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A breath of new life to this franchise. This film succeeds in the satisfaction of both long time fans and new audience members. The action starts from the first from and only gives you a few pauses in between to catch your breath. The cast does a fantastic job of keeping the spirit of the characters we have come to adore as they give them a touch of their own freshness.

The original series first aired in 1966 with William Shatner at the helm of the USS Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk. This ground breaking series went where no man had dared go before. With an international, intergalactic crew, the first interracial kiss on film, and discovering the Trouble With Tribbles. In the process capturing the heart of a nation giving birth to a new kind of science fiction and fandom.

Five films followed continuing the adventures of Kirk, his Vulcan first officer Spock, and crew. In the eighties the franchise gave us The Next Generation. A couple hundred years further into the future aboard the Enterprise 1701-D. A new crew with Patrick Stewart in the captain’s chair as Jean Luc Picard. Where the original series brought us new worlds filled with alien cultures, The Next Generation gives us androids. Commander Data, played by Brent Spiner found new way to capture the viewers as we watched his journey to be more human.

A few films and series later we had begun the Star Trek universe had no more Undiscovered Country left the franchise has gone back to its roots. As a fan of the original series I was leery going in. New faces and ideals added to tried and true characters usually don’t work. With this new Star Trek, I left the theater with a smile and looking forward to more from this new chapter in the saga of the USS Enterprise 1701 and her young crew.

It’s almost April when thousands of writers with be in a frenzy…. Script Frenzy that is. 

Script Frenzy is an annual writing event that begins April first and ends on April 30th.  The goal is to write a one hundred page screen or stage play in those thirty days. Not a polished finished product mind you, just a rough uncut diamond. After the contest is over you begin to turn that jumble of thrown together scenes into a workable, maybe even saleable piece of work.

Now I did say this was a contest. What is the prize you ask? A lovely downloadable certificate and web icons that say you accomplished what most would say is the impossible. There is no one winner and no great compensation for making yourself insane trying to meet what would seem to be unreasonable  deadlines. If you complete your rough draft by midnight of April 30th, you are a winner.

It’s a contest with out being a contest. The goal is to push your creative limits with the genre and platform of your choice. You can write a short or full feature film, stage play, television script, even a comic or graphic novel.  Script Frenzy is FREE to join and participate.

Their sight gives you a place for your Frenzy, where you can showcase your ideas. There are resources for the beginning writer or for the skilled scribe. They have a group for young writers as well. I’ve seen kids as young as kindergarten jump in and write. They have a different goal setting of course but it’s wonderful to see these youngsters excited about writing.

I myself and joining in the Frenzy starting on April first. I’ll be writing a screen play, a western. My son has decided to join in also he’ll be doing a graphic novel using an interesting technique. He’s eleven in case you’re wondering. It will be great fun and experience to share. Who knows maybe you’ll see my film on the big screen staring Rusell Crowe or Adrian Paul. Yeah I know how to dream BIG.

Oh now don’t say no way I’m not as crazy as you are. This will be my second Script Frenzy. I won (completed) in 2007. I missed the fun last year but I’m back this year excited and ready to go.

Before you say absolutely NO, here are a few links for you to check out more about this great feat of penmanship.

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/
The home of the event Script Frenzy. The plot machine on the homepage is at least worth the look.

http://www.zhura.com/
Zhura- Online Screenwriting Software. You don’t have to buy expensive software or become intimidated by formatting. This is a wonderful tool for those of us beginning in this field.

http://www.script-o-rama.com/snazzy/dircut.html
Drew’s Script-o-rama has hundreds of television and film scripts to read. The best way to learn something is by reading and using examples. This is a fabulous source.

Well until next time Happy Scribbles!