Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture


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JANUARY 1, 2015 UPDATE: As of Wednesday, December 31st, all book orders from the first printing of 1,000 copies have been processed and shipped. For those who missed out on the first edition, a second printing has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive in early March.

MARCH 19, 2015 UPDATE: After historic strikes at the Long Beach docks, the books have arrived! Orders are being processed and shipped in the order they were placed. Thanks to everyone for your patience. For those who’ve been waiting until stock arrived, order now before the second printing goes the way of the first!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this our most successful effort to date, and check back often for more announcements on exciting genre-themed books in the weeks ahead!

Creature Features Publishing presents a legendary, long-lost Making-Of movie book: RETURN TO TOMORROW: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones.

RETURN TO TOMORROW is a stunningly detailed and candid oral history, going behind the scenes of one of the most famous films not only in Star Trek history, but all of science fiction and cinema.

In 1979, Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled access to the cast and creators of Star Trek: The Motion Picture for what was intended to be a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine. Owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published—until now.

This book is a priceless time capsule, a 672-page oral history in the words of sixty of the film’s cast and creators, interviewed as the film was being prepared for release—and nobody had any idea if it would succeed or even be finished on time.

From the stars (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the entire cast) to the filmmakers (Gene Roddenberry, Robert Wise) to the brilliant visual effects artists, illustrators, model builders and technicians who realized the 23rd century on screen (costumes, sets, props, models, music, sound FX and more), no aspect of the film’s creation is overlooked.

The entire manuscript has been laboriously fact-checked and prepared for modern publication, while retaining all of the candid comments from 35 years ago. The gorgeous cover art is the original painting by Roger Stine intended for Cinefantastique, courtesy the Daren R. Dochterman Collection.

Go behind the scenes of this pivotal sci-fi masterwork and hear the unvarnished, uncensored truth of how it was created.

Strictly limited to 1,000 copies, this mammoth trade paperback is available for pre-order now! All orders are subject to availability.

The first 100 copies will come personally autographed by the author, so order your copy today!


About the Author

Preston Neal Jones’ first excursion into cinematic oral history, “James Whale Remembered,” appeared in Forrest J Ackerman’s original Famous Monsters of Filmland. His first book, Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter, was hailed as one of the finest works of its kind and earned the Rondo Award for Book of the Year from the Classic Horror Film Board. Jones’ writings have appeared in periodicals as disparate as Cinefantastique and American Art Review. Active in the film/TV industry, he has served as creative advertising executive, script analyst and production assistant; introduced film screenings at American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles Film School; and contributed entries to Groves’ New Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Jones’ liner notes have graced modern-day recordings of music from such Golden Age film composers as Alfred Newman, Hans J. Salter and Frank Skinner. At UCLA, Jones has lectured on the subject of film music, and at Roanoke College in Virginia (where he was writer in residence) he taught on the topics of The Night of the Hunter and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.