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 Fan Films
Col. Manning made a comment on a different thread about fan films, so I decided to write a thread about it, being a fan of them myself :D

Fan films are great fun, especially if you keep in mind that they are made by fans, for fans. Some are better than others; a few are very well done and have a loyal following. Just about every genre in film is covered by fan films.

For this thread, I want to start out by talking about SF fan films--Star Trek, the original series (TOS) specifically, but any film and any genre is welcome!

Star Trek TOS "webisodes" are being produced by several different groups of fans and each one has their own starship and unique crew, but they are all based on the 1966-1969 series:

Starship Exeter
http://homepage.mac.com/starshipexeter/exeterstudio/index.html
My personal favorite. Takes place on the U.S.S. Exeter (one of 12 sister ships to the Enterprise) under the command of Captain Garrovick. They have one webisode completed and another with one act to be finished. Their pilot webisode has its rough edges, but their second one The Tressaurian Intersection is a quantum leap in quality and fun.

Starship Farragut
http://starshipfarragut.com/
They are relatively new in fan films, but already have 2 webisodes completed. Captain John T. Carter commands the U.S.S. Farragut and like Exeter, have shown great improvment over their first try.

Star Trek: New Voyages
http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/
This may be the most famous (and slick) fan production out there. Based on the original Enterprise crew, New Voyages picks up where the TOS left off. Kirk is in command with Spock, McCoy and all the rest of the original crew. But what sets New Voyages apart from the other fan films is they've had professional help at times. DC Fontana and David Gerrold have both contributed scripts. Walter Koenig, George Takei, William Windom, Barbra Luna, Malachi Throne, Eddie Pasky, and John Winston (all appearing in the original series) have participated in New Voyages. They have 4 webisodes completed with several more in production. Like the others, their first try was rough, but have improved with each new outing.

Of Gods and Men
http://startrekofgodsandmen.net/
This is a "fan film" that is being professionally produced Tim Russ (Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager) is directing and features many professional actors from several Star Trek series, including TOS.

There is also Starship Excalibur http://www.startrekexcalibur.com/, but they have run into some difficulty and have yet to produce a film.

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Troops
http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/shortfilms/troops/
I wanted to add this link to the fan film Troops. It's been around for quite a while, but I enjoy it so much I'd like to share it.
Troops is a 10 minute Star Wars spoof of the TV show Cops.


Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:39 pm
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Thanks for starting the thread Beastball. I have to admit that I don't know a heck of a lot about fan films. I suppose if I had a bit more money, free time and (most importantly) talent and motivation, I might be one of these people making fan films.

I knew about ST New Voyages, but had no idea there were so many other people making episodes based on the original series. Pretty cool. I believe that New Voyages has the blessing (if not the financial backing and support) of Paramount, but I wonder about the others.


We used to have a little movie theater in Worcester called the Bijou Cinema which showed independent, classic and art movies. It closed down a few years ago, but I really liked the place. My wife and I actually had our wedding reception there in 2002! I remember that the Bijou had a Fan Film "convention" (for lack of a better word to describe it) a few years ago. It was the first time I became aware of how big a thing fan films had become. They showed all kinds of films over the two or three days it was going on, and they had vendors selling cool stuff out in the lobby. They even had a special guest--Richard Hatch, Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica. It was before the Sci-Fi Channel's show really took off. I think they had just done the first movie at the time. Richard Hatch screened his own fan film of a new version of Battlestar, as well as another film that wasn't Battlestar that he was trying to get off the ground. He also did a Q&A and signed stuff (for a fee of course).

I believe that the "Troops" film was screened there, though I either missed it or only saw a little bit of it. I remember that there were quite a few Star Wars fan films being shown (and quite a few people were dressed as stromtroopers and other characters from Star Wars were walking around).

The other thing I really remember was a fan film of "Raiders of the Lost Ark", which a bunch of kids had made themselves over the course of five or six years. It is a shot-for-shot recreation of the movie, and was very impressive. I guess Stephen Speilberg had even seen it and approved of it. I believe most of the shooting was done during summer vacations and you could actually see some of the characters age through the movie. I'm sure there's a website around for this somewhere, but I haven't looked for it yet.

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I believe Paramount owns the movie rights to Star Trek and CBS owns the rights of the TV show. In any case, I think that they've turned a blind eye to all the Star Trek fan films so long as no profit is being made by any of them. There is no financial backing by the studios as far as I know, but I think the studios were rather surprised at how popular these fan films are, so maybe some sort of licensing could be possible in the future. James Cawley, the man behind the New Voyages fan films, was on the Paramount lot on business earlier this week when he ran into JJ Abrams and is now in the new movie (as it was revealed at trekmove.com).

Interesting having a wedding reception at a movie theater! I assume it was converted to a reception hall before that or was it really still a movie theater?

How was the Hatch version of BSG? I remember he had a website for his project, but it only had stills from the film and I never got to see it. If I remember correctly, John Colicos reprised his role of Baltar for it.

