The Fan Film Guidelines Breakdown – Part Four

Well, here we are with part four, so far we have covered a total of four separate guidelines. Although I have not dissected them in order these have been some of the more simple ones to be able to breakdown for you.

As we shift into the next half of this blog series, some things are going to get increasingly tricky to dissect and as such the guideline blogs may be further apart, this is due to the time that I need to investigate things properly which in turn I hope will enable me to give you, what I hope you need, to enable you to use what is within these blogs to guide you in making some exceptional fan productions.

In this blog, I intend to breakdown one of the most misunderstood guidelines and one that has been widely reported inaccurately.

4) If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.

When people heard about this guideline they accused CBS of being greedy and only after money it was, in fact, one of the guidelines that upset so many people. On a personal note, it was painful to see the fallout from this one alone, one thing about the Star Trek fandom is we have a unique way of making the things we see on screen be it costumes, props or toys.

It took many by surprise that CBS would come up with this guideline, I mean why? What damage do we do building these things we see on screen, the simple answer is nothing. However, this guideline is not one aimed at the fans, but at the third party sellers that seem to pop up overnight online selling the very things that people like you and me, just simple fans! That have paid CBS a licence fee to be able to produce these items legally.

Even though 13 months later people are still, saying things like these third-party sellers do no harm or they sell things cheaper than people like Anovos or the other official licences, the hard and inescapable truth is they do more damage to the very thing we hold dear and that is the longevity of Star Trek.

The simplest way to put it is every Dollar, Pound or Euro paid to these people is one less given to the very people who need it to keep this 51-year-old franchise going. However, I can already hear it now “well they have millions why do they need it”, well like anything run by anyone, even by the person running that market stool we go to, or the man beside the road who sells you flowers or fruit, if things do not make money they stop! Now I do not know about you but do you want Star Trek to end because CBS does not make a profit from Star Trek?? I know I don’t?

Last June when John Van Citters appeared on the engage podcast this very guideline was poised to John by the podcasts host Jordan and it took less than 30 seconds for John to clear up the misinterpretation of it by this following statement,

“This is definitely an area of big big misconception” THEY MAKE THEIR OWN Anovos is a terrific example because this is, a this is a company that was Started by a couple of fans – (Read the full transcript below).

Therefore nothing has changed and we carry on like before, if we want to make our own costumes and props we can and this guideline is not aimed at us doing that, but if we want a professional looking uniform, phaser or tricorder we buy it from officially licensed partners and not a third parties, to me that is completely fair isn’t?

Below you will find the usual producer commentary, links and information you need to help you interrupt this guideline in your own way but with our help.


It should be noted the Fan Film Guidelines DO NOT affect anything but Fan Films, this means Audios dramas and alike are not bound by them.


4) If the fan production uses commercially-available Star Trek uniforms, accessories, toys and props, these items must be official merchandise and not bootleg items or imitations of such commercially available products.



RANDY LANDERS – Potemkin Pictures

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Paramount and CBS want you to use the officially licensed merchandise. This is because their manufacturers pay for those licenses, and if uniforms, props and the like are purchased from non-licensees, then revenues are hurt. However, Mr. van Citters said that fans can make and use their own costumes in fan films. To that end, much of Potemkin Pictures’ costumes are made by our cast and crew, or purchased and modified from off-the-rack clothing. Some are actually Halloween Costumes. Some were purchased before the implementation of the guidelines, and we continue to use those. But we are no longer purchasing “knock offs,” and are instead working harder at creating recreations of the designs from the Star Trek TOS movie era.


Nick Cook – Intrepid

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Basically what you’ve said. If you buying it, buy something that is officially licensed. Otherwise, make it yourself.  As I understand it, Roddenberry.com does sell licensed patterns and accoutrements.

https://shop.roddenberry.com/collections/uniform-patterns

There are quite a few websites and Facebook groups dedicated to Trek costuming, but I think most of these have some links to unlicensed materials, so I’m wary of sharing them.

Vance Major – Melbourne

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

I’ve seen something called the SENSE OF RIGHT ALLIANCE, Google it if you haven’t(you won’t regret it lol) and I think that’s what they want to avoid. Honestly, I’ll never pay 500 or 1000 for a uniform. I’m also not going to dress in a Halloween outfit, I’m going to look decent for a fan film. But when you look at the something like the SENSE OF RIGHT ALLIANCE, you just shake your head. I get not taking money from them, but I’m also not going to spend outside my means, whatever it is. At the end of the day, I’m not going to sense of right alliance my fan film. To me, that’s all they are asking.


Justin Burton – Former member of the Lexington production. 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Well, I can see the point with them not wanting you to buy from costumers but officially licensed outlets far too often pop up costumes makers have taken advantage of fans by taking their money and not delivering the product as promised. Many productions make their own uniforms because of this Hidden Frontier made their own James Cawley does as well as Intrepid.


Ray Tesi – Republic

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

The issue with this guideline revolves around the uniforms mostly in my opinion. The only true licensee I believe is ANOVOS. The issue there is not only one of expense, but uniforms only come in one flavour. If you want a gold shirt, you’re a captain, a blue shirt is a first officer, etc. Uniforms almost have to be provided by some source who can customise them. Props are readily available through licensed commercial companies, readily available, and generally on the inexpensive side depending on the quality of the props you’re looking for.


Robin –  Dark Armada:

“The guidelines set by CBS are just what they are…….. Guidelines, as it was explained in the podcast they’re not supposed to be rules and CBS isn’t going to inspect every single fan film about these guidelines. The Star Trek Fan Film community used to live by a certain code or ‘unofficial rules’, until some decided to break that code and all hell broke loose. But it’s really just common sense: making a fan film means you play with someone’s intellectual property and in our case, CBS and Paramount have graciously allowed us to do that for over a decade. The risk that they would ask you to stop is always present, so do you think it’s wise to sell DVD’s, ask for money/donations, build a studio, pretend to be official Star Trek? Only a few thought it was. Most fan productions followed a few simple rules: don’t make a profit, don’t sell DVD’s or similar merchandise and make clear it’s a fan production. The only difference today is that these rules are now officially presented as guidelines by CBS. Follow them and you’re safe from any legal action. Most important about these guidelines are that your intentions are good (the common sense stuff I mentioned before), that it’s a production by the fans for the fans out of love for Star Trek (and of course…. don’t pull an Alec). My advice would be not to try to desperately work around the guidelines, but realise that they are a way for CBS to allow us to play with Star Trek as fans. Some of these guidelines weigh heavier than other. I think I don’t have to explain that collecting more money is a worse guideline to ignore than the one about the length of your film. Whether your film is 15, 30 or 45 minutes long, make sure your intentions are good and put a lot effort, a lot of work and a lot of love into it”



https://trekfanproductions.com/johnvancittersengagepodcast#Props

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OH OK now I the other thing that brought  up a lot of questions was regarding  costumes props and weapons things of  that nature that there’s  one of the guidelines states don’t have the  exact word in front of me I you know if  it is available through our license licensees the Licensors  then you know use that one

{} JVC {}

This is definitely an area of big big misconception

{} Jordan {}

Right because I was like hey if I want to make my own tricorder out of macaroni what the heck man I can do that right?

{} JVC {}

Jordan you are now committed to making a tricorder out of macaroni just so I can see it

{} Jordan {}

So can you can you shed a little light on that because that one did lead to some questions and I get it now you wake up you know Anovos one of your license makes gorgeous costumes but if somebody wants to make their own what do they do?

{} JVC {}

THEY MAKE THEIR OWN  Anovos is a is a terrific example  because this is a this is a company that  was Started by a couple of fans who did not yet even have an operating business  who did not yet have a license from  anybody else who came to us with a presentation and a plan and some samples of the quality of work that they felt  they could do and they have created a  business after that we looked at it  we were like yes let’s try this  they came out of fan ranks and they have spent over the years being a Star Trek license tens of thousands of dollars if not hundreds of thousands of dollars at this point in development for their products they make exceptionally good quality stuff that looks screen accurate  that that wears well that is nicely  tailored and you’ve seen the stuff at  conventions it looks amazing so out of support for Star Trek we would ask people that if you are doing the fan film that you not purchase stuff from unlicensed bootleg operators who do not help support official Star Trek in and create a climate where we can get more Star Trek so we’re asking that if we have stuff commercially available that  you consider using that on your on your projects we do have great quality stuff available from vendors like Anovos from QMX  etc and we  would like you to respect that and support their investment into Star Trek and dedication to Star Trek many times their materials are going to be a perfect fit and provide a great and very accurate shortcut for you but we’re not  looking to inhabit fan creativity we’re not looking to limit what you can do on  your episode like well they don’t have an officially licensed original series silver Lemay environmental suits so what do I do? I guess I have to cut that from my story know what you have to do then  is get our somebody who’s really  talented they can make one and  that’s fine we’re not looking to inhibit  that we’re not looking to get rid of the DIY ethic of Star Trek fans

{} Jordan {}

And correctly wrong and then once you’ve made it you’re hoping that the person is not going to turn around and sell it as a perk in there

{} JVC {}

Well yes where were we were hoping  people aren’t going to decide hey I did  a really good job making that I’m going  to go into business I doing that but I  completely get that when I was a kid and 10 years old  11 years old and I’d see a  Star Trek episode with a really cool  thing in and I’d be digging through everything in the house and like now here’s an old wrapping paper tube if I  take that in this coat hanger and this  cut out this piece of cardboard and  spray paint it silver what can it can I  make this thing that I saw in the  episode and I get that that’s part  of the fun of Star Trek that you were  talking about the costuming that you see  at these conventions where you see if  people showing up as the crystalline  entity and that that’s amazing and  that’s wonderful  and by all means please keep that  part of Star Trek going we’re not trying  to inhibit that if there is the  opportunity to use official merchandise  we would ask the fans help support the  franchise that they love so much.



Websites to:

Purchase Uniforms:

Purchase patterns to make your own uniforms:

Purchase props:

Help to build props:

Misc Prop Google search:

Uniform Accessories:

Purchase:

Misc Google search:


Facebook groups that specialise in prop and costume making 



If you run a facebook group or know of any links or information you think would be of use in this post then please comment below.

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The Fan Film Guidelines Breakdown – Part Three

In part two of the breakdown we looked at two of the easiest guidelines to adhere to, the simple additions of a disclaimer and the removal of “Star Trek” from the title of each fan production made.

In this part, we are going to break down the third guideline. To enable this guideline to be broken down as complete as possible I have split it into two parts so I will be referring to it as 3A and 3B.

So to start off with let us take a look at 3A.

3A – The content in the fan production must be original, not reproductions, recreations or clips from any Star Trek production.

This guideline was and still is misunderstood by a LOT of people, people seem to think that this guideline means you cannot use established characters, alien races or settings, this, however, could not be further from the truth, this guideline merely means you must come up with original stories and characters and not rehash anything that has already been done. For example,

You cannot

Take an episode of Star Trek and then remake it with your own people.

Reshoot any official Star Trek script you may have.

This would also cover things like NO Stills, Locations, or footage from ANY canon Star Trek Series or Film.

However, the simplest way of understanding this part of the guideline is that It does not! Stop you from borrowing from the established Star Trek universe, by using things like (but not limited to):

Alien races (Klingons, Romulans, Andorian E.t.c.)
Planets, (Vulcan, Andor, Telar Prime, Bajor etc)
Starships, ( NX-01, Reliant, Defiant, Enterprise)
Characters ( 7 of 9, Harry Kim, Kirk, Spock, Scotty)

Moving onto 3B

3B – If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing.

This part of Guideline 3 is pretty easy to get the meaning behind it, although easy to understand it does have somewhat of a dual meaning.

1 – If you plan to use anything non-Trek such as settings, characters or even a race from another series, such as Star Wars then you had better ask permission otherwise you may just find a DCMA from that IP owner, or worse yet a nice C&D from them.

2 -Music or other items from the Trek Universe that is not owned by CBS & Paramount.

Using Music as an example, a fair few people seem to be under the notion that all Star Trek theme music and soundtracks are owned by CBS and Paramount, this is not correct, and as such if you intend to use anything from the series or films in your production you need to get the permission of the copyright holders, as John Van Citters said in the engage podcast “we may own Star Trek but we don’t own the rights to Star Trek music” so with that said, you can not just lift a snippet of music from a soundtrack and insert it into your film.

To help you out as much as I can, I will try to include as many links as possible to the people who own the rights to the music as with this, it “should” allow you to contact them and ask for their permission.

So now I have broken them down myself let’s get to the info links and the commentary from the same fan producers who have added their voice to this series of blogs thus far and will continue to help me out throughout this blog series.


It should be noted the Fan Film Guidelines DO NOT affect anything but Fan Films, this means Audio Dramas and alike are not bound by them.”



Producer commentary is not broken down unless stated so what you see will be either an interpretation of the guideline as a whole or broken into sections 3A and 3B”


Randy Landers – Potemkin Pictures

3A –

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

You must be a creator and can’t use clips from the episodes and create  “new” episodes.  You can’t do a fan edit and create a “fan’s cut” of an episode. You can’t redo an episode’s VFX and place them among clips from the episode. You can’t use the original material as your own. Frankly, I’m not sure those sort of things actually fans films.

3B – 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

It says 1) if you want to do a crossover with another series, you’d better clear it with them.  And 2) it ain’t our music. You better ask the owners of it before you go co-opting it for your fan film.

  • Are there any links or added commentary you think would be of benefit to add to this section

Potemkin Pictures has had composers create its own original music. While we occasionally will use a homage to the original series or TOS movies in our music, for the majority of the time, you’re listening to original music. This is something  I think separates us from a lot of other fan films.


Nick Cook – Intrepid

3A –

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline? For example
    • This would cover things like NO Stills, Locations, or footage from ANY canon Star Trek Series or Film.
    • However, this does not! Stop you from borrowing from the established Star Trek universe things like but not limited to:
    • Alien races (Klingons, Romulans, Andorian E.t.c.)
    • Planets, (Vulcan, Andor, Telar Prime, Bajor etc)
    • Starships, ( NX-01, Reliant, Defiant, Enterprise)
    • Characters ( 7 of 9, Harry Kim, Kirk, Spock, Scotty)

I think you’ve pretty much nailed it. That said, using characters from the official productions, as long as you’re not using the original actors, would probably be overlooked. That’s entirely personal opinion though.

