Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LEAKED VIDEO SURFACES ON INTERNET

Recently, some MINOTAUR raw production footage was leaked and went viral under the guise that an actual UFO or time machine was seen hovering over Texas skies; much to the astonishment of the series creator/director, David Quintana.
The director says that much of the footage released were 20 second clips and some zoom ups that identified a new Borg vessel which enters through a "time vortex" along the earth's atmosphere, breaking the sound barrier and arriving too close to the earth's surface. The test footage is planned to be used during an opening sequence of the first episode, still under production in Houston, TX.

David says that he was contacted recently to confirm the production of the video sequences and that all of the sequences were created using CGI tricks and clips of photography, designed to show a square ship entering the atmosphere and appearing virtually out of nowhere, with an unstable camera mount, giving the illusion that the video was taken by an amateur witness from the ground.

David adds that the leaked footage was in no way a promotional stunt and that the video web page that released this video onto the Internet has not replied to his attempts to communicate openly about how the video fell onto their possession. The director made an additional note that this is not the first time that some of his studio work has fallen into the hands of other media teams and films under production.
The studio reports that production continues with the series, which still does not have a release date or time frame for promotional ads.

Traci Mueller
(Contributing Writer)

Monday, June 8, 2015

THE MOST POPULAR POSTER FROM STM

Due to the recent exposure through a recent YahooNews article, the studios website, blog, and Facebook page has received a surge of traffic within the last week and has exposed the series to a new number of worldwide fans. The new traffic was both unexpected and a breath of fresh air.

Traffic at each web site forum, meant a new change to market the series and to test targeting promotional ads. And it seems that the endeavor worked as fan traffic began stopping by the sites to copy or tag pictures, promotional posters and ads created by the studio. The largest number of new Internet patrons perused through promotional ads on the series Facebook page which jumped to over 600 likes almost overnight.

The studio was far more surprised to learn that the one promotional ad which was downloaded from the site the most was the Minotaur Borg ad, which featured the new Borg Queen in hibernation [presented above]. The picture was part of a spur-of-the-moment idea taken well before any part of production began in 2013; the model in the promotional poster will not be portraying the role of the Borg Queen. However, the studio adds that the hibernation chamber will be used in the series and that actress, Kaitlin Tyree, is expected to perform brilliantly as the new Queen.

The increase of traffic on the studios blog has also taken the existence of Minotaur to new sections of the European theater. The series creator, David Quintana said "The unexpected traffic brought a ton of new energy to the series as we're now entering the comprehensive part of the series where the cast and crew have to travel to several different regions of Texas to shoot on location in four different environments."

The first episode of the series, entitled "Omega One" will present the cast working in the harsh desert environment to present desolate living conditions on Earth, if the suns energy was manipulated to slowly suffocate life in its solar system. The premier episode is planned to be a 2-hour special with some additional scenes which will lead new fans into the next installment episode which will introduce an old familiar face from STNG.

The studio is promising to release some behind-the-scene photo stills of the series production in the near future, including some spectacular scenes of the Minotaur's high tech bridge. 

Kellie Bleichner
(Contributing Writer)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A MISSING STB EPISODE POSTS!

Some Star Trek Beyond [STB] fans were pleasantly surprised to learn that a missing episode from the series, Episode 18, posted on the Facebook fan site this week. The episode was broken down into four-parts for easier and clearer viewing, as the original episode was too large to post on the fan site.

This new episode, written and produced by both David Quintana and Bernice Tremblay, presented some small but interesting twists in the STB plot line; showing that Captain Quest [played by Tremblay] might have had an infatuation with General Rodar, the leader of the Alliance Fleet Operations and a former member of the Romulan Tal'Shiar; a special story that tied the series into the Gene Roddenberry timeline by introducing Commander Data of the USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-E from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role played by Christopher Anderson, a Star Trek fan who had [at the time] recently won a Commander Data look-alike contest at a Star Trek Con in New England.

During the time of production, the cast and crew believed that the series finally began firing perfectly on all thrusters, presenting a well polished episode produced for it's fans. In the fall of 2006, the cast received accolades for their new episode and the fan site broke over 250,000 views in well under a week. STB not only surpassed fan views by any Star Trek fan production at the time, but this episode also presented the exit of the series leading lady, Tremblay, as she left the series production to pursue theater full-time in New England.

Some of the sequences in the episode were added to build character development to some of the lesser known characters in the series. The role of Commander Maku, performed by Rachael Duerrler, was promoted to the rank of Captain at the end of the series epilogue. The changes also gave birth to one of the cast members, Heather Hyland, who later wrote future story lines for upcoming episodes in the series; one of which becomes a well produced two-part story for episodes 19 and 20. With big shoes to fill after Tremblay's exit, the series carried on after episode 18 put the series at the top of its production cycle.


Behind-the-scenes "liner notes" by the cast and crew made mention of some funny bloopers which occurred during the ship's Medical Room scene where CDR Data was awaiting to be reactivated. One note is that Tremblay could not remember what color CDR Data's skin was on STNG, forcing the entire crew to look for videos of STNG to present to Tremblay, which weren't readily accessible through the internet at the time. Another funny note was the tech-jargon which was constantly mispronounced and forced several re-takes; something the series director rarely had patience for, as he liked to move from scene to scene without having to perform constant re-takes.

Another note was made about props for the scene in the Medical, where a hand phaser was brought to the set. Even though the series presented pulse rifles for the series, many of the cast members who had never really watched STNG, fell in love with the idea of possibly using hand phasers in future episodes; something that they could not completely sell the series director for using in future episodes.

But in the end, the episode was completed in three 'four-hour' days, only adding a re-shoot for the sequences where some of the crew were sent out to find the two missing crew members of the USS MARSHALL; which brought Aaron Hayes back to the series to portray the part of LT Parker and introduced a new actor, Jamie Gray, to the series as the memorable Captain Mercier; a stern Irish character who never gave up on being saved from being stranded on an alien planet.

