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Viral Video: 1971 Star Trek Fan Film May 9, 2011

by Staff , Filed under: Fan Productions,Trek Franchise,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

A new Star Trek themed video going viral over the last couple of days is actually not very new at all, but a short shot in 1971 for a college class and recently uploaded on YouTube. Check it out below.


1971 "Star Trek" student film

YouTuber Ray (now aged 63) has uploaded this Star Trek film he made for college back in 1971, possibly one of the first Star Trek fan films.

Here is the description from YouTube:

This video was a final exam in a TV production class that I took at Ohio State back in the spring of 1971. Even as a lad of 21, I always had to have everything preserved!! I had this taped on 1" open-reel videotape, then transferred it to U-Matic and then to Beta. (I got an A-.)

via Fanboy.

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May 9, 2011 12:53 am

Someone always has to be the first. Kudos for this first cheap but respectful fan project. For these people it must have been quite fun and exceptional doing this!

May 9, 2011 2:09 am

As a Star Trek fan film maker myself, I can certainly appreciate the effort that goes into something like that, especially for the time that it was made, and how the whole process is a learning curve. Your first attempts are always pretty dire, but as has been said, you gotta start somewhere. Nice little video!

May 9, 2011 2:45 am

this is great..for the time, of course.

AND, it’s pre SNL with their famous skit

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May 9, 2011 2:55 am

Wow, that is about as raw as it gets! I’m not going to criticize it, because making ANYTHING as a fan feature in 1971 (2 years before I was even born), has to get some props…

May 9, 2011 4:30 am

If the fandom ever organizes something called the Fanny Awards – honoring film/video fan fiction productions – at the conventions, then this would fall under category of Honorable Lifetime Appreciation, in recognition of the endeavor for its time and place.

Well done!!

May 9, 2011 4:38 am

That is all sorts of awesome. Thanks for sharing!

May 9, 2011 4:43 am

Ah, the fan film. I like them. Fun.

May 9, 2011 4:48 am

(someone had to)
Spock looks like he’s from the Don’t-Own-A-Shaving-Mirror universe. Wonder if they could use their tricorders to really get the goods on Nixon…

What fun! And what a great reminder of those days. A- indeed!

May 9, 2011 5:28 am

Cool, they “invented” the VOY/DS9-style combadge. ;-)

Some Dude on the Internet
May 9, 2011 5:38 am


May 9, 2011 5:43 am

I think this is better than the JJ Abrams abomination…

May 9, 2011 5:53 am

Is that John Waters playing Spock?

May 9, 2011 6:04 am

Forty years.
Good Lord , where has the time gone??? :-(

allister gourlay
May 9, 2011 6:40 am

lol totally brilliant i love Spocks early 70’s sideburns and eyebrows!
well done Ray!

allister gourlay
May 9, 2011 6:41 am

BTW needs more lens flare! Fantastic!

May 9, 2011 6:47 am

70s spock is AWESOME

May 9, 2011 7:02 am

Give up! Star Track was cancelled. :)

May 9, 2011 7:37 am

What happened to ther ears spock?

Wordrobe malfunction?

The sound is a little out of sync near the end.
Must have been rendered with Nero. :)
(pun intended)

Dr. Image
May 9, 2011 8:00 am

Excellent! I remember learning on that old equipment- Sony Porta-Pack reel-to reel. What a pain in the ass it all was! U-Matic cartridges the size of bricks….
And ONE inch tape! My God…

May 9, 2011 9:37 am

You know as rough as this is, the guys playing Kirk and Spock are a step up from the actors playing them in ST Phase II.

Kirk's Flying Wig
May 9, 2011 9:45 am

NY Kirk obviously forgot to put his girdle on before beaming down.

In all seriousness, this is quite good. The transporter effect is imaginitive.

May 9, 2011 10:14 am

This is way better than phase two as far as acting is concerned. Not nearly as “fanboyish” and more true to the original series. Excellent post….kudos to all involved.

bill hiro
May 9, 2011 11:50 am

Its remarkable how some people will use any pretext to Phase II bash.

May 9, 2011 11:57 am
May 9, 2011 12:24 pm

Cudos for even being able to preserve the clip and make all the format transfers !

All my old stuff we shot in college is on Super8. God knows where it got off to.

Media students today with their new fangled non-linear editors have no idea what tracking or color framing is.

Hey! . . . you kids get off my lawn !

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
May 9, 2011 12:28 pm

…and so Kirk, Spock, and the yeoman remained on Earth for the rest of their lives, where they met Eugene Roddenberry, and told him the stories of their lives. As an aspiring TV writer, Roddenberry developed those stories into a 3-season television series called “Star Trek”…

May 9, 2011 12:55 pm

@23 “Its remarkable how some people will use any pretext to Phase II bash.”