3B –

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline? For Example
  • This section is aimed at third-party content this would be things like but not limited to: Music scores (CBS & Paramount do not own the copyrights to any music produced for the official Star Trek works), Characters from other works such as races, planets or iconic characters like Han Solo, and Ships E.g. The X-Wing etc and settings from other IP such as Endor from “Return of the Jedi”.
  • Due to CBS and Paramount not owning the music rights to any Star Trek musical works it is advisable you contact the copyright holders for the music you wish to use.

I don’t have anything specific to add to this.


Vance Owen – Melbourne, Starbase Studios.

3A – 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Well, it’s hard to be original. Some people just don’t have a creative bone to save their life lol and that’s sad. Those are usually the people mooching off of those who have true talent. I honestly have never understood taking from a show directly. I’ve understood reinterpreting something from a show, but a direct rip off, jeesh. I lose respect so fast I can’t take um seriously after that. Especially when there are so many talented people out there willing to work with ya. It’s just lazy friggin people who want to cut corners and have no understanding of how things are. Using a clip from a show for a poster, that’s so cheap. Especially when you could make something fresh and new do easily. So I don’t hate this at all. This never even entered my mind “what?? I can’t steal someone else’s hard work and claim it in mind?” Get a life lol I can see them saying “don’t have Jim Kirk and Spock jump thru the guardian of forever….like so” to me, ok I get that. But they are not saying you can’t use Kirk and Spock standing at the guardian of forever looking for the next Pokemon go. people stress the wrong things on these guidelines and make um say whatever they want. To me, this makes the most sense. Could be wrong, I’ve been wrong before….ask my wife lol

3B –

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

If non-Star Trek third party content is used, all necessary permissions for any third party content should be obtained in writing. What is your interpretation of this guideline? Well, it’s pretty cut and dry. And in Melbourne, we did that anyway, before this came out. With the band, The Perfect Pursuit, they did our theme for our film. Cbs doesn’t own that. Just as it doesn’t with certain themes that people like to use in their films. I think it is their way to cover their butts in case the people who do own the music get a ticket and say “hey these people are using our music and you’re doing nothing about it.” They won’t be held liable. It’s kinda common sense to me. And sadly, people like to walk in and say “eh no one’s going to mind.” That’s easy to say if it’s not your music being used. As a musician, I’d be pissed if someone used my music without permission. I’m an artist; I have had my art plagiarised. Didn’t like it. People don’t think outside of that thought of what’s good for them, that’s just how some are. I think this is just to protect CBS from that situation

 


Ray Tesi – Republic

3A – 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Fan films SHOULD introduce original content and characters. I don’t think anyone wants to see a “low end” Kirk or Spock, and there is plenty of other content to draw on. If nothing else, it forces the fan production to be original. Leave the reproductions to the big boys. Renegades took the high road and dropped the Star Trek moniker so they could continue production. Kudos to them.

3B –

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

The guideline is laudable, but hard to enforce since the content is outside of CBS’ purview. We at Republic used a mix of existing Star Trek scores plus original musical scores. The original music was licensed for our specific use. When we uploaded our vignette to YouTube, the only music that they flagged was our theme, and once we provided the proper license documentation, we were good to go. This is good business sense, but hard to enforce.


Justin Burton – Former member of the Lexington production. 

3A – 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Continues once got busted for using a background image from a TOS ep even tho they got away with it, in the end, IT means do not steal others peoples work! same as writing a book when stealing it from someone else’s. 

3B

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

I think this is wise however youtube now lets people use certain star trek music with out getting in too much trouble you just can not monetize your channel. Or use JJ Verse music


Robin –  Dark Armada: 

“The guidelines set by CBS are just what they are…….. Guidelines, as it was explained in the podcast they’re not supposed to be rules and CBS isn’t going to inspect every single fan film about these guidelines. The Star Trek Fan Film community used to live by a certain code or ‘unofficial rules’, until some decided to break that code and all hell broke loose. But it’s really just common sense: making a fan film means you play with someone’s intellectual property and in our case, CBS and Paramount have graciously allowed us to do that for over a decade. The risk that they would ask you to stop is always present, so do you think it’s wise to sell DVD’s, ask for money/donations, build a studio, pretend to be official Star Trek? Only a few thought it was. Most fan productions followed a few simple rules: don’t make a profit, don’t sell DVD’s or similar merchandise and make clear it’s a fan production. The only difference today is that these rules are now officially presented as guidelines by CBS. Follow them and you’re safe from any legal action. Most important about these guidelines are that your intentions are good (the common sense stuff I mentioned before), that it’s a production by the fans for the fans out of love for Star Trek (and of course…. don’t pull an Alec). My advice would be not to try to desperately work around the guidelines, but realise that they are a way for CBS to allow us to play with Star Trek as fans. Some of these guidelines weigh heavier than other. I think I don’t have to explain that collecting more money is a worse guideline to ignore than the one about the length of your film. Whether your film is 15, 30 or 45 minutes long, make sure your intentions are good and put a lot effort, a lot of work and a lot of love into it”



  • https://trekfanproductions.com/johnvancittersengagepodcast

{} Jordan {}

So I don’t so what your saying is  there’s not going to be a review board out there saying oh the way your version of Captain Kirk did that he wouldn’t really do with that way that’s not in  his character now you’re not talking that level of uh of review but you know

{} JVC {}

Only if you’re a licensed author as you will be subject to that level of review as and good and thank god you’re there we need you on that wall but I but you know I but having Captain Kirk doing something you know profane and what is profanity is a long conversation but I think we know when we say it doing something that’s totally out of character for some sort of shock value reason that’s and that isn’t parody that correcting from wrong is where you say no these are these are Star Trek characters and we have to protect them

{} JVC {}

If you do something that’s going to be  damaging to the fundamental character of the Star Trek of beloved characters  Captain Kirk Captain Picard Beverly Crusher whoever it may be from across  the pantheon of Star Trek if you’re doing anything that’s going to damage  that it did that’s going to put them or  things like that in an overtly negative light that goes against what we’ve seen and what we know about these elements of Star Trek yeah that  then there will be a problem other otherwise like I said if you’re using it  to comment on societal and social issues yeah we’re not going to look we we’ve  all have a duty to Star Trek whether you’re a fan or an employee of CBS or Paramount in that respect to really honour what that creation is what Rick Berman and Gene Roddenberry and Ron Moore and Bryan Fuller and all  of these amazing creators have done to create this just incredible  thing called Star Trek we’ve got a duty to  respect it and protect it


{} Jordan {}

What about the music I know that there were some questions about you know people wanting to use music in their fan films

{} JVC {}

Well when it would I talk about fan films being a complex landscape this is this is one of the things that  immediately comes to mind because it  comes to mind on an on a daily basis for  us and projects that we’re working on  we may own Star Trek but we don’t own the rights to Star Trek music and we can’t grant those rights to fan films as  much as we might want to you know use  that opening theme whether it’s from TNG or from the original series all over the  place and get that music out there I was  listening to Star Trek music on my way here because that’s the kind of guy I am and in when we when we mentioned in the  guidelines things like new with needing  to clear any third-party rights for  content in writing in the guidelines this is why we don’t control those  rights we can’t give you the rights to  the music it’s likely fans may want to utilize stuff that we can’t grant rights  to because we don’t own those rights Star Trek music is very much included in  that if you want to use Jerry Goldsmith’s Klingon themes because you  got this amazing Klingon attack that  you’re planning in your film or the  opening four tones from the TOS theme song or anything else from all the great Star Trek music you should contact the music publisher for that and secure those rights because we don’t have them  and we can grant them


Time Index – 01:12:00 – I just really hoping that these guidelines will help spur additional creativity

{} JVC {}

I’m incredibly excited about what’s to come I love Star Trek and everything associated with it as much if not more than the so many fans do and it’s been an incredible part of my life it’s helped shape who I am as it has for many fans and I absolutely want to do what is best for four Star Trek as a whole both now and for the long-term health of Star Trek and I want to do the best that we possibly can be Star Trek fans who Star Trek there’s no question shows a lot to the I would put Star Trek fans against any other fan base anytime I think our fans are terrific they’re amazing and I just really hoping that these guidelines will help spur additional creativity it’s going to be different creativity but again it’s the first time that anything has existed officially like this it’s a brave new frontier and I’m looking forward to seeing what that brings it’s going to change is hard initially but I’m very excited about what’s to come I love Star Trek in all of its forms I love the technobabble I love everything about it and me just I can’t wait to see what’s next



= MUSIC INFO =


 

  1. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Soundtracks
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Trek_composers_and_music

Information related to the following soundtracks was taken from http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Soundtrack

  1. https://www.varesesarabande.com/ Nemesis, Star Trek 09, Into Darkness and Beyond.
  2. http://gnpcrescendo.com/wp/ – Insurrection, First Contact, Generations, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Best of Both Worlds (expanded soundtrack), The Best of Star Trek (soundtracks)
  3. https://www.discogs.com/label/878-MCA-RecordsStar Trek – VI and IV
  4. https://www.epicrecords.com/ – Star Trek V
  5. http://www.columbiarecords.com/Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
  6. http://www.lalalandrecords.com/ – Voyager, DS9, Enterprise, Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection, Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Collection, Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection, Volume Two, Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection, Volume One
  7. https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/daily/index.cfm?CFID=92566692&CFTOKEN=88973315  – Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Ron Jones Project

Other Links

http://www.startrek.com/licensees

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The Fan Film Guidelines Breakdown – Part Two

So we left part one with what I hope was a big shroud lifted on one of the guidelines that many seem to misinterpret or choose to ignore, and that is this guideline,

1) The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.  

Although worded in a way that seems to negate the idea or possibility of producing more than the 2 x 15 episodes It is, in fact, something that you can work with! Not against!

During the last blog, you saw not just one, but 6 different perspectives of this guideline and how those productions have chosen to perceive it and work with it not by shunning the guidelines and saying hey, they are “draconian” but they have retooled their productions accordingly and decided “Hey, yes we can still move forward and carry on making the fan films we love, but with some adjustment.”

Yes the undeniable fact is that the days of the 45min+ long episodes have now gone the way of the dodo, but with some ingenuity, clever thinking and love in doing what you do, you can still produce content that not only you will enjoy making but content that will bring joy to many other Star Trek fans around the globe.

In this blog, we will be dissecting guidelines 2 and 8 and again, it is not only me who will be drawing on information I have found, but I have asked the same producers to help me out once again.

Below you will find commentary from the fan film “experts” and some useful links to information that will, we hope to help you with this guideline.


It should be noted the Fan Film Guidelines DO NOT affect anything but Fan Films, this means Audio Dramas and alike are not bound by them.


2) The title of the fan production or any parts cannot include the name “Star Trek.” However, the title must contain a subtitle with the phrase: “A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION” in plain typeface. The fan production cannot use the term “official” in either its title or subtitle or in any marketing, promotions or social media for the fan production.



RANDY LANDERS – Potemkin Pictures

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Paramount and CBS own Star Trek. We are privileged to play in their universe. If they want us to call them “Title” – a Star Trek fan production, then that’s what we need to do.

  • Is this a guideline that is one that will or could cause issues?

It will end the names “Star Trek Phase II,” “Star Trek New Voyages” and “Star Trek Continues.”

Nick Cook – Intrepid

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?
    • Is this a guideline that is one that will or could cause issues?

I think this is probably the easiest thing to comply with.  I’m not sure what issues could realistically arise other than people wilfully ignoring it.


 Vance MajorMelbourne

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?
    • Is this a guideline that is one that will or could cause issues?

I don’t think anyone should be doing this anyway. No fan film is official. This is one of the guidelines I have no problem with in any way. I think this shows the state of mind of that some fan filmmakers have gotten into, to an extent. Trying to be the next big thing in the Trek universe, and to me that’s sad. I think some have gotten away from what this should all be about. Having fun and telling fun stories. That’s what kinda sucks about things these days, it’s so easy to make things bigger and better and then we can let our egos get out of hand. But, who are we? We’re just kids just playing in someone else’s sandbox. We can’t ever forget that. And I think this rule is there to remind us that no matter how good we can get, it’s not our sandbox

Justin Burton – Former member of the Lexington production. 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Star Trek Continues gets away with it little unfair we dropped Star Trek From the Lexington title long before this.   

  • Is this a guideline that is one that will or could cause issues?

Only to those who think they are above the guidelines, Star Trek Continues for example and that Voyager fan film. Star Trek First Frontier too


Ray Tesi – Republic

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?
    • Is this a guideline that is one that will or could cause issues?

To me, this is a non-issue. Having a disclaimer is an everyday part of a business and has no bearing on the success or failure of a fan production.


Robin –  Dark Armada: 

“The guidelines set by CBS are just what they are…….. Guidelines, as it was explained in the podcast they’re not supposed to be rules and CBS isn’t going to inspect every single fan film about these guidelines. The Star Trek Fan Film community used to live by a certain code or ‘unofficial rules’, until some decided to break that code and all hell broke loose. But it’s really just common sense: making a fan film means you play with someone’s intellectual property and in our case, CBS and Paramount have graciously allowed us to do that for over a decade. The risk that they would ask you to stop is always present, so do you think it’s wise to sell DVD’s, ask for money/donations, build a studio, pretend to be official Star Trek? Only a few thought it was. Most fan productions followed a few simple rules: don’t make a profit, don’t sell DVD’s or similar merchandise and make clear it’s a fan production. The only difference today is that these rules are now officially presented as guidelines by CBS. Follow them and you’re safe from any legal action. Most important about these guidelines are that your intentions are good (the common sense stuff I mentioned before), that it’s a production by the fans for the fans out of love for Star Trek (and of course…. don’t pull an Alec). My advice would be not to try to desperately work around the guidelines, but realise that they are a way for CBS to allow us to play with Star Trek as fans. Some of these guidelines weigh heavier than other. I think I don’t have to explain that collecting more money is a worse guideline to ignore than the one about the length of your film. Whether your film is 15, 30 or 45 minutes long, make sure your intentions are good and put a lot effort, a lot of work and a lot of love into it”

 


Why Are There Only 3 Episodes Left of STAR TREK CONTINUES? Vic Mignogna from STC Answers!

Video Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEBLz3w6a7U&feature=share


8) The fan production must display the following disclaimer in the on-screen credits of the fan productions and on any marketing material including the fan production website or page hosting the fan production:

“Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are solely owned by CBS Studios Inc. This fan production is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise, and is a non-commercial fan-made film intended for recreational use.  No commercial exhibition or distribution is permitted. No alleged independent rights will be asserted against CBS or Paramount Pictures.” 



RANDY LANDERS – Potemkin Pictures

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Yep. No problem with that.

