Axanar: The Official Podcast (story development)
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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Direct download: ax-032.mp3
Category:Story Development -- posted at: 7:03am 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

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 MDT

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 MDT

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