Star Trek: A Lesson in Filmmaking for the Masses

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with Stu Maschwitz about some of the best and worst movies I had ever seen. He suggested I watch the below videos, which are an in-depth analysis of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.

Not only is the one-hour review hilarious, but it is an incredibly well thought out and insightful presentation on good science fiction filmmaking for the masses, as well as a brilliant academic discussion of the director and creative team’s choices about characters, sets, and plot lines. You’ll learn why in some cases they chose to uphold some older Star Trek visuals, themes and ideas, while, in others, they trashed them entirely to make room for newer (flare-ier) ones.

Most of all, you’ll kill an hour of time, without hating yourself as much as you would if you spent that time watching funny cats on youtube.

This should be mandatory viewing for any film class for any production company/director that intends to reboot, re-life, or prequel-ize any existing movie property.

SIDE NOTE – There is one disappointing exclusion for me in this analysis: The reviewer did not even mention Tyler Perry being in the film. I am sure there was some serious thought behind including Hollywood’s most powerful African American producer/director as a character, but it has barely been mentioned anywhere.

7 thoughts on “Star Trek: A Lesson in Filmmaking for the Masses”

  1. “OH MY GODDD! What’s wrong with your hair?” BEST COMMENT EVER! XD Had me laughing for almost half an hour XD GREAT VIDEO!!!

  2. Thanks for posting this Aharon! I recall the Star Wars review last year, but did not see the Star Trek review till now.


  3. Dude, you really need to work on your taste of humour.

    I didn’t even bother to spend more then five minutes on this garbage.
    Had to be said.


  4. Thanks for your thoughts Alex. However, this is still in my opinion one of the best academic reviews of why a movie had to be made the way it was made. At first I was also thinking, wow, this is stupid, and the guy sounds like an idiot, but I trust Stu, so I watched more of it. By the time the first 30 minutes were done, I realized just how brilliant and insightful the reviewer was. So yeah, if you watch the first 5 minutes only, it’s a waste of time. If you watch it through you’ll learn a ton.

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