Axanar: The Official Podcast
11: Wear Your Ribbons Inside

J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis.

In Star Trek: Axanar, the story of The Four Years War is told from both the Federation and Klingon sides of the conflict. And while the USS Ares plays a central role in the war efforts—guided by the reluctant yet inspiring commander Kevlar Garth—other Starfleet figures are key to victory. One of these is Samuel Travis, one of the most senior captains in the fleet. Garth's actions during the war capturing the respect of Travis, a man of few words but an inspiring presence himself.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by the man behind Travis, none other than J.G. Hertzler, to learn more about his approach to the character, what drew him to the project, the inspiration for Travis, and J.G.'s own life experiences that play into the role.

In our news segment we get an update from Alec on more "crewing up" as Babylon 5 legend John Iacovelli beings his Emmy Award-winning design talent to Axanar.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

J.G. Hertzler

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

John Iacovelli joins the Axanar creative team (00:52)

 

Feature: J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis

Signing On to Axanar (4:29)

Playing a Human for a Change (13:40)

Inspirations for Captain Travis (18:20)

Collaborating On Character Development (24:08)

Future Directions for Travis (32:26)

What's Next for J.G.? (35:10)

Closing (38:05) 

 

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Category:Actor Interviews -- posted at: 4:59am MST

10: Where's My Stuff?

Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury.

We all donate to Axanar first and foremost to help create an amazing film. But let's be honest… those perks are pretty cool, too. From patches to programs, CDs to Blu-rays, Axanar isn't just a movie—it's a full-on Star Trek experience. Getting those goodies out to donors, however, is an even bigger task than you might think. And leading the charge is none other than Diana Kingsbury, Fulfillment Director.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Diana to talk about the process from donation to actual shipment of perks. Find out how Kickstarter collects the required information, how BackerKit plays into the process, and, of course, when your stuff will be heading your way!

In our news segment we get an update on the rewriting of the Axanar film script, an autograph party that featured a blossoming bromance between Richard and Gary, and some potentially exciting news for fans of Babylon 5.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Diana Kingsbury

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:02)

Autograph Session (4:32)

Could Babylon 5 be lending a hand to Axanar? (8:25)

 

Feature: Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury

Overview of the process and BackerKit (14:01)

Collected Information, Missing Information (21:23)

The Role of the Donor Store (30:32)

Closing (36:39)

 

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Category:Perks -- posted at: 5:53am MST

9: Where's the Badmiral Patch?

Patch Design with Thomas Marrone.

Some of the most popular perks from the Axanar Kickstarters have been the beautiful patches created for the Ares Class Development Project, the various fleets, and more. The final embroidered patches are great, but have you ever wondered how these designs go from original concept to your mailbox?

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Thomas Marrone, designer of the patches, to talk about the inspiration, the process of design, and special considerations when creating an intricate patch that must translate from screen to fabric. Plus, in our news segment, we learn more about the live cast makeup video, the ongoing evolution of the Axanar script, and the Donors' Store than it now open to those who have already backed the project.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Thomas Marrone

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:14)

Live cast makeup video update (7:11)

Axanar Donors' Store now open (8:18)

 

Feature: Patch Design with Thomas Marrone

Overview of the Patches (11:25)

Thomas, Design, and Star Trek Online (14:08)

Inspiration for the Patches (15:56)

The Process of Creating a Patch (22:19)

Where Are the Klingon Patches? (29:57)

Patch Design Challenges (31:46)

Future Plans (33:56)

Closing (38:20)

 

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Category:Design -- posted at: 2:09am MST

8: Crewing Up!

Pre-Production Begins!

Prelude to Axanar has raised the level of expectations for independent Star Trek productions and generated excitement not only amongst fans but in the media as well. After the amazing short, fans are eagerly anticipating the full-length film. What does the full Axanar have in store for us? A few tidbits are now at hand as pre-production has begun! In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by director Christian Gossett to find out what's happened so far in pre-production, from some new casting to the evolution of the script. Diana Kingsbury even makes an off-mic guest appearance! (Listen and see if you can spot her.) Plus, in our news, segment we get an update from Alec about initial makeup tests for the full Axanar film and preparations for Comikaze.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Visiting Makeup Effects Lab (0:56)

Preparing for Comikaze (4:01)

 

Feature: Pre-Production

First Steps (6:52)

Casting: Ana Alexander (8:40)

Makeup Tests (10:41)

Other Aliens We May See In Axanar (13:09)

Evolution of the Script (16:34)

Getting the Crew In Place (26:44)

Final Thoughts (32:50)

Closing (36:13)

 

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Category:Pre-Production -- posted at: 11:26pm MST

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 MST

6: Tapes Have Gone the Way of the Dodo

Video Capture and Processing with Bing Bailey.

The tools used to capture and process video have changed drastically in recent years. Star Trek: Axanar would not have been feasible as a fan-supported independent production just a few years ago. But thanks to advances in camera technology, computer workstations and software, and drastic drops in prices, individuals with the skills can create Hollywood-quality films using the tools they have in their own homes and studios.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by video guru Bing Bailey, Digital Image Technician and Colorist for Axanar, to talk about the process of capturing, processing, and mastering video. We discuss the cameras used on Axanar, the hardware and software that Bing uses, and the steps required to master and create the final digital print that you see at a screening of the film.

In our news segment we recap the events of Dragon Con and Alec takes us through the final days of the Axanar Kickstarter, the amazing boost from George Takei, and the overwhelming support we've received from all of you, the fans!

