33: Exploring Star Trek Horizon

Tommy Kraft and Actors Look Back.

Since it's public launch in February 2016, Star Trek Horizon has become a bigger hit than anyone—especially creator Tommy Kraft—ever expected. The fan film that serves as a follow-up to Enterprise delivers the Romulan War storyline that fans were hoping for from the show's fifth season. Centered on the crew of the USS Discovery NX-04, Horizon is an example of how to make the most of limited resources to create a product that can holds its own against studio productions.

In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello is joined by Tommy as well as two of the stars of Horizon—Paul Lang, who plays Captain Harrison Hawke, and Ryan Webber, who plays Commander Francis Brookes—for an in-depth discussion about the decisions made in the writing, casting, directing, and look of the film. We also hear first-hand their thoughts on how fans have reacted to their creation.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Meeting Paul and Ryan (00:03:22)
The Casting Process (00:06:29)
Reactions to the Script (00:15:05)
The Rehearsal Process (00:18:56)
Analysis: Captain Hawke's First Scene (00:19:55)
The Hardest Job in Filmmaking (00:25:20)
Analysis: The Engine Room Fight Scene (00:26:54)
The Look of the Film (00:31:02)
Analysis: Corridor Walk and Talk (00:34:45)
Analysis: The Lake House Scene (00:42:52)
Creating the Character of Captain Hawke (00:48:38)
Performance Adjustments (00:53:52)
Brookes in Command (00:56:33)
Fan Reaction (00:58:44)
How to Find Star Trek Horizon Online (01:03:00)
Tommy's Special Announcement (01:03:51)
Tommy's Special Announcement Déjà vu (01:04:54)
About Project Discovery (01:11:05)
When Does Project Discovery Launch? (01:28:27)

Host
Dennis Castello

Guests
Tommy Kraft, Paul Lang, and Ryan Webber

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-033.mp3
Category:Star Trek: Horizon -- posted at: 9:42pm MST

32: Being Brilliant on a Schedule

Tamerlane.

Written by Guy Davis and based on the concept of Star Trek: The Rest of the Federation, this fan-made web comic tells the story of the USS Tamerlane, a Saladin-class destroyer, and its commanding officer, Captain Julia Cochrane. And in this episode of Continuing Mission, Davis joins host Dennis Castello to talk about his characters, stories, where his inspiration comes from, and the demands of "being brilliant on a schedule."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
What is Tamerlane? (00:03:28)
Meeting Guy Davis (00:07:16)
The Creation of Tamerlane (00:11:39)
Incorporating Other Fan Projects (00:15:06)
The Characters of Tamerlane (00:17:44)
What Inspires His Stories (00:24:12)
Guy's Favorite Thing About Tamerlane (00:27:40)
What Guy Learned That He Didn't Know Before (00:29:06)
Guy's Single Greatest Challenge (00:37:24)
Guy's Single Greatest Joy in Tamerlane (00:39:24)
Goals for the Future (00:41:57)
Guy's Advice For Other Fan Artists (00:43:31)
Where to Find Guy and Tamerlane Online (00:44:49)

Host
Dennis Castello

Guest
Guy Davis

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-032.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:06am MST

31: Education That's Out of This World

Starship Grissom.

Star Trek has a long history of encouraging young fans to take an interest in the sciences; but here's a fan project that takes that to the next level. Written by teachers, these fan films not only take viewers on Star Trek adventures, they also teach actual classroom lessons in science, math, art, and social studies.

In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello is joined by Richard Wells, Christina Morris, and Keely Sanchez of Starship Grissom to learn how they are bringing Star Trek into education through unique productions that make use of the TOS sets at Starbase Studios.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Meeting Richard, Christina, and Keely (00:02:55)
About Starship Grissom (00:07:21)
The On-the-Set Experience (00:12:05)
The Writing Process (00:14:19)
Greatest Challenge, Greatest Joy (00:16:15)
Goals and Ambitions (00:19:57)
Advice for Fan Filmmakers (00:22:31)

Host
Dennis Castello

Guests
Richard Wells, Christina Morris, and Keely Sanchez

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-031.mp3
Category:Starship Grissom -- posted at: 7:35am MST

30: DIY Fan Film Kit

Starbase Studios.

Have you ever dreamed of making your own Star Trek fan film, but don't have sets, costumes or props—and don't know how to make them yourself? You're not alone. Many fans have faced this creative obstacle, and have overcome it thanks to Starbase Studios.

In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello is joined by Richard Wells and Scott Johnson of Starbase Studios to learn about their standing TOS sets that they make available to any fan group that wants to make their own films… for free!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:40)
About Starbase Studios (00:01:49)
Meet Richard and Scott (00:03:19)
The Genesis of Starbase Studios (00:07:02)
Helping Starship Yorktown (00:11:27)
Getting to Play Star Trek (00:17:26)
Advice for Fan Projects (00:22:44)
How to Donate to Starbase Studios (00:26:04)
George Takei in the Captains Chair (00:29:01)

Host
Dennis Castello

Guests
Richard Wells and Scott Johnson

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-030.mp3
Category:Starbase Studios -- posted at: 5:30am MST

29: We Made That Together

Robin Heirt Talks Star Trek Dark Armada.

A group of fans from the Netherlands are hard at work making Star Trek fan films and proving, once again, that Star Trek fandom crosses all borders. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello interviews Robin Heirt, the executive producer of Star Trek Dark Armada, to find out what it's like to be a Star Trek fan in the Netherlands. Robin also talks about the learning curve they went through making their past episodes, why they decided on the post-Voyager era as “their Trek,” and their plans to turn Star Trek Dark Armada into Star Trek Batavia.

Chapters
Meeting Robin (00:01:49)
How the Project Got Its Start (00:04:53)
The Dark Armada Team (00:07:22)
About Star Trek Dark Armada (00:09:02)
Robin’s Favorite Thing About Making STDA (00:12:52)
Their Greatest Challenge (00:16:16)
Their Greatest Joy (00:18:57)
Robin’s Advice to Other Fan Filmmakers (00:20:28)
How They Make Their Shows (00:23:32)
About The Writing (00:25:20)
How to Find Robin (00:26:16)
Final Thoughts (00:26:42)

Host
Dennis Castello

Guest
Robin Heirt

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-029.mp3
Category:Star Trek Dark Armada -- posted at: 6:00am MST

28: The Explorer’s Heart

Tommy Kraft Talks Star Trek Horizon.

Tommy Kraft has labored for three long years as the main creative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now the film is about to be released, and Tommy has a lot to say about the rigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker.

In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala as they interview Tommy to find out how he almost died making the film, learn about some of the good things that happened to the project along the way, and get some great advice for those thinking of making their own fan films.

Chapters
Welcome Tommy (00:02:02)
Why a New Crew? (00:06:20)
About Tommy Kraft (00:09:08)
Tommy's Favorite Enterprise Episode (00:10:19)
Why Make a Film? (00:16:11)
A Good Surprise (00:20:16)
How Tommy Almost Died Making His Movie (00:22:42)
Tommy's Gear (00:24:59)
Tommy's Advice to Fan Filmmakers (00:27:44)
How to Contact Us (00:37:38)

Hosts
Dennis Castello and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tommy Kraft

Production
Dennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: cm-028.mp3
Category:Star Trek: Horizon -- posted at: 6:00am MST

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