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 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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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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Direct download: ax-031.mp3
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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Direct download: ax-027.mp3
Category:Production -- posted at: 6:48am MST