Pages from the Official Star Trek Writers' Guide, 1967

To help new writers on the TV series Star Trek, a 31-page guide was typed up to lay out the rules of the series and ensure continuity of style. It addressed each character's personality, the basic mission of the Enterprise, and the type of stories that work, among other things. Slate has three pages of the guide; the rest are at Harvard’s Houghton Library. Link


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Our cutting technique is to use the 'Gilligan Cut' whenever possible ... like, for instance, Kirk absolutely refuses to disguise himself as the Romulan Commander. "I won't do it! You can't make me! I'm the captain! That's final!" ... HARD CUT to Kirk sulking with lipstick and pointy ears, PULL BACK to REVEAL he's wearing a glimmering Romulan dress.
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