Axanar: The Official Podcast
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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Category:Marketing -- posted at: 8:59pm MDT

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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Category:Creative -- posted at: 8:09pm MDT

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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Category:Creative -- posted at: 8:19am MDT

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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Category:Ares Studios -- posted at: 2:02am MDT

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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Category:Filmmaking -- posted at: 6:50pm MDT

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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Category:Visual Effects -- posted at: 1:37am MDT

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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Category:News -- posted at: 1:10am MDT