Axanar: The Official Podcast

Official Axanar Podcast 53
Host: Keith M. Sedor
With: Alec Peters
Board Operator:  Benjamin Rockwell
 
In this episode of Official Axanar Podcast 53, host Keith M. Sedor talks with Executive Producer Alec Peters. In this brief summer episode, they discuss the upcoming Axanar convention: Axacon, including special guests & panel attendees, an update on the progress of completion of the bridge set of the USS Ares, as well as commentary on the Axanar comic, Steven Jepson (Admiral Slater from ‘Prelude to Axanar), and a new patch is in the works for Axacon attendees. This summer hiatus episode of the Official Axanar Podcast is short, but jam-packed with fun information for Axanar fans!
On The Web: www.axanarproductions.com www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm https://www.facebook.com/MyMacGuru Twitter: @AxanarFilm @Treksperts Production Keith M. Sedor (Show Host, Editor, Executive Producer) Benjamin Rockwell (Engineer) Other World Computing (Sponsor)

Direct download: Official_Axanar_Podcast_53.mp3
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Official Axanar Podcast 52

Host: Keith M. Sedor

With: Alec Peters

Board Operator:  Benjamin Rockwell

 

In this episode of Official Axanar Podcast 52, host Keith M. Sedor talks with Executive Producer Alec Peters. They discuss the current state of the production, Klingon culture, perks & fulfillment, and the Star Trek multiverse.

On The Web: www.axanarproductions.com www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm https://www.facebook.com/MyMacGuru Twitter: @AxanarFilm @Treksperts Production Keith M. Sedor (Show Host, Editor, Executive Producer) Benjamin Rockwell (Engineer) Other World Computing (Sponsor)

Direct download: Official_Axanar_Podcast_52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm MST

In this first episode of 2018, Keith & Alec begin with a recap of the Axanar-related events of 2017.

Alec shares the latest details of Parts IV & V of 'The Four Years War' documentary.

Keith & Alec discuss 'Star Trek: Discovery', including the first ST:D novel by author David Mack, 'Desperate Hours'.

Keith & Alec also discuss DC & Marvel movies before wrapping up with a look at some pre-production details on 'Axanar'.

 

Host: Keith M. Sedor

With: Alec Peters

Board Operator: Benjamin Rockwell

 

On the Web: AxanarProductions.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/AxanarFilm

Twitter: @AxanarFilm

Direct download: Official_Axanar_Podcast_51.m4a
Category:Year in review -- posted at: 4:48pm MST

Keith M.Sedor and Alec Peters bring you a collection of interviews to mark the 50th episode.

Direct download: ax-050.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm MST

After the Move to Atlanta. 

In this episode of Official Axanar Podcast, host Keith M. Sedor talks with Executive Producer Alec Peters & Director Robert Meyer Burnett. They discuss how the move to Atlanta went, the extended cut for "The Measure of a Man," the theatrical presentation of "The Best of Both Worlds," the Star Trek Film Academy,  and clean edits of adult fan films.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Episode 49 (00:00:18) 
How Was the Move? (00:01:00) 
"The Measure of a Man" and "The Best of Both Worlds" (00:06:37) 
Adult Feature Parody (00:12:12) 
Rob's Star Wars Credit (00:14:11) 
"In a Mirror Darkly" (00:16:45) 
The Editing Room (00:17:59) 
The Star Trek Film Academy (00:21:13) 
Closing (00:30:42)
 
Host
Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters
 
Guest
Robert Meyer Burnett

On The Web:
www.axanarproductions.com
www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast


Twitter:
@AxanarFilm
@Treksperts
 
 
Production
Keith M. Sedor (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Executive Producer)  Benjamin Rockwell (Engineer)  Other World Computing  (Sponsor) 
Direct download: ax-049.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm MST

Catching Up With Robert Meyer Burnett. 

In this episode of Official Axanar Podcast 48, host Keith M. Sedor talks with Executive Producer Alec Peters & Director Robert Meyer Burnett. They discuss the current state of the production, make up effects, green screens, the planned release schedule, as well as fundraising and fulfillment of perks.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Episode 48 (00:00:19) 
The State of the Film (00:01:19) 
Make Up Always Takes Too Long (00:07:02) 
Private Fundraising and Fulfillment (00:15:55) 
Release Date (00:18:02) 
Laying Out the Shots (00:20:13) 
A Collaborative Art Form (00:26:34) 
The Set Tour (00:30:06) 
Closing (00:35:28)
 
Host
Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters
 
Guest
Robert Meyer Burnett

On The Web:
www.axanarproductions.com
www.computertalkradio.com/nerdcast


Twitter:
@AxanarFilm
@Treksperts
 
 
Production
Keith M. Sedor (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Executive Producer)  Benjamin Rockwell (Engineer)  Other World Computing  (Sponsor) 
Direct download: ax-048.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm MST

The State of the Script.

With the studio move completed, filming is set to begin soon. However, with the format change, modifications need to be made to the script so that it can fit the new format that Axanar needs to take.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters discuss the plans for episodes four and five, what the script would look like if they filmed the first third of the film, as well as the Vulcan scene.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 47 (00:00:19) 
The First Third (00:04:45) 
Continuity (00:09:53) 
Episodes IV and V (00:13:12) 
Yeah, It Is the Story of Garth (00:18:03) 
Nuggets (00:23:42) 

Hosted by:
Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters

Executive Producer:
Brandon-Shea Mutala


LIsten:
trek.fm/axp/47
http://axanar.libsyn.com/rss
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/axanar-the-official-podcast/id898628929

On The Web:
axanarproductions.com
computertalkradio.com/nerdcast

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm
https://www.facebook.com/MyMacGuru

Twitter:
@AxanarFilm
@Treksperts 

Direct download: ax-047.mp3
Category:Story Development -- posted at: 7:01am MST

The New Host.

Alec Peters has been busy with production of the film Axanar ever since the settlement with CBS. While there have been many changes, including the final format and length of the film, as well as the location of production, one thing remains constant: Alec's determination to make a quality film.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Keith M. Sedor, your new host, sits down with Alec Peters to discuss the recent move of the studio, the current state of filming, the Kelvin timeline, and more!

Chapters
Introducing Keith M. Sedor (00:00:17) 
Axanar moves to Atlanta (00:01:50) 
The Hollywood Standard (00:03:30) 
OWC Studios (00:06:00) 
Use Our Sets (00:08:15) 
Axanar Production Update (00:10:45) 
Star Trek: Discovery, Canon, and Continuity (00:14:30) 
Re-Boots (00:16:20) 
The Multiverse (00:17:25) 
Trek Film Making From the Fans' Perspective (00:18:45) 
Lost Opportunities (00:20:10) 
Technological Innovation Comes From Silicon Valley (00:20:50) 
An Amazing Star Trek Trilogy (00:21:50) 
Finding Alec (00:22:30) 
Finding Keith (00:23:20) 
More Secrets on Axanar! (00:23:30)  

Hosts
Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters

Guest
Benjamin Rockwell

Direct download: ax-046.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MST

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, hosts Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett report from the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. They talk about Other World Computing's new drive technology that was showcased at the convention, the upcoming move of the Axanar studios, as well as discussing sound design with Mark Edward Lewis, director of the Star Trek fan film "Mind Sifter," and sound designer for Prelude to Axanar.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 45 (00:00:00) 
Recorded Live from NAB (00:00:19) 
Welcome, Mark! (00:03:39) 
Choosing Music and the Role of Sound (00:06:37) 
Post (00:12:30) 
Mixing Prelude (00:14:35) 
Future of Blade of Honor (00:15:52)  
Final Thoughts (00:18:13)  

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Mark Edward Lewis

Direct download: ax-045.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MST

Remembering Richard Hatch.

Richard Hatch was best known for his portrayal as Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, a role that earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1979.  Throughout his career, he would star in many television and film roles including a stint on All My Children, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Star Trek fans know him as Kharn, the Klingon Commander from the film Prelude to Axanar.