 

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Chapters

 

News

Dragon Con Recap (1:37)

Kickstarter Recap (5:11)

 

Feature: Video Capture and Editing with Bing Bailey

Overview of Video Equipment and Hardware (16:37)

Capturing Footage for Prelude to Axanar (23:26)

Processing and Color Correction (26:46)

4K and the Data of Raw Footage (32:46)

Mastering and Creating the Digital Print (36:46)

Strategy Heading Into the Full Axanar Film (45:50)

Closing (49:53)

Direct download: ax-006.mp3
Category:Video Production -- posted at: 5:58am MST

5: There Be Andorians Here!

Supporter Questions and Fundraising Ins-and-Outs.

The level of support being received by Star Trek: Axanar is unprecedented, not only financially but also in pure excitement and dedication. The premiere of Prelude to Axanar has kicked the warp factor up a few notches, and has also generated some great questions from fans and supporters.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones sit down to answer some of those questions and provide some background details about how the fundraising process works. Amongst the questions about creative that we dive into are the possibility of seeing Andorians and Tellarites in the full Axanar film, what format that film will take compared to Prelude, and whether or not we'll see the USS Kelvin. Plus, we learn the surprising design process behind the Vulcan patch that will be heading your way as supporters.

In our news segment we get an update on all the happenings from Axanar's trip to Houston Con, plans for the upcoming Dragon Con and Garrett Wang, and the status of the current Kickstarter, which is closing in on the final stretch goal.

 

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Chapters

 

News

Houston Con Recap (0:34)

Axanar Is Headed to Dragon Con! (7:58)

Kickstarter Update (9:38)

 

Feature: Supporter Questions and Fundraising Ins-and-Outs

What Is the Net Amount of a Donation? (17:25)

What Is the Format of the Full Axanar Film? (21:35)

Will We See Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites? (25:50)

What Are the Differences In the Facebook Groups? (29:47)

Closing and Feedback (33:01)

Direct download: ax-005.mp3
Category:Supporter Questions -- posted at: 6:29pm MST

4: Putting the Puzzle Together

Editing Prelude to Axanar with Robert Meyer Burnett.

Even before Prelude to Axanar premiered at San Diego Comic Con, the trailer let fans know that this wasn't just another fan film. The writing, acting, sound design, visual effects, and directing all turned the collective head of fandom. But someone had to pull all those pieces together and assemble them into a two-and-half-minute package. That man is Robert Meyer Burnett, the same man who has dazzled fans with the documentaries and extras found on the TNG and Enterprise Blu-ray sets.

In this episode of official Star Trek: Axanar podcast we're joined by Rob who tells us the story of how he got involved in the project, how he condensed Prelude to Axanar into that final trailer (which was originally five minutes long!) and how working on Axanar differs from other projects he's been part of. As a bonus, we close out the discussion with the story behind the TNG single-disc Blu-ray releases like "The Best of Both Worlds" and why those exist.

In our news segment we recap Star Trek Las Vegas events and the screening of Prelude to Axanar, get an update on Kickstarter, find out more about Garrett Wang's upcoming life as a warrior, and get set to invade Houston Comic Con.

 

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News

Intro and Star Trek Las Vegas screening (0:00)

Kickstarter update (3:34)

Garrett Wang casting confirmed (7:23)

Axanar set to invade Houston Con (11:11)

 

Feature: Editing Prelude to Axanar with Robert Meyer Burnett

Bringing Rob Into Axanar (13:21)

How Axanar Differs from Other Projects (18:57)

Ron Walks Us Through Editing the Trailer (23:19)

Showcase Moments (31:48)

Could Direct to Video Be in Star Trek's Future? (35:38)

What's Next for Rob and Axanar? (41:44)

Bonus: The Story Behind the TNG Single-disc Blu-rays (44:43)

Closing (48:03)

Direct download: ax-004.mp3
Category:Editing -- posted at: 1:44am MST

3: Dispelling Disbelief

The Sound Design of Prelude to Axanar.

Spectacular visuals and captivating acting are two of the most noticeable elements of a film, but take away the sound and what are you left with? In the absence of sound effects, even the greatest story doesn't feel quite right. Weapons fire, starships zipping by, footsteps, and the gentle ambient hum of the engines are all critical to making the visuals believable. But how are they created? The sources of many sounds Star Trek fans find familiar may surprise you. In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast we're joined by Mark Edward Lewis, Jesse Akins, and Academy Award-winner Frank Serafine to learn more about how they bring Axanar to life through sound.

In our news segment we get a first-hand account of the San Diego Comic-Con premiere of Prelude to Axanar, some of the behind-the-scenes excitement that led up to the screening, the launch of the Kickstarter for the full Axanar film, and Axanar activities on slate for Star Trek Las Vegas.

 

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News

Recapping the Prelude to Axanar premiere (1:08)

Kickstarter for the full Star Trek: Axanar film underway (5:42)

Axanar activities at Star Trek Las Vegas (14:10)

 

Feature: The Sound Design of Prelude to Axanar

Frank's Background (17:30)

Mark's Background (21:08)

Jesse's Background (23:29)

What Is Sound Design? (24:25)

Bringing Axanar to Life Through Sound (30:24)

Things to Watch For (42:17)

Closing and Feedback (46:03)

Direct download: ax-003.mp3
Category:Sound Design -- posted at: 4:17am MST

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 MST