 


Nick Cook – Intrepid

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Again, straight forward. Use the disclaimer as provided. We’ve added it to the opening of all new films since the guidelines dropped. To be honest, I think this is actually a pretty good thing to have, and many fan films already had some sort of disclaimer attached. I rather like the wording of the one we’ve been given.


Vance Major – Melbourne/ Starbase Studios

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

I get why they want us to do it. It’s kind of irritating, for a company that wants us to post so much that we are not affiliated that we have to keep putting disclaimers on there. It’s like there are so many hoops to jump thru just to make a friggin fan film, Lord forbid if you mistype a word lol or if you’re an honest to Gawd newbie that’s never even heard of these guidelines. That’s why I stick by they will go by the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. If you’re in high school and you make a film on your cell phone, I wouldn’t expect you to have this disclaimer up. Chances are you don’t even know it exists. Yet fan film marks live and die by these things like you’ll lose your house if you dot the wrong I or cross the wrong while I feel they keep people like me safer from certain things, again, no one is going to mistake my film for star trek beyond or discovery. And I’ve been very open, I’m in no way competing.


Justin Burton – Former member of the Lexington production. 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Most fan productions were already doing this before the guidelines


Ray Tesi – Republic

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Again, disclaimers are an everyday part of the business world. This is another non-issue in my opinion.


Robin –  Dark Armada: 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

( SEE ABOVE STATEMENT )



Everything below is to enable you to understand the reasons for disclaimers and why CBS has asked you to place one on your Fan Production, it is not an indication that you should try to Copyright/Trademark your work as this is not possible for a fan film made by using the Star Trek IP.


Before! you upload to YouTube I would strongly recommend you take the time to visit this page >

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2797449?hl=en

You will find important information such as:

What is a derivative work?

You need the copyright owner’s permission to create new works based on their original content. Derivative works may include sequels, translations, spin-offs, adaptations, etc. You’ll probably want to get legal advice from an expert before uploading videos that are based on the characters, storylines, and other elements of copyright-protected material.

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Otherwise, you may end up seeing this image when you or others try to watch your film.

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The other popular place for Fan Films to be uploaded to is Vimeo, like YouTube it has its own set of rules and regulations in regards to uploading videos and content. To view these click on the images to the left and it will take you to the different sections that will guide you further.

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The Fan Film Guidelines Breakdown – Part One

It has been nearly a year since the release of the vaunted “Fan Film Guidelines” and it has taken time for many to be able to fully digest them and dissect them enough to understand what they may mean for fan films.  Furthermore, personally I wanted to understand what the fallout was from them, was this the end to ALL fan films or was this just a hiccup and then things would carry on as normal but with some alterations.  As history has presented us with all big changes to the status quo the landscape does change and there are always some casualties, as a result of their implementation a few fan films decided to shut up shop or retool to remove the Star Trek aspect altogether, however for the vast majority things carried on but as expected they had to alter things to enable the productions to move forward.

From the “about section” of Project Small Access

However, unlike the Borg some fans did not adapt and as a result a very small yet vocal group of fans have banded together to express their dislike for the guidelines, on the same day the guidelines were announced a group on Facebook calling themselves “Project Small Access” popped up with the goal to semi-boycott the new Star Trek series due to air on CBS All Access, they plan to achieve this by hosting “Viewing Parties” to hurt CBS “in the wallet”.

Admins and Moderators Of “Project Small Access”

Nevertheless after looking through the group seeing it’s Admins and reading its post history the group seems to be just another Axanar group due to the Admins being Axanar’ PR rep Mike Bawden, Known Axanar Surrogate Jonathan Lane who is joined by three other very loyal Axanar supporters but the strong pro Axanar vibe you get from its posts it is clear to see that there is an ulterior motive to the group and its goals. the timing of the group’s appearance is extremely suspect as not only is the group run completely by loyal Axanar supporters its inception was less than six months into the Axanar lawsuit.

An example of the hate directed towards CBS

Although the group started out with a somewhat ill-advised ethos in thinking that a disgruntled group of supposed fans (less than 1300) could try to somewhat hold CBS to ransom with the notion that they could influence change to the guidelines by using the tactics they use or they will not sub to All Access is misguided at best, diluted at worst. However, the worst thing is the group now stands, for the most part, as a group that has just descended into a free for all of venom towards other big named fan film productions and a strong dislike towards CBS in general, this is not only worrying but it tarnishes what Star Trek is all about, the acceptance of all things and the ability to adapt and change. Alongside this worrying facebook group there have been several petitions set up and a lot of extremely vocal folk saying on social media saying they will boycott all officially sanctioned CBS work or even pirate it as a result of the guidelines.


So enquiring minds want to know why have the guidelines been met with a very small but strong vocal opposition by fans and not by the fan films themselves, The answer is anyone guess, to date I have spoken to over 60 independent fan film productions about this and other fan production related issues and, while all of them have their own views on the guidelines varying from they love them too, they hate them, one fact that is undeniable is they all respect the need for them and more importantly respect CBS as they own the Star Trek IP and belongs to them so it is up to them how to they choose to protect it. But here is the thing, these guidelines are here to stay and they are not going to change or even go away overnight, and as it stands we have to work with them and show CBS we can play by the rules.

One thing that was passed along to me in so many conversations is until CBS handed them down, no one had any real idea of the boundaries that were acceptable to CBS for a production to operate within, before the guidelines there had always been the “unwritten” rules that pretty much everyone followed and many knew but unfortunately things started to escalate to the point even these unwritten rules were being ignored by a few and by one in particular. It took one production to push CBS & Paramount to the breaking point of what is acceptable even to them and with this the good old days of semi-unrestricted fan film production into the ground to a halt.

So why a blog series about the guidelines

Well, the principal reason I decided to do this is that almost everything you see online regarding them is so negative and, to be honest depressing, YES! They changed the playing field for fan films, but did they kill them NO! And that is important to communicate not only to whoever wants to read this blog series. So with the negativity and calls for action that surrounds the guidelines, I reached out to some fan film producers of varied experiences to see if they would like to take part in forming these blogs with their own views and commentary, I was extremely honoured and excited that the guys I reached out to decided to accept and have their voice added to these blogs. One key thing we all felt is it is very important to share our knowledge with the next gen of fan films.

These blogs will be split into sections as not to overwhelm you all at once and will be released as and when we have pulled our resources together for each section.

So this is part one of what may! Be ten parts, WHY? Ten parts the idea of these blogs is to break these guidelines down in an easy how-to for ALL fans to be able to make their own fan films without the all the negativity and misunderstanding and that is why I have teamed up with various people from different fan productions as these are the people who know more than others on what is involved in bringing a fan film to life.  


It should be noted the Fan Film Guidelines DO NOT affect anything but Fan Films, this means Audios dramas and alike are not bound by them.


CBS and Paramount Pictures are big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity, and, in particular, want amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their passion for Star Trek.  Therefore, CBS and Paramount Pictures will not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional and amateur and meet the following guidelines.

Guidelines for Avoiding Objections:

1) The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.  



RANDY LANDERS – Potemkin Pictures

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

A single, self-contained story cannot exceed 15 mins or 2 15 min segments.  It does NOT prohibit characters or setting from being used to create another single, self-contained story.

  • Do you think that you can make follow up episodes as long as they are “self-contained stories” and not “part 2 or 3” of the same story?

We no longer can refer to them as episodes. They are fan productions. Captain Walker and the crew of the Tristan can appear in any number of self-contained stories/productions providing that they’re not more than 15 mins in length (or two 15 segments).

  • Are there any links you think would be of benefit to add to this section such as lists to strong short stories or links on “how to make a short in 15 – 30 mins”

https://www.youtube.com/user/Potemkin1711/videos

Only 4 of our 48 productions to date are more than 15 mins in length.  You have to be willing to avoid “beauty shots” or lingering on a character’s reaction or melodramatic pauses. Life doesn’t include those anyway. You don’t have to start the story in the beginning. Start it in the middle and let the audience figure it out. For heaven’s sake, they’re not stupid.

I’d recommend not relying on the two-parter as a crutch. Give us a short story!

Nick Cook – Intrepid

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

I think this is very intentionally worded to prevent people trying to market themselves as a series. That said, I also think there’s some room for interpretation. The time limits are pretty black and white but there’s nothing that specifically precludes using recurring settings and characters, as long as you’re not doing story arcs or direct sequels.

  • Do you think that you can make follow up episodes as long as they are “self-contained stories” and not “part 2 or 3” of the same story?

Yes, I do. See above.

  • Are there any links you think would be of benefit to add to this section such as lists to strong short stories or links on “how to make a short in 15 – 30 mins”

Not specifically, but I think if you look at the films Randy Landers’ Potemkin Pictures are producing, or the last couple of films we’ve released, you’ll get a fair idea of what appears to be tolerated. Which is not to say that couldn’t change.


Vance MajorMelbourne

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Well, honestly I’ve already played the same character over several shorts, and no one’s come knocking at my door or taken down my films. I think ppl can look at the things I’m doing and see that what little bending I am doing is in good faith, these are just guidelines, not rules. It’s the spirit of the law, not the letter. Hell, it’s not even law, like I said it’s a guideline.

  • Do you think that you can make follow up episodes as long as they are “self-contained stories” and not “part 2 or 3” of the same story?

If they are made with passion. You watch um, no one’s going to mistake what I do for what’s on tv or compete with the big guns. If they do, they don’t get out much lol but I do bend that rule to some degree while respecting it somewhat. I had an idea when I started doing my stuff and I’m compromising on it because it is not my franchise. However, it’s my time to do with it how I choose. So I can compromise to some degree and respect the guidelines. But as I said, no one’s going to mistake me for what CBS is doing. And I think I have been very creative with the things I’ve put out, and what I’m waiting to put out. So….spirit of what’s intended. Even if not the letter.

Justin Burton – Former member of the Lexington production. 

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Just exactly that, however, I would allow for a 30-second intro that would lead into the opening act.  Most Tv shows do not carry long intros anymore

  • Do you think that you can make follow up episodes as long as they are “self-contained stories” and not “part 2 or 3” of the same story?

Yes, But you have to follow the formula exactly and not make it look like a story arc.

Ray Tesi – Republic

  • What is your interpretation of this guideline?

Having had the opportunity to contact John van Citters and CBS directly, they seem adamite that it’s basically one story and you’re out, meaning no follow-up episodes using the same “crew.” On our Indiegogo page, we stated that we were looking to do a total of 6 episodes of Starship Republic. Of all of the questions I asked CBS about the crowdfunding campaign and its perks, this was the only item they indicated was “out of line.” The good news is that CBS is still allowing fans to play in their sandbox.

  • Do you think that you can make follow up episodes as long as they are “self-contained stories” and not “part 2 or 3” of the same story?

I think there are ways around the guideline, and I don’t think CBS will be “lawsuit happy” if you do, but I think it’s treading a fine line.


Robin –  Dark Armada:

“The guidelines set by CBS are just what they are…….. Guidelines, as it was explained in the podcast they’re not supposed to be rules and CBS isn’t going to inspect every single fan film about these guidelines. The Star Trek Fan Film community used to live by a certain code or ‘unofficial rules’, until some decided to break that code and all hell broke loose. But it’s really just common sense: making a fan film means you play with someone’s intellectual property and in our case, CBS and Paramount have graciously allowed us to do that for over a decade. The risk that they would ask you to stop is always present, so do you think it’s wise to sell DVD’s, ask for money/donations, build a studio, pretend to be official Star Trek? Only a few thought it was. Most fan productions followed a few simple rules: don’t make a profit, don’t sell DVD’s or similar merchandise and make clear it’s a fan production. The only difference today is that these rules are now officially presented as guidelines by CBS. Follow them and you’re safe from any legal action. Most important about these guidelines are that your intentions are good (the common sense stuff I mentioned before), that it’s a production by the fans for the fans out of love for Star Trek (and of course…. don’t pull an Alec). My advice would be not to try to desperately work around the guidelines, but realise that they are a way for CBS to allow us to play with Star Trek as fans. Some of these guidelines weigh heavier than other. I think I don’t have to explain that collecting more money is a worse guideline to ignore than the one about the length of your film. Whether your film is 15, 30 or 45 minutes long, make sure your intentions are good and put a lot effort, a lot of work and a lot of love into it”

 


Vic Mignogna from Star Trek Continues on Fan Films and CBS/Paramount

Vid Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbjgYZ1kzE8



  • One thing this does not say is you cannot use the same characters to tell further stories. Ref: 

For example, DS9: “In Pale Moonlight”, TNG: “Eye of the Beholder”, TNG: “Face of the Enemy”, ENT: “A Night in Sickbay”, VOY: “Message in a Bottle”, VOY: “Life Line”

All these episodes focus on one! Character from each series, yes there are one or two scenes with other cast members but the story revolves around one centric character.

 


There are so many fan films out there that have managed to stick to the run times as set out in this guideline it has been done and can be done.

Some examples are:

Animated Examples:

Live Action Examples:

Potemkin Pictures

INTREPID

DARK ARMADA –

Starship Valiant

Dreadnought Dominion

Melbourne –

Other examples see here –

= So making films within 15 mins IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE =


Ref: Engage Podcast – Full Transcript HERE 

Time Index – 00:35:30 – Time Length

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“There was somebody else that asked  uh 15 minutes for the film does that  include the credits and tell me if the  answer is right the answer is yes but  now like if you’re if it comes to minutes and  seconds  fine but go for  minutes right I mean  like these are doing shave it down”

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These are guidelines there they are intended to be something that gives structure and lets people know that these the limits they can operate within where they know they’re not going to get a knock on the door well we don’t we don’t go house to house anyway there they’re not going to hear from us they’re not going to get a phone call they’re not going to get an email  they’re not going to get anything that is going to ruin their day one way or another and in and make them you know feel bad or like they’ve done anything wrong that they’re guidelines we’re not we’re not going to be able to provide the level of feedback that’s like you know I got this really great scene but if I include this scene or  this one really cool shot  I don’t want to cut anything else from  it’s going to make the film 15 minutes and 30 seconds what do I do that’s up to you and your you know  creative decisions were not looking to get into that, were not approving any material we don’t want to get involved in your script choices your costume choices”

Time index – 00:59:55

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and what I’m what I’m honestly  hoping will happen with the with these  guidelines with a  15 minute or 30 minute limit on this and a  fifty thousand dollar crowdfunding limit  I think it’s going to be easier for people to hit their goals quickly and  easily and get their projects underway  I think with the 15 minute limit I think with some of the things that are here is it’s going to make it easier than ever for more people to pick up cameras everybody’s walking around with a  high-definition video camera in their pocket now which is it’s amazing  that that’s where we’re at you buy  computers and there’s a capable video editing software preloaded on it’s an amazing time for that what we want to do is we want to drive more films forward more fan voices not fewer we want more we want we want to see more people express their creativity for Star Trek and hopefully out of that will be able to find new ways to take advantage of this and see  Star Trek continue to grow and evolve.