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Alec Peters, Robert Meyer Burnett, and Diana Kingsbury share stories of their friend and mentor, Richard Hatch, who died on February 7th, 2017 due to pancreatic cancer.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 44 (00:00:00) 
Alec's Memories (00:01:17) 
Diana's Memories (00:03:28) 
Robert's Memories (00:04:23) 
He Was Youthful (00:06:49) 
Alec's Favorite Richard Story (00:10:14) 
Robert and Richard in the Car (00:16:05) 
Diana Remembers Richard and Disney Land (00:19:22) 
Moving Forward with Axanar (00:24:33)  
In the Hall of the Immortals (00:31:18)  


Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Diana Kingsbury 

Direct download: ax-044.mp3
Category:News -- posted at: 1:00am MST

43: 2016: A Fan Film Odyssey

2016 Year in Review.

2016 was a year filed with highs and lows for the Axanar team. In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett are joined by Diana Kingsbury and Mike Bawden (in an interview recorded prior to the lawsuit settlement) to discuss the year in review for 2016. In the interview, they discuss the future of Axanar, the visual effects that have been completed, fulfillment of perks, and suspending the project for the trial.

In news, Alec and Robert talk about Star Trek: Discovery, a new Sarek, and Alec's recent trip to Europe.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 43 (00:00:00) 
News (00:00:40) 
Star Trek: Discovery (00:02:08) 
Sarek (00:06:50) 
A Tangent (00:08:08) 
Where Do We Go From Here? (00:09:20) 
2016 Year in Review (00:10:32) 
Taking a Look Forward (00:15:19) 
Fulfillment (00:17:32) 
2017 For Axanar (00:22:05)  
The Upcoming Case (00:27:12)  
Visual Effects (00:31:14)  
Suspending Production (0:34:38)  
Future Projects (00:36:20)  
Judge the Work (00:38:08)  
This Whole Thing Was About Quality (00:43:13)  
The Vulcan Scene (00:44:30)  
I Want the Fans to be Proud of Us (00:50:52)  
Final Thoughts (00:53:37)  

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guests
Diana Kingsbury and Mike Bawden

Direct download: ax-043.mp3
Category:Year in review -- posted at: 3:00am MST

S1: Let's Drink to Our Mutual Dissatisfaction

Details on the Settlement.

In this special supplemental episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett are joined by Diana Kingsbury to discuss the settlement of the lawsuit with CBS and what it means for the future of the Axanar film.

Chapters
Welcome to the Supplemental (00:00:00) 
Current Fan Films (00:04:44) 
How Do We Move Forward? (00:07:14) 
An Unexplored Area of the Universe (00:10:28) 
The State of Axanar (00:11:48)   
Love From the Donors (00:15:52) 


Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Diana Kingsbury

Direct download: ax-s1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

42: Timeline Retro

Simon Lissaman Interview.

Since he was a small boy, Simon Lissaman has been drawing and painting, inspired by the fantasy worlds of Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Star Trek. A concept designer for films and games, toy design, illustration for print and web and model fabrication, Simon felt inspiration strike when he saw the short film, Prelude to Axanar, and immediately contacted Alec Peters to offer his assistance in creating the vision.

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Peters is joined by Lissaman to discuss his design work for Axanar including a phasers, bat'leths, and costume design.
In news, Alec and Robert provide new details on the trial and disucss the release of Rogue One.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 42 (00:00:00) 
News (00:02:45) 
Welcome, Simon! (00:13:35) 
A Time You Never Saw Before (00:16:05) 
The Phaser (00:19:36) 
Consistency (00:21:52) 
They All Worked Together (00:25:58) 
The Klingon Costume (00:27:36) 
The Bat'leth's(00:33:50) 
Simon's Other Designs (00:37:39) 
Simon's Real Life (00:39:34) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:23) 

Host
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Simon Lissaman

Direct download: ax-042.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

41: Basically, You Guys Build V'ger

Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey Interview.

OWC Digital have made amazing advances in computer hard drive technology by building drive arrays and writing the software to run them. These products allow users to edit large video files without any freezing of the hard drive, and OWC's mantra is that they build products and solutions to help people take their creativity further.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Bing Bailey, the digital imaging technician and digital colorist on Prelude to Axanar, and Larry O'Connor to discuss new technology from Other World Computing (OWC) and how its use will change high-definition film editing.


Chapters
Intro and Patches! (00:00:00) 
The Lawsuit (00:02:37) 
Recent Filming (00:05:51) 
Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey (00:12:31) 
Working with 5K Files (00:18:46) 
The Software Component (00:20:17) 
Differences between Hard Drive Types (00:24:23) 
How Does Drive Speed Help in Post Production? (00:27:17) 
Designed and Built in North America (00:33:48) 
Eight-Drive Thunderbolt 3 Arrays? (00:36:15) 
Final Thoughts (00:40:10) 

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey

Direct download: ax-041.mp3
Category:Video Production -- posted at: 5:00am MST

40: From Our Perspective

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Retrospective.

It’s hard to believe that Star Trek has been around for 50 years. Also difficult to believe is that we remember watching those original stories when they first aired. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar co-writer Bill Hunt to look back at half a century of adventures, discussing which episodes are their favorite from each series and what Star Trek means to them. But first, Alec provides an update on the ongoing lawsuit.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Lawsuit Update (00:00:51)
Ares Digital 2.0 (00:07:57)
What Does Star Trek Mean to You? (00:23:19)
Favorites from The Original Series (00:45:45)
Favorites from The Animated Series (00:52:04)
Favorites from The Next Generation (00:55:48)
Favorites from Deep Space Nine (01:03:20)
Favorites from Voyager (01:09:24)
Favorites from Enterprise (01:26:00)
Looking Ahead to Discovery (01:39:13)
Is Star Trek’s Utopia Possible? (01:49:52)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
Bill Hunt

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: ax-040.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22am MST

39: Deconstructing Beyond

David Gerrold talks Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek fans eagerly awaited the release of the newest film with a mix of excitement and concern. After such widespread disappointment surrounded Into Darkness, how would the franchise be honored and portrayed in the year of its fiftieth anniversary? An initial trailer featuring music by The Beastie Boys was met with much hostility, and a few plot leaks created controversy in the fan community.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters sits down with David Gerrold, author of the classic episodes "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "The Cloud Minders," to talk about their opinions of Star Trek Beyond, the revelation about Sulu's sexuality, and how the character stories changed between the TV show and the movies. They discuss upcoming show, Star Trek: Discovery, and how they feel Star Trek films should have smaller budgets.

Plus, in news, Alec and Rob talk about Beyond and Discovery, and point out a few of their nitpicks about the movie.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Opinions of Star Trek Beyond (00:01:24)
Nitpicking (00:13:35)
Fuller and Discovery (00:18:25)
David Gerrold (00:31:58)
Sulu's Family (00:40:12)
Lower the Budget (00:47:41)
Television of the Sixties and the Triad (00:59:28)
Discovery (01:05:03)
Final Thoughts (01:14:10)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
David Gerrold

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: ax-039.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MST

38: A Psychic Timeshare

The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game.

The story of Axanar was born of the role-playing game published by the FASA Corporation between 1982 and 1989. Many elements of the game have influenced later Star Trek, particularly John M. Ford’s supplement, The Klingons, published in 1983. But it was 1986’s Four Years War sourcebook and its companion campaign module “Return to Axanar” that would plant the seeds for the story of Prelude to Axanar and the film yet to come.

Is that material canon? To some it is, to others it is not. But it was licensed, and the amount of research that went into crafting it is incredible.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by two of the creators: John Theisen and Stephen Fender. John is the original author of the FASA Four Years War supplement, and Stephen penned the four-part novel series. Get set for a fascinating story of the history behind content made for fans, by fans, fueled by passion.

But first, Rob and Alec recount the night of May 20, the Star Trek Beyond fan event, and a little something that JJ Abrams and Justin Lin said while up on stage.

