Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st, 2016
So often I am asked why the different fan films don’t get along. And there are two answers to that.
The first answer is some do. A lot of the smaller fan films work together and help each other out. Starbase Studios in Oklahoma, run by my good friend and all around super guy Scott Johnson and his partner Richard Wells, is the best example. Their whole goal is to get different fan films up and running and so far he has incubated three projects, including Starship Valiant, which was one of the best fan film projects of 2014. They have their own bridge, transporter and sick bay.
And here are the projects they have done or are working on!
If you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you need to. They are AWESOME.
So then, what is the other answer? Well, some don’t.
There are simply a lot of very big egos in fan films (I won’t exclude myself from that list!), but also some personality issues. The feud between Star Trek: New Voyages and Star Trek Continues is well know, as is my feud with Vic Mignogna. James Cawley is an awesome and amazingly talented guy on many levels (and one of the best Elvis impersonators in the country), but he and I go in and out of our friendship. Sometimes two captains is just one captain too many. And while James has graciously helped a bunch of people (especially me!) with their own fan film projects, Vic refuses to help anyone. Different strokes for different folks.
But then you have guys like Nick Cook of Starship Intrepid, who is as nice as guy as there is. Or Sky Conway of Star Trek: Renegades and Of Gods and Men who opened his arms to me when Axanar hadn’t even started. Or Randy Landers who keeps pumping out episodes of Potemkin with his all volunteer crew and shoestring budget.
I guess there are just as many different people in fan films as there are in real life. NO, we cannot all just get along, even though we wish we could. The best we can do is find the people we like working with and try and express our love for Star Trek with them. Ultimately, Harry Kim will be right one day: it IS about the journey!
To the journey!