Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Introspective: Fez talking about the Final Frontier and the Fez

By the way I am sorry it took me so long to post, Like with Phase 2 my regular life got
a hold of me for a month so hopefully I can make go away for a while. I should start this by saying that without a select few for encouraging me to talk about my perspective on Star Trek and Phase 2, and having the confidence in me to get done on set what needed to be done... You all know who you are, you have my thanks as I have told you before.

On my journey to the Final Frontier, something I have been doing for the last three years... I have become part of a group that I know understands where I am coming from, at least most of the time. I remember the first time like it was yesterday... June 2009, "Kitumba"
I had to ride with my parents because we all were not sure exactly where the studio was going to be... I have to admit I was nervous, these people have made half a dozen episodes already, and probably know more trek then I could ever know... I soon found my niche and got comfortable, due in small part that I was part of G&E, under the Gaffer Ironmaiden guy and the Key Grip Kent (the tie-dye guy).

It was a long grueling shoot, but it was fun... even when we had some injuries (no grips or future scripties were killed at this shoot). I come away with some great friends all of whom I keep in contact with for the most part.

The next shoot I was at was "Origins" or "The Protracted Man" shoot, where one of the writers from TOS was there: David Gerrold. The writer of "The Trouble with Tribbles", was sitting next to me for most of the shoot as I had changed over from a grip to a PA (Production Assistant) and many other jobs subsequent to that. but otherwise was a "tame" shoot.

The latest round of Trek at least for me was this summer, where I had the true pleasure of working on a classic story of Star Trek and one that I think would stand up to the likes of "City on the Edge of Forever"... and that of course is "Mind-sifter", I personally was unaware that it was a famous Fan Fiction story before it was turned into the Marvelous script thanks to Shirley Maiewski (the original author) and Patty Wright who adapted it into a teleplay for our show. It was during this shoot, that I was again transferred to another postion, one that many would agree that one day I will be excellent at... Script Supervisor or Scriptie

Note: I have obtained proof that the Script Supervisor for most of the Original Trek was a man

Well, armed with 2 TOS canon books for reference, all of the episodes and movies, the script and a bunch of Trek fans... I and the crew for this episode survived part one. One of my duties was to work closely with the DP (Director of Photography) Matt Bucy, The Director Mark Burchett and the Line Producer who shall remain nameless. We would discuss what was to be done that day and for the shoot. Some of the duties I had were to find what props were to be in each scene, a study of episodes to determine what props and colors were in certain character's quarters, table read with the actors, feeding them lines they forget while we film (hey were only human, most of us) and of course taking notes while we film... Big job I know... but someone has to do it.

I do have to give a shout out to two remarkable crew members that opened up their home to the crew for the first RFS (Retro Film Studios) BBQ... Thank you so much Denise and Tony D.

All and All my experiences with this set of people has been amazing, I finally have a second family... One that I can always come back to and understand. These people are some of the nicest and kindest humans I have ever met and 2 Vulcans. Hopefully, I can get another blog post out this week. Until then, "Live Long and Prosper"


  1. Fez you truly have turned into a great Script Supervisor. It is a detail oriented job and your encyclopedic knowledge of Trek serves us well! Thank you for your labors and our series is better because of it. Kent (the Tie Dyed Key Grip)

  2. "under the Gaffer Ironmaiden guy..."

    Hmmm... I'll accept that as a nickname. ;-)

  3. "and the Line Producer who shall remain nameless."

    LoL! I hate that guy... ;-)