Axanar: The Official Podcast
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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16: Just Beam In the Carpet

Modeling the Ares.

 

Seeing your favorite ships on screen is wonderful, but being able to build them yourself, bringing them to life in 3D, is even better. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Dennis St. Pierre of Starcraft Models to learn about the manufacturing process of the Ares garage kit, how Dennis first encountered Axanar, and plans for the Klingon D6 and future ships. Alec and Rob also bring you an update on the new studio space and plans for renovation.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Dennis St. Pierre

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Renovation Plans (00:00:56)

 

Feature: Modeling the Ares

How the Kit Came to Be (00:07:32)

More About Dennis and Starcraft Models (00:09:14)

Greenlighting the Kit (00:12:57)

Manufacturing the Ares (00:15:09)

The D6 and Lighting Models (00:20:20)

Future Axanar Kits (00:23:05)

Closing (00:30:32)

 

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15: Stepping Into Eden

The New Studio and More.

A lot has happened for Axanar to close out 2014, and as we transition to a new and exciting year we bring you up to date. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Christopher Jones passes the hosting baton over to Robert Meyer Burnett who then digs deep into the key developments that have set Axanar up to find the essence of Star Trek. In fact, we discover that independent productions may just be a way of life! Find out about the new Ares Studios in Valencia—soon to be home to Axanar sets and the sci-fi film school—plans for production, the thirty-mile rule, and catch up on the status of the Axanar Blu-ray and DVD development with the producer himself.

 

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

Introducing Ares Studios and Production Framework (00:02:47)

Production Transmission: Acting Class (00:14:28)

These Are The Voyages and Ares Model Kit (00:18:09)

More Axanar Model Kits on the Way? (00:23:37)

Axanar Blu-ray and DVD (00:25:04)

High-End Donors and Associate Producers (00:30:53)

Sci-fi Film School (00:32:51)

It’s a Way of Life (00:35:27)

Thoughts on Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 2016 (00:39:27)

Axanar Books (00:42:59)

Closing (00:45:16)

 

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Visual Effects with Adam Howard.

Prelude to Axanar has been praised for its visuals, but it is only the beginning of what Axanar has in store for Star Trek fans. As we move toward the full film, the VFX team is stepping up its game with the addition of EMMY Award winner Adam Howard, who worked on all four post-TOS Star Trek series as well as First Contact and Insurrection. 

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Adam to discuss his work in Star Trek, what drew him to Axanar, creating VFX on a limited budget, and his visions for The Four Years War.

In our news segment we find out about more exciting potential additions to the Axanar creative team, including costume designer Robert Blackman and Voyager assistant director Mike DeMeritt, get updates on the Ares Studios sound stage, and learn what Alec and Christian were up to in their recent script meeting.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Adam Howard

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek veteran Mike DeMeritt talks to the Axanar team (00:00:43)

Ares Studios sound stage news (00:02:41)

Robert Blackman bringing costume design to Axanar? (00:05:21)

Alec and Christian hunker down for a script meeting (00:06:57)

 

Feature: Visual Effects with Adam Howard

How Adam Became Involved in Axanar (00:12:22)

Working on Past Star Trek (00:16:06)

VFX on a Budget (00:21:06)

Thinking About the Script (00:30:11)

Visions for the Visual Effects of Axanar (00:33:33)

Closing (00:37:19)

 

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