The popular fan series Star Trek: Phase II is planning on releasing three episodes in 2010, with the first premiering next weekend at FedCon (and online later in May). Phase II star/producer James Cawley has given TrekMovie and update on their 2010 schedule, including two exclusive video previews and a first look at a certain animated character making his way to the bridge.
From April 30th to May 2nd Europe’s biggest Star Trek and Sci-Fi convention will take place in Bonn, Germany. Around 5,000 fans will meet over 20 guests, including Trek stars Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, and Nicole de Boer. There will also be another attempt to break the Star Trek fans in costume record (on the same day as the attempt at Vulcan Con in FL). Details below.
Much has been said about JJ Abrams directing style in the 2009 Star Trek movie and copious lens flares. Well if you ever wanted to give your photos or videos the JJ Abrams Star Trek treatment there are apps for that. See below how you can add flare to your life, plus some examples lens flares being added to things to make them more…flarey.
As we have reported before, James Cawley and the team behind the web series Star Trek Phase II, is also bringing Buck Rogers to the web. And now they have released the first clip, featuring Gil Gerard and Erin Grey from the Buck Rogers TV series, check it out below.
Today TrekMovie kicks off a week of special coverage of the Star Trek fan films. We begin with big news from the big daddy, Star Trek Phase II, who are planning to do their own prequel episode, telling the ‘prime timeline‘ story of a young (recast) Kirk meeting Spock for the first time. We have exclusive details and cast images below, plus and updated schedule for Phase II releases in 2010.
Will the battle between Star Wars and Star Trek ever be settled? Well a creative new short fan film tries to do just that as the word of Star Wars attacks Earth, who will save them? Find out below, plus we have a couple more past short films from the never-ending saga that is Star Trek vs. Star Wars.
How would you like to take that toy phaser of yours and make it really work? Well an enterprising fan has done just that, or something close, by taking a TOS phaser toys and installing a lasers (in both Blue and Green). You may not be able to vaporize Klingons, but balloons don’t stand a chance. Check out videos below, plus a link to instructions on how you can do it yourself.
Star Trek fans don’t just sit around and wait for the next thing to come from CBS and Paramount, many of them like to ‘roll their own’. Today TrekMovie picks our favorite audio and video Star Trek fan productions of 2009.
Another viral video link around the web this week is a hypnotic video of a submarine USS Enterprise. It comes from a Japanese modeling club that TrekMovie featured last year, but now there are more Star Trek ships turned sub videos to show off. Check them out below.
Star Trek Enterprise went off the air in 2005 after four seasons. The story of the crew of the NX01 has lived on in books, but in 2008 a German fan production made with action figures also picked up the story with "Star Trek: Enterprise – The New Generation – Der Zeitspiegel”. And now "Der Zeitspiegel" has been dubbed into English as "Crossroads". Watch it below
Since the 60s, fan fiction has been a big part of Star Trek fan culture. A popular subset of fanfic is ‘slash’ fiction, or romantic stories pairing two characters. Now a creative fan has taken this to a new level with an audio edit of the Star Trek 2009 audio book narrated by Zachary Quinto, which now tells a wholly different story. If you are into that kind of thing, you can listen below. NOTE this is not for everyone and is not safe for work.
As we have reported before, James Cawley’s production team are branching out from their ‘fan made’ work on Star Trek Phase II, to do a new web series based on Buck Rogers, but this time it is fully licensed and authorized. The show will premiere in 2010 and today they released the first teaser trailer. Check it out below.
For Day Three of TrekMovie’s Thanksgiving Weekend Star Trek Mashup Marathon, we pick up on a theme for an article from April 2008 and look at more alternative opening title sequences for the Star Trek shows. We have one for each show, with a different spin.
As promised the Star Trek Phase II team is making up for the long wait for "Blood and Fire, Part 2" by releasing the first six minutes of their next episode "Enemy: Starfleet", which gives you the teaser, opening credits and some of Act 1. The preview lets you get a look at Phase II’s new Spock, Brandon Stacy, who was Zachary Quinto’s double for JJ Abrams Star Trek.
It has been a long eleven month wait, but part two of Star Trek Phase II’s "Blood and Fire" has finally been released online. Decades after writing it as a script for The Next Generation, David Gerrold has finally realized his allegorical story, now set in the 23rd century. Find out how it all works out in the TrekMovie review [NOTE: Contains SPOILERS]
Last weekend we reported on an interesting new animation on YouTube called "Klingon Propaganda" which led to a ‘Klingon website’. There have been subsequent videos this week adding to the mystery which has been the subject to much speculation on this site and many others. Now the man behind the video has come forward and explained to TrekMovie what it is all about.