News
JJ, Lin, and the Lawsuit (00:03:59)

Feature: The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game
Meeting John and Stephen (00:24:45)
Finding FASA (00:28:08)
John Ford’s Klingons (00:30:55)
Researching and Writing for FASA (00:35:21)
Studio Involvement in FASA (00:42:14)
It Came from a Game (00:44:26)
A Multitude of Stories (00:54:55)
Canon or Not Canon (01:01:01)
Fueled by Passion (01:10:54)
Closing (01:19:013)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
John A. Theisen and Stephen Fender

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-038.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:23am MST

37: An Enterprising Passion

Star Trek Horizon with Tommy Kraft + The Lawsuit.

Tommy Kraft has labored for four long years as the main creative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now that the movie is out, Tommy has a lot to say about the rigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, he joins Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters to talk about the experience, what he learned from making his fan film, and what he might like to do next.

But first, Rob and Alec are joined by Mike Bawden to update you on the CBS/Paramount lawsuit.

News
Responding to the Allegations (00:03:45)

Feature: Star Trek Horizon with Tommy Kraft
How We Met Tommy (00:14:47)
Background to Horizon and Tommy (00:17:27)
The Filmmaking Process (00:21:10)
The Story of Horizon (00:24:39)
Crafting the Script and Characters (00:26:41)
Why Discovery? (00:32:10)
Modeling the Discovery (00:35:01)
Shooting Techniques (00:37:19)
Costs (00:43:19)
Unforeseen Obstacles (00:49:16)
Lessons Learned (00:52:19)
Closing + More Thoughts on Fan Films (00:56:08)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
Tommy Kraft and Mike Bawden

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-037.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 8:34am MST

36: Constructing Fulfillment

Curtis Short and Diana Kingsbury Interviews.

It ain’t easy being green … unless you happen to be the green screen at Ares Studios. Thanks to Studio Manager Curtis Short, Ares Studios is home to one of the biggest green screens in Los Angeles. It’s all part of the vision for a space that will not only bring us the best that independent Star Trek has to offer, but even more projects to stir the imagination. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, maybe Diana Kingsbury’s new milestone accomplishment will! Listen on as hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Curtis and Diana in this episode of the official Axanar podcast for two interviews that will get you caught up on what’s happening on Axanar’s construction and fulfillment fronts.

Plus, Rob and Alec fill you in on the latest work by Tobias Richter, the production status of Axanar Heroes, costumes, secret perks, and the updated 2015 Axanar financial report.

News
Communications from Düsseldorf (00:02:13)
Axanar Heroes Production Update (00:04:37)
Now That’s a Big Green Screen! (00:10:02)
Costumes, Secret Perks, and Updated Financials (00:14:01)
Casting Update (00:17:23)

Feature: Curtis Short and Diana Kingsbury Interviews
Meet the Studio Manager (00:25:50)
Building the Green Screen (00:27:21)
Solving the Power Grid Puzzle (00:29:03)
Building Out the Offices (00:31:36)
Curtis’s Background (00:35:16)
Why We Got a Studio Space (00:37:51)
Diana’s Big Milestone (00:40:37)
The Challenges of Perk Fulfillment (00:42:34)
Patreon and Other Upcoming Projects (00:46:19)
Closing, Anamorphic Shooting, and More (00:54:47)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
Curtis Short and Diana Kingsbury

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-036.mp3
Category:Ares Studios -- posted at: 7:16am MST

35: The Indiana Jones of Star Trek Fan Films

John Atkin Talks Yorktown: A Time to Heal.

In 1985, Stan Woo began production on a Star Trek fan film that starred none other than George Takei. Yes, even as the Original Series cast were in the midst of making feature films, Sulu took to the screen in a fan production. That project was Yorktown: A Time to Heal. The only problem was that the film was never finished. But as Spock said, there are always possibilities; and that’s where John Atkin comes in.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by John to talk about his project to see Yorktown through to completion. John shares how he first learned about the fan film, why he decided to make sure it got completed, the progress being made, and much more.

In news, Rob and Alec bring you an update on the set production as they gather around the new Klingon war table, and also fill you in on the progress being made on visual effects.

News
Set Production Update (00:01:19)
VFX Update (00:05:24)
Prelude Perks Shipping Complete! (00:07:05)
More Studio Construction (00:08:32)

Feature: John Atkin Talks Yorktown: A Time to Heal
What is Yorktown? (00:14:22)
Finishing the Film (00:23:07)
The Indiana Jones of Star Trek Fan Films (00:29:47)
Feelings on Fan Films (00:32:28)
Stan Woo’s Feelings + New Scenes (00:36:13)
A Learning Process (00:38:34)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
John Atkin

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-035.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 10:55pm MST

34: Taking a Nap in Garth’s Quarters

Shooting the Axanar Heroes Vignettes.

As a bridge to Axanar, Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters paid a visit to the Star Trek New Voyages sets to shoot the “Heroes” vignettes together with James Cawley. It was an exciting production involving people from five different Star Trek fan films. And in this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Rob and Alec recount the experience, talk about how the vignettes tie into Axanar, and what it was like to work on that amazing reproduction of the Enterprise 1701.

In addition, we bring you an update on the Axanar set construction, costume design and development, Garth’s wraparound tunic, and debate the difference between Trekkie and Trekker.

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

News
Set Construction Update (00:00:00)
Costumes Update (00:03:26)
TrekkIE or TrekkER? (00:08:05)
Shooting the Heroes Vignettes (00:17:13)
Garth’s Wraparound Tunic (00:25:33)
Working on the Star Trek New Voyages Sets (00:30:25)
Back to Axanar Production (00:51:55)
Patreon Plans (00:58:09)

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Direct download: ax-034.mp3
Category:Production -- posted at: 7:16am MST

33: Gabbing with Gary Gra’HAM

Axanar creates connections to the Star Trek that we know and love, and does so in two directions. It bridges the gap between Enterprise and The Original Series, and does so through story, technology, and people. One familiar face is Ambassador Soval … and not just the character, but the man who brought him to life on Enterprise.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by that man, Gary Graham, to discuss how he became involved in Axanar, how he got the role of Soval on Enterprise, and how crowdfunding is changing Hollywood. Gary also tells stories of how he first got into acting, what it was like to be a young actor in the 1980s, and even tells you the “correct” way to pronounce his last name.

In news, Rob and Alec are joined by the Goddess of Fulfillment, Diana Kingsbury, for an update on those Axanar perks and recent developments in the production process, and a recap of their visit to Salt Lake City Comic Con.

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
Gary Graham and Diana Kingsbury

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

News
Salt Lake City Comic Con Recap (00:00:00)
Fulfillment Update (00:03:14)
Production Update (00:08:10

Feature: Gary Graham Talks Axanar and Soval
Getting Into Acting, Handling Rejection (00:25:39)
Breakthrough Roles (00:33:12)
Being a Young Actor in the '80s (00:39:36)
Alien Nation and Conventions (00:45:59)
Getting Involved in Star Trek (00:53:39)
Getting Involved in Axanar (00:59:56)
Thoughts on Crowdfunding Films (01:17:53)

Direct download: ax-033.mp3
Category:Actor Interviews -- posted at: 7:52pm MST

32: What Makes a Great Star Trek Story?

Writing Axanar with Bill Hunt.

Axanar takes place during war time. Does that mean it isn’t a Star Trek story? Some fans believe that war is incompatible with the Star Trek vision; but a story set against conflict doesn’t have to be all about the fight.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar co-writer Bill Hunt to discuss what makes a great tale, why characters are at the heart of any good script, and how they are opening up the  story. They also dig into the writing process, and do something else fans love to do: debate canon.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Bill Hunt

 

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Intro + Dragon Con Recap (00:00:00)

Indiegogo Still Going Strong! (00:04:31)

Axanar Production Update (00:07:09)

Axanar FASA Miniatures (00:11:27)

 

Feature: The State of Axanar

Meeting Bill (00:13:42)

What Makes a Great Star Trek Story? (00:15:32)

Characters and Opening Up the Story (00:20:22)

Bill and Alec Join Forces (00:20:22)

The Writing Process (00:45:23)

What’s Canon? (01:02:23)

 

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Category:Story Development -- posted at: 7:03am MST

31: The State of Axanar

An Axanar Deep Dive with “The Jew and the Gentile.”

