche Moon,” but when are y’all gonna FINISH the story?? ;-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

129. Lawrence Boucher - January 25, 2008

126.

Wow, looks like all you guys on a break from shooting. Loved your performance in “Alpha Dog”, btw.

130. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

Karl Urban! Anton Yelchin! Awesome!!! Welcome to both of you, as well. Will Zoe and Simon be chiming in, as well? :)

Anton: Your last day? Nooooo! So it isn’t so… :(

131. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

Please, someone tell me those bridge buttons are a red herring…a joke…SOMETHING other than what they’re actually going to use in the movie. Anyone who thinks those buttons look TOS-style needs to have their vision checked…either that or their brain examined. Those control panels look just like the sh*t you’d see on TNG…gimme a break here, people.

132. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

On behalf of TrekMovie.com….welcome John, Anton and Karl

go grab Zoe and we will have a full crew! (Simon is out of town now right?)…if not then we need an engineer in here pronto or this whole thing is going to blow up

133. PRCCOLE - January 25, 2008

I’ve gotta say that this is truly amazing we are getting this experience to interact with these people that are saving Star Trek. Thanks to Anthony, Mr. Abrams, Mr. Orci, and the whole new crew of the Enterprise for making it happen!!

134. Lawrence Boucher - January 25, 2008

And if you guys are reading, thanks again for taking a few minutes to answer our questions! Really appreciated, especially knowing you’re all hard at work.

135. Marianya - January 25, 2008

*SQUEE* Karl Urban! Glad to see you around!

I must say being a HUGE trek fan from the day that I was a wee widdle tot bouncing on my parents’ knee (ok not that young, but might as well be) I have never been so excited than this movie… and the mere fact that I’m ALSO a HUGE LotR’s fan just adds to it…

I loved your interpretation as Eomer… I may love even more as Bones… so’long as you don’t ruin it for me…

For the longest time I considered myself of purist… but after seeing and hearing bits and pieces of what is to come.. I’m very excited to see what the final product would be (though I much prefer seeing the production as it develops… blame my thespian side there).

136. JJ - January 25, 2008

Darryl – January 25, 2008
I have a tattoo of the Enterprise, will I have to have it changed now?

A: Which one? Enterprise A, B, C, D, or E?

137. Ampris - January 25, 2008

Oh… my.

The family is getting a little weirded out and annoyed by my clinging to the computer, but this is totally worth it. I’m very sorry, but I had an uncontrollable fangirl moment.

…I’m posting on the same board as Dr. McCoy. *_*

Freaking EPIC! I… well, I’m about to get my computer taken away again, but dang, this is beyond amazing. Gotta give ALL you cast members props for not only being gutsy enough to TAKE these roles knowing how critical we fans can be, but then being nice enough to come and interact with us. That’s just such a lovely gesture. I’m looking forward to this movie all the more thanks to this, thank you very much! :D

138. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

please don’t thank me…we at the site are merely the humble vessel. Thank Roberto and JJ and his crew and the folks at Paramount for making this happen.

139. tosfangirl - January 25, 2008

This is such an exciting day =) Thanks to all on the set who take time to chat with the fans, it’s amazing..hope you all are planning to come to some conventions?! (waves hello across the country!!!)

Please stay in touch with us!

140. Lawrence Boucher - January 25, 2008

So, if this is the last day of filming on the bridge, is anyone planning to take home any, um, souvenirs? :-)

141. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#132 Anthony — I heard Simon Pegg had trouble yodeling…

Futurama reference, for those not in the know :P

142. Brian - January 25, 2008

I know a lot of people have said it before me, but I’d really like to thank everyone that’s helped with this. It has really given me a sense of how important the fan base is to this project and that this movie is indeed going to be AMAZING (even if you wont let us know a bunch ahead of time :P )

143. Tim Thomason - January 25, 2008

#123 Karl Urban

Congratulations on the role. I’ve been an admirer of your acting since my youth. You’ll always have done the greatest performance of Caesar in my mind.

Did you do any special preparations for the role that might be considered “out of the ordinary?”

144. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

I can’t believe I’m going to type this, but…

SQUEEEEEEE! [jeez, I HATE that!]

Would someone get mah smellin’ salts? If the whole crew shows up, I fear I shall just …

{{{{THUNK!}}}}

Ow!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

145. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

136/JJ
Right answer!

although you missed the bonus round points by not using the word ‘bloody’

146. Pragmaticus - January 25, 2008

Is Faran Tahir in the film?

147. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#140 Yeah!

If y’all could swipe anything from the set or wardrobe, what would it be?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

148. Daniel Scherl - January 25, 2008

Hey guys! Tell Jolene there on the bridge that her boyfriend says hi!

149. Viking - January 25, 2008

‘Seriously, Roberto, thanks for coming back. I didn’t think I’d see any of y’all here tonight. I’ve been busy trying to clean amnio fluid out of an upholstered dining room chair in between reloads at this site.
(Long, really gross story. See synopsis at Post 68.)’

114. The Vulcanista – Ya know, I already have a four month old grandkid popping in due to babysitting accomodations, and he finds new and creative ways to projectile spew formula all over every room – and everything therein – in ways that would make Linda Blair and her special effects crew feel like a bunch of rank amateurs. (I’m still trying to gently scrub the blow out of the grille of an expensive, walnut-cabinet home theater speaker.) So, can we dispense with all the talk of the groinocological water park? As it is, I also have a fat, medicated Dachshund fighting urinary incontinence. The psychological combination of the virtual and existential is enough to make me want to go swinging through the trees and just live in a pine bough over the Hooch. LOL ;-)

150. steve623 - January 25, 2008

That bridge photo is like a rorschach test – people are seeing in it what they want to see in it. He could have been on the Voyager bridge if I didn’t know better.

151. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

J.J.! Don’t worry about this silly chat! Please make sure you have enough coverage! I can stop by to help shim the dolly track if you need me! Let us make a run to In&Out for you!

152. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#149

ROTFLMFAO!

Agreed. Subject closed.

Besides, there’s LOTS better things goin’ on right now!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

153. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Did anyone answer from “The Gang” what they are shooting on? Is there a Genesis camera in the studio? That would be appropriate considering the subject matter, wouldn’t it?

“There are always possibilities…”

154. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#146 Pragmaticus — Good question. I see I’m not the only one who saw that. ;)

To Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and (whether or not they come in) Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg, congratulations to you all! i look forward to seeing your interpretations of these iconic characters. Naturally, live long and prosper. :)

155. Ali - January 25, 2008

JJ,
What’s the big structure behind you, glimpsed through the green screen drapes? There’s a guy standing in front of it? Part of the set?

156. steve623 - January 25, 2008

and to the cast, crew, everybody checking the thread, I hope you make a terrific movie and I wish you every success. You guys have taken a bite out of a very big elephant.

157. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

JJ, Bob, et al

Charles Trotter, news editor for TrekMovie.com is a credits junkie

He wants the best boy and/or a gaffer or other stage hand to chime in. I am not kidding we want to hear from everyone…hell we interviewed the teaser welder last week!

158. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

ensign joe – January 25, 2008
Question for everyone:

If there was one thing you wish the fans would quit complaining about what would it be?

complaints mean you still care… so we never want to see you stop complaining.

159. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

It’s funny how people are dissecting the two Orci snapped images for this chat. I think I see the numbers 4 + 8 + 15 + 16 + 23 + 42 on the call sheet. Are they significant for some reason? And what is slusho? Why does the prop master need to have “slusho” for “Young Spock” on this shooting day? The mystery continues…

160. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

# 147–I already got dibs on bridge stuff.

I have been a Trek fan since the early days. If someone had said I would have an opportunity to be involved in the same forum as the cast and crew of a Trek movie while they were shooting it…..well.

I do want to say Thank You for being so generous with your time to a bunch of nattering geeks.
We want this to be great so desperately that I think sometimes our collective energy must be distracting.

Don’t be too hard on that Dave guy from myspace. But I am available if you need a replacement.

161. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Is J.J. using storyboards on the set, or is he winging it? I wonder how much of this film is a steadycam effort….

162. Brian - January 25, 2008

159: if you rearrange the number correctly and use the specific translation matrix it will reveal the entire script for the new movie :P

163. Viking - January 25, 2008

#137 Ampris – ‘The family is getting a little weirded out and annoyed by my clinging to the computer, but this is totally worth it.’

My wife wonders why I’m suddenly so ‘obsessed’ with this site, but she hasn’t had a jones for something since she found out how big our last IRS refund was. LOL :-)

Karl, John, (and again) Roberto, welcome, gentlemen. I lift my glass to you, and may your endeavors bear fruit as sweet as that we all anxiously wish to sample.

164. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

I just saw ‘Red Shirt’ posting and had to check the IP to be sure….I thought maybe one of the extras was posting…oh well

we want to hear from them too!

165. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#157 Anthony

ROFLMAO!!!

Yes, give me everything! The gaffer, the caterer, the candle-stick makers! I must know them all! lol

Seriously, it’s mainly for Memory Alpha. I’m trying to write up articles on everyone working on the film. A daunting task to say the least. ;)

That interview with welder guy Anthony Vitale was a great interview, though. :)

166. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

4 + 8 + 15 + 16 + 23 + 42 is Kirk’s new password for the auto-destruct sequence. It will give the crew 108 seconds to abandon ship. Look for the U.S.S. Dharma to rescue any evacuees.

167. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Roberto & ensign joe:

Great question and answer! Nice to know that even negative input is welcome.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

168. Dansk - January 25, 2008

This is absolutely incredible, guys! I’ve never seen this before, to have the whole cast and production team of a movie online talking to fans from the set is unreal!

All I want to say is thanks for your work, everything that I’ve seen from this movie so far looks fantastic!!

169. DavidJ - January 25, 2008

Don’t really have a question, just a request….

MORE PICS!!!
MORE PICS!!!
MORE PICS!!!

;)

170. Etha Williams - January 25, 2008

For the cast members — what have you been doing to get “in character”? What do you see as the most important aspect of your particular character’s personality/psychology?

171. guideX - January 25, 2008

#158 re: Robert Orci
I wish the fans would stop complaining about Berman and how crappy he did. It’s all I hear in the forums is how crappy Rick Bermans work was.

172. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

starbase63 – January 25, 2008
To Mr. Orci…

Please settle the arguement that has erupted since the release of the teaser…which shows the Enterprise being built in a ground based drydock (someone seems to have taken a gag photo seriously).

Though not official, it has been accepted from “The Making of Star Trek” on, and even listed in the entries both in Michael Okuda’s Star Trek Encyclopedia and the Library at startrek.com that the ship was assembled in orbit…even in the Enterprise series set 85 years before TOS we see ships being built in orbit.

Will we actually see the 1701 finished in the San Francisco Orbital Yard, or has this concept been thrown out?

After all, duranium will be just as strong in orbit as it would on Earth…

A: Without giving anything away, nothing in the teaser precludes final assembly in space.

173. guideX - January 25, 2008

Can I see a full exterior of the new Enterprise pictured in the trailer?

174. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Sorry Anthony! I wasn’t trying to pose as a person from the set! I know a thing or two about movie making also! That’s that fancy RTF degree from UT Austin talking! I guess I graduated the year after R. Orci was there, so I doubt our paths crossed…

175. Chris Clow - January 25, 2008

For Mr. Abrams (and any other applicable person that may have attended film school):

Right now I’m working on a transfer degree to get into a university, and my sights are set on USC’s school of Cinema-Television. What advice would you be willing to give me, and is there anything in particular that I should take (physically or emotionally) to help my endeavor? I really appreciate what you’re all doing, and hopefully I can do it with you some day!

176. John peretz - January 25, 2008

For JJ Abrams Are you going to drop any easter eggs of Lost,Alias,Cloverfield,etc. in the new Star Trek film? Thank you.

177. JK - January 25, 2008

“red shirt” I am no body special and can’t tell you about the #’s but i have a clue about the “slusho” part of your question. Read the 3rd line at this address.

http://imdb.com/title/tt1060277/trivia

178. EFFeX - January 25, 2008

All I can say is thanks for this interview, it means a lot to me being a die hard fan. It sounds like you guys are having a blast doing this movie and I can’t wait to experience the finished product. Trek has always been a part of my life and it’s nice to know that you guys are continuing to keep the dream alive.

179. Beck - January 25, 2008

re: 158. Roberto Orci

Very smooth of you, Mr. Orci

180. Skippy 2k - January 25, 2008

Can’t wait to see you all on screen together, always excited for a new “Trek” movie but much more so this time! Was “cautiously optimistic” early on but from all I have seen so far with casting and interviews on this site it seems to be in good hands!

Thanks for taking the time to answer questions and “hang out”!

181. Lugosi - January 25, 2008

Sorry JJ, but I tried to photoshop you out of that second pic. Gotta see that console! Of course I there’s a lot I had to make up because it wasn’t there. But that may be what it looks like …

If anyone wants to see …
http://i30.tinypic.com/5r8m1.jpg

182. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

#177

I know what those numbers mean. I was being tongue-in-cheek. A little gift for those in this room who might watch a little episodic ABC drama about some folks that fell out of a plane onto an island somewhere. They might be LOST. Or something.

I hope that JJ uses his Lost numbers like Lucas uses 1138…A little gift for the eagle eyed fans.

183. guideX - January 25, 2008

How big is James Cawley’s part in the film?

184. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#163: “My wife wonders why I’m suddenly so ‘obsessed’ with this site, but she hasn’t had a jones for something since she found out how big our last IRS refund was. LOL”

What’s your wife’s jones?

Mine’s interior design. $130 million Trek budget + Vulcanista shopping in Manhattan for one month = U.S. economic recovery.

And let me add this traditional Southern toast to the Trek crew visiting us here: Here’s to those who wish us well; the ones that don’t can go to hell!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

185. shuttlepod10 - January 25, 2008

What does the transporter effect look like in the new movie? Is it just as awesome as in the original series?

186. Joseph - January 25, 2008

181- very nice work!
its hard to tell what color the consoles are, is that a golden/beigey hue or are they silver?

187. Etha Williams - January 25, 2008

Mr. Orci –

Did you have a “Plan B” in case Leonard didn’t agree to be in the movie?

188. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

J.J.,

Regarding your high school gym locker…Well um, I was wondering if you could settle a bet for me and my friends, okay? Um, like, when you… um, left for the last time? And you opened up your safe? Um… what was the combination?

189. Harry Ballz - January 25, 2008

I just reviewed the answers so far and all I can say is……JJ and crew have a lot of homework for the weekend!

We expect every question to be answered by Monday so…..get crackin’, gents! :)

190. Viking - January 25, 2008

172. Roberto Orci – ‘A: Without giving anything away, nothing in the teaser precludes final assembly in space.’

Like I’ve been saying. I spent a couple of years in junior Naval reserve. We didn’t spend our time just painting bulkheads and learning to tie knots.

And does anyone else watch The History Channel? Jeez……….

191. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

187

I think “Plan B” was more gross deal points.

192. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

For Chris Pine….

Okay! Another bet… okay… on your horse farm… alright? How many saddle-bred horses do you have?

193. DavidJ - January 25, 2008

181

Nice job with the photoshop! The design almost looks like something from one of those futuristic starships that would pop up on VOY now and then.

I like it though. The light coloring gives it a very high-tech, futuristic feel.

194. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

I totally misread Anton’s comment… I thought he was saying this was his last shooting day, period. He just said it was his last day on the Enterprise sets, though.

Just thought I’d clarify that… for myself. :P

195. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Ya know, being a court reporter and all, if I was made to sit in a deposition after 5:00 p.m. on a Friday evening, I’d be internally kvetching up a storm!

Here it is, 9:24 p.m. PST (I think), and these folk are interacting with us. I’m *very* impressed.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

196. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

It’s getting late in LA. I know these guys don’t want to go into golden time with meal penalties. Maybe we should leave them be…

197. guideX - January 25, 2008

It’s 9:26, these guys stay up till 6 in the morning!

198. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Harry! Good to see you. Where you been?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

199. Skippy 2k - January 25, 2008

That picture of the console the clear panel above it reminded me of the one time the clear panel (that looks very much like that) was used on the bridge. I can’t recall which episode but it was the piece re-used from the “laser cannon” in “The Cage”.

Here is a reference pic, the clear circle panel at the back. Anyone know the ep?

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/8241/thecage255nt2.jpg

200. CanuckLou - January 25, 2008

OK – we’ve seen a slice of the bridge, we know the crew has scenes with Nimoy, we know the doors still swooosh, we know Pine is going to sit in the captain’s chair, and guessing the original transporter sound is going to be used. So we learned a lot.

Now we need to find out if the following will make their way into the movie:

- the intercom whistle?
- the turbolift sound?
- the original bridge instrumentation sounds?
- where is Simon Pegg in all of this? does he have any bridge scenes?
- communicator, tricorder, and hand phaser sounds?
- Oh and a biggie, does the science station have the hooded viewer for Spock to look into when he scans?

The adventure continues!!!!!!!!

201. jonboc - January 25, 2008

Great Q & A. Love the bridge console, very cool and futuristic…but I hope the bridge crew doesn’t have to sit on the floor like JJ is! Unless, of course, some of the controls are operated by the user’s knees.

202. ShawnP - January 25, 2008

I know this is echoing numerous posts already, but wow, this is really cool!

JJ et al.: How do you deal with being a public person, knowing that everything you do will be scrutinized to the nth degree? That kind of pressure can be debilitating, but you seem to take it all in stride. Perhaps your advice can help me with my dissertation defense in a few years, haha.

And whose banana was that in the first photo?

203. JJ - January 25, 2008

Craig – January 25, 2008
Hi. Mr. Abrams. What made you select the TOS time frame? I have read on other Trek forums fans saying the new movie should have been post Nemesis. Do you feel the 24th or 25th Century Era is done? I think choosing TOS is cool even though I do like TNG and DS9. I can’t wait to see the rest of what the new 1701 will look like.

A: Alex, Bob, Bryan, Damon and I always wanted to do the Kirk/Spock/original crew story. That was what attracted us to the project. New timeframes have been done numerous times in the Trek universe. What we wanted to explore required the TOS timeline.

204. Will Doe 68 - January 25, 2008

Well I’ve been pleased as punch that we finally got the tease trailer last week;And now we got this interaction answering some questions.
I hope J.J. doesn’t torture us too much with this a”picture is forth coming”nonsense. There can be a thing as being too vague.
But a trailer wont be ready till early to mid summer!
That’s just wrong.
(SIGH) Oh well.

205. Viking - January 25, 2008

‘Ya know, being a court reporter and all, if I was made to sit in a deposition after 5:00 p.m. on a Friday evening, I’d be internally kvetching up a storm! ‘

As a public servant, how do you fight the urge to just choke the snot out of someone on one side or the other, on a case-by-case basis?

(Mea Culpa: my doctor has had me on meds for my temper for years. If I start frothing at the mouth, just give me a sublingual, and back off for a few. I’ll be ready to bake cookies when I get up. ;-) )

206. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

me – January 25, 2008
@ Orci

Are u really the guy writing comments on trekmovie in your name?

It really is me, and everyone who has posted really is who they say they are. Anthony can verify from our IP.

207. maspill - January 25, 2008

majel barrett involved?

208. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

RE: 206
It is all them…I think the pics prove it…but all are from the same IP. There were a couple jokers who posted who thought we were stupid….lets just say they will not be coming back

209. guideX - January 25, 2008

Question for the crew.. How much Star Trek did you study before making this movie?

210. jonboc - January 25, 2008

199 “Here is a reference pic, the clear circle panel at the back. Anyone know the ep?”

