Okay, folks, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! (Well, maybe not ALL of you…but at least a few hundred, I’m sure.) Earlier this week, I revealed the “origin story” of this two-way interview where blogger MATTHEW MILLER from Trekzone.org and I discuss and debate all things AXANAR. Now it’s time to put our money where our mouths are (Australia and Los Angeles, respectively).
Today in Part 1, after a friendly introduction and a brief discussion of some of what we both feel are the inherent strengths of the 2014 fan film Prelude to Axanar, we jump right into some of the most controversial questions regarding this polarizing fan production, starting with the creation of Ares Studios with donor money…
- Did “most” of the principal cast and crew abandon the project after ALEC PETERS decided to use crowd-funded money to build a “for profit” studio? Or is that just a rumor-turned-urban-myth?
- What exactly is a “for profit” studio anyway? Is someone gonna go out and buy a 60-foot yacht with all the cash that comes in?
- Was the decision to try to turn a Valencia warehouse into a soundstage a mistake in the first place?
- Did CBS ever tell Alec (before the lawsuit) not to create a studio or not to make more Axanar?
- Did the Axanar donors know (back in 2014) that they were donating to build a soundstage, or were they misled to believe they were donating only to produce a fan film?
And we finish up Part 1 with a couple of other hotly-debated topics…
- Was Alec Peter sued by CBS and Paramount because Axanar was “too good?”
- Were there “unpublished” guidelines for fan films before June of 2016?
- Were the guidelines, once they were announced, intended to stop Axanar…or were they targeted on Renegades and the other “arms race” fan productions?
Sound intriguing? Well, strap in for Part 1 of the Blogger-Battle of Axanar…
Come back for Part 2 on Monday and Part 3 next Wednesday.