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Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V, the Final Frontier
William Shatner makes his feature film directorial debut with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Captain's Log is the up-close, inside story of what went into making this remarkable film.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Pocket Books
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I liked this way more than is reasonable. I've always loved Star Trek V, in spite of it's goofiness. It was interesting to get a better idea of Shatner's original epic plan. I would have liked to have seen the movie as he originally envisioned it. The book doesn't have much of an ending, but other than it was a very enjoyable read.
Not great literature or anything, and hardly an honest analysis given its status as "book about famous actor as told to his daughter to help market directorial debut," but it's still cool to read the how-tos, technical difficulties with specific scenes, etc. I like the director's/main actors' visions of what the movie was supposed to be a lot more than how it turned out, really. They talk a lot about humor to balance out the seriousness, but they took it too far and an inherently serious story ...more
William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won ...moreMore about William Shatner...