FADE IN: From Idea to Final Draft. The Writing of. Star Trek: Insurrection by. Michael . words of the second draft: “Fade In” and wonder what the hell I’m going to. “Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection”. Got an email from The Bitter Script Reader: Hey Scott, I tweeted about this, but I think this might. TrekCore yesterday released a precious gift – an unfinished draft of Michael Piller’s never-released book about the creation of Star Trek.

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They said, ‘We can’t let the public know what we do here, what goes on behind the scenes! Space art by David A. It’s been your mission, really, to get this book published properly. What a great find.

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection by Michael Piller

Apr 01, Dave Creek rated it really liked it. Tell me your stories: LonemagpieSep 19, Jan 31, Phillip rated it really liked it. They were bonded at the core. So insurection, too, was a heartfelt effort for her. Our good friend Susan Nicoletti worked tirelessly to help this dream come true. Piller’s concepts and eventual script passes through a lot of hands, including that of TREK head Rick Berman, plenty of Paramount studio people, and the movie’s two main stars, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner.

They began with the idea of making something lighter and more fun than the previous Next Generation films. Superb read so far. Do you already have writiny account?

But now it seems I can’t find a link to it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Daddy ToddSep wrifing, From Idea to Final Draftthe story of how he wrote the underrated yet still disappointing film Star Trek: Thanks for telling us about the problem. But at the time he did get to see it in the few conventions he went to with the fans and he saw their obvious hope for that kind of future for all.


He had mentored so many Star Trek writers and felt that writing a book of the step-by-step process of what can go into writing a script, would further his mentoring. What the later Piller gave us, is insurtection fascinating insight into the inner workings of one of the biggest science fiction series of all time, and the way they are put together. It’s amazing to see the difference between idea and the final picture as well as the reception and the corners that get cut to get there.

DarkHorizonSep 19, My pitch to the publisher was to take the reader through the entire process of the development of the ot, starting with the idea and showing how changes, problems, opinions, studio requests, financial considerations, would effect the final product. I thought the levity that Piller was forced to inject really ruined the overall script. It’s simply a boring account of how a terrible film got made, told as straight-forward as possible.

Michael Piller’s work documents the various ideas that sprang up after the release of the critically-praised and commercially-successful First Contact.

I’ve been hoping this would pop up somewhere.

Fade In: From Idea to Final Draft – The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection (1999) – Michael Piller

It is also a fitting tribute to the man who had a huge impact in making the Star Trek that we love You all work together for so many years and you become a family. And while the idea of all Federation medical technology relying on a single exotic mineral is silly, it’s less silly than the “fountain of youth” stuff.

Insurrection which was meant to be a text book for screenwriters. So the Gatwick drones may have been sightings of police drones looking for the other drones R4 Today. I’m sure Michael’s turning red somewhere with a shy and grateful face at being such a big part of something so special to so many.


Michael Piller, when he passed away inwas just 57 years old. The book also includes feedback and notes from Patrick Stewart and Brent Spineras well as the original story notes and outlines, and a complete early draft of the film ‘s screenplay. That’s when it hit me. Paul DePaola rated it really liked it Dec 06, To view it, click here.

I found this fascinating and I’m glad it’s finally been made available to read. Sometimes it has to fit page restrictions, or match someone else’s sensibilities, but if it is to go forward there have to be compromises.

A definite step-up from his already accomplished work on First Contact though that remains my favourite TNG era film. I truly enjoyed it and I was right at home with it.

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection

It contains two full outlines of what Star Trek insurrection could have been. I found the political elements interesting, and I loved the idea of the ordinary citizens of the Federation coming in to save the day at the end — we so rarely get to see the civilian side writingg life in the UFP.

The level that examines what’s going on inside the characters — their moral and ethical dilemmas, their doubts, fears, inner conflicts, insurrectiom they change as the story progresses.

Starting out as Star Trek: Wonderful read about the nuts and bolts of screenwriting in the Hollywood system, not to mention crafting a story that would work both for hardcore fans and for newcomers alike.