It’s been a busy month for the Axanar crew. With the success of the Indiegogo campaign, work is well underway on production of the full Axanar film. Ares Digital has launched. Blu-rays are shipping. And, apparently, some media outlets aren’t happy about it.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Adam Feuerberg and Andy Maiorano, the team behind “The Jew and the Gentile” podcast, to delve into a wide range of topics related to Axanar. From the Wrap article to budget realities, animosity in fandom to how the industry is changing, if there’s something that’s been on your mind about Axanar chances are it’s covered in this double-length episode.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Adam Feuerberg and Andy Maiorano

 

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Indiegogo Update (00:01:04)

Blu-rays + DVDs Shipping! (00:05:09)

Ares Digital Now Online (00:12:03)

Game Pieces and the Korolev Model Kit (00:20:27)

 

Feature: The State of Axanar

The Wrap Article (00:22:30)

What Axanar Means for the Industry (00:26:09)

The Future of Axanar and Ares Studios (00:35:13)

Star Trek Is Sacred (00:39:44)

Budget Realities (00:48:59)

Animosity in Fandom (00:52:35)

Is Axanar a Fan Film? (01:14:02)

About the Jew and the Gentile (01:16:21)

A Few More Thoughts on Fan Films (01:33:24)

 

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Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 7:55am MST

Inside Axanar Perks and Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury (and Boomer).

The enormous support for Axanar has brought with it an equally enormous tasks: perk fulfillment. We value each and every donor, and making sure that everyone is taken care of is a monumental job. But never fear, Diana Kingsbury—along with her first officer Boomer—are working night and day to make sure that all of the goodies stay organized and get transported to your coordinates.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Diana for an update on the Prelude to Axanar Kickstarter fulfillment, as well as the first Axanar Kickstarter and special perks for the current Indiegogo campaign. She even shares a bit of Boomer’s origin story.

In our news segment, Alec and Rob bring you an update on the Indiegogo campaign, the story and script, explain why the ships of Axanar look the way they do (and how they fit into canon), and preview some of the next steps in production.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Diana Kingsbury

 

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro, Indiegogo Update (00:00:00)

The Story, Script, Ships, and Canon (00:05:53)

Next Production Steps (00:17:49)

Feature: Perk Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury (00:22:40)

 

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Category:Perks -- posted at: 12:00am MST

29: The Price of Leadership

Richard Hatch.

To win a conflict like the Four Years War requires strong leadership, and on the Klingon side, that comes in the form of Supreme Commander Kharn. The old-school, TOS flavor that Kharn brings to Axanar, brilliantly delivered by Battlestar Galactica legend Richard Hatch, has Star Trek fans everywhere talking about how true-to-Trek Axanar is.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Richard to talk about the role, why Richard was attracted to the project, and what he hopes to bring to the story. The discussion goes beyond Axanar itself into the realm of why people fight, the toll that conflict takes on leaders, and even why he loves the most recent incarnation of Star Trek.

In our news segment, Alec and Rob also bring you an update on the Indiegogo campaign, the Blu-ray, and a recap of San Diego Comic-Con.

NOTE: There is an audio glitch around the 46-minute mark. It has been left in the show so as not to lose what Richard is explaining. Just think of it as podcasting at warp speed.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Richard Hatch

 

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro, SDCC + Blu-ray Update (00:00:00)

Reaction to the Vulcan Scene + Indiegogo (00:02:58)

 

Feature: Richard Hatch

Streets of San Francisco + BSG (00:07:49)

New BSG and Tom Zarek (00:11:12)

Kharn and the Dynamics of War (00:16:21)

The Crowdfunding Movement (00:29:33)

The Excitement of Collaboration (00:35:10)

Changing the Film Industry (00:49:06)

What is Star Trek? (00:58:55)

Closing (01:11:02)

 

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Category:Actor Interviews -- posted at: 12:31am MST

28: Structure Gives You Freedom

Getting Set for Filming and Indiegogo.

With the first scene from Axanar in final post, the crew is gearing up for the next round of crowdfunding and the start of the full shoot. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters update you on the status of the project, the purpose of the upcoming crowdfunding campaign (and why we’re switching from Kickstarter to Indiegogo), and all the exciting plans and perks surrounding it. We also look back at the progress Axanar has made so far, evolving from mere idea to professional-level independent production.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Executive Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and First Scene (00:00:00)

What Past Crowdfunding Has Built (00:03:41)

Purpose of the Next Crowdfunding (00:07:31)

Preparing for the Film (00:11:54)

Special Plans for the Indiegogo Campaign (00:17:12)

Plans for Shooting Axanar (00:21:31)

Indiegogo Perks (00:27:01)

The Indiegogo Details (00:36:41)

Looking Back at Progress (00:46:30)

Closing (00:51:10)

 

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Category:Funding -- posted at: 8:22pm MST

27: This Is the Star Trek for Me

Forwarding the Axanar Movement.

 

The excitement surrounding Axanar is incredible. The passion that fans are pouring into the project has given the story of Garth and The Four Years War a life of its own. In fact, this energy has created a movement; and in a time devoid of new Star Trek on television, the Ares is leading the way into a bold new future. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Trek.fm Publisher Christopher Jones and Trek.fm Executive Producer Norman C. Lao to discuss how and why this movement has taken shape—and where it is headed.

 

In our news segment, Rob and Alec recount their weekend on location for the shooting of the first scene from Axanar, and reveal some of the exciting new perks coming to the next Kickstarter.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Executive Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Shooting the First Scene (00:00:00)

The Next Kickstarter and Bridge Update (00:09:41)

 

Feature: Axanar as a Movement

First Encounters with Axanar (00:13:09)

Is Axanar Canon? (00:17:58)

Modernizing While Staying True (00:22:29)

Connecting with Fans’ Hunger for Star Trek (00:34:36)

On the Eve of New Axanar (00:38:05)

Trusting One Another Creatively (00:46:37)

Connecting the Star Trek Dots (00:50:26)

Hopes for Axanar and the Future (01:08:41)

Closing (01:12:46)

 

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Category:Production -- posted at: 6:48am MST

26: I Took Dana Scully to an Alien Planet…

Axanar Production Update.

Questions about where we are with production come in all the time. So in this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters bring you a massive update on the state of Axanar. From the building of the bridge and the crowdsourced construction of the art department to the impending arrival—in your hands—of the soundtrack and the Blu-ray, things are zipping along at Ares Studios.

The summer convention circuit is also exciting, including the first ever Axanar panel at San Diego Comic-Con! Also kicking off soon is the third and final Kickstarter, which promises to deliver you the most rewards ever. Plus, the first filming for the main Axanar film begins, on location, June 13… and it all started with Rob and a Dana Scully action figure. Listen on to find out why!

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Bridge Is Built! (00:00:42)

Crowdsourcing Art (00:02:41)

Captain’s Log (00:04:52)

Soundtrack and Blu-ray Arriving! (00:06:21)

Axanar and Summer Conventions (00:08:02)

The Next (and Final) Kickstarter (00:11:52)

Looking for Volunteers (00:20:15)

Production Begins! (00:21:26)

Closing (00:44:36)

 

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Category:Production -- posted at: 7:17am MST

25: Does Star Trek Have a Future?

David Gerrold talks Star Trek, the Hugo Awards, and more.

Rob calls him “legendary” … and he doesn’t like it. But let’s be honest; David Gerrold *is* legendary! Without him, Star Trek wouldn’t be the same. So it’s only fitting that the man who penned “The Trouble with Tribbles” all those years ago is part of Axanar today. If there’s great Star Trek being produced, you can bet David is nearby.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by David to discuss a wide range of subjects including the controversy surrounding this year’s Hugo Awards, the state of America, the ins and outs of the publishing industry in 2015, and whether or not Star Trek has a future. 

