Axanar: The Official Podcast (interviews)

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 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

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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Direct download: ax-025.mp3
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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Direct download: ax-024.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:25pm MDT

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