The nice people at Wired Magazine sent TrekMovie their May issue which has a very special ‘guest editor’…the director of the new Star Trek movie, JJ Abrams. The issue is filled with the stuff JJ loves, especially mysterious puzzles. Abrams also writes an essay about mysteries and spoilers. Plus the issue contains a Star Trek mini-comic written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and also ‘production notes’ from ST09 the DP . See our Abrams WIRED preview below.
The Abrams mystery
JJ Abrams loves a good mystery His favorite show is The Twilight Zone and since he was a child he has kept a ‘Mystery Box’ which he has never opened (and it graces the cover of his issue of WIRED). The issue itself is full of puzzles and riddles to be solved, making the mag almost like a game in itself.
Abrams also has an essay titled ‘The Magic of Mystery’ in which he talks about how wonderful mysteries are, and how they are ageless from the question of God, to the Loch Ness monster to McDonald’s Special Sauce. But this leads the director to go on a bit of a self-described ‘rant’ on how today mystery is disappearing. That the information and and spoiler demanding cuture have ‘demystified’ everything. This is no surprise coming from the man who co-created Lost and the man who demanded that everyone in his Star Trek cast wear hooded cloaks any time they ventured anywhere where a camera could spot them.
Here is one of the points Abrams tries to make for the case of keeping spoilers away from fans:
Spoilers give fans the answers they want, the resolution they crave. As an avid fan of movies and TV myself, I completely understand the desire to find out behind-the-scenes details in a nanosecond. Which, given technology, is often how long it takes–to the frustration of storytellers. Efforts to gather this intel and the attempts to plug leaks create an ongoing battle between filmmakers and the very fans they are dying to entertain and impress. But the real damage isn’t so much that the secret gets out. It’s that the experience is destroyed.
JJ’s Mystery Box on the covered of his WIRED
"When Worlds Collide" mini-comic
What may be the coolest thing in the new JJ Abrams guest-edited WIRED is a six page long mini-comic tied into the new Star Trek movie. The "When Worlds Collide" comic was written by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with old school art by Eisner-winning comic artist Paul Pope. The story centers on the elder Spock, reminiscing about the old days, with imagery coming from his childhood and his time on TOS (both the show and the movie era). This short little comic also ties into the movie and is worth the price of the issue itself. Here are just a handful of panels.
6-page Trek comic in Wired spans Trek eras
Nokia promo/Production notes from Daniel Mindel – talks ‘lens flare’
Another Star Trek-related component for the new WIRED is a two-page ad from Star Trek promotional partners Nokia & Verizon. One page of the ad is actually more like an article, with production notes from Star Trek director of photography Daniel Mindel. He goves over his approach to 3 scenes in the film: the ice planet, Nero’s ship, and the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
There has been much said about the ‘lens flare’ scene in the Star Trek clips and trailers. Mindel discusses this when writing about shooting on the Bridge:
Here on the Enterprise set, little pinpoints of light are facing the camera. Without them, contrast levels in this scene would be virtually flat. To liven things up, every time the camera moves around, the lights halate to give us this great halo effect. In fact, you can see the halation from the lamps here under Spock’s nose on the edge of the set. We felt that gave us a very realistic feel to an otherwise static scene. We have this motif working throughout the movie and if you’re looking for it, you’ll see it. It adds a lot to of kineticism.
Mindel thinks the light ‘halo effect’ adds to the realism
Pick it up
The new WIRED is a must for any fan of Trek or fan of puzzles. It is available on select newsstands already, and should be available wide by next week.