NEW FEATURE: ‘FanMade,’ the latest of TrekMovie’s regular columns, will focus entirely on fan productions. This week we have news and a controversy around a nomination for Star Trek Phase II (formerly New Voyages), plus Of Gods and Men part 2 has a release date and two popular fan films are joining forces for a special project. And there are some new releases and previews to see.
Phase II gets Nebula Nomination and stirs up controversy
Recently the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association announced the nominees for the 2007 Nebula Awards and the script for the Star Trek New Voyages (now Phase II) episode “World Enough and Time” (written by Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves) was nominated for Best Script. However, not all members of SFWA were happy about what is technically a ‘fan film’ working its way into the Nebulas. Possibly the most vocal critic was Star Trek novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido who wrote on his blog that that he objected due to the fact that the script did not qualify under the rules as a ‘professional’ production. Zicree tells TrekMovie.com that he agrees that New Voyages is a fan production, but that it is “artistically professional.” He also issued a detailed statement noting that although not an official Paramount project, it was still made by professionals. In the end the SFWA sided with Zicree and it remains on the ballot.
In other Phase II news, they have unveiled new images from the upcoming ‘redo’ of the Walter Koenig episode “To Serve All My Days” (see below). The ‘Night in 1969’ edition of that episode premieres on March 29th at the at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA (and TrekMovie will be there) more info at the Phase II site.
Of Gods and Men Part 2 coming next weekend
Act 2 of the three part mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men will be released on
Saturday, March 15th at 1701 EST (5:01 pm EST). Producer Sky Conway tells TrekMovie.com that work is complete and that it is headed to Dragonfly to be encoded. It is expected that using Dragonfly will solve the technical problems of the first release from December. TrekMovie.com should have a review available for Act 2 by the end of next week (see our review of part 1). The third and final act should be available by May. For more check out the official site. We are awaiting preview images from the OGAM team, so until then this one will do.
Hoping to see more of the green Chase Masterson in OGaM Pt. 2
Two Fan films get together
The people behind the European production Starship Intrepid and those behind the American production Hidden Frontier have announced their second collaboration, “Operation Beta Shield.” The post-Nemesis era film, a sequel to the previous collaboration “Orphans of War” will bring together the two casts in “a feature-length epic adventure” Producer Robert Caves tells TrekMovie.com that shooting begins in Los Angeles next month for a planned release this Summer. He also expects it will launch a new four part mini-series to come out of the Hidden Frontier team, which will become their third ongoing production. The new mini series should be out by the end of the year. More information on “Beta Shield” at the official site.
But before all that, the Hidden Frontier team have two other shows in production right now. Recently they have released episode 3 for Star Trek Odyssey [CLICK TO WATCH]. Plus have a preview for the 2nd episode for The Helena Chronicles [CLICK TO WATCH].
Hidden Frontier and Intrepid team up for “Beta Shield”
TrekMovie FanMade needs help
TrekMovie.com wants to make our fan productions column as up to date and informative as all our other columns on Science, Sci-Fi, Trek Celebs, Comics, Books and Collectibles. To do this we are looking for help of two sorts. Firstly, if you are involved in a fan production and we have not yet made first contact, then please drop us a line and tell us all about your production. Send an email to tonyp [at] trekmovie [dot] com.
Secondly, TrekMovie is looking for a full-time writer for FanMade column. Ideally it would be someone with writing experience who is very familiar with the various fan productions, but can still look at them with a critical eye. Hopefully in the end FanMade will be able to provide the kind of news, previews, analysis and reviews for Fan productions that we do for all other aspects of Trek. To get in touch please email tonyp [at] trekmovie [dot] com.
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