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Fan Film Friday – A record-setting two months for Star Trek fan films!

Last week, you might recall me talking about the latest crop of Star Trek fan film releases.  Starting in early September, the following all-new Star Trek fan films were released:

September 3 – Star Trek ContinuesEmbracing the Winds

September 20 – Project: Potemkin (finale) “Destinies

September 27 – Trek: Isolation (debut) “Out of the Fire

September 27 – Melbourne (vignette) “PenPals 2

September 29 – Starship Antyllus (episode 9) “Ripple Effect

October 7 – Aurora (final part of episode 2) “Mudd in Your I

October 13 – The Federation Files (debut) “His Name Is Mudd

October 18 – Starship Tristan (latest episode) “Be Careful What You Wish For

Plus there was one that I missed listing last time.  It is a low-budget German-language fan film:

September 21 – Star Trek: Euderion (latest episode) “Euderion vs Alien

That’s NINE–count ’em, NINE!!!–Star Trek fan films released in less than two months!  (Oh, and a huge thank you to Barbara Reader of the Star Trek Reviewed website!  That woman impresses me to no end with her ability to track down and keep track of every new Star Trek fan film and audio drama that gets released.  Her website is an amazing resource for anyone interested in Trek fan productions.  And needless to say, I couldn’t have compiled today’s list without her site.)


But wait!  There’s more!  October is quite over yet.  In just the past week, FIVE ADDITIONAL fan films have been released:

October 21 – Star Trek: Raven (debut) “Voyager Continues

October 21 – The Night Shift (latest episode parody) “The Doomsday Machine

October 24 – Project: Potemkin (epilogue) “Room Service

October 26 –USS Danubia (Star Trek/Star Wars crossover) “Force Contact

October 26 – Starship Mojave (short computer-generated episode with voice synthesis) “Suspicion

That brings us to FOURTEEN new fan films in just two months!!!

I don’t know about you, but that number just astounds me.   I’ve looked briefly through the history of Trek fan films, and fourteen releases in just two months is definitely a record (unless I missed something).

So what does it mean?  Are we entering a new silver age of Star Trek fan films where short, low-budget productions become the new normal and get released more frequently than ever before?  Or is this just a coincidence that a whole bunch of fan series which had been in post-production all got released at about the same time?  I suppose we won’t know for certain until a few more months have gone by.

In the meantime, the one thing that hasn’t proliferated lately is crowd-funding.  Most low-budget fan series seem to be completely opting out of doing Kickstarters and Indiegogo campaigns.  Renegades still has an active Indiegogo campaign just about $14,000 short of the $150,000 it needs to complete post production on both parts of “The Requiem.”  Also, the eagerly-awaited Pacific 201 has an active Indiegogo campaign that’s raised just over $26,000 but could still use more.

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Also, Starfleet Studios in Iowa (not to be confused with Starbase Studios in Oklahoma) has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $11,000.  It only just went up, so the donations are still pretty modest right now.  But I expect those numbers to increase once more folks visit their Kickstarter page and watch the really cool video by David Whitney.  (That was a hint, by the way.  Go and watch that video…and donate if you’re so inclined.  Ignore the Axanar-schmaxanar at the end.  It’s all in good fun…and they do it to Renegades, too.)  Starfleet Studios just released the 32-minute Star Trek: Raven debut episode “Voyager Continues” and the 47-minute “His Name Is Mudd.”   So they’ve now established themselves as a capable fan film production team.  Their next film is currently titled “The TNG Project” (David Whitney says that’s the title for now) and features an actor playing Data who looks impressively similar to Brent Spiner.  The film will feature a cutting edge approach to compositing rotating green screen actors against moving backgrounds.  I really hope it gets made.

Stay tuned to see what else fans manage to produce and release.  We do seem to be a force of nature at this point!

One Comment

  • APRIL says:

    copy machine
    computers
    people do text
    computers
    and many other machine that do the same thing
    maybe that’s why there are shared copy rights in place
    even Star Trek needs to be shared with what I don’t know
    and they still have not changed the guidelines everybody is looking for a loophole
    which do exist in the guidelines