I’ve definitely had people express their concerns about what this means it’s a big adjustment there’s no question people have gotten people have gotten used to full like 1960’s length episodes of you know 50 minutes  plus 90minute feature films but that’s what we do we’re producing full-length episodes within and Paramount’s producing  amazing amounts of I mean they did the  budgets that are involved in a Star Trek motion picture now are beyond  anything I could you know possibly have  believed  years ago that that kind  of budget would be available to Star Trek


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The Melbourne Files – Part Nine – Michael Sylvester

This week we wrap our current featured blog series about the fan film Melbourne by interviewing Michael Sylvester AKA Captain Nathan Cooper.

Michael, born on September 11th and has lived in Huntsville, AL since 1993. Is a keen photographer who owns his own company http://www.sylvesterphotography.com/ Michaels love for photography started when he was a child and has always dreamt of making a career out of his passion and it was in 2006 when he made that dream a reality.

Since 2006 Michael has enjoyed having his own business as a freelance photographer and has photographed over 100 weddings, over 200 Portraits, 3 military special events, 1 prom dance, 2 local parades, and around 50 non-profit events. In 2013 Michael found out that Star Trek: Renegades needed a photographer for its 3 weeks of filming in LA, he applied and landed a dream job as along with photography Star Trek is another huge passion of his.

Along with his job on the production of Renegades and his acting role on Melbourne Michael has also helped out other productions and was even an extra on the fan series “Starship Tristan”.


“I first met Michael online a few months before the first promenade-acon. He was so excited. I thought he was just another person. Had no idea that he was such an uber fan. But man, had a few phone calls with him and then meet him and I just clicked with him. He had such a warm personality to him, I invited him to the Melbourne dinner we all had that night after the event. As an honorary guest. I think it was a month later I gave him a guest role. He was just so excited, it was infectious. About a month before filming the captain we had planned, stepped away. And Michael had already memorised his lines. To Jeremy and me, it was a no-brainer. And our new captain was born. And honestly, as we were filming, I couldn’t see anyone else in that role. He had played it with such honesty. Hit every note we needed him to. The guy is such a great actor. He’s such a great friend. And he’s just an all out great person”

Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne.



James) Hi Michael, thank you for taking some time to answer some questions with me about you and your role in Melbourne.

 So let’s start with the obvious one tell me a bit about yourself.

Michael) Hi there, my name is Michael Scott Sylvester; I am 46 years old and live in Huntsville Ala.  I have been married for more than 10 years and been with her more than 20 years.

James) What do you do when you are not acting or helping out on fan films?

Michael) I am a photographer full time and deliver pizza for Domino’s part-time.

James) What are your likes and dislikes?

Michael) I love cheesecake, esp plain. I dislike people who have no respect for others or stuck up or judgmental.

James) Other than your obvious love for Star Trek, what TV shows do you watch?

Michael)  I love pretty much any kind of sci-fi shows, but I also love NCIS series, Bull, Scorpion, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Flash.  Arrow, hmmm, not sure about them.  But what they say is true and what they are going to do, then they will win me back.

James) I love the Dc Universe TV series although like you have yet to really follow Arrow, just seems a bit meh to me.

Are there any Star Trek Games you play?

Michael) I pretty much do not play Trek games, I know.  Many of my friends are shock by that.  But I do play Cards against Humanity card game.

James) Tell me a bit about your history with Star Trek what does Trek mean to you, did you grow up watching it or was it something you came across later in life?

Michael)  I remember when I was about 6 or 7 CBS was doing a marathon run on Star Trek and it was a Saturday night I think.  The very first episode I saw was Spock’s Brain.  I was hooked.  I forced myself to stay up all the way up to 7 am to watch them.

James) “Spocks Brain” lol sorry have to laugh if I saw that one as a starter episode I might have been put off, it is honestly one of the worst ones have seen.

Talking about best and worst Trek Episodes are there any you would run as your “favourite and your worst”?

Michael)  I know a lot of people call this one of the worst episodes ever made, but Spock Brain will always be my favourite because that was the very first one I had watched.

James) I get that I guess as the first Star Trek I ever saw was Search for Spock and that is one of my favourite films even though many tend not to like it, so do you have a worst Trek Episode?

Michael) As for what I think is the worst, wow that is pretty hard to choose.  I would have to say Enterprise season 4 Storm Front parts 1 and 2.  The travel back in time with the Xindi and World War 2, just did not like the story line and I was sitting there thinking, oh god, please do not let the rest of the season go like this.  Thankful they did not drag that storyline out.  Was happy the rest of the season got better.  I really did hate that they only had 4 seasons.  Wish they could have gone at least 2 or 3 more showing the building of the Federation, leading up to many of the things we see in TOS series.

James) That covers your favourite episodes, let’s swap that to series what would you class as your best and worst, starting obviously with your favourite series then your worst 😛

Michael)

Favourite Series & Why?

My favourite series will have to be Voyager.  I love the fact that they were lost and trying to make their way home.  And the challenged of holding onto their standers of being Starfleet, humanity and spirit.  There were a lot of episodes where Janeway had to make some hard choices.  And I wonder, would I have done the same thing.

Worst Series & Why?

Worst series, okay this will not make sense at first, but Voyager.  LOL I know, I just said this was my favourite series, but there were some things in the show made me think what the frack were they thinking when they wrote this.  Chakotay and Seven Relationships was the big one.  Was not believable like Torres and Paris, they took their time building up their relationship.  Then there were a few episodes right after each other, where the main crew member let Janeway down and she was disappointed in them and hurt, would not be that bad if they spread that out some.  And seem a lot of the episodes mostly focused on Seven, which is really not a bad thing, but just seem like there was more of her story than the rest.

James) The whole Seven and Chakotay thing made me cringe like BIG time, I get the holodeck thing as she was experimenting but if you hold her up to his past flings its almost hey I know let’s just shove them together because “reasons” and I agree with the Tom and Torres thing it just was not believable I mean the untold love story of Neelix and Tuvok was more believable lol!!

So, Michael have you ever met any Trek actors in real life?

Michael) Well, that is funny that you asked that.

I had met Chase Masterson, Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, Robert Picador, Robert Beltram, Terry Farrell, Manu Intiraymi, Gary Graham, I also got to meet Clint Carmichael who play the lead Nausicaan and the one who stabbed Picard from behind.  There a picture of him choking me on my facebook album.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=638237099586647&set=a.104923856251310.6877.100002010885803&type=3&theater

And I have also met Mikki Val who been an extra in a few STNG, she is a wonderful dancer.

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James) What Fan Films do you watch?

Michael) Too many to list,

James) Do you have a top 5?

Michael)  No top five, as long the story good and acting is decent I will watch.

James) Some people dislike Fan Films, are there any specific ones or type of fan films that just do not interest you?

Michael) Cannot get into the computer graphic fan films.  They just lose me.  I tried a few but… yeah had to click on something else.

James) The Last question in this section then moving on, to your experiences and history in filmmaking,  What are yours?

Best and worst parts of the Star Trek Fandom, any bad experiences?

Michael)

Best – Watching something that fans that love the show and come together and do it.

Worst – Yeah, there was one, but not going into details about that.  Just I felt I got burned pretty badly and if they do another one, I am going to have a hard time supporting them.

James) WOW! That sounds bad and I won’t pry into it, So we will be moving on now…

What is your experience in Fan Films? – name the productions you have been in if possible. 

Michael) I had always love Fan films, esp. the Star Trek ones.  And as I had watched them, I kept telling myself, one day I will be in one myself.  I have been an extra for Starship Tristan with Randy Landers.  There was a lot of sitting around and waiting, but it was fun watching at the same time.  I hope to be able to go back and help out again.

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James) What are you working on now?

Michael) Right now I am part of Shadowstorm Studio, involved with Melbourne.

James) Have you had any other experiences you’d like to share?

Michael)  I have done a few acting gigs here and there, not much; I have also done short videos including 2 music videos.  Had worked on a Zombie Music video, a horror short video which I got to play a victim and got eaten alive by three witches and I was the primary photographer for the first episode of Star Trek Renegades which is now Renegades the series.  But my main love is photography, but I am also hoping to get more involved with films also.

James) When you think about everything you have done and have planned how does it make you feel, do you ever just think oooh hold up it’s too much I need to slow down?

Michael) Sometimes it can get overwhelming with so much going on if you are not careful you can burn out and not know which way is up.

Right now I am working on interview videos myself I have done, working on Melbourne cards, working on a theme shoot script coming up next year.  Have a convention coming up in March I am preparing for and have 2 weddings and a few photo shoots photos I need to go through. An Alice in Wonderland music Video, which we just got done filming last week for this young lady 15th birthday.  So I am the one who video, edit, produce and direct it.  Which, those are getting done first.  They paid money.

James) Erm, ok that sounds like a LOT of work planned and I have enough stress just planning everything I need to in real life and maintaining TFP lol,

How would you say your viewpoint on filmmaking has changed in the last 18months if it has, is there anything you have become to love more than you thought you would.

Michael) I am really starting to enjoy the filming aspect and loved been behind the camera, but something happens I got to be in front of the camera with a part and now starting to think, hey I like this

Now I want to do more.  Acting, I can see myself laying down the camera and getting the front of it now.  And I really do hope it does not end with Melbourne because we are only doing so many episodes.

James) What has made you want to act more?

Michael) That first moment when I said my first lines, I knew this is what I really want to do and love just as much as photography.

James) What would you say grabs your attention when reading a script?

Michael) The story has to be great and grabs my attention. If the story is not that good, then I really cannot get into it.  Also when you have a director listen to your ideas even if they might not agree, but they listen.

James) What are you currently working on?

Michael) Right now I have a lot on my plate with my photography business.  This year I am doing at least 6 different conventions.

James ) Do you work in multiple areas: film, television, web, or are you focused in one area?

Michael) I was the primary photographer for the first Star Trek Renegades and I love being on set.  I hope to be able to do something like this again, rather been the photographer or in front of the camera.

James) How easy has it been for you to move between areas like acting, directing etc?

Michael) Not hard at all, Esp. when you love something.

James) Was there a particular event or time that you recognised that filmmaking was not just a hobby, but that it would be your life and your living?

Michael) Had really never thought about it that much.  About 10 years ago I had a chance to perform with Richard Hatch in one of his classes and after the end of the class he came up to me and said I really surprised him that I should look into acting.

I never really gave it that much thought before till Vance and Jeremy asked me to be the Captain of the Melbourne.



James) I am going to fire some questions at you and I want you to just say the first thing that comes to about it…

Michael) OK  😕

James) When did you first realise that you wanted to Act

Michael) The first day in Melbourne

James) What do you like most about being an Actor?

Michael) Helping telling a story

James) What parts of Acting do you not enjoy?

Michael) Have not had one yet.

James) What gives you the most pleasure as an Actor?

Michael) I can be anyone and not be myself.

James)  What elements of the craft do you find most difficult?

Michael) Sometimes finding that moment that the producer or director is looking for.

James) Do any famous actors inspire you?

Michael) Too many to list but on top, Robin Williams.

James) The hardest role you have ever played, and why?

Michael)  So far Nathan T Cooper, but hoping there will be more in the future.

James) The most fun role you have ever played, and why.

Michael)  LOL Nathan T Cooper is the only one so far.  Because it is not me, I am someone different.

James) What sort of person is going to love this character?

Michael)  Be more like hating him in the first film.

James) How is this role like you is it similar or different?

Michael) He cares for his crew and his friends just as I care for my friends and family

James) Is it easier to play this character or to be you?

Michael)  Wow, either one is easy

James) What do you love about this character?

Michael)  I will get to see him grow and become a great Captain.  Well, I hope he does.

James) What do you hate about this character?

Michael) Oh watch the first film, you will see.  lol

James) What is the biggest challenge about taking on this role?

Michael) Becoming a jerk.

James) Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?

Michael) John Barrowman.

James) Without giving anything away, what is your favourite line of dialogue?

Michael) That piece of junk… all I am going to say.

James) Besides you, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?

Michael) Wow, there are a few and some we really have not seen yet.

James) If you could play any other character on this show, who would it be?

Michael) The Doctor.

James) What makes a good scene partner?

Michael) How we play off each other.

James) When inspiration is waning when you feel creatively tapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?

Michael) Have not gotten to that step yet.

James) What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Michael) The flow of the story and needs to make sense.

James) What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

Michael) Nothing really comes to mind right now, most have watched for just the entertainment part.  But now, when I watch a movie, tv show or fan film, I look at it in a whole new perspective.

James) How do you earn a living and sustain a career doing what you love?

Michael) I do photography and work for Domino’s delivering pizza.

James) Do you think social media is the future of televised series and films, just as you use YouTube etc now is TV on its way out?

Michael) Oh yes, in fact, we do not have cable, everything is online we watch.

James) Have you ever had a time when you had to deal diplomatically with different personalities?

Michael) A wedding photographer, many many times.

James) When you get angry at a movie, what sets you off? Are there common qualities in cinema today that you dislike? Is there something you try to subvert, avoid, or rebel against in your work?

Michael) When the writers have the actor or actress say or do something that is so stupid and make no sense at all.

James) What is harder: getting started or being able to keep going?

Michael) Hmmm, I really do not know.  So far no problems getting started and no prob of keep going.

James) Thanks, I like that kind of questions it tends to reveal more than having time to think.



James) So I know you are keen on photography and that you took a role on Renegades tell me more. What exactly is the role of a Principal Photographer?

Michael) A principal or primary photographer is the one who does all the behind scene shot, promo shots of the stars.

James) What is your experience in Principal Photographer?

Michael) Work on Star Trek Renegades.

James) Describe what it is you look for when doing a photography shoot – Using Renegades as an example?  

Michael) The right moment when they are not paying attention and you capture that expression or look.

James) Apart from Renegades what other films have you been the Principal/Secondary Photographer? 

Michael) I have work on a few music video’s one with Santiago Carlos from Walking Dead.

James) Where did you study Photography or is this a hobby of yours?

Michael) Started off as a hobby than a business.

James) What is the key of lighting techniques and how to achieve them

Michael) When you are on set doing photos, sometimes flash can be a bad thing.