In our news segment, Alec and Rob talk Parsec Awards and film festival nominations, the hip-hop story behind Prelude to Axanar’s sound mix, deliver updates on the soundtrack and Blu-ray, and fill fans in on the departure of director Christian Gossett.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

David Gerrold

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

Parsec Awards and Film Festival Nominations (00:00:33)

Christian Gossett Departs + Production Updates (00:02:06)

Explaining Prelude to Axanar’s Sound Mix (00:09:00)

Convention, Soundtrack, and Blu-ray Updates (00:12:26)

 

Feature: Interview with David Gerrold

The Hugo Controversy (00:16:37)

The State of the Country (00:23:09)

Are We Afraid of Excellence? (00:28:23)

The Inspiration of Star Trek (00:33:05)

Does Star Trek Have a Future? (00:39:33)

The Idea of Excellence (00:39:33)

Reading the Axanar Script for the First Time (01:10:14)

Is Star Trek Antiquated? (01:13:49)

Closing (01:17:46)

 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:44am MST

24: The Yuri Gagarin of Star Trek Fan Films

James Cawley talks Star Trek, Phase II, and Axanar.

He’s the one who showed us all the way. Star Trek fan films and independent productions are flourishing today, but more than a decade ago James Cawley set forth as a true pioneer. Star Trek: New Voyages, now known as Phase II, was the first to chart the territory that makes Axanar possible. Cawley truly is the father of Star Trek fan films. 

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by James to discuss why he decided to create his own stories, the experience of shooting new Star Trek, what makes a great fan film, what he has planned for the 50th anniversary and beyond, and his advice to Axanar. 

In our news segment, Alec and Rob recount Axanar’s awards haul from Treklanta, the now-available digital download of Prelude to Axanar, more perks, an update on bridge construction, and more!

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

James Cawley

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

News

The Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards (00:00:54)

Ares Digital and Other Perks (00:02:19)

Bridge Construction and Gearing Up (00:05:39)

 

Feature: Interview with James Cawley

James and Star Trek (00:10:41)

World Enough and Time (00:14:39)

What Makes a Great Fan Film? (00:17:19)

The Father of Fan Films (00:20:14)

Plans for the 50th Anniversary (00:25:35)

Keeping the Spirit Alive (00:28:35)

The Internet and Fandom (00:37:54)

Doing It for the Fun (00:43:42)

Big Steps for New Voyages (00:48:20)

Building the Ares Bridge (00:52:34)

James’s Advice (00:58:17)

Closing (00:37:15)

 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:25pm MST

23: Taking the Movement Forward

PR, Kickstarter, and Building Community & Brand.

Axanar exists because of all of you, those who have supported the project through Kickstarter and other avenues. What began as a top-notch fan film has grown into a full-fledged independent production. It’s more than we ever originally imagined. In fact, as Arlo Guthrie said, you may think it’s a movement—and that’s what it is.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Mike Bawden, the marketing and PR pro who will be heading up the next Axanar Kickstarter, to talk about building community through supporters, being accountable to those who fund projects, and how continuity and collaboration are key to success. 

In our news segment, Alec and Rob recount their experiences presenting Axanar at WonderCon in Anaheim.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Mike Bawden

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

WonderCon Recap (00:00:00)

 

Feature: PR, Kickstarter, and Building Community & Brand

PR Strategy (00:05:55)

Why Another Kickstarter? (00:10:43)

Spending Money Wisely (0:17:25)

The Importance of Continuity and Brand (00:23:01)

Collaboration and Accountability (00:28:39)

Details about the Next Kickstarter (00:34:12)

Closing (00:37:15)

 

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Category:Marketing -- posted at: 8:59pm MST

22: The Geekiest Year Ever

Axanar Directors Roundtable: Part 2.

From script to screen, making an independent film is an intricate process involving many hats—both creative and administrative. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, we conclude our two-part roundtable with Robert Meyer Burnett, Alec Peters, Christian Gossett, and Charles de Lauzirika. This time they discuss their work beyond Star Trek, their journey from childhood fan to pro, how they retain that sense of wonder, and more.

In our news segment we get an update on construction in Ares Studios, the status of the Axanar script (it’s locked!), the next Kickstarter, and plans for WonderCon.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett, Alec Peters, and Christopher Jones

 

Guests

Christian Gossett and Charles de Lauzirika

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Studio Construction Update (00:02:53)

Daily Captain’s Logs (00:06:40)

Script Locked! (00:08:17)

The Next Axanar Kickstarter (00:13:30)

Axanar at WonderCon (00:19:28)

 

Feature: Directors Roundtable, Part 2

Geek Is the New Black (00:22:44)

From Childhood to Pro (00:30:04)

Alec’s Journey to Geekdom (00:38:36)

Christian and the Lightsaber (00:45:45)

The Battlestar Galactica Auction (00:50:27)

Making Blade Runner Go… Again (00:53:52)

Retaining That Sense of Wonder (00:59:12)

Closing (01:18:17)

 

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Category:Creative -- posted at: 8:09pm MST

21: What If This World Were Real?

Axanar Directors Roundtable: Part 1. 

From script to screen, making an independent film is an intricate process involving many hats—both creative and administrative. In this first part of a special directors roundtable, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Christian Gossett and Charles de Lauzirika to discuss scripts, shooting, creative challenges, music, and more.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guests

Christian Gossett and Charles de Lauzirika

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Studio Construction Update (00:00:52)

Blu-ray Update (00:02:38)

 

Feature: Directors Roundtable

Intro (00:08:45)

The Script Process (00:11:03)

Shooting Philosophy (00:14:18)

Production Challenges (00:18:56)

Creative from Page to Film (00:25:09)

The Power of Music (00:37:45)

Closing (00:37:20)

 

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Category:Creative -- posted at: 8:19am MST

20: Under Construction

Building Ares Studios with Curtis Laseter and Dean Newberry.

Making a studio-quality feature film requires proper facilities. Ares Studios, the new home of Axanar, is set to take independent Star Trek productions where they’ve never gone before. But before this can happen, there’s a lot of work to be done.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by two members of the construction team to bring you the inside story. Curtis Leseter, who brings his Babylon 5 experience to Axanar, explains how the sound stage is being built, while Dean Newberry of Propworx talks about transforming the warehouse into a full-fledged studio.

Plus, Alec and Rob share their thoughts on the passing of Leonard Nimoy.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guests

Curtis Laseter and Dean Newberry

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Remembering Leonard Nimoy (01:33:45)

Axanar Updates (00:13:10)

 

Feature: Building Ares Studios

Dean Newberry (00:18:08)

Curtis Laseter (00:29:51)

Closing (00:37:20)

 

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19: You Have to Make Your Day

Making Independent Films with Charles de Lauzirika.

Creating any film is an enormous undertaking, but when you go the independent route there are unique challenges the big productions don’t necessarily face. Yet some of the most talented and creative minds in storytelling have chosen to work with small teams and small budgets—and the results are incredible. But how is it done without the resources of a large Hollywood studio?

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Charles de Lauzirika, creator and director of Crave and producer of DVD/Blu-ray extras for Alien, Blade Runner, and Twin Peaks, to learn about his process for independent filmmaking. Charles, Rob, and Alec share their experiences working on projects including Crave, Prelude to Axanar, and Free Enterprise.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Charles de Lauzirika

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Broadcasting from Ares Studios (00:00:42)

Introducing Charlie (00:03:14)

 

Feature: Starships with Tobias Richter

Making an Independent Film (00:06:04)

From Script to Production (00:16:12)

Casting on a Budget (00:26:26)

Building a Crew (00:35:43)

A Day in the Life of Production (00:40:35)

Post Production (00:47:19)

The Results (00:51:46)

Closing (00:58:18)

 

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18: He Gives Good Nacelle

Tobias Richter Talks Building Beautiful Starships.