The studio also released news that episodes 19 and 20 will be posted on the series Facebook page in the near future for everyone to see. Fans have asked for DVD copies of the series, but the studio has not released any information or updated news on purchasing information.

Kellie Bleichner
[Contributing Writer]

Friday, April 3, 2015

DIRECTOR ASSISTS WITH SISTER STUDIO!

Field Notes from David Quintana
 
This past week, I was given permission to visit a unique studio to help assist them with making their special Star Trek fan film something a little more original than most of the formats used in web based productions. The studio will remain nameless, but the project is tentatively called "STAR TREK ELITE" and I have to say, these kids mean business!

It's not like these kids harnessed the atom for the first time, but they are aimed at doing EVERYTHING completely original and keeping off-the-grid until they have everything in order, to a standard that will completely mystify its audience on how they pulled everything off. I was asked to assist in new tactical uniform designed for the film and to give better instruction in character building for their man line of leading actors.

Some of the cast and crew are fans of my first web series, STAR TREK BEYOND, and the rest have begun to watch the series on Facebook to catch up. Even though I was a little enamored by their suggestion that I was a better expert in the field of doing things different with Trek, I kept my excitement down a lot as I entered their "master-complex" and witnessed one of the best bridge and engine room sets that I have ever seen in any Star Trek fan film or production.

Their ship designs are based on Star Trek Online's [STOs] Odyssey Class assault cruiser and much of the cast are ex-Marine and ex-Sailors who know about military lingo and tactics. The series is based on an old PC game and they have some interesting stories and plots which I feel might bring a new respect to fans going out of their way to produce film work as an homage to Gene Roddenberry's dream universe.

They're still months to a year out from releasing anything, but they have the right desire and a "streamlined" original vision to keep something good presented to their future fans. I am sure that when they decide to start promotional ads for their project, that they will get great reviews. And I am sure that I will be lined up at the theater to see this masterpiece on the big screen.
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DRAWING THE LINE - PART 1



The studio has authorized a first time look at the scripting style being used for the series, by releasing the script being prepare for later in one production. 

The script is a collaborative effort of three writers and will be set for production next winter. This is believed to be first ever script to production release ever presented to fans or blog follwers/subscribers, by any star trek fan-film production before production has ever started.

Remember that this is a work in progress and that this is not the final script approved for production. 

Enjoy the script...the fun is only beginning!

The Minotaur stabilizes upon entry and, as always, arrives on the outer boundary of the Van Allen belts, just outside of Earth's orbit.

The bridge crew stands firm at their stations as the Time Vortex closes behind them. Commander Kajol is the first to leave her station and steps down to the Conn.

KAJOL
"Transition to Time Index 4-1 complete, Captain."


LCDR RIGGS
[Looking at his terminal]
"
Chronometric Matrix is contained and shut down."

CAPTAIN
"Very well. Computer..."
[Computer tone sounds off]
"...estimate current progression of technologies on the planets surface."


SHIP'S COMPUTER
[Voice only]
"Working..."
[Computer mechanisms instantly sounds off]
"...due to the industrial signatures on the planets surface, there is a 98.3 chance that planetary evolution has followed standard course of known history.


CAPTAIN
"Very well...
[Turns to ENS Quest's station]
...Ensign, ensure we are masked from the technologies of the time."


ENS QUEST
"Aye, Captain"
[She begins tapping on her terminal]


CAPTAIN
"ETA for the Borg's arrival to this Time Index?


ENS QUEST
[Taps on her terminal]

"Four hours, fifty minutes."

CAPTAIN
(Looks at Kajol and grins)
"...Prepare the away teams."


THE CAPTAIN'S ORDER IS CUT SHORT BY LT BA'HOUK, WHO IS STANDING AT HIS TACTICAL STATION.

LT BA'HOUK
"Captain..."
[Knows he has the Captain's attention]
"...Passive scans have detected no planets on the outer ring of the system."


CAPTAIN
[A little shocked]
"What?"


The Commander steps back up to her Science Terminal and immediately begins tapping on her console. She then activates the terminals scope and looks in.

CDR KAJOL
"Ba'Houk is correct, Captain...there are no planets registering from the outer marker. Everything past
Neptune...is gone."

THERE'S A DRAMATIC PAUSE BY THE CAPTAIN.

SCENE FADES TO BLACK.

-CUT TO-
THE BRIDGE IS SILENT AS THE CAPTAIN STEPS OVER TO THE SCIENCE STATION, WHERE CDR KAJOL IS LOOKING OVER HER READINGS AGAIN.


Captains Log: 68773.3
The ship has completed transition to Time Index 4.7 and have arrived at our target area of Sector 001, present Stardate: 99002.3. We have entered the darker regions of the Quantum string which have yielded alternate realities and scenarios contrary to logical history. Commander Kajol believes that this "mirror universe" of negativity could be due to the flow of anti-time particles detected during our entry into the Time Vortex.


CAPTAIN
[Steps up to Kajol's station]
Could it just be an anomaly for this reality.


CDR KAJOL
"Negative, Captain. Sensors have also detected a massive debris field...and a third ring of heavy meteorites in the outer barrier which suggests the outer planets were recently pulverized."


CAPTAIN
Pulverized?


LT BA'HOUK
[Looking up from his terminal]
"Captain, I've detected a ship circumnavigating the outer area of the system...but sensors are being affected by subspace interference...I can't get a better look at the ship."


The Captain turns to Commander Kajol's station.

CDR KAJOL
"Yes, Captain...I see it. It's a large vessel."


CAPTAIN
"Is it Borg?"


CDR KAJOL
[Taps on her terminal]
...Interesting. There is a distortion field, creating a barrier of subspace interference within the area of ship. Detailed scans of the outer planets is useless and any scans we conduct will be difficult..."
[Looks at the Captain]
"...However, the interference seems to increase the further I scan into the outer areas of the system."


CAPTAIN
"Is that ship causing the interference?"


