Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Roger Nygard’s Trekkies has to be the best geek documentary ever made. The second one was a little off the mark because it lacked the hilarious characters that made the first one so great. Instead it voyaged around the world to examine international trekkies (which, as it turns out, are more well adjusted than those based in the US). Development on a Trekkies 3 has begun, so get excited.
The new installment will catch up with the characters from the original documentary, and delve more into the fan films such as “Star Trek: New Voyages” that have exploded on the Internet.
The third film would probably be released directly on DVD like the second installment. But don’t run to your local DVD store just yet. Paramount hasn’t officially given the greenlight, and the film isn’t likely to be released until 2010 or 2011.