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September 19, 2006

Documentary Film - Trekkies


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As you screened the film today in class, I asked you to take notes in your journal on the following information. Some of these you may have needed to answer outside of class.

Here are the questions:

1. What is the "topic" of the film?
2. What "research question (or questions)" does this film attempt to answer?
3. What is the filmmaker's "thesis"?
4. What kind of "data'' has been collected to support the filmmaker's research?
5. What "sources," NOT counting the interviews, would you imagine that the filmmaker had to collect in order to collect the data for his thesis? If you had to answer his question(s) without interviews, how would you do it?
6. What techniques does the filmmaker use to "citen his sources throughout the film? How is this different [or similar] to what you would do in a research paper? In a Powerpoint presentation?
7. What conclusions did the filmmaker draw by the film's end?
8. Did the filmmaker do an adequate job of proving his thesis? How? If not, how?

For the second part of your homework assignment: I wanted you to take your answers to questions 1 through 8 and form a paragraph or two (in your own words) that adequately synthesizes all of your answers, thus providing a very scholarly summary of the entire project. So, please copy and paste your paragraphs from your word processor (AFTER you've spelled-checked, etc.) into the comment box. Remember to include your name and section number on any comment to the blog. These will go public after everyone has submitted. Tumitin will alert me to issues of non-originality so let's keep it in your OWN words.

I do NOT want to see just a "list" of answers. I want to see a well-constructed paragraph (or two) that incorporates the crux of the information you collected during the film's screening today. What you have done today is how vou should approach anv source you use for vour research proiect.

See you in class,

Dr. Hobbs

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Posted by lhobbs at September 19, 2006 02:25 PM

Readers' Comments:

The main idea of this film is to take a look into the lives of some of the hardcore fans of Star Trek. These people, otherwise known as “Trekkies,” are basically obsessed with the idea of Star Trek and have gone to the extremes to have anything to do with the actors and their work. The film attempts to answer why these Star Trek fans go to extreme levels to make sure that it is never forgotten. It also looks at what kind of impact Star Trek has had on our society.
The thesis of this film is that Star Trek fans will to extreme levels to keep it alive in this world. This film looks at different fans, as well as the actual actors and producers, interviewing each one. The fans showed their Star Trek merchandise and the outfits that they wear on a regular basis. They also answered questions about their point of view on the series. The producers and the actors also gave some input about what they thought of these fans and some experiences that they have encountered with them. There were a lot of cases which in fact made the news, such as the lady who refused to dress more appropriately for her court hearing. Sources such as newspaper sources or media clips could have been used in the collection of data for this thesis. If I were to answer questions without interviews I would look for old articles on these subjects.
By the end of the film, the filmmaker had concluded that some of these fans were, in fact, a little extreme, however he also found that Star Trek may have shaped our society for the better. The show displayed the good in our world, and it is believed that it had a positive effect on today’s society. I believe that the filmmaker adequately proved his thesis because he had excellent examples and very acceptable information since it came from a primary source.

AlyshaG
sec 023

Posted by: AlyshaG at September 19, 2006 03:56 PM

Carrie E. Berkey
September 19, 2006
Section 023


The Film Trekkies was all about portraying the people in America that are fanatics of the series Star Trek. The idea of the movie is to understand why people are so inspired, comforted, and obsessed by this television show. The filmmaker has a clear thesis, that these people have let Star Trek overtake their lives and they truly believe there is nothing wrong with it. The film is trying to explain to others why people are just so into this series. An enormous amount of information is in this documentary, from the cast of Star Trek to the fans making it so popular. These people clearly explained why they are so interested in this show and how it plays in their every day life.
If I had to answer the filmmaker’s questions without any interviews it would be difficult, but the statistics of all the things that went into making the show makes for a great research paper. How much money people would actually spend to be like this TV series is an amazing fact. The filmmaker sited his sources easily by just letting us know who they were at the bottom of the screen and letting them speak about themselves. It is different in a research paper, because more information goes into the bibliography.
At the end of the film he made it clear that these people really do revolve their lives around Star Trek and that they do have a true passion, even though most would think it was an odd behavior. I think he did an excellent job of proving his thesis just by the people he chose for interviews and the examples they used about their lives. The all proved their own point of how important Star Trek was to them and why.

Posted by: Carrie Berkey at September 19, 2006 05:01 PM

The film “Trekkies” was based on the television series Star Trek. The film attempts to answer questions about the fans, who they are, what do they do, their dedication, the shows effects on the viewers, and what a Star Trek convention is all about. The filmmakers thesis was that the fans made a huge impact in the success and popularity of the show. The film produced data in the form of live sources, the taping of the show, and art in the form of collector items. I would suggest that the filmmaker used the media, internet, books, and video’s to prove his thesis. I would do the same thing, focusing on the internet. The filmmaker cited his live sources by displaying their names and title or relationship with the show. This is different than what is expected in a research paper or power point presentation, you would normally need to add the date, time, and location of the interview. The conclusion presented was whether you are a “trekkie” or “trekker”, these Star Trek fans are quite dedicated and powerful. I believe the filmmaker did prove his thesis by showing the many different fans that traveled to support the show.
Dawn L. sect.023

Posted by: Dawn Longenecker at September 19, 2006 05:23 PM

“Trekkies”, being the title of the film, is a documentary about Star Trek fanatics. The film producers were trying to answer many questions throughout the documentary, such as ‘‘What caused people to like Star Trek, and collect memorabilia?’’ Also, “How did the conventions get started?”, “What do people do at the conventions?”, and “How has Star Trek changed or influenced the people of the world?” All of these questions are answered. Overall the filmmaker states that people are extreme fans of Star Trek because it is a cultural icon. To support his ideas, and answer the questions, the filmmaker goes to many of these conventions, and shows the viewer the people that attend them, the cast of Star Trek, the memorabilia, and the auctions. I believe that without all of the interviews, the filmmaker would have to attend the conventions, along with researching via internet the impact that Star Trek has had. Since the filmmaker did many various things to show the viewer the effect of Star Trek, he cited his sources, by showing the viewer the direct person it came from, along with the title of who they were on screen. It is similar to a paper and PowerPoint presentation because we are giving credit to the rightful person who said it. By the film’s end the filmmaker concluded that Star Trek fanatics will never be stopped, and the show has created generations of all aged fans. The filmmaker does a great job of proving his thesis; that Star Trek is a cultural icon, and there are extreme fans everywhere.

Heather H.
Engl 202-027

Posted by: Heather H. at September 19, 2006 05:57 PM

Professor Hobbs,

The documentary, “Trekkies” directed by Roger Nygard, takes a look at how the sci-fi television series, “Star Trek” effects the fan basis. Through a series of interviews with cast members and fans, Nygard shows how many Star Trek enthusiasts make the world real. He attempts to find the answers for what a trekkie is, and how the fans make the Star Trek world reality. Nygard wishes to show that Star Trek is real and how it has become an important part to many lives over the years since it first aired. By the end of the film, the director includes some final interviews on thoughts of where Star Trek will be in the future. He concludes that Start Trek is apart of our lives now and will most likely be around in the future. I think he did prove his thesis because he showed that there are people who live the Star Trek life and that it will continue to thrive as long as people believe in it.

