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

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

24: It’s All About the Lighting

Star Trek: Horizon Virtual Set Design and Video Production.

On a previous show we talked with Star Trek: Horizon creator Tommy Kraft in broad terms about shooting and processing video, working with green screens, and creating visual effects. In this epsiode of Continuing Mission we're joined once again by Tommy to talk about how these techniques apply to creating an actual Star Trek film, including building virtual sets on the NX-04 Discovery, integrating the Discovery crew with these environments, and the importance of sound design and capture in making the visuals believable.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Tommy Kraft

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Michael Frisbee

 

Chapters

Reasons for Going Virtual (1:47)

Build the NX-04 Virtual Sets (7:17)

Integrating Actors Into Virtual Sets (20:23)

Sound Design and Capture (34:21)

The Single Biggest Challenge (40:42)

Horizon Production Update (44:55)

Closing (46:51)

 

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Direct download: cm-024.mp3
Category:Star Trek: Horizon -- posted at: 4:58am MST

7: Revisiting the Romulan War

Tommy Kraft and Marc Bowers talk Star Trek: Horizon.

We know a great deal about the 23rd and 24th centuries, but our exploration of the 22nd was unfortunately cut short. The cancellation of Enterprise not only left behind a number of loose threads from the series, but also key moments in Star Trek history that a prequel should have explored.

Almost ten years after Enterprise left television, the feature-length film Star Trek: Horizon aims to close one of those gaps by telling the story of the famous Earth-Romulan War. Made by fans in love with Star Trek and set during the Enterprise time period, Horizon centers on The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, that is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand, the Coalition forms an alliance with T’mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters.

In the episode of Continuing Mission we're joined by writer, director, and executive producer Tommy Kraft, and actor Marc Bowers, who plays Commander Jackson Gates, first officer of the NX-04 Discovery, to learn more about this story and how the film is being put together.

 

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Chapters

Creative Backgrounds (2:16)

Genesis of Horizon (5:30)

Choosing the Story (13:36)

The Romulan War (19:01)

Casting Horizon (31:00)

Making the Uniforms (35:54)

The VFX of Horizon (40:17)

The Music of Horizon (51:33)

Funding Horizon (56:34)

Find Out More (1:07:47)

Closing (1:09:05)

Direct download: cm-007.mp3
Category:Star Trek: Horizon -- posted at: 2:56am MST

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