James) Moving on I would like to ask some more Melbourne-centric questions

Being an actor in Melbourne was this an easy task or did you find the role lead to many challenges in making things fit from script to film?

Michael) There were a few challenges but overall, I seem to fit right in for Cooper.

James) How would you describe your character in Melbourne?

Michael) I really do not know, but my character Nathan T Cooper, there is a whole back story that led him to where he is now and I hope to be able to do some flashback with this character before I get too old.

James)  What research did you carry out in the preparation for this role, what challenges and responsibilities did this present in making it something unique?

Michael) Watch a lot of Star Trek and BSG original and Stargate with O’Neil.

James) What other things did you find yourself doing on the set or after shooting Melbourne?

Michael) Mostly spent time on set and preparing for my scene.  But I do a lot of the Photoshop for the pictures that were taken.

James) With everything you have done in both Melbourne and your photography do you ever take a step back and appreciate what you have made thus far?

Michael) Well I have not seen any footage yet so I do not know yet, but I have with many of my photos I had taken.



James) As a standard question I ask everyone involved within the Fan Film community with the release of the “Fan Film Guidelines,” how did it make you feel when they came out?

Michael) Upset because I really wanted to do a full 30 min to 45-minute episodes, shoot I would have loved the last one we do be an hour long episode.

James) Do you think they are fair?

Michael) Some yes, some no.  Many of the rules have hurt so many fan films.  But at the same time, it is sad to see so many fan films stop and say no more.

James) Thanks, Michael, for your frank answers, ok well its time to wrap things up I guess, as we move into the last section, what advice would you give to someone who wants to?

Act

Michael) Do not over do it unless it calls for that, just be normal, if that is possible.

James) Make/Star in their own (fan) film

Michael) Do it do it, then sends me a link or shoot me a message.  If possible would love to see or be involved.

James) Co-Produce

Michael) Be careful what you ask for,  LOL

James) Become a Principal Photographer

Michael) Be sure to listen to the director and be on hand and ready to at that moment.

James) Ok well I guess that’s it but Is there anything else you would like to tell me from your perspective of someone involved in the fan film world? (The good, the bad, how you see the current world of fan productions)

Michael) The good part, something you can sit back with your friends and family and enjoy have a good laugh doing it and be proud of it.  No matter how the sets look, just make sure the story flows and not jumping everywhere.

The bad part, if this is your project, listen to people but you have the final say and some will not agree with you.

I think we have lost a lot of good stories out there because of the new rules.  I am hoping before we finish our 6 film episode the rules will change. 

James) Thanks Michael for your time. 


Well there we go folks, we have come to the end of the run of the Melbourne files, we did miss out some crew members that could not free up time to sit and chat with me so we will! Revisit this series when I can pin them down for an hour and get them to answer some questions about Melbourne for me. 

Until then I wish to Thank! The cast and crew of Melbourne for being some of the nicest people I have had the opportunity to talk with. 

Our next featured blog series starts in April and it is a ten-part series based on the Fan Film Guidelines, trust me it is not going to be boring and it is going to open a lot! of eyes. 

As always 

LLAP everyone.


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The Melbourne Files – Part Eight – Brittany Wilson

Brittany loves to cosplay and can even read Egyptian hieroglyphs, yep that is right she can read those things inside the pyramids and on ancient artifacts… I wonder if she can read Gould lol!

I have been told that she is one of the nicest people I could possibly ever meet by so many who know her, and it is my pleasure to sit down with her today and discuss some aspects of her acting life and her role in Melbourne.


“Brittany is someone who takes acting very seriously. Most ppl in fan films get caught up in the excitement of being in Trek, but with her, there was always a sense of excitement, but professionalism. I’d say that anyone that has the opportunity to work with her, do it. She is honestly so damn talented, I expect high things from this woman in the years to come. And I am fortunate enough to be able to say I knew her before all the glamour” 

Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne.


James) Hi Brittany thank you for talking to me about Melbourne and what your history is with Star Trek.

Firstly you can read Hieroglyphs, can you read Gould from Stargate LOL!

Brittany) I taught myself to read Egyptian when I was in 6th grade. Had a slight obsession with mummies lol I e never tried to read it

James) That is so Awesome! Anyway, I guess we should start with the obvious tell me a bit about yourself.

Brittany) My name is Brittany Wilson and I currently reside in Huntsville Alabama. I really enjoy anything to do with nerd culture. I read manga, watch anime and nerdy shows, as well as play video games. I enjoy the whole experience and meeting others who share the same passions as I do.



James) Tell me a bit about your history with Star Trek what does Trek mean to you, what is your favourite Trek episode and why?

Brittany) One of my favourite Trek episodes is “The Measure of a Man” I really enjoy this episode because it is something that we can relate to in real life. It centres on a great message that I think we can learn from. Especially with all, that’s going on today.

James) That one is one of my favourites as well for me it is more about the message that we are all equal and it does not matter what we are made of we all deserve the same, so that is your fave episode do you have a fave series? 

Brittany) My favourite series is Next Generation. Mostly because it was something that I watched after school and remember it fondly.

James) That is the same for me here in the UK, it used to be on every Wednesday at 6 pm :-P, so Do you have a series or episode you do not like? 

Brittany) I don’t really have a series or episode that I don’t like. I feel that they all have their place and meaning.

James) What Trek Actors have you met in real life if any? 

Brittany) I met Patrick Stewart at Dragon Con a few years ago on accident. I thought he was a cosplayer! Haha…talk about an awkward meeting.

James) Tell me what is your experiences in the Trek fandom everyone’s is different but I am interested in how you see it as you cosplay so you may have a better Idea than the average fan as cosplaying would allow you to have a different outlook on it.

Brittany) My favourite part of the Trek fandom is the people. I have yet to run into someone that I regretted meeting. The culture is so welcoming and nonjudgmental, I adore it. I hope to get more involved in the community as time goes on!!

James) So moving on to your acting experience, tell me a bit about your experiences, when did you realise you wanted to act? 

Brittany) I’ve always enjoyed and entertained the thought of acting but never had the guts to do it until this past year.

James) When did you first perform and tell me what you like and enjoy about acting? 

Brittany) I had done things a few times before for others, but mostly small parts. I was an extra a few times as well. But have only recently started pursuing and pushing more. I really enjoy telling the story that has been laid out. Putting myself in the shoes of my character and entering their world is the most amazing feeling ever. I appreciate the chances I get to intemperate such things on the screen. 

James) What steps did you take to become an actor did you do any formal training etc?  

Brittany) While I haven’t had any formal training, I have learned and lot and had to coach from actors I have worked with in the past.  I am very fortunate in that sense. Seeing them behind the scene has helped my understanding of the craft.

James) What would you say is the hardest role you have played to date? 

Brittany) To date the hardest role I have had to play is Wilma in Melbourne. Mainly because I see a lot of myself in her and I do not want to get lost in the moment. She is a great character though and I can’t wait to see where she goes.

James) Brittany If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Brittany) If someone were to play me in my life…I would want it to be Emma Watson. She has such a great energy and is very skilled. I look up to her a lot as a young actress. Peter Jackson would be my director of choice haha. He’s brilliant!

James) When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

Brittany) I like to have a lot of fun on set. When I get a chance, I love to make people smile and laugh. We all know that set can get stressful and intense with long hours, so I like to keep it fun in the end. I feel as a team we all perform better that way. As a team, we are all funny. I would have to say none of us outshines one another in that sense. Which is good because then I’d have competition in the funny department.

James) What do you do when you are not doing Fan Productions? And How would you describe your acting style? 

Brittany) When I am not doing fan productions, I am either at my full-time day job or travelling to conventions. I cosplay throughout the year and attend conventions and charity events. It’s wonderful and keeps me in shape for acting, got to be in character! It helps a lot when I walk onto the set. I am more of an in the moment actress, I take the emotions of the scene and put myself and my character in them.

James) How do you memorise your lines?

Brittany) I practice a lot in front of the mirror, both in and out of costume. This helps memorise my lines and get the emotion that I want to portray.

James) If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? (Any not just, fan films)

Brittany) I would say that if I could pick my next project, I would want to be in a CW show or a Netflix series. They are doing great right now.

James) How do you stay in the moment when acting out a difficult scene is there any tricks you have so if there is a break in filming you keep your head clear?

Brittany) As odd as it sounds, to stay in the moment and concentrate, I have to keep my hands busy. During Melbourne, in between scenes, I would walk up to a crew or cast member and massage their shoulders. STAY WITH ME, it works. Hahaha, I was a drummer for a long time, so to keep my head clear, my hands have to be busy. It’s strange, I know.

James) So moving on to your time on Melbourne, how a typical shoot played out from your Perspective?

Brittany)  Shooting for Melbourne was amazing. It was different being in front of the camera versus behind the scenes. I really enjoyed it. Even though we were a small crew, everything went smoothly and our amazing crew was on point. Out of all of the sets, I have worked with, this one was by far my favourite.

James) Did you research your role and how Jeremy & Vance perceived the part to be so you could make sure your part fitted how they envisioned it to be or was this totally your own style and you made the character your own?

Brittany) Jeremy and Vance were wonderful about giving us our scripts and freedom to play our characters as we saw them this helped a lot with Wilma

James) Do you feel that you are much like the character that you played? (Physically, personality, etc.) 

Brittany) She is very similar to me, I feel, in my personal life. She is a very intricate character and there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. I’m eager to grow with her.

James) Can you tell me more from your perspective about the story, and how it is different from other Fan Productions? And What was it that drew you to the role you are playing in Melbourne.

Brittany) Melbourne is very different than any fan film I’ve had the pleasure of working on in the fact that you can take this story, and apply it to any other medium. It isn’t strictly Trek universe. I love that. Because it’s more about the story and characters than anything. It’s something that I feel a lot of people will be able to relate to and take the journey with us.

James) With the release of the “Fan Film Guidelines,” how did they make you feel when you saw them,

Brittany) With the guideline change, I was slightly concerned at what our future would be. There were many productions who quit their productions and went on a hiatus. But, Vance and Jeremy didn’t give up, instead, they adapted. In many ways, I feel our production is better off with that.

James) there has been a LOT! Of negativity surrounding them do you feel that they were needed and what are your feelings on them as someone who is an actor in fan films?

Brittany) As a fan in the community, I can understand why they put things like this into place. Do I like that it pulls our creativity leash tighter? Not at all. But as a fan, I let the passion drive me, and adapt however necessary to continue telling my story. If anything these guidelines are just a test for us as creators.

James) do you think they will stop fan films?

Brittany)  No, Melbourne is living proof that you can make something quality while following them.



James) Moving on to other aspects of fandom and not just Trek Fandom do you or have you watched any other fan films? 

Brittany) I watch a lot of random YouTube fan films. Especially Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter. Mainly for the special effects, story, and wardrobe. It’s great to see how others create and collaborate with one another.

James) Do you watch/listen to other Podcasts, YouTube shows? 

Brittany) I really only listen to Comic Pop and Pop Culture Philosophers. Haha, they are great to listen to and have great discussions. Go check them out!!!!

James) Brittany we are moving into the last section now, what advice would you give someone who wants to go into the fan film world, be it making them or acting in them?

Brittany)  My advice for people wanting to act or go into fan filmmaking, would be to work hard and be passionate. It has to be something that you want to make happen, and you have to work hard. If you have the passion for it, the drive will follow. Not to mention, have faith in yourself and the people around you. Keep moving forward!!!!

James) Lastly is there anything else you would like to tell me from your perspective of someone involved in the fan film world?

Brittany) One thing that I am seeing in the fan film community, is the repetition of plot and the fact that with the story, it is only meant for that fandom Don’t get me wrong, some fandoms have very specific lore and story, but I would personally like to see a wider range. Something I could relate to on a personal level. But, I am super stoked to see more fan films getting made and shared! The time is now and everyone is doing an amazing job! I cannot wait to see and watch more.

James) Well Brittany thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.

Brittany) :-D



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The Melbourne Files – Part Seven – Ronald Seipel

In this week’s Melbourne files we talk to Ronald Seipel, the actor behind Commander Anthony Tate.

Ronald is not only a first-time actor with his role in Melbourne, but he is a keen modeller who builds custom models not just for fun, but also for other people, and his custom models are things of beauty.

Hailing from Colorado, home to Cheyenne Mountain which is not only the home of NORAD, but also the home to the fictitious TV show Stargate SG1.


“Ron Ron Ron…. So many times that’s all you can say lol he’s one of those ppl that knows so much about TREK that he’ll put you to shame lol if I were to go on a trek game show, it would be with him. The dude was the first hire as far as actors and I knew he would fit the part perfectly, and he did.”

Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne.



James) Hi Ron, thank you for taking the time to sit with me and answer some questions about not only your role in Melbourne but allowing me to discuss your passion for modelling.

So, I guess I will start with the obvious, tell me a bit about yourself.

Ron) My name is Ronald Seipel I’m 54 and live in a small town in western Colorado, I’m retired but not by choice I was injured on the job and now disabled. I am a huge Star Trek fan, I’ve been watching it since its debut in 66 and I always wanted to be in one episode, but that just wasn’t in the stars, I have been collecting Trek items for a long time and have a good size collection. I have model building business RPS Custom Models it is also a Facebook page, it seems that I build a lot of Trek models but I build all genres.

James) I have seen your page it is AMAZING! And if you lived in the same country as me, I would so hit you up to make one for me.

You say you have a passion for Trek, can you expand that for me what makes your passion so great?

Ron) Well like I said above Trek has always been in my life, it taught me not to judge other races and that if we put our minds to it we can achieve anything it also gave me a strong sense of morals. If we really could all live like that the planet would be a much better place.

James) That is so true, especially in the modern world ATM people seem to be going a bit crazy however politics lol so not going there J

You recently went on the Trek Cruise tell me about it, what was it like?

Ron) OK, it was the inaugural Star Trek cruise hosted by Mr Shatner and there were other guests as well like Marina Sirtis Denise Crosby ETC plus it was our 3rd year anniversary and honeymoon and my wife’s birthday all rolled up in one. Only got to see two places due to the weather Cozumel was first, then Nassau which I will never set foot in again. The parties were late starting but fun each night had a different theme Trek style. It was just what the Dr ordered.

James) That is cool, wish my other half would get me tickets to the Trek cruise for my birthday lol. The Cruise lasted several days, do you have any funny stories to tell?

Ron) Well on the first night of the cruise my wife and went to dinner and suddenly around comes Ethan Phillips (Neelix) so I invited him to sit with us and he did which was great, he told us a couple of stories and how long it took to do the makeup which was 5 to 6 hours. After we were done, we said Goodnight and went our own way.

