For those of you not in the know, filmmaker John Cosentino – in 1974 – did the first recognized Star Trek fan film called PARAGONS PARAGON. This was a very ambitious undertaking. Done well before the days of CGI, this 100 minute 8mm film involved sets, costumes, makeup, miniatures, props, and optically printed visual effects.
Unfortunately the whereabouts of this film – and Cosentino himself – have been a mystery for decades. This is a true shame because he played a huge part with such publications as Don Dohler‘s CINEMAGIC and designed some of the creatures for both Dohler’s THE ALIEN FACTOR and GALAXY INVADER. These are not small accomplishments!
Fortunately the man himself has surfaced on the web in early 2012! He now hosts a blog site that recounts his days of working on his film, plus the articles he had written for CINEMAGIC, and his days of working with Dohler in the 70s. There are loads of pictures and clips of his work uploaded. For a person that loves do-it-yourself special effects, this is a dream come true.
I hope to interview John in the near future. For now click on the image about to go to his amazing site!