The Great Links has found some real fun stuff for you all this week starting off with a new version of the Star Trek theme made by movie insider. Plus we have a photo exhibit of fans in their homes, Buzz Aldrin blaming Trek, a look at the buzz for the new Star Trek movie, some more lists and a song dedicated to Picard. Enter the Link below.
Composer sees new Star Trek footage – inspired to create new TOS theme
Visual effects artist and composer Mike Verta was visiting at ILM last month and happened to see some of the effects work on JJ Abrams new Star Trek feature (he is not working Trek). He was inspired by the visuals to create a new version of the classic Alexander Courage theme which he posted on his website. It is a very interesting take. Verta tells TrekMovie:
This was a speed-writing exercise, inspired by a recent visit to ILM where I happened to see Star Trek being worked on. I’d heard they were going to use the original series theme for the movie – that can be tricky, because it’s extremely club-lounge-like and dated sounding, especially to the uninitiated – so I wanted to take a shot at re-imagining it for a modern palette. I had 3 goals: 1) Use the original melody, 2) Make it feel like it belongs to the "family" of Star Trek movie themes and 3) Make it youthful and adventurous, to reflect the characters as seen in Star Trek.
Listen to Mike Verta’s take on the Trek theme
Trekkies in natural habitat
Photographer Steve Schofield has been taking pictures of British sci-fi fans in their homes, including many Trek fans. The photographer tells NeatORama his ‘Land of the Free’ project is "exploring the fascination that the British public has with American popular culture and the sub-cultural world of fandom." Go to steveshofield.co.uk for the full gallery.
Quote of the week
I blame the fantastic and unbelievable shows about space flight and rocket ships that are on today. All the shows where they beam people around and things like that have made young people think that that is what the space program should be doing. It’s not realistic.
– Second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin
on why there is a loss of interest in real life science [SciFi Wire]
Picture of the week: mmm Trek Cake
Flickr member AnnaWhite has this photo from Sam and Dave’s wedding, and one of them is a Trekkie.
Video of the week: WWPD
In less than a week vlogger (and founder of the NerdFighters social network) Hank Green’s new song "What Would Picard Do" has over 40,000 views on YouTube…and it’s pretty good and just in time for Patrick Stewart’s b’day.
Star Trek Movie Buzz Watch
A new feature of Great Links (which may grow up some day and be its own column), where we keep track of what people are saying about the new Star Trek movie. This week we have two sites ranking the new Trek:
- Hypeful.com ranks JJ Abrams Star Trek 11th on their 20 most anticipated films [note: image Hypeful uses was originally posted at TrekMovie.com]
- io9 grades the film an 8 out of 10 on their pre-spoiled meter for their latest Spoiler Forecast.
- TVSquad takes a look at Captain Kirk’s top 5 women
- Khan Noonien Singh ranks 24th on Moviephone’s Best Movie Villains list.
- In naming the top ten best fan bases in the NFL, The Bleacher Report names Oakland Raider fans, noting "Dressed more for a Star Trek convention than a football game, Raiders fans have fallen on tough times…".
Skulls, Giant hand, painted face, spiky armor…and a Sombrero…yep