I just commented that the actors playing Kirk and Spock are more convincing than the actors playing them on Phase II. This is not bashing, but just a simple comparison based on my viewing both fan productions.

Red Dead Ryan
May 9, 2011 1:53 pm

As groundbreaking as this video was back in 1971, they decades sure haven’t been very kind to it!

On the other hand, it’s still very cool! The people who made this video need to be recognized.

Red Dead Ryan
May 9, 2011 1:54 pm



May 9, 2011 2:40 pm

Those uniforms remind me of ST:TMP. ;-)

May 9, 2011 3:00 pm

“Captain, I’m so scared!!”


Harry Ballz
May 9, 2011 3:39 pm

I was laughing so hard at the way the guy playing Spock talks, I think I wet myself!

Red Dead Ryan
May 9, 2011 3:48 pm

The problem with wetting yourself is, while at first it warms you up, eventually the warmth dissipates and you’re left cold and damp in the groin area. Plus everyone else has to leave because of the smell of urine. :-)

May 9, 2011 4:01 pm

@32 @33

Star Trek. The Wrath of Incontinence

Starring Harry Ballz as Communications Officer Urea and Red Dead Ryan as original Enterprise Captain P

May 9, 2011 5:20 pm

Who’s the babe?

Mel Gibson is a Romulan
May 9, 2011 6:39 pm

The babe is someone’s grand ma now.

Mel Gibson is a Romulan
May 9, 2011 6:44 pm

Was this made using “Stone Knives and Bear Skins”? Come on I can’t believe no one went to the obvious joke.

Joking aside thanks for posting this. It is a fun look back. It is good considering the time it was made, and the tech that was available at the time.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
May 9, 2011 7:21 pm

#5 – “If the fandom ever organizes something called the Fanny Awards”

Just as well you did not call it the Beaver Awards, which is what fanny means downunder…

Did Spock lose his pointies and grow a moustache when they went back in time? Perhaps that is why Spock covered his ears in Star Trek IV – he did not want people see how human he looked…:)

Hat Rick
May 9, 2011 7:30 pm
What a nice short subject; I really enjoyed it. Bravo! Now, at last, we know why our future is so different from that depicted in Star Trek — thanks to an incident that occurred at Ohio State University back in 1971. This reminds me of my own interests back then, in the 1970’s — immersed in the science fiction of Asimov and Simak, and Clarke and Bova. And Harlan Ellison — let’s not forget him. This brings to mind the late, great John Belushi and that famous skit about the end of the Enterprise on Saturday Night Live. But this… Read more »
Hat Rick
May 9, 2011 7:39 pm

^^ Asimov, Simak, Clarke, Bova, Ellison — not to mention, Star Trek!

May 10, 2011 8:21 am

Me and my friends used to watch our ONE taped ST episode (the Menagerie” part 2) on an open-reel videotape recorder, back in 1975 during our lunch break at school every day for weeks. We made our own audio trek adventures on cassette tape, using another cassette player with Trek sound effects isolated from tapes we had made off of TV. Such fun!

Trek Nerd Central
May 10, 2011 9:20 am

Me, I’m grooving to Spock’s mustache. Nice effort, Mr. Ray.

Kev -1
May 10, 2011 9:35 am

Very good. I wanted to see more. And they did it with nothing.

May 10, 2011 1:03 pm

1971 chicks are hot.

May 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Pretty good over all. A bit like watching a stage play version of Trek.

A Trek Fan from Way Back
May 10, 2011 8:05 pm
40 years ago for a fan made video…amazing!! And to think we can even watch it is amazing because of the three (maybe more) completely different formats the project went through. First there was the 1″ open reel format. Open reel tape was highly susceptible to heat and humidity making the tape stretch and contract. So the transfer to the huge U-matic 3/4″ video cassette was a great idea. Getting the tracking (does anyone even remember tape tracking controls?) to lock on the open reel deck must have been a bitch. And if it didn’t lock then you were constantly… Read more »
That One Guy
May 10, 2011 9:08 pm

Woo! Glad I go to OSU!

Canon Schmanon
May 10, 2011 9:15 pm

Hey, it’s better than The Final Frontier!

Hat Rick
May 10, 2011 9:53 pm
I still remember Super 8 film projectors. They were THE thing to have at home. Video was what we did at school; home movies were played on miniature versions of movie projectors that played a few minutes worth of film — often silent — that one had to adjust to assure it didn’t skip or fall out of frame, so to speak. Hey, laugh if you must, but to us, that was the ultimate high tech back then. Better than quadrophonic hi-fi, even. It’s interesting to recall those days of yon, when family moments were captured on movie cameras with… Read more »
May 10, 2011 11:50 pm


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