Axanar: The Official Podcast
40: From Our Perspective

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Retrospective.

It’s hard to believe that Star Trek has been around for 50 years. Also difficult to believe is that we remember watching those original stories when they first aired. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar co-writer Bill Hunt to look back at half a century of adventures, discussing which episodes are their favorite from each series and what Star Trek means to them. But first, Alec provides an update on the ongoing lawsuit.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Lawsuit Update (00:00:51)
Ares Digital 2.0 (00:07:57)
What Does Star Trek Mean to You? (00:23:19)
Favorites from The Original Series (00:45:45)
Favorites from The Animated Series (00:52:04)
Favorites from The Next Generation (00:55:48)
Favorites from Deep Space Nine (01:03:20)
Favorites from Voyager (01:09:24)
Favorites from Enterprise (01:26:00)
Looking Ahead to Discovery (01:39:13)
Is Star Trek’s Utopia Possible? (01:49:52)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
Bill Hunt

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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-040.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22am 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

37: An Enterprising Passion

Star Trek Horizon with Tommy Kraft + The Lawsuit.

Tommy Kraft has labored for four long years as the main creative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now that the movie is out, Tommy has a lot to say about the rigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, he joins Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters to talk about the experience, what he learned from making his fan film, and what he might like to do next.

But first, Rob and Alec are joined by Mike Bawden to update you on the CBS/Paramount lawsuit.

News
Responding to the Allegations (00:03:45)

Feature: Star Trek Horizon with Tommy Kraft
How We Met Tommy (00:14:47)
Background to Horizon and Tommy (00:17:27)
The Filmmaking Process (00:21:10)
The Story of Horizon (00:24:39)
Crafting the Script and Characters (00:26:41)
Why Discovery? (00:32:10)
Modeling the Discovery (00:35:01)
Shooting Techniques (00:37:19)
Costs (00:43:19)
Unforeseen Obstacles (00:49:16)
Lessons Learned (00:52:19)
Closing + More Thoughts on Fan Films (00:56:08)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
Tommy Kraft and Mike Bawden

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-037.mp3
Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 8:34am MDT

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