The fan production Star Trek Phase II is gearing up for a big November. After long last, part 2 of "Blood and Fire" will be released on November 20th, and to make up for the long wait, the first act of their next episode "Enemy: Starfleet" will be released the same day. We have more details and preview video and images below, plus an update on James Cawley’s Buck Rogers web series.
Following yesterday’s "indoctrination" video, there is what appears to be another entry in the viral campaign started last weekend by the "Klingon Propaganda" video. This time it is a very short piece of Federation propaganda responding to the Klingons, promoting the message of diversity.
On Sunday TrekMovie first reported on a new viral video titled "Klingon Propaganda" which contained clues leading to a Klingon website. The mysterious video has been sweeping around web since, and today there is a new video live-action video from the same source which shows the Klingon plot may be even more insidious. We have that below, plus a translation and more details on the first video.
The Klingons were created in the 60s to be the Star Trek stand-ins for the Cold War ‘Red Menace’. This week an impressive new video was uploaded to YouTube titled ‘Klingon Propaganda’, which runs with the notion by creating a motivational cartoon from the Klingon perspective in the style of 20th century Communist Propaganda. And it is so well-made, it raises the question as to whether or not it is ‘Fan Made’ or something more.
Last weekend two lucky Star Trek fans got to have their wedding in the Final Frontier. Brad Siegel and Kate Erwin, winners of a contest held by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, got married on Sunday on a replica of the USS Enterprise D bridge at Star Trek The Exhibition. The couple has sent TrekMovie a special video telling their story from a proposal at a convention to the wedding itself.
The world of fan made Star Trek has been busy in the last few days. Today the Starship Farragut Animated Episode "Power Source" was completed. Also there is a new episode for Star Trek Odyssey. We also have an update and some previews for what is next from Star Trek Phase II.
Sometimes it seems YouTube was invented just for Star Trek fans to publish creative mash-ups. The new Star Trek movie has inspired a few, with a number of them focusing on how the crews of the ‘prime timeline’ might react to the events of the new movie. Below we have a selection of some of the best (including one just published), and all from YouTubers presented before here at TrekMovie.
Starship Farragut, a TOS era fan production, has set a fan film milestone, by being the first to produce both live action and animated episodes. The first part of their first animated episode was released this week. You can watch that below, plus TrekMovie talked to the Farragut producers to get all the latest news and details on what’s next.
GoAnimate.com, the site that allows you to create and share animations, has just announced the winners of its most recent Star Trek contest, "THE BACKSTORY". This contest was to honor the addition of three new TOS characters to the GoAnimate platform – Nurse Chapel, a Gorn, and Mara – and also, to honor the backstory theme of the latest Trek film. Check out the winners below.
It has been a while since we have reported on news from Cawley Productions on their Star Trek Phase II and new Buck Rogers web series, but today we have exclusives for both. First up is breaking news that Gil Gerard is joining the Buck Rogers series. Plus we have a production update and exclusive images from Phase II’s "Kitumba"
GoAnimate.com, the site that lets you make your own animations, today announced that it has expanded its roster of official Star Trek characters to include Nurse Chapel, Gorn, Mara, and two Klingon crewmen. To celebrate the five new characters, they have also launched a new animation contest for fans to create the best ‘backstory’. Details below.
Over the last week or so many people have sent in links to new YouTube vblogs, skits and more about Star Trek that they made or just liked. So poking around YouTube it seems the new Star Trek movie has inspired dozens of self-made broadcasters. There are way too many so below we offer just a sampling to show how the new Star Trek is all the rage on the interwebs.
Last Christmas we presented you "Trek Through Time", a fun and very creative Doctor Who & Star Trek mashup put together by our friends at Kelvington.com (which ended up with over 100k views). And as promised then, they have released the second installment in time for Easter. So check out "Trek Through Time Part II – The Wrath Of Caan Parody Easter Special 2009" below.
We are all looking forward to the new Star Trek movie headed our way in a couple of months. However ‘Star Trek Torch,’ an amazing new video from our old pal Spockboy Paul, reminds us all of where it it all came from. Check out the video below, which Paul put a lot of effort into, to herald the passing of the torch.