I was thinking the same thing, but I remember it from that classic publicity pic with Nimoy that was on the old gold key comic.

http://collectibleshop.tripod.com/star-trek-3-gold-key.jpg

Regardless, it evokes a TOS “vibe” and that’s very cool.

211. Daniel Broadway - January 25, 2008

Mr. Abrams…

Has ILM already started working on Visual Effects at all? Or is that going to be done mostly after principal photography wraps?

If any visual effects have been done, besides the teaser, are you pleased with the realism of those effects?

212. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#205

While I’m writing all this crap down on my machine, I simply make up my grocery list in my head instead. I like to call it “flying Vulcan Airlines.”

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

213. Ampris - January 25, 2008

Well, it’s half past midnight here so I’d better get to bed; doggie-sitting duty tomorrow and all. This was such a fun evening, many thanks to everyone who got an kept it going. =)

(And I know he probably already left, but Mr. Urban, if you happen to check this thread again somebody in the first set of chat questions asked if we’d be seeing the pinky ring Deforest Kelley/McCoy always wore and, well, inquiring minds want to know! )

‘Night, all.

214. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Are Roberto and/or Alex appearing as extras in this film?

215. Neftoon - January 25, 2008

Question if there are still people checking
Will we get to see 23rd century Earth for more then a quick glimpse?

216. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

PM – January 25, 2008

DID YOU GUYS EVER DISCUSS THE PROJECT WITH RICK BERMAN? IF SO WHAT DOES HE FEEL ABOUT THE PROJECT?

A: WE HAVE NOT BUT WE HAVE NOTHING BUT THE DEEPEST RESPECT FOR ALL PREVIOUS INCARNATIONS AND STEWARDS OF THIS GREAT FRANCHISE, AND WE TRULY HOPE WE WILL HAVE HIS BLESSING WHEN ALL IS REVEALED.

217. maspill - January 25, 2008

9 hours !! its 6 in the morin here

218. Blane Robison - January 25, 2008

JJ, or anyone else:
One last try. Will gay people exist and somehow be depicted in your version of the 24th century, or will we be completely ignored as we have been, so far in Trek.
Thanks

219. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

Another question:
We haven’t seen much of Simon Pegg. Is he wearing as wig or has he dyed his hair black? And will we see Arex?

220. shuttlepod10 - January 25, 2008

How big of a part do the Romulans have in the movie? Are they a large presence?

221. Ahkenatan - January 25, 2008

I have an absolutely VITAL question:
Will we see mini-skirts??
Thank you all for taking the time to post. Can’t wait to see your movie. Take care.

222. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

To the “Gang”…Your recently listed casting call for little people. Are they gonna be humans, aliens, or MOCAP performers like Andy Serkis in the Rings trilogy?

223. Skippy 2k - January 25, 2008

Ok, I found where that panel similar to the one in the new bridge pic was used. I knew I remembered seeing it on the bridge but it was actually from a deleted scene in “The Cage”…

Here you can see part of it (almost at the bottom of the page):

http://startrekhistory.com/restoration/cagepage.html

224. Jordan - January 25, 2008

For anybody, how big is Pike’s role in the new movie? Please don’t let it be just a line or two.

225. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

Those control panels are nothing special. They don’t have ANY TOS vibe…what’s wrong with you guys?? You’re making a big deal about TNG-style garbage, gushing about it and giving it more credit than it’s worth. I’m waiting to see what it will actually look like complete, but from what I’ve seen thus far I’m not impressed.

226. Xai - January 25, 2008

What fun it would be to be there working on this… I’d sleep on the set if they asked.

227. shuttlepod10 - January 25, 2008

Will we see any new alien races in the movie?

228. Viking - January 25, 2008

#212 The Vulcanista – ‘While I’m writing all this crap down on my machine, I simply make up my grocery list in my head instead. I like to call it “flying Vulcan Airlines.’.

I envy you for that sort of Vulcanesque ability to unplug yourself from your surroundings and find an inner focus. My sawbones has to armor up and erect blast walls before he comes in just to take my BP. And I take three pills a day for it.

OK! SO, I’M AN INTENSE KIND OF GUY!!!!!!

LOL j/k ;-)

229. kietero - January 25, 2008

[this was from the other thread but i posted way too late - sorry for the late questions]

question for several of you…

JJ: first off, thank you for bringing excitement back to Trek – it was thirsty for it BIG time.

I’ve read in various interviews and chats that you are staying absolutely true to canon. I am one of the rare few who liked STAR TREK ENTERPRISE (yeah, boo me all u haters want, I careth not) so I’m stoked about seeing this interpretation of the beginning of TOS.

The question I have for you is this: how much of ENTERPRISE will we get to see in STAR TREK and does that particular incarnation have any baring on how the story sets up in your vision?

CHRIS PINE: First of all, you’re going to be awesome as Jim Kirk – forget what the haters say – you’re going to be awesome.

For you, my question is: are you finding it difficult to deal with a lot of the weight baring down on you against the juggernaut that Shatner created with the character?

ZACHARY QUINTO: You look awesome as Spock – just like Nimoy, it’s scary.

With Mr. Nimoy’s blessing, and the fact that he is also in the movie I’m sure takes some weight off of you, if this movie becomes a huge hit like I hope it will, and JJ goes for seconds… do you feel that, so far, you are comfortable enough to come back as Mr. Spock in a second STAR TREK movie with the same cast?

Thank you all for a great job and I’m actually looking forward to Christmas this year (the first in many years). Good luck to you all and thank you, once more, for bringing STAR TREK back with a bang.

230. Harry Ballz - January 25, 2008

#198 The Vulcanista

Hello gorgeous…..I had a wacko night so I’m late joining this shindig.

Sounds like you had an interesting dinner party…..carpet back to normal?

231. shuttlepod10 - January 25, 2008

Do we get to see Spock’s favorite bridge viewer in the movie?

232. Dr. Witz (David Witz) - January 25, 2008

Scott – January 25, 2008

What is your favorite Trek film out of the prior ten?

STII The Wrath of Khan

233. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

We missed you, ya’ big lug.

234. guideX - January 25, 2008

Question to the crew .. is this the beginning of two more movies? (A Trek trillogy?)

235. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

*sigh* Purists… :-P

236. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

…Are there gonna be other ships than the NCC-1701 in the film?

…It wouldn’t spoil anything to simply say “yes” and have me puzzle it out later.

237. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

Mr. Abrams…

Why did you feel the need to redesign the bridge AGAIN?!? I mean, that’s been done many, many times before. It gets a little old, ESPECIALLY to the non-fans you’re trying to very hard to appeal to. Wouldn’t it have been more in line with your “going back to the fresh roots” theme if you had just kept the bridge the way it was? It would have appealed to the fans AND the non-fans wouldn’t roll their eyes, going “not another version of this.” Using the original design would be more recognizable and would have gotten even non-fans more interested in seeing it.

So basically…why complicate things further and redesign the bridge yet AGAIN?? Hasn’t that been done too many times already?? I thought you were going for a “fresh start” by going back to the original TOS roots, man!!

238. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

David Witz? Unit Production Manager for M:i:III? What are you doing here?

Hi, though. :)

239. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

David Witz…I am gonna guess you are the UPM on this show?

240. guideX - January 25, 2008

236. Laserlover2254
Of course there will be more ships. At least one, how do you think the Romulans will be getting around?

241. jamie - January 25, 2008

JJ,

when will we get to see our first complete pic of the bridge set? also are the control panels made with those big jeweled buttons like the origional or are they the touch screen type like the ones in The next generation and voyager ect

242. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

I looked David Witz up to see if he was UPM but couldn’t find him. Don’t underestimate the JJ connection.

243. DavidJ - January 25, 2008

237

Um, redesigning the Enterprise bridge NEVER gets old for this fan.

244. ShawnP - January 25, 2008

For the record, I completely disagree with everything our friend, TOS Purist, said in #237.

245. Etha Williams - January 25, 2008

To anyone and everyone:

What’s your favorite TOS episode?

246. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Can you reveal who has the figure license for this project? McFarlane? Hope so!

247. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

Sure, redesigns are fun for some geeky fans. But I was also talking about NON-fans…

248. John Cho - January 25, 2008

The Vulcanista – January 25, 2008
#117
John, did you grow up with Trek?

TIA,

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

A: Did anyone NOT grow up with Trek.

249. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#242 — I recognized his name from M:i:III when I was looking for any further possible connections between that movie and this one. This would be the first time I’ve seen concrete evidence to his connection with this film.

250. Gavatron - January 25, 2008

#237, you didn’t read the part where the team was trying to bring the technology in line with what would be plausible from our future…not that of the 60s

a redesign was imperative to making this trek movie work…

251. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#247 TOS Purtist — There are no non-fans here. And warning for trolling.

252. Mark - January 25, 2008

To TOS Purist,

The bridge was redesigned twice in the original series, and it has been established that most starship bridges are “plug-in” modules, so it could conceivably be redesigned quite frequently during a ship’s lifetime in order to keep the “command and control” and up to date as possible.

253. maspill - January 25, 2008

#245 balance of terror great eppisode

254. Pat Payne - January 25, 2008

JJ and everyone else:

No real question, but just a comment: After all I’ve been seeing and hearing out of the production so far, I’ve got a reassuring feeling that Trek is finally back in good hands.

Thank you, and godspeed.

255. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

John Cho! See, being in those silly Harold and Kumar and American Pie movies did pay off! This is the big time. You now have 35-40 years of conventions to go to. Endless lines of pimple-faced geeks clutching Sharpies, wrinkled publicity stills and Super Big Gulps.

Welcome to hell!

256. Viking - January 25, 2008

‘#230 – Sounds like you had an interesting dinner party…..carpet back to normal? ‘

Harry – please re-read the thread. We reached an armistice on this. I wanna go to bed and not toss and turn all night. LMAO ;-)

257. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

Oh yeah, and Quinto?

You look like the Cage version of Spock when you have the eyebrows.

258. Skippy 2k - January 25, 2008

Given the very small piece we see of that console, probably coincidence but here is that part at the top left compared to the panel in a deleted scene from the cage and as part of the control for the shuttlecraft and laser cannon.

Comparison (sure nothing major, just caught my eye):

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/488/screencomparejl8.jpg

259. Jeffrey Chernov - January 25, 2008

What MPAA rating are you shooting for? Are merchandising tie-ins planned on a grand scale to bring in a younger audience for the long haul a la Star Wars?

We’re shooting for PG-13. We’re working on a massive intergalactic tie in… but I don’t want to spoil anything yet.

260. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

So Mr. Trotter, Is Mr. Witz a part of this, do you think. Or should we address this to one of “The Gang”?

And I would like to say that the sliver-picture of the bridge console has me slavering for more!

261. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

#250 – I already gave reasons as to how the movie could work (and possibly “work” better) with using the original bridge. Redesigning it certainly wasn’t imperative to the film’s success.

#252 – I was talking about redesigns and the effects on reality and fans, I wasn’t talking within the realm of Trek fiction. Of course the bridge units are modular, but there’s no reason the film couldn’t use the original (for the reasons I’ve already mentioned)

262. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

PG-13 Means they can use the f-word, but not as a verb. Now, that would not be “my Daddy’s Star Trek” !!!

263. Gavatron - January 25, 2008

bones will have proper potty-mouth, i’m sure

264. Harry Ballz - January 25, 2008

THX + Vulcanista

you two have done a nice job of keeping people on their toes during my conspicuous absence.

Well done, Valkris……well done!! :)

265. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

F’ing A Jim, I’m a doctor, not a f’ing bricklayer.

There’s your PG-13 right there!

266. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Double dumb ass on you = PG

267. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

I really don’t think we should be freaking out or jumping to any conclusions over that little bit of the bridge set seen in the photo. At the very least, try waiting until we see, like, half of the set rather than a quarter of one possible console. :-P

268. Mark - January 25, 2008

Re: #261

Then the bridge you want is the one from the second pilot, which is rather deferent from the bridge they used during production

269. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

And it is rumored that Playmates once again is carrying the Star Trek license for the new movie. For whoever asked that question.

I hope they step up the quality over the last time, if the rumor is true.

270. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Red Shirt is growing tired, and he has had so much fun writing here tonight!

271. ShawnP - January 25, 2008

#266 – LOL! Is that really even a valid insult? It doesn’t make sense to me…

272. Neftoon - January 25, 2008

To John Cho or any of the other cast members, How are you liking the Uniforms? Are the miniskirts back?

273. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

FYI Chernov is one of the exec. producers on the project and as I understand it, he is very much a hands on line producer. I thought he was the UPM as well but now that Witz is chiming in I am confused. I will seek to clarify….maybe someone from down on the lot can provide guidance

274. New Horizon - January 25, 2008

261. TOS Purist – January 25, 2008 -

Your reasoning is completely illogical. How in the hell would using the ‘original’ bridge appeal to non-fans. They wouldn’t give a rats ass.

275. Ahkenatan - January 25, 2008

I seriously hope the dialog isn’t a swear fest. There’s just no need for it. I will concede that Bones must utter a “damn it..” now and then though.

276. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

#259 — Speaking of UPMs, welcome Mr. Chernov! :)

#260 — I think since his comment is still here it’s a pretty good bet he’s working on the movie. :)

Dr. Witz? Would you care to confirm? :-D

277. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

#268 – I don’t know what “deferent” means, but I am well aware of the fact that the bridge module from the second pilot was DIFFERENT from the one in the show (although extremely similar).

I still can’t quite figure out what timeline this movie is supposed to take place in…it’s supposedly an origin story, yet we have all the original crew, which would imply a “during the five-year mission” timeframe.

278. Gavatron - January 25, 2008

#275, I disagree…new bones should have torrets syndrome…that would make him an awesome doctor

279. Ahkenatan - January 25, 2008

#278
LOL

280. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

Or maybe he just wanted to share his favorite movie with us for the fun of it!

How late are the cast and crew going to be on set and/or care to indulge the geeks?

281. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

I think we are gonna have to accept that Pavel was on the ship when Khan was aboard. We just didn’t see him. He was probably working in the NCC-1701′s gift shop at the time.

282. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

#278 – I disagree. :P

283. steve623 - January 25, 2008

“I still can’t quite figure out what timeline this movie is supposed to take place in…it’s supposedly an origin story, yet we have all the original crew, which would imply a “during the five-year mission” timeframe. ”

You should probably give up trying to make sense of it. As far as I can tell, everything’s out the window from the old show. “Star Trek” is now whatever Mr. Abrams, et al, says it is. And as you can see by the response your comments are getting, the overwhelming attitude here is either get on board with the movie or shut up.

284. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

#283 – People are just picking on me because I’m not a lukewarm, wishy-washy fan of the show, and I make an easy target to lamblast in front of JJ, to whom they are no doubt trying to suck up to.

“See, JJ?? I’m blasting this stupid ol’ purist!! I don’t agree with him, he’s stupid!! I love your movie!! DO WHATEVER YOU WANT I LOVE YOU!!”

I don’t have to shut up, if I want to voice my discontent with this latest endeavour I’m entitled to do so without being harrassed and goaded into aggressive behaviour.

285. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#248 John Cho,

LOL! Yeah, but not that they’ll *admit* it! :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

286. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

I don’t think participating here is “sucking up.” If we catch wind of something that sucks, we are gonna express that. It may not matter to a film with a locked script, and half way through princple photography, but we will say something…

287. Gavatron - January 25, 2008

regarding mr. chernov’s statement about a ‘massive intergalactic tie-in’, I believe it is nothing less than star wars and transformers in star trek

i know all their secrets.

288. sean - January 25, 2008

Well, TOS Purist, no one really cares that you don’t like the new movie. And if you’re being “goaded” into aggressive behavior, it’s your choice to fall prey to the evil, mean machinations of the rest of the people here. So, basically, go away.

289. John from Cincinnati - January 25, 2008

To the Group:

We all have grown up with Star Trek and for most of us it is a deeply personal thing and very hard to articulate why it is so special to each of us. For me, it was all about TOS, the uniforms, the music, the stories, the characters, and the comraderie of all those heroic diverse professionals traversing the universe for the betterment of all sentient life forms and boldy going where no man has gone before….

Thank you all for lending your creative talents and obviously putting your love into this project.

290. Mark - January 25, 2008

“277. TOS Purist – January 25, 2008
#268 – I don’t know what “deferent” means, but I am well aware of the fact that the bridge module from the second pilot was DIFFERENT from the one in the show (although extremely similar).”

Wow, I miss spelled a word, I am so sorry, so shoot me.

291. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

Everybody, please stop goading the purist into aggressive behaviour. And TOS Purist, please stop being goaded into said aggressive behaviour.

No one should be experiencing any aggressive tendencies.

292. steve623 - January 25, 2008

“I don’t have to shut up, if I want to voice my discontent with this latest endeavour I’m entitled to do so without being harrassed and goaded into aggressive behaviour.”

Your discontent will only have voice here until Anthony or Mr. Trotter “warn” you into the ether for being one of “The Haters”. There’s something rather Charlie X about that. Anyhoo, I admire your resolve. I just think you’re wasting your breath on this audience.

293. ShawnP - January 25, 2008

#284 – TOS Purist: When did you become the arbiter of Star Trek fans’ authenticity? Where do you get off calling certain fans “lukewarm” or “wishy-washy” just because they disagree with your take on things? Voice your discontent all you want, but don’t be an arse about it.

294. OneBuckFilms - January 25, 2008

JJ, Anyone,

Are you guys aware of what you might be getting yourselves into when it comes to being in a Star Trek project?

I know that the fan base is extremely enthusiastic, protective and active in their fandom.

295. TOS Purist - January 25, 2008

#286 – I know that participating here isn’t sucking up (heck, I’m “participating,” ergo voicing my opinion), but there are some here who will take whatever is handed to them on a glittery CG plate, just because it has “Star Trek” in the title of it. Regardless of how many changes JJ makes, they’ll slavishly defend every redesign and ascribe erroneous reviews to any picture that is released. Oh yeah, and they’ll poke fun at die-hard fans like me who want the real spirit of Star Trek and actually care about what I get from Hollywood. I don’t just take anything, I expect a certain product and if I dont’ get it, I’m not the kind to be satisfied with mediocrity.

296. steve623 - January 25, 2008

“Well, TOS Purist, no one really cares that you don’t like the new movie. And if you’re being “goaded” into aggressive behavior, it’s your choice to fall prey to the evil, mean machinations of the rest of the people here. So, basically, go away.”

There’s that open-minded spirit of IDIC we all know and love.

297. manrum - January 25, 2008

thank you very much for posting, very very much, although my question was not still answered. There is a IDO coupon with the film, M. JJ Abrams?

–Manrum

298. Neftoon - January 25, 2008

#281 Accepting Pavel was on the ship is acceptable by the stardates of original series episodes Catspaw which features Chekov has a stardate of 3018.2 and the stardate for Space Seed is 3141.9, so by that he was on the ship we just didn’t see in the episode.

299. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

I am 36. I have watched ST since I was a little boy, with my father, when the re-runs were in syndication. I have seen every ep of every series, and every movie, and even the animated series.

I am NOT wishy-washy for being part of things here!

300. Steve Hall - January 25, 2008

JJ and Supreme Court of writers–

Can we please have a definitive final answer on Kirk? I’m still holding out hope that he will get a minute of screen time at the end, smile, and say “Thanks Spock for leaving me that note in the past, telling me to stay the hell out of the Nexus”.

301. Ed - January 25, 2008

We all have our opinions on this subject. I love ST: ENT and catch all kinds of grief for it. I just think we need to give it a chance before we decide to hate it and settle down. I was not behind the move for Enterprise going back to the 22nd century, but after watching it I was hooked. I was a little easier won this time, the teaser did me in.

302. Data_Lives_in_B4 - January 25, 2008

JJ

LOVE YOUR REINCARNATION OF TREK.

