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Art Binninger's STAR TRIX: Of Clay And Cardboard

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Grant's Behind-The-Scenes Slides 

Aside from the Polaroids and Super 8 footage we shot during the making of STAR TRIX - THE FLICK, Grant shot a number of 35mm slides. Most were for various scene elements (starships, effects, star fields, etc.) but there were a number of behind-the-scenes pictures as well. Here are a selection from the batch.

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Art prepares to move the admiral during his spacewalk. The radial arm saw that we would mount cameras and models on is visible in the shot.

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Grant poses with the starship models and a rogue tie-fighter lurking beneath the fully illuminated Enterprise.

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Art holds a tiny starship model which will travel through what will become the Tonly interior. Plastic champagne cups aith red stain and Christmas lights mounted on styrofoam make up the alien set.

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Grant pilots the ship over the Tonly exterior. It consists of a cardboard tube encrusted with folded geometric-shaped construction paper . A Radio Shack plastic disco globe caps the end with another plastic champagne cup. Art is dumb-struck.

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Grant works on the dish of yet another Enterprise model. the interior of the plastic was painted black so that the light would only spill out ot the desired areas.

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Grant displays the electrified starships. The new Enterprise had its wiring snaked in from the bottom while the old version was wired from the top.

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The alien probe was a small fluorescent tube that Art had to animate the characters around. A bit of a tight squeeze, to be sure.

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The flurescent tube as it appeared without the cast in the way. Damned carbon units!

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A Klingon on the bridge? We won't see that for another generation.

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Art lends Klurk a hand on the Egyptian museum set. The gold figure in the display case on the right is Darth Vader.

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The viewscreen slide had a black area where the crew could see where they were going and what was coming at them. 

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The fiber optic portholes carry the interior lighting only where Grant wanted it to go. The black interior paint kept the light from leaking out around the seams.

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The Fulton's Folly II meets its predecessor in this shot revealing the kitchen setup.

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The charred original Fulton's Folly courtesy of Grant's spray markers. Neither of us was qualified to attempt marking the model up with gun powder like Ben Bosserman's flame-outs for Star Trix III.