CDR KAJOL
"There's a good probability. But no Borg vessel has ever used an energy modulation which could jam sensors at the sub-space level...and if the Ship's Computer stated that this earth has a standard industry, I doubt it was them who sent the vessel to the outer area of the system."


CAPTAIN
[Turns to the helm]
"Lay in a course for the outer marker, Lieutenant. Three quarters impulse."


HELM OFFICER
"Aye, Captain."


CDR KAJOL LEANS TOWARDS THE CAPTAIN.

CDR KAJOL
"Is that wise, Captain."


CAPTAIN
[Nods]
"I'd like to see what's out there, Commander."


ENS QUEST
[At her terminal]
"Captain, the subspace interference is affecting all of the system's on board the ship."


LCDR RIGGS
"I concur, Captain. There is a small, but noticeable drop in energy readings within the ships core."


The Captain turns and faces the Science Station, where CDR Kajol is working on her terminal.

CDR KAJOL
[Looks up at the Captain]
"The closer we approach to the vessel, the greater the power drain. The sub space jamming is on a carrier wave which seems to distort energy patterns at will."


CAPTAIN
[Steps towards the Tactical Station]
"A defensive measure, I'm sure. Is the vessel aware of our approach?"


LT B'HOUK
[Looks at his terminal]
"Negative. She's on a course for the gas giant, Neptune."


The Captain turns to the Science Station.

CAPTAIN
"Can we get a look at her?"


CDR KAJOL
"Captain, we're only using passive sensors...if we go active, we might get a detailed scan and a better look at the vessel." 


CAPTAN
"Very well. Go active an all sensors."


A soft, but noticeable ping leaves the ship and heads outward from the hull. The crew stands firm at their station waiting for some sort of return; it never comes.

Then...

LT BA'HOUK
[From his terminal]
"Captain...the vessel has changed course and is veering in our direction at sub-light speed."


LCDR RIGGS
[from his station] (A Little worred)
"Energy drain is increasing substantially."


CAPTAIN
(Firm)
"Helm, hard about!"


HELM OFFICER
"Aye, Captain...coming about."


FROM OUTSIDE, THE MINOTAUR MAKES A SHARP TURN TO THE PORT AND BEGINS TO DRIVE AWAY FROM THE OUTER AREAS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

LCDR RIGGS
"Power systems back to normal, Captain."


CAPTAIN
"Very well...Helm keep us at this distance."


HELM OFFICER
Aye, Captain.


CAPTAIN
The vessels dampening field has a range limit.


CDR KAJOL
[Looking up from her terminal]
"We have a visual of the vessel, Captain."


The Captain steps towards the forward monitor.

CAPTAIN
"Project it on screen, Commander."


An instant later, a huge cone-like vessel approaches the Minotaur. The front of the vessel has large mouth [or maul] which is open to space, and glowing with a fluorescent mechanical induced fire from within. The large vessel seems to gain speed, but tends not to be able to keep up with the Minotaur.

The crew are in awe of the massive vessel. The Captain slowly steps backwards towards the Science Station.

CDR KAJOL
"We're keeping good distance, Captain. If we had gotten closer, I doubt we would have been able to escape the vessels subspace interference." 


CAPTAIN
"Anything from sensors?" 


CDR KAJOL
"...She seems to have a total conversion drive..."
[Taps on her terminal]
"...The outer hull is solid neutronium, I doubt our weapons would scratch the surface...by what our sensors were able to see within it, it looks like a large robot."


CAPTAIN
"Any record of such a craft in our historical data banks?"  


CDR KAJOL
[Taps on her terminal]
"Searching..." 


LT BA'HOUK
[Looking up from his terminal]
"Captain, she's turning...headed back on her initial course towards the planet
Neptune."

CAPTAIN
"Very well, Lieutenant...Helm, change course. Set a parallel course and keep our distance from the sub-space interference."


HELM OFFICER
"Aye, Captain...changing course to 122 mark 7, three quarters impulse."


CDR KAJOL
"Captain..." 


The Captain steps back to the Science Station.

CDR KAJOL
"...ship's historical files record an encounter with a planet killer, dubbed a 'Doomsday Machine' by the Captain of the USS ENTERPRISE, which wreaked havoc on Stardate:4214.2, destroyed several planets in Sector L374, and set a path to the most heavily populated areas of the Federation."


CAPTAIN
"L374, that's light years from here. How did they stop it?"


CDR KAJOL
"A derelict ship, the USS CONSTELLATION, was detonated inside the planet killer. It was theorized by Captain James T. Kirk that an anti-matter explosion could destroy the inner mechanisms of the vessel."


CAPTAIN
"A theory which worked of course?"


CDR KAJOL
(Raises an eyebrow)
"Of course."


Suddenly, something stops the Captain. She looks about the compartment.

CAPTAIN
[To CDR Kajol]
"Do you hear that?"


CDR KAJOL
[Listens]
"I hear nothing."


The camera zooms in on the Captain's antlers; the Andorian side of her reacts.

CAPTAIN
[Trying to make it clear]
"There's a hum...deafening...in the upper frequency of harmonics."


LT BA'HOUK
"Captain...you need to see this!"


The Captain and CDR Kajol look at the main monitor.

FROM SPACE, THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE IS SUCKING IN THE OUTER ATMOSPHERE OF NEPTUNE AND USING A FORCE BEAM TO CUT SECTIONS OF THE PLANET THAT ARE ROCK AND METAL BASED.

ENS QUEST
(Shocked)
Good Lord!


WITHIN MOMENTS, SEVERAL LARGE FRAGMENTS OF NEPTUNE FALL SLOWLY INTO SPACE. THE LARGE VESSEL BEGINS TO SLICE THE FRAGMENTS IN SMALLER CHUNKS AND BEGINS TO CONSUME THEM.

CDR KAJOL
"Captain, the historical files also identified an entry by the Enterprise's Science officer, a Mr. Spock, who speculated that the planet killer consumed planet debris to recharge it's inner systems to annihilate planets which fell within it's course."


