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Several Oklahomans board 'Starship Ajax'

Planned ‘Star Trek' fan film pays homage to Gene Roddenberry.
BY SANDI DAVIS Published: February 11, 2013

After coming to Oklahoma City in 2010 to see the condition of a starship bridge brought from Austin, Texas, to El Reno, he knew he had found his next project. He was not only instrumental in rebuilding the bridge back to “Star Trek” specifications, he has the background to direct the project.

Though the major characters have been cast for this season of “Starship Ajax,” there are plenty of parts left for starship crew members as well as crew members for the production itself.

“We need people to help build sets. If you can use a screwdriver, we can use you,” Bray said. “We'll ask, ‘What can you bring to the game?' It could be coffee. It could be expertise with social media.”

A perfect example walked into the warehouse the day of this interview and came to the bridge, ready to volunteer.

Shirley Amauric had seen a story about the “Starship Ajax” project and dropped by. After a conversation with Bray, the writer walked out with the title of script supervisor and a job in continuity.

Scott Johnson and Richard Wells have been integral in rebuilding the bridge.

Johnson moved to Oklahoma City in 1973 and graduated from Putnam City High School. He started working backstage at concerts at the Zoo Amphitheater when he discovered he could get into shows free if he helped unload trucks. He became a local roadie and started learning about sound mixing and lighting. One of his good friends is Richard Wells. When Johnson answered an ad about “Starship Ajax” on Craigslist, he brought his friend into the project with him and their expertise has been invaluable.

Johnson is playing a crew member. Wells is content to work behind the scenes.

The group has plans for the set after their production is finished. They hope “Star Trek” fan groups will use the set for their own projects and make Oklahoma City the center for “Trek-based” web series.

“We'll open this up for anyone to make fan films,” Bray said. “We have the stuff. Come bring your stuff and make your film.”

They also hope to use the sets as places where special needs children can come to learn in a fun and interesting environment. Bray is especially interested in opening the set to people who are autistic or have Asperger's syndrome.

“I'd like to use Ajax to expand awareness of both these syndromes. A lot of people with Asperger's lean towards arts and sciences, including science fiction, especially ‘Star Trek,'” Bray said. “The set could be a place to be accepted and comfortable.”

“We've been contacted by the Fraternal Order of the Police about using the set for some Special Olympic events,” Johnson added. “It's all about the kids.”


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