I’M A TNG GUY SO I FEEL LIKE I WILL BE LEARNING MY ROOTS W/ YOUR FILM – IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING.

IF YOU COULD RESURRECT ANY AMERICAN FILM/ or TV FRANCHISE, WHAT WOULD IT BE – WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT – WHY?

THANKS! YOU GUYS ROCK!

303. OR Coast Trekkie - January 25, 2008

Thanks crew for taking the time to respond to our inquiries.

For JJ and/or the crew: There are people here who are getting angry that things look different, and believe that if you get those little minute things “wrong” then you are going to get the big things wrong, and get the message of Star Trek “wrong.” How do you respond to that kind of criticizm?

304. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

298

Maybe he was in the brig for pirating copies of sci-fi movies on the internet.

305. ZQ - January 25, 2008

ZQ live at the center of the action. walking past bob all day – he has been standing in front of his computer for hours talking to you all. so i had to jump on and give a shout out and huge thank you to all of the ardent fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of what we are putting together out here. the energy on the set is so exciting. really. especially tonight. literally shooting the final scene of the movie as i type (of course we shoot out of order – there are more than two months of shooting still to go). so we are getting close to finishing all of our principal photography on the actual bridge of the enterprise (and scott chambliss has made it come alive like you won’t believe). we just said goodbye to all of the additional cast members who have manned all of the various stations and posts during the heat of this mission. i found myself faced with such a well of emotion at the prospect of this experience coming to an end for anyone… let alone myself. i still have a while until my picture wrap – but after such a long time separating from my emotional response to things – i imagine the end of this run will be quite a flood. but then it enters into a new and in some ways more exciting phase because we get to share it and celebrate it with each other – and with all of you. and i know that is something we are all looking forward to. so. be safe and well and look forward to seeing you next christmas… thanks again. live long. and prosper. of course.

306. OneBuckFilms - January 25, 2008

300 – *sigh*

I believe the Supreme Court have given the definitive “no” answer on Shatner’s appearance in the movie.

Please, let things be.

307. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

So it takes place in 2263? 2264? I know PARTS of it will take place at various intervals of time.

308. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Quinto! Thanks a bunch for being here! Wow, the last scenes of the flic being lensed today! Amazing!

309. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

283 – Obviously the writers and producers and director can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think much is “out the window” at all. We’ve been told quite directly that the characters and overall story arc are quite faithful to the original material.

Obviously the visual look of the piece is going to be different, to one degree or other, but exactly what that means may still be among the secrets. ;) Some describe the new designs as very faithful to the original, and some suggest they are very different. I suspect it may be in the eye of the beholder, as Anthony himself said a while back.

As for the timeframe in which the film is taking place, it seems fairly clear that the film will span multiple timeframes. We know there’s an Academy sequence (from when Kirk and Spock are cadets?). We know that some of the film occurs on the Enterprise under Captain Pike, apparently some years after the events of “The Cage”. And the implication is that some part of the film will take place on the Enterprise under Kirk (possibly the finale as the film’s storyline brings us up to the beginning of the famous five-year mission?). Obviously I’m guessing, and I don’t expect the production team to tell me if I got it right ;) , but I do think it safe to say that it’d be a wrong guess that the whole film is taking place in one discrete time period.

310. Steve Hall - January 25, 2008

Thanks Zachary, it has been an awesome experience listening to the discussion and hearing from you and everybody today. It almost felt like we were part of the shoot. I hope the DVD crew filmed some of you answering our questions, so we can see it later in the documentary. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

311. Dward Farquar - January 25, 2008

If they WERE going to have Kirk in the show, don’t you think they’d want to keep it hush hush until the movie comes out and let it be a surprise? I would.

312. Brian - January 25, 2008

Zach thanks for the update! It’s really cool that we were, in away, part of the shooting of the final movie of what may be the BIGGEST Star Trek Movie Yet!!!

Thanks to everyone (both in the movie and at trekmovie.com)

313. DavidJ - January 25, 2008

284

LOL, I guarantee no one here is a “lukewarm, wishy washy fan”. We’re all hanging out til the wee hours of the morning on a nerdy little Star Trek website, for christ’s sake!

We’re all as passionate and fanatical as you are. We’re just a lot more open to the idea of reinterpreting TOS, and aren’t so ridiculously overprotective of it that any change is seen as “sacrilege”.

314. Karl Urban - January 25, 2008

To Karl Urban: Go, mate! You’re along way from ‘Out Of The Blue’ now, eh?

Cheers,

Rod.
(Dunedin, New Zealand)

Mate , I could murder a Spieghts right now, miss that Dunedin surf
Cheers,
your mate,
Karl

315. Reign1701A - January 25, 2008

Is Nero a time traveling Romulan?

316. steve623 - January 25, 2008

Does your winking eye get tired, Alex?

317. Commodore Redshirt - January 25, 2008

Anthony, JJ and all the cast and crew who took the time to be with us on-line today/tonight…

THANKS!

This may have been the best chat session I’ve ever been a party to!

I’ve said time and again that I feel like you “get it” and today you only reinforced what I thought!

Trek is in the best hands possible! I will sleep with a smile tonight and I know what I want for Xmas!

AGAIN, A MAJOR THANKS!

318. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

So JJ, Bryan, Roberto (and Damon & Alex if you are there)

when you meet as ‘The Supreme Court’…do you wear robes? Are their ‘wings’ of the court? Is JJ the Chief Justice?

…and can I clerk?

319. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

RE: 314
ummmm….anyone got NZ to English dictionary around?

320. Dward Farquar - January 25, 2008

It’s a native NZ/Aus beer.

321. Daniel H - January 25, 2008

Mr Abrams, I am very excited to see what you are going to do, but I really have to know if Spock will have his sensor view scope.

322. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Speights = beer?

Dunedin surf = gnarly waves?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

323. Justin Olson - January 25, 2008

#300 — Steve

Frankly, I don’t think JJ would touch that film (“Generations”) with a ten-foot Vulcan lirpa.

324. Zoe Saldana - January 25, 2008

My “wow” moment was spending time with Nichelle Nichols when she visited the set and knowing that we were shooting in the exact stage where the show was shot back in the 60’s

325. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

YAY! Zoe joined us! The circle is now complete. Oh. I forgot Pegg. Guess I’ll throw in Shaun of the Dead to make me feel better…

326. DavidJ - January 25, 2008

Aww, looks like they’re all signing off now…

327. Russ - January 25, 2008

Roberto Orci/JJ/Crew:
In another post here on the site, you (Orci) wrote of the possibility of a Star Trek: Enterprise mention in the new film. Could you be more specific? Are there any plans to include nods, however slight, to prior Trek shows in the film?

On another note, that teaser trailer was spectacular. Excellent job. :)

328. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#324

The exact stage? Wow!! Very cool!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

329. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

305/309 – Okay, I’m just a teensy bit freaked out, as no less a personage than Zachary Quinto (hiya, ZQ!) has now hinted that my guess for the finale might not have been far off. :) Okay, it wasn’t a huge reach to guess that as the finale, but still, I’m liking the sense of it on a thematic level.

(BTW, for folks like our friend the TOS Purist, there’s still a refit or two between that point and the main run of TOS, of course, so who knows what might happen between this film and the next?)

330. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

Do the pilots have any effect on film design?

331. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

Zoe!!! Welcome aboard! Glad you could join the fun! :)

In case you missed it, congratulations to you and everyone else working on the film. :)

332. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Yes, J.J. I DO think frequent trekmovie.com message posters should be invited to special early screenings of the film in the fall. That is a FANTASTIC idea!!

okay, a fella can hope, can’t he?

333. Roddenberry was a peacenik - January 25, 2008

305:

“i found myself faced with such a well of emotion at the prospect of this experience coming to an end for anyone…”

*gasp*

Spock…emotional?

In any event, I’ve no doubt it’s going to be nice being able to grow eyebrows once again.. Heh.

Peace, and long life sir.

334. Zoe Saldana - January 25, 2008

325

I’m looking for Pegg now. Don’t know if he’s here…

335. David (Flaming Wings Forever!) - January 25, 2008

Thanks again gentlemen (and ladies) to everyone who worked on this, and took the time to participate!

I’ve enjoyed the last 10 hours of periodically checking and catching up. It’s been a great day. Most importantly…

1.) Thank you for putting to rest the whole assembly in space issue. (I was right… tee hee hee major geek moment.).

2.) Thanks for giving us a window into your day. This was so cool, especially the glimpse of the set (yeah, you knew the pic would make us all squeal like little girls for Hanna Montana – Shame on You JJ!)

3.) Thank you for reassuring us that Trek is very much in the right hands.

ps Mr Orci. I would have been fine with the E having wings lol.

David

336. Gavatron - January 25, 2008

SIMON PEGG!!!!!

…my hero…

337. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

entire crew here?

{{{{THUNK}}}}

Ow!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

338. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Blush. Zoe commented back to me. Geek moment du jour!

339. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

Zoe…thanks for dropping by
…which Paramount stage did Nichelle say was the same one you guys are working on. I know you are on stages 8&9 today, but I didn’t know that it was used for Trek in the 60s.

340. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

and yes…we want the Peggster!

341. Can't Wait for X-Mas 2008 - January 25, 2008

I have had a great day reading all of the comments and answers from everyone.! This has got to be a first.! I don’t remember any movie doing a chat session, with the actual production crew and actors during the actual movie shoot! To all of the crew making “Star Trek” I can not wait to see this on the big screen. Is there a possiblity that the movie could come out with IMAX? If it does im driving a 500 miles to my nearest IMAX theater to see this!

342. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Zoe,

You do know you are gonna be hounded at conventions for the next 30 years, don’t you? Suerly Nichelle had some horror stories about us, ahem, I mean them. Those fans. Not us. Not me.

;)

343. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

When I watch the final scene from the flick, I will always know exactly where I was when it was being shot. And to me, that is a very cool thing.

Thanks for sharing.

344. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

342.

Yeah! We will know that stage left there was a group of filmmakers gathered around J.J.’s Apple computer, writing a group of rabid fans!

I too would love to be able to be in the credits, like LOTR3.

345. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#342, and everyone else,

Word!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

346. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

#343

500 quatloos says we get our wish.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

347. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

I thought you were going to bed, Red Shirt. Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in!

348. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Oops. #343 turned into 344 somehow.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

349. Data_Lives_in_B4 - January 25, 2008

PLEASE TELL JOHN CHO

Chris Suk (from KYCC) and his little brother says hello from L.A. We think it’s flippin sweet that John got the part!!!

It would be sick if John emailed us. I’m sure Anthony could send our email info along.

I had the privelege of playing background first week of shooting.

TELL JJ ABRAMS
sorry I almost ran into him. It was last night of shooting for the first week in LB. This Asian kid couldn’t see where the camera was and that JJ was right there.

YOU GUYS ROCK. THANKS!

350. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

Red Shirt has had fun, and I hope you folks have enjoyed my banter.

See you next time!

One to beam up.

351. Roberto Orci - January 25, 2008

OR Coast Trekkie – January 25, 2008
Thanks crew for taking the time to respond to our inquiries.

For JJ and/or the crew: There are people here who are getting angry that things look different, and believe that if you get those little minute things “wrong” then you are going to get the big things wrong, and get the message of Star Trek “wrong.” How do you respond to that kind of criticizm?

A: We surely understand the concern. I can only say that no decision will have been made out of ignorance of canon or details. — anything you see that you feel deviates from canon will have a canon inspired reason.

352. elmachocombo - January 25, 2008

C’mon y’all lets give TOS Purist a big ol’ hug. He’s family, after all. TP, man, we’re gonna get you through this. We love you and we just want what’s best for YOU. You’ll thank us later. Trust me. I know it’s scary and confusing, but your baby is in good hands. Just crack open a Guinness, sink into your favorite comfy chair, and breathe deep. We will always have the original series. The story is just being retold by a different shaman, around a different campfire, for the new members of the ever growing tribe. That’s a good thing my brother. If our legends are left on a shelf gathering dust for too long they will fade away into nothingness. The story will be told and retold for each new generation. Changes will find their way in. It’s evolution, man. That’s what gives it LIFE. Don’t let ‘em fool you. Each and every one of us shat sideways when we heard things were gonna change, but…change is life. STAR TREK LIVES!!! Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaw!

353. Chain of Command - January 25, 2008

OK, so I didn’t get my question answered, but so what :-) Looking forward to this film like crazy. I’m so glad the old characters are back!

354. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

342 – Totally agreed. This whole event has been so cool. I’m in an IRC channel right now, too, and have been commenting in there as I read new stuff here.

And once again, thanks to Anthony and Charles and the whole Trek team out at Paramount for doing this today. It’s been a really great feeling to be involved, even as just posting in the comments thread.

355. Brian - January 25, 2008

So, it seems like a bunch of people left, does that mean I get a private chat w/ you guys :D

356. Harry Ballz - January 25, 2008

Just think, for this one moment in January 2008 we had a “meeting of the minds” with the new Trek crew in the 23rd century!

Ah……ah……gagh!! Anybody got a cigarette? :)

357. Brian - January 25, 2008

I take that back, no one had posted in a while (other than to say they were leaving)

358. Ed - January 25, 2008

Gotta ask this of Zoe, what were your emotions when you talked with Nichelle? Would have loved to have seen that.

359. Jon S - January 25, 2008

To the whole cast and crew: All this interaction with the fans has made me excited for this movie!
At first I had my doubts about another TOS era film… but after seeing the trailer and everything here, I’m convinced that the Star Trek legacy is in capable hands. I’m looking forward to this Christmas!

Just a quick question… will this movie contain the technobabble we all know and love?

360. Maz NZ - January 25, 2008

314:

Yep, our new Dr McCoy is a true southern gent (in a global sense).

Question: Karl, Chris or Zachary … have you enjoyed any of the classic McCoy, (Kirk) & Spock interplay yet? Who won the latest round? I assume it was one of those FUN acting moments!

Nick (Christchurch, NZ)

361. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

If you had to guess, how many setups were done today?

362. Kynan - January 25, 2008

Mr. Orci,keep up the great work dude. oh an is Simon Pegg on the set near u at all??

363. Commodore Redshirt - January 25, 2008

JJ&Co, I was wondering if any one who was involved in TOS (other than Leonard Nimoy) has paid a visit to the set?

364. Red Shirt - January 25, 2008

363.

Great. Someone for me to be confused with. I guess I should change my screen name to Admiral of the Fleet Red Shirt. (The highest naval rank according to wikipedia).

365. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

I say this with all respect. But Gene Roddenberry is no longer with us. Rick Berman no longer has the keys. You guys have the conn. It’s your ship to fly so as the fans/crew, we are going to go along for the ride. We can either choose to enjoy the ride, or get off the ship knowing that perhaps the ship has left port without us. I have always said that change doesn’t scare me, and that it is a vital part of growth, so as a Trek fan I am going to walk the walk.

Make your movie. We’ll hold down the fort with our debates and quibbles and concessions about canon. In the end, it will be our movie, too.

366. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

Just out of plain old curiosity, since we were on the topic of UPMs… why did Stratton Leopold leave the project? Personal reasons? Professional? He didn’t head off to take care of an emergency at his ice cream parlor, did he? :-D

Seriously, was sorry to see him go, but some fine people have taken his place. Still, would be great to know what happened to him. :/

367. I am not Herbert - January 25, 2008

Hi J.J. & Crew: words fail, you guys ROCK!!! Keep up the GREAT work! Looks like your movie is going to KICK *SS! I love you guys! (‘sniff)

When the new Star Trek TV series starts(?), please consider having GWAR on as special guest star aliens who need to be confronted on there galactic quest for planetary enslavement and/or obliteration.

Hi Anthony, you and your site are the BOMB-DIGGITY!!!

When are you going to get the forums going so we can all interact like this all the time?

Live Long and Prosper

368. Anthony Thompson - January 25, 2008

339. Anthony
And here I’d thought you were a “true” Trek fan. : ) A map of the original sets on Stage 9 is on page 144 of Stephen Whitfield’s book, “The Making of ST”.

369. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 25, 2008

Whoa! I thought this was over -hours- ago! Are we done now?

Thanks to everyone from the cast and crew who contributed. Epic “wow” to them.

370. guideX - January 25, 2008

What IRC channel are you in? What server?

371. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

i guess I am not a true trek fan…should I turn off the site now?

GuideX the chat is just going on here in the comments

372. elmachocombo - January 25, 2008

JJ and crew, I think it’s flippin’ sweet that you guys have been following this site. It really means a lot. It’s embarrassing though, considering how many incoherent things I’ve written in the wee hours of the night. But still, it’s so great to know you guys care enough (in spite of your hectic schedules) to find time to see what we all have to say. Thanks a million, and Yeeeeehaaaaaw!

373. Josh Howard - January 25, 2008

351. Roberto Orci-

That’s very reassuring, and puts to rest any remaining concerns I might have had. Very much appreciated.

Also, my thanks to you, JJ and the cast and crew for taking the time to speak with us.

374. Justin Olson - January 25, 2008

To Cinematographer Daniel Mindel:

So what kind of lighting have you got going on the bridge for the last shot… what kind of lens (e.g. are you shooting with primes or zooms?)… is it someone’s closeup or a wide?

375. Anthony Thompson - January 25, 2008

371. Anthony
Believe me, Anthony, that was written with a twinkle in the eye. These days, you are the NUMBER ONE Trek fan. Period. The incredible work you do on this site is well appreciated, believe me!

376. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

I’m not leaving until it’s done, so someone better tell me when it’s over.

And a big Shout Out to my beautiful geeky wife who has let me sit at this computer for nearly eleven hours.

Hi, I’m THX-1138 and I’m a geek.

377. guideX - January 25, 2008

How much star trek was studied by the crew before they made this movie?

378. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

Question for cast and crew:

Does everyone get to sleep in tomorrow?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

379. Alex Rosenzweig - January 25, 2008

370 – I’m on the Destiny server (destiny.fleetchat.org), on FleetChat, in #starfleet (www.FleetChat.org)

380. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

Hey, Karl?

I loved your thing on how it’s going to be like watching Star Trek in HIgh Definition…

I thought that was great.

381. charnold - January 25, 2008

if everyone gone (Its 11PM there) let us know with a time and date.

Ill shout out one anyway for s*** and giggles.

A friend of mine really really likes Star Trek II the wrath of Kahn. He is paranoid that you might try to re-shoot it at some near future should this take off and threatens boycotts. I have tried to re assure him that in-fact you guys are at roughly year 2255 to 2260 (well before the 2266 start of the series according the Star Trek Chronology and that wrath had not taken place till 2285.
Would it be the case that there is no chance you will want to still be doing this 25 years from now (Berman only lasted 18 years)? And that you would consider Wrath to be the drop dead date to tell to any studio.

Just want to dodge this particular coronary Heart attack (yes there are others with him)

thanks
Chris

382. elmachocombo - January 25, 2008

Here, Here! I second that. I would like to toast all of our beautiful geeky wives who love us despite of, or maybe because of our “unique” qualities. Love ya’ ladies!

383. OR Coast Trekkie - January 25, 2008

Thanks Robert for answering my question. For the record, I am personally not one of those who focuses on minutia.

Ok, so for everyone who frets about those little things, there is canon inspiration. So I say, sit back and enjoy the ride.

384. Katietrk - January 25, 2008

also to Dan Mindel-

Just wondering if you guys a shooting for a DI? if so, 4k? also what kind of meter do you use?

cheers!

385. Adam - January 25, 2008

Hi JJ and crew,

Have you done any filming in Iceland yet?

Thanks!

