Star Trek: The Original Series never died, it was just resting as far as Cow Creek Productions are concerned. Actor John Carrigan reports from behind the scenes on the making of their
third fan-produced film for the Internet...
As I prepared for my second adventure as part of Cow Creek's Star Trek New Voyages cast I was fully aware that this time, the stakes were far higher. The script for this new story,
To Serve All My Days, had been written by original series writer DC Fontana. I would be acting alongside one of my childhood heroes, Walter Koenig, who was returning as Pavel Chekov. Plus, there was a Klingon
vignette on the upcoming production schedule to think about. No Win Scenario, written by Erik Korngold, was one of four shorts to be shot and then used as a lead-in to To Serve All My Days before its debut
on the Internet in early 2006.
At least on this trip, I had a friendly face alongside me. My wife Anne would be travelling to the United States with me to help with costuming (she's a great seamstress). She was also to take on a role
in the Klingon vignette.
But just to let you know that Star Trek still holds power in the outside world, I must just tell you this short tale. Our international flight was delayed nearly two hours and when we reached New York,
it looked like we would miss our connecting flight to the shoot. We only had an hour to get through the customs and immigration and the queue was massive. I saw our flight crew at the other end of the airport
going through the crew-only immigration station, so I ran sweating to the line to try and see if they could help. Just then, the Captain of our flight rounded the corner and, I thought quickly. What would
Kirk do? I had a Star Trek production jacket on so, putting my best Kirk voice I said, "Captain - I'm an actor and filming a continuation of the classic Star Trek series. If I miss my flight it will cause
big problems on the set and I'm working with some of the original cast. Can you help me?"
The captain looked at me carefully. "I love Star Trek," he replied. "I'll see what I can do", before striding up to the grimaced looking immigration man. In short, we were ushered through the crew checkpoint
even before the crew and we made our flight. The power of Star Trek!
When we arrived at the film unit base we were shown to our cabin which we were to share with director Jack Marshall and his lovely wife (and an executive producer) Pearl. (As we later joked, the places
we were staying in were less than motel rooms but more than tents. The film world is so glamorous...)
Next day, we arrived at Retro Film studios, the large old converted car warehouse that was to be our new base, in upstate New York. As soon as I had been photographed for my security pass, I began running
around, scanning every inch of the still under-construction sets. What struck me most was how much more space we had to work in - the size of a full sound stage as opposed to a couple of rooms which housed
last year's production, In Harm's Way.
After hugging all the friends I made during the last production and introducing them to my wife we just had to get on the Bridge - a real full 360 degree Bridge this year. It was fantastic, a feeling echoed
by Walter Koenig when he arrived. We all gathered around him on the Bridge set as he slowly sat in the Captain's chair. With a beaming smile he said, "I don't have to fake it, guys - this is how I really
feel." The smile went on and on.
The main bridge of the Enterprise.
Photo courtesy of John Carrigan
The other two main people we welcomed were Mary-Linda Rapelye (who guest-starred in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Way to Eden); and the Emmy and Oscar-winning make-up man Kevin Haney. He
was to awe us with his work many times during the production.
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