Star Trek may be more about the ideas and the people, but incredible ships and visual effects tie it all together. And while modern technology theoretically gives anyone the power to create effects once possible only in a big Hollywood studio, computers are merely a tool. To create truly stunning and believable visuals requires a rare talent. Axanar has one of the best in the business in Tobias Richter, whose work is renowned not just here on Earth but in every corner of the Alpha Quadrant—and beyond.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Tobias to learn about his love of starships, how he came to be one of the genres leading designers, how he came to work on Axanar, his starship workflow, and what he has in store for us next.

In our news segment we bring you an update on Ares Studios, pay a visit to patch heaven, get the latest on model production, and find out more about the Four Years War book anthology.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Tobias Richter

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Update (00:00:43)

Patch News (00:04:21)

More Model Kits on the Way (00:10:57)

The Four Years War Anthology (00:12:05)

 

Feature: Starships with Tobias Richter

Tobias’s Background (00:15:31)

Making Sense of Starships (00:18:43)

Tobias Meets Axanar (00:21:57)

Building Beautiful Starships (00:23:19)

VFX and Starship Movement (00:27:01)

Working with Alec and Christian (00:30:53)

It’s a Matter of Scale (00:39:08)

Tobias’s Thoughts on Axanar (00:46:49)

Models vs. CG (00:50:01)

Tobias’s Next Axanar Steps (00:54:52)

Closing (01:02:27)

 

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Category:Visual Effects -- posted at: 1:37am MST

The Year In Review.

2014 ended in a way we never imagined when the first Axanar Kickstarter was launched. What began in the spring as a project to create a unique fan film that was a notch above what had been done before turned into a juggernaut. Support for Prelude to Axanar was incredible, but what came afterwards was unbelievable. Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, Axanar has transformed into a professional studio production that shows the power of Star Trek fans as well as their thirst for great storytelling.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters look back at the year that was, how the initial steps were planned and executed, the appeal of Axanar, and how a devoted community has turned this dream into a movement. We also delve into the future of Star Trek, where the franchise might go on television, and what we’d like to see in the years to come.

In our news segment we bring you an update on Ares Studios, learn about the upcoming Propworx Star Trek auction, and find out what Alec was doing along with many of our favorite Trek actors as they stepped back in time to the Mercury Theatre on the Air.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Update (00:00:46)

New Propworx Star Trek Auction (00:02:51)

Alec in The War of the Worlds (00:06:01)

 

Feature: The Year In Review

Looking Back (00:08:48)

The Initial Kickstarter Process (00:10:03)

The Appeal of the Story (00:17:13)

The Star Trek Universe is Real! (00:23:07)

Creating Axanar and Kickstarter Lessons (00:30:01)

The Rise of the Axanar Community (00:33:46)

The Literally Element (00:41:25)

Star Trek’s Future (00:47:35)

Summing Up Axanar’s 2014 (00:58:59)

Closing (01:01:05)

 

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Category:News -- posted at: 1:10am MST

16: Just Beam In the Carpet

Modeling the Ares.

 

Seeing your favorite ships on screen is wonderful, but being able to build them yourself, bringing them to life in 3D, is even better. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Dennis St. Pierre of Starcraft Models to learn about the manufacturing process of the Ares garage kit, how Dennis first encountered Axanar, and plans for the Klingon D6 and future ships. Alec and Rob also bring you an update on the new studio space and plans for renovation.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Dennis St. Pierre

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Renovation Plans (00:00:56)

 

Feature: Modeling the Ares

How the Kit Came to Be (00:07:32)

More About Dennis and Starcraft Models (00:09:14)

Greenlighting the Kit (00:12:57)

Manufacturing the Ares (00:15:09)

The D6 and Lighting Models (00:20:20)

Future Axanar Kits (00:23:05)

Closing (00:30:32)

 

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Category:Models -- posted at: 7:29pm MST

15: Stepping Into Eden

The New Studio and More.

A lot has happened for Axanar to close out 2014, and as we transition to a new and exciting year we bring you up to date. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Christopher Jones passes the hosting baton over to Robert Meyer Burnett who then digs deep into the key developments that have set Axanar up to find the essence of Star Trek. In fact, we discover that independent productions may just be a way of life! Find out about the new Ares Studios in Valencia—soon to be home to Axanar sets and the sci-fi film school—plans for production, the thirty-mile rule, and catch up on the status of the Axanar Blu-ray and DVD development with the producer himself.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Introducing Ares Studios and Production Framework (00:02:47)

Production Transmission: Acting Class (00:14:28)

These Are The Voyages and Ares Model Kit (00:18:09)

More Axanar Model Kits on the Way? (00:23:37)

Axanar Blu-ray and DVD (00:25:04)

High-End Donors and Associate Producers (00:30:53)

Sci-fi Film School (00:32:51)

It’s a Way of Life (00:35:27)

Thoughts on Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 2016 (00:39:27)

Axanar Books (00:42:59)

Closing (00:45:16)

 

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Category:News -- posted at: 1:46am MST

Visual Effects with Adam Howard.

Prelude to Axanar has been praised for its visuals, but it is only the beginning of what Axanar has in store for Star Trek fans. As we move toward the full film, the VFX team is stepping up its game with the addition of EMMY Award winner Adam Howard, who worked on all four post-TOS Star Trek series as well as First Contact and Insurrection. 

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Adam to discuss his work in Star Trek, what drew him to Axanar, creating VFX on a limited budget, and his visions for The Four Years War.

In our news segment we find out about more exciting potential additions to the Axanar creative team, including costume designer Robert Blackman and Voyager assistant director Mike DeMeritt, get updates on the Ares Studios sound stage, and learn what Alec and Christian were up to in their recent script meeting.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Adam Howard

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek veteran Mike DeMeritt talks to the Axanar team (00:00:43)

Ares Studios sound stage news (00:02:41)

Robert Blackman bringing costume design to Axanar? (00:05:21)

Alec and Christian hunker down for a script meeting (00:06:57)

 

Feature: Visual Effects with Adam Howard

How Adam Became Involved in Axanar (00:12:22)

Working on Past Star Trek (00:16:06)

VFX on a Budget (00:21:06)

Thinking About the Script (00:30:11)

Visions for the Visual Effects of Axanar (00:33:33)

Closing (00:37:19)

 

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Category:Visual Effects -- posted at: 5:13am MST

13: Changing Your Horizon

Set Design with John Iacovelli.

Axanar may look more like a large studio production than an independent one, but the incredible work we’ve seen has been done on an extremely limited budget. Bringing aboard talent that knows how to work within those constraints is part of the magic; and few know how to do this better than Emmy Award-winner John Iacovelli, series production designer on Babylon 5.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by John to find out how he came to sign on to the production, the challenges of and approaches to working with small budgets, what has influenced his approach to design, and his visions for Axanar.

In our news segment we get the latest on the search for the home of Ares Studios, Aaron Dembski-Bowden joining the team to write the novelization of Axanar, plans for a behind-the-scenes videocast by Alec and Robert Meyer Burnett, and Alec explains why the Star Trek branding is being removed from Axanar.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

John Iacovelli

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Ares Studios space search update (00:00:49)

New camera and plans for behind-the-scenes Axanar videocast (00:05:13)

Aaron Dembski-Bowden to write Axanar novelization (00:07:23)

Removal of Star Trek branding from Axanar (00:10:35)

 

Feature: Set Design with John Iacovelli

How John Became Involved in Axanar (00:13:57)

Working with Small Budgets (00:22:12)

John’s Design Influences (00:28:43)

Visions for the Production Design of Axanar (00:31:45)

Closing (00:38:49)

 

 

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Category:Set Design -- posted at: 4:44am MST

12: Orchestral Flourishes

Composing the Music of Axanar with Alexander Bornstein.