Nygard creates the documentary through interviews with many cast members and fans. Besides the collection of interviews, I would think the director may have found scholarly articles and newspaper articles helpful. He could have used the information from these articles to find where the conventions would be held and when. If I had to research this topic without interviews, I would use articles, and I would observe a few conventions. In order to site his sources, the director shows the interviews so we hear the information straight from the source. For a research paper, it would not work to have all the information comes straight from the sources because it would basically just be copying and pasting others’ ideas. A research paper should contain the writer’s own words and ideas. Similar to a research paper, a PowerPoint presentation would need to include the creator’s own words and ideas along with some quotations of other authors.


Andrea N.
Section 023

Posted by: Andrea N. at September 19, 2006 10:30 PM

"Trekkies"

In the video “Trekkies” the topic of the film is Star Trek fanatics. The research question that is being examined is whether or not anyone can be a Star Trek fanatic. I believe the thesis of this film is despite popular belief, people of all ages and professions can be a Star Trek fanatic. By the end of the film, I believe that the filmmaker proved his thesis to be true. He showed the example of the teenager who was a huge Star Trek fanatic as well as older people throughout the conventions. He also showed the family in which the father was a dentist, signifying that you can be of any profession and still be a Star Trek fanatic.
The kinds of data he would have had to have collected would include items such as how many conventions are held each year? Where are they located? Are they national or world wide? How many people go to them? I believe that these would be the items in which he would need to find sources for. Other sources would include things such as schedules of events and maps to his destinations. If I had to find these sources, my first place to look would be on the internet. Most likely, they would be advertised there. In order to cite his sources throughout the movie, the filmmaker provides viewers with their name and their function the first time they appear on screen. This is different from our research paper because it’s less formal and does not have to be in MLA format.

Amber B.
Sect. 23

Posted by: Amber B. at September 20, 2006 03:17 AM

In our English class we watched a documentary that was about hardcore fans who love the television show “Star Trek.” This documentary was created to show to the world that a popular television show could go so far to be even called “a cult.” These fans of Star Trek (known as Trekkies) will go a long way to show their love for their favorite television show. These fans have developed banquets and conventions from all over the world to have get-togethers to talk about Star Trek.
Most of the information discovered for the film was found by doing interviews to the many Star Trek fans. To get more information about the history of Star Trek there must be other ways to find out your information. Different ways such as searching the web for answers to important questions like, “Why has Star Trek been so popular over the past thirty years?” For citing his sources, the filmmaker usually would show the name of the place he was at on screen or post the name of the interviewer somewhere the viewer is able to see. These die hard Star Trek fans don’t just make this show their hobby, but they make it their life. This show has been able to get people from all over the world to come together and celebrate the television show they love. I feel that the filmmaker did do a good job proving his theses by showing to the world that there really is a huge following for the people who love Star Trek. The filmmaker also proved that that fans who love Star Trek are not just going through a phase in their life, but are going to continue their love for Star Trek forever!

Nick Logue
Section 202-027

Posted by: Nick L at September 20, 2006 10:46 AM

After watching the movie Trekkies, I have learned an understanding for the word fanatic. These people are die-hard Star Trek fans. The fans want to be like the actors in the show. They believe it is a way of life. The main topic of the movie was about people from all around who based their daily lives around Star Trek. For example, there was this family and the father was a dentist, his office and all the rooms were Star Trek themed and the dental hygienists had to wear Star Trek uniforms. It is amazing to see right there all love for a particular show. In a way it was hysterical to see how crazy people are. I love certain shows too, but I do not go over board. The research question was trying to ask what is it about Star Trek that people believe is real. During the film the data collected was what the conventions had to offer, what the people had to offer about how Star Trek has influenced and changed their lifestyles. If the filmmaker did not have any interviews throughout the film I believe he could of got just as much information from the conventions and by observing the people who religiously go to these Star Trek conventions. I suppose you can cite by specifically using the cast and by putting their names in subtitles so the viewers know that it is valid information. In which the filmmaker did do this. By the end of the film I’m not sure if the filmmaker was like pointing out how crazy these people are about Star Trek or just basically proving that Star Trek is cool and its ok for people to believe they are living in a Star Trek fantasy world.

Posted by: Ashley O. at September 20, 2006 11:00 AM

Hi Professor Hobbs,


Documentary Film Analysis:

The topic of Roger Nygard’s “Trekkies” documentary film is the basic story of crazy addicted fans of Star Trek. It is both interesting and quite comical. This film attempts to answer the research question: How far will a true ‘trekkie’ go to show their strong dedication and love to Star Trek? I believe Nygard’s thesis is a creation of a lot of points of view. Certain people put their life and soul in being a fan and going through everyday ‘dressed to kill’ as a diehard fan of Star Trek. There was a lot of data collected to put towards this documentary, not only were there interviews with the actual actors but there were one on one conversations conducted with the fans. Also, without interviews, a great piece of data collection was going out, investigating and filming conventions, actually being in the environment of true ‘trekkies’. Throughout the documentary Nygard made great stepping stone affects showing how his collected information was forming into a conclusion, by showing in the end that a true fan will go the distance for any convention or anything having to deal with the show itself. I believe the filmmakers attempt to prove his thesis was well done, I do not believe that any viewer was left with any questions. An ending comment; it is hard to believe there are so many dedicated fans in the world of Star Trek that will go the distance.

Jennifer T.
ENGL202 sec.023

Posted by: Jennifer T. at September 20, 2006 11:38 AM

There are many people who have obsessions and are fascinated and amazed by certain trends and ideas. Out of these people, and based on overall money spent as a fan group, “trekkies” stand at the top. Trekkies are people who are obsessed with the television series Star Trek, and see it not only as a phenomenon, but as a way of life for themselves separate from what they watch on television.
The filmmaker who made this documentary made a distinct thesis of representing how Star Trek affects the way many people live. To do so, countless interviews were conducted, and letters and radio show interviews were researched as well. Not to mention the countless fan interviews, the filmmaker had to interview the actors of Star Trek, and I would imagine had to do researching behind the television show. This documentary wouldn’t have been able to take place without the interviews, but if it had to be, online fan sites, merchandise sales, and radio shows could also have represented how crazed Star Trek fans really are.
To cite his sources throughout the film, each interviewee has his or her name listed underneath them when they are first shown, so that you know who they are. This is similar to when you write, and after your sentence is complete, you document where it came from. In a power point presentation you could cite things in the same manner. For example, if you have a picture, you would note its name and source underneath it.
By the end of the film it was clear how Star Trek affects people’s lives. It teaches one to be unique in a way that is different but not harmful to anyone. It also shows that being a trekkie is a good lifestyle. It makes these people feel good about who they and what they are doing. This message was proven through several extensive interviews, and making this film clearly showed that being a trekkie is a lifestyle, therefore doing an adequate job on its thesis.

