Magazine article American Cinematographer

Star Trek Turns 25

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Star Trek Turns 25

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This issue, American Cmematographer takes a somewhat nostalgic overview of the past 25 years of the Star Trek phenomenon. By creating an issue with a central theme, we hope to illuminate the massive technical undertaking that is Star Trek-from its pioneering days on television, through its cinematic voyages, and into the future of entertainment media.

It's a perspective that only American Cinematographer could take: a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as well as the pioneering original TV series and the seemingly unstoppable Star Trek The Next Generation, now in its fifth season. And, ironically, it tells us that in the quarter century since Gene Roddenberry conceived the idea for the original Star Trek, very little has changed in terms of the relationship of the studio to arguably its most successful progeny.

In a time when all of the studios are cutting back on their expenses, the overriding concern on Star Trek VI was the budget, which was immediately at odds with co-writer/director Nicholas Meyer's epic vision. …

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