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Prelude to Axanar

Posted July 2, 2014 into Movies by John Birmingham

There might never be another official Star Trek series, despite recent rumours, but it's beginning to seem as though that won't matter; there's so much indie fan talent doing their own thing with Roddenberry's story world. No idea how that works with intellectual property law, but it does seem to work.

Having enjoyed Star Trek Continues Ep 3, I was stoked to find this pop up in my news aggregators a while back. A feature-length kickstarter about the Klingon-Federation war that predates ST-TOS.

The production values are great. I hope they can build from this teaser into a full length movie.

But now, back to the deadline.

21 Responses to ‘Prelude to Axanar’

Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted July 2, 2014
The rule is that no one is to make money off the production.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted July 2, 2014
Thought so, but how is that even possible. Look at the production values. It costs money to make. Otherwise they wouldn't be kickstarting it.

Bangar asserts...

Posted July 2, 2014
It'd be making profit, though a Ferengi would figure out how ;)

Blarkon reckons...

Posted July 2, 2014
The assumptions around that general permission were those that existed prior to the broadcast nature of internet video. When Roddenberry was thinking about it, it was badly dubbed VHS cassettes being handed between fans. As long as no one was making a profit off those cassettes, no one seemed to care.

(Roddenberry gave this sort of general permission even though he created, but did not own, Star Trek)

Today those films can be seen by millions. As long as the don't tick the box where they get revenue ... though I suspect that given that Google still gets revenue ... that the new realities of mass distribution will eventually trigger a recalibration on the part of the owners of these properties.

I guess anyone who does this sort of thing has to do it with the knowledge that should the owners ask for it to be taken down, that they don't have a leg to stand on legally.

The real pity is that you have all these creative and talented people who aren't creating their own new universe and stories, but are instead farting about in the Star Trek universe making high quality fan fiction.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 2, 2014
The other pity is the market which exists for this farting around, not being serviced by the mainstream production houses.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted July 3, 2014
Respectfully disagree. This farting around provides the experience needed to transition into mini production houses that will challenge the mainstream production houses - even if it is similar to the death of a thousand cuts. These mini production companies won't produce commercial Trek material, but their advent will result in more general content created by people who know what they are doing. There will always be mega productions. What I want is more inspired, smart, independent stuff.

Blarkon mutters...

Posted July 4, 2014
There are more people who support a middle class (or better) lifestyle as Astronauts than there are people making a middle class lifestyle creating content for YouTube. That should give you an idea of the future of independent production.

You're either insanely successful, or you are faffing about forever in someone's garage. The small independent productions that existed even a few years ago are disappearing. Those are the ones that are necessary to support those "small production houses".

Spielberg talked a bit about it in some of the interviews he gave around Lincoln - that even he had trouble getting funding for a small production that wasn't going to cost much.

I think it was someone talking with Kevin Smith about his film Clerks, which Smith made on a shoestring. This person mentioned that for more than a decade, the average person has had access to high quality production movie making and editing equipment. And even though access to the means of production have been "democratized" - there has been very few breakout high quality independent films. The cheap to make "Clerks" type films have almost disappeared.

(it doesn't help that something like Clerks could be discovered at the video store - whereas today something is likely to be discovered on torrent - which doesn't lead to the original creators getting paid)

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted July 2, 2014
That looks the goods. Hope they get it done.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted July 2, 2014
Nice work, Dino. Keeping it simple. Now, concentrate and maintain.

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John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 3, 2014
I'm talking about TV not film

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted July 3, 2014
The Klingon Kharn is played by Richard Hatch from the original Battlestar Gallatica.
Captain Sonya Alexander is played by Kate Vernon who was Ellen Tigh in the second Battlestar Gallatica.
So there is a lot of space travel experience on the flight decks.

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pi asserts...

Posted July 3, 2014
OT, but some admin needs to take a wee look into the solar project forum. spamalam.

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted July 3, 2014
I've just lost thousands of dollars and seen things no one should see

Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted July 3, 2014
Spam shields need more powaaahhh!

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Lulu asserts...

Posted July 3, 2014
I cannae hold her any longer captain the spam shield is gonna blow!

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted July 4, 2014
I gotta say this trailer looks pretty good. I saw it about a month or so ago. These fan based, Kickstarter funded efforts are getting better with each cycle.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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BrianC puts forth...

Posted July 10, 2014
First of yeah im back.

Secondly. fuck JJ Abrahams. He ruined Trek in the second film he did. Its not trek any more its trek wars.

Thirdly. More of this type of thing. Simply smashing. Backed.

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Hope Hope mutters...

Posted September 2, 2014
Remember, it's not too late to donate to Star Trek Axanar feature film via Paypal - You'll receive the same great perks for your donation level as were offered in the feature flim's Kickstarter - it's not too late!!! donate@StarTrekAxanar.com - Qapla'!! :)

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