Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) is one of the most beguiling and important science fiction films ever made. Its spectacular realization of Gene Roddenberry's inspirational future and humanistic storytelling are a cinematic achievement unlikely ever to be matched. At the same time, the film was a deeply troubled production that rolled without a completed script and saw a wholesale change in visual effects companies -- barely making its release date.
In 1979, Preston Neal Jones was given an unparalleled access to the cast and creators of Star Trek: The Motion Picture for what was intended to be a cover story for CInefantastqiue magazine. Owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published -- until now.
This book is a priceless time capsule, an oral history in the words of 60 of the film's cast and creators, interviewed as the film was being prepared for release -- and nobody had any idea if it would succeed or even be finished on time.
From the stars (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the entire cast) to the filmmakers (Gene Roddenberry, Robert Wise) to the brilliant visual effects artists, illustrators, model builders and technicians who realized the 23rd Century on screen (costumes, sets, props, models, music, sound FX, and more), no aspect of the film's creation is overlooked.
Go behind the scenes of this pivotal sci-fi masterwork and hear the unvarnished, uncensored truth of how it was created.
About the Author
Preston Neal Jones’ first excursion into cinematic oral history, “James Whale Remembered,” appeared in Forrest J Ackerman’s original Famous Monsters of Filmland. His first book, Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter, was hailed as one of the finest works of its kind and earned the Rondo Award for Book of the Year from the Classic Horror Film Board. Jones’ writings have appeared in periodicals as disparate as Cinefantastique and American Art Review. Active in the film/TV industry, he has served as creative advertising executive, script analyst and production assistant; introduced film screenings at American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles Film School; and contributed entries to Groves’ New Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Jones’ liner notes have graced modern-day recordings of music from such Golden Age film composers as Alfred Newman, Hans J. Salter and Frank Skinner. At UCLA, Jones has lectured on the subject of film music, and at Roanoke College in Virginia (where he was writer in residence) he taught on the topics of The Night of the Hunter and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Paperback: 672 pages
Publisher: Creature Features
Science Fiction & Fantasy