Monday, November 28, 2005

Panic Trek Outing

Whoa .. who's that guy!?

Well I will explain. This past weekend, believe it or not, I went to a Star Trek Convention called Starbase Indy.

I can hear you now "Star Trek!? What gives Shane?"
Actually for those who know me, I go to Star Trek Conventions quite often, as well as other great cons such as DragonCon. Some day I need to attend ComicCon (that is where Lucas got his break really) You forget I enjoy Scifi in general, and yes Star Wars might be my first love, and yes there are things I do not like about other scifi stories, though in general I still enjoy a variety of scifi/fantasy films, books, etc. I like it all really.

I also go to these conventions to have other fans see what we have done ("Revelations") and I also give panels and talks about film making and how people can do the same thing I did. I tell them all the tips and tricks. Share the knowledge!

The reason I went to this last convention is that I was invited by a recent good friend Tim Brazeal.
(he's a scary lookin guy, but don't let that fool you.. big ol softy.. hell of a great guy! We got along well as you can see .. and yes I am a dork
(note to self .. cut back on mixed drinks ;)

If you have not heard of Tim let me give you some background. He is the guy who started Trek United and Save Enterprise and basically founded and started a movement that raised close to $3.5 million through fans around the world to keep Trek alive for one more season. That is huge and an enormous accomplishment. Pretty impressive!

The fans were actually going to pay Paramount to keep "Enterprise" alive on the air waves. Paramount turned the fans down and basically closed it doors to Trek deeming the franchise was exhausted and fans were no longer interested, even when fans rallied together and raised a good deal of capital to support Paramount's product. Crazy. So Tim refunded everyone's money back, even taking a lose on it through his own efforts. Fans like us are crazy, but we make things happen

So here is where I come in ..
MSNBC had me on the show once to talk about "Revelations" and later invited me back to do a debate with Tim on the all holy war topic of "Which is better Star Wars or Star Trek"

This was just a case of the media trying to use stereotypes and create entertainment on TV through Tim and myself.. Well it back fired on them! As both Tim and I got on National Live TV and both said " I like both, and neither is better than the other!" It was a "Can't we all just get along" type thing. And as much as the media tried to pit Tim and myself against each other, we just were not going to have it, and what the media tried to do to form rivals of Star Wars against Star Trek, actually formed a strong friendship.

So Tim and I have been talking to each other after that interview and perhaps will be doing something together in the future. I support what he is planning on doing in which he is bringing fans and the Hollywood industry together to make a new franchise to keep scifi and the dream alive! This is pretty big and a cool concept. If anyone can pull it off it's Tim!

Now back to my convention experience at StarBase Indy. I had a hell of a good time and want to thank the kindness of Tim and his family for treating me so nice as well at the excellent staff I met with Trek United! These are some good people, and I love meeting fans like myself who all share a common bond of scifi, and love to have a great time. I always get to meet some great people and industry people.

One great treat was to meet, Herbert Jefferson Jr, the original actor to play "Boomer" on Battlestar Galatica.

I also ran into George Lucas!

Actually this is George Starkey who is known as the best George Lucas Look alike .. and man does he. He stars in the film "Saving Star Wars" go check it out!
It was so funny to see George at the wet T-shirt party hitting on a bottle of Capt'n Morgan.. it made you do a double take.

Speaking of party, I go to one and I am happy to say I won the "Best Buns" contest! Hey, there is feather in my hat! Who needs Oscars and Emmy awards.. I have the "Best Buns" award! LOL

A special thank you to all the ladies at Starbase Indy who voted for me! It was all for charity and it's good fun. I also got to pour the water for the wet t-shirt contest, which was funny as Tim's son Chuck bought me one ticket for who should get the honor of pouring the water on the girls, and who's number should be pulled out of all the tickets? But mine! LOL .. Thanks Chuck! So maybe more of you out there should go to Trek conventions and so forth, you would be surprised how these people party and really let go. Wow! I'll see you there.. first round is on you.


Jorg said...

Starbase Indy was a blast, just because it was so full of people like Shane and Tim... I swear the future of popular movies will come from these guys and their ilk. Hey, how about that? Shane, you've got your own "ilk". :)

Yes, you caught me with the Captain... I was extremely tame that night, however. Had I found a bottle of Cuervo, you may have heard the entire storyline for Episodes 7, 8, and 9. Episodes of WHAT I have no idea, but they certainly would have been episodes!

I'm glad you made it to Starbase Indy, and hope you can make it back next year.

Shane Felux said...

It was an awesome time George and it was a pleasure to meet you!

in fact I am excited to say you guys may see more of George in a Panic Struck Productions.. but I say to much :) I will keep you posted.

As for Starbase Indy, I will see you there next year George and I will bring the Cuervo for you.