Do you think we could get away with using blue screen techniques to super-impose the actors onto a bridge background? I've seen the results of this with Star Wreck and it looks quite impressive...
We could, but it's still nowhere near as good as having an actual set of the Bridge. We could probably fake it for other rooms of the ship, but the Bridge is something you really don't want to go cheap on, it's the very heart of the story, where most of the action happens. That's why the guys at New Voyages constructed a complete bridge set, because to do a quality film you need as many actual sets as possible. And then there's the fact that even if we could get George Takei to come take a look, he might be put off by proliferate use of green screening. However if he came to visit and we showed him a complete, authentic, well-detailed Excelsior Bridge and asked if he'd like to take a seat in the center chair, he might be willing to take us more seriously. But then again this is really all for naught if we don't contact him first and ask if he would be interested in trying out the Captain Sulu role again in a Fan film. With any luck it would turn out to be a pretty popular show, maybe enough to convice Paramount to pick it up if we brought them pilot. If not, well, I'm sure it would be a wild ride while it lasted.
And yes, a seperate forum might be a good idea, not that I want to hide anything from the rest of the good citizens of Trek United. I just want to spare them our constant babbling as we fumble around with scripts and story boards.
[EDIT] I've posted my contact information for MSN and AIM in my profile so you can speak with me more directly now.