A potentially multi-million dollar lawsuit, including a request for injunction, has been filed against the fan film Star Trek Axanar, its creator Alec Peters, and up to 20 others working on the production by Star Trek rights holders CBS and Paramount. [UPDATE]: Alec Peters has made an official statement in response to the lawsuit.
It seems like the golden era for Star Trek fan films, with more great content coming out now than ever before. This week, Starship Farragut began the Kickstarter campaign for their finale episode, “Homecoming”, Star Trek Renegades successfully completed their Kickstarter, earning $378,181 for episodes 2 & 3, and Star Trek Continues won four Global Accolade Awards – three for “Divided We Stand” and one for “The White Iris”.
Ever wanted to walk through the Enterprise NCC-1701 in all its glory, just as it was when William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy walked its halls in the 1960s? Well now, thanks to Matterport, an immersive 3D scanning technology, and Star Trek Continues, whose sets are near-perfect replicas (in design and layout) of the 1960s TOS DesiLu sets, you can!
Dressing in drag is old hat in the theater world. Back in the olden days when women were not allowed to be professional actors it was a utilitarian device. In modern times it’s often used for comedic effect. For me, however, drag is best when it doesn’t just entertain, but makes us reexamine the traditional roles of men and women. A new Star Trek drag show, now playing this month at the Oasis Bar in San Francisco, does just that.
The fan series “The Red Shirt Diaries” launches its’ second season today, and we have the first to episode to share with you.
Star Trek fans looking for an experience uniquely geared for them need look no further than what’s beaming in to Ticonderoga, New York, from September 4th – 6th. The new convention, Trekonderoga, will be celebrating all things Trek. In attendance will be an array of guests who were part of Star Trek both in front and behind the cameras. In addition to the more traditional celebrity aspect of a convention, they will also be hosting tours of actual sets, conducting make-up workshops, and special episode screenings with creators adding commentary along the way.
Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II has been going strong for 13 years now, and it feels like they are just hitting their full stride. With nine full episodes under their belt and three more in various stages of production they’re turning back to the fans to help them keep moving along at warp speed with a fresh Kickstarter campaign.
After an opening blow to the head during Federation membership talks, James Kirk is forced to navigate some very personal waters in order to save a planet which finds itself firmly in its neighbor’s targeting sights. The TrekMovie review of “The White Iris” follows the jump…
Two days ago and just after its release, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues, “The White Iris” was pulled from YouTube with a message saying that it had been taken down due to a copyright claim by CBS. Rumors as to why this happened have spread like wildfire along with speculation about who was next and whether a big crack-down on fan productions was about to happen. We’re here to clear things up. CBS did not pull Star Trek Continues. Read on for details.
A few weeks ago the Balboa theater in San Francisco hosted a screening of New Voyages’s episode Mind Sifter. With a number of their cast and crew in attendance for both a pre-screening meet and greet and a Q&A session with director Mark Edward Lewis, SFX Supervisor Pony Horton, and actors Jeff Bond (Dr. Leonard McCoy) and Becky Wood (Dr. Hamlin). As the audience filtered into the theater in the half hour or so leading up to the screening it became evident that people weren’t just locals to the Bay Area. Many people had come in from from 100 miles and more to see the episode on a big screen.
This weekend saw TrekTrax (newly redubbed Treklanta) host the very first Star Trek Independent Fan Film Awards and the results are in. It continues to be a great growth year with more amazing productions coming into the field and the existing group maturing and continuing to set the bar for the rest. Before we get to the winners, let’s take a moment to send a shout out to the full listing of the 2015 nominees: Star Trek Continues Project: Potemkin Star Trek: Rendezvous Star Trek Secret Voyage Starship Exeter Star Trek: Reliant Star Trek Natures Hunger Starship Valiant Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar Starship Farragut Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II
The first full trailer for Star Trek Renegades dropped today. Brought to you by the same team that did Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the feature appears to be one of the most impressive pieces of fan-fic ever.
Fan series Star Trek Continues has been fundraising over the past month in their second ever Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of raising enough to make new episodes and, if stretch goals are met, build new sets. This week the series announced they have reached their first stretch goal, with pledges totaling over $150,000, which will allow them to build Scotty’s engine room.