386. Tanner Waterbury - January 25, 2008

@216 Roberto Orci

Honestly, I think you should avoid his “Blessing”. He might put the B&B Curse on you, then things bad will happen. :P

387. DJT - January 25, 2008

Wow. As I read what JJ and Co. have to say, I have to say that I am most impressed and gratified to hear that, at heart, they are fans just like us.

A lot of the things they have said recently mirror what my trek friends and I have at one time or another talked about – ILM being supreme, having more location shooting, the spirit of TOS, and on and on and on.

These guys are like the A-Team of Star Trek. I don’t know which one wears the gold chains and the mohawk, but it don’t matter. It’s all good.

Rock out with your Spock out.

388. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

“Rock out with your Spock out.”

Best. Line. Ever.

389. Tanner Waterbury - January 25, 2008

To any of the Crew IE JJ or Roberto or Alex:

Have you guys put in to thought of asking Seth McFarlane to do a guest spot in the movie, I know he is a really huge fan, and after the movie comes out im sure he would let a few of you on a episode of the second greatest cartoon on the planet (the first is Spongebob) FAMILY GUY!!!

390. Harry Ballz - January 25, 2008

#376 “I’m THX-1138 and I’m a geek”

I’m THX-1138 and I’m a geek
It’s only the truth that we do seek
Lack of canon we dread
Make the bridge railings red
If they’re purple or green, we’ll freak!

Goodnight everybody! :)

391. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

Hey, I like “The A-Team”.

…And after hearing Urban and seeing the Trailer, I feel okay with watching the thing.

392. Tanner Waterbury - January 25, 2008

Another question ive been asking but no one has been answering is did you base the design of the Enterprise off of Gabe Koerner’s design, because i know for a fact it looks just like it, im staring at a comparison pic now, actually.

393. Dward Farquar - January 25, 2008

They’re not gone. They’re there for another hour or two.

394. I AM THX-1138 - January 25, 2008

Bridge railings should be plexiglass. That’s got to raise someone’s blood pressure. Thanks for the honor, Harry. Get some sleep and tell us about it tomorrow.

395. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

…Hey, I wonder:

ARE we going to see Klingons in the thing?

396. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 25, 2008

Thanks for spending the day with us…

Bridge Out.

397. Tanner Waterbury - January 25, 2008

Karl Urban:
Have you been working on your Missisippian accent, because there are differences of accents in the southern states. And also great job on LOTR and Comanche Moon, you played a real convincing Texan.

398. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

Ookay.

Laserlover2254 out.

399. Laserlover2254 - January 25, 2008

#397.

It sounds like they’re OUT.

400. Anthony Pascale - January 25, 2008

And that’s that folks….talk amongst yourselves…smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

thank you JJ, Bryan, Bob, Jeffrey, Roger, David, Zachary, Chris, Zoe, Anton, Karl, and John

It has been an honor being your host…please tip your waitress

Tony is going to bed

401. Data_Lives_in_B4 - January 25, 2008

Thanks Anthony for hosting this! Hope there’s gonna be another one!

402. Skippy 2k - January 25, 2008

Goodnight Anthony, about to do the same myself!

403. The Vulcanista - January 25, 2008

To everyone that made this happen, THANK YOU!

Night, folks!

See ya tomorrow in whatever followup there is.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

404. Charles Trotter - January 25, 2008

And a great time it was. :) Thanks to the cast and crew for taking our questions. We should do it again some time! :D

In the meantime… g’night, everybody! :)

405. Captain Amazing!! - January 25, 2008

Guys, everything looks and sounds great. I am a huge fan of TOS and can’t wait to experience this latest incarnation. You know, after Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released, regarding the new look of the klingons Gene Roddenberry said they always looked like that. We just saw them through 60s television. I think that’s what we’ll be seeing this Christmas. All the amazing work you all are doing with designs, costumes, sets, etc…it’s just incredible. It’ll be like it’s always been that way…we were just limited by 60s TV.

Keep up the amazing work…and thanks. Thanks so much to you J.J. and Rob and Alex and all those who have made this possible. You all are exactly what Star Trek needed.

406. Ed - January 25, 2008

This was friggin’ cool, thanks to all and a good night.

407. cd - January 25, 2008

“Roberto Orci: complaints mean you still care… so we never want to see you stop complaining.”
I appreciate that!
There are some things that I have seen that I don’t necessarily agree with design-wise, but I am trying to reserve judgement until I can actually see what I am looking at. >;>} but I do appreciate Roberto saying that. He gets how important Star Trek is to some people, and he and the rest of the people involved respect that. It may not mean they get the look right >;>] but the respect for our opinions is amazing and very much appreciated. Thanks, Roberto, JJ, and everyone else. Please, do many more of these!

408. Steve Hall - January 25, 2008

Yeah, this rocked. This was unprecedented and extraordinary!!

409. Steve Hall - January 26, 2008

Oh yeah, JJ and co., if you could, drop me a PM when you can. I’d like to be an extra for the next week. I’m out of work here in Sonoma, California.

410. trekee - January 26, 2008

That was… quite a thing. Many thanks to all of you.

And well played to Anthony for keeping it all running throughout. Excellent stiff.

411. Laserlover2254 - January 26, 2008

GOOD NIGHT ALL!

412. Aragorn189 - January 26, 2008

Thank you for your time and insight on the film. I hope everything goes well and that we all will be proud of the finished product, fans, non fans, cast and crew alike. Hope you do this again some time.

413. S. John Ross - January 26, 2008

Just reading Karl Urban’s “Wow” moment gives me goosebumps and makes me feel all misty :) Thanks for that, Mr. Urban.

414. I AM THX-1138 - January 26, 2008

I got the lights.

415. Cenobyte - January 26, 2008

This really is the best star trek site ever! Thanks to the entire Trek production for doing this for the fans, everyone seems so genuine about this experience… I just know the movie you guys are making is guna blow everyone away!

416. Tanner Waterbury - January 26, 2008

Thank you very much Cast and Crew of XI for interacting with us, you dont know how much joy it is for me to actually sit here and talk with you guys, and veiw are opinions. Im guessing though that we will see Roberto Orci around though, since he has been very active among us recently.

417. Cheve - January 26, 2008

>73. SD
>And I’m waiting for 3D animation software to become so powerful that I can >produce my own movies here without each character looking like YAPF (yet >another Poser figure).

Go here: http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=L2CMJc5INx0 and tell me this isn’t the next best thing. Made with the game “The movies” and its expansion. Many people is making good cinema with this game, but there is so much more that simply plays with it mthat people seem to think it useless. I make lots of short films with it. (this one is also mine, BTW.

418. Jeffrey S. Nelson - January 26, 2008

Never did get an answer if you looked at actor Jesse Lee Soffer as Kirk. Mr. Orci…Anthony Pascale…are you there?? I thought this would have been a casting coup. Like to get some official feedback on this. I don’t think I’m Herbert.

419. Yendis - January 26, 2008

first glimpse of the bridge console looks like something between TOS and TMP. Maybe we could just see TMP as what would have been done had the budget and expertise been there in the 60′s?

Much like Star Wars, going back and showing what you would have done had it been possible.

420. Psyfyman81 - January 26, 2008

some quotations by the cast seem to be copied and pasted from the above transcript, either it’s a cruel joke or … idk, i’ll let it go.

421. Mark - January 26, 2008

Ok, I just finished downloading the 1080p version of the teaser from iTunes, and there is a very brief shot of guys working on the hull that I can’t place, it doesn’t look like any part of the ship I recognize, in fact, it almost looks like the valley between the “out-riggers” on the NX-01 or the Akira (I just wish I had the software to do a screen capture :-( ).

As well, there is the shot where we see the saucer, as it pans up you can see on the bottom of the saucer the same sensor dome from the refit/-A version of the ship, and even the same type of phasers on the top as from the refit/-A.

Anyone else noticed these?

422. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

#410 trekee “Excellent stiff”

Funny, that’s exactly what my………….nah, too easy!

G’night! :)

423. AJ - January 26, 2008

Orci: “anything you see that you feel deviates from canon will have a canon inspired reason.”

Chekov.

424. Andrea - January 26, 2008

are there any hilarious anecdotes, you would like to share with us?
How do you feel directing a Star Trek movie?

425. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

Just got home (2:52 AM) after emotional last day on bridge of U.S.S Enterprise, and I want to thank Anthony for hosting us, and all of you for spending what will hopefully be a day to remember. Although we were only able to answer a few questions during the course of the day, there will be many more opportunities in the future, and as you know, I lurk around here entirely too much. I will personally gather all the questions and comments that you made for cast and crew, and make sure they read your sentiments during down time on the set. They were all as jazzed about the interaction as you were.

have a great weekend.

426. Holo J - January 26, 2008

“Jon1701: A lot of good questions so far, but I don’t think the key issue has been addressed yet. WILL THE DOORS GO SWOOSH WHEN THEY OPEN?
JJ Abrams: Dude. Will they ever!”

Great question and Great answer!!! :O)

427. mada101 - January 26, 2008

Hmm. So now we know what happened to the Battlestar Pegasus bridge set after the Sci-Fi channel got rid of it…

428. Dr. Image - January 26, 2008

First of all, thanks to Anthony for setting this unprecedented event up, and thanks to THE GANG for taking the time- literally- out of your busy schedules! Much was very informative. I say again- wow.
Also informative were comments such as #288 sean, and not in a good way.
It just goes to show that, ironically, those who disagree will have their opinions hashed out by those who posture themselves as representing some kind of majority- one that no doubt only exists in their own mind.
#296 steve- You said it! So much for the spirit of IDIC!
Therefore, TOS purist #237,277,284- I support your views.
Though I’m a purist as well, after hearing the respect JJ has for canon, I’m willing to give his vision a fighting chance.
The rest of you who preach “open mindedness” and then bash someone who embraces the original vision of Trek should be ashamed of yourselves.
Grow the hell up.

429. SD - January 26, 2008

#417 Cheve: Thanks for the tip, I’m going to check out the clip! Someone told me about “The Movies” but I didn’t want to play the game first and the opinion of my trusty tester wasn’t that good. Also, I see you’ve got a lj, guess I’ll give it a closer look (with a dictionary).

#137 Ampris: My husband was a little weirded out too, but he’s also a trekkie (though not AS obsessed as I am ;), so he can understand my feelings *G*

430. AJ - January 26, 2008

This sight soared to new heights with that chat. Thanks, Anthony, and to JJ and cast & crew of Star Trek who allowed us to cross over onto the Bridge of the USS Enterprise for a talk. “This is not your daddy’s Star Trek” indeed. This event alone is proof enough of that. And it’s a good thing.

Roberto-Good to hear your reading the right books, and even erudite texts on the subject. 20 years ago, I had a Trek-obsessed philosophy professor who used Spock to explain the battle of total logic with other interpretations of existence. “Faith vs. Science.” And as Spock once said, “Curiosity.” That mix of both, perhaps, which drives humans to explore and discover. Unfortunately, humans also have a tendency towards greed, envy, and, hence, aggression. These blind us, and prevent us from improving as a species. Kirk, Spock and McCoy embody all of this. The old-school essays used to see them as one unified whole, etc.

Some of TOS’s greatest moments are those chat sessions on the bridge at the end of an episode. The issue is solved, and we’re about to warp out of orbit, and Kirk and McCoy are trying to get an emotional response out of Spock. Galileo 7 paraphrase: “At the time, panic seemed the most logical course of action.” Great stuff.

Can’t wait for the flick!

431. SD - January 26, 2008

#123 Karl Urban – Yay!

Well, that surely answered my question if you read here! Thank you so much. So happy you shared your *wow* moment. I still would like to know if you called them or they called you first *G* Maybe one day…

Hoping for classic McCoy statements, some action and great character interaction with the new Kirk and Spock. May the triumvirate come alive again!

432. David Combe - January 26, 2008

Brilliant opportunity here guys, thanks to everyone (Trekmovie and of course, THE Trek Movie :P) who made this happen.

Great Job everyone, see you all Boxing Day.

433. Vulcan Soul - January 26, 2008

Fascinating.

These are the things i get from the answers/pics:

- “Minor” crew members like Yelchin are finished already only half-way through shooting. Showing that their part in the movie is limited, and possibly limited only to bridge / Enterprise scenes.

- There is no connection whatsoever to Rick Berman. They didnt even talk to each other.

- I dont see anything particularly recognizable in the picture, other than it is obviously a console. And this is good. If this is supposed to represent believably the tech of 300 years into the future, it better not look like the past NOR the present!

434. Robohunter - January 26, 2008

#423

It is widely accepted that Khan’s “I never forget a face” line to Chekov in Star Trek II establishes that Chekov was on the Enterprise during the events of season 1, and was encountered (off screen) by Khan at some point during the events of ‘Space Seed’. It’s just that he wasn’t on the bridge crew at that time.

He was on the bridge crew after the events of season 1, and may well have been before it. We’ll find out!

Canon does not and never has precluded events that may have happened “during the commercials”.

As for those who want a completely slavish reproduction of the original sets, I’m very glad that these highly inventive artists did not place themselves in such a creative straitjacket. As long as design changes are explainable within canon, what’s the problem?

435. TrekLog » Blog Archive » Chat mit Abrams und Co. - January 26, 2008

[...] Gestern hat TrekMovie.com seinen Usern die Möglichkeit geboten, direkt mit dem neuen Star Trek-Team, welches sich bei den Dreharbeiten mitten in den Kulissen befand (siehe Brückenkonsole unter Abrams Notebook: Bild 1; Bild 2), per Chat in Kontakt zu treten. Da kamen einige interessante Dinge ans Tageslicht: [...]

436. Iowagirl - January 26, 2008

I very much appreciate the time and effort of everybody involved in this live chat. Anthony, kudos to you and your team for making this possible and for being such a great host. Thanks very much to the Gang for having being here.

But let’s be frank, Abrams et al. did not pick the hard questions – and I’m not only talking about the Shatner issue. There were about 600 questions, among them numerous that were quite differentiated, sound, thought-provoking, and even controversial.

I think the questions they singled out were the ones they considered comparatively innocuous and those questions and the way they were answered were best suited for the marketing strategy they‘re pursuing.

I’m not saying that this is not understandable and I’m surely not intending to put down the questions or the participants of the chat. I just wanted to seize the chance to clarify the impression I got from the overall performance of this event and the effect it had on me or lack thereof.

But I‘d also like to add that I appreciate what RO said: „Complaints mean you still care… so we never want to see you stop complaining.”

437. Harry - January 26, 2008

“JJ Abrams: First of all, I’m relieved you have a girlfriend.”

Haha. Great interview.

438. Marian Ciobanu - January 26, 2008

- I really don’t understand tos purists…tng was..G.R.’s creation too..remember.. ? he made the first changes…and anyway the movie is in good hands..

439. Agent 47 - January 26, 2008

It’s a shame Simon Pegg wasn’t on set during the chat :( , i wonder if he has any bridge scenes..

anyway, his UK fans are thinking about him and wish him all the best, nice to see yet another Brit involved in the legacy that is Star Trek :)

i do believe he’s the 6th Brit to be a member of the main cast in a Trek production………….cool

440. Jon Reid - January 26, 2008

This is just amazing, really fantastic. I’m so impressed the cast and crew took the time to do this, it inspires so much confidence in you guys. I’ve no complaints about the questions they ‘chose’ to answer, there is a lot of great, subtle detail in the answers we did get.

We’ve never seen this level of interaction in the run up to new Star Trek, we as the fans have never had an opportunity to be so involved, in whatever way. Keep up the great work, JJ, Roberto and everyone else. You guys are the best thing to have happened to Star Trek in a very long time.

441. raffie - January 26, 2008

Well, I’m curious this movie actually will appeal to the masses. It’s been said before, ‘this movie isnt just for the fan, its for everyone’. However I have more faith in it this time. And thats saying a lot, because I didnt actually believe it when they first came up with it, and after seeing in retrospect how many times it failed to appeal to the masses even though it was being pressed upon that it WAS made to do so. I do believe it this time.
And I’m sure my girlfriend will come and see the movie with me. She’s cool like that :)
So maybe I’ll have to promess her things ;)

442. Cheve - January 26, 2008

429. SD – January 26, 2008

#417 Cheve: Thanks for the tip, I’m going to check out the clip! Someone told me about “The Movies” but I didn’t want to play the game first and the opinion of my trusty tester wasn’t that good. Also, I see you’ve got a lj, guess I’ll give it a closer look (with a dictionary).

Don’t worry. I’ve subtitled all my spanish voiced shorts (to the best of my hability)

443. Cheve - January 26, 2008

Oh, and my LJ in’t the one I link here. My actual website is http://www.fricoteca.esp.st

444. KHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAANN! - January 26, 2008

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson….. OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!!!!! I have NOTHING to complain about. Can’t wait.

445. Scott - January 26, 2008

The Q & A was great.
That bridge console looks awesome!
Wish the team the best of luck.
Hope there are sequels with Shat.

446. manrum - January 26, 2008

thank you very much for posting, very very much, although my question was not still answered. There is a IDO coupon with the film, M. JJ Abrams?

–Manrum

thank you very much for posting, very very much, although my question was not still answered. There is a IDO coupon with the film, M. JJ Abrams?

–Manrum

thank you very much for posting, very very much, although my question was not still answered. There is a IDO coupon with the film, M. JJ Abrams?

–Manrum

thank you very much for posting, very very much, although my question was not still answered. There is a IDO coupon with the film, M. JJ Abrams?

–Manrum

447. SPB - January 26, 2008

HARD-CORE PURISTS REMIND ME OF GLENN CLOSE…

…in FATAL ATTRACTION: “I will not be ig-NORED!!!”

Look, no one is knocking anyone’s love of the Original Series, but we’ve reached a point now in TREK XI’s production where continuing to moan about new sets, redesigns and canon-tweaking is now moot. TREK ’08 is in production and WE can’t change the changes that THEY are making. We just have to sit and wait and see what they come up with.

If TREK XI really turns out to be terrible (which I doubt), then we can vote with our wallets that way and refuse to see it a second time or buy it on DVD and the film will just be an expensive footnote in Paramount’s history and an oddity in the TREK franchise. But even if it doesn’t live up to the impossibly-high standards of some on these boards, it’s still not going to make the legacy of the 1960′s crew go away. It’s always gonna be around in one form or another.

(And on a practical note: For the TOS purists, you already have 79 episodes worth of “real,” classic TREK. Why exactly does a new 2-hour movie made in 2008 have to follow to a T what’s already come before? Let them try something updated for a change.)

448. SPB - January 26, 2008

AND CAN I JUST ASK…

…what the heck is this “IDO coupon” business that Manrum keeps going on and on about???

449. YUBinit - January 26, 2008

TOS Purist I’m with you. Not so much in what you say but your right to say it. Hell even Orci encouraged it. So for all the giddy jumping up and down star struck squealing rear smooching of many… at least you stick to your guns.

kudos

450. Scott - January 26, 2008

Also props to the production team for using this site!
This site has covered Star Trek 11 most excellent!
Better then Star Trek Dot Com!

451. AJ - January 26, 2008

I think these guys “get it.” In terms of canon, or better put, continuity, if they maintain key elements of TOS (phasers, photons, turbolifts, tractor beams, transporters, communicators, food replicators, etc.), we’ll feel adequately at home.

We can then whinge as to whether photons were the same as proximity phasers, or whether or not Pike’s Enterprise had lasers or phasers.

If they want to be really canonically anal, they can use that painful process from BOT where “Fire!” orders are called from the bridge to the phaser control center, and executed there 8 seconds later.

If we hear “Ensign Chekov, deploy the flux capacitor,” we’re screwed.