So we are now waiting for the elevator so we can get to our room and the doors open and standing there is my hero William Shatner I’ve always wanted to talk to him and not about Trek so I said hi and asked him about his horses and he started talking away and showed us pictures of a grass and dirt stone that sometimes horses get and it was as big as a Honeydew melon. But he was really nice and we talked about ponies until he got off so that was like the best day ever.

James) That is really cool and I’m jealous as fook lol… Especially the fact you stood and spoke to the legend himself and not just about Trek, but about him as a person, that is so cool!

So with the exception of Ethan and Bill, what other Trek Actors have you met?

Ron) I have met a lot of Trek actors like pretty much all of them but Nimoy, Kelley and Doohan I know Chris Doohan fairly well I met him in Vegas in 2014 while I was waiting to talk with Vic Mignogna about trying to be an extra on their fan film and we just hit it off, I have a pretty extensive autograph collection TOS tunic signed by all but the above three, a TNG uniform signed by everyone from that series a poster from Voyager signed by almost everyone and last year I bought the very first issue of the DS9 magazine signed by almost everyone o now all I have left is the Enterprise series to get signed off. I will have pretty much all of them, plus I have other signatures from other actors that have been on one series or another.

James) OK, so you have met a lot of people in the Trek universe then… LUCKKKY!

Speaking of the universe, when you think of the Trek universe as a whole is there anything that makes you thankful for being a part of this world?

Ron) The people I meet its like we are family, we are all outgoing and happy people, and we do kind of live like we were in the 22nd century where there was no racism and hatred.

James) Sound words, so moving on to your favourite series, out of all the 5 live action series and the one animated one what one would you say is your go-to favourite?

Ron) I will always be a TOS guy it had the stories with characters that showed humanity at its best and its worst, it showed us that we could be a better person and put aside those certain feelings that we humans have about governments and racism, and what could possibly be if we all could get past these petty differences.

James) and do you have a “worst” series?

Ron) I was never a big fan of DS9 even though I watched all of them, I thought that it was just too bland the only discovery, they really made was in the Gamma Quadrant through the wormhole which in the end almost became the end of the Federation because of the Dominion War which basically saved that series otherwise it was just plain boring.

James) I have to admit, I am not sure I agree DS9 had so many layers, yes, there was the War, which was something we never saw in Trek before, but also the religious undertones that you only really get after watching it several times over and over, from the Emissary through to What we Leave Behind it was set up to be a subplot through the entire series.

I will admit though that I am biased since it is the type of story I like lots of layers and you have to watch carefully to get it all.

What about episodes, are there any episodes you love and hate?

Ron)

My Favourite Trek Episode

My favourite episode is from the Original series, it’s called The Doomsday Machine it brings together two Captains that have totally different command styles, Decker is like shoot first, ask questions later and Kirk is like I need info and facts before I make a decision. Plus, it is one of the few episodes that saw another Starfleet vessel albeit destroyed but there it is.

The Worst Trek Episode

The worst episode that’s a hard one there are several throughout the Trek history Move along Home from DS9 that had to be the worst I mean you are playing a game that can actually harm other contestants by making the wrong decision or move plus it really wasn’t much of a game, to begin with, it was more like a holodeck adventure that some played in your mind it just really

James) yeah that episode is awful and that song is awful lol.

Do you play any Trek games?

Ron) I play Trek Trivia but that’s about all I play in the Trek world.

James) So, Discovery, now we have seen more info leaked on the new series, are you looking forward to it?

Ron) I’m waiting to see it, yes, but they keep pushing it back which is making me less interested. Although a guy I buy my electronics from for the props I build knows the lead modeller and he gave them all my info so I’m waiting to see if they call, that would be way cool.

James) when the first trailer landed there was a LOT of disappointment, were you worried at all at what we saw and what it may mean for the series?

Ron) Oh yeah, it looked bad the CGI was way off and they really had nothing to show but that damned ugly ship. I still keep hoping they will not use it.

James) I have to admit I had my giddy Trek moment, then when I saw it a few times I was like hmm, I am not sure how this ship will fit in with “canon” as even the NX – 01 looked more advanced but I guess we will see.

We have been told who has been cast thus far have the recent castings alleviated your concerns a bit, as we have some damn good actors lined up now?

Ron) Well, I only know of 2, Michelle and that other guy his name eludes me LOL, but you really can’t give an opinion on who they have picked until you watch a couple of episodes.

James) Yeah, this is true, however, with all the actors lined up I do think I am starting to warm up to the idea of Discovery.

Look, everyone, you must have hopes for the series, what are they?

Ron) That it stays with the original timeline and the stories are similar to canon and the Roddenberry concept

James) Well, one thing that worried me from the moment they announced it was what the timeline was it to be set in which I am glad we know now is the Prime timeline.

With the exception of the worries you have over the Discoveries main design are there any other areas you hope they do not touch or should I say DO NOT GO THERE lol.

Ron) Try to bring in much of the Kirk timeline of people in I mean they already are bringing Sarek in and I think it’s too early in the setting for that.

James) Yep, even if I think they try to hard it will just be a mish mash of rebooting meets why bother,

Are you concerned with the sudden yet not surprising departure of Bryan Fuller?

Ron) Yes, now I hope that the others have the passion for Trek and can descent episodes and the filming crew is good.

James) Aye, although I was not overly shocked I have to admit he was one of the main reasons I was excited as he is like the Ron Moore of Voyager, however, I am still curious to see how they follow his vision now he is not around.

Are you as shocked as I was about the sudden move to put it on all access, something that I was not expecting as no Trek has even been on a pay per view channel?

Ron) it’s a bad idea and they know it.

James) Is this from a USA standpoint as it being sold to Netflix around the world means it is already extremely profit-making do you think they should have put it on Netflix in the USA as well?

Ron) I think they should run it on the main channel and quit being greedy. But sure, why not accept that Netflix is pricier

James) I have to admit I am a bit, huh with why Netflix everywhere, but the USA, but hey it’s their show so…

So the last question in this section, then I would like to move on to your Modelling which BTW I am so impressed with they are amazing, With the exception of Trek, are there any other TV shows you watch?

Ron) I really enjoyed BSG Battlestar Galactica I like pretty much all Marvel, superhero movies and I also enjoy disaster movies.



James) Ok, I would like to move on to your role within Melbourne, but first, have you ever done anything apart from this role?

Ron) Until this year I have never been in a film so it was a learning experience I will never forget and I’m looking forward to doing more episodes of Melbourne.

James) Ah ok, so can you tell me more about your role in Melbourne, Describe a typical week at work in Melbourne is it a full-time endeavour of one for the love and fits in around real life?

Ron) Melbourne for me was not a full-time thing as a matter of fact before this happened, I was actually trying to get on the crew of the Farragut, I knew a couple of people who were involved heavily with it and they invited me to the studio in GA in 2014 and it has been almost a complete set just like Cawley’s and it was my first time on a set and when I walked through the door the first thing I saw was the corridor of the Enterprise and right then and there I was a kid fulfilling his dream and I felt like I was back in 1966 it was awesome.

But unfortunately this never happened and I suddenly was disappointed, but later I don’t remember how but I met Vance Major on Facebook and he was going to make a fan film called I think Defiant it’s been awhile, I had asked him if he had anyone designing the insignia and he said no. But later all plans changed and the film had a new name, USS Melbourne and I turned in two designs for the patch and the one that we use was the first one I had drawn and behold, I was part of a fan film then later as we talked, he asked if I would be interested in playing the first officer and of course I said yes and behold first officer CMDR Tony Tate was born and I found myself fully involved with this film I was the first cast member signed for this film as well and very honoured to have been asked to play the role. It never messed with my Real Life at all since I’m retired.

James) That is a shame you could not get a chance to star in Farragut however, as they say, all things happen for a reason and! You got the Melbourne role so it worked out in the end.

So can you tell can you tell me more from your character’s perspective about the story, and how Melbourne is different from other Fan Productions?

Ron) All I can say about the story is that it’s still being written I don’t know any more than anyone else at this time. Melbourne is different from other Trek fan films because we do not follow the usual episode path that everyone else does and it’s more about the people than the Federation. So this is what I can say stay tuned for more Melbourne. Some of us stand on our own… Together.

James) Interesting, and very secretive 😛 What about your Character in general?

Ron) I am the first officer and I’m really very timid or shy, I feel more comfortable with the ship kind of a scared cat. I don’t know why, but Vance thought that I could take and do this character, and I said I like a challenge because if you knew the real me I am nothing like my character by any means.

James) so you’re more of an”I like to be in the thick of things personally” then?

Ron) Yes, I’m also very nosey I have to see and know what’s going on, I like to explore and I will talk with anyone.

James) Did you research your role and how Jeremy & Vance perceived the part to be so you could make sure you’re part fitted how they envisioned it to be or was this totally your own style and you made the character your own?

Ron) There was a little discussion between Vance and me about what he was looking for, something like a Mr Barclay but not totally, so there was my own style. I hope everyone likes the way I portrayed Tate.

James) That sounds an interesting mix! I look forward to seeing it 🙂 How would you describe your acting style?

Ron) I would say that I really don’t have a style I just take it as if it were my real job so I guess you could say natural.

James) That is a really good outlook and a great way of approaching it So, How do you memorise your lines?

Ron) I read the script over and over then have my wife play the parts that I’m involved in and I keep the script close by when doing a scene so I can glance at it.

James) How did your wife feel about doing that for you lol?

Ron) She did not really like doing it.

James) I do not think my other half would be too thrilled either lol, how do you prepare so that you will bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

Ron) I imagine what it would look like and I also feel the mood of the scene and the other characters.

James) When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

Ron) Getting some water and talk about the next scene with the other actors involved.

James) What other, Star Trek Fan Productions would you like your character to do a cross over with?

Ron) I would like and have talked about being in Starship Valiant and still would love to be in an episode of Starship Farragut, but if any crossovers can happen for me I would not turn them down.

James) Last few in this section now, if someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? & If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? (Any not just, fan films)

Ron) John Malkovich and Star Trek of course, but I would also do Battlestar Galactica.

James) Oooh quickly can you tell me more about who did the Wardrobe?

Ron) The makeup was done by Danielle Craft and the patches were designed by me and made by Chrissie Harvey along with the tunics except for mine because I have my own uniform to use I just changed the patch and turned it from a Capt to a CMDR and on that note I actually have a total of six uniforms 4 are TOS and 2 TNG. The camera was operated by Matt I don’t know the last name.

James) That is cool, so do you own many Star Trek uniforms then?

Ron) Yes, I do, I own 7. 1 velour for 1st & 2nd season 1 Double Knit for the 3rd season a green wrap around and the Dress green and I’m having the mirror universe Captains vest made as we speak now that was all TOS. I also have the 2nd season command, red tunic from next-gen and the Captains dress whites and that is all at this time.



James) That is so cool, I own a T-shirt lol, Ok moving on, I would like to discuss your passion for making Models, tell me how did that start with you was it just one or two here and there or was this a passion from a young age?

Ron) I started building Models when I was like 7 with my dad, then I just went on my own. But as I got older and was doing stupid things I got away from it for a long time. But when I moved up here in the mountains I started again and found I still haven’t lost the passion for it.

So I built the 34 inch TOS Enterprise with lights it took about six months when I was done I showed it off on Facebook and that’s when people started asking me if I would build for them and bam RPS Custom Models was born.

James) How many models would you say you have built?

Ron) In my life or just here recently?

James) Well, tell me how much you would say in total then tell me the ones you’re most proud of?

Ron) A few hundred lifetimes and 10 I’m most proud of but I’m proud of all my builds because they won’t leave this house until I feel they are perfect.

James) What were the 10 you were most proud of?

Ron) Well when I was like 13 or so I built a Budweiser Tractor with Trailer this was my first attempt at customising a model I put a 70’s pair job on it and I used felt as carpet and really detailed the interior. Then TOS Enterprise then I built a full TOS Enterprise bridge and lit it up and built an exterior dome from scratch it was published in two internet modelling magazines modelgeek.com and modellers miniatures and magic and Starling Technologies these are just a couple I’m not going to write on all.

James) Are you working on a model atm?

Ron) Yes, I am actually working on two rights now and I have my third coming next week. First one is a client build 1/350 scale Enterprise-A with a full startup sequence and shuttle bay landing lights the next one is a TOS Enterprise for a friend of mine that makes Trek costume as well as Anovos with the same material as well. The third one is a client build USS Voyager with lighting.

James) If you lived in the same country as me, I would so get you to make me a few models, it was one thing I was never very good at lol.

Just out of curiosity, how would someone get in touch with you about models do you have a website?

Ron) You may go to Facebook and go to my page RPS Custom Models and there is contact info there, but it’s either by messenger, email or phone

James) OK, moving on when we spoke a while ago you had a very clear stance on this, but in recent weeks things have changed and I wanted to ask you, how do you feel the fallout from the Axanar lawsuit is going to affect everyone from this point forward both fans and fan Trek?

Ron) That is a hard one to answer, but I guess it’s really up to how the individual perspective on it might be. And as far as Trek there are so many Trekkies out there that had no idea what Axanar is let knowing about fan films so it will be fine and in time CBS might relax the guidelines.

James) This next one is a recent addition, due to it being something I want to know how people feel on it due to the fact it was something I thought that it is very relevant to the topic of the Axanar fall out

How does this statement make you feel?

Ron) Actually, the fan film industry didn’t turn on each other, but Axanar and Alec Peters did throw a couple of the more established ones under the bus and I know that made those people angry. This all really ends up on Alec’s shoulders, although we all know he doesn’t give a rats ass about anyone else just himself. But there are still plenty of films out there that are going to try and Melbourne is one of them.

James) Thank you for your reply to that.

Ron) You are welcome

James) With the release of the “Fan Film Guidelines” has this influenced how much you want to do fan films?

What are your feelings on them, as I know to start with everyone the reaction was different, but many people were angry how did it make you feel when they came out?

Ron) On the fan film guidelines that were put out last year I think that CBS and Paramount really shot themselves in the foot with these and let down a lot of loyal fans that have kept Star Trek alive throughout the years, since they came out several fan film productions have gone down in the likes of Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II and several others because they made it to where it was going to be too difficult to make an episode that was only 15 minutes long hen most episodes run around 1 hour, and it was going to be a lot to ask of the people in them to make the trip to make them.

