In the years following the cancellation of the original STAR TREK series and the premiere
of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE there was much grumbling throughout the land. Fans created fanzines, costumes and conventions.
NBC created an animated version of STAR TREK for Saturday morning TV. I created three animated short STAR TREK spoofs from
clay and cardboard. So stop in and read the tale that began in a U.S. Air Force barracks room and continued through the Disco
days of Hollywood and beyond.
This Site will illustrate my clay animated short
films from the 1970's and the 43 minute STAR TRIX film completed in 1986. The Triumphs, the Setbacks and the Apple Fritters
that went into these films will be explored.
|There's only one way to deal with Fritteroids
|EAT 'EM! Photo by Grant Hiestand
For those who are curious about the Star Trix
comic, I've posted some of the backgrounds on my Google blog. This will give you a chance to see them before they're pushed
to the "backgound" by the characters and story. And to save you some clicking, I only had enough space here to post Part One
of ESCAPE FROM VEGAPINTO. The entire story will be played out on BONUS FEATURES so check 'em out here:
Art Binninger's BONUS FEATURES
Grant Hiestand found a cache of slides he shot during production on
STAR TRIX - THE FLICK, most of which I'd forgotten about. I'll be posting some of them in ST-TF section soon. I've put
some on the Home page as well.
|Art Binninger menaces the Fulton's Folly II
|Photograph by Grant Hiestand
|Art and two captains at 2008 San Diego Comic Con.
The pages detailing my pre-STAR TRIX films made
while I was in high school have all been completed. Aside from the finished episodes, I found footage of a couple of scrapped
films that I've posted as well. While viewing them again, I was reminded of all the tricks I tried in those two years that
eventually led up to STAR TRIX. Before resorting to clay for my actors, my rubber-faced brother Tom romped in front of the
camera playing a Martian kid (Hmm, sounds like a recent film title) and his Earth look-alike. Check out the TOM
VS. JOE LA RITA sections.
- Clive Young's book HOMEMADE HOLLYWOOD is out and I got my copy while
in New York for the Christmas holidays. So far, I found the books at Barnes and Noble (I made sure it was more prominently
displayed at the one on Lexington Avenue) but it should be arriving at other booksellers soon. Check his site for details:
- Hey! Check out my new comics site Art Binninger's BONUS FEATURES.
|Grant Hiestand with ship model and Fritteroid.
|Photo by Art Binninger
Animator/Storyboard Artist Lou Scarborough, a supporter
of STAR TRIX since the late-1980's, has a new Blog where his work is now on display. Check the Links and visit regularly since more stuff will be added.
STAR TRIX FOUND, AGAIN: There's been
some confusion on my part as to posting Links to the films that actually worked. Marc Steinijans, a fan in Germany has gone to the trouble of reposting the first three short
films on YouTube again. So check the Links in the sections about the individual movies. A big Thank You to Marc and his friends for getting the films back out there.
New Link: I met bodybuilder Robby Robinson
at the 2007 Mr. Olympia Expo in Las Vegas (just down the street from the Hilton where the Star Trek Experience is located).
I built bodies out of clay so there's a good excuse to exchange Links (plus he posted a 2D animated loop I did of him
on his Blog). Check his site then drop and give me 15 reps! See the Links page.
Rob Spitz, who first posted STAR TRIX had a falling out
with YouTube and had his account deleted. This included STAR TRIX and STUPID STORIES. They are still out there on non-YouTube
sites and may return to YT eventually.
Interview of Art on IRONIC SANS Website
by David Friedman http://www.ironicsans.com/
STTNG's Wil Wheaton likes STAR TRIX http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/23/star-trek-stopmotion.html#comments