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Trekkies film new internet movie

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This is the fourth film in the Intrepid series

Jean-Luc Picard and the Romulans are fighting it out in Tayside as Star Trek fans film their latest internet epic.

It comes as Trekkies create the fourth in their Intrepid series. The first has already been published on the web and the others are in post-production.

Arbroath, Dundee and a forest near Dunkeld are masquerading as the Starship Intrepid, a Romulan vessel and alien lands.

The brains behind the project is a 38-year-old nurse from Dundee.

Nick Cook became the producer of the series after his local Star Trek club folded five years ago.

He admits their first short movie effort was a massive learning experience and might have looked a little rough.

However, he feels they have got the hang of it now and is proud of what they have created.

He said: "I kept this very hush-hush for a while and nobody at my work even knew I was a Star Trek fan and then they found out last year.

"I'm a nurse, so I'm used to getting stick, and I have had some abuse through it, well-intentioned abuse, but abuse all the same.

Some people like it for the fact it's clever science fiction, it tells clever stories. It's a kind of morality play and a window on humanity
Nick Cook
Intrepid Producer

"But it's still been a very positive response and people at work said: 'Wow, that was great. How did you do that?' that kind of thing, which I didn't really expect.

"Complete strangers have recognised some of us. We were actually in Vegas at Star Trek the Experience two years ago and got recognised there."

This new project features about 20 people, including a Patrick Stewart impersonator, who will star as Captain Picard.

Mr Cook admits he has spent several thousand pounds on his series, shelling out for a camera, other equipment, costumes, props, petrol and catering.

But his love of Star Trek film-making his taken him as far as Los Angeles and New York to work on other independent Star Trek series.

He feels it is hard to pin-point just one reason for why people love the TV show so much.

"Star Trek's got a core appeal to people on different levels," he said.

"Some people like it for the fact it's clever science fiction, it tells clever stories. It's a kind of morality play and a window on humanity.

"Other people just like the ships and the big explosions."



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