Lauren S.
English 202-section 27

Posted by: Lauren S. at September 20, 2006 02:52 PM

The topic of the film we viewed in class was the phenomenon of Star Trek and the impact the show has on trekkies of all ages and gender. The research question the film attempts to answer is what is the obsession with Star Trek and why are so many people fascinated with it? The filmmaker’s thesis is the impact that Star Trek has on different people and how the show has impacted people’s lives over the years. The type of data the filmmaker collected to support his research was that he interviewed several different people and listened to many different people’s stories. The filmmaker also interviewed the cast of Star Trek and let them tell their stories about their fans and how the show has changed their lives. Using interviews in this documentary was useful because it showed how trekkies lives have been formed around Star Trek. Besides interviews, the filmmaker’s other sources could of came from newspaper or magazine articles telling about trekkies experiences and thoughts. If I had to answer his questions without interviews, I would look through magazine or journal articles relating to trekkies and try to discover why people are so fascinated with Star Trek, and how the show has changed their lives. I would also try to search for books on trekkies. Several online websites would also be a useful source to look at as you could even get people’s opinions and thoughts off of several fan club websites. In order to site his sources, the filmmaker listed the name of who he was interviewing. Also, at the end of the film, there were credits with all the names of people used in the film. While writing my research paper, I will also be listing my sources at the end of my paper in order to give credit to those who deserve it. While doing my PowerPoint presentation, I will list the sources as to where I found my photos and information. The conclusions the filmmaker drew by the end of the film was that trekkies are male and female, old and young, and come from different parts of the world. He also concluded that Star Trek has made a huge impact of people’s lives and that being a trekkie is almost a way of life for some people. I do believe that the filmmaker did an adequate job proving his thesis because he got the point across that Star Trek has affected people’s lives, and that trekkies are people who are extremely fascinated and have an obsession with the show. The filmmaker also answered his research questions throughout the film, and by obtaining people’s thoughts and feelings; I believe he did get his point across.

Katie L.
section 27

Posted by: Katie L. section 27 at September 20, 2006 03:21 PM

When watching the film I thought the topic was about Star Trek conventions and the people who attended them that were called “trekkies”. Some of the research questions I thought they were talking about were when they were asking what a trekkie or trekker was? I honestly wasn’t sure about the research question. The thesis the filmmaker tried to use was “what is the importance of Star Trek to people in everyday life?”
Some of the data collected that supported the movie was done by interviews, conventions and cast members from previous shows. Some of the sources I’d use other than interviews would have to be going to the conventions. That was a good idea to gather information on how people felt. Some techniques the filmmaker used to cite his sources were captions that identified the characters and cast members of the show. It’s different to what you would do in a research paper because in a research paper you have to use paper or documented sources for credibility. In a power point presentation, I’m not sure how you’d cite your sources.
By the end of the movie, I came to the conclusion that Star Trek meant a great deal of significance to people who spent their lives watching the show. Yes. The filmmaker showed how people responded when they were around the cast of the show and how important they were in the fans lives. Some people dedicated their lives to the show and the footage showed great detail in that.


Laurisa J
Section 027

Posted by: Laurisa Jackson at September 20, 2006 06:05 PM

The topic of the film was about Star Trek fans, or Trekkies. I think the film maker was trying to answer what the phenomenon with Star Trek is, and his thesis was that Star Trek fans are extremely dedicated. He supported this by actually going to the conventions that fans go crazy about. They even dress up like Star Trek characters. He also went to visit a dentist that made his whole office nothing but Star Trek. I would have started searching the internet for the dedicated fans and where the conventions are. Maybe I would try some books and magazines too.
The film maker cites his work by interviewing everybody. Each interview he had their name and who they were. Where as in a paper you have a work cited page with all of your sources. By the end of the film, you realize how dedicated the Star Trek fans are. Just by seeing how they dress up and act at the conventions, they are serious and obsessed about it. Even the dentist that made all of his workers dress up, and the other guy that actually built Star Trek vehicles. They really love it and probably always will.

Ashley C.
Section 23

Posted by: Ashley C. at September 20, 2006 06:23 PM

19 Sept. 2006

The film that we screened in class talked about Star Trek and the dynasty of fans, "Trekkies," that have dedicated their lives to keeping its memory alive. The film attempts to answer question of how the television series of “Star Trek” has influenced the way people live and why they have chose to do what they do? I think the film maker’s thesis was that no matter where you come from or what you do for a living that you can become a “Trekkie” or a Star Trek fan. The film maker has clearly had to research about the conventions that these fans attend and what is it that is going on at these conventions.

I would think that the film maker had to rely a lot upon interviewing people, but also I’m sure that he had to put sometime into actually researching the Star Trek dynasty. I think that he would have to have a good knowledge about his subject coming in to the interviews. I’m guessing that he would have had to probably have screened a few episodes of Star Trek, as well as probably having to research different articles that were related to Star Trek. If I had to do this I know that I would have watched a few episodes of the television series and looked for any type of scholarly article on the series, so that I could gain as much knowledge as possible about the subject.

In the documentary the filmmaker does mostly interviews, so to site his resources he would put the name of the person, when they first appeared, and what significance they held in the Star Trek realm, such as a actor or actress, or just a fan. This is different from how we would cite in a research paper, because we would use in-text citations with a bibliography page following at the end of our paper. In a power point we might cite a picture on a slide by writing what it is under it, but that would appear through out the presentation, even if we used the photograph again.

I believe that the film maker did an excellent job of showing that anyone can become a trekkie. In the video we saw a very diverse group of people who all enjoyed the same thing, star trek. There was a dentist who let the whole star trek theme take over his office and even the uniforms that he and his assistants wear. A fifteen year old kid who had already wrote a script for his local star trek club, and we even saw a woman who went as far as wearing a star trek uniform to jury duty. So over all I think that the film maker did a superb job of showing and proving their thesis, that anyone can become a Star Trek fan or a “Trekkie” no matter where they come from or what they do for a living.

Matt G.
Section 23

Posted by: Matt G. at September 20, 2006 06:48 PM

Trekkies is a documentary about the vast number of Star Trek fans who although they have come from different backgrounds, they all have one thing in common and that is they are all considered Trekkies. When the filmmaker set out to create this project, I think he had one question in mind: How has Star Trek had such a huge impact on it’s fans? Throughout the documentary, the filmmaker proves that Star Trek has influenced people to change their lives, and even their names, in order to live like a Trekkie. Through interviews with fans and the cast members themselves, the filmmaker shows the many ways fans have altered there lives after the Star Trek era. Attending conventions, collecting figurines and autographs, and even incorporating Star Trek into their jobs, Trekkies are showing they are proud fans.
Aside from interviews, the filmmaker had to do his own research into the world of Star Trek just to prepare for his project. Watching episodes of Star Trek, gathering information on the characters and the actors/actresses who played them, and checking out the many collectibles were probably just a few ways he collected his information. I would have also had to study up on the episodes and characters in order to complete this documentary. In order give credit where it was due, the filmmaker cited his sources by telling the name, residence, occupation, and credentials of the person being interviewed. This technique of citing is similar to what we will be doing in our research papers and Power Point presentations because we will follow the same format, but we may need to add more information such as dates. By the end of the film, the producer established that fans, both extreme and mild, show their love for Star Trek in many different ways, but both are Trekkies at heart. In regard to the filmmaker’s research question, I think he showed exactly how Star Trek has impacted it’s fans by going straight to the fans themselves.