452. Crusty McCoy - January 26, 2008

Anthony,

The whole process was wonderful. You did a great job with this and I’m looking forward to more. As for the team behind this new Trek I can’t say enough about them. Finally, a group that understands Trek and is highly creative with the ability to merge the two. I love the way they connect yet still leave the mystery in the box. This is going to be a helluva year.

453. D.J. - January 26, 2008

I had to work and missed the Q&A live but have enjoyed immensley reading it. I am blown away by how “right” all of the people are shepherding this reboot of TOS are.

As a 48 year old who discovered TOS really as a teen in reruns in the 70′s and has appreciated the wonderful characters Gener Roddenberry created I am very excited to see that these characters will not die as the original actors age and pass on.

What a tribute to the creativity of GR that a whole new generation is about to experience his characters brought to life in a state of the art production with someone like JJ at the helm who is bringing the right amount of respect to the best along with a new vision for the future.

The casting appears to be spot on and when I hear Chris Pine say his “wow” moment is when he sits in “the chair” or says his characters name then I know he also gets it.

Zachary Quinto is also an inspired choice of casting for Spock and in his many interviews has made it clear he understands the world of Trek.

The purists need to understand that for Trek to survive and be produced it must appeal to a broad audience and not just us old fogies that have been around forever or a few thousand nerds living in their parents basement. who illogically think a new movie should be made that looks exactly like a TV show set produced in the mid 60′s.

BTW – JJ if you want to give an early birthday present I will be in LA Saturday February 9th and would love a tour of the set!!! LOL!!

454. Leonel - January 26, 2008

umm.. WOW. :-)

Yes: this will be one hell of a year!

455. Multitrek - January 26, 2008

I get the impression that the consoles are on a lower platform facing towards the command chair fixed on a higher platform. (If that thing behind the glass is in fact the command chair).

Design of controls looks more Star Trek than I expected.

But hey… it’s just a fuzzy image. I may get everything wrong…

456. Flying Tigress - January 26, 2008

#448

I’ve seen at least one place where the discount coupons for a business have an “IDO-____” designation following a “Discount ID:____”

I’m guessing that Manrum is asking about that: discount coupons for the theater.. But, it is just a guess.

457. Regular Joe - January 26, 2008

421. – “Ok, I just finished downloading the 1080p version of the teaser from iTunes…”

You did? I’m sure I’m about to look stupid, but I can’t find it on iTunes. Where is it?

Thanks,
Joe

458. Craig - January 26, 2008

Mr. Abrams, thanks for answering my question. I can’t wait to see this movie.

459. AJCrane - January 26, 2008

I am so sorry I missed this chat. I just want to leave a comment. I listend to the interview with James Cawley of New Voyages, which I LOVE. I love the fact that they built a set rather than do the green screen. With the original show, that would not look right. Anway, my concerns were put to rest after James described what he went through. My concern was for the actors, if they could play their roles, but when I views a New Voyages Episode, I found that there were many who could play those roles and make them believable. So, with that said, I CAN’T WAIT to see this movie. I hope we will get to see a little more of the bridge before then.

460. Mark - January 26, 2008

457

It just showed up there last night. If you go to the Apple trailers website, there will be a link on the right hand side of the page that will launch iTunes and go directly to the trailers section of the store (that’s the only way i’ve ever been able to navigate to the trailers for some reason).

461. sean - January 26, 2008

#425

Thanks for your time Roberto & Co.! I thought this was a very cool deal.

People can complain all they want about this or that, but when have we EVER had an interactive forum like this with the producers, director, actors & writers for a Star Trek film? That such big Hollywood players would actually take time out of such a busy shooting schedule to interact with fans – both friendly and not-so-friendly – is amazing to me.

I’m sure the cynics will disagree, but the optomist in me finds this concern for what fans think very unique in an industry full of people ‘raping our childhoods’. It seems like we finally have a good group put together to make the best movie possible, and they actually care about ‘the message’ to boot!

As for not answering ‘the difficult questions’, most of the ones I read involved major plot points, so I’m not sure why anyont thought they’d answer those in the first place! I think we’re lucky they said as much as they did, and even gave us a peek at the bridge.

462. Dr. Image - January 26, 2008

#436 Iowagirl- Spot on observation on the questions answered.
They didn’t really cut to the chase, did they?

Therefore, I challenge them to answer this- the Big One:

To all Trek Purists out there, (yeah, TP- what were made to feel like around here) understand this:
What we are getting with this movie is obviously meant to REPLACE the ’66-’68 version of Trek, including the Cage and WNMHGB, in style and substance.
In other words, IT NEVER HAPPENED THAT WAY- anymore, that is.
And unlike with bumpy-headed Klingons, where there was an ATTEMPT to explain the condition in ENT, it ain’t gonna happen here.

What we have seen very obviously bridges the gap from ENT to TMP in ship design, production design, etc. and NOT from the 60′s aesthetic!

Why they won’t call it a re-imagining or rebooting of the show is beyond me, because the evidence shows otherwise. My guess is that this approach was decided on by the the studio.
That’s FINE with me, but in the words of James Cawley, it’s not what I would have done.

So, JJ, Roberto, am I not correct in this conclusion?

463. Closettrekker - January 26, 2008

#438–Some of us just believe that none of the spinoff series, regardless of who created them, never had the “magic” of TOS. It is, of course, a simple matter of opinion. I was disappointed with TNG after seeing the very first episode, but I think it was the characters that I never truely appreciated. I do not like things just because a certain individual’s name is on it, it takes more then that. Still, I was excited about the concept of new Trek back in 1987(?), as I am now. I just think it is smart to go back to the roots and characters which were so special.

464. Darryl - January 26, 2008

For J.J.,

My Enterprise tatto has, in the words of Scotty, no bloody A, B, C, or D. It’s the old school Enterprise, and it’s my geek badge I wear with great pride!

465. sean - January 26, 2008

#462

Re-read the respones, especially Roberto Orci’s. He addresses this very thing.

Particularly here: ” I can only say that no decision will have been made out of ignorance of canon or details. — anything you see that you feel deviates from canon will have a canon inspired reason. “

466. Frank - January 26, 2008

#421 – That’s the engines there standing on. There on top and those wing-like objects on each side are those external thingies on the aft end on the original ship updated. The view is looking forward toward the saucer if I remember correctly…

467. Mark - January 26, 2008

466

I was thinking it was that, but I needed another set of eyes to confirm :)

468. Ravenwulf - January 26, 2008

After reading everything since the time I left, because it was almost 6AM here in Britain when I had to leave (about #201 post time).

But I must say, thanks to the crew and film cast of the enterprise, thank you for talking with us, and as I said before, it makes us feel all “warm and fuzzy” inside knowing that you care! :)

I’m looking forward to the trailers and the movie, I’m sure I will not be disappointed!

ps: Cant wait to see Pegg playing Scotty! and Karl with McCoy, and the “…cunning little vulcan!”(by McCoy in Undiscovered Country)

469. Commodore Shaggy - January 26, 2008

I wish I could have made it for this chat but for those that participated you had excellent questions and I’m not sure if there is anything I could have added. Although I have been curious as to which hand phaser models they are going to use (Cage-style phasers or the later ones – I suppose they couldn’t answer that sort of question however).

470. me - January 26, 2008

Does anyone know what they say on the russian … teasers? Something new, or just translated??

471. Ryan Horning - January 26, 2008

I think the “purists” need to be more concerned about the characters and the story since this is what ST is really about.

472. Brian - January 26, 2008

Anyone know where one might be able to see the various trailers? I know the US versions all over the ‘net but didnt even hear about the other ones until yesterday!

473. Go Spock! - January 26, 2008

THANK YOU!!!

:)

474. Go Spock! - January 26, 2008

glad there will be humor!

475. Ben - January 26, 2008

how cool is that

all the production staff & actors COMMUNICATING with us fans !

I repaeat, how cools is that and on how many other movies such things don’t get done …..¨

Looking forward to the Movie, no matter who’s in it or not and whatever the critics will write…

Beam me up trough a temporal wormhole straight to the release date Scotty….

476. subatoi - January 26, 2008

(#465 )

This single qoute by Orci makes me feel a little better. I was hoping the changes they do (to make the set/bridge/ship more appealing/”sexy”) will change later to the set/bridge/ship we know from TOS. Maybe they’ll say there’s going to be a refit after the movie ends, maybe the ship will take a lot of damage or something. But I guess they will sort it out somehow, canon-ish. As long as eventually the ship will be as we know it (final scene or sequel), I don’t care if the Enterprise will be pink in this movie :)

477. Robo86 - January 26, 2008

I don’t know has anyone has mentioned this but has anyone else noticed the distinct lack of Pegg?

He doesn’t seem to have been involved in any of the filming so far and was the only principle cast member who didn’t appear at the Cloverfield permiere.

I wonder what’s up with that.

478. Dr. Image - January 26, 2008

#471 ryan- Well this “purist” thinks that DS9 was the best written Trek ever. Writing is everything. If this movie comes close to that degree of quality, I’ll be happy.
#465 sean- Yes. I know. But doesn’t Orci’s comment make one wonder- -
making “canon” work totally with this movie?? If they do, my fanboy level will shoot up to at least FB9!
As I said in #462, I believe they’re re-doing ALL of TOS in their image. Wish they’d clarify further.

479. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

#477 Robo86 “the distinct lack of Pegg”

He’ll probably fly in to L.A. on the last day of shooting for his one line in the movie……

How many takes will it require to have him say, “Captain, I dinna know how much more power I can give ya!” :)

480. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

This is kinda like coming back the next day to the scene of the wild party the night before. Man, yesterday was a fun, fun ride!

How you doin’ today, Anthony? :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

481. Closettrekker - January 26, 2008

#465–I fail to understand how #462 could have gotten that impression from this chat, especially having seen Mr. Orci’s answer to that question. Perhaps Dr. Image had already made up his mind that canon would be most likely ignored before any of this.
Mr. Orci is a fan, and he also mentioned that they were “doing their homework”, not only researching key episodes but exploring some of the better novels as well. As for the set design being different, (sigh) I don’t expect it to look like the 60′s. If they can canonically explain why it is different in the film’s depicted time period, or show the changes being made as a progression to what it was in TOS, that’s great. If they can’t, so what? None of that made Star Trek what it is anyway. How many people complained that the X-Men movies never depicted the characters in yellow spandex? TOS was great, but the set design was dated, as were the hairstyles and costumes. If changes to any of that will bother you, then you lack imagination.

482. Trek Nerd Central - January 26, 2008

I am psyched beyond comprehension.

Those guys are all lucky stiffs, and best of all — they realize it!

483. Devon - January 26, 2008

# 462 – FWIW, Zachary Quinto already called it a re-imagining.

484. toddk - January 26, 2008

#453, The purists need to understand that for Trek to survive and be produced it must appeal to a broad audience and not just us old fogies that have been around forever or a few thousand nerds living in their parents basement. who illogically think a new movie should be made that looks exactly like a TV show set produced in the mid 60’s.

and that is exactly what paramount said about the show “Enterprise”

I have seen the bridge photo and corridoor, neither seems to look like it came from any starship. there (in my opinion) was nothing wrong with the look of pike’s ship. and I challenge anyone to explain to me how it looked 60′s in any way.

I may just see this movie for nimoy.

485. Matt - January 26, 2008

The glimpse of the bridge made me think of ST:TMP, consistent with what we see from “under construction.”

Are these a set up for a series of Paramount films that do what Crawley is doing? New voyages? A series films that complete the original five year mission?

If what we are seeing is a TMP-style bridge, This could be explained if over the course of the five year mission, the enterprise kept getting “better and better, continual refitting starting at the end of the third year, ending with the new engines at the beginning of TMP.

Anyway, this is one of the best websites to waste time on in the world!

486. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

My money says Pegg has his hair dyed, etc. That is why we haven’t seen him yet. Either that, or he has continued his Run, Fat Boy, Run role and been gaining weight to assume the role of “later years Scotty.”

“There be whales here!” I just hope it is not Pegg…

Maybe he’s pulling a Doohan, and we have to get ready for Welshie.

487. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

462

The approach was NOT decided by the studio. It was APPROVED by the studio when we pitched them our collective vision of Trek.

We have been careful not to put too much stock in terms like re-boot or re-imagining because these terms do not sufficiently describe, in my opinion, the way in which Star Trek (Zero) will fit into the continuum.

488. I AM THX-1138 - January 26, 2008

I feel bad that the purists feel slighted by this movie or the production team. I hoped that if James Cawley, the biggest TOS purist there is in the world (after all, he built his own bridge, makes his own costumes, and films his own episodes in the exacting detail that is true to the original series-how much more pure that that can you get?) has, in a sense, given his blessing and approval, why can’t others?
Maybe because he has seen it. Perhaps that is what those of you who have apparently made up your minds or are in a state of dis-satisfaction should do: see it first. I’m not bashing you (why do we feel compelled to have to justify our disagreements as non-attacks) I just want to give you a different perspective.
By all means, if you don’t like it then, complain. Heck, complain now if you wish, that’s your right. But you should trust the guys making the movie at this point. Because there really is no other choice. The bridge is going to look the way it looks. The Enterprise is going to look the way it looks. The characters are going to be played by different actors.
I’ve seen many different productions of Shakespeare’s plays and lots of operas. If they could only be performed by the original cast,. they would be gone forever. I look at this version of Star Trek in the same way.

Now, Star Trek, with Kirk and crew, lives.

489. Robert Saint John - January 26, 2008

Hey, manrum? You have been posting this “IDO coupon” question repeatedly for weeks. You probably don’t have an answer because those of us in the US have *no* idea what an “IDO coupon” is, okay? I would guess that those who are writing, producing and directing the film have no idea what an “IDO coupon” is either. Why would they? I wouldn’t expect them to be able to tell me how much ticket prices are going to be in the US come December, so I’m not sure why you think they’re going to know anything about coupons in Germany. I’m just sayin’….

490. Brian - January 26, 2008

#487:” the way in which Star Trek (Zero) will fit into the continuum.”

I’m not sure if the (zero) really means anything, but I’m really hoping that this isnt going to be the title. I would be fine with not going Star Trek XI, even if it’s just called Star Trek (no bloody numbers or colon), I feel that the Zero would give it too much of the “Star Wars” feel when they did the prequels.

Just my 2 cents.

491. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

490

Agreed. As we’ve said before, it will simply be Star Trek. We’ve used the term Star Trek Zero a few times to remind new audiences who have felt that Trek has passed them by that they can tune in and be introduced to the world anew.

492. Devon - January 26, 2008

I just googled “IDO Coupons” and it brought me to manrum’s posts about IDO Coupons.

So much for that!

But thanks #490 for clearing that up.

493. Brian - January 26, 2008

#491:
Okay, thanks for the explanation. I have to say, at first (months ago when I first found out) I was a little worried about the project, but as the days go by I get more and more enthused! From what I’ve heard you guys (and gals) have done and are doing an AMAZING job and this movie is going to be AMAZING. You can count on me being for the first showing I can get to!

(just have to add, how cool is it that I’m having a conversation with ROBERTO ORCI!!! This really shows the dedication of all of those working on the movie)

494. Greg2600 - January 26, 2008

I hear a lot of talk about purists, and frankly I don’t think that is really a big deal. My only concern is that what they do fits with the TOS from a conceptual standpoint. In other words, you watch this film, then can turn around and watch TOS and being able to link the two. As much as I didn’t like the Star Wars prequels, they did that part right.

From the start, while not being a purist, I’ve been leery of them doing “another 5 year mission” which would over-write TOS. Now I would think you’re only going to be able to get this movie and a couple sequels before the actors get old enough where you’d have to set the action in the 5 year mission? At that point, you start to have to side step TOS continuity.

I think if the film is well acted (very very very important), people will enjoy it, and it will come off as intelligent, and Star Trek fans will be happy. And maybe they can think of a way to get Shatner back for the sequel? ;)

495. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

493 Brian – January 26, 2008

“You can count on me being for the first showing I can get to!”

Thanks — this site proves the dedication of fan base, too. The last thing I want on my grave stone is that I helped kill Star Trek.

496. AnnoyedFan - January 26, 2008

We’re damn lucky to be getting a sci-fi movie this year..the genre is all but dead and not only that its STAR TREK from a GREAT director..if you dont like it turn on your dvd player and watch TOS a few more times, let the rest of us enjoy something new..

PEOPLE…

497. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

How are you moving forward on Fringe with the strike ongoing? And where has Alex been hiding?

I too went to UT, graduated in 1993 with a degree in Radio/TV and Film. I am a little younger than Rodriguez, but had film classes with Matt Mcconaughey. Refresh my memory, but did you spend any time at the communications building, or were you a student of another discipline?

498. ShawnP - January 26, 2008

#495 – Roberto, I think the large lot of us understand that you have not gone into this project unprepared. I mean, you yourself noted that you were reading graduate-level dissertations on the meaning of Star Trek! That’s no small matter, especially considering how boring dissertations can be, lol. That people continue to intimate that this production team has gone into making this film without having properly researched the whole of the Star Trek universe is beyond me. I trust that the decisions you and your team are making are well-informed.

Thank you for what has clearly been an above-and-beyond preparation and execution of this film. I simply cannot wait to see the finished product.

So how ’bout that crew photo, huh? :-)

499. Crusty McCoy - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

Now that you have finished filming on the bridge set, what are the plans for them? Is Paramount planning on storing them for sequels or will they get tossed in file 13(the dumpster)?

And again thanks for the interaction — its been great.

500. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Roberto again…

I don’t know how involved with Michael Giachinno you are gonna be, but please please PLEASE help JJ, et al to have a locked picture before he has to complete his score! For me locked would mean the beats and edits are precise and timed, even if temp FX, animatics, etc. are being used as place holders. I think the Star Wars prequels are a prime example of how a film score can be butchered when a film is poorly conceived during the shoot, i.e. trying to make a film come together in the editing suite, more so than on the printed screenplay page. I loathe how Luca$ cut and pasted Williams’ score in those movies, just like grabbing a wav file from an Avid bin, and slapping it in the timeline, even if the leitmotif didn’t fit the scene (like a sliver of Yoda’s theme in a scene bereft of Yoda!).

Goldsmith’s music is pretty iconic with ST, from the features to TNG, and ST Voyager’s theme music. There is a lot of history there. Horner’s scores are great also. I do really like Giachinno, and for those of you out there who don’t know his work please check out the score to The Incredibles or the Pixar short “Lifted” to listen to his range. “Lifted” alone tells me he is gonna knock ST0′s score out of the park.

501. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

How are you moving forward on Fringe with the strike ongoing? And where has Alex been hiding?

I too went to UT, graduated in 1993 with a degree in Radio/TV and Film. I am a little younger than Rodriguez, but had film classes with Matt Mcconaughey. Refresh my memory, but did you spend any time at the communications building, or were you a student of another discipline?

A: Luckily, we finished the script for Fringe before the Strike hit, so FOX/WARNERS is going ahead with giving us the green light to shoot it.

As for Alex — because Alex and I are the luckiest guys in the world, we are also in the middle of production on our first movie as producers under our KO shingle for our home studio, DreamWorks. The movie is called EAGLE EYE. Started shooting the same day as Trek, so he’s mostly handling that while I mostly handle Trek.

And yeah, I went the RTF route, too and was there for a couple years…

Hook ‘em horns!

502. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Wow, Roberto! giving your pal Alex the first letter in your production shingle (The K before the O) Aren’t you generous! I guess it has a more powerful ring to have a knockout (KO) punch than to just be (OK) (Orci/Kurtzman)

And yes, Hook ‘Em Horns! I fully expect a veiled Bevo, burnt orange, or 40 acres reference in your future works. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

503. MikeG - January 26, 2008

Hey Roberto,
First, I thoroughly enjoy your lurking about. And I don’t imagine, for a moment, that you (and your fellow Trek team) could possibly love ST as much as you do and kill it.
I know there wasn’t possibly enough time for you guys to answer every question, but my question is still: with so many Trek stories having been told already, how do you find something new to write about?

504. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci

I am a contributor and administrator at Memory Alpha (http://www.memory-alpha.org/). Did you guys use Memory Alpha when researching for the movie? And if so, can MA expect to receive a mention in the end credits? :-D

505. OR Coast Trekkie - January 26, 2008

I think it’s awesome that Abrams, Orci, Quinto, Pine, Anthony and cmpany (if I forgot your name, don’t take it personally) took the time out of their day to do this. Luckily, I have a job which requires minimal office work, so I could be here for this (for that matter, I seriously hope nobody took a pay cut in order to see the answers).

One thing people have to realize is that Star Trek is a reflection of the time it was made in. If they had made simple touch panels in the 60′s, everyone would have been confused, because that wasn’t something that could have been comprehended then (plus the extra sound effects would have cost more). They touched on things that were relevant at the time. TNG (at least in the first season) was the same. DS9 is actually kind of prophetic (comapre messages of DS9 to the events of our world today). ENT is “only” 150 years in the future, so it doesn’t need to be that futuristic. What made that a great show was that it showed the human struggle and condition as it first ventred out into space: what were we going to find, how would people back home react, etc.

The thing is, realistically, lots of you were kids watching TOS, an of course, you are going to see EVERYTHING as bigger and better when you’re a kid. Some of your perceptions of Trek following TOS are different simply because you grew up (although, for some, I have to use that term lightly).

However, I am one who appreciates each incarnation of Star Trek for what it is and look at each independently. I like the sci-fi fantasy/adventure stuff for what it is. Yes, I liked the Star Wars prequels, and appreciated Nemesis. I’m sure I’m going to get hammered in here, but hey…

For those of you who say that Kirk’s death, or the little changes this movie makes to the Enterprise is “raping your childhood” I have to say: Your use of that term disgusts me. I have a good friend who has been sexually assulted, and to use a word like that to describe changes in FICTION and compare it to a real physically and emotionally traumatical and life altering experience…

To all of those who are in the process of making Star Trek XI: kudos! I am relaly looking forward to this movie, and seeing the ride I will get. Thank you for not answering key plot points. I would say to stick to your guns and not reveal the plot: let us be suprised. To me, the joy of seeing a movie is the suprise and suspense; not knowing everything that will happen before hand and then just go watch it and proclaim it to everyone else.

506. Alex Rosenzweig - January 26, 2008

#421 – “Ok, I just finished downloading the 1080p version of the teaser from iTunes, and there is a very brief shot of guys working on the hull that I can’t place, it doesn’t look like any part of the ship I recognize, in fact, it almost looks like the valley between the “out-riggers” on the NX-01 or the Akira (I just wish I had the software to do a screen capture :-( ).”

I agree with #466. If it’s what I think you’re thinking of, I think it’s the top of the nacelles, near the aft end. And the “wings” are an updated version of the intercoolers.

“As well, there is the shot where we see the saucer, as it pans up you can see on the bottom of the saucer the same sensor dome from the refit/-A version of the ship, and even the same type of phasers on the top as from the refit/-A.”

The lower sensor platform looks similar to the E-refit/E-A, but it’s not quite the same. It’s not clear if those are phaser emplacements, but they might be. In the same line of thinking, what’s struck me is how much this new ship looks like they started with the TMP version and reverse engineered it to the TOS/Pre-TOS era. Not a bad concept, all things considered, though those nacelles still sorta irk me. ;)

#494 – “From the start, while not being a purist, I’ve been leery of them doing “another 5 year mission” which would over-write TOS. Now I would think you’re only going to be able to get this movie and a couple sequels before the actors get old enough where you’d have to set the action in the 5 year mission? At that point, you start to have to side step TOS continuity.”

That’s sort of the great thing about the episodic nature of TOS. It’d be very easy for the next film to drop in someplace during the 5-year mission and not disrupt the overall flow of what happened in TOS itself at all. One of my pet ideas for a trilogy of films has been to have ST ’08 as the prequel/beginning, one film set during the 5-year mission sometime, and a third film depicting the end of the 5-year mission, which was also never shown on screen. But that’s just me and for all I know, our friends at Paramount might have a much better idea in mind.

507. Trekmatt - January 26, 2008

Hi there Roberto,

Just wanted to say thanks for a great chat yesterday with all the cast and crew, and i wish you all the best.

I was just wondering, now that you’re done shooting on the Enterprise bridge, will the studio be keeping the set? for (hopefully) future use? or is it now going to just get pulled down?

Thanks again to the whole production,

Matt

508. Greg2600 - January 26, 2008

506 – Alex, several years down the line they also have a fairly large (2272-2284) window in which we assume there was another mission or two for the refitted ST:TMP Enterprise and crew, prior to Kirk winding up at the academy and the Enterprise becoming an academy ship. Next to nothing has ever been covered from that period, other than the aborted Star Trek Phase II series, which had a dozen scripts and never made it to production.

509. Nelson - January 26, 2008

Now that the dust has settled from yesterday, and it appears that Mr. Orci is still visiting this site, I’d like to say how much I appreciate the visits and talk back to the fans here! And the participation of JJ Abrams, Mr. Burk and the cast members there for yesterday’s chat!

And also a big thanks to Anthony for the conduit of this site that allows this exchange!

I’m also an old fan going back to TOS and still recall seeing episodes airing the first time during the second and third seasons. Though I was a kid and most went by me. So I can understand a purists feelings. From what I read here from the creative team, it all sounds like it will be a vision of Star Trek that Mr. Roddenberry himself would appreciate. Or, if I can quote Kirk, “Young minds, fresh ideas…)

Thanks and I look forward to the Holidays this year!

510. Lugosi - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci, why are you constantly changing the way in which you write your name? Yesterday it was always “roberto Orci”. Today you’re writing it “roberto orci”. What’s up with that? Are you really you?

511. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

rusty McCoy – January 26, 2008
Roberto,

Now that you have finished filming on the bridge set, what are the plans for them? Is Paramount planning on storing them for sequels or will they get tossed in file 13(the dumpster)?

And again thanks for the interaction — its been great.

A: The bridge will be boxed or crated, but not destroyed… just in case we need it…

512. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

500

Interesting point about the score… will keep that in mind moving forward.

513. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

Red Shirt – January 26, 2008
Wow, Roberto! giving your pal Alex the first letter in your production shingle (The K before the O) Aren’t you generous! I guess it has a more powerful ring to have a knockout (KO) punch than to just be (OK) (Orci/Kurtzman)

And yes, Hook ‘Em Horns! I fully expect a veiled Bevo, burnt orange, or 40 acres reference in your future works. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

A: Tell me about it. Sadly, I couldn’t argue that KO was a better combo than OK productions! But we still switch our names on every screenplay, so I can take some comfort there.

514. roberto orci - January 26, 2008

Charles Trotter – January 26, 2008
Mr. Orci

I am a contributor and administrator at Memory Alpha (http://www.memory-alpha.org/). Did you guys use Memory Alpha when researching for the movie? And if so, can MA expect to receive a mention in the end credits?

We absolutely used Memory Alpha during the entire process, and still reference it occasionally during production. It was great to be able to refer the less educated members of the team to your great site. THANK YOU!

Will see what I can do about credits. Not a bad idea at all.

515. BobOoci - January 26, 2008

ugosi – January 26, 2008
Mr. Orci, why are you constantly changing the way in which you write your name? Yesterday it was always “roberto Orci”. Today you’re writing it “roberto orci”. What’s up with that? Are you really you?

Yeah, it’s me. it kept changing yesterday because I was running around the set with my computer and having all the actors and crew post through my registration. So I kept erasing my name and entering the name of whoever I could get ahold of next. So when I posted again, I wasn’t paying attention to how I typed my name. Sorry. From now on, I’ll be Boborci because it’s shorter and easier to type.

516. Boborci - January 26, 2008

oops

there we go.

517. Scott - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

“Star Trek Zero” reminds me too much of “Coke Zero.” Bleck!

“Star Trek Alpha” is better and does not have the crappy after-taste….

518. PM - January 26, 2008

Hi Roberto, Thank You, so much, for taking my question.

519. Brian - January 26, 2008

This is just a general question to anyone who can answer:

Is there any merchandising that is planned for the film yet (figures, ships, prop replicas, cds, etc) if so, do you know when the announcement(s) will be made? I am really looking forward to picking up the CD!!

520. Boborci - January 26, 2008

517

Scott – January 26, 2008

“Star Trek Zero” reminds me too much of “Coke Zero.” Bleck!

“Star Trek Alpha” is better and does not have the crappy after-taste….

LOL

521. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

FYI all the variations of Orci above are all genuine Robert Orcis

522. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

#514 — That is great to hear! I’m glad our site could help and I think I speak for everyone on MA when I say it’s a great honor and a thrill to be a part of the film’s production. That is just awesome!

And I agree, a credit isn’t a bad idea, at all, lol!

Thanks for replying, and keep up the great work! Give my best to the entire cast and crew! :)

523. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

519. Merchandising
I am not sure what Mr. Orci might want to say, but TrekMovie.com will be running a number of stories over the next week on merchandising. We have been researching this quite a bit and have learned a lot about what is going on with trek in general and the movie merchandising. The first article will go up shortly. By friday we will have a full breakdown on all the film’s merchandising, category by category. But as of now it will not be detailed to items and dates…much is still in flux.

In general TrekMovie.com will be covering Trek merchandising more and more in 2008..with the movie and beyond. Much will be helped by John Tenuto our ‘resident expert’ on ‘stuff’

524. Viking - January 26, 2008

#514 Roberto – ‘Will see what I can do about credits. Not a bad idea at all.’

I think many of us have put our thumbprint on MA over time – how’s about a collective tip o’ the hat to everyone who has been the keeper of the flame?

525. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

chuck you are pushing for MA to get in the credits? Heloooooo what about trekmovie.com…that’s it you’re fired!

;)

just kidding…cant live without you!

526. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

And of course MA is the coolest site out there….with MA and TrekMovie.com you got all you need for your star trek info

527. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

Does your KO shingle have any web presence yet? I mean, Bad Robot has a jpeg on their site and everything. It’s amazing!

PS. I like the Daily Variety-like usage of the buzz term “shingle.” I know you’ve really made it now! Let’s hope for boffo B.O. for STCero. I bet you are in for some back-end points at this stage in your career…

528. Craig - January 26, 2008

Anthony will Trekmovie be the first to get the photo of the Enterprise that Abrams said is fourthcoming? If so will when will that be and will it be a full shot of the Enterprise showing the whole ship?

I also I am looking foward to those site enhancements that you are going to add to TrekMovie.com

Do you also think that Abrams and crew will spend less time here once the movie site is fully operational and that site will have production updates?

529. Craig - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci is Memory Alpha one of the reasons CBS is considering shutting down StarTrek.com? They have a better library of Trek info than then StarTrek.com.

530. BOSSOMATIC - January 26, 2008

Has anyone mentioned if Gary Mitchell, Kirks good friend from the academy will be in it an who will play him?

531. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

craig I can tell you that MA has nothing to do with CBS, as we reported they just decided they needed to save money. I do not know when the new image is coming out and who will get the exclusive. It would be great for trekmovie.com, but they may go with a big mainstream outfit like they did last time (with AOL/Moviephone).

as for the future of trekmovie.com…one reason we havent seen enhancements is because the site is growing so fast it is hard to add new stuff while I am adding more capacity. For Feb I will be on yet another host and have even more server power…then you will soon see a new community function and improvements.

until then you will just have to bear with the all the regular breaking news on this boring old site

532. Ryan - January 26, 2008

#501 – Mr. Orci, you inclusion of “Hook ‘em horns” in your post leaves a sour taste in my mouth. However, I still love your work. :) But at my school we don’t say “Hook ‘em,” we say Saw ‘em Off! or better yet, Gig ‘em Ags!

Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

533. Greg2600 - January 26, 2008

Technically, CBS could probably shut down MA if they wanted, since it owns the property. It’s been like 10 years though since a studio shut down a fan website (I recall FOX doing so way back when to X-Files websites). Hope that never happens, MA is the greatest thing since sliced bread!

534. AJ - January 26, 2008

Can we all be in the credits?…;-)

535. Anthony Pascale - January 26, 2008

what exactly do you think CBS could claim as a violation? Articles written about Ferengi? there is nothing stopping that. And the pictures are identified and fall under ‘fair use’

CBS could not shut them down, if such a thing were possible then Wikipedia would have been shut down by some IP owner long ago

536. Craig - January 26, 2008

I knew MA isn’t owned by CBS I just figured maybe Paramount thought Trek fans could go their for info about the Trek series and movies since they have a better library of info than they do.

Have you heard anything more if it’s going to be official that CBS will shut down StarTrek.com? Not that it will matter since this site has better Trek news.

537. Viking - January 26, 2008

Hell, one could fill an entire DVD with who should get credit for this-that-and-the-other. How about, ‘Thank you to all who recognized Gene for taking a noble concept and running with it’?

I could live with that.

538. Shawn - January 26, 2008

Hi Mr. Orci,

I just got a quick screenwriting question related to Star Trek. How many pages is the final shooting draft? and how long do you think the movie will be? Do you believe in the rule of one page of script equals one page of screen time? I read somewhere that Transformers was 106 pages and it ended up being two hours and twenty some odd minutes, can you clarify this in relation to Star Trek? Keep up the good work and thanks for talking with the fans.

Best,
Shawn

539. Boborci - January 26, 2008

Shawn – January 26, 2008
Hi Mr. Orci,

I just got a quick screenwriting question related to Star Trek. How many pages is the final shooting draft? and how long do you think the movie will be? Do you believe in the rule of one page of script equals one page of screen time? I read somewhere that Transformers was 106 pages and it ended up being two hours and twenty some odd minutes, can you clarify this in relation to Star Trek? Keep up the good work and thanks for talking with the fans.

Best,
Shawn

A: The script is about 128 pages. Sometimes, production changes the margins slightly for formatting reasons, giving a 1-5 page variance. We’d love it to be as close to 2 hours as possible. Too early to tell until we really get into editing.

Transformers was over 130 pages long, and Bay dragged the action out even longer.

540. Boborci - January 26, 2008

538

… the rule of thumb is that a page = a minute of screen time… in general.

541. Shawn - January 26, 2008

Hi Mr. Orci,

Thanks for the clarification.

Shawn

542. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

Do you have a writer’s cave in your home? You know, a unique space dedicated and decorated for the purpose of getting you in the mood to write? If so, can you talk about that? Some people can’t write at home, and some wouldn’t even think they could write page one at a Starbucks, or the like.

543. Bobby - January 26, 2008

Hey Mr. Orci,

What format are you guys shooting on? Film, HD? And what is the final viewing aspect ratio?

p.s. You guys rock! Amazing experience to be able to have you all here and so passionate about the work and the fans.

THANK YOU!!!!

544. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

By the way, Roberto, did you know your uncle has his copy of the screenplay up on a “Buy It Now” auction on Ebay? I thought he’d be asking more than $74.95, but who’s to say?!?!!

Also, on a serious note, do you speak Spanish? If so, I wonder if you plan on being part of the Spanish looping for Latin American release of this film.

Did you ever respond as to whether you and/or Alex have any screen time in this movie?

Thanks, I know I have been peppering you with many a query, but it’s been fun, and you’ve been a gracious host.

545. Alex Rosenzweig - January 26, 2008

508 – Exactly right. That’s for the fourth and later movies in the hopefully-amazingly-successful new Star Trek run, [Big Evil Grin]

546. :( - January 26, 2008

From Quinto’s message: “i found myself faced with such a well of emotion at the prospect of this experience coming to an end for anyone… let alone myself.”

I hope this won’t be his last Star Trek movie, or the last time he’ll portray Spock. More specifically, I hope the script doesn’t kill Spock off in this movie, espcially since there’s a mention of STII being a favorite.

I’m nervous about it.

547. cd - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci – Star Trek Zero, huh? Is that like Marvel’s Ultimate or DC’s All-Star? Or did all that infernal time travel in Star Trek permanently alter the 23rd century?

548. Craig - January 26, 2008

That would be cool if Trek XI was filmed in HD. If so wouldn’t this be the first Trek movie filmed in HD?

549. Boborci - January 26, 2008

544

I do speak Spanish. As far as a cameo, i really want to try and enjoy seeing Trek as a fan, and nothing would take me out of the moviei more than to see my stupid face up there (or Alex’s).

550. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

I like just plain ole “Star Trek” for the title. That pretty much says it all.
Phasers, starships, hot men in uniforms, aliens, action, adventure, and yeah, a good story!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

551. Brian - January 26, 2008

#744

Was it really up on ebay?! I didnt see it in my daily searches. I just now did a deeper search and didnt find it (I wouldnt have bought it, but I figured it might have been cool to watch the auction)

552. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

#525 Anthony — Of course, TrekMovie.com should certainly be mentioned in the credits, as well! But I already figured that would happen; I wasn’t 100% sure they used MA. Now I know. :)

#533 Greg2600 — No, CBS could not shut MA down. Not legally, anyway. Memory Alpha is non-profit, just like the fan films. We make it clear that it’s non-commercial, and that Star Trek and all related trademarks belong to CBS Television Distribution and/or Paramount Pictures.

553. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

Addendum

Oh, and that MA is in no way associated with Paramount. You know, all that good stuff that prevents our site from being shut down or the founders sued. ;)

554. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci

How long did it take you and Alex to write the script? Can you tell us the exact day you started up through the last day you worked on it?

Also… is David Witz the film’s UPM? If so, does that mean Chernov is no longer UPM? And do you think Stratton Leopold will still receive some type of credit in the film? Why did he leave, anyway?

Obviously, you’re not obligated to answer all or any of these questions and I will understand if you don’t, lol! Still, whatever you can answer will be greatly appreciated. :)

555. Victor Hugo - January 26, 2008

This is so unprecedent! I´m drowning in joy :O)

556. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#553

The legal term is “covering your ass at all times.” ;)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

557. GARY NEUMANN - January 26, 2008

Pues claro que sí!!!, that’s why roberto answers me in spanish!!! ;-)

558. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

#556 The Vulcanista

Why, so it is! I didn’t have my dictionary of law terms with me, thanks! :D

#557 GARY NEUMANN

We speak English in this country! You see this post? I’m gonna teach you to speak English with this f**king post! Whose man are you?!!

(Gangs of New York ref, no seriousness or offense was intended. btw, if you haven’t seen it, great movie! :) )

559. diabolk - January 26, 2008

I wish someone had asked this: Chekov didn’t become a bridge officer until the second season. I wonder if they’ll explain why he’s there from the beginning now?

560. I AM THX-1138 - January 26, 2008

Gangs of New York is a great movie. You’re a brave man to quote that particular phrase, Mr. Trotter.

But the intelligent person will not be offended.

561. Boborci - January 26, 2008

Charles Trotter – January 26, 2008
Mr. Orci

How long did it take you and Alex to write the script? Can you tell us the exact day you started up through the last day you worked on it?

Also… is David Witz the film’s UPM? If so, does that mean Chernov is no longer UPM? And do you think Stratton Leopold will still receive some type of credit in the film? Why did he leave, anyway?

Obviously, you’re not obligated to answer all or any of these questions and I will understand if you don’t, lol! Still, whatever you can answer will be greatly appreciated.

A: Took us about 4 months to write the script.

David Witz is indeed the UPM. Chernov is Exec Producer. don’t know the status is Leopold’s credit.

562. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

#561 Boborci

Dude, you rock! :) Thanks very much, for replying and for tolerating my questions, lol! Obviously, I’m very interested in those working behind the camera as well as in front of it. I’ll stop with the questions for now, though. :)

Thanks again!

563. RoobyDoo - January 26, 2008

Good evening Mr. Orci,

Which of the characters was most difficult to write?

564. SPB - January 26, 2008

QUESTION FOR MR. ORCI…

If you’re still haunting these boards, I was just curious (don’t worry, I’m not looking for spoilers):

Were there any particular episodes of The Original Series that helped shape your and Alex’s takes on Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al, when writing their characters and trying to find their “voices?”

And did you listen to any particular TREK soundtracks while writing, to help get you in the mood?

565. Viking - January 26, 2008

#561 Roberto/Bob/YeahYou! – serious query related to another thread Anthony just put up – did you ever, at any time, look at the Master Replicas and/or other reproductions to gauge your designs?

566. Boborci - January 26, 2008

RoobyDoo – January 26, 2008
Good evening Mr. Orci,

Which of the characters was most difficult to write?

A: The two characters that were the most difficult to write were the villain and Kirk himself. Kirk in particular can de deceptive because you can fall into the trap of making him 2 dimensional because you think you know him so well or because you think his behavior in any given situation is a foregone conclusion — rather than treating him as a true character who has free will and has to make decisions. Easy to get lazy when writing known characters.

567. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci

I know you were inundated with 600 queries the other day, but I’d love to hear your take on my “tingle” question…..

Namely, in Yesterday’s Enterprise when Picard says, “let’s make sure history never forgets the name Enterprise”, the hair on the back of my neck stood up…..a real “tingle” moment.

With that in mind, how many “tingle” moments are there like that in the new Star Trek film…..best guess? :)

568. Boborci - January 26, 2008

SPB – January 26, 2008
QUESTION FOR MR. ORCI…

If you’re still haunting these boards, I was just curious (don’t worry, I’m not looking for spoilers):

Were there any particular episodes of The Original Series that helped shape your and Alex’s takes on Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al, when writing their characters and trying to find their “voices?”

And did you listen to any particular TREK soundtracks while writing, to help get you in the mood?

A: Many episodes — Balance of Terror stands out, as do ST2,3,4,and 6, and a couple of the Judith and Garfield Reeves Stevens novels.

And the James Horner sound tracks are to this day some of my favorite scores of any movie ever. Absolutely listened to them for inspiration during the writing process.

569. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

Anthony/BobOrci,

Any ideas when will Mr. Nimoy be visiting us again with his blog? I’m assuming it’s when he’s back on set, but when would that be?

TIA,

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

570. RoobyDoo - January 26, 2008

#566
Yes, I can see how Kirk might be challenging. It will be very interesting to nature of young Kirk vs. the man we know from TOS. Character arc and all…

Many thanks for taking the time to interact with us.

571. RoobyDoo - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci,

One more question, a followup on JJ’s response re: humour. Who gets the script’s funniest line?

572. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#568

Funny you should mention Balance of Terror. Probably one of the best episodes of Season 1. The tension is really palpable at times, even 40 years later, and the racial subtext is done very well. It’s in my top-five list of all-time favorite Trek episodes of any of the series, with the Corbomite Maneuver topping the list.

The Romulan War in the new Trek movie?? Hmmm…. (You *don’t* have to answer that!!! :))

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

573. StarTrekRockerGirl - January 26, 2008

Oh, oh! Did you see?

*Spoiler Alert!*

Zachary Quinto: ‘snip” …the energy on the set is so exciting. really. especially tonight. literally shooting the final scene of the movie as i type (of course we shoot out of order – there are more than two months of shooting still to go). so we are getting close to finishing all of our principal photography on the actual bridge of the enterprise… ‘end snip’

So, the final scene of the movie is on the Bridge of the Enterprise! Awesome! :)

574. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#573

Incredibly awesome! I’m beginning to understand why they insisted the chat be done yesterday.

Bunch of clever colorful euphemisms they have over there at Bad Robot and Paramount! :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

575. Boborci - January 26, 2008

RoobyDoo – January 26, 2008
Mr. Orci,

One more question, a followup on JJ’s response re: humour. Who gets the script’s funniest line?

A: Only you can decide that! Audiences will rule on the matter next Christmas.

576. Boborci - January 26, 2008

The Vulcanista – January 26, 2008
#573

Incredibly awesome! I’m beginning to understand why they insisted the chat be done yesterday.

Bunch of clever colorful euphemisms they have over there at Bad Robot and Paramount!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

Nobody insisted on the chat. I thought it would be a good day to do it, and JJ agreed. everyone else found out when Anthony announced it. It was for fans only.

577. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#576

Noted. Bad wording on my part. I got the impression during the chat that there was a possibility that it might be postponed due to the tech difficulties early on.

But I still maintain y’all are a bunch of clever colorful euphemisms there at Bad Robot and Paramount! :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

578. Darryl - January 26, 2008

Mr. Orci,

Please tell J.J. that in answer to his question, my tattoo is of Enterprise of the original series, not it’s later incarnations. Thanks.

579. Charles Trotter - January 26, 2008

#578 Darryl

So there’s no bloody A, B, C, or D? Or NX-01 for that matter? Awesome, thanks for clarifying. :)

I think your tattoo’s in need of a refit. ;)

580. Dr. Image - January 26, 2008

#487 Roberto re:#462- (my theory on TOS becoming non-history)
Fascinating. ST0- it WILL fit. Hmm…
I’m very much looking forward to you guys’ take on things.
Prove me wrong, please!
And yeah, #500 is so right about the score isues.
Peace out!

581. Q - January 26, 2008

*Sigh* Awesome, it was…..!

582. SPB - January 26, 2008

#568- Boborci -

Thank you, sir, for taking the time to respond! Wonderfully intrigued by the influence that the novels will have on TREK XI! And yeah, if I had to pick one soundtrack to listen to while tackling a TREK screenplay, THE WRATH OF KHAN would get my vote, too!

Thanks again!

583. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#573
Did you find the hidden pix yet?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

584. Darryl - January 26, 2008

#579 Charles Trotter

I’m still saving up the money to have some color and background added, damn things aint cheap! LOL

585. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 26, 2008

Darryl – January 26, 2008
Mr. Orci,

Please tell J.J. that in answer to his question, my tattoo is of Enterprise of the original series, not it’s later incarnations. Thanks.

A: I will. He was actually wondering about your response.

586. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 26, 2008

The Vulcanista,

Did I read right that you had a baby?!

587. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

Hey, Orci, quit flirting with Vulcanista and answer my all important question from post #567……………how many tingle moments?

*I GOTSTA KNOW!!!!! :)

* Dirty Harry movie

588. Red Shirt - January 26, 2008

Roberto,

One more for this weekend…

Do you have any knowledge of future poster campaigns? Any chance the choice might try to be in the neighborhood of Bob Peak’s ST poster designs? There’s a fella by the name of Drew Struzan out there, and a little birdie tells me that his posters are not too shabby. :) Besides, he already has a working relationship with Paramount (of course, from his Indy posters)

Either way, I’ll have a 27×41 frame waiting…

589. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#586, whoever you might really be,

Uh-oh. I promised Viking no more on this subject.

No. That was Dinner Guest. And Lily Marie was born at 8:43 a.m. EST 1/26/08. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

590. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

There once was a girl named Lily Marie
She came along while we posted with glee
We talked Sulu with a sabre
While her mother went into labour
Now, with father, it makes three!

591. Kynan - January 26, 2008

Mr Orci, did u get to sit in the captains chair on set for a geek out moment, and did u take a photo of urself in the chair. if u did thats so awesome an im jealous.

592. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#590

Cutting, pasting, and printing for LM’s mom & dad, along with the earlier posts regarding her entry into the world!

Thanks, Harry!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

593. Darryl - January 26, 2008

#585 Cast & Crew/Mr. Orci

I would be more than happy to send a picture of the tattoo your way. Feel free to e-mail me at zaphod_71@yahoo.com, and I’ll gladly reply with a photo of my pride & joy. :?)

594. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 26, 2008

Harry Ballz – January 26, 2008

I know you were inundated with 600 queries the other day, but I’d love to hear your take on my “tingle” question…..

Namely, in Yesterday’s Enterprise when Picard says, “let’s make sure history never forgets the name Enterprise”, the hair on the back of my neck stood up…..a real “tingle” moment.

With that in mind, how many “tingle” moments are there like that in the new Star Trek film…..best guess?

A: First, I too am on record, i believe on this very site, that the moment you mentioned choked me up as well. Every time. So I completely know what you mean. Never know what moments will work at the end of the day, but we were shooting for that exact feeling several times. Let’s see… my best guess… hopefully… between 6 and 10… I pray.

595. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#593

I LOVE your Yahoo handle!

“So long, and thanks for all the fish!”

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

596. Darryl - January 26, 2008

#595

Thank you, the geek runs deep in me. LOL

597. Darryl - January 26, 2008

#595 The Vulcanista

Thank you, the geek runs deep in me. LOL

(I posted this once and it vanished, what the deuce?)

598. Darryl - January 26, 2008

Oops, nevermind, there it is.

Sorry about the double post.

599. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#597

Takes a while to refresh the page sometimes. Don’t know what that’s about. Maybe the new host that Anthony’s gonna hook this site up with will be better with page refreshment.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

600. SilverExpress57 - January 26, 2008

596 comments!? Sheesh. I’m a Star Trek fan… and check this board daily… but I guess not enough to keep up with all these comments! lol

Anyway, I don’t know if this was pointed out in any of the many comments prior to mine, but…

The bridge station that JJ is sitting at… Did anyone notice how JJ is sitting? He looks like he is squatting down on the floor! What little of the station we see, I think looks cool, but how short is it? lol

601. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#600

Hobbitses?
Oops! Wrong franchise.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

602. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

Cast and Crew….is that truly Orci writing on their behalf……….Anthony?

603. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

I think the most burning question on everyone’s mind here is: Why haven’t we heard from Hallbjörn Guðjónsson, trekmovie.com’s Iceland correspondent?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

604. The Vulcanista - January 26, 2008

#602

I think Charles is In Charge tonight. Maybe he’s verifying ISPs and such.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

605. Harry Ballz - January 26, 2008

Checkpoint Charlie, eh? I get it……………

606. Kynan - January 27, 2008

“let’s make sure history never forgets the name Enterprise” = YES tingle moment everytime. I love those moments an there has always been a lot of them in Star Trek. 6-10 in the new film sounds awesome an im guessing ill probably end up having about 50 or something on top of that the first time i see it.

607. hitch1969© - January 27, 2008

I’ve missed this entire thing – been offline since the other night. By the way, AP – sorry about the mean stuff that I said. Let’s call it a “rough patch” and forgive each other.

BEST!!

=h=

608. Anthony Pascale - January 27, 2008

Cast and Crew of the Enterprise = Orci (or at least his laptop)

609. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

Well, hey there, 609! What’s going on?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

610. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

Sorry. 608. It’s late.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

611. Chris M - January 27, 2008

That was awesome. Chatting live from the bridge of the Enterprise!!!!

612. Viking - January 27, 2008

# 589 The Vulcanista – tell your dinner friend how proud my wife and I are over the beam-down of li’l Ms. Lily Marie. I just don’t need a rehash of the mechanics of it. LOL ;-)

613. StarTrekRockerGirl - January 27, 2008

583. The Vulcanista – January 26, 2008
#573
Did you find the hidden pix yet?

A. No, I didn’t…do you know how to find it?

614. Rod - January 27, 2008

319. Anthony Pascale – January 25, 2008
RE: 314
ummmm….anyone got NZ to English dictionary around?

320. Dward Farquar – January 25, 2008
It’s a native NZ/Aus beer.

322. The Vulcanista – January 25, 2008
Speights = beer?
Dunedin surf = gnarly waves?

‘Vulcanista’: Yes, you’re quite correct … ‘Speights’ is indeed our local southern brew, and especially popular at the moment it is too ,as we’re having an absolute scorcher of a summer down here!

Our St. Clair beach, here in Dunedin, certainly qualifies as ‘gnarly’ with the local surfing community … the Pacific breakers are really trashing our beach, with erosion running rampant and becoming a major problem.

‘Dward Farquar’: It’s actually a native southern New Zealand beer, but I hope the Aussies aren’t claiming ownership of it as they do with most other New Zealand icons! ;-)

‘Anthony Pascale’: My apologies for any translation issues. If I were to meet up with Karl, I might say, “G’day, mate! Air gun?!” (“Hello, my friend! How are you going?!”)

By-the-way, Anthony, I made an earlier posting on another thread where I made a rather ‘tongue-in-cheek” quote from Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty Harry’ character. The post was soon after deleted. My apologies if I violated the censorship rules as that certainly was not intentional. Also, I wanted to comment on how special this website is. It is an absolute privilege to have a link directly to the cast and crew like this. I can’t wait to see full photos of the ship, as it will appear in the movie.

360. Maz NZ – January 25, 2008
Nick: Nice to see another Kiwi on here, and so close too, in the garden city. I wonder if we’ll get to see the movie ahead of our northern hemisphere friends, as we did with ‘Cloverfield’ and the teaser trailer? We might be a fair way away from where the action’s at, but there are some definite advantages to living in our southern paradise, eh?

Cheers …

Rod
(Dunedin, New Zealand)

615. StarTrekRockerGirl - January 27, 2008

Ah! Vulcanista, I just read your response on the other thread…yes, I found those, thanks! :)

Apparently, tho, Anthony found a different “hidden” pic of a corridor somewhere? I don’t know where he found that one at!

Oh well, as long as he keeps posting them here for us, saves me a lot of trouble playing “hide and seek” altho that can certainly be fun at times, yet frustrating also…hmmm…

Thanks again! :)

LLAP \\//_

616. Anonymous - January 27, 2008

This has been picked up in the news at HollywoodChicago.com here:

http://www.hollywoodchicago.com/forums/944/jj-abrams-star-trek-wont-look-like-a-green-screened-movie

617. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

#615

The corridor appears on the “offline” cam after about 20 minutes. If you care to wait around that long, you’ll hear a little sound effect.

I can’t believe I’m still up. Trying to coordinate a vacation with West Coast travel buddies is starting to take a ….. {{{yawn}}}

Night, all!
Peace. Live long and …. {{{zzzzz}}}

618. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

Dammit, I want that do-over button!

The corridor appears on the “offline” cam after about 20 minutes. If you care to wait around that long, you’ll hear a little sound effect before the image appears.

{{{{ZZZZZZZZ}}}}}}

Peace. Live long and …. um … what time is it?

619. Andrea - January 27, 2008

mr. Orci,

Would you be so kind to give me a dedication for our website? It’s an Italian Star Trek fansite. If you agree, you can write your dedication here and I will be honoured to post your words on this website. In this way, every Italian fan will be able to read your writing.
Could you write a few words about Italian fans?

or better you can log in just for a few minutes to say hello and whatever you want to write to Italian fans. This is the website: http://www.trekportal.it/tpforum/index.php?langid=1

thanks

620. Agent 47 - January 27, 2008

477. Robo86 – January 26, 2008

“I don’t know has anyone has mentioned this but has anyone else noticed the distinct lack of Pegg?

He doesn’t seem to have been involved in any of the filming so far and was the only principle cast member who didn’t appear at the Cloverfield premiere.

I wonder what’s up with that.”
—————————————————————————————————-
being a Brit myself i’m a little disturbed by the lack of Simon info, naturally most of us (Brit fans), want to know how our boy is getting on :(

Mr Orci,
how is Simon doing, has he done any filming yet,and does he have any bridge scenes at all ?? :)

*maybe you could get him to stop by here at some point to say hello* lol :)

and i think it’s pretty cool you and your colleagues take time out to interact with the fans………kudos

621. SD - January 27, 2008

OMG I can’t believe Mr. Orci replied questions all night. Am rather unable to drag myself away from this website.

I added the Enterprise shot from the trailer to my lj design last night and whenever I look at it, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. If this is the viral campaign, It’s working 20 times better than my real cold.

Mr. Orci: Looking forward to all the tingle moments. And as many see Kirk as 2-dimensional already , glad to know you worked against that! Thank you so much for doing this chat.

622. SilverExpress57 - January 27, 2008

#477 & #620

Simon Pegg, in the roll of Scotty, probably spent most of his shoot on the Engineering set. That is my educated guess as to why he was not on the bridge set.

Or perhaps “Scotty” was injured and recovering in Sick Bay.

Their can be a greaty many reasons as to why he was not on the bridge… or at the Cloverfield premier.

623. Red Shirt - January 27, 2008

My bet is Pegg had a little bout of “shore leave.” We will see him soon.

624. Noleuser - January 27, 2008

I´m on vacation in s. america, and you decide to do a chat!?!? Argh!

625. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

#594 Cast And Crew

Mr. Orci

thanks for answering my “tingle” question, much appreciated!

If there are over 3 genuine “tingle” moments in the new film I will be ONE VERY HAPPY TREKKER!!! :)

626. AJ of Mayfield Heights - January 27, 2008

I’ve been waiting 42 years for this. Thank you all so very much.

627. Charles Trotter - January 27, 2008

Mr. Orci

Thank you very much for answering all our questions. You’re awesome! :)

One more question, though… is there any way you could get Guy Vardaman into the movie? :-D

http://www.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Guy_Vardaman

628. Josh - January 27, 2008

I’m curious why people assume flat touch screens are the way of the future, or that they’d be used to control anything as big and complicated as a large ship. Anyone who’s used them for work hates them. They give little to no tactile feedback, they’re slow, and they’re not nearly as quick to work on as physical keys. Think about the annoyance of using clunky touchscreens when you input your debit card at the store, etc. Even though I’m sure equipment will catch up to the point where they’ll be faster, no flat screen can give the fingers the physical layout feedback and response feedback that a physical key or toggle can.

Yes, I realize flat panels look “high tech” and that every store display and every new gadget coming out has them, but I can’t believe the average user really likes to work on them day in and day out as compared to physical keys. I have no idea what the bridge of an aircraft carrier looks like, but I’m willing to bet they don’t use touchscreens for the reasons I outlined above.

Anyone have thoughts on this?

629. Josh - January 27, 2008

To “548. Craig – January 26, 2008

That would be cool if Trek XI was filmed in HD. If so wouldn’t this be the first Trek movie filmed in HD?”

I think you don’t understand film/HD video technology. While HD video has gotten much, much better than it used to be, the resolving power of photographic film still outstrips it, which is why most movies are still shot on film. Film is, by its nature, “high definition,” compared to digital video. The reason HD is called HD is that it’s a much, much higher definition than traditional video has ever been. But it’s not “high definition” compared to contemporary photographic motion picture film. I realize anyone under 35 automatically assumes anything digital is superior, but that doesn’t make it so. Rather than finding it “cool”, I think you’d probably be disappointed in the image quality if this picture were shot on HD video. I’m I’m wrong, I’ll eat my hat publicly, but I’d be shocked if Abrams were shooting in video rather than film.

630. SD - January 27, 2008

#628 Totally agree from the current point of experience. It’s even worse in TNG, where they slide over the stuff or they can switch console design on the fly :)

However a) it looks cool and scifi-like b) it’s kinda canon in trek, c) flatscreens will probably be much faster in the future, d) maybe our user preference will change/adapt over time. Sometimes, things become so common that we’ll adapt to them, even if they are not the best solution to a problem.

631. spocky - January 27, 2008

Do you think, the first Captn’ of the Enterprise “Robert April” will be seen in the movie?