CAPTAIN
"A robot weapon that purposely destroys planets...uses the rubble to regenerate its power use, then destroys other planets...A never ending cycle."


ENS QUEST
[Stepping out from her station]
"...Is this why the Borg selected this segment of the Quantum String, Captain? To capture the technology from this planet killer?"


CDR KAJOL
"The Ensign has a point, Captain...the earth planet in this time era has no technological value."


CAPTAIN
[Steps towards the main monitor]
"Unless they need to replenish the numbers in their crew..."
[Looks at the Helm]
"...Helm, change course towards earth. Standard orbit upon arrival."


HELM OFFICER
"Aye, Captain."


CDR Kajol steps down from her station and stands next to the Captain.

CDR KAJOL
"Captain, I had a good read on the force beam used by the planet killer...it read a 'pure anti-proton' confinement beam."


The Captain looks dramatically at CDR Kajol.

CAPTAIN
"Anti-Proton?...our ships weapons are based on that energy idiom."


CDR KAJOL
"Yes, Captain. Apparently, some of the scientists who developed the weapons systems for this ship were aware of the original confrontation with the planet killer in our past history, and mocked the vessels force beam technology."


CAPTAIN
[Downplaying it]
"I doubt it's a conspiracy, Kajol."


CDR KAJOL
"I concur...but it does give us a glimpse of the defensive capabilities of this ship...a testing phase which was ignored before we started our mission."


CAPTAIN
"Well, we can't cry over spilled milk..."


The Captain steps away TOWARDS the Tactical Station.

CDR KAJOL
[Loudly to herself]
"Spilled milk?..."


THE CAPTAIN ACTIVATES THE SHIP'S COMPUTER.

CAPTAIN
"Computer, scan the planets surface for any sign of spore technology."


COMPUTER
[Voice only]
"Scanning..."
[Computer mechanisms instantly sounds off]
"...Ship's sensors detect no signs of Spore Technology on the planetary surface. No Spore Technology exists in Sector 001."


CAPTAIN
"Very well..."


WALKING TO THE TACTICAL STATION, THE CAPTAIN LOOKS OVER AT LCDR RIGGS [AT THE ENGINEERING STATION], WHO LEAVES HIS STATION AND STEPS UP TO THE CAPTAIN AND LT BA'HOUK.

CAPTAIN
"Go down to the planet and search for any contact concerning this deep space event."


BOTH THE OFFICERS NOD.

CAPTAIN
"We're limited on time, but I am quite sure the inhabitants of this time line ARE aware of the planet killer destroying the planets along the outer rings...be careful."


THE CAPTAIN LOOKS AT ENS QUEST, WHO IS SO EXCITED SHE IS WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO LEAVE HER SEAT.

CAPTAIN
[To Quest]
"Go with them."


LCDR RIGGS, LT BA'HOUK and an excited ENS Quest leave the bridge.
CDR KAJOL STEPS UP TO THE CAPTAIN.

KAJOL
"No Spore Technology on the planet and our sensors being of little help for the Away Team, are you sure this is a good step in our mission, Captain?"


CAPTAIN
"You think it's best we just leave to the next dimension and forget what happens here?"


KAJOL
"Of course no. I am curious to learn why the Borg have selected this destination, as much as you are. But I suggest we do not put any lives in danger to complete this mission."


CAPTAIN
[Grins]
"No one dies today, Kajol."


THE CAPTAIN STEPS AWAY.

-CUT TO THE PLANETS SURFACE-

AS ALWAYS, THE AWAY TEAM ARRIVES IN A SMALL TOWN, IN THE BOUNDARY OF AN OLD WAR MEMORIAL. IMMEDIATELY, ENS QUEST  BEGINS TO SCAN THE AREA AS LCDR RIGGS AND LT BA'BOUK TAKE A QUICK LOOK ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE AREA.

LT BA'HOUK SNEAKS ABOUT AND LOOKS OVER A CORNER OF AN OLD BUILDING.

LT BA'HOUK
"I will never get over the fact that every one of the planets we've visited in each dimension have the same war memorial erected in it."


STEPPING UP BEHIND HIM, NOT SNEAKING ABOUT AS MUCH.

LCDR RIGGS
"But each planet we've visited is not the same."


LT BA'HOUK
"You think this one will be completely different as the ones before?"


LCDR RIGGS STEPS OUT INTO THE STREET.

LCDR RIGGS
"I'm pretty sure...this time there's no one here."


LT BA'HOUK STEPS OUT INTO THE STREET AND LOOKS ABOUT.

ENS QUEST JOINS THEM WITH HER HAND-SCANNER FULLY ACTIVATED.

ENS QUEST
"I'm not detecting any life forms...no humans, no animals, nothing vermicular. Their all just...gone."


LT BA'HOUK POINTS OUT INTO THE MAIN TOWN AREA BEHIND THEM.

LT BA'HOUK
"What is that?"


AS ALL OF THE AWAY TEAM MEMBERS LOOK OUT THERE IS A LARGE MONOLITH STANDING IN THE MID AREA OF TOWN. IT IS DEFINITELY ALIEN, PURPLE AND GRAY IN COLOR, WITH AN APERTURE IN THE CENTER WHICH IS GLOWING.

ENS QUEST
[Reading from her scanner]
"I'm detecting temporal energies."


LCDR RIGGS
"The subspace interference in space must have blocked our ship's sensors from detecting the monolith."


ENS QUEST
[Moves her scanner around]
"No...there's another one about 250 kilometers from this location over there [points]...and another one about 100 kilometers in that direction." [points in other direction]


LT BA'HOUK
"And they all have temporal energy signatures?"


ENS QUEST
[Checking her scanner just to make sure]
"Yes."


LCDR RIGGS
"Lets get a closer look."


ALL THREE OFFICERS STEP DOWN TOWARDS THE CENTER OF TOWN AND TOWARDS THE LARGE MONOLITH.