Angie F.
ENGL 202-023

Posted by: Angie F. at September 20, 2006 07:12 PM

What is a “Trekkie?” Being a trekkie myself, I know exactly what one is. A trekkie is a star trek fan that takes fandom to the next level. Trekkies look beyond the sci-fi and the action of a star trek episode. They look deeper into the television show, and see the philosophy behind Star Trek. The film documentary, “Trekkies,” asks who star trek fans are, and why are they fans to begin with? Denise Crosby shows trekkies or trekkers as both normal people and very strange ones as well, but all live fulfilling lives. Ms. Crosby (aka Tasha Yar, ex-Chief-Security Officer of the USS-Enterprise-1701-D) shows the extreme level of star trek fandom through the number of conventions, along with interview describing the history of star trek and its conventions. She uses sources in observations she makes at conventions, as well as statistics on movies, series, products and people. She reinforces her sources through interview with the people who make the shows and movies as well as fans. Crosby proves by the end of the film that as many weirdo star trek fans there are, there are just as many normal productive people, who have strong moral beliefs, with similar interests and philosophies. Denise Crosby proved her point, but in the end she made star trek fans look like freaks.

Matt R
Section 027

Posted by: Matt R at September 20, 2006 07:17 PM

The topic of the film “Trekkies” is Star Treks’s biggest fans. Two of the questions the film attempts to answer are why are some people obsessed with Star Trek and why do people go to Star Trek conventions? The data that has been collected were primary sources. Other ways that the director collected data were his observations and going to the conventions. The filmmaker attempts to cite his sources by putting the person’s name and title on the screen the first time that they are interviewed. This is similar to a power point presentation in the fact that they are using the person’s name that is being interviewed. It is different than power point presentations citation since it does not include that it was a personal interview or the date of the interview. The conclusions of the film are that there are many people that are obsessed with Star Trek. I feel that the filmmakers did prove their thesis since they had almost an hour of interviews with Star Trek fans and they had footage of the Star Trek conventions.

Posted by: Marlene B at September 20, 2006 07:24 PM

Are You A Trekkie?
The topic of today’s film is “trekkies”, a.k.a Star Trek fanatics. This film is attempting to answer the following questions: What is the big deal about Star Trek? And how influential is it? I believe that the thesis that answers the above questions is: A television show such as Star Trek immensely influences the lives of its viewers for the better. This thesis is definitely proven throughout the film. Many interviews from fans were very effective for this document. For example, when a woman, almost completely paralyzed said “For the one hour Star Trek is on, I forget I’m stuck in this body.” That shows what a great impact the show left on someone. The producer of this document probably used sources such as newspapers, books, classifieds, and maybe even reviews of conventions. Also, he probably read on the general topic about how television can influence lives.
Techniques used in this film to cite his sources were basically just labeling names of the people who were talking on film. This is similar to what I will do labeling the author who states the facts used in my paper.
By the end of the film, it was easy to come to the conclusion that people were indeed heavily influenced and their lives were changed by the Star Trek phenomenon. The actors too were touched by their fans. The filmmaker did an adequate job of proving his thesis, by all of the interviews being extremely in detail about their obsession and how the show changed their lives; especially by the fact that some people were deeply touched by this show. It was a very detailed document.

Katie M.
Section 27

Posted by: Katie M. at September 20, 2006 07:27 PM

Today, in class, we watched a film about the fanatical and sometimes unconventional fans called “Trekkies.” Trekkies are fans of the television show Star Trek. This film really seemed to want to get to the bottom as to why there is such a phenomenon surrounding the science fiction themes of the show and the mass followings of the characters themselves. The gathering of Trekkies all began at what was supposed to be a small convention of a few hundred Star Trek fans coming together. What ended up happening was thousands of people showed up and the phenomenon was born. Now, there are hundreds of huge Trekkie conventions held all over the country.

I think the thesis was that Trekkies have a great connection to each other and are a very constructive influence in each other’s lives. It almost seems like they are a support group for each other and they are all there for one another. What made this film so high-quality was the data that the filmmaker collected. The filmmaker used interviews of the cast members and of the Trekkies themselves to put this film together. In order for the filmmaker to make a thesis, I think that the most important thing that had to be done was to submerge himself in the culture of these Trekkies. The best way to do that would be to go to a convention to mix and mingle with these people and see exactly where they are coming from. If I was putting together a film about this, I would go to conventions and watch as much Star Trek as I could to better understand the show. Citing for this film is much different than citing would be for a research paper or a PowerPoint presentation. The filmmaker cited names of the people he was interviewing and also the locations at which they were located. Doing a PowerPoint or research paper would require citing sources with text.

I think that the conclusions that the filmmaker made at the end of the film is that Trekkies are a very positive thing and it’s a great way for people to come together for a common cause. I think that the filmmaker did an excellent job of supporting the thesis with first hand accounts. The one that stands out for me is the girl who was going to commit suicide, but after speaking with a cast member of Star Trek and coming to a convention, she decided not to and went on to get her education. Stories like that show just how influential Star Trek has been in their lives.

Cody M.
Section 027

Posted by: Cody M. at September 20, 2006 08:04 PM

“Trekkies”
Trekkies is a documentary about the followers and fans of “Star Trek.” This film attempts to show just how far some people will go to show their loyalty and love for “Star Trek.” The film answers our question “What does it mean to be a Trekkie?” The filmmaker collected most of his data from Star Trek conventions. At these conventions the filmmaker was able to talk directly to Trekkies themselves. The filmmaker could have collected data from “Star Trek” movies and the internet. The filmmaker uses the people within his movie to cite his sources where as in a research paper the sources would be cited on paper. The film concludes that Trekkies can be ordinary people with an extraordinary passion for “Star Trek”. The filmmaker was able to show first had some of the most extreme cases of Trekkies.
Bethany P.
Section 023

Posted by: Bethany at September 20, 2006 08:10 PM

Today, in class, we watched a film regarding “Trekkies”. Trekkie is a term for a fan of the popular television showed Star Trek. This film addresses the question regarding why people follow and fanaticize over this television show. It is an obsession that developed after the first complete year of the shows aired on television. Three hundred people got together and rented a hotel ballroom to discuss their fixation with this show. I believe the filmmaker’s thesis was that Star Trek can be a great positive influence in people’s lives while also allowing them to meet fellow Trekkies. I can imagine that putting together a film would be a long and arduous process. Collecting data to back the research the filmmaker has already done is an essential part of this process. His main tool for collecting data was interviewing the stars of Star Trek and fans at the Star Trek conventions.
Suppose the aforementioned means of data collection was not available and the filmmaker had to use another instrument to gather data. He could watch old Star Trek reruns, ask permission to go onset for the filming of an episode, or go to one of the conventions to just experience the atmosphere surrounding this phenomenon. Throughout the film, the filmmaker cites his sources by asking the people their names at the beginning of the interview. This makes them well aware of their contribution to the film. Even though this isn’t the same exact process used to cite a paper or a PowerPoint presentation it is similar that we, the class, will be crediting someone else with the idea but our citation will be in the form of text rather than in a film. Near the end of the film the filmmaker wraps up the concept that Star Trek has had an immense impact on many people’s lives in numerous ways. Personally I found that the filmmaker did an ample job of confirming his thesis because he acquired an abundance of examples that reiterated his thesis. This is an eccentric group of people in my opinion, but they all share a fascination and camaraderie with one another.

Adam V.
English 202 Section 27

Posted by: Adam V. at September 20, 2006 08:44 PM

Professor Hobbs,

My research topic is steroid use among teenagers. My research question based on this topic is would steroid testing in high schools greatly decrease its use among teenagers? I understand that answering this question will be the primary focus of my research thesis.