632. ‘Star Trek XI’ Team Reveals Film Details - January 27, 2008

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633. Boborci - January 27, 2008

Andrea – January 27, 2008
mr. Orci,

Would you be so kind to give me a dedication for our website? It’s an Italian Star Trek fansite. If you agree, you can write your dedication here and I will be honoured to post your words on this website. In this way, every Italian fan will be able to read your writing.
Could you write a few words about Italian fans?

or better you can log in just for a few minutes to say hello and whatever you want to write to Italian fans. This is the website: http://www.trekportal.it/tpforum/index.php?langid=1

thanks

CIAO ITALIA!

On behalf of the cast and crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, I want to welcome all of fans of Star Trek who reside in one of the greatest countries in the world and home to some of my own ancestors on my father’s side. Last time the original Enterprise departed for duty it was the 20th century. Now here we are in a new millennium, and the future has never been closer. Star Trek belongs to all of us, and since a bit of your blood runs in my veins, I hope that we do not disappoint you.

Roberto Orci

634. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

#633

Bellissimo!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

635. Regular Joe - January 27, 2008

Mr. Orci,

I know your focus is on this movie and after it, hopefully, a couple sequels. Beyond that, do you believe Trek will be returning as a TV series at some point? If so, would you and the rest of KABLO hope to be involved?

Thanks,
Joe

636. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

Roberto,

I’m sure someone has already asked this, but if the acronym for your talented group is KABLO…..why didn’t you rearrange it to spell BALOK, as a nice nod to your fondness for all things TREK?

637. I AM THX-1138 - January 27, 2008

I do have a question that I hope gets answered:

Out of all the cast members, the one that I am most curious about at this point is Simon Pegg. I think that JJ said that he was out of the country (England?) while the chat was going on at strength. I was wondering if there was something secret or hush, hush about his portrayal of Scotty and that’s why we haven’t seen him. I was skeptical at first of his casting but admit to warming up to the idea recently. I guess I was such a McGillion fan that I was blinded to other choices. Back to Pegg; it seems that he hasn’t been as publicly available as the other cast members. Any reasoning behind this? How about a photo of him with black hair? A bone tosed in this direction?

Loyal and Staunch Trek movie supporter, THX-1138 (shameless)

638. trekkie1701D - January 27, 2008

As someone stated before, it could very well be that he dyed his hair, grew out his hair and/or gained weight for the role of scotty.

639. Boborci - January 27, 2008

636

Not allowed to do any rewrites right now…

640. Boborci - January 27, 2008

Regular Joe – January 27, 2008
Mr. Orci,

I know your focus is on this movie and after it, hopefully, a couple sequels. Beyond that, do you believe Trek will be returning as a TV series at some point? If so, would you and the rest of KABLO hope to be involved?

Thanks,
Joe

A: I honestly don’t know. I can’t speak for the others, but for me, I don’t want to be involved unless we really have a genuine vision for what a series should be. If I — for one minute — feel myself going stale or jumping on something Trek based on no other reason than past success or whatever, than I will resign my commission. It may be that someone else will have a better, more passionate idea about how to do a series, and I would hope none of our egos get in their way.

Having said all that, I would to see a series…

641. Boborci - January 27, 2008

AM THX-1138 – January 27, 2008
I do have a question that I hope gets answered:

Out of all the cast members, the one that I am most curious about at this point is Simon Pegg. I think that JJ said that he was out of the country (England?) while the chat was going on at strength. I was wondering if there was something secret or hush, hush about his portrayal of Scotty and that’s why we haven’t seen him. I was skeptical at first of his casting but admit to warming up to the idea recently. I guess I was such a McGillion fan that I was blinded to other choices. Back to Pegg; it seems that he hasn’t been as publicly available as the other cast members. Any reasoning behind this? How about a photo of him with black hair? A bone tosed in this direction?

Loyal and Staunch Trek movie supporter, THX-1138 (shameless)

A: Nothing particularly more secretive about his involvement than anyone else. Many have expressed concern that his interpretation would somehow be a joke given his background, but I can assure you that his performance will be tonally in line with the film.

642. Anthony Pascale - January 27, 2008

hey bob,
I’m not in the union…why dont you send the script my way and I can take a crack at a rewrite

…I’ll just wait by the door for the messenger OK?

643. Boborci - January 27, 2008

642

Don’t forget to add the “Pascale” maneuver!

644. SD - January 27, 2008

#643 Why not a Pascale tube ;)?

645. Boborci - January 27, 2008

644

Sounds dirty.

646. SD - January 27, 2008

#645 I wonder if Jeffries thought the same, LOL!

647. SD - January 27, 2008

A question, a kingdom for a good question –

Ah, the contact lenses :) Do I have to write a brown-eyed McCoy in the future, Mr. Orci?

648. Caltech - January 27, 2008

Hi Mr Orci,

Haven’t asked a question yet, so though I’d give it a shot! The two things I’ve always loved about Star Trek are: 1) it’s humanity and 2) it’s portrayal of our technological future. In terms of the second, one thing that has kept me a fan all these years is its keeping with established physics and it’s postulation for where our physics and engineering might eventually go! As a physicist, I can’t tell you how close we actually are to making a breakthrough that would lead to the kind of star travel we see in ST. So my question is, have you kept with past tradition and had academic consultants on the film from science and engineering, to make it as realistic as possible?

649. Boborci - January 27, 2008

Caltech – January 27, 2008
Hi Mr Orci,

Haven’t asked a question yet, so though I’d give it a shot! The two things I’ve always loved about Star Trek are: 1) it’s humanity and 2) it’s portrayal of our technological future. In terms of the second, one thing that has kept me a fan all these years is its keeping with established physics and it’s postulation for where our physics and engineering might eventually go! As a physicist, I can’t tell you how close we actually are to making a breakthrough that would lead to the kind of star travel we see in ST. So my question is, have you kept with past tradition and had academic consultants on the film from science and engineering, to make it as realistic as possible?

A: The short answer is yes. The more fun answer is coming soon.

650. Caltech - January 27, 2008

Awesome!

651. I AM THX-1138 - January 27, 2008

Thanks Mr. Orci. Pegg has just seemed…..absent.

652. jonboc - January 27, 2008

I just figured Pegg was absent during the chat because he wasn’t in the scene…as he would be in engineering working miracles, as a good “miracle worker” should.

653. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

#644 SD “Why not a Pascale tube?”

Hell, why not the Pascale bowling alley? *

* (assuming Pascale rhymes with alley)

654. SilverExpress57 - January 27, 2008

Let me see if I understand this…

Before the Live chat with the new Star Trek cast and crew… Roberto Orci posted on this board with the name ‘Roberto Orci’.

And now, after the Live chat, he’s posting under ‘Boborci’?

I just wanted to make sure I’m following all this correctly lol.

655. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

#654

That’s correct.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

656. Anthony Pascale - January 27, 2008

653
well the ‘e’ at the end is silent here in America….but in the homeland of Italy it would be pronounced but it would be more ‘eh’ so it would rhyme with words like ‘hey’

RE: Pascale maneuver
hmmm….You know back when I was in high school I used to play a lot of “Star Fleet Battles” and I was famous for warping past enemies and doing a high energy turn to get onto their weaker rear shields at point blank…works best against Klingons. I was also a big fan of laying mines and using wild weasels. OK that is enough dorkiness for me to reveal…

657. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

We now know the “e” is silent on Pascale
And Anthony can also be quite the rascal
In high school he showed dorkiness
Older now, he shows more finesse
A better website host, I can’t recall!

(a little tribute to our hardworking host)

658. Anthony Pascale - January 27, 2008

RE: dorkiness
i just want to be clear that I went to the prom with an actual girl who was the lead in the school play

659. I AM THX-1138 - January 27, 2008

Dude, you run a Star Trek website. You are with your friends. If there is one thing I have learned from being here it’s that we represent all walks of life.

And we are the dork army.

OK, scratch that. We’re not dorks. Unless you use tape to hold your glasses together. Then you’re a dork.

660. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

#658, 659

LOL!!

Oh, yeah; being the first one to vote, I think I skewed the new Trek-toy poll results a l’il bit.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

661. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

Oooh, we’re just one big happy Trek family, non? :)

662. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

Pascale procedure: (n.) 23rd century medical procedure used to ensure patient compliance in volatile clinical situations. See also “warning,” “permaban.”

:)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

663. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

Vulcanista

based on that definition, the next time I have to go into the hospital for “a procedure”, I’ll be scared s***less!!

Thanks! :)

664. The Vulcanista - January 27, 2008

Harry,

But you don’t have to be scared s***less until the 23rd century. :)

665. Harry Ballz - January 27, 2008

Hmmmm……..okay, NOW I’m reassured! :)

666. MAT - January 27, 2008

I don’t see how they didn’t let a question on Shatner be asked.

667. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 27, 2008

reptileboy – January 25, 2008
I would love to know how much they understand that many Star Trek fans are scared by this endeavour. At least with Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor etc, they had worked under people close to Gene Roddenberry or directly under.

It’s hard not to see them as invaders of our realm. It’s easy to say that Star Trek should appeal to the broader audience, but when so many fans have lived and breathed the franchise, to see even such a talented group come in, it begs the question; Can they be trusted.

I don’t often say this, but JJ and co. if you have read my comment please understand that some fans are standing on the edge not fully sure of what to make of things. We’d love to see Star Trek renew itself and grow, but really out worst fear is that the entire franchise would be dealt a death blow should the movie fail and fans not like it.

It’s hard to describe that as a fan of pretty much the entire series so far, that until now I had never felt such discontent over the direction and abilities of the franchise that I’ve had to wonder how much Star Trek meant to me.

A: We feel your fear. When you say that it’s easy to see us as invaders of your realm, we know what you mean. We prefer to think of ourselves as having been recruited into Starfleet in an emergency. We don’t particularly feel we deserve to be here over anyone else, and we know we don’t have the benefit of Gene Roddenberry or the amazing crews who have been stewards of this dream before us. It just turned out that we were ready for duty and our number came up, and we could either refuse the call or take a swing. Don’t let our enthusiasm or confidence lead you to believe that we aren’t also standing on the edge, trying not to look down.

Luckily, we’ve had a little help. Nimoy’s blessing is a beacon of light that we have tried to follow like a ship in the night. And the good wishes and blessings of the original crew members or their children has been equally valuable.

We know that Star Trek, more than any other cultural treasure (with the exception, perhaps, of Star Wars), belongs to the the most savvy and forward looking fans in history. We believe many on our team came from within your ranks. That is the reason why we have asked the impossible from you — for your input or criticism even as we seek to keep the story a secret, but the process an open book.

It doesn’t mean we will make the right decisions, or that we won’t make mistakes But if we fail, let it never be said that our failure came through ignorance or disrespect of Star Trek. Let not our failure ever tarnish the name… ENTERPRISE.

… though we have no intention of failing.

668. Cast and Crew of the Enterprise - January 27, 2008

And as we close out the weekend, we are going to go radio silent for a bit. We don’t want to outstay our welcome and we need a bit of time to plan the rest of the year and we need to repay our friends at the studio for trusting us and giving us the freedom to communicate with you in such an open way. It’s their turn again.

We still read everything though, so don’t stop posting.

Talk soon.

669. Kynan - January 28, 2008

Great post 667 cast and crew.

Good luck, i know ull do Star Trek proud.

670. Iowagirl - January 28, 2008

#621

IMO, only 2-dimensional minds tend to see Kirk as 2-dimensional.

671. Harry Ballz - January 28, 2008

#667+668

Eloquent statement and a nice reassurance to us, the hardcore fans!

What does the hysterical passenger say after being slapped to calm them down? Oh, yeah…

“Thanks, I needed that!” :)

672. AJ - January 28, 2008

Cast and Crew: How can you “outstay your welcome” when you are one of the reasons we all keep coming back? Thanks for the open link to the production. We truly appreciate it!

673. Tanner Waterbury - January 28, 2008

@667

HERE HERE!!! Great Statement. By the way if you do come back on, a question i wanted to ask but always forget is will this hopefully rekindle the passion of Star Trek? I mean, will Trekkies and Trekkers alike be able to feel once again that there is hope after all? That we will be able to explore the final frontier once again with the hopes and dreams of mankind being brought back to us? Becase understand when i mean We seriously need that feeling back. There has been alot of gloomy moments in Star Trek recently, and honestly, its been kind of depressing. Id love to see this franchise polished once again and shine brighter than ever. Of course, The Human Adventure is Just beginning… AGAIN!

674. Tanner Waterbury - January 28, 2008

Oh and another thing, i think you should bring back the quote that has been seen before the end credits of the first 6 Star Trek movies: The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning and add below it: Again!

675. SD - January 28, 2008

#670 Oh well. There’ll always be fans who see Kirk as a two-dimensional womanizer, Spock as a truly emotionless ice cube, and McCoy as a depressed drinker with bad manners, etcpp.

As long as they’re not in my vicinity, I can ignore them…and/or do my own little campaigns for “expand your character view” *g*

Save the cheerleaders, save the fandom ;) /silly

#667 There have been a lot of gloomy moments in Star Trek recently[...] I’d love to see this franchise polished once again and shine brighter than ever

100% agreed!

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677. tomsrants - January 28, 2008

“EuroTrashTrekker: The Trek teaser trailer was very American focused, with all the sound bites from American space program (and none from anywhere else). Star Trek often seemed overly American. How will you make sure that Star Trek is a global film that appeals in Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc?”

While I accept their answer, I was nevertheless nonplussed by it. I’d posit that there is something in the Star Trek mythos that IS quintessentially American. Maybe I’ll change my mind the day a new Doctor Who regenerates with a North American accent.

678. Ryan - January 28, 2008

#677 – The future capital of Earth is Paris. How more un-American can you get?

679. ThePhaige - January 28, 2008

What an impressive act of connecting with fans. If this is a prototype for whats to come, I am very excited. Whomever was behind this is a genius.

Thanks

680. Andrea - January 28, 2008

Mr Orci,
Sorry if i ask you again the same thing.. you would give a great gift to all of us, if you could log in just for a few minutes to say hello and whatever you want to write to Italian fans. This is the website: http://www.trekportal.it/tpforum/index.php?langid=1
if you have some problems about that, contact me

thanks

681. The Vulcanista - January 28, 2008

#680

You did get your wish! See Post 633. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

682. The Vulcanista - January 28, 2008

Thanks Cast & Crew! It was an absolutely phenomenal, almost surreal experience for those of us who participated in this chat this past weekend.

While understanding that there are Powers That Be who control these decisions to interact with us, try not to make it too long before we hear from y’all again!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

683. Tom - January 28, 2008

Wow.. 681 Posts. I guess trek is NOT dead.

684. Captain Scokirk - January 28, 2008

“We know that Star Trek, more than any other cultural treasure (with the exception, perhaps, of Star Wars), belongs to the the most savvy and forward looking fans in history. ”

Star Wars fans are possibly more savy and forward thinking? Yeah right! The only difference between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans is that Star Wars fans dilude themselves into thinking they are “cool” , Trek fans just accept that they are dorks and move on. :-)

685. Ryan - January 28, 2008

#684 – That’s so funny you mention that. In a college speech class we had to give an intoductory speech in which we would introduce ourselves to the class. Our professor encouraged us to be creative and forward. Since ST has had a huge impact on my life, I decided to use it in my speech. I made a complete admission of my nerdity to the entire class, some 50 people. Needless to say they laughed a lot, but it was all in good fun.

686. Harry Ballz - January 28, 2008

Hell, as Captain Tracy would say,

‘I’ll take a fully charged phaser over a damn light sabre any day of the week!” :)

687. chris/germany - January 28, 2008

@Boborci

hi – i´m from germany and i´m interested, is there a german variant of the teaser trailer or a russian with german &/or russian comments?

thanks and good luck for your movie

688. Captain Scokirk - January 28, 2008

“hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster(or phaser) at your side”

689. Nelson - January 28, 2008

Post 667 was a great post from the cast and crew! Thanks for the message.

Maybe I’m too late to ask, but I was curious if Mr. Orci or Mr. Abrams has also spoken to Mr. Robert Justman of TOS? He’s probably the one surviving producer of TOS, other then DC Fontana who was there at the very beginning and worked closely with Gene Roddenberry.

690. Dr. Image - January 28, 2008

#689- Yeah, have you guys spoken to Justman?
I’m totally impressed with #667, you guys.
It’s just that the collective intelligence of Trek fans has been insulted for so many years via arrogance and inferior product, we’re “gunshy.”
I think a lot of us are now breathing much easier.
THANX!

691. Fattyzone - January 28, 2008

What is the run time of the move? If it’s good, then 106 minutes wont be long enough.

692. Shatner_Fan_2000 - January 28, 2008

#689 “Maybe I’m too late to ask, but I was curious if Mr. Orci or Mr. Abrams has also spoken to Mr. Robert Justman of TOS?”

I’ve been hoping for that same thing. Justman is on record as saying he’d like to talk with them. As someone who worked so closely w/ Roddenberry on both TOS and TNG, I believe Justman understands what made Trek work better than almost anyone.

693. liz barrios - January 28, 2008

who does simon pegg play in this movie? if simon is nearby or reading this, tell him im his biggest fan!

694. Nelson - January 28, 2008

He plays Scotty.

695. Adam - January 29, 2008

Wondering if the Klingons will play a role in the new film ?

696. The Vulcanista - January 29, 2008

Did the Klingons and the Romulans have an alliance at one point in Trek history? Suffering from CRS syndrome right now.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

697. Nelson - January 29, 2008

The only time anything like that was mentioned was The Enterprise Incident where Romulans were using Klingon designed ships.

I’ve not kept up with any spoilers for this new movie, but there’s this mention of Romulans. If they are in this movie, they can’t meet Kirk as they’ve not seen a Romulan until Balance of Terror. That is since the last Romulan/Earth wars of 100 years before Kirk’s time.

698. The Vulcanista - January 29, 2008

#697

Well, no, they can’t meet face to face. But I betcha they meet in combat when one ship or the other strays into the Neutral Zone. And that’s not intended as a spoiler. That’s pure, rank speculation. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

699. Nelson - January 30, 2008

As long as they don’t see the ship either. Given Spock says no Human, Romulan or other seen the other or knows what a Romulan ship looks like. So all the talk of time travel that I couldn’t avoid must play into it. : )

700. Nelson - January 30, 2008

Oh yeah, Captain Archer’s account of Romulans must have gotten lost in the paper work.

701. Rick James - January 30, 2008

#656: Kudos to another SFB player. I only briefly played the game in the late ’80s. I played quite a bit of Starfleet Command and I would try to pull off the same maneuver to get the drop on the Klingons in real time. Dropping mines is fun but I only used WW as a last resort. Speed = life in SFC. My favorite was the scatter pack shuttle. A six pack of destruction every time it pops open.

702. John - February 3, 2008

A big thank you to JJ Abrams and the entire cast and crew taking the time out from a very busy shooting schedule, and answering the fans’ questions and chatting with them from the set. In my opinion, that shows respect and admiration for the fans. It also shows dedication and professionalism. Thank you again for taking the time to answer/chat. I look forward to seeing this film. I did get the chance, many, many years ago to attend a convention of sorts where some of the cast and Gene Roddenberry made the announcement for first Star Trek film. I’ve been a fan ever since(not a die-hard treker). You’ve got a first class team, both actors and crew!

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704. tarheelsfan23 - February 26, 2008

check out http://www.memory-alpha.org for star trek canon

705. evan - April 13, 2008

please, please PEASE– lets see DIORA BAIRD AS THE GREEN SKINNED HOT CHICK!!!

706. michelle - June 6, 2009

hey das hier ist facke..ich glaube nich an solchen mist..
ihr könnt mich alle mal..haltet mal eure verdammte fresse..
ihr seit doch lügner…

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708. Filmgeek - July 28, 2011

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709. Consultanta Afaceri - December 28, 2011

Ohhh, I thought it was something else…

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