AXANAR: A New Star Trek Movie

Posted by $ MikeMarotta 2 years, 8 months ago to Entertainment
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Nickursis mentioned this four years ago. It has been dragging along under the weight of legal millstones attached by Paramount and whoever else owns Star Trek. The producers seem to have gotten out from under that.

Four years ago, I sent $100 to their crowdfunding. When they bogged down, I lost interest. The mission patches arrived earlier this week.

Goto YouTube and enter Axanar and you will find a lot of material. I always liked the workmanship. If you understand Ayn Rand's theory of "bootleg romanticism" you will appreciate how and why this seems to be the Star Trek that was lost when others took over the artistic direction from Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry was consciously a Rand fan. The new producers evidently are implicitly commited to "rational realism" and "the conflict of values."

Check it out for yourself from Ares Studios on YouTube:

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  • Posted by $ nickursis 2 years, 8 months ago
    Awesome you noted this. I am still supporting them through their various efforts, they moved from Kalifornia to Georgia, and have a nice Studio there, and have began to incorporate a bunch of High Schools into the use of the Studio, and the did a 1 weeks session there during the summer, which went very well. Alec has continually been beaten up by a small group of radicals, who just hate him and anything he does. So, I have joine their Patreon because their efforts to make the studio a learning tool, and the 2 chunks of Axanar are worth it. I also supported Jonathan and his little film he made that is between Prelude and the film, so that is another 15 minutes they made that will dovetail into it (and basically make a 45 minute film).
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 2 years, 8 months ago
    Well it seems they are finally shooting the film after all these years, court battles and money gathering for a 30 min episode.
    I will watch it but I wonder what they are going to do next because it won't be Star Trek...shame.
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  • Posted by $ 2 years, 8 months ago
    Nickursis has been the advocate here, not I. If you put "Axanar" in the search box, you will find his comments. Among them these:

    TOPIC: The Ferengi Rules of Commerce
    Posted by $ MikeMarotta 4 years, 3 months ago to Entertainment

    Posted by $ nickursis 4 years, 3 months ago
    Now, I will contest 'worn out". Trek is a huge going concern on YouTube with fan based material by the metric butt ton. However, if you go look up "Prelude to Axanar" and spend 20 minutes, you will see what 80K of crowdfunding can produce. Then scoot on over to Indiegogo and check out the fundraiser there, where they are trying to put together 1.3 million to make the 90 minute movie "Axanar". It is an excellent model for what self starting producers can accomplish when the bloated movie mogul management is removed and committed people with a vision of their goals step up. I have contributed to both and am very happy with their work. In fact, not much social commentary, but a lot of starship battles in glorious HD.

    Posted by $ nickursis 4 years, 3 months ago
    If you have not yet done so, go check out Prelude To Axanar on You Tube, and then the Axanar page, they have done a superb job in production and management. I think Axanar will end up on par with some of the mainstream movies in Trek Lore.

    TOPIC: Who Owns Star Trek?
    Posted by freedomforall 3 years, 7 months ago to Entertainment

    TOPIC: "The world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better... Most of these belittlers can't drive a nail or use a slide rule, I'd like to... ship them back to the twelfth century -- then let them enjoy it." - Robert Heinlein, 1957

    Posted by $ nickursis 4 years ago
    I do agree with you there. Star Trek Axanar is a perfect example of how you get a 75 million dollar movie for 1.2 million. You are correct about not doing it, which is why the Moon is a Harsh Mistress has been rumored for 10 years and never gotten off the ground. Pacific 201 is another fan film that will put Paramount to shame. But the two movies are an excellent example of how a bunch of producers (both the people who make the film and the thousands who contribute to fund it) can get together and do something really good, and effectively produced. Tells me that most movie budgets are bloated by about 95%.

    Posted by $ nickursis 4 years ago
    Or just simple incompetence and corruption. Go to