The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood

The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood

by Nicholas Meyer
     
 

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"Essential reading for any Star Trek and movie fan."
-trekmovie.com

When Nicholas Meyer was asked to direct the troubled second Star Trek film, he was something less than a true believer. A bestselling author and successful director, he had never been a fan of the TV series. But as he began to ponder the appeal of Kirk, Spock, et al.,

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"Essential reading for any Star Trek and movie fan."
-trekmovie.com

When Nicholas Meyer was asked to direct the troubled second Star Trek film, he was something less than a true believer. A bestselling author and successful director, he had never been a fan of the TV series. But as he began to ponder the appeal of Kirk, Spock, et al., he realized that their story was a classical nautical adventure yarn transplanted into space and-armed with that insight-set out on his mission: to revitalize Trek.

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Publishers Weekly
Though the title plays up Meyer's work as writer and director on the second and fourth Star Trek films (arguably the best of them), there's plenty in this breezy, enjoyable showbiz memoir for non-Trekkers to enjoy. Meyer wisely focuses on the range of his Hollywood accomplishments, including devastating television movie The Day After and Oscar-nominated film The Seven Per-Cent Solution (adapted from his best-selling book). Ingratiatingly humble-"I assume that people who get to make a film are a) doggone lucky and b) doing this job because they want to do it"-Meyer's clear joy for his work never edges into ego-inflation or pretension. William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Streenberg, Leonard Nimoy, Kirstie Alley, Gene Hackman and other stars pop in and out of his narrative, as does Meyer's family, but the films take center stage, as well as Meyer's grounded but exuberant affection for the community that allowed him to make them.
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"Essential reading for any Star Trek and movie fan."—trekmovie.com

"An engaging read that's all the better for his insights into directing The Day After... Meyer also writes about adapting his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, for which he was Oscar-nominated in 1977, and making his directorial debut with 1979's Time After Time."—The Gazette (Montreal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670021307
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/20/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nicholas Meyer is a screenwriter, producer, author and director, most known for his bestselling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature film series, and The Day After. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He has also been nominated for a Satellite Award and three Emmy Awards, and has won four Saturn Awards.

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