- Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:55 pm
I've still got the TFF issue (of course I do, it also has TREMORS and RED OCTOBER in it!), but it only touches on things from Ferren's perspective, and that is clearly not the whole picture (and the 'making of' on TFF is also clearly not the whole picture ... the original writer was taken off the project and it wound up being put together by Shatner's daughter.)
I talked a bit about it with Ralph Winter this week, and he thought there might have been some condescension on the part of the 'back east' folks with respect to doing this kind of work ... which is pretty odd, considering (as I do) that they could have ducked some probs up front just by reading CINEFEX 1 & 2. Winter did say that Ferren had a great printer setup, but EVERYthing had to go through that one system, and given the tiny post time, that just wasn't going to work in an ideal fashion.
As for the earlier question about TMP ... there's just way too much go to into, but if you search on this board under Trumbull and Abel, you can find lots of my earlier posts on it, even mentions of a guy I talked with who worked for both companies on TMP (who has been out of the biz since after RED OCT) ... Abel's group had lots of problems, but it also had Con Pederson doing what might have been a really striking bridge probe and some amazing concept art.
I'd say there is a book that Paramount will never authorize in the covering of TMP and TFF, and it would probably be as good as a book about SUPERNOVA and RED PLANET, which have got pretty amazing horror stories behind the scenes. Of course, nobody gives two hoots about those latter pics, but if you don't learn the lessons, you're bound to repeat them.