-CUT BACK TO THE BRIDGE OF THE MINOTAUR-

THE CAPTAIN AND CDR KAJOL ARE LOOKING AT THE MAIN MONITOR. ON THE MONITOR IS A PROJECTED VIEW OF THE ALIEN MONOLITH IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN. KEEPING A SAFE DISTANCE, TWO OF THE OFFICERS ARE MOVING TO GET CLOSER.

LCDR RIGGS
[Voice only]
"The temporal energy is sustained by an energy core deep underground. It looks like they were shoved into the ground, not built."


CDR KAJOL
"The markings along the surface of the monolith, can you focus in a bit more?"


-CUT TO THE PLANETS SURFACE-

LCDR RIGGS RIGHT EYE BEGINS TO GLOW AS HE FOCUSES IN ON THE MONOLITHS PURPLISH/GRAY WALLS.

LCDR RIGGS
"That's about as good as it's going to get. The temporal energies and the subspace interference might be wreaking havoc with my bio-metric projection."


-CUT BACK TO THE BRIDGE OF THE MINOTAUR-

CAPTAIN
[Looking up at the projection]
"That's good, Commander..."
[Notices something]
"...those markings...are they hieroglyphs"


CDR KAJOL
"Good observation, Captain."


-BACK ON THE MAIN VIEWER, ON THE PLANETS SURCACE-

ENS QUEST STEPS INTO VIEW.

ENS QUEST
"It looks like a doorway...perhaps a one way trip."


-BACK ON THE MINOTAUR-

CDR KAJOL STEPS BACK TO HER TERMINAL. THE CAPTAIN TAKES ONE LAST LOOK AT THE MONOLITH, THEN STEPS UP TO CDR KAJOL'S STATION.

CAPTAIN
"...a doorway to save the inhabitants..."


CDR KAJOL
"Those hieroglyphs...I've seen them before, Captain."


CAPTAIN
"Where?"


CDR KAJOL TURNS HER TERMINAL MONITOR TOWARDS THE CAPTAIN.

CDR KAJOL
"Here."


THE CAPTAIN LOOKS AT THE MONITOR AND SEES A PICTURE OF A SMALLER MONOLITH IN A WOODED AREA.

CDR KAJOL
"I was cross referencing some data from the USS Enterprise after its encounter with the planet killer. It seems that random chance had this information fall into my hands."


CAPTAIN
"In normal terms, you were lucky."


CDR KAJOL
"Isn't that what I just said?"


CAPTAIN
[Changing the subject]
"What did you uncover?"


CDR KAJOL
"The data from a mission by the crew of the
Enterprise fell upon a monolith which bared the same markings...all of them identical."

CAPTAIN
"Can you get to the point, Kajol?"


CDR KAJOL
"The markings are from a race of people known as 'The Preservers'. Their mission was to take inhabitants from one planet and move them to pockets of livable planets, scattering them throughout the galaxy.

CAPTAIN
"That might explain why there are so many humanoids being found in our neighboring systems."


CDR KAJOL
"Precisely, Captain..."
[Looks at her monitor]
"...The Preservers must have detected what was going to happen to this planet with the demise of the planet killer and came back to move the inhabitants before they were all annihilated."


CAPTAIN
"And the Borg could have selected this time period and dimension to assimilate the technology."


CDR KAJOL
"...Or hone the ability of how to FIND the preservers. Either way, Captain, this could prove the Borg have an ability to detect shifts in the Quantum String or..."


CAPTAIN
[Cuts in]
"...or give credence to your theory that there's another Borg vessel which is either ahead of us; marking the trip through the Quantum String for the lead ship to follow..."
[She steps down to the
Conn area]
"...this 'crumb theory' of yours seems to be taking shape, Commander."


CDR KAJOL
"It's only a theory, Captain."


THE CAPTAIN NODS RELUCTANTLY.

CAPTAIN
"Computer, adjust active sensors to cut through the subspace interference and detect how many alien monoliths are stationed on the planets surface."


COMPUTER
[Voice only]
"Working..."
[Computer mechanisms instantly sounds off]


CDR KAJOL
[Talking loudly to herself]
"In order for the Preservers to move the inhabitants of the entire planet, it would take over 8,731 monoliths to be strategically placed on the surface, perhaps another 377 to move life forms from the planets oceans."


THE COMPUTER SOUNDS OFF.

COMPUTER
[Voice only]
With the addition of monoliths detected on the ocean floor, the total count of alien monoliths detected on the planet surface number at 9,153."


THE CAPTAIN LOOKS OVER AT CDR KAJOL AND GRINS.

CAPTAIN
"Close enough for me."


SCIENCE OFFICER
"Captain, ship's sensors are detecting a surge in Chronometric detections at grid 115, just outside of the Van Allen belts."


CAPTAIN
[Stern]
"Our friends our on their way..."


[To Kajol]
"...Bring up the Away Team."
[To the Helm]
"Helm, change course to Grid 183, and keep us on the dark side of the moon."


HELM OFFICER
"Aye, Captain. Changing course to Grid 183."


CDR KAJOL STEPS UP TO THE CAPTAIN.

CDR KAJOL
"These next moments in time history should prove to be fascinating."


CAPTAIN
"I agree."


THE TURBO DOOR OPENS AND LCDR RIGGS, LT BA'HOUK, AND ENS QUEST STEP ONTO THE BRIDGE AND IMMEDIATELY STEP BACK TO THEIR STATIONS.

THE CAPTAIN LOOKS OVER AT THE MONITOR.

CAPTAIN
[Whispers loudly to herself.]
"Anytime now."


CDR KAJOL
[Looking at her terminal]
"Chronometric particles increasing."


LT BA'HOUK
"Captain, the Planet Killer is changing course."


CAPTAIN
"New course?"


LT BA'HOUK
"Distortion in sensors is increasing, but I am sure she's headed in this direction. She's moving fast!"


CDR KAJOL
[Looking up from her terminal]
"The Planet Killer may be detecting the Borg's energy wake."