The visual and sound design of Axanar is incredible, but without a full musical score the experience of The Four Years War would be quite different. Many great composers have guided the sound of Star Trek over the decades, each bringing their own unique flavor while at the same time maintaining a common, special feel that tells viewers as once that what they are hearing is Trek. With Axanar, that proud history continues with the talents of Alexander Bornstein.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Alex to learn about his musical training, his time working under Bear McCreary, his approach to composing for Prelude to Axanar, the classical and film influences on his music, and his plans for the full Axanar film.

In our news segment we learn about the new warehouse space that may become Axanar Studios, the first design meeting with John Iacovelli, and more discussions on fleshing out the creative team that will bring the rest of the Axanar story to life.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Alexander Bornstein

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Checking out a new studio space (2:30)

Updates on creative meetings and new team members (6:02)

 

Feature: Composing the Music of Axanar with Alexander Bornstein

Discovering Alex (16:31)

Alex’s Star Trek Fandom and Influences (22:17)

The Process of Composing Axanar (25:43)

Classical Inspirations (33:22)

Planning the Sound of the Full Film (38:19)

Closing (45:38)

 

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Category:Music -- posted at: 6:00am MST

11: Wear Your Ribbons Inside

J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis.

In Star Trek: Axanar, the story of The Four Years War is told from both the Federation and Klingon sides of the conflict. And while the USS Ares plays a central role in the war efforts—guided by the reluctant yet inspiring commander Kevlar Garth—other Starfleet figures are key to victory. One of these is Samuel Travis, one of the most senior captains in the fleet. Garth's actions during the war capturing the respect of Travis, a man of few words but an inspiring presence himself.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by the man behind Travis, none other than J.G. Hertzler, to learn more about his approach to the character, what drew him to the project, the inspiration for Travis, and J.G.'s own life experiences that play into the role.

In our news segment we get an update from Alec on more "crewing up" as Babylon 5 legend John Iacovelli beings his Emmy Award-winning design talent to Axanar.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

J.G. Hertzler

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

John Iacovelli joins the Axanar creative team (00:52)

 

Feature: J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis

Signing On to Axanar (4:29)

Playing a Human for a Change (13:40)

Inspirations for Captain Travis (18:20)

Collaborating On Character Development (24:08)

Future Directions for Travis (32:26)

What's Next for J.G.? (35:10)

Closing (38:05) 

 

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Category:Actor Interviews -- posted at: 4:59am MST

10: Where's My Stuff?

Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury.

We all donate to Axanar first and foremost to help create an amazing film. But let's be honest… those perks are pretty cool, too. From patches to programs, CDs to Blu-rays, Axanar isn't just a movie—it's a full-on Star Trek experience. Getting those goodies out to donors, however, is an even bigger task than you might think. And leading the charge is none other than Diana Kingsbury, Fulfillment Director.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Diana to talk about the process from donation to actual shipment of perks. Find out how Kickstarter collects the required information, how BackerKit plays into the process, and, of course, when your stuff will be heading your way!

In our news segment we get an update on the rewriting of the Axanar film script, an autograph party that featured a blossoming bromance between Richard and Gary, and some potentially exciting news for fans of Babylon 5.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Diana Kingsbury

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:02)

Autograph Session (4:32)

Could Babylon 5 be lending a hand to Axanar? (8:25)

 

Feature: Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury

Overview of the process and BackerKit (14:01)

Collected Information, Missing Information (21:23)

The Role of the Donor Store (30:32)

Closing (36:39)

 

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Category:Perks -- posted at: 5:53am MST

9: Where's the Badmiral Patch?

Patch Design with Thomas Marrone.

Some of the most popular perks from the Axanar Kickstarters have been the beautiful patches created for the Ares Class Development Project, the various fleets, and more. The final embroidered patches are great, but have you ever wondered how these designs go from original concept to your mailbox?

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Thomas Marrone, designer of the patches, to talk about the inspiration, the process of design, and special considerations when creating an intricate patch that must translate from screen to fabric. Plus, in our news segment, we learn more about the live cast makeup video, the ongoing evolution of the Axanar script, and the Donors' Store than it now open to those who have already backed the project.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Thomas Marrone

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:14)

Live cast makeup video update (7:11)

Axanar Donors' Store now open (8:18)

 

Feature: Patch Design with Thomas Marrone

Overview of the Patches (11:25)

Thomas, Design, and Star Trek Online (14:08)

Inspiration for the Patches (15:56)

The Process of Creating a Patch (22:19)

Where Are the Klingon Patches? (29:57)

Patch Design Challenges (31:46)

Future Plans (33:56)

Closing (38:20)

 

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Category:Design -- posted at: 2:09am MST

8: Crewing Up!

Pre-Production Begins!

Prelude to Axanar has raised the level of expectations for independent Star Trek productions and generated excitement not only amongst fans but in the media as well. After the amazing short, fans are eagerly anticipating the full-length film. What does the full Axanar have in store for us? A few tidbits are now at hand as pre-production has begun! In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by director Christian Gossett to find out what's happened so far in pre-production, from some new casting to the evolution of the script. Diana Kingsbury even makes an off-mic guest appearance! (Listen and see if you can spot her.) Plus, in our news, segment we get an update from Alec about initial makeup tests for the full Axanar film and preparations for Comikaze.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Visiting Makeup Effects Lab (0:56)

Preparing for Comikaze (4:01)

 

Feature: Pre-Production

First Steps (6:52)

Casting: Ana Alexander (8:40)

Makeup Tests (10:41)

Other Aliens We May See In Axanar (13:09)

Evolution of the Script (16:34)

Getting the Crew In Place (26:44)

Final Thoughts (32:50)

Closing (36:13)

 

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Category:Pre-Production -- posted at: 11:26pm MST

7: Making the Universe Larger

An Author's View of Axanar with James Swallow.

One of the most exciting parts of writing a story like Axanar is the opportunity to add richness to the Star Trek universe. This is something than few people know better than James Swallow, author of many novels including The Poisoned Chalice, part of the New York Times bestselling Star Trek series "The Fall." So how does a novelist view the story of The Four Years War and how Axanar is expanding upon events and characters that we've learned very little about in past Trek?

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by James to get an author's view of the Axanar story, the way the Klingons are being portrayed, the backstory of Garth, and where the story might go next. Plus, James gives us a few teasers about his next two Star Trek books, included the Titan novel Sight Unseen.

In our news segment we recap the events of Salt Lake City Comic Con, discuss the first steps in pre-production of the full Axanar film, which kicked off on September 8 (the 48th anniversary of Star Trek), learn a bit more about Garrett Wang's Klingon role, get a post-Kickstarter update, and find out what kind of Axanar merchandise is in the pipeline.

 

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Chapters

 

News

Salt Lake City Comic Con recap (2:19)

Full Axanar Pre-Production underway! (4:31)

Update on Garret Wang's Axanar role (9:56)

Post-Kickstarter update (12:01)

Axanar merchandise in the pipeline (14:57)

 

Feature: An Author's View of Axanar with James Swallow

Writing expanded universe fiction (17:46)

An Author's View of Star Trek: Axanar (21:14)

Writing the Future Forward (27:40)

An Author's View of Axanar Klingons (32:28)

An Author's View of Captain Garth (35:17)

What James Hopes to See in Future Axanar (49:39)

Sight Unseen Teaser and James's Next Books (51:06)

Closing (54:40)

Direct download: ax-007.mp3
Category:Story Development -- posted at: 3:22am MST

6: Tapes Have Gone the Way of the Dodo

Video Capture and Processing with Bing Bailey.

The tools used to capture and process video have changed drastically in recent years. Star Trek: Axanar would not have been feasible as a fan-supported independent production just a few years ago. But thanks to advances in camera technology, computer workstations and software, and drastic drops in prices, individuals with the skills can create Hollywood-quality films using the tools they have in their own homes and studios.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by video guru Bing Bailey, Digital Image Technician and Colorist for Axanar, to talk about the process of capturing, processing, and mastering video. We discuss the cameras used on Axanar, the hardware and software that Bing uses, and the steps required to master and create the final digital print that you see at a screening of the film.

