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View Poll Results: Which format would you prefer for a TOS prequel that does not contradict canon?
Teleplay (television episode) 15 62.50%
Screenplay (feature length film) 9 37.50%
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:58 PM
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Ah. So this is a serious, "pay me" sort of endeavor. I was thinking perhaps you might do it just out of love with hopes of a possible publication.
In that case, definitely go with a teleplay. Obviously, if you're looking to get paid, a screenplay would not stand a chance at getting picked up. Star Trek has officially been relaunched on the big screen with the upcoming movie. From what I know of you, your screenplay would not fit into that established universe at all and would therefore be disregarded. A good teleplay, on the other hand, could be picked up by Cawley and company or even by a network.
I would also suggest going all the way back to the days of April just to add more seperation between your story and the film's story.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:04 PM
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Ah. So this is a serious, "pay me" sort of endeavor.
No, it's for free. That's why, as I said, the options were kept short of a novel. I don't expect to get paid to do this; I'm not in it for the money.

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I was thinking perhaps you might do it just out of love with hopes of a possible publication.
Well, that'd be another good reason to do a teleplay or screenplay -- again, gratis -- rather than a novel. If I did a novel, I'd probably want to sell that, and again, I'm doing a "Dr. Horrible" here if you'll pardon the possibly obscure reference. This is not at all for the money. It's out of love and to prove a point.

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In that case, definitely go with a teleplay. Obviously, if you're looking to get paid, a screenplay would not stand a chance at getting picked up. Star Trek has officially been relaunched on the big screen with the upcoming movie. From what I know of you, your screenplay would not fit into that established universe at all and would therefore be disregarded. A good teleplay, on the other hand, could be picked up by Cawley and company or even by a network.
A side idea, yes. Maybe Cawley will like it; maybe he won't. Since it won't feature the TOS crew, producing it for a webisode would mean finding a whole new batch of actors, not to mention redressing the sets for Pre-Cage time, new props, etc., all of which is a lot to ask Cawley to accommodate financially. It's just too much to hope for.

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I would also suggest going all the way back to the days of April just to add more seperation between your story and the film's story.
I'd begun to lean that way myself. There is some information on April that can be used as a very basic framework. But I think what I may do, and I'll have to be very conscious not to step of the toes of author Diane Duane and her work, Final Frontier, is possibly depict April's first major mission as Enterprise's Captain.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:08 PM
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Well, regardless of if anyone picked it up I would still love to read it. Especially if it's about April. Actually, I would love to read more about Pike and his crew as well. It just seems that April is the one who has not really been covered much. There's more you could do with a character that really hasn't been used before.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:39 PM
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The cast of characters so far:

Captain Robert April
Executive Officer Commander Tom Randall
Science Officer Lt. Commander Christopher Pike
Chief Engineer Lt. Commander Jennifer Garrovick
Chief of Communications Lt. Jack Tillman
Helmsman Lt. Lisa Holmes
Navigator Lt. George Marcus Kirk
Chief Medical Officer Commander Zachary Raintree
Chief Nurse Lt. Sarah Poole

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screenplay

hmm... I'm in the minority.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:51 AM
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I'm also -- just for gits 'n' shiggles -- drafting a beat sheet for a Romulan War-themed miniseries, because as I recall, that was mentioned once and the idea is pretty exciting. I'll take a chance Paramount almost certainly wouldn't, and write that as well.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:38 AM
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Saint, according to Memory alpha was'nt Robert April and Chris Pike supposed to be the same person? How did April come to be part of canon if he was just in TAS?

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Robert_April
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As I recall, Gene's original draft had Robert April as captain. He then changed the name to Christopher Pike. After the first pilot was filmed and rejected, and Jeff Hunter moved on, the role was rewritten and recast.

Gene still liked the name Robert April put him into the universe's history as Pike's predecessor.
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You better have Andorians in your story, I think that race wouls work well from someone with your ideas and attitudes.
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