After three critically acclaimed episodes (and one more just in the can), the award-winning webseries, Star Trek Continues, today launched their second Kickstarter, dubbed “Kirkstarter 2.0”, to help fund two (or maybe more) new episodes and possibly build some new sets if stretch goals are reached. After only 12 hours, they’ve already raised over $40K, well on their way to their $100K goal.
A Star Trek new fan film has released its first full trailer. "Star Trek Horizon" takes us to Star Trek: Enterprise’s the 22nd century and the Romulan War. Watch the trailer and learn more about the show below.
This week Ensign Williams has to deal with a loss of one of her fellow redshirts, but she gains an android as she chronicles the events of the Star Trek episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”
Harry Mudd is causing all sorts of chaos on board the USS Enterprise which is making life hard for Ensign Williams recording her latest diary. Catch the latest The Red Shirt Diaries episode, set during the events of the Star Trek episode "Mudd’s Women."
Imagine that Star Trek was not coming up on its 50th anniversary, but its 100th – as if it were born in the silent film era. That is the premise of "Steam Trek," a short film parody shot in the 90s that went viral a few years ago and has now been remastered in HD. Watch it below.
Ensign Williams has to deal with not one but two Captain Kirks as she blogs from behind the scenes during the events of the Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within."
Things are going a bit crazy on board the USS Enterprise. Get a peek at what life was like for Ensign Williams during the Star Trek episode "The Naked Time."
The adventures of security officer Ensign Williams on board the USS Enterprise continue with the third episode of the parody webseries The Red Shirt Diaries. This week’s "diary" goes back to the events of the original Star Trek episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and gives us some backstory on Williams. Watch it below, plus find out how you can win a tribble.
The second episode of the Star Trek parody web series The Red Shirt Diaries went online this morning. This week Ensign Williams has to deal with the loss of a fellow red shirt – zapped away during the episode "Charlie X." watch it below.
The first episode for the new Star Trek parody webseires "The Red Shirt Diaries" went online today, just like on the original Star Trek, Ensign Williams starts off dealing with a Salt Vampire. Watch it below.
A week from today the new Star Trek parody webseries Red Shirt Diaries premiere and TrekMovie has a couple of clips, including an exclusive, plus all the details on the new show.
In the day since part 1 of our interview with Alec Peters was posted, the Star Trek Axanar Kickstarter gathered another $150,000 (helped by a social media plug from Star Trek’s George Takei). The project has now raised over $560K, with more coming in by Sunday’s deadline. See below for part 2 of our interview where we talk more about the story and the future of Axanar. [UPDATE: Axanar Kickstarer campaign ended Sunday with $638,471]
The Star Trek Axanar Kickstarter wraps up Sunday, but it has already set a new record for independent Trek production crowdfunding. TrekMovie sat down with producer and star Alec Peters to talk about the dream of making his own Star Trek movie. In part 1 of the interview below, Peters talks about the Axanar Kickstarter experience, how they plan to spend the money, how they are making Axanar a professional production, the approach to designing a look for 20 years before the original Star Trek series, and more.
This year the Geekie Awards, the award show for geeks by geeks, crowned LeVar Burton as “Geek of the Year”. The hit fan series Star Trek Continues also took home the win for the Best Web Series. UPDATE: Official video of LeVar Burton receiving his Geekie and singing Reading Rainbow to the crowd
The fan-production Starship Farragut has released their fifth episode. Titled "Conspiracy of Innocence" the Star Trek TOS-era crew of the USS Farragut find themselves dealing with a strange new world and a new threat. Get all the details and watch it below, plus get an update on what’s next for Farragut, including an announcement for a new spin-off series.
Star Trek Prelude to Axanar, the 20 minute preview to the full fan film Star Trek Axanar, debuted on the big screen during a red carpet event last weekend during San Diego Comic-Con. Today, the short film is available for all to watch streaming online and serves as the Kickstarter video for the recently launched new fundraising campaign to raise money for the full-length 90 minute feature film Axanar (which has already met its first goal). You’ll have another chance to see Prelude on the big screen in Las Vegas this Saturday night. Get the details, see photos, and watch Prelude to Axanar below.
The team behind the 1999 Star Trek-themed comedy Free Enterprise have developed a TV series prequel to the movie and are looking to the fans to help fund the pilot. The Kickstarter campaign debuted today with more info on the show set to be announced this Friday at Comic-Con. See below for the first details on this exciting new project.