CAPTAIN
"Time to intercept?"


LT BA'HOUK
"Planet Killer is moving in fast, Captain. Subspace interference is wreaking havoc on the sensors."


CAPTAIN
"Best guess, Lieutenant!"


LT BA'HOUK TAPS FURIOUSLY AT HIS TERMINAL.

ENS QUEST
"Time Vortex opening up in Grid 115...she's coming through."


THE CAPTAIN LOOKS UP AT THE MAIN MONITOR AND SEES THE LARGE BORG TACTICAL CUBE TEAR INTO NORMAL SPACE.

THE LARGE BORG CUBE STOPS FOR A MOMENT, THEN SEEMS TO LUNGE FORWARD TOWARDS EARTH.

THE CAPTAIN TURNS TO THE TACTICAL STATION.

CAPTAIN
"Lieutenant?"


LT BA'HOUK
"She diving down on the Borg Cube now, Captain."


-CUT TO-

THE BORG CUBE DESCENDS DOWN TOWARDS EARTH AS THE DOOMS DAY MACHINE CLOSES IN FAST AND ITS MAUL BEGINS TO GLOW WHITE HOT.

-CUT TO THE BRIDGE OF THE MINOTAUR-

CDR KAJOL
"She's preparing to fire."


CAPTAIN
"Does the Borg ship see her?"


-CUT TO-

THE DOOMS DAY MACHINE FIRES IT'S FORCE BEAM.

CUT TO BLACK.

-END PART ONE-

Monday, February 23, 2015

RECENT REVELATION SPARKS DEBATE


The World Wide Web was recently introduced at the first look of the Minotaur's Science Officer, Commander Kajol; performed by Saira Ramos. The studio release brought both accolades for the new original uniform design and some negative shots "across the bow of the studio" for not presenting the insight a little earlier during the shows production.

But the insight definitely caused waves as the shows plethora of talent is taking shape and making their appearance in a wide area of Star Trek fan productions which are currently clogging up YouTube channels faster than this writer can finish this blog entry.

No bones about it, the studio is currently in full production on the series and the big boss has made it clear that no one will see a peek of the show until its up and running on a set schedule for all the world to see. In the last two months, the studio has released small kibbles to the web and the responses have been tremendous, marking that perhaps some fans of both Star Trek and SciFi are looking for something new to sate their appetites from the long absence of a real Star Trek show. Many have asked if Minotaur will be worth the wait and the studio has replied, "Hell Yes!"

Saira Ramos is very happy with the progress on the show. She's had to learn a new style of method acting, which has limited her showing her emotional funny side, however she definitely loves what she's agreed to be part of. And well, since she's use to working on secret projects and work related conferences all the time, the secrecy of Minotaur has been sort of a natural page in her life's history that shes used to.

"Being Kajol has been a challenge, both with and without ears" says Saira. "There are many moments in the series where I get to be in front of the camera without special makeup and I also get to let my real hair down for the Away Missions on alternate Earth's. Whether or not it was written in that way, I don't know. But the character takes a side of me that I didn't know I ever had. It's beyond role playing or cos play."

David says that Saira's performance level has entered a new state of growth since she participated in previous studio web series, where she learned to hone her skills. "It wasn't just that she had the looks, I also waned Saira to have a challenge role which was anything but the person that I have known for over five years", said David. "She's come a long way, I feel the character is in good hands, and she just might be a surprise favorite amongst the Minotaur fan base."

With so much riding on what the studio plans to release next, David made it clear that his decision to limit the amount of production updates and video teaser releases, that the studio has gained a little more credence from the SciFi fans who are willing to wait and be impressed by a good show, and has disenchanted what he calls "the blog bugs" from having the "inside scoop" on the project, which no one has ever been officially endowed with having.

"There's nothing at stake" added David. "We're just keeping everyone out of 'the know' and working on this project as a fun collaboration. We're working at a good pace and everyone is quite happy with the continuing progress we've made. Everything we've done was done so to keep the trolls out of the system of creating unnecessary drama and also keeping the 'dramatic intrigue' out of the production."
The studio maintains that the series 2 hours special release is taking form and will be ready for release in the near future. I for one, am excited to see the final product on the big screen myself, in Houston, Texas!

K. Bleichner
[Contributing Writer]

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DIRECTOR/CREATOR ANSWERS 10 TREK QUESTIONS


It took a while, but going through the entire video of David's most recent online PodCast interview took several days to transcribe into a blog was tedious work, but we accomplished the task so many of our blog followers could read David's answers to some intriguing questions brought forth by online Trekkies. 

So without further delay, here is the scripted version of ST-MINOTAURs most recent Q&A. [Keep in mind that David typed in some dialog to clear up his answers for fans who didn't attend the PodCast]

[1] What was the inspiration for writing and creating ST-Minotaur?
In 2008 after we wrapped Star Trek Beyond in New England, I can honestly admit that Minotaur was ringing in my head. We had accomplished so much with STB that I feel that at the end of the series we had just nailed the format we were looking for. Later that year, I was moving down to Texas and during the whole drive the entire first premise of the series took shape. But landing in Houston two days later, I wasn't sure how I was going to get it done, or who was going to help me put sets to the entire production together.

The series has actually had three different plots that were all good for the series and all of them had to do with time travel, but when we started to design certain aspects of the ship, the crew, and the mission, everything changed. We made some mad changes in just the Captain's part alone, and the biggest mistake we made was trying to cast an actor for the role of the Captain before we had a completed script.

In the end, I decided to simplify the plot and scripts for the sake of the cast. We weren't sure who was going to be cast as who, so I decided to spice things up by making mostly every senior character in the series not human, mostly all female, and putting an alien in charge. After that, the final solution for writing the first script came easy.