Cody M.
Section 027

Posted by: Cody M. at September 20, 2006 08:51 PM

Professor Hobbs,
My topic is stem cell research's place in regenerative medicine and my research question based on this topic is “Will stem cell research and the resulting advancements in regenerative medicine provide benefits for the United States population?” I understand that answering this question will be the primary focus of my research thesis.

Adam V.
Research Writing 202
Section 27

Posted by: Adam V. at September 20, 2006 08:58 PM

Daniel D
Engl 202 – 027

Star Trek Fans

The movie we watched Tuesday pertained to the topic of fans of Star Trek. They call themselves various names such as “trekkies”, “treker” or simply “Star Trek fans.” The movie raised the question regarding who are the “Trekkies?” How loyal are they to the show? What is the history of the fans? Why are they such loyal fans?” Do the fans provide any contribution to the world?
The film maker’s thesis was flashed during the opening quotation which stated something to the effect of, “Star Trek fans are the most loyal fan base of any other TV series ever.” The film maker’s of the movie went on a quest to several Star Trek conventions. Using interviews of loyal fans and the mixture of audio and visual of the conventions which were strictly filled with Star Trek fans the film makers were able to give the audience the facts of how loyal the fans are. The movie was a persuasion piece because it never showed people who are not Star Trek fans. Using only footage of fans the movie was one sided.
The movie was not based just on interviews, granted they helped but the point of how loyal the fans are were proved just by the footage of the fans. For example, a fan of a sport may dress up wearing a jersey of their favorite fan, but a Star Trek fan dresses up every day as their favorite character. This proves how committed the Star Trek fans may be.
The film maker cites his sources through stating where he is during the time of the footage. The other way of citing his sources is by flashing the name of the interviewee under the person speaking. By the end of the film it was clear how loyal the fans are and the filmmaker’s point was clear that the fans are the most loyal fan base probably ever. The film maker definitely proved his point and answered his research question.

Posted by: Danny D. at September 20, 2006 09:09 PM

The topic of this film was Trekkies. The research questions that I believed the documentary was trying to answer were: How did Star Trek affect the lives of Trekkies and others in either a positive or negative way? How did they fit into society? Is being a Trekkie a hobby like anything else? The filmmaker’s thesis was if you integrate being a Trekkie in your life in a proper way like any other hobby, then it can have positive results. The data collected to support the research were interviews. I could imagine the filmmaker had to look at current events in the newspaper or television to find out about some of these controversial people and know a little about Star Trek by watching the shows. Also, he had to look up the interviewee’s numbers in the telephone book and find out where they lived. The filmmaker shows the name of the person he is interviewing to cite his sources throughout the film. This is similar to in-text citation in a paper or PowerPoint presentation in that the writer is showing who stated the information while you read it. The conclusion was that although Trekkies are strange in the eyes of many people, what they do is for fun and we need to just except it. Overall, Star Trek teaches someone how to treat others with respect and is more than just a television show. I think the filmmaker did an adequate job of proving his thesis by giving many examples of Trekkies and how Star Trek impacted their lives.

Posted by: Brian B. at September 20, 2006 09:42 PM

Professor Hobbs,

The “topic” that I came up with from the video was Star Trek. The film attempts to answer: How does Star Trek affect your life or the fans life? I thought that the filmmaker’s thesis was about the imagination that Star Trek has on the individual.
To support the thesis the data that was collected were fan interviews, actor/actresses interviews, personal letters, and radio talk shows. Collecting information without using interviews would be hard but the filmmaker would have to attend and experience Star Trek conventions, talk to friends of fans, listen to the radio shows, and look at the marketing of Star Trek to collect his data for his thesis. If I would have to answer the thesis I would attend Star Trek conventions and just watch people and how they act and listen to what they would have to say to one another.
The filmmaker cited his sources when he was doing the interviewing stating the name of the person and their relationship to Star Trek during the film. This is a little different from what we have to do in our data because we are not always going to talk to the person one on one. We could have a video clip in our PowerPoint presentation of the person who we are talking to and that would be very similar to what this person did for this film. By the end of the film I came to the conclusion that the filmmaker was trying to know the difference between a Treker or a Trekee and was up for the individual to decide. I thought that the Filmmaker did a good job of proving his thesis because the people who follow Star Trek are always using their imagination by creating new costumes or having a personal collection of memorabilia. It seems as though they are always creating new ideas from their imagination and feel apart of the Trek world.


Whitney W
027

Posted by: Whitney W at September 20, 2006 09:42 PM

Trekkie. When a person hears this word, they are more than likely inclined to think about an avid Star Trek fan or somebody interested in space travel, or both. This idea would hold water in a debate; according to the documentary we watched in class, “trekkies” are the only television show following in history to be defined in the dictionary. The film screened by Professor Hobbs to the class focused on the idea of the influence of Star Trek on its viewers over the years it has been broadcasted, and its lasting influence on those who watched it. If anyone were to question the level of influence the program had on the American public, they probably wouldn’t be able to gauge the level of devotion viewers had to the show. To the viewers that watched Star Trek, many were swept away and wanted to bring the program’s background into their everyday lives. Conventions, clubs, parties, websites, and other large public events were held and continue to be held and attended by a large and devoted gathering of viewers.
Some people even take their devotion to Star Trek to the extreme; many viewers refer to themselves as officers of special space groups that are really just branches of a Star Trek club. The creator of the film in class did a great job portraying this commitment that viewers have with Star Trek; the viewer was able to see first hand a woman that constantly wore her Star Trek uniform, a dentist that converted his office to look like a Star Trek museum, and a look into what goes on at Star Trek conventions with interviews of those in attendance. Not counting interviews, the producer would have had to have used research techniques such as reviewing articles, journals, and possibly some internet forums about Star Trek and its fans to develop enough working knowledge to portray its influence over the American public. The producer does an excellent job presenting information through citing his interviewees throughout the film; many times he has real cast members describe what Star Trek meant to them and had their names appear in print at the bottom of the screen. At the film’s end, it’s clear to the viewer that Star Trek gave its fans a “sense of desire to escape” and a hobby, above all. People were able to find others of similar interest and talk about something they enjoyed. In the end, it was clear that viewers of the film were clearly presented with what the producer wanted to show: how Star Trek has influenced its fans.

Rich L.
ENG 202-027

Posted by: Rich L. at September 20, 2006 09:43 PM

In class on Tuesday we watched a documentary entitled “Trekkies”. The title alone describes what the movie is about. It was a very broad documentary but I believe the main purpose of it was to describe/define the Trekkies and try to put out some of the common stigmas about them. In short, what defines a Trekkie and are there different levels of devotion to Star Trek? How are these fanatics (I suppose you could call them this) affecting society? How, in general, has Star Trek affected society? How did Star Trek come to be the phenomenon that it is today? Throughout the documentary, the filmmaker tries to define Trekkies and prove to the viewer that they are just as much of an asset to the community as anyone else. So they have a hobby; doesn’t everyone?
Newspaper clippings and journal articles, aside from interviews, were the main source of information for the filmmaker. The filmmaker interviews dozens of these Trekkies and sees that they aren’t much different from you and me. They have regular jobs, such as security guards, dentists and so forth. Appearing in the documentary were various newspaper articles, photos, and video feeds of live conventions) but they weren’t formally documented as you would see in a PowerPoint presentation. At the end of the documentary, I feel the filmmaker did a very adequate job of proving his/her thesis. They have a hobby that they feel strongly about and they are no different from anyone else. It’s just a way of life for them and who are we to judge them? What’s normal to one person may seem weird/awkward to another.

