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Hi all,

First post here 😉 I decided to try my hand with Star Trek V. I know that’s been done before, but it’s a movie I like. For some reason I was always able to disregard the horrible humor, incoherent elements, lack of effects, etc. So I got started and I think I’m on the right track.

So far I’ve removed all the dumb scenes and forced humor (Spock’s rocket boots, Scotty headbanging and romance, Admiral Bob, etc, etc.). Since the “jokes” were hammered in, they can be removed without affecting the dialog. That improves the scenes a lot!
Yet I’ve left in all remarks that are spontaneous.
All out of character (as I see it) actions were removed (ex: Kirk no longer loses his temper with Spock)
Some extended takes of reactions (specially from Kirk) were trimmed.

This improves flow and get things going smoothly.
The acting is good enough for you to get the emotions between the 3 main character with no need for exposition of overacting.

Structure has little changes, but I’ve removed the prologue and climbing scene completely.
We now start with camping scene. Again, good acting and dialog there to make it interesting.
We know about the hostages thought the Klingons and then we see the hostage tape. That works and keep focused on the main characters. Also makes the raid on Paradise City more interesting (otherwise it’s a repeat of the previous taking of the city).

Spock’s pain deleted scene is restored, using young Spock from Star Trek 2009. Not perfect but again, it flows well and makes perfect sense. With this second scene there, we understand why Spock is so attached to Sybok.

For the ending, I’ve put back the rock monster (using the test footage). I was amazed to notice that the camera angles for the chase are all there, along with sound clues. So that kind of works, and overall the movie becomes quite watchable.

I’ve tried some CGI replacement effects and those don’t fit the style of the movie. Other than the brilliant zoom in to Spock at the Enterprise’s window, I’m going with improving the existing effects, replacing mattes, etc. As much as possible I’m recycling effects from Star Trek III, IV and VI.

Right now I’m trying to add the incomplete effects. Besides the rock monster, we need two decent shuttle landings, some landscape to see out of the cockpit window, better barrier, etc.

So that’s it. Sorry for the long post, but it’s really a complex project with lot of work already done.
I’ll try to post some sample footage for discussion down the road.
For now here are some images of the updated effects:

http://www.imagebam.com/image/3fb6ee459305270
http://www.imagebam.com/image/a30549459305274
http://www.imagebam.com/image/955bc4459305277
http://www.imagebam.com/image/9f3cc8459305285
http://www.imagebam.com/image/7e4999459305288
http://www.imagebam.com/image/bf66d9459305294
http://www.imagebam.com/image/f89525459305299
http://www.imagebam.com/image/f68aa7459305303
http://www.imagebam.com/image/4bf41c459305309
http://www.imagebam.com/image/392191459305313

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This sounds awesome, and the pics look great. Very interested to see how this comes along!

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Looks like your version of Star Trek V looked much better in special effects than the theatrical version.

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ST5 is one of the better Trek movies IMO because despite all the problems it’s got heart. One thing through…

trekfan said:
I’ve removed the prologue and climbing scene completely.
We now start with camping scene.

…doesn’t the climbing scene contain the setup for the entire emotional core of the movie? (Kirk facing death).

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I personally am very much in favour of cutting the climbing scene. Even if it does somewhat set up the Kirk facing death dynamic, him talking simply saying “I’ve always known I’ll die alone” (as the preceding dialogue about the fall will have to be cut) at the camp fire is a sufficient - and far less annoying - introduction to the idea.

The opening with Sybok however I think should stay. I’ve always loved that scene, just the way it’s shot, its atmosphere, and particularly how it ends with the reveal of a laughing vulcan - which for any seasoned trekker is a enough to raise an inquisitive eye brow or two and capture or attention.

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There hasn’t been any updates on this project ever since. Fascinating.

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Sorry for the lack of updates (registered again with a new account).

The project was completed, and it’s an interesting version. But the end as a bit weak and rushed. Simply I had cut too much out of the final scene on the Klingon bridge. It felt rushed.

So I started another version, with some of the lighter hearted stuff in and it works a bit better overall.
Most importantly, I used the new CGI effects from deLimited Productions and HIKE Animation (from YouTube). The current versions work very well and give the right vibe to the movie.
Still needs better editing of the rock man sequence.

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