O..K! YES! I for one am pushing and have been pushing for independent film makers to continue to create online content such as this...Star Trek: Horizon
Star Trek - Horizon is a feature-length fan film made by a single filmmaker as a personal passion project and love letter to Enterprise, the fifth Star Trek series. Pre-production began in December of 2012 and this 3-year-long odyssey concluded on February 25th, 2016. It's been a long road, getting from there to here.
The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T'mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters.
Please click the link above and support independent film makers that take that extra leap into story telling without the constraints of large productions companies, licensing, and unfortunate budget constraints. No point intended to Paramount. The Star Trek Universe has been in limbo with the advent of the "re-imagined" JJ Abrahms Star Trek and the classic universe we come to enjoy. At least for those that enjoyed the classic universe listed below...
- DS9: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- ENT: Star Trek: Enterprise
- MOV: Star Trek films
- TAS: Star Trek: The Animated Series
- TNG: Star Trek: The Next Generation
- TOS: Star Trek: The Original Series
- VOY: Star Trek: Voyager
Another independent group pushing their film Star Trek: Axanar, which the group is currently locked in difficulties with Paramaount regarding legal issues. Why did CBS/Paramount open a complaint to the people of Axanar?
A month ago, CBS Corporation and Paramount Pictures Inc. filed a copyright infringement suit against Alec Peters and his Axanar production and Peters is speaking out about the suit.
Axanar is badass and definitely supposes the usual fan-produced movie. According to Peters. “There’s a reason why Prelude to Axanar and Axanar look like professional movies, because we have professionals working on them,” he stated. “These are professionals. They do this for a living. They’re not fans who are voice actors, or Elvis impersonators who have a hobby and have always wanted to play Captain Kirk. That’s not to knock fan films. I’m just saying, if you want volunteers, you get a certain quality. You want professionals? You’ve got to pay for them. It’s real simple.”
Some of the bogus reasons Peter believes that Axanar were targeted was due to the professional quality of the production. “It’s real simple,” he said. “Because of our quality. “Star Trek Continues is a fan film. Amateur actors, beautiful sets, well-done photography. But it’s a fan film. There’s no way you take that for a real TV show. Star Trek: New Voyages? Fan film. It looks good — well directed — but no one’s ever going to take that for a network TV show.”
According to Paramount and CBS, Star Trek is a “treasured franchise in which CBS andParamount continue to produce new original content for its large universe of fans. The producers of Axanar are making a Star Trek picture they describe themselves as a fully professional, independent Star Trek film. So throwing poop at one another if you really look at the differences between Axanar and CBS/Paramount, they are truly two different entities set on the intent of gaining Star Trek film support. In my opinion CBS/Paramount are doing itself a dis-favor by not favoring and promoting independent film makers like Axanar.
“We don’t use the chevron. We don’t use the uniforms you’re used to seeing. We don’t use (the Original Series) bridge or sets. Those two productions are entirely copyright infringement.”
One could surmise that because Axanar and its popular following (myself included) donated...let me point this out better...D O N A T E D over-time little over a million dollars caught the attention of Paramount and CBS ...Booo Hooo Paramount and CBS cannot play in the sandbox because their films have not gotten the following they hoped for with their new "universe." It is a pathetic ploy of tactics to under mind something as beautiful as Axanar.
So my support goes out to Axanar and a supporter since their panel at Comicon 2015...please fight on!
So on the flip side, CBS/Paramount and their camp have announced a new Star Trek TV series. The news on the new Star Trek television series — which is set to premiere in January of next 2017 on the CBS All Access digital platform (OoOooO..another large production gimmick). Bryan Fuller, former executive producer and creator of such beloved shows as Hannibal,Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, has agreed to develop the latest TV universe of Trek. This was viewed as great news, because not only does Fuller make great TV, but he got his start professionally as a writer on Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and is himself a lifelong Trekker.
In addition, CBS/Paramount has announced that joining Fuller on the new series would be writer/director Nicholas Meyer. He will be a consulting producer and staff writer. Meyer is significantly important to Trek fans, he directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, easily considered the greatest of all the Star Trek classic films. He also co-wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and wrote and directed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Basically, he had a hand in the very best chapters of the original Star Trek film series, and has a firm grasp on what makes Star Trek STAR TREK.
I am heavily excited about this new Star Trek push and regardless of how CBS/Paramount targets independent film makers, it should be considered overall that Star Trek is alive and well in the modern cinema era. It is too bad that the principles of Ray Bradbury's original concept of Star Trek was about how humanity can BE and could BE better. Sadly, our humanity currently will forever be locked in pathetic struggles and Ray's vision of how humanity could be will be etched only in science fiction.
Written By Ryan Quon
Edited By Brent Bullard
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