Matt Killian
ENGL202-023

Posted by: Matt K at September 20, 2006 09:49 PM

“Trekkies”

The film “Trekkies” was a film that explored the world of star tracks fans. I believe that the focus of this film was trekkies. The film showed these people and the world that they lived in as Star Trek fanatics. Through the film some of the questions that are brought up are: what leads fans to these conventions? What causes this craze? Why are the fans so adamant, (fans of other things don’t revolve their lives around what the like)? I believe that the thesis of this movie is television has a huge effect on the public (particularly Star Trek). People get so involved and actually almost believe what they see on television. The data that was gathered in support of the research was interviews with the fans of the series, which could be considered experts on this topic. There was also data collected from the writers of star trek along with the actors of the show. If we were to not include the interviews as material in support of the thesis we could watch the show or even read articles on the series to gain knowledge to support the thesis. The sources in the film that were used were the actors, directors, and the fans of star trek. In writing my research paper I could use interviews of people that have first hand experience much like the filmmaker. The conclusions that I feel were made were: The fans believe they are like any other fans (like sports fans). Star Trek, is almost a way of life for these people. I think that the filmmaker proved his thesis in the film. Watching the film you could see that these people revolved their lives around this idea. The film depicted very well that television really effects people and almost creates an alter world for them to escape away to.

Posted by: Sophia. W Section 23 at September 20, 2006 10:01 PM

The film Trekkies is an examination of the enormous Star Trek subculture in America. It is a quest to find some sort of rationale or logic behind why the series has become as popular as it has become. Basically, the film is a collection of interviews of a wide range of Star Trek fans from all over the world that describe their relationship with this cult phenomenon and why they feel it is so important to them. The dialogue expressed in these interviews clearly shows that Star Trek truly is extraordinarily popular by displaying the incredible and often-times unusual extremes that millions of fans will go to, including dressing up like characters from the shows/movies, ‘worshipping’ actors and actresses from the series, and taking characters and mythology from the show and turning it into an ‘alternate reality’ type lifestyle.
Although the film had a wealth of information, I personally do not feel that there were any ‘citations’ of the filmmaker’s work in the same sense that a research writer would think of a citation. To the contrary, the information presented truly speaks for itself. It is hard not to believe that Star Trek has some sort of popularity and staying power based on the footage of thousands of massive conventions and the actions of millions of eccentric fans. Nevertheless, whether or not the series is popular is not the main issue of the work. The main issue that the film asked was why? Why is Star Trek so popular? Although the answer was not directly stated, the interviews and footage shown seem to imply that the series consistently sends strong, moral messages about human existence, and even if interest is taken to the extreme (which it oftentimes does), is still a relatively health hobby and does not impede too much on the everyday life of its fans in a directly negative way. It is with this thought in mind that the film ends. Overall, although the film does not present information in exactly the same way that a research paper might present information, it is still very similar in the sense that a collection of thoughts, observations, and ideas was presented in an intelligent and organized manner.

Vince W.
ENGL 202-023

Posted by: Vince W. at September 20, 2006 10:25 PM

The film that we viewed in class took a closer look at the lives of Star Trek fanatics; know as “Trekkies.” The creator of this documentary took a closer look at how Star Trek effected its fanatics, and how it changed their lives. After viewing this film, it became apparent that the author proved her point that “Trekkies” were positively influenced by Star Trek. This documentary was primarily composed of interviews conducted at Star Trek conventions and homes of “Trekkies.” I assume that the author did other research on the topic such as browsing fanatic’s websites, and conducting background information on Star Trek. The author cited a lot of the work and people in the documentary by simply using titles and subtitles during an interview. By the end of the movie, the author basically came to the conclusion that while Star Trek fanatics may be a bit unorthodox, but the show has clearly had a good effect on their life and attitude. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job of proving the thesis. The author used concrete examples. An example of this is when an actor from Star Trek received a suicide note from a fan. In few words, the actor talked the fan out of killing themselves. This is just one example that was used to show how “Trekkies” have an extended family.


Professor Hobbs,

My topic started out as “What can be done to lower gas prices.” I changed my research question to, “How does the increasing price of gasoline effect the average worker in Indiana, PA?”

From here I will start to gather research about gasoline prices as a whole. I am getting the feeling that a lot of my research that is related to Indiana, PA will be interviews.


-Chris Di Giacomo
Section 27

Posted by: Chris D at September 20, 2006 11:04 PM

In my opinion, the topic of the film that we watched in class on Tuesday was Trekkies, the travelers. During the film the people being interviewed talked about how much dedication they have to Star Trek and also about the Star Trek conventions all over the country. The question being asked during the video was about the fans’ interests in Star Trek and in a way what they get out of going to the conventions. I think that that the thesis of the video was along the lines of your interests being able to help your networking status while enjoying something that you like. The filmmaker for this film used interviews of the cast and the fans to assemble this documentary. Also the filmmaker could have used some of the manuscripts, props and stage sets to complete this documentary but had it been about a day on the set of Star Trek, that is something that I would have done if I were making the film.
When watching the film, the filmmaker referred to certain episodes and also information from previous conventions that had taken place. By the end of the film the conclusion came to be, in my opinion, that no matter what you do, there will always be a way to better yourself in the future and that there are so many people that are interested in the same things that you are. I think that the filmmaker did a good job at getting their point across to their viewers by showing how many different but alike people there are out there in the world.


Valerie W.
Section 202 023

Posted by: Valerie W. at September 20, 2006 11:14 PM

“Trekkies”

The topic of the film “Trekkies” is Star Trek fans. This film shows how Star Trek fans take their fan club to a whole new level of fanatic. This film shows how and why they love Star Trek so much, it also shows where the fans come from, and how old all of the fans are. This film tried to prove that “Trekkies” are real people and take there fan club seriously because they attend/hold hundreds of conventions a year, all age groups are involved, and the fans come from all over the world. To prove this, the filmmaker held several interviews and showed this during the film. He interviewed several fans and cast members for direct sources. To further his research I am sure the filmmaker watched many of the Star Trek episodes, read many of the books and probably did some research online.
If I were to do a documentary such as this one; I would probably start with watching the episodes, then go online and read books to further my knowledge before actually looking for direct sources. During this film,, the maker used the interviews as not only knowledge but as a form of citations. He would interview the persons and show their name, and Trekkie name, and then play what they had to say. I like his way of doing this, although it doesn’t show how he came about this person or all of this information. I would definitely use the Trek name and real name in my paper and powerpoint, I thought this was a great idea. To conclude this documentary, the filmmaker showed what a huge impact Star Trek had on the fans lives. They related everything to Star Trek including the outcome of the world. They described it as the “blueprint of the future”. This filmmaker definitely proved his thesis in this documentary by showing interviews, scenes, and the various types of fans and beliefs.

