Yesterday, fan rumors began furiously flying when two separate fan series websites were suddenly unavailable at the same time! Was this some new offensive by CBS and Paramount to shut down all fan films???
Stand down from red alert, folks. It turns out that nothing so earth-shattering happened. In the case of Axanar‘s website, the glitch appears to have been just that, and the site is back up and running normally.
In the case of Star Trek: New Voyages, the disappearance of their main U.S. website was explained on their international Facebook page:
Although the Treklanta convention has not yet (as of this posting) updated their website, they have created a video announcing their winners for 2016. This is their second year presenting these awards.
Alec Peters of Star Trek: Axanar, who attended the event in Atlanta, just posted a list of all of the winners in text format (which is faster to read than watching the entire 9-minute video).
In summary, of the 13 categories, Star Trek: Renegade‘s pilot episode/movie won 7 awards, and Star Trek Continues‘ episode “The White Iris” won 5 awards. The only other winner was the just-launched new series Starship Tristan and its debut episode “Moving Day.”
The only fan film/series represented at the con to receive their award in person was Starship Tristan.
A few days after announcing that he was shutting down his proposed Star Trek: Horizon sequel, Federation Rising, fan filmmaker extraordinaire TOMMY KRAFT announced a new KICKSTARTER for an original (non-Trek) project called PROJECT DISCOVERY.
The Kickstarter has a very ambitious goal of $250K in two months, but it managed to raise its first $4.6K in just 10 hours!
Fans became concerned earlier today when the Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II Facebook page went off-line. After Tommy Kraft was urged by CBS to shut down Star Trek: Federation Rising earlier this week, fans worried that the venerable and highly-popular New Voyages would be next!
Some people have noticed that the Star Trek New Voyages / Phase II Facebook page, run by James Cawley, has been taken offline. This is his statement: “You may tell folks, I have taken the facebook page offline personally. It has nothing to do with CBS.”
This Facebook page will continue to represent the fan film project.
How’s this for a first? A parody fan film of another fan film! And not just any fan film…it’s a parody of Prelude to Axanar!
Prelude to Ax’d-We-Are is a love letter to the amazing fan production that has become so popular… and it also doubles as a bit of light-hearted satire on this whole copyright infringement controversy. Oh, and it’s pretty darn funny, too!
So how did this Axanar parody come about? Who can we blame?
In a move that is sure to cause ripples throughout the world of fan films, CBS has contacted TOMMY KRAFT and advised him NOT to create a sequel to his highly successful STAR TREK: HORIZON feature-length fan film.
Tommy was set to launch his Kickstarter campaign this coming weekend. Instead, he just announced that his sequel project, STAR TREK: FEDERATION RISING has been shut down.
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.
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…