In our news segment we recap the events of Dragon Con and Alec takes us through the final days of the Axanar Kickstarter, the amazing boost from George Takei, and the overwhelming support we've received from all of you, the fans!

 

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Chapters

 

News

Dragon Con Recap (1:37)

Kickstarter Recap (5:11)

 

Feature: Video Capture and Editing with Bing Bailey

Overview of Video Equipment and Hardware (16:37)

Capturing Footage for Prelude to Axanar (23:26)

Processing and Color Correction (26:46)

4K and the Data of Raw Footage (32:46)

Mastering and Creating the Digital Print (36:46)

Strategy Heading Into the Full Axanar Film (45:50)

Closing (49:53)

Direct download: ax-006.mp3
Category:Video Production -- posted at: 5:58am MST

5: There Be Andorians Here!

Supporter Questions and Fundraising Ins-and-Outs.

The level of support being received by Star Trek: Axanar is unprecedented, not only financially but also in pure excitement and dedication. The premiere of Prelude to Axanar has kicked the warp factor up a few notches, and has also generated some great questions from fans and supporters.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones sit down to answer some of those questions and provide some background details about how the fundraising process works. Amongst the questions about creative that we dive into are the possibility of seeing Andorians and Tellarites in the full Axanar film, what format that film will take compared to Prelude, and whether or not we'll see the USS Kelvin. Plus, we learn the surprising design process behind the Vulcan patch that will be heading your way as supporters.

In our news segment we get an update on all the happenings from Axanar's trip to Houston Con, plans for the upcoming Dragon Con and Garrett Wang, and the status of the current Kickstarter, which is closing in on the final stretch goal.

 

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Chapters

 

News

Houston Con Recap (0:34)

Axanar Is Headed to Dragon Con! (7:58)

Kickstarter Update (9:38)

 

Feature: Supporter Questions and Fundraising Ins-and-Outs

What Is the Net Amount of a Donation? (17:25)

What Is the Format of the Full Axanar Film? (21:35)

Will We See Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites? (25:50)

What Are the Differences In the Facebook Groups? (29:47)

Closing and Feedback (33:01)

Direct download: ax-005.mp3
Category:Supporter Questions -- posted at: 6:29pm MST

4: Putting the Puzzle Together

Editing Prelude to Axanar with Robert Meyer Burnett.

Even before Prelude to Axanar premiered at San Diego Comic Con, the trailer let fans know that this wasn't just another fan film. The writing, acting, sound design, visual effects, and directing all turned the collective head of fandom. But someone had to pull all those pieces together and assemble them into a two-and-half-minute package. That man is Robert Meyer Burnett, the same man who has dazzled fans with the documentaries and extras found on the TNG and Enterprise Blu-ray sets.

In this episode of official Star Trek: Axanar podcast we're joined by Rob who tells us the story of how he got involved in the project, how he condensed Prelude to Axanar into that final trailer (which was originally five minutes long!) and how working on Axanar differs from other projects he's been part of. As a bonus, we close out the discussion with the story behind the TNG single-disc Blu-ray releases like "The Best of Both Worlds" and why those exist.

In our news segment we recap Star Trek Las Vegas events and the screening of Prelude to Axanar, get an update on Kickstarter, find out more about Garrett Wang's upcoming life as a warrior, and get set to invade Houston Comic Con.

 

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News

Intro and Star Trek Las Vegas screening (0:00)

Kickstarter update (3:34)

Garrett Wang casting confirmed (7:23)

Axanar set to invade Houston Con (11:11)

 

Feature: Editing Prelude to Axanar with Robert Meyer Burnett

Bringing Rob Into Axanar (13:21)

How Axanar Differs from Other Projects (18:57)

Ron Walks Us Through Editing the Trailer (23:19)

Showcase Moments (31:48)

Could Direct to Video Be in Star Trek's Future? (35:38)

What's Next for Rob and Axanar? (41:44)

Bonus: The Story Behind the TNG Single-disc Blu-rays (44:43)

Closing (48:03)

Direct download: ax-004.mp3
Category:Editing -- posted at: 1:44am MST

3: Dispelling Disbelief

The Sound Design of Prelude to Axanar.

Spectacular visuals and captivating acting are two of the most noticeable elements of a film, but take away the sound and what are you left with? In the absence of sound effects, even the greatest story doesn't feel quite right. Weapons fire, starships zipping by, footsteps, and the gentle ambient hum of the engines are all critical to making the visuals believable. But how are they created? The sources of many sounds Star Trek fans find familiar may surprise you. In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast we're joined by Mark Edward Lewis, Jesse Akins, and Academy Award-winner Frank Serafine to learn more about how they bring Axanar to life through sound.

In our news segment we get a first-hand account of the San Diego Comic-Con premiere of Prelude to Axanar, some of the behind-the-scenes excitement that led up to the screening, the launch of the Kickstarter for the full Axanar film, and Axanar activities on slate for Star Trek Las Vegas.

 

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News

Recapping the Prelude to Axanar premiere (1:08)

Kickstarter for the full Star Trek: Axanar film underway (5:42)

Axanar activities at Star Trek Las Vegas (14:10)

 

Feature: The Sound Design of Prelude to Axanar

Frank's Background (17:30)

Mark's Background (21:08)

Jesse's Background (23:29)

What Is Sound Design? (24:25)

Bringing Axanar to Life Through Sound (30:24)

Things to Watch For (42:17)

Closing and Feedback (46:03)

Direct download: ax-003.mp3
Category:Sound Design -- posted at: 4:17am MST

2: Not Just Another Battle Story

The Axanar Story and Script with David Gerrold and Christian Gossett.

Set during the Four Years War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Axanar has its share of battles. But there's far more to the story than ship-to-ship combat, action, and explosions. At the heart of any good war story is the effect it has on those involved. War stories are character tales, and as famed Star Trek writer David Gerrold points out, this is what attracted him to Alec Peter's script. In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast we're joined by David as well as director Christian Gossett to talk about conflict in Star Trek, Klingons, and why Axanar goes far beyond the average battle story.

 

News

Production Updates (1:48)

Getting Set for the Premiere (5:11)

The Next Axanar Kickstarter (7:04)

 

Feature: The Axanar Story and Script with David Gerrold

First Impressions (8:47)

A Star Trek War Story (11:40)

A Klingon Perspective (16:42)

Script Evolution (23:58)

Final Thoughts (29:35)

Closing (30:33)

Direct download: ax-002.mp3
Category:Story Development -- posted at: 8:15am MST

1: Vintage Garth and Researching the Four Years War

Background to Axanar with Alec Peters and Christian Gossett.

Star Trek: Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Set twenty one years before the events of “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” this is the story of the victory that solidified the United Federation of Planets at a time when conflict with the Klingons threatened to tear the union apart. Garth's victory at the Battle of Axanar was the pivotal moment in the Four Years War.

In this, the premiere episode of the official podcast of Star Trek: Axanar, hosts Christopher Jones and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar director and renowned artist Christian Gossett, who also collaborated with Alec on the story. As an introduction, we discuss Alec's early interest in the character of Garth, the reason for choosing this particular setting and time period, and how Alec and Christian collaborated on researching and fleshing out this historic-yet-untold conflict.

We also bring you some updates on Axanar production, including the premiere of Prelude to Axanar at San Diego Comic-Con and some casting news of great interest to Voyager fans.

 

News

Prelude to Axanar Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con (2:08)

The Next Kickstarter (5:23)

Casting Garrett Wang… Qapla'! (9:17)

 

 

Feature: Background to Axanar with Alec Peters and Christian Gossett

An Early Interest in Garth of Izar (13:41)

Alec's Vintage Garth Stories (18:53)

Collaborating on the Story (20:53)

Why the Four Years War? (25:32)

Researching the Four Years War (31:52)

Closing (35:37)

Direct download: ax-001.mp3
Category:Story Development -- posted at: 2:01am MST

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