Miki B.
Section 027

Posted by: Miki B at September 20, 2006 11:43 PM

With colorful costumes and seemingly endless creative plots, Star Trek has entertained millions of fans and continues to amuse fans even today. But the television series, Star Trek, though seemingly trivial, has in fact helped many fans to universally connect and overcome individual struggles within their own lives. Throughout the motion picture the filmmaker uses many interviews to help support his research. During these interviews he identifies each person and states their importance. The fans express their feelings for the series by attending Star Trek conventions and collecting as many pieces of memorabilia from the show that their wallets can afford. These fans even opened their homes to let the filmmaker see how Star Trek impacts them daily. Some extreme fans even dress up in Star Trek clothes to further show their enthusiasm and appreciation for the series. Although Trekkies comprise a small, specific portion of the population, they look at each other as equal and true fans that treat each other with great respect. And, Trekkies are always welcoming in new fellow fans to share their interests. Enthusiasts will always look at Star Trek as a time to get away and not worry about what has to be done within their lives. People have even said that this show saved their lives or led them to their careers today. In addition, one fan has even stated, “Star Trek will be a blue print for the future someday.”
Besides the interviews, the filmmaker probably used online sources, TV shows, radio talk shows, or newspapers to express his thesis. These sources probably would help one to find information on the fans conventions, and what they do during these events. Without interviews, I think you could answer the questions by using online sources, the radio talk shows and you could read the letters that Star Trek receives from fans. Furthermore, the filmmaker cites his sources similar to how we will in our presentations because we will have to put the websites or the sources on the bottom of our slides. For example, when we put a picture in our slides we must include where we got it. The film, “Trekkies,” proves that Star Trek continues to inspire and change the lives of millions of fans. The personal interviews and well-presented facts give great insight into this meaningful and long-lasting bond. The creator fully explained his thesis through a mix of specific research and personal struggles.

Jake M
Section 027

Posted by: Jake M at September 21, 2006 12:13 AM

To be a trekkie is to be more than simply a fan, it’s to live a way of life. Through the documentary this theory was proven through first hand experiences. The filmmaker was able to do a remarkable job at letting the viewers into the way of trekkie life by following around actually trekkies through their daily routine. This was able to more accurately portray trekkies and their lifestyles than simply just having them sit down and answer straightforward questions. In the end, the filmmaker did an ample job in proving his theory. Trekkies are normal people who not only enjoy watching Trek films but, strongly believe in there morals and live their lives to the same standers presented in the shows.
Bryan M. 023

Posted by: Bryan M at September 21, 2006 12:59 AM

September 30th 2006
Professor Hobbs,

On Tuesday's class in English 202 we watched a documentary film on Star Trek fans called Trekkies. Many of the fans were obsessed with the television show and it became something more than just a hobby in their lives. The question the film sought out to answer was: What about this show makes people continue to love and obsess over it twenty or thirty years after it aired? To find the answer to this question the film maker went to a few conventions and interviewed some intense Trekkies. Enthusiasts would invite the film maker into their home and show him their private collection of Star Trek figurines. In one case it was an entire dental office turned into a command center for the Enterprise. He would interview actors from the original cast of Star Trek and ask them about their convention experiences.

Before the film maker began his documentary there was probably a lot of research he had to do. He read articles in the newspaper about conventions and people. One article in particular was about a lady who wore her Star Trek uniform to court and had her employees call her captain. He was able to find her and put her into his film. He also formed a thesis that the acceptance and the companionship at these conventions is what brought people back. He would “cite” his sources during the film by putting the person's name he was interviewing below them on the screen. When he brought his film to an end he concluded that is was in fact the companionship that brought people back year after year, but it was also more than that. It was the ideas that Star Trek represented. The idea of equality for every race and color, the idea of a bright future, and the idea of a society who excepts one another and works together for a common goal without money or greed. He did a good job of proving his thesis and made a video that will glorify Trekkies for years to come.

Sam H.
Section 023

Posted by: Sam H. at September 21, 2006 01:38 AM

The film watched in class on September 19th was about Star Trek fans. From the topic the research question was formed. Has Star Trek created a different way of living and thinking for fans? The thesis, Star Trek fans find a different way of thinking after watching the TV show. Interviews were done and documented in the film for the research. If the interviews were not possible I feel that the research would have to turn towards data on Star Trek fans. He would also have to look at different books written from a Star Trek fans point of view. The internet would have also been a good source and also field and case studies done. The research cited his sources by acknowledge who the person being interviewed was. He did this by showing there name and who they were every time a person would begin talking. In a way this is similar to how it would be cited in a power point. When showing information that is not your own on a power point you may state an authors name or a book and the page number so a person could then go to your bibliography to see were to find more information. The conclusion that can be drawn from this movie is that Star Trek fans have created their own culture and way of life. I believe that the filmmaker did an adequate job in trying to prove his thesis. He showed the diversity of the fan from Terkkies to Terkers to Spider fans. He also interviewed stars from the different shows and series. The filmmaker showed how some people altered their life style because of Star Trek. All this proves his theory.


Michelle W
Section 27

Posted by: Michelle W at September 21, 2006 08:06 AM

The Topic of this film is about "Trekkies" or Star Trek fans. The film answers many questions like, "what’s the fascination / intrigue about Star Trek?" and "How did this sub culture come about?" The general thesis for this movie is, "Trekkies are not just sci fyi geeks, but normal people who all share the same values that this show portrays." The filmmaker collected data by interviewing "hardcore" fans and getting the inside scoop from the cast members themselves. Other then the interviews, the filmmaker most likely got more information from the conventions he attended, news paper articles on the Star Trek Phenomenon and from episodes of the show itself. The filmmaker also used a clever was to cite some of his information. He put the names and in some cases what role they played (if they were on the show) at the bottom of the screen during interviews. The overall conclusion at the end of this film is that the "Trekkies" didn't like being called "Trekkies" they would rather be referred to as fans. Also these groups of fans aren’t just sci fyi geeks, but rather a group of people who all appreciate and relate to the messages and experiences from this show. From a people to people basis I think the filmmaker did a fine job proving his thesis, but I do feel he could have provided more information about the show itself. I feel that the filmmaker told me a lot about the culture, but I still know nothing about WHY these people are fans.

Mike A.
Eng202-027

Posted by: ace at September 21, 2006 08:10 AM

Professor Hobbs

My research topic is adult sibling rivalry and my research question is do adult sibling still have sibling rivalry. I understand that answering this question will be the primary focus of my paper

Thanks

Michelle W.
Section 027

Posted by: Michelle W. at September 21, 2006 08:31 AM

Scott Moore
Section 27


The film that we watched in class on Tuesday was about Star Trek fans and their dedication to the show. The research questions that this film tries to answer is how did Star Trek conventions get so popular, How did the fans get so into Star Trek, and What about Star Trek makes it so addicting. When doing a documentary you need a good thesis and the thesis in the movie we watched in my opinion was Star Trek isn’t just a show, but a lifestyle and it affects lives. When making a documentary you need good data, and by getting interviews from actors and fans of Star Trek the filmmaker did just that. The data that isn’t shown that I think the filmmaker did was to see how many people go to the conventions and figure out why they are so popular. The technique that the filmmaker uses to cite his sources throughout the film is by using the name of the person and telling whether they are a fan or an actor of the show. The conclusions that the filmmaker came to at the end of the film is that Star Trek isn’t just a movie but a way of life, and that Star Trek fans are dedicated to the show. In my opinion the filmmaker did an adequate job of proving his thesis because he showed how Star Trek affected peoples lives and how loyal the fans were.