They are just way too restrictive, to begin with I mean most productions run on a very small budget unlike the larger ones like STC and New Voyages and Farragut. I’m very pleased that Vance and Jeremy did not fold under these guidelines and I hope that we can prove to people that you can still make a good episode in two 15 minute sections for not a lot of money I think Melbourne had a budget of maybe a total of $3,000.00 don’t quote me on that. But it is with high hopes that after the deal with the lawsuit is done that they will t more relaxed with them and brings some of the guidelines where they were before.

James) Can you tell me what about them you feel are a hit and miss or is it all of them that makes you feel that CBS Paramount went too far with?

Ron) The episode time allotment is the biggest it is hard to ask people to come and film 2 15 minute pieces since most of us don’t live close and have to spend money on hotels and flights or gas. The other is the props and uniforms they say no aftermarket stuff only official. Plus not being able to continue with a story arc you must have a story title for each if I remember that right. Crowdfunding that’s kind of ok except I think that perks should be allowed it gives people incentive to send money for the production and the amount is fine up to 50,000 that’s plenty. I would have to go and read them all again to give you a complete answer.

James) The prop and uniform one.

In the Engage podcast, this one was cleared up and the explanation was expanded this rule is merely saying do not buy counterfeit stuff (from many people online selling them) and if you want to buy official uniforms please do so from Davos or on their licensed company.

Nothing stops you from making your own props, costumes, etc. Just don’t buy knock off ones from people who knock them out and sell them.

I know you were not the first person to be upset about this one, but now we know you can indeed make your own etc. I find this one not so bad.

Ron) OK, great and the Anovos thing that is, official, but there is a guy I know and actually got my uniforms through that makes them just as good for half the price, Anovos is overpriced on this I mean a green wrap for $600.00 is way too much I had one made for about $165.00 and I forgot about that podcast.

James) Thanks for this, Ron, we are coming into the home stretch of the interview now, and I would like to go back to the fan films you watch if you had to what would you class as your top five?

Ron) I have watched pretty much all of them at some point. But my favourite ones are in this order and I hope it doesn’t make a couple I know well upset.

Star Trek Continues
Starship Farragut
New Voyages
Starship Valiant
Starship Exeter

James) And the ones you would class as your bottom five?

Ron)

Star Trek Odyssey
Star Trek Phoenix
Star Trek Intrepid
Potemkin

I can’t think of a fifth one. These are the worst due to horrible CGI and costumes, plus scripting I mean I know that not everyone can have sets to work with but some of that green screen stuff should not even be allowed to be called Star Trek.

These are the worst due to horrible CGI and costumes, plus scripting I mean I know that not everyone can have sets to work with but some of that green screen stuff should not even be allowed to be called Star Trek.

And the best ones because of the accuracy of the series and script writing, plus they have better budgets than most.

James) You have been to a lot of conventions and even on the cruise, what would you say is the best and worst parts of the Trek fandom from your experiences?

Ron) My favourite part of fandom is the camaraderie of the people and the way they will dress and act when at cons. Plus, it is fun to dress up in uniforms and believe that you are part of Starfleet. I have never had a bad experience in Trek fandom as of yet.

James) Do you have any regrets in doing Fan Films?

Ron) I have no regrets on this at all it was a chance to live out my childhood dream.

James) As someone who has wanted to get into the fan film world for a while now, what advice would you give to someone who wants to do the same?

Ron) Well if you want to get involved with fan films you need to get to know the right people or you can just contact one that you would consider and see what they say like my mum used to say a closed mouth never gets fed. Or if you have the resources to go and make your own, but try to stay in the realm of it and try not to the green screen too much.

James) What would you like to say to the people who think Fan Films are on the way out?

Ron) Well or you fans out there don’t give up on Trek fan films yet they are still being made, and as far as the fan film I’m involved with Melbourne please keep your eyes and ears open the first episode is on its way and there will be more to follow.

James) Well, Ron, that is it and I would like to extend my thanks to you for taking the time to sit down with me and answer some questions.

Ron) Thanks James for having me on your blog and everyone take care LLAP.


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The Melbourne Files – Part Six -Reshelle Warren

Reshelle Warren is a model, actress, and competed to be the 2014 Miss Washington, USA. Reshelle also has a keen interest in modelling and acting.

As a component of the Melbourne file, we talk to Reshelle about her experience and her role in Melbourne the upcoming Star Trek Fan Production.


I met this wonderfully energetic woman on the set of Melbourne and instantly fell in love with her level of professionalism she brought with her. When watching her character, it was truly amazing to see what was on paper come to life in ways I had not imagined. I got to laugh with her a bunch. And we shared a moment or two. Especially in a weekend, things like this are why fan films are so cool, it takes ppl you didn’t really even know existed, and makes them real to you. Oh….and one more thing. The most important thing.

#oatmeal Lol only the Melbourne crew will get it lol good times

Lol only the Melbourne crew will get it lol good times

Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne.


James) Hey, Reshelle thank you for taking the time to speak to me about your experiences and your role in Melbourne, tell me a bit about yourself, what kind of things do you love?

Reshelle) I’m Reshelle Warren Model and Actress, I was a different kind of person, but at the same time I’m similar to some people. I love to cook, bake, colour, hang out with friends, I love to go camping, swimming, and fishing. I love to do a lot of different things. I have a dark look at life, I guess that’s one of the ways I’m different.

James) Except Star Trek, what other TV shows do you find yourself drawn to?

Reshelle) Other than Star Trek I love watching the walking dead; I mean blood, gore, and zombies what’s not to love!

James) The Walking Dead Was one of my favourite shows, but I find that it has become somewhat a chore to watch now, they seem to re-hash ideas every season so I haven’t watched it since Glen went bye-bye…

Being in a Star Trek Fan Production, Can you tell me what Trek means to you, as you must have more than a passing interest in it to be in fan trek?

Reshelle) Star Trek was my first Sci-fi, the reason I became a nerd and loved sci-fi since

James) Do you have a favourite series and episode based within the Trek universe, you know one that you watch more than the rest or one that keeps drawing you back far more than the rest of them?

Reshelle) My favourite episode is The Trouble with Tribbles, why cause Tribbles LOL, my favourite series well The Next Generation, season three is where it gets good but I really connected to the cast more in Next Gen.

James) Do you have an episode or series that you think of as your least favourite one to watch

Reshelle) I can’t really think of one I deem the worst right now, I really like the series, not sure which I could consider the worst episode either.

James) Because I am nosey LOL, I one thing I ask everyone else have you met any real life Trek actors, you know like at conventions or just on the off chance?

Reshelle) Unfortunately not, I haven’t met any Trek Characters in real life unless you count the cast from Melbourne LOL

James) Well to some they would be Trek Actors hell, in fact, they are anyone who has starred in Trek regardless of its “Official” standing.



James) Moving on to your acting experience, what is your history with the dramatic arts and when did you first realise you had been bitten by the acting bug?

Reshelle) I’ve been acting for 6 years now, I first realised I wanted to be an Actress in 14 when it just clicked in my heart when I heard the word actress, I had always been a drama Queen so I was already a natural lol

James) People would call me a “Drama Queen” for other reasons LOL, but it sounds like you have had a keen interest in acting for a long time, so with that what is it you like the most about acting?

Reshelle) What do I like most about an Actress, I love the attention and feeling accomplished and smart when I give the director the character they saw in their head.

James) Are there any parts of acting you have taken a dislike to?

Reshelle) I’m not too fond of memorising the script, memorising has always been difficult for me.

James) I have no idea how people memorise their lines, to be honest, I can remember long

Streams of numbers with relative ease, but things like a script, Ha! No chance LOL. You said you were acting on/off since you were 14, have you taken classes?

Reshelle) I took a few acting classes, but I prefer to learn stuff on set.

James) Cool, cool, so what else have you started with them?

Reshelle) I’ve been in a few shorts YouTube shorts and I’ve helped out in 24, 48 and 8-hour film festival competitions.

James) What gives you the most pleasure about being an actor, is there anyone you love to impress or just enjoy making happy in a production?

Reshelle) I love acting, in general, it pleases me, but I love when the director is happy with what I have done

James) Would you say you are inspired by anyone famous?

Reshelle) I’m not really inspired by any famous actors more just inspired by Tim Burton LOL I love His work and would love to collaborate with him eventually.

James) In your year of acting, what would you say is your hardest role you have played yet?

Reshelle) Alice from Alice in Wonderland for a theatre class in high school, I got the character with the most movements and lines and I was terrible at remembering I did it perfectly and passed the class but it was nerve wrecking lol

James) What role have you done that was the most fun for you?

Reshelle) That would have to be Ali from Star Trek Fan Film Melbourne Or any short film I’m in that involves blood, 1 because I have always wanted to be in Star Trek and I’m a weapons officer and I adore weapons and things that make loud noises anyway lol and 2 because I love blood and I love making my own special effects edible blood lol

James) Ewwwww, LOL! I could not think of anything worse than eating blood, even if it was fake. Back when you started out what was your first performance if you can remember that is.

Reshelle) My first performance was with Josh Lusk in Washington state, My little sister’s friend was in the TV show he was working on in Wenatchee, and I was told they need extras so we drove about 4-5 hours to get there and one of the leads didn’t show he gave a quick audition gave a cameo role and asked me to come back the next day, after the weekend he asked me to come back for season 2 as the main character and I also signed up to start modelling with him. Unfortunately, Some things happened to cast and the Show was cancelled but we have worked together as a model and photographer for more than 6 years now and I love working with him and can’t wait to do another photo shoot 🙂

James) WOW! So you have had some professional experiences, then that is so cool. In the middle of takes and when you get on the set and you those important five-minute breaks what do you find yourself doing?

Reshelle) When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Checking my texts or talking and making relationships with the other cast and crew members on set 🙂

James) What do you do when you are not doing Fan Productions?

Reshelle) Working, Modelling, colouring, Baking, Photography and other stuff lol

James) What tricks do you have for learning your lines?

Reshelle) To be honest, I write them down a thousand times and cross my fingers that I don’t screw up!

James) LOL that is a good trick! If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? (Any not just, fan films)

Reshelle) Ooh Tough one if it’s just a show It would be a tie between Galvant and Reign love them both so much!

James) What is the last thing you do before you step out and the camera starts rolling, some people do a chant or sing a song is there anything you do?

Reshelle) Take a deep breath, mime pulling out all anxiety or nervousness into a ball and throwing it across the room, I know it sounds weird but it works!

James) That is really cool if it helps then hey why not. How do you prepare so that you will bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

Reshelle) For me, it’s a little easier being empathic, I read the script and put myself there and then boom, I am that person reliving that scene until we move on, it can get tiring really quick but Is always worth it.

James) Finally, for this bit, then I would like to move on to your role within Melbourne, How do you stay in the moment?

Reshelle) Depends on the character sometimes I step into their shoes and stay there until the end of the shoot

A day or I make sure to constantly remind myself of their situation and how I need to do the script justice, someone wrote it for a reason.



James) So moving on to Melbourne, talk me through a typical day on set, you fulfilled two roles, Actor and adding notes to the script, can you tell me what it was you did on set.

Was fulfilling two roles an easy task or did you find the roles lead to many challenges in making things fit taking on two roles in the production?

Reshelle) Being the Script Noter and Actor in Melbourne was this an easy task or did you find the roles lead to many challenges in making things fit taking on two roles in the production? It was pretty easy since I’ve worked with this Director before and have done more than those two, The only minor thing is when I was getting ready for the scene I felt bad for not being ready already but I knew they were ok with it seeing as I was doing a crew job too.

Script Noter: Describe how this was important to the production and how your notes influenced the script in any way. It’s very important because it makes it so the director remembers what’s already been done and it helps hugely in the editing because I make a note of which scene was the director’s favourite, you would not believe how many hours it saves in general.

James) When you turned up on set what did you find yourself doing first?

Reshelle) I show up fully rested, hopefully with a coffee say hi to everyone, rehearse my lines and work together as a team with the actors and all crew to get this dream accomplished.

James) Did you research the role you were cast in or did you just go with the flow.

Reshelle) Actually the funny thing is I had got one thing from them, pretty much be like the little sister and let people fall in love with you, I decided that I had a best friend based off of the script and they didn’t think of that at all lol

James) Awwww hehe. Looking at that and the role you were cast in, do you see any similarities between you and your character?

Reshelle) I feel like I and Ali could be twins, we are very similar in a lot of ways 🙂

James) That is really cool, and probably easier to play her than if you had to be angry etc all the time, Can you tell me more from your perspective about the story is there anything about it you think makes it distinctly different to other fan productions?

Reshelle) I can already tell that this is going to be a different kind of fan films, my gut tells me things are gonna happen that we don’t expect.

James) What drew you to the role you are playing in Melbourne.

Reshelle) I really wanted to be in Star Trek and I knew I could do this role justice.

James) Lastly for this bit, who is the funniest person in the cast in real life?

Reshelle) Fador for sure, he is super fun to talk to also.



James) So with everyone I interview I get nosey lol! I have a few questions about some interesting things I found out about you hehe, do not worry they aren’t bad.

You model as well how did that come about and is this a hobby or something you do for more than fun?

Reshelle) It’s more like a stepping stone I’m just good at it, it’s a stepping Stone to acting because models end up doing commercials and then used in acting.

James) Cool so you are in this for the long haul then, I also found this hehe, I see you entered miss Washington 2014 tell me about that?

Reshelle) I overheard the announcement that they were having auditions for that Contest and I was bored and entered to run to become Miss Washington for the Miss United State Pageant, I didn’t win, but it was fun but yes I Competed in a pageant because I was bored, they are expensive apparently lol

James) That is cool, Yeah from seeing some of the shows on them the parents, etc. do seem to spend a small fortune on them. So do you have anything lined up acting wise?

Reshelle) Yeah, my parents said I’m on my own next time lol. Acting wise not yet, just Melbourne for now

James) The last question, what advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actor?

Reshelle) Make sure it’s what you want to do, it’s a lot of hard work and dedication also release the actor can be replaced it’s important to be kind to everyone, also you won’t be famous overnight lol

James) Well that is it, Thank you very much for taking the time doing this for me

Reshelle) you are welcome.



So this is this part six, of the Melbourne Files.

The next blog will be out at some point next weekend as I am away from Tuesday until Friday.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


 

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The Melbourne Files – Part Five – Carly Shibby

From Salt Lake City, Utah Carly is new to the fan film scene; however, in this short time she has already starred in not just Melbourne but also had a small role in Renegades.