[2] What is the actual plot of the show?
Shortly after the Battle at Sector 001 on Stardate: 50893.5, as mentioned in "ST-First Contact" the Borg were observed traveling into Earth's past using a Time Vortex to alter the projection of their course to a distant Earth. With the interference of the Borgs plan by the crew of the USS Enterprise, they were successful in restoring any damage to the Quantum time line during the event. But the question of this event fell under the speculation of a Romulan Tal'Shiar General who suggested that the events by the Borg were not just a trip "into time", but suggested that it could have also been a trip into an alternate universe or an inter-dimensional journey of sorts.

The Borgs use of Chronometric emissions for time travel was a first in recorded history by any ship's in the vaunted Federation fleets who had confronted the Borg, and Starfleet began to theorize that the event at the Battle of Sector 001 could have been a testing ground by the Borg to change their tactics in assimilating all man-kind and sentient's in the Alpha Quadrant. The theory brought great consideration to the feuding empires in the Alpha Quadrant to unilaterally combine their science industries to study the issue at hand further.

By Stardate: 56998.3, the Romulan and Cardassian Empires joined the Federation in an "Alliance of Free Worlds", and a year later a Borg Sphere was captured intact during a skirmish in the Gamma Quadrant. The Borg ship contained a Chronometric Generator and new warp core which had never been seen before. The data banks also contained scans from neighboring systems which were marked with Stardates 400 and 500 years in the past and included evidence of assimilating lifeforms from many trips in the past and from inter-dimensional visits.

The Alliance constructed the USS MINOTAUR in order to investigate and study the Borg's movements through time and space; recognize the Borg's need to jump into the inter-dimensional planes of existence, and report their findings to the Alliance. The Borg ship's core, data banks, many function systems and Chronometric Drive were housed into the MINOTAUR to help guide the ship safely in their reconnaissance mission and cloak their movements from surrounding Borg vessels.

Captain Escher, a known specialist in the field of Quantum "Space Time" Continuity studies, leads the ship as Captain. Her crew was hand picked to complete their mission. These are the voyages of the Starship MINOTAUR.

[3] You constantly say that you plan to separate your work from the rest of the ST fan productions on the web. How exactly are you going to do so differently?

Good question. I often feel that my opinion is always taken with a gallon of vinegar. A few years ago I stated that fan productions were all doing the same thing; using the same bridge, going to the old uniforms, and everyone wanting to extend the original series with actors pretending to be Captain Kirk, Spock, Bones, etc. Soon after that, people misquoted me and stated that I didn't fully support these projects, and I was like, "Who fucking cares?"

I am not the authority on Star Trek, nor do I pretend to be either. What I had said is that I would design the show in accordance with Gene Roddenbery's ST Universe and make some changes that I felt would have occurred 160 years after Star Trek Voyager; hence, the same time frame that STB occurred in. Since no one else has done so, I thought it was a great time to make the statement that "I was going to do something that would separate my work from everyone else."

Even now, I feel like I haven't answered your question accordingly. If I haven't, I am sorry. But to get another reaction from a different set of answers, I will tell you that we WILL have a lot of the same tools in the show; we WILL have a starship, we WILL wear Star Trek type uniforms, we WILL have Trek jargon and we WILL have nicknames for certain characters.

[4] Why was Europe given the first look at all of your trailers and promotional ads?

We have a lot of fans in Europe and in the Ukraine. I'm not 100% completely sure why, but I like to feed them the first glimpses and see their reactions through comments and emails. In 2004, I was stationed in Vaihingen, Germany and I made a lot of contacts with the film community there. They have been super supportive of our ideas, have followed my work on the web since 2006, and I just think I owe it to them for their Internet network, for constantly expanding our fan base.

[5]  Can you break down the crew for us?
It is my opinion that the crew of the MINOTAUR are the most logical and diverse crew in the Star Trek Universe, after ST-Voyager of course. 

The Captain is an Andorian Science Officer; a female named, Captain Escher. She's aggressive, intelligent, abrasive against humans, doesn't like Vulcan's, but most importantly, is a survivor. She has no back up, but she has a great team of officers who have been in "the shit" a long time. And what I mean by "the shit" is that they've all worked together through some very difficult times and have survived by the skin of their teeth. He has a bad reputation on the Klingon home world and a nickname that gets brought up in the show. No one doubts her abilities and she takes shit from no one else.

The First Officer is a Vulcan Science Officer; a female named, Commander Ka'Jol. She's an intelligent, logical, unemotional bitch who has contempt for working with humans. She's worked with the Captain a long time on MINOTAUR, and she assesses every situation concerning the Prime Directive, as her top field in science is all about the space time continuum, and she has to constantly assert the Captain's decision whether save a world or not. She is no Spock, but if you can remember episodes where Spock came off as a "dick in charge", that is her role in the ship.

The Medical Officer is a Human female named, Commander Milano or "Ivy". Nothing like any doctor you have seen in any ST show. She is sexy, Italian-Spanish, loves to drink wine, and has a cat-like canter that gets her out of trouble all the time. She is a terrific side-kick for the Captain and there is a suggestion that they met a long time ago at the academy and used to put a drink on and partied all the time. Whether they still do now is only a speculation between the officers and the crew.

The Tactical Officer is a Romulan Tal'Shiar Agent, by the name of Lieutenant B'Houk [or Book]. In top shape, this guy virtually kicks ass and is someone you want next to you when the shit hits the fan. Whether he spies against the crew is never told, but he loves to go on Away Team missions and see the sights. We had a hard time casting for this part, as the role requires this character to be physically fit and a good looking guy.
The Engineer is a Human-Alien Hybrid called "The Spore". His name is Lieutenant Riggs. This guy knows his shit as an Engineer, but his world was turned upside down when he found out he was actually an alien-hybrid, from a species who were sent out into space to spawn new technologies on "lower life form" civilizations. He has a lot to learn about being a "Spore", and it will be fun learning about him during the shows run.