Posted by: Scott Moore at September 21, 2006 09:12 AM

The actual topic of the film wasn’t really about the popular show Star Trek, but more about the undying loyalty of the fans who try to go to every “Star Trek conference”, spend huge amounts of money on authentic Star Trek products, and who can recite any episode from front to back. I think that the biggest research question this film attempts to answer is, “How does becoming a ‘trekkie’ really benefit one’s life?” The thesis is very self explanatory. The filmmaker’s main point is basically saying, are trekkies just obsessed fanatics, or is there actually a method behind the madness? I think the film just wants to show how important this television show is to these people who actually find moral value out of Star Trek. The biggest form of data didn’t come from a book or newspaper article, but it came from hundreds of interviews. I personally don’t think that any of its data came from anywhere else.
If I had to answer this thesis question without interviews, I would have to dig up a couple of fans sites on the internet, and possibly find some statistical evidence on how popular the show was and still is by finding it’s television viewing rates. The filmmaker does his/her citing by identifying the viewer, where they live, and sometimes the filmmaker even mentions their age right before the interview takes place. I believe that this will differ from my research paper because it will be more difficult for me to have the filming technology to use, although I really prefer this type of researching. The conclusion that was finalized by the filmmaker was that these people were not freaks, but more of a compelling community that loved and lived for the morals that the people on Star Trek lived by. The “trekkies” like to escape from reality by watching a show that promotes unity and values the word teamwork. I personally think that the filmmaker did an excellent job getting his/her point of view across. I like how the film started off by showing some of the more amusing “trekkies” who just seemed like fanatics, to ending with the people who really had their lives touched by Star Trek.

Jackie D.
Professor Hobbs
English 202-27

Posted by: Jackie DePietro at September 21, 2006 09:35 AM

Professor Hobbs,
We just recently finished watching Trekkies in English 202. It is an odd and amusing documentary of the lives of Star Trek fanatics. In the movie, the film tries to answer several different “research questions.” Two questions stood out to me in particular; “what separates a fan from a fanatic?, what (if any) positive/negative effects result from being a fanatic?” Ultimately, I believe the film was trying to break and reinforce the stereo type of “trekkie.” The main goal/thesis of the film was centered around the lives of star trek fanatics, and I believe the purpose was to give in-depth insight to the “abnormal” life of these obsessed fans. In order to answer these questions the film makers had to do a lot of extensive research. This research was not limited to just interviews of the fans. The researchers had to become immersed into the life of a “trekkie.” They had to collect various data pieces. The first piece consisted of attending various conventions and doing extensive background research on these people’s way of life. The most important piece of data they had to collect was finding the “best of the best” of fanatics and researching how the TV show Star Trek has impacted their lives. During the film the film maker attempted to cite his sources. During interviews, people explained their history with Star Trek, how many conventions they have attended, how they personally relate to Star Trek, and why they live the way that they live. It is similar to what you would do in a research paper because it is fact. Through out the film, Trekkies are displayed as weird people with weird lives, but the author turns that stereotype around and makes us see that though they have strange habits and are found to be peculiar, Star Trek fans are warm and good people. I think the film maker did an excellent job of proving his thesis. During the entire film the audience is immersed into the lives of trekkies, and it really did give an indepth insight to how they live their lives.

Britain.M
Section 027

Posted by: Britain.M at September 21, 2006 10:04 AM

*NOTE* Deadline for this assignment has passed. Comments are no longer being accepted for this exercise.

Posted by: Lee at September 21, 2006 12:44 PM

This film was about people of all ages that were Star Trek junkies or in other terms Trekkies. This film tries to answer the question on how Star Trek affects people’s lives. The thesis of this film is Trekkies go to the extreme to prove their love, devotion, and obsession for Star Trek. The filmmaker went to different Star Trek conventions to interview different Trekkies in order to collect data for this film.

In order for the filmmaker to cite his sources, he would interview someone and have their name and occupation displayed on the screen as that person talks. Towards the end of the film, the filmmaker tries to show you that Star Trek does have positive influences on some people. I believe the filmmaker did a good job supporting his thesis. He proved in his film that there are people that are so obsessed with Star Trek and also how far they would go to prove it.

Sylvia G.
Section 027

Posted by: Sylvia G. - Section 027 at September 22, 2006 10:48 AM

A phenomenon that amazes me is the amount of people dedicated to Star Trek. As I started to watch the documentary Trekkies I asked myself why anyone would want to make a documentary about people who consider themselves more than just fans of Star Trek. Then, I watched the whole thing. The movie shows an amazing point; they take the stars, characters, and the people who love the series and shows that role models can have a positive influence on society. The point, I believe, is to emphasis the facts that if people in the “lime light” want to be positive about life, people will respond just as well as those that are surrounded by negativity.

Throughout the whole movie, the “trekked” and actual Star Trek stars, were being interviewed, however, you never heard the questions or person behind the interviews. Even though I really liked the technique used, I like the idea of hearing what actual questions are being answered. With technology today the interviews could have been “cut” and “pasted” to sound different.

I didn’t really understand Star Trek and why people are so involved with it. Now, I realize that people follow this television series because so many people found beliefs, morals, and a society that they eventually would like to have. Therefore, they have taken time to create conventions, and clubs devoted to informing people of when and how they celebrate their shared interest. Finally, I may not have grasped the actual purpose of this film, but I did enjoy it. I also plan on using some of what I observed about the documentary for my own presentation.

Amber K.
Section 23

Posted by: Amber K. - Section 23 at September 26, 2006 10:23 PM

*NOTE: The Assignment Below was Submitted Late to the English-Blog – Comment Processed Manually by Instructor*

9/19/2006

1. This film is focused on the fans of “Star Trek”, a show which has for years not only entertained but also given hope and sometimes even purpose to the fans who enjoy the show.
2. I would say that this film addressed the notion of trends or hobbies.
3. I believe the film maker's thesis is “Star Trek is not only a show, in the eyes of a fan it can become a brother hood, or even a way of life.”
4. The film maker have gathered the feelings of many “Star Trek” fans. Asking them to express their feelings on not only the show but its characters and conventions.
5. If sources had to be collected for this without interviews I believe they could have been gathered from watching the show or reading the many books that have been written for the show.
6. The filmmaker interviews the cast of the show and gets one of the members to be the host as well as running credits at the end to cite the movie.
7. The filmmaker had shown that this was no ordinary show, and that it had effected many lives and allows a gateway for people to reach out to each other and come together as well.
8. The filmmaker most definitely did an exceptional job of proving his thesis to be true. His interviews and shots of the conventions further proved just how important a hobbies such as this one is to an individual or a group of people.

Chris Duncan
Section 23

Posted by: Chris Duncan - 23 at September 29, 2006 10:09 AM

Chris, please tweak your comment to reflect the instructions of the assignment. That is, please construct a response that incorporates your answers to the questions asked about the documentary into a paragraphed summary (please see the examples of the entries submitted before you).

Posted by: Lee at September 29, 2006 10:14 AM

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