Axanar: The Official Podcast

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT