When CBS and Paramount announced their new guidelines for Star Trek fan films, the fates of two long-running, celebrated fan series seemed to be in jeopardy. Star Trek: New Voyages (having released nearly a dozen full-length TOS fan episodes since 2004) and Star Trek Continues (with six full-length TOS fan episodes plus three vignettes released since 2012) both appeared to violate multiple new guideline rules. These included run-times over 15 minutes, more than $50,000 in crowd-funding, perk give-aways for contributors, the use of professional actors and crew, and of course, simply having an ongoing fan series in the first place!
Would these two venerated fan series finally come to an inglorious end? It seems the answer is “yes”…and “no”…and “maybe.” Let me explain…
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It you haven’t yet seen “Come Not Between the Dragons,” the sixth full-length episode of STAR TREK CONTINUES, you can click here to watch it. It’s one of their best efforts yet.
And then once you see it, check out their blooper reel and you can see how much fun they all have on set making these fine fan-produced episodes…
The much- anticipated latest release from Star Trek Continues is now available for viewing to the general public. Released early to donors, the 42-minute episode is another tour de force example of why Star Trek Continues continues to lead the way in the Trek fan film arena.
It’s best to watch this episode with no spoilers or preconceptions. Just know that it features some amazing visual effects, impressive stunt work by many in the cast, and liberal use of STC‘s brand new Engineering set. It’s another MUST SEE offering from the folks in Georgia, full of action, suspense, and even a bit of social relevance.
You can watch “Come Not Between the Dragons” by clicking here.
And you can read a 3-part history of Star Trek Continues starting here.
As of midnight Pacific Time, Star Trek Continues‘ third crowd-funding campaign (and their first on Indiegogo) ended with a total of $199,049 from 2,231 backers after 60 days.
Although that was only 57% of the way to their announced $350,000 goal, it was still a very impressive amount, making them the second most successful Trek fan film Indiegogo campaign ever (after Axanar last summer, which took in $475,000).
It should also be mentioned that STC’s third campaign took in nearly as much as their second campaign (on Kickstarter) did in early 2015, which was $214.5K from 2,619 backers. And both campaigns surpassed the first, which took in $126K from 2,981 donors back in late 2013.
STC‘s sixth full-length episode, “Come Not Between the Dragons” is set to premiere later on this month!
In the meantime, visit Fan Film Factor‘s ENERGIZE page for a list of currently active crowd-funding campaigns for Trek-related fan films.
With just over half a day left until the close of their latest crowd-funding campaign, Star Trek Continues just crossed the half-way point to the goal of $350,000. And while getting half-way there might seem like they’ve fallen short, they now hold second place as highest-donation Indiegogo campaign of any Star Trek fan film!
Remember that donations to Star Trek Continues, a registered non-profit, are now tax deductible in the United States. Also, any backer contributing $100 or more will get an exclusive EARLY VIEWING of their sixth episode “Come Not Between the Dragons” at noon Pacific Time on Friday, May 13…before it debuts to the rest of the galaxy.
More than $10,000 has come in between yesterday and today…can Star Trek Continues make it to the ever-elusive $200,000 before the campaign closes tonight?
Click here to donate!
Despite the recent controversy about Vic Mignogna’s comments regarding Axanar “poisoning the well for other fan films,” Star Trek Continues is still an excellent series and very deserving of fan support.
Although it seems unlikely that they will reach their original, ambitious goal of $350,000, they are closing in on the half-way point of $175,000. Just eight thousand more dollars in the last 24 hours will get them there! Can you help?
Any backer contributing $100 or more will get an exclusive EARLY VIEWING of their sixth episode “Come Not Between the Dragons” at noon Pacific Time on Friday, May 13…before it debuts to the rest of the galaxy.
Click here to contribute to their campaign…while there’s still time!
Going against my better judgment (that’s screaming at me, “Jon, stop typing NOW!”), I’m going to jump head first into the latest controversy surrounding a recent comment claiming that Axanar has “poisoned the well” for all other fan films.
Buckle up, folks!
Continue reading “The realities of crowd-funding, part 1”
Yesterday, Star Trek Continues announced that they were selected as the 2016 WEBBY People’s Voice winner for Online Film and Video – Drama: Long Form or Series. Congratulations to this prominent Star Trek fan series.
The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the Nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the Winners of The Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.
The Drama: Long Form or Series category is open to serial content dedicated to dramatic material premiered on the Internet. Entries must consist of one or more episodes over 5 minutes in total to qualify for this category. This year, in addition to Star Trek Continues and three other web series, the category also contained a nomination for NBC’s Heroes Reborn web series, Dark Matters.
Read more about Star Trek Continues in this 3-part feature…
Last time: Having raised $126,000 from their first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign at the end of 2013, Star Trek Continues now had enough money to produce three new episodes. Indeed, by the time their Kickstarter ended in early November, they were about to start a seven-and-a-half day shoot at their 9,800 square foot studio in Kingsland, GA.
But work on their second episode had started many, many months before their Kickstarter campaign even began. The first thing required, of course, was a script…and for that, they needed a story.
Continue reading “STAR TREK CONTINUES (feature), Part 3”
Last time: Star Trek Continues burst out of the starting gate in 2012 and immediately delivered on the promise of its name: continuing Star Trek…quite literally starting from the last moment of the last episode of the original series.
Before I go any further, though, I’d like to humbly issue a SPOLIER ALERT. If you’ve never seen an episode of STC (seriously…what are you friggin’ waiting for???) or if you’ve missed one or three, I’m going to be talking about the offerings that STC has produced thus far. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but this won’t be spoiler-free. We now return to our regularly scheduled blog, already in progress…
Continue reading “STAR TREK CONTINUES (feature), Part 2”