FADE IN: From Idea to Final Draft. The Writing of. Star Trek: Insurrection by. Michael It’s clear Michael Piller wanted this book read, so we felt that making it. An inside look at the writing process of Star Trek: Insurrection. From concept to final film script. Sandra Piller just posted on Facebook, “I am so excited to announce the publication of my late husband Michael Piller’s book Fade In: The.

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makinb Steve RobyJul 30, I was excited for about a minute there. He had helped his university, UNC, develop a program to help more students be prepared for the real writer’s world, and this was another way he could teach by example.

Fade In: The Making of Star Trek Insurrection

Seems a crazy avenue to overlook sales-wise. But we can hope and strive for those goals and maybe someday in the future we will have helped it happen. In kn, if he were stumped on a part of the script, or book he would express he was struggling, sometimes even feeling it was so close, but couldn’t quite get it — and basically he would sleep on it. Being able to view the drastic changes in story and the forces pushing the creative process along is a treat for the typical movie goer and an inspiration for aspiring writers.

Matthew rated it really liked it May 26, makinv Was he ill at the time? The book was by no means critical, nor did it burn any bridges, it just showed an insight into the behind-the-scenes of making a Star Trek movie that had never been told before.

Matthew Rushing rated it really liked it Feb 01, The Republic of Ireland.

He’s credited with bringing new life to the writing on TNG when he joined the show in its third season. Apr 07, Dustin rated it liked it Shelves: If you insurrectionn a Trek fan you will find it interesting, as a film fan you will like it as it shows another look at how the sausage is made. I thought I would get some dirt on how an artist working in the system got his work destroyed by an interfering studio, laying trel and spelling out what went wrong. The film, as you say, didn’t do as maklng as the other movies.


An incomplete draft was released by the Star Trek website TrekCore on 18 September but was later removed at the request of Piller’s family. Often history tells the truer story.

Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection by Michael Piller

The reason for this is its author. InSandra Piller revealed that she was looking into the possibility of having the work yet published in print format. The Making of Star Trek Insurrection is an honest and compelling work that gives equal weight to the views of both sides in the production of the film and shows that, for all the work that went into it, nothing could have saved it after the elongated writing process.

It is being published as a textbook on screenwriting “from within the Star Trek Universe.

I’ll leave the story of the many iterations of the script for you to discover in the book itself. The input from actors and producers is interesting: What do you remember of him writing the book? While Patrick Stewart has understandably kept discussion of Picard insurrectioj the franchise in general at a minimum these days, it’s fascinating to hear anecdotes about him relaying character moments that wouldn’t be in sync with the current plot to both Piller and producer Rick Berman.

The book takes readers behind the scenes of Insurrection’s evolution and production, with Piller detailing the changes made to the script insurrecgion the film came to life.


Fade In: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection

Refresh and try again. I found it a fun and informative read.

It’s a great “making of” book, and it’s especially interesting because it shows the compromises that led to what I think is probably the worst Trek movie. Posted September 18, edited. Piller wrote the book years before, and some fans found copies of it online, but it was never officially published Both dedicated family men and, might I say, two gifted wives.

Piller himself made these observations about his work remaining unpublished, ” Let me clarify this and make it very clear. Instead, the screenwriter seems to be under the impression that they made a fine film and simply details the changes made to every draft of the script. They respected each other’s work and I am so proud and humbled by his Letter To Michael, in the book.

It is not self-congratulatory, but it is not self-deprecating either. The original version of INS from what I’ve read from more than one source would’ve been SO much better than the watered-down pablum we saw in Michael Piller had to do just that. It’s interesting for its forthrightness and honesty.

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As for the movie? An interesting look at the creation of a movie from the perspective of the writer. He thought it was great. I send an email to them asking if the book will be available on Amazon and they didnt even reply.