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Archive for March, 2009

New poster!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 26, 2009

So, a new poster has been revealed by /film and confirmed by Empire. And, here it is!

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Yeah… to be honest with you, I’m not enormously impressed. The continual sidelining of McCoy in favour of Uhura isn’t encouraging, and the floating heads dominate a bit too much.

Although, the other poster /film revealed (at the bottom, with this one) looks a lot better. I assume that’s real too, although it hasn’t yet been confirmed.

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In Brief – Soundtrack, posters

Posted by Michael Warren on March 23, 2009

In Brief

Soundtrack preorder

So, my usual trawl through Amazon listings to see if anything new has popped up has paid off, for a change.

The soundtrack to Star Trek, music by Michael Giacchino, is now available to pre-order at Amazon.com. It will be released on May 5th – that’s the Tuesday before the film is released.

EDIT: Little bit more info from TrekMovie – the release will be on one CD. Which pretty much blows the track listing I mentioned last week out of the water. A shame, really.

Posters

A couple of new posters have appeared on the Forbidden Planet website to pre-order – they’re not bad, but that orange nebula is more than a little distracting…

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UK premiere details

Posted by Michael Warren on March 23, 2009

So, after the news of the world gala premiere in Sydney last week, fans across the world have been waiting to hear when their premiere event will take place. Well, details on the UK one have just been released.

The premiere of Star Trek will take place at the Empire, Leicester Square on Monday, April 20th, and there are tickets available!

These are a limited number, and cost £70 each (which, I’ve got to be honest, is a hell of a lot of money, even for something like this). The official announcement notes that JJ Abrams and cast will be present.

For more info, and contact details for the tickets, visit Paramount Pictures UK at http://www.paramountpictures.co.uk/news/star_trek_news_5.asp

I was tempted, I will be honest. But, the cost, on top of the fact that I would also need to pay for transport and an overnight stay, sadly renders it beyond my reach.

Still, not too long to go now…

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Soundtrack tracklist – maybe?

Posted by Michael Warren on March 18, 2009

More stuff from TrekBBS. An eagle-eyed poster at the German Trek new site TrekNews.de apparently spotted a track list for the new movie soundtrack on FilmTracks.com (which subsequently vanished…). I don’t know if it’s true or not, and no official word has come (yet) from Paramount regarding the soundtrack release. Anyway, the tracklist, running times, and some of my comments are below the cut.

SPOILERS, naturally.

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Another Esurance ad

Posted by Michael Warren on March 18, 2009

People on TrekBBS have been linking to my post about the Esurance ad, which has reminded me that I forgot to post the second one I came across, a week after the first. So, here it is:

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“You will experience fear.”

Posted by Michael Warren on March 7, 2009

After someone over on this side of the Atlantic got a little impatient, and put it online a few days ahead of schedule, Paramount officially released the new Star Trek trailer on Friday morning (when they were originally planning to do so on Monday morning). It was a nice thing to wake up to – although it did almost make me late for work as a result of the magnificence.

Yes, I thought it was spectacular. Giving us action, characterisation, emotion and jaw-dropping visuals, it blew the first trailer out of the sky. And it gave us our first looks at a number of things, including [highlight to read] George Kirk, the Enterprise in full, and James T. taking his place at the conn.  I had to go back and watch it through a few times just to process everything. And the music was just right, Two Steps from Hell once again delivering a spine-tingling piece.

I close out with a few of my favourite images and moments…

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes..."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

"We've got no captain, and no first officer to replace him." "Yeah, we do."

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

Tell me this didn't give you goosebumps...

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The angles on some of these shots are like nothing I've seen in Trek before - and that pleases me.

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

The whole thing has a "blockbuster" feel to it...

Prepare for the beginning

Prepare for the beginning.

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Another new cover – and this one’s even real!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 5, 2009

So, as the release date gets closer, more and more snippets of news on the new Star Trek film are emerging.

Today, we got the front and back covers of the novelization (announcement discussed here), which include a blurb that has piqued my interest still further for this film.

So, SPOILER WARNING for the image below (click to enlarge).

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There’s a lot more emphasis on the title than on the version I made, but that’s probably for the best in terms of shelf visibility.

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The Typhon Pact covers!

Posted by Michael Warren on March 2, 2009

Well, no, not really. Sorry. Just more of my Photoshop messing about, I’m afraid.

I was attempting to create a Star Trek novel cover, using the correct dimensions and all (having been able to get hold of the font used on the Destiny series), and I was so impressed with what I managed to achieve, I immediately decided to use it and make up covers for the Typhon Pact miniseries coming next year.

Of course, as so often happens with the stuff I do on Photoshop, the first one was a triumph, but repeating the effects and the style again were more difficult that I imagined. Still, the others look pretty good.

Note that the titles, the assigned authors and the characters present are entirely of my own devising, and in no way represent the work or intentions of Pocket Books – although I won’t complain if my guesses turn out to be correct!

Book I – Galaxy in Flames by Keith R.A. DeCandido

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This is the one I started out with, and was very pleased with – all of the composite images work really well with the colouring and the textures, and the Picard image stands out prominently.

I liked it so much that I created a solicitation cover for it as well (those temporary images you get in the Pocket Books catalogues and on Amazon in early pre-orders).

Book II – False Hopes by Christopher L. Bennett

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I struggled with this one for a bit – finding the best Martok image took some time. It was at this point, based on my – unintentional – juxtaposition of Picard and the Scimitar hall in Galaxy in Flames, that I decided on a visual theme of the characters being juxtaposed with settings associated with another species.

Book III – Broken Promises by James Swallow

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I was running out of ideas as to who to feature on the cover by now – Garak did have a small role in Destiny, and it might be that the limitations on revealing too much about the future of the DS9 relaunch may preclude any major appearances beyond the Aventine crew (of which, more momentarily), but I liked the image. I also went a bit “arty” on the First City panorama, throwing in a Brush Strokes effect that seems to work quite well.

Book IV – All Our Sorrows by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

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And, taking the cue from what Margaret Clark said when the real series was announced, the Aventine appears on a cover :D. This one was the hardest of all – that damned Ki Baratan image just didn’t like the colour washes I chose for this cover, and then I had to modify the Ezri picture to reflect that she’s now command division and ranked Captain… It looks grubbier than the others, and I’m not as satisfied with it as the others, but it’s not bad.

And, finally, a montage of all four covers without titles.

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I take no responsibility for people thinking these are the real deal – they’re definitely not! Anyway, hope they were enjoyed.

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