 
In recognition of Roddenberry's taste to inspire our youth, the youngest member of the crew is a Human-Romulan Science Officer, Ensign Jadrian Quest. She, of course, is the carry-over character and future Captain of the ASV PRECIPICE from Star Trek Beyond. This little woman knows a lot about the space time continuum, more in the realm of alternate realities & dimensions. She uses the ship's Astronomics Bay as a library and catalogs all of the ship's missions into history, and sometimes, the future.



And the final character of the show is the MINOTAUR, a Federation/Romulan Bellerophon Class Deep Space Science Vessel with the ability to fold space, use time vortex's, and shift into different dimensions using a Chronometric Drive to propel the ship into a vast web of the space time continuum that no one could conceive actually existed and can be accessed so easily by the ship. She has some new weapons systems which were solely designed to get her out of harms way, but in the end its all about what kind of Captain leads the ship and its crew.

[6] Be honest, are you a Star Trek nerd or Trekkie? Why did you choose to waste your time on this crap?

I've worked on many projects in the past years that had absolutely nothing to do with Star Trek. But I do find that writing scripts and plots for Star Trek come easily to me. I don't own or wear any type of Star Trek garb, but I have bought models and such to inspire me in my writings. 

On the database of my computer and various hard drives I've written a little over 300 original scripts for Star Trek episodes in about ten years. Some I am very proud of, others I wish I had never written. But none the less, I know of no other science fiction writer who has spent so much time writing shows for Star Trek that either submitted or didn't for any show.

Just a year ago, I began writing scripts for an extension of Quantum Leap. I really dig Sci-Fi shows that call for time travel; I'm kind of an expert in the field since most of my curriculum in college was based on physics and philosophy...I know, crazy shit.

But I don't think I'm wasting my time. You're intrigued to hear me answer your question and I write all of this "crap" during my off time.

[7] Didn't you illustrate comics for a time? Why did you stop? Wouldn't it be easier to just draw a new series instead of film it?


Whoah, slow down! One question at a time, please!

Yes, I was a cartoonist for an underground comic book in the early to mid 90s. I wrote scripts and designed characters for a series called "Deadly Force" and I had a lot of fun doing it. But I get more fun watching the ideas in my head come out on video through the use of live actors. I know that I am still limited to what I can do, due to limited budgets, but I have a lot of fun and that is what it's all about.

Now, if I had the budget I truly wanted, I would make some awesome movies concerning the comic book characters and stories I designed so many years ago.

I guess it's fate.

[8] Why didn't you just reboot your own material and re-do ST-Beyond?

Honestly, I really tried. The problem is, I had this phenomenal actress, Bernice Tremblay, who played Captain Quest on the series in New England and I could never see anyone else playing the mature role of her in the series.

[9] What is the plan for Minotaur? How long do you expect it to run?

I'd like the series to run for a couple of years and possibly make 25 to 30 episodes in that time. However, with the way things are running just to make the 2-hour premiere, it looks more like seven episodes a year; if we don't get serious backing from investors, maybe even fewer than that.

I've had to slow down production due solely to the fact that I want to stick to the scripted ideas that I know will make the series more exciting for others to follow. The cast is ready to get up and go, but the CGI has been really tough to narrow down on. I don't want to use a lot of green or blue screen effects, so we've been making things by hand, building stuff like sets on our off time. It's time consuming.

[10] Are you hoping a network notices your efforts on the series?

Definitely not. As a realist, I know that in order to make it into the "big time", that you have to have an "in" in the business. This is strictly for fun and entertainment.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

EFFECTIVE WRITING PROWESS FOR MINOTAUR

Recently asked if the new Star Trek Web Series was in good hands, more especially in the writing department that David, a man who never comes off softly, replied that the series has always been in good hands, with the right production team, the right actors, the right plot line and story arc which will sate the thirst of even the newest and youngest of Star Trek fan.


David said that the strength of MINOTAUR will come from the Gene Roddenberry Star Trek canon universe and stories that are written within his genre of history and culture, which a large majority of Trekkies feel have been squashed through recent reboot's of Roddenberry's known and accepted universe.

"It's not my job to correct the damage set forth by Paramount or to detour the idea that the series can be re-written to preserve Roddenberry's creative dream" David said in a recent interview with StarTrek.org, "This is just another fan web series with some good storytelling, a vibrant attempt do something fun for a change, and a solid look at doing something different vice making another Star Trek production with people pretending to play legendary roles from the original series."

The most important principles of the new series was to make the show technologically sound by giving time to explain some of the new technologies without going over the head of the viewer and trying to be too detailed. With that, the story arc has to prove to be smart with solid character development and deliver instant likeable characters which viewers will give a care about.

"I've been in the web series development business for over ten years." David added, "Filmmakers have to write and develop characters which will be liked in the long term, characters with faults and in some case, hard truths that will determine their decision making during the critical times in their missions."

David also said that he knew he was on the right path for selling the new series to Star Trek fans the moment hecklers began to show up on the studio blogs and information pages throughout the web. The studio claims that for several months, they have been bombarded with trash talk, with negative comments or non-supportive posts, and have constantly been approached to present series CGI and stage sets to see how "different" this web series will be against other fan productions on the web.

"It's been an unending trend by outsiders who just don't get that this series promises only to entertain the Trekkies" says David. "We don't have any plans to under or over write anyone or hope to have some Hollywood studio see our work and cry out to have our ideas go public in the  network sector. I did that long ago and lost a lot of good friends because of it."
With this in mind, David says that late last year he was approached by several ST fan productions looking to make contact and eventually take the required steps to work together on a "cross-over" web series-type production after MINOTAUR launches later this year. And as excited as some fans may become  thinking that such an approach could bolster much needed fan numbers to keep things alive, the idea passed on the way side and David never made it clear whether the studio would consider any of the propositions.

"We are months away from launching" David added. "The studio has other projects to produce and launch out to the populace before we can start honing our talents to get Minotaur launched in the fall. Be we will be there and then all of the hecklers can restart their campaigns to shut us down with bad critiques and commentary."

The series is just a few months away from launching its first trailer for review by Trekkies.

D. Henline
[Contributing Writer]