Subj: Answers Date: 4/18/97 10:48:34 PM From: RonDMoore <<Why was Barclay told to eliminate the living characters from his program? Why? What are the rules of holodeck use? How is the Holodeck any different from a personal diary? Why aren't the holodeck fantasies considered theraputic?>> I always thought this was a ridiculous notion. You should be able to go down to the Holodeck and conjure up anything you like, after all it's YOUR program and you should have the right to do whatever you want. For some reason, Michael seemed to feel at the time that it was an "invasion of privacy" for living people to be recreated on the Holodeck and that was the basis of Barclay's problem in "Hollow Pursuits". We've kind of dropped this notion since then and I don't think we'd say it's illegal or immoral today. <<Will Ziyal be appearing again this season?>> Yes. She's in the season finale. <<Any chance of seeing who gets picked to be the LMH next season?>> I don't think so, but I won't say absolutely not. <<In the submission guidelines, in the sample script page from a Voyager script (and I'm assuming DS9 and Voyager use the same format), there is a line that looks like this: "42 EXT. SPACE - VOYAGER (OPTICAL) 42" Am I correct in assuming that this refers to one of many different ways to display the ship as a scene transition? What are the other acceptible formats, what are the differences between them (i.e. why would I want to use on over another), and what are the economic concerns involved? If I submit the script with a simple "EXT. SPACE - VOYAGER," will the parameter be taken care of, or is it something I should concern myself with?>> The line you've exerpted is called a slug line. The numbers on either margin indicate the scene number and are used for production purposes in scheduling, budgeting, etc. You do not have to concern yourself with numbering the scenes for a spec script. A slug line usually need only indicate: a) interior (INT.) or exterior (EXT.) b) Name of the set or location (BRIDGE, PLANET SURFACE, SPACE) c) a scene specific modifier ( EXT. SPACE - VOYAGER, INT. SISKO'S QUARTERS - BEDROOM, INT. BRIDGE - CLOSE ON BOMB) d) DAY or NIGHT (obviously skipped for the most part in Trek unless you're on a planet) EXT. PLANET SURFACE - DAY. Numbering the scenes and indicating whether or not a scene contains an optical effect (EXT. SPACE - DEFIANT (OPTICAL) ) is something we would take care of and you shouldn't worry about. A "transition" falls in the right hand margin and is usually "CUT TO:" or "DISSOLVE TO:" or "FADE OUT." You can find more information on proper script formats in almost any bookstore by looking in the Film and Television section -- there are many books with the formating rules. <<Why did the Regent's Lady adversery not try to kill Quark along with Gala and the other Arms dealer? He was involved as far as she knows.>> Quark may yet be on that list, or she may have simply concentrated only on the people who were actually in the room when the latinum hit the fan. <<Will we ever see a baseball GAME again on DS9? >> Possibly. We've talked about doing this several times. <<We the line "We are of Bajor, you are of Bajor" that the Wormhole aliens said to Sisko ever be explained. Do you have a plan for that, or was it just a throwaway line.>> We have some ideas.... <<Any chance of Worf making some kind of throwaway comment about what the Enterprise E is doing?>> Possibly. <<When coming up with Dominion epsidoes do you ever worry that people will start to get sick of them, with so many episodes being centered around them, or having them off to the side?>> We always try to keep a good mix of shows throughout the season so that there's an interesting variety of characters and races. We like the Dominion, but we don't want them to be the sole adversaries. ------------------- Subj: Answers Date: 4/18/97 11:11:16 PM From: RonDMoore <<Will we be seeing any more CHanglings around? In starfleet? And is it you current contention that the Blood tests DO NOT work.>> We will definitely be seeing more Changelings next year. The blood tests have proven ineffective against them. << I was looking at the website of a script-selling company, and amongst their DS9 scripts, they have a script called, "Here's Looking at You." Was this script never produced, or was it produced under a different name? Or is it a complete fake?>> That is one of the early titles for "Profit and Loss" and is probably a boot-leg first draft. <<Some agents (likfe AFH) require the writer to send a page describing themselves along with their script and one-liner. What do you suggest I put on this page?>> I'm afraid this is where I have to leave you to your own devices. Put down what YOU think is best. << I'm also a little bothered by the fact that My Show has turned on me, I'm used to that from others. Cleary Trek will not tolerate my views, or at least that is message they are sending.>> Well, look -- if you insist on identifying with the Essentialists and seeing our treatment of them as a slam against your conservative beliefs there's nothing I can do to stop you. The show was (supposed to be anyway) a lighter episode and we didn't set out to do a weighty examination of the issues raised by the Essentialists, so yes their views were not treated with a vast amount of respect. If you can't shrug it off and move on, that's a shame, but I'm not going to apologize for failing to give the Essentialists their due.
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