Well, folks, there’s some good news, some bad news, and some rather shocking news involving the fan production STAR TREK: TEMPORAL ANOMALY. As you might recall from this blog update that I posted last month, CBS had contacted show-runner SAMUEL COCKINGS with some concerns over his soon-to-launch fan film. Weeks earlier, Samuel had released this trailer that raised a few red flags with the corporate Star Trek copyright owners.
Specifically, there were four concerns. The first was easy to fix. The fan film guidelines don’t allow for the name “Star Trek” to be part of the title. No problem there:”Temporal Anomaly – A Star Trek Fan Film” it is!
The second problem was length, about 50 minutes long. The guidelines specify a maximum of two 15-minute separate fan films. Of course, Star Trek Continues released five full-hour episodes after the guidelines were announced (four of them having been filmed and produced after the announcement), and STC was never stopped by CBS.
The third problem was that the trailer included footage taken from actual TNG movies with Picard, Riker, Data, Worf, and Troi on the bridge. Using existing Trek footage is a no-no. Granted, Samuel only needed it for a brief intro sequence at the beginning and a short epilogue at the end, but still…not kosher with the suits at CBS.
And finally, there was the music, nearly all of which is existing copyrighted scores from various Star Trek TV series. Although many other fan films liberally use existing Trek background music, Temporal Anomaly had gotten on CBS’s radar, and the studio wasn’t going to ignore the obvious.
So what’s the good, bad, and shocking news?