Summer seems to be the time for Fan Productions to do their filming. For this belated FanMade we have production updates from the producers of Phase II, Starship Farragut and Hidden Frontier, including some exclusive preview photos. We also have an update on the Filmation-style fan made animated series and a new Enterprise fan production that is all about action (figures). Lastly there is a rare update on Starship Exeter.
Farragut wins award – building for the future
Earlier this month the TOS-era Starship Farragut fan film team was honored by having their second episode "For Want of a Nail" win Best Fan Film at the Wrath of Con film fest in Florida (see press release). You can download that episode at the official Farragut site. The Farragut team are in post-production on their third release, a fifteen minute long ‘Crew Log’ vignette titled "Just Passing Through" which will be released in August. This weekend they are wrapping up principal photography on their fourth release, the vignette "A Rock and a Hard Place." Producer/star John Broughton tells TrekMovie they are hoping to premiere that one at the Farpoint Convention in February 2009. Here are a couple of exclusive shots from their current shoot.
Farragut are already planning their fifth installment which will be filmed on new sets being built in Cincinnati. Up to this time Farragut have primarily been using the sets built for New Voyages/Phase II. The team have already built a new shuttle set (below) which is being used for the fourth installment. Farragut also recently brought on board Trek vet Leslie Hoffman to help with stunts and and become a SAG signatory, so things are getting more and more serious for this fan film outfit.
Phase 2 shooting 2 + premiering next episode at Shore Leave
Another fan film that is currently shooting is Phase II (formerly New Voyages). Due producer/star James Cawley’s aggressive release plans and the logistics of getting everyone together, they are actually shooting two full episodes back to back. They are right now finishing up "Enemy: Starfleet" which was written by Dave Galanter and Patty Wright based on a story by Galanter and Greg Brodeur. This ‘classic TOS action/adventure’ is being directed by
Kevin Rubio (Troops).[UPDATE: due to a last minute issue, Kevin could not direct and so the episode is being directed by Ben Tolpin, who is also the new Spock]. The episode features features Barbara Luna (TOS Mirror, Mirror" – Lt. Marlena Moreau) in a new role (Luna pictured at the top of the article with Calwley, see interview and pics with Luna here). G4tv’s Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira was to play Lt. Kevin Riley, but had to cancel at the last moment. Cawley provided TrekMovie.com with an exclusive preview picture from "Enemy Starfleet" depicting a big moment for Chekov (now played by Jonathan Zungre).
After "Enemy Starfleet" wraps, they will move on to "The Child," written and directed by Jon Povill. The episode was originally written by Povill for the planned ‘Phase II‘ series in the 70s and was later reworked into the TNG episode of the same name. Povill, who worked on both the original Phase II as well as Star Trek The Motion Picture, has been working closely with Cawley as they transition the fan series to bridge the gap between TOS and TMP. The releases for these two episodes have not been announced, but the next episode of Phase II "Blood and Fire Part 1" is almost ready and will premiere the second weekend of July at the Shore Leave convention in Baltimore, MD (it should be available for viewing online later by late Summer). For more on Phase II, visit the official site.
Beta Shield wraps + trailer
The Hidden Frontier/Starship Intrepid joint film Operation Beta Shield has recently wrapped and is currently being scored by David Beukes. They have also released a trailer (below), as well as some bloopers.
Hidden Frontier Producer Rob Caves tells TrekMovie they are currently filming the season finale for the Helena Chronicles as well as the first episode for Federation One (the follow-up series to the "Operation Beta Shield" film). Both will be released in the Fall. More info on those series at HiddenFrontier.com
And as if they didn’t have enough Trek projects going, the Hidden Frontier group now have their own original series in the work called "Frontier Guard," which is a sci-fi series set in the 25th century. Check out the first teaser trailer below.
Animated Farragut gets the Scheimer approval
Michael Struck, producer of the upcoming TAS-inspired Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes, recently met with Lou Scheimer, co-founder of Filmation, the original producers of Star Trek The Animates Series. Scheimer endorsed the project and will even be making a cameo voice appearance. The first episode is still on track for release by the end of the year. Struck sent in another exclusive image of a Saladin-class ship (USS Azrael) from TAE. More info at farragut-animated.com.
Star Trek Enterprise – in plastic
This week Star Trek Enterprise finally got its fifth season via a new fan production, but there are two catches. Firstly it is being done entirely with action figures, and secondly, it is in German. The production is called "Star Trek Enterprise – The New Generation" and the first episode "Time Mirror" is available now for download at the official site.
Exeter Episode 2 finished by the end of the year?
There hasn’t been much to report in FanMade on the TOS era production Starship Exeter since last September’s release of the third act of the second episode "The Tressaurian Intersection." Fans have been waiting since 2005 for this episode to be completed, and now comes word that 2008 may be their lucky year. On the official forums, co-producer Josh Johnson told fans he and his brother and co-producer Jimm Johnson had just finished a rough cut of the final act, and that it "should be done before the end of this year." Johnson went on to say that there are already plans afoot for the next episode. No word on when that episode might emerge from Exeter’s slow cooker, but patience is a key virtue for any fan of Exeter.
Fan Film Quick Links:
- "Of Gods and Men" star Walter Koenig and director Tim Russ are interviewed by the NY Daily News
- Phase II’s new Spock, Ben Tolpin, interviewed by the Pittsburg Press Telegram
- Starship Intrepid’s star/producer Nick Cook interviewed by NewScottsman
- Star Trek Beyond released the fourth episode of their third season, "Measure of Peace, Part 2"
- Audio series Star Trek: Defiant released their 25th episode "Far and Wonderous Distance, Part 3"
- Audio series Star Trek: Lost Frontier released their 10th episode, “Of Q and Women"