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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How many pages are in this book? But, truthfully, I don’t remember specifically things he would say. I’m only skimming it so far, but it’s fascinating reading.

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Insurrection by Michael Piller. She was married to his best friend since UNC. In the end, Michael wrote a wonderful book, from the heart, something he considered a ths to young, aspiring writers.

I’m not sure I’d be as big a Trekkie as I am without Piller’s influence on the franchise. An unpublished book by the late Michael PillerFade In: I can’t thank Ira and Eric enough.

One Comment Add yours Pingback: I thought I would get some dirt on how an artist working wrlting the system got his work destroyed by an interfering studio, laying blame and spelling out what went wrong.

Fade In: The Making of Star Trek Insurrection

Allyn GibsonSep 19, Return to Book Page. And what does he win if he wins? I will leave that for you to decide Could’ve been a fine movie, maybe better than First Contact. He and Michael were great working partner and friends. It’s linked on the site’s front page, but here is a direct link.

It plays like an episode of Trekbut on the big screen.

The friction between budgetary concerns by the studios and the creativ What a great insight into the mind of a writer and the process that dtar into the making of a big budget movie. She and Michael worked together on several of his scripts, editing and giving him notes.


Michael Piller describes the process of writing Star Trek: Give this a read and let me know what you think! He was amazed by that. Michael always gave his writers books like Zen and The Art Of Archery or Tennis or Gheor whatever to help them reach that place inside that lets them be calm and hear those voices of the characters speak.

I was — and still am — very interested in television production. Matthew Rushing rated it really liked it Feb 01, Desperate for another hit, writers at the studio lobbed idea after idea at the executives.

Speculations on Speculative Fiction: As for the Romulans, I agree that TNG Romulans were pretty boring, but using the Romulans and the backdrop of the end of the long conflict would’ve given the story insurrrection impact than just bringing in some random aliens-of-the-week. Mr Piller goes through all the stages of the production of a inaurrection, from ideas to outlines to drafts to edits to production. A competent and matter of fact documenting of the making of Star Trek IX from tfek writer’s point of view.

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. Apr 01, Dave Creek rated it really liked it. I remember when this book was first “leaked” to the internet, via a manuscript that showed up on Trek-related sites — and disappeared just as quickly, shut down by the braintrust at Paramount due to a perceived series of “slights” wriing them.

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

The ideas are all around you — in newspapers and magazines, television, stories people tell you and most often in your wrting own life experiences. Insurrection could have been a Dominion War movie! People were weiting that he returned to the franchise to write insurrdction film.

It was never given a professional release, and given that ST: But now, finally, something else he left behind is seeing the light of day This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


Joanie rated it liked it Dec 25, I’m one of the minority who really enjoys Insurrection. Part 2part 3part 4 … Advertisements. I’m only about halfway through reading the release, and it’s incredibly detailed, honest and forthright about the process of developing the script, the discussions with crucial figures, the underlying story influences, and Pillar’s own writing techniques.

The exotic telepathic aliens were far more interesting than the whitebread “aliens” fo Ba’ku ended up being. Why was it important to him to get it all down on paper for people to read? He thought writing a book of his experiences would be a good representation of what the process is that you go through.

“Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek Insurrection”

Piller never succumbs to the temptation, not once. Budgetary demands, focus groups, producers, actors, etc. Being able to view the drastic changes in story and the forces pushing the creative process along is a treat for the typical movie goer and an inspiration for aspiring writers.

Though I have seen some people pan this book in their personal reviews because it is not a “tell-all” about the behind-the-scenes tensions and personality conflicts, or a mea culpa for why the film was not amazingly successful, I simply want to say this: And yet it is probably one of better books that deals with movie creation process, and definitely the best written on making of Star Trek movie.

And one thing I like about the second draft is that the aliens were basically tied to the planet. Why should we care? 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 inxurrection ‘s screenplay.