Axanar: The Official Podcast
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 MDT

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 MDT

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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Category:Production -- posted at: 7:16am MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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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Direct download: ax-031.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 7:55am MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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