” I always have a soft spot in my heart for engineers, playing one on STARSHIP VALIANT. I always go out of my way to meet the other engineers from the other fan films and get pics with um. To me, not many can say they were the chief engineer of a starship lol I created the 2 shorts of Penpals as a glorified Q&A for the Melbourne fans that had questions. But I wanted to do a fun little crossover between the two “shows.” Something not many fan films do. When I came to her with the idea, she loved it. I’ve yet to meet a person so eager with so little. But she really helped make pen pals a great fun little thing that kinda stands on its own. I’d have to say on the fan film world, Carly is probably one of the first ppl I’d go to if I needed something, she has one of those hearts. Just a great person. And I really respect the hell out of my penpal. “

Vance Owen, Executive Producer, Melbourne



James) Hi Carly, Thank you for agreeing to sit down with me as part of the Melbourne files and answer some questions about not only your time starring in this production but also what Star Trek means to you.

For the people out there that are not lucky enough to know you can you tell me a bit about yourself.

Carly) I like so many things, mostly coffee, cats, Sci-Fi, reading, and music of all kinds. I cannot say I dislike much unless it is hateful and unkind people. I love all things positive and always try to share it.

James) Tell me about what Star Trek means to you, is there anything the sticks out as to why this franchise drew you to it?

Carly) I can imagine that would be hard.

What drew me into Star Trek is the fact that you never saw human barriers. There was no racism, no judgment on another person (minus the villains, of course). It gave me hope that we would keep evolving to reach space, and beyond.

James) In five series, 1 animated and 13 films, can you tell me what your favourite Star Trek Episode is and Why?

Carly) This is not a question I can answer easily I have so many.

One that does stick out is “Death Wish,” which is the first time you see Q on Voyager. The episode deals with the side of depression and suicide that many do not want to address, so it is a very deep one to me.

James) One thing I personally love about Star Trek is the fact it has never been afraid to push boundaries, some may think they push it too far sometimes but not me.

Do you have a Star Trek Episode you regard as bad?

Carly) I do not feel like there were any truly bad episodes of Trek, but there are a few that are not great, either. One that comes to mind is “Threshold” from Voyager; there were a few too many cheesy moments.

James) LOL! Ahhh the Janeway Paris Babies, I wonder what ever happened to them, this episode started out not so bad yet ended as one that I will watch if it is on TV but it is certainly not a “Go To” episode. 

We have covered Episodes do you have a “Best” and “Worst” series?

Carly)  Voyager was, and always will be my favourite. Not sure why, but I connected to the characters the most.

Worst Series

I used to say Enterprise, but I had not had a chance to enjoy it as I have in these later years.

James) Enterprise, was a good series if you tried not to compare it to the ones that came before, it had many good episodes but some dire! Ones like the rest of Trek.

Star Trek has a vastly expanded universe and one of these are gaming, have you played many Star Trek games?

Carly) I do not play many games, but I have played the Star Trek Trivia game a lot!

James) That is fair I have many Trek games for the PC and a few board games I think gaming is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. 

You have starred in Renegades so you must have met some real life Trek Actors can you tell me what ones you have met other than people like Tim Russ and Mr Koenig.

Carly) This list is excessively long so I will name the few I have been the happiest to meet.

Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Terry Farrell, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Nana Visitor, George Takei… plus so much more

James) Lastly in this section, other than Star Trek, what other TV shows do you watch?

Carly) I like many shows, mostly Sci-Fi, but usually, watch things like; Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, X-Files, Venture Bros, OITNB, and much more I cannot think of.



James) I think BSG, OITNB and X-Files are prerequisites for Trek fans lol, So moving on I want to ask you about your acting background. When did you first realise that you wanted to Act?

Carly) I think when I was a little girl, and my dad explained what stage acting was while watching musicals.

James) Can you remember when did you first perform?

Carly) A first actual performance in anything public was in 6th grade, I played a mermaid in Peter Pan.

James) What do you like most about being an Actor?

Carly) I love being able to pretend you are in another world, even if it is only playing a character in another person’s world.

James) What would you say are the parts of acting do you not enjoy?

Carly) I do not enjoy the nervousness that still comes with it, but it is always a part of acting.

James) To some acting is natural and to others, it is something the learn what steps did you take to enter this field?

Carly) I have not had any formal acting courses, but I did take dramatic arts throughout all of Junior High and High School. 

James) Other than the fan films you have done what other productions have you acted in?

Carly) Other than the few school productions, I have not been in anything recently until I did a background character in Renegades: The Series.

James) Out of all the productions you have starred in, what would you say is the hardest role they have ever played, and why?

Carly) Hardest role I have played was actually Melbourne, as I had to tap into anger, and that was new for me.

James) The most fun role they have ever played, and why?

Carly) Most fun I have had was working on Renegades, the character had no speaking lines, but it wasn’t easy to play a drunk alien with a large head!

James) That is hilarious lol! I am now going to keep an eye out for that If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Carly) My hope is to find someone who can portray many emotions on their face, so a few come to mind, and are Sci-Fi related. If I were to choose out of 3, it would be Mary McDonnell, Kate Mulgrew, or Gillian Anderson All extremely amazing actresses.

James) I have to agree everyone you have picked there are actresses I love! To watch even in some of the low budget stuff I have seen they excel in the parts they are cast in. 

Is there one actor, director or producer that you look up to as someone of inspiration?

Carly) This list is quite large; Kate Mulgrew is always a big icon for me. Some other notables would be, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Bette Midler, Tom Hanks, David Tennant… the list goes on.

James) You really do have great taste in people all of them are great examples and a vast array of talent.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

Carly) I have not been in this situation in some time, but normally I would try to relax, and go over lines and motions.

James) What do you do when you are not doing Fan Productions?

Carly) Mostly, I work at Overstock as my day job, but I also love writing, reading, and doing a lot of social media marketing for another fan, and independent films, which now includes helping to run the Melbourne Fan Page.

James) Carly if you had a magic wand, what show would you do next, not just, fan films.

Carly) I would absolutely LOVE to work on the new Star Trek series. Otherwise, I love any new, independent films, I love seeing stories never portrayed before.

James) What is the last thing you do before you step out and the camera starts rolling?

Carly) Take a few deep breaths, and maybe drink some water, so I don’t have to worry about scratchy voice.

James) What gives you the most pleasure as an Actor?

Carly) For me, I love being able to be someone else for a minute and to know I am helping create a new character.

James) Is there any elements of acting you find difficult?

Carly) As I get older, I realise a difficulty I run into is memorization of lines. Otherwise, fighting the giggles is not always easy.

James) How would you describe your acting style?

Carly) Still new and constantly curious I absorb as much as I can because I am definitely not as experienced as I’d like.

James) I would be so bad at this but how do you memorise your lines?

Carly) The only thing that has helped my memorization over the years, is trying to put them into song, or poem form.

James) That is really good advice probably some of the best I have ever heard to remember a script. When are you faced with a scene that maybe challenging how do you prepare so that you will bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

Carly) Since this is still new to me, I’ve tried to pull emotion from past experiences or memories, to help outwardly display what the scene calls for.

James) How do you stay in the moment?

Carly) I’m still figuring this one out.

James) Ah so you do not pull a Picard in Insurrection then lol :p .

What have you seen lately that has inspired you? – Film or Fan production related?

Carly) I recently watched an independent horror film, done by a friend of mine. The inspiration is seeing how much he could do, with a limited set, and a total cast of 3. If you get a chance to see Occupants, by Russ Emanuel, I highly recommend it.

James) So what was it like working on Renegades? In addition, what character did you play?

Carly) Working on Renegades was a dream come true! It was amazing to see people I have adored for so long in action. The role I played was a small one to cover someone who could not handle the makeup I was Pat the Arachnid.

James) Can you tell me how you got involved with Renegades?

Carly) I had heard about it being filmed through Facebook and had talked to Manu Intiraymi a lot about it, as he is the one I heard about it from specifically.

I had gone to the premiere in Vegas during the Trek convention in 2015. I met Ryan T Husk, who is one of the producers for Renegades, and over the next few months, he asked me to help market the next episode and funding.  From there I just continued getting into the films and met Vance, who got me into Melbourne.



James) That is so cool, and it sounds like if it was not for Renegades then you would most likely not have been in Melbourne.

I want to move on to your role in Melbourne, describe to me your role in Melbourne. How a typical shoot played out from your Perspective?

Carly) It’s hard to say, I was running around a lot, and trying to stay cool. Most shoots went about average for a film, some scenes were easier than others.

James) Did you research your role and how Jeremy & Vance perceived the part to be so you could make sure your part fitted how they envisioned it to be or was this totally your own style and you made the character your own?

Carly) I discussed it a lot with Vance over the months leading up to the shoot, and it definitely helped to see things a bit more from the writer’s angle.

James) I have to admit that is why I like talking with Vance he has a way of making you see things from angles you may not have considered. Do you feel that you are much like the character that you played? (Physically, personality, etc.)

Carly) I definitely do. My character has a lot of emotional issues, which I can relate to in more ways than I care to admit, but also the moments she has when it comes to other crew members can be very relatable, too. 

James) Tell me more from your perspective about the story, and how it is different from the other fan films you have seen?

Carly) My perspective on this story is still evolving, as the story is going to continue. I think it’s different in the fact that it shows the diversity, and challenges of your ‘not-so-average’ crew.

James) Melbourne is from what I have seen and read it is different than most of the other fan films I have seen, what research did you carry out in preparation acting in Melbourne, what challenges and responsibilities did this present in making it something unique?

Carly) Since there haven’t been many films being done like this one, my research was more limited to how to portray emotions well, by facial gestures alone. 

James) What drew you to the role you are playing in Melbourne?

Carly) Vance told me about the role before I had gotten it, due to possible casting issues with the previous woman they had chosen. When he described the role to me, I was immediately intrigued, the character has a lot of deeper issues than what she shows.

James) Lastly, Who is the funniest person in the cast in real life?

Carly) Hard to say, so many of them are just silly, but Vance and Jeremy can really make you giggle sometimes.

James) June 2016, was a month that many in fan films see as a black month, with the “guidelines” being released has this influenced the way you feel towards making any Star Trek Fan Productions?

Carly) It definitely has, the ability to tell a true fan story has been taken away from the fans who had such passion.

Seeing Renegades make it through the first day of shooting as Star Trek, was amazing, and just as quickly, I saw a lot of the passion and light go right out of the shoot after that news. It was depressing, especially for Walter Koenig, who wanted to tell his final story of Chekov.

James) “It was depressing, especially for Walter Koenig, who wanted to tell his final story of Chekov” 

Can you tell me more about this did you interact with him when you saw this?

Carly) Yeah, I feel bad that he was cut down; he wanted Chekov to have a glorious ending.

I did get to talk with him during the shoot, but it was all on the first day before the guidelines came out. From what I I heard on set, I gathered he was not happy about the changes but still wanted the story told.

James) How did they make you! Feel when they came out?

Carly) Just plain angry and sad that it had to come to this conclusion

James) Do you think they are fair – if not what ones and why.

Carly) I do not think they are completely fair. I get why they were made, but taking so many possibilities away from the fans, made things so much less enjoyable.

James) Have you seen this regarding the “guidelines” I think this is a great reference tool regarding the guidelines, 

http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.co.uk/2009/06/234.html?m=1 

I am not asking you to change your viewpoint I just want to see if they affect how you see them is all.

Carly) I have already read the interview with Van Citters and the guidelines.

I have some solid views on the guidelines so most of what I said would stand, regardless.

James) It is the comments by Patty White that I saw as useful but as I said, I am not trying to alter your views etc I am just seeing who has read it and who has not and what they think of it.

Carly) Ah, yeah I looked at the comments. I mostly try to keep an even balance with the fan film knowledge, as I am involved in Renegades, too.

I am really in the middle in my views, I see who guidelines must be set, but they were never an issue until the lawsuit happened.

I have serious misgivings towards CBS/Para for the hammer they threw down, but I also see why they felt the need to do so. 

James) So with what you just said do you think Axanar is to blame?

Carly) I think they were the catalyst, for sure, but “blame” can go to a few people I’m sure, it’s just not my place to say, only my opinions.

James) I have to admit I think things were heading this way but it is hard to tell if that button would have been pushed had it not been for one production.



James) So moving on to more Fan-centric questions, do you watch other fan films, do you have a top 5?

Carly) I cannot rank them, as I haven’t seen all of the series of films yet, but I have enjoyed Farragut, Valiant, Continues, and New Voyages.

James) What other Star Trek fan productions do you watch/listen to etc (Podcasts, YouTube shows etc)

Carly) It’s all random mostly; I catch anything I can when available.

James) Favourite parts of the Trek Fandom.

Carly) The fact that Trek can open minds, and show people a better way of life

James) Worst Parts of the Trek Fandom have you had any bad experiences.

Carly) I have not had much in the way of negative with Trek; the only situation I can think of was meeting Michael Dorn, who was not as nice as you would hope him to be.

James) REALLY! He always seems so nice, what happened when you met him?

Carly) A few years back at the Vegas con, we (my best friend and I) had a photo op with him and Terry. We were excited, as we have been big fans of both of them. When we got to them finally, Terry was a sweetheart and talked to us for a minute. Dorn only looked at us, and said, “Can we take the photo, now?” Even Terry looked at him oddly just a very cold and negative interaction.

James) Wow that is not good.

Carly) Yeah, it felt like a slap in the face Ruined Worf a bit for me.

James) I am not surprised, I do not know how I would react if that were me, well Carly we are moving into the last leg of the interview now, in this bit I ask people to part with some advice on people who wish to pursue making their own fan films. 

So what advice would you give to someone who wants to?

Act

Carly) Don’t be afraid. It is one thing I still fight with and it can keep anyone from achieving their dreams.

James) Make their own fan film – from your perspective as someone in the fan film community.

Carly) Again, don’t be afraid is the biggest thing I can say. Past that, in filmmaking, the one thing I’ve seen that helps, always keeps your word, and choose your cast and crew wisely.

James) And Lastly, Is there anything else you would like to tell me from your perspective of someone involved in the fan film world? The good, the bad, how you see the current world of fan productions

Carly) I can’t think of anything I haven’t already said, and yet there is so much I could say from my opinion.

The biggest thing I can say is, I’ve loved getting into fan films and would suggest it to anyone who has the passion for joining in. No matter what, keep yourself focused, and don’t get over excited about any one detail, as things change so frequently. Patience is an extremely important virtue in this world. My hopes now are that the current chaos involving the lawsuit and guideline changes will come to an end, swiftly, and justly, without killing off fan films altogether.

James) Thank you, Carly, for your time and sharing your experiences with us.


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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 <

Read the Dreadnought Dominions Fan Film Blog 

 

 

 

 

 

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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