Friday, December 31, 2010

Fade In: The Making of Star Trek: Insurrection

I know what you're thinking. Star Trek: Insurrection was such a great leap forward for the medium of film, that anything about its creation would be very instructional for filmmakers. Not really, but everyone knows that you learn more from disasters than successes, right?

The late screenwriter Michael Piller wrote a book titled Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection. It follows the film from its beginnings as a combination of Heart of Darkness and the Fountain of Youth, through feedback from studio execs and cast members, to... well... the masterpiece we ended up with. The book was never published (thanks to intervention from Paramount) but you can read a brief overview here and download the book as a PDF from here.