Randy Wrenn & Gary Davis – ConCarolinas Short Film Festival

Well, it’s 2017 and what could come as better news for fan films in the Star Trek community than one being entered into a short film festival.

The crossover short “Chain of Command” a joint venture from Dreadnought Dominion and Starship Valiant has been submitted to the 2017 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival.

The ConCarolinas Short Film Festival is dedicated to the art of the short films and the expression of independent filmmakers. 2017 will be its seventh year; the ConCarolinas Short Film Festival has created a location for filmmakers local and international to highlight artists from various different genres such as Science Fiction, Fandom, Fantasy, and Adventure.

NB: 2016 winners can be found here: > HERE <

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I grabbed Gary and Randy for a quick interview about their entries and just a general catch up….



James) Hey guys can you tell me a bit more about the entry into the film festival, what does the entry en tale I would love to hear more about it. 🙂

Gary) It is a GREAT convention they hold and they a film festival.

James) Was this something that “Chain of Command” was picked up and entered for you or did you enter it?

Gary) I entered it.

Randy) Last year I entered “Haunted” which won “Best” Set “Haunted” the first episode we released of “Dreadnought Dominion”

This year we have entered a general sci-fi anthology series called “Long Harvest” but we decided to both enter separately…

James) Which set was it that you used that won “Best Set”?

Randy) It was the same sets that they use in “Star Trek Continues” although we only used the Bridge, the captain’s quarters, the shuttlecraft, and the corridor from the shuttle bay hanger to the turbo lift.

James) Cool! Are you planning to enter anything else this year?

Gary) We are entering the third entry a Zombie Film! Therefore, we will have a Star Trek, Sci-Fi, and Zombie film all from Dominion Media

James) That is brilliant, obviously, I know what “Chain of Command” is about but can you give me a snippet of what each one is about, is there an underlying story to them or ??

Gary) Randy would you describe What Lies Beyond as:

A Sci-Fi Anthology Series in the style of “Twilight Zone” and “Outer Limits”

The “story” evolves and by the end, you get the “A-HA” moment

Randy) Absolutely It is anthology series, each episode will be Sci-Fi, or Fantasy or Horror usually with a twist at the end.

The “story” evolves and by the end, you get the “A-HA” moment

Gary) The Zombie 1 is told in “Blair Witch” style format the “hero” is running from Zombies and holes up in an abandoned trailer His cell phone is recording his last words waiting for the battery to end as Zombies are searching for him it is pretty cool.

James) I loved the twilight zone some of them were a tad strange button they were still fun, where can we see these are they already or are they still in production?

Gary) Well, The Sci-Fi one is in post-production they will be releasing on YouTube VERY shortly

It is done, but he has not released it yet.

Randy) We will be releasing “Long Harvest” on February 7th

Gary) And The Zombie 1 was fun It is done and ready to go

James) So “Long Harvest” is this a planned series or a one off?

Randy) It is a little confusing, but Long Harvest is the first episode of “What Lies Beyond”.

Yes. I plan to release many episodes of “What Lies Beyond” eventually I am working on the script for the second episode now.

James) What is the premise of the show to be a running story arc or separate stories per episode?

Randy) “What Lies Beyond” is an anthology, so every episode is a completely separate story.

James) As a writer that must be easier to write for than having to keep story lines consistent almost like a blank page per episode.

Randy) It is a lot easier. In addition, we do not have to worry about stepping on any corporate toes, or getting called out for messing with canon…. (As Trekkies will happily do)

James) Lol well original IP is always a better direction to go as it means you do not have to worry about such issues. 

You guys are still planning on continuing with the Trek Fan Films though yeah? 

Randy) No matter where this leads us, we will always have a warm spot in our heart for Star Trek Fan Films. And we plan to keep doing them as long as we’re allowed.

We have no plans to stop.

Gary) Well… At least we’re not shut down entirely and they keep stressing GUIDELINES, not RULES.

James) Exactly, they aren’t Rules which is what so many just keep saying you can’t break them blah blah blah CBS are Evil lol you guys are some of the few who have just closed up shop and that is so nice to see tbh 

So going back to the film festival what are the potential prizes if you were to win? 

Randy) Well, Concarolinas awards prizes for Best Script Best Leading Man Best Leading Woman Best Horror Best Suspense Best Animation.

*Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the Film Festival Judging Committee*

I think our “Best Sets” award last year must have been one that they added on especially for us… “At their discretion”

I feel like between all our entries we could sweep the awards… but then, I am slightly biased.

James) you have three entries across the genres so I would say you have a good stab at it. 

Gary, how would you feel if you won for letting us say Dreadnought Dominions short? 

Gary) Winning this would be a great honour. However, overall it’s all about just being there amongst all the fellow filmmakers. Just to have our production shown and considered is a great honour.

Randy) Creating something is always a reward in itself, but when you get recognition from somewhere else, it gives you a sense accomplishment beyond that.

And it never hurts to be able to add the words “Award-winning” in front of your film. LOL

James) Thanks guys for the catch-up and I wish you both luck with your entries I have my fingers crossed.



Watch the trailers for the entries

  • What Lies Beyond – Episode 1 – The Long Harvest > HERE<

Watch the entire episodes of

  • “Chain of Command” > HERE
  • “Dead Inside” > HERE

If you want to check out the festival information just visit their Official Site.

And! Do not forget to keep an eye on Dreadnought Dominions Facebook page HERE or visit http://www.dominionmedia.us/ for the latest updates.


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