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Report this May. 24 2013, 7:01 pm

I need ideas, or opinions on how to email my scripts, and books, and where to email them. I have written five seasons of not really short, but, slightly short Star Trek scripts, and two movies of the same area. The series is Star Trek: The New Adventures, and it takes place on the USS Enterprise J. Here's what I want to know: Should I try to animate it, or make an independent webseries, or should I find out who to send it to, and send it in, and if it is rejected, try another idea? I sent the question to Paramount, and wanted to know what you all thought.


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Report this May. 24 2013, 9:33 pm

It is unlikely that your story will get picked up by Paramount.


I mean, best of luck to you if you think you still want to go that way, but that's the simple truth.


The official Trek channels must get squillions of ideas from hopeful fans, just as they did back in the days when they were still paying attention to a very small percentage of those ideas. Nowadays, they're a lot less inclined to do so.


I'm afraid I only have knowledge of (largely unofficial) outlets for text-based fanfiction. If you want to make a webseries, I would suggest seeking the advice of those who have also made successful webseries and fanfilms, such as Phase II, Gods and Men, and some of those others that people occasionally talk about here.


I know the fanfiction, podcast and other fan communities are generally pretty helpful to newbies, whenever there is time to be so -- as they aren't competing for money or anything like that. So that's what I'd do first if I were in your shoes: talk to the people who have already been successful in that area.


Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you are highly unlikely to be able to make $$ off a Star Trek based project due to copyright issues.


Best of luck. LLAP.


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Report this Jun. 04 2013, 9:21 am

I agree with the Andorian. It might be a better idea to re-write your stories as originals. It would take a while, but you'd have more chance of getting somewhere.


Or you could send a pitch of your idea to JJ...


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Report this Jun. 05 2013, 9:03 pm

Tell me, since it's original timeline:


A. Do you think JJ will even look at it?


B. How do I write to JJ?


C. How would I rewrite it as originals?


 


You lied? I implied? The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many, or the few. The word, sir? The word is 'no'. I am therefore going anyway.

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Report this Jun. 06 2013, 2:49 pm

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Report this Jun. 10 2013, 9:38 am

ST:TNA - No, JJ probably won't read it, he's a busy man. But you could try going to his Bad Robot Studio and standing outside until you see him, waving your story in the air. Basically, getting the attention of anyone involved in Trek seems almost impossible nowadays, but perhaps JJ is more open to hearing unsolicited ideas than a huge, long-established studio like Paramount.


Re-writing it as an original science fiction would require a lot of changes, that's why I said it would take a lot of work. You'd have to take the basic concept/plot and create a different universe/set of characters for it. Seems tough, but isn't impossible...e.g. if your idea was the episode 'Space Seed', Kirk and Co could be changed to future humans without Starfleet, the enterprise etc, and Kahn could just be genetically enhanced with a different name/background. I suppose it depends how much your idea relies on the Trek Universe e.g. if it centres on the Prime Directive or something Trek-specific, it would be a lot harder to change.


I wrote a pitch for a new Trek series that I'm now gonnna have to re-write as an original, so I'm in the same space boat... 


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Report this Jun. 10 2013, 9:47 am

I'd also say that looking for a lower-level Trek person might be a good way of getting your Trek pitch read...sending to the top guy, where everyone else is sending too, is probably a waste of time.


Or you could turn your pitch into a Trek zine and leave it in cafes near Paramount or Bad Robot and hope that someone reads it, likes it and gets in touch. It's not that expensive to print a few hundred copies of a zine. Also, it makes you seem more interesting as you didn't just e-mail them with your stuff.


Even if they don't go with the pitch, they might like your writing enough to make you part of their team.


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ST:TNA

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Report this Jun. 10 2013, 9:52 am

I am sending some to him soon. Can you clear something up for me? Aren't there people that sell their stories on eBay to other Trekkies as their own fan fiction?


You lied? I implied? The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many, or the few. The word, sir? The word is 'no'. I am therefore going anyway.

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