I haven't seen too many fan films outside of the Star Trek productions, but there was a pretty neat Star Wars film done a couple of years ago by Panic Struck Productions. You can view it here:
http://panicstruckpro.com/revelations/


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That RAIDERS fan film was (or is now) called RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION. Speilberg eventually bought the rights to the story of its making and supposedly a feature film is in the works about what the kids went through to get it made. It really is pretty impressive when you see how faithful a re-creation it is, and if you dig around online a bit you can find some recollections of its production by the now-grown kids. It was apparently shot over the course of several years.

A couple of years ago the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline ran a double feature of RAIDERS and THE ADAPTATION, with a couple of the kids who made the adaptation speaking after the film.


Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:19 pm
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No digging neccessary, Mark. All I did was copy and paste RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION onto Google and the very first website that came up was TheRaider.net http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders_adaptation/. Everything about the film is right there! Thanks!


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 The Wild Wild West
Though there is no official word at the Star Trek New Voyages website, there is alot of chatter at their forum regarding another childhood favorite: The Wild Wild West. It looks like they are talking of producing webisodes of TWWW with the same attention to detail as they have shown for Star Trek. In fact, there is a thread entitled "Willd Wild West Kicks into High Gear!". So it seems that James Cawley is one busy individual indeed.


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Wow, I'll say. I was afraid that he may burn himself out with all the work, time, money, sweat and effort he's put in to New Voyages, but if he's actually planning on starting ANOTHER line of shows then he must be doing okay (either that or he's totally insane :wink: ).

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hey col manning
my wife and i got hitched at a movie theater too! nice to know we're not the only ones.

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 Star Trek: New Voyages...no more
Star Trek: New Voyages...no more!

Executive Producer James Cawley has announced that Star Trek: New Voyages would shed the “New Voyages” moniker and become Star Trek: Phase II.
For those who don't know, in the mid seventies, Paramount was planning to bring back Star Trek to television as the anchor for their new Paramount network. The new show was to be called Star Trek II (AKA Phase II). As things happened, the new network didn't happen (until 1995) and the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters promted Paramount to turn Star Trek into a feature film. All the props and plans for the TV show were abandoned, never to see the light of day...until now.

Cawley plans to transition his Star Trek from the original show, gradually into Phase II, and then later edge its way to TMP territory. It should be very interesting watching all this unfold!

You can read it all here:
http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/news021708.html


Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:49 pm
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Wow, that's news! When I saw "Star Trek: New Voyages...no more!" at the top of your post Beastball I feared the worst. I thought that all the work that goes into this project had become too much and they were abandoning it. Instead, they're going to get even MORE ambitious! I'll miss the original concept of New Voyages (carrying on the original five year mission of the Enterprise), but this sounds like a logical (and pretty exciting) new direction for the show. Obviously it will still retain Gene Roddenberry's vision. Not only that, but they've come upon a perfect way to transition from the time the five year mission ended and the start of the movies (and to do it by reviving a concept that was abandoned in the 70s, only to become the stuff of Trek lore...genius). Cawley certainly is thinking! Can't wait to see how this all unfolds.

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All three parts to Star Trek: Of Gods and Men are now completed and available for viewing.

http://www.startrekofgodsandmen.net/main/

I was surprised to see so many stars of the different Star Trek series in this film. Most are easily recognizable, but there are a few who were guest stars in the original show you may have trouble remembering. It was fun if not a bit confusing; there's so much going on. There are more than a few references to past episodes so more than a passing knowledge of Star Trek can only help. :P

Even if you don't like the story, Chase Masterson makes one HOT Orion Slave Girl! :twisted:


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 Starship Farragut
The folks over at Starship Farragut have just released their second animated episode in the classic Filmation style.

Needs of the Many can be downloaded or viewed directly here:
http://www.farragut-animated.com/needs.html

Their first animated episode, Power Source, can also be found there as well.

While the voice acting by the principals is strictly amateur, there are a few professionals lending their voices including Tim Russ (Tuvok on Voyager) and Chase Masterson (Leeta on DS9).
Also, Chris Doohan does the voice of Scotty as a tribute to his father.


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 Re: Fan Films
Thanks for reviving this thread Beastball. It's been a while since we've heard anything about fan films. I still haven't ever watched "Of Gods and Men"! Now I'm finally going to check it out. How cool does that Filmation recreation look? What a neat idea--and what a great job they've done with it! Can't wait to watch these new animated episodes that are so in the spirit of the old ST:TAS!

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 Re: Fan Films
There's plenty going on over at Star Trek Phase II!

Several episodes are in the works right now in various stages of completeness. They just finished a two-parter and are in post-production on two more. I think an additional three are in pre-production now.

They are also doing a retro version of Buck Rogers that looks promising. They even got Gil Gerard and Erin Gray to make a special appearance as Buck's parents! There's a trailer out now:

http://www.hardcorenerdity.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2239098%3ABlogPost%3A96036


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[Even if you don't like the story, Chase Masterson makes one HOT Orion Slave Girl! :twisted:[/quote]


yes this is true. she made me really want to go green! :lol:

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