STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association

I’ve been a proud member of the STARFLEET fan club since 1983!  And I highly recommend joining the organization to anyone who loves Star Trek.

STARFLEET the fan club has a brand new logo to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

For over 40years, STARFLEET has provided Star Trek fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their communities, and show that the dream of Gene Roddenberry can live long and prosper.

On the local level, members can gather with other fans for a variety of enjoyable activities.  On the international level, STARFLEET offers our members a wealth of resources that you won’t find in any other Star Trek fan clubs.  In addition to a great set of membership materials and our regularly-published newsletter, STARFLEET offers members the chance to get involved with STARFLEET Academy, the STARFLEET Marine Corps, the Department of Technical Services, and much more.  We even have a group of academic monetary scholarships that are awarded to deserving STARFLEET members each year.

Learn more on the STARFLEET website: http://sfi.org/

 

STAR TREK: HIDDEN FRONTIER (interview), part 2

Cover 2Last week: we looked at the trailblazing fan series Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, one of the harbingers of the “modern age of Star Trek fan films.”   From its humble beginnings as just a fun activity for the STARFLEET fan club chapter USS Angeles, Hidden Frontier turned into a fan film production dynamo for more than a decade, going on to produce 50 episodes over seven seasons plus five spin-off series and even cross-overs with other fan series.  Hidden Frontier broke new ground in using green-screen compositing, generating home-made 3D visual effects, recasting established characters from Star Trek canon, and even featuring the first gay Starfleet officers in a fan film series (sorry, New Voyages, HF beat you to it). Continue reading “STAR TREK: HIDDEN FRONTIER (interview), part 2”

STAR TREK: HIDDEN FRONTIER (feature), part 1

Cover 1As I mentioned in a few of my previous articles, the dawn of the “modern age of Star Trek fan films” arrived in the year 2000 with the release onto the Internet of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier.  It was the quintessential fan film: Trekkie actors with little or no formal training, cheap store-bought or home-made costumes, zero budget, minimal sets, basic-level storytelling (that’s a euphemism for kinda sucky writing), and dubious sound and image quality.

But Hidden Frontier also had heart – a great deal of heart – plus a deep love for the franchise and determination to create fun and original Star Trek on a fan level.

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AXANAR files legal response to CBS/Paramount Amended Lawsuit

Axanar logoOn March 28, 2016, the legal team for Axanar Productions and Alec Peters, the firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, filed a response to the AMENDED copyright infringement complaint that was brought by Paramount and CBS on March 11, 2015.  The response is Axanar’s second and again seeks a dismissal of the complaint on a number of legal grounds.

The original complaint was brought by Paramount and CBS on December 29, 2015.  Axanar’s legal team filed a response on February 22, 2016 seeking dismissal of the lawsuit on a number of legal grounds.  Presumably, that response is what has motivated Paramount and CBS to amend their complaint.

Here is a link to the text of the ORIGINAL lawsuit.

Here is a link to the text of Axanar‘s ORIGINAL response.

Here is a link to the text of the AMENDED lawsuit.

Here is a link to the text of Axanar’s LATEST response.

Please note: Fan Film Factor is taking a neutral stance regarding this lawsuit and will simply announce developments as they happen.

For a more complete list of media coverage of this story, Axanar has provided this Press Room Page full of links to news reports and editorials regarding the lawsuit.

STAR TREK VS. BATMAN (feature)

CoverHoly campy cosmic crossovers!

 Is it true that the Caped Crusader cunningly confronted a cranially-controlled Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock??? Did the Dynamic Duo actually encounter an Enterprise ensnared by a capricious collaboration of the Clown Prince of Crime and the captivating Catwoman??? Hold onto your phasers and buckle your utility belts, because Batman and the Boy Wonder are about to go where no Gotham superhero has gone before…

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STAR TREK: EQUINOX suspends film plans, opts to return to audio

Equinox logoSTAR TREK: EQUINOX originated with a fan audio series but then became quite ambitious in planning a jump to fan film format.  After holding a couple of unsuccessful crowd-funding campaigns, they were able generate $6,250 on Kickstarter and release a 7-minute trailer for their pilot episode “The Night of Time.”

The film was to star John Savage (reprising his role of Captain Rudy Ransom of the USS Equinox from Star Trek: Voyager) as well as Gary Lockwood (reprising his role of a now-restored, older Gary Mitchell from the TOS episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before).

Unfortunately, it appears fans will never SEE the rest of “The Night of Time”…but they might still HEAR it.

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STALLED TREK: AMUTT TIME (interview), part 2

Cover 2Last week: it was time to play the music, it was time to light the blinky lights, it was time to meet the puppets on the starship Second Prize

I’m referring, of course, to the 15-minute computer-animated Star Trek parody fan film Stalled Trek and its lone episode, “Amutt Time.” It’s unique in that it features computer-generated puppets as the familiar characters of our favorite starship in a hilarious parody of the second season episode “Amok Time.” In this case, though, Mr. Spott is a Vulcanine (WOOF!) going through heat and needing to return to his home planet for mating with T’Pomeranian. Of course, Mr. Spot is only half-Vulcanine, so he’s essentially a “mutt”…hence, the title.

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