Art Binninger's STAR TRIX: Of Clay And Cardboard

10a Sliding Into Space
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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.