Jaime Sanchez (Fez)
**CAUTION** "The Holiest Thing" spoiler below (after marked break)
The STP2 presentation at Boskone went exceedingly well. We were very well received and many people were happy to see us back on the Boskone program for a second year in a row.
The weekend started on Friday at 4:00pm in the afternoon with the setting up of the fan table. We were given a prime location, right in front of the con suite/art show/dealers room, which is a highly trafficked area. Interestingly enough, we were right next to the Loncon Worldcon table, which was pretty cool for us, as we had made up Hugo nomination flyers for “Kitumba” in the hopes that folks would nominate our hard work for this prestigious award in the category of “Dramatic Presentation-short form”. We put out our screening schedules and flyers and hung up posters from various episodes. Rob made up a ton of colored 8.5x11 posters to hand out and many folks went home with a colorful souvenir.
Several folks stopped by to chat with us, including Steve Davidson from Amazing Stories, an online magazine with 45,000 unique readers.(www.AmazingStoriesMag.com
) He enthusiastically invited us to submit news, updates, press releases and happenings on a frequency of our choosing (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or occasionally) to inform his readers about Star Trek: Phase II. This seems like a great way to help spread the word about STP2. One idea that was suggested was to write a daily blog during the June shoot, as this is something unique. Fez said that he would follow-up with this.
At about 9:30pm on Friday, we started gathering our stuff and headed up to the Carleton room for our first screening of “Kitumba”. It was a bit on the late side at 10pm when we started, but we had a fairly good showing of 33 people. Everyone enjoyed the episode and then we screened “Going Boldly”. We received a big round of applause at the conclusion of the screening. We opened up the floor for questions and fielded a number of them for the next 15-20 minutes.
We set up the fan table on Saturday morning at around 10:00am. Many folks stopped by to chat or to inquire as to who we were. Many had heard of us and a lot of folks were excited that we were screening our new episode at the convention. Some folks had not heard of us, but were huge Star Trek fans and promised to check us out online. The day flew by as we chatted with folks, including a businessman who advocated the advantages of using Twitter over Facebook as a better method of gaining followers. We chatted with Larry Dunne from Tyromagtv, a YouTube magazine based in Melrose, MA who generously invited us to submit material to help spread the word to his followers. ([email protected]
) At around 6:40pm, after we all had a good dinner at one of the local eateries, we headed back upstairs to the Carleton room for a full night, as we were scheduled to show episodes from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.
About 45 folks walked through the doors as we handed out the STP2 contact information sheet and the Kitumba Hugo nomination flyers. We had expected more folks, but the attendance was probably affected by the continuing snowstorm that evening.
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During “The Holiest Thing”, there was a big cheer when the Ferengi were revealed and an audience member - mature enough to have been a first-generation Trekker - piped up that “this guy (Brian) was a better Kirk than Shatner”. We received a huge round of applause at the conclusion of the episode. We opened up our Q&A panel by introducing ourselves and what our roles were on STP2. We then opened up the floor for questions. Questions included things like “How do prequel storylines like introducing the Ferengi affect our storylines and continuity”, as well as a comment about combining elements from both the movie sets and TV series sets into our set designs.
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We responded by discussing the importance of attention to detail and the purposeful effort to match the look and feel of The Original Series with our sets, costumes, make-up and special effects as well as how we bridge the time-span between the conclusion of the 3rd year of ST:TOS and the Motion Picture with the introduction of characters, set designs and ship modifications. We also touched upon how our Senior Executive Producer, James Cawley, worked with William Ware Theiss in the costuming Department on Star Trek: The Next Generation and how this influenced and contributed to Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II. We asked the audiences what their preference was in regards to the first season color vs. the 3rd season gray lighting, to which they indicated a strong preference to the first season color. We also relayed a funny story about the shuttle chairs while filming “The Holiest Thing”. One of the audience members asked about the actors’ chemistry, and not only did we say how wonderful the chemistry of both the cast and the crew is, but we also *showed* them how strong the chemistry is by screening the funny clip of Brian, Brandon and Doc Kelley in character from “Bread and Savagery” eating donuts in the Ticonderoga Dunkin Donuts. The audience loved the parody and thought it was really funny!
We continued the evening with the screening of “World Enough and Time”, which was well received by the remaining audience, as some had left to attend the conventions main evening program at 9pm. (There were about 22 folks who stayed). After WEAT, we screened “No Win Scenario”, fielded a couple more questions and closed up the room.
On Sunday, we opened up the fan table at 10am and more folks stopped by, including Melinda Snodgrass. It was a thrill meeting one of the writers from ST:TNG and she was rather enthusiastic of our work on STP2. We asked her if she would consider writing an episode for us, and she responded by saying that she was good friends with David Gerrold and would contact him if she elected to write an episode for us. It was a great treat for us to meet her!
At lunch, we discussed plans for the STP2 convention, including ideas for tours of the sets, workshops in costuming, makeup and technical aspects of filming STP2, as well as making an official blooper reel to show at future conventions, and the cooperation of the City of Ticonderoga in this convention.
Overall, Boskone 2014 was a great success and we were very well received. We even received $34.00 in donations for the June shoot from our enthusiastic fans!