FanMade has lots of exclusive news and images from the world of fan films. Firstly, the Starship Farragut team are announcing new animated episodes which will be very much like TAS and feature some celebrity voices. Also Phase II have announced a release date for their ‘To Serve All My Days’ special edition and updated their shooting schedule. Lastly the Hidden Frontier team have announced details on a new mini-series.
Farragut goes to the second dimension
For the first time ever, Filmation’s Star Trek The Animated Series is getting the fan made treatment. The big difference is that it will be the crew of the TOS-era fan series Starship Farragut that will be getting the 2D make-over. NEO f/x, the company that does the CGI work for Farragut, are working with Farragut Films to produce the new animated show which they are calling "Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes." At the Grand Slam Con, Producer Michael Struck of NEO F/x told TrekMovie the team are going out of their way to emulate the style of the TAS "right down to the cheese." This was evident from the sample clips he showed which both looked and sounded like TAS.
STF: TAE features voice work for most of the original Farragut cast as well as some notable guest stars including Tim Russ (VOY: Tuvok), Chase Masterson (DS9: Leeta) and Chris Doohan (who has a role in the new Star Trek film and is the son of original Scotty, James Doohan). In a nod to the animated series, one of the characters Doohan voices is Thelin, the Andorian First Officer of the USS Enterprise in an alternative timeline ("Yesteryear"). The first episode "The Needs of the Many" was co-written by Struck and Jack Treviño (who wrote for DS9 and co-wrote the fan film Of Gods and Men). Kail Tescar (creator of StarTrekAnimated.com) is on board as lead illustrator and associate producer. Tescar is also producing a downloadable comic book version.
Right now most of the voice work is complete and the team are working on the animation. They hope to have the first episode out by the end of the year. So far they are only planning on doing two episodes, but are open to doing more. More information and a trailer are available at farragut-animated.com.
Phase II ‘Night in 1969’ premiere date + reshuffle schedule
The Star Trek Phase II (formerly New Voyages) “To Serve All My Days: A Night in 1969” special edition, featuring Walter Koenig, will hit the internet on May 1st and 500 lucky contest winners will also get a special ‘VIP’ premiere at Roddenberry.com. To enter to be one of the first to see the episode CLICK HERE. On April 28th Roddenberry.com will send emails to the winners who will have a three day window to watch the episode before the rest of the world on May 1st. Phase II provided TrekMovie.com with a couple more exclusive images of Daren Dochterman’s new effects work for the special edition.
Phase II have also been shuffling things around and are now planning a very aggressive schedule for the rest of 2008. The team are still in post-production on the two-part episode "Blood and Fire" written by David Gerrold. The first part of "Blood and Fire" is now planned for release in June, with part 2 later in the summer. Executive producer James Cawley tells TrekMovie he plans to shoot three episodes in June: "Pomp and Circumstance" written by Carlos Pedreza (which will be a ‘stunt casting’-free episode allowing a focus on the Phase II crew), "Bandi" written by David Gerrold (a light-hearted episode which Cawley dubs "the Phase II version of Trouble with Tribbles"), and "Enemy: Starfleet" written by Dave Galanter based on a story by Galanter and Greg Brodeur (described as a ‘classic TOS action/adventure’). For now, Cawley has shelved the previously announced "Rest and Retaliation" episode which was to shoot at Vasquez Rocks. "Kilkenny Cats," the CGI-heavy Kzinti episode, is also in pre-production and will shoot in the fall. Hopes are to release one of the three episodes shooting in June by the end of the year, which would be three episodes total for the year (four if you count the special edition of "To Serve All My Days").
Hidden Frontier Announce new mini-series
The Hidden Frontier TNG-era fan film team are also busy on a number of projects. They just announced a 4-part mini-series called "Star Trek: Federation One." The series will continue the story of the film “Operation Beta Shield” (a joint project with the Scotland-based Starship Intrepid) which is filming now. Beta Shield should premiere in June with Federation One following later in the summer. Producer Rob Caves has sent in a couple of previews.
The next episode for the Hidden Frontier spin-off, Odyssey (titled "Vile Gods") should be released by the end of the month or early May. A synopsis and a preview are now at the official site. In addition, "Obsessions," the second episode of their other spin-off, The Helena Chronicles, is available is available for download now. More information on all the Hidden Frontier series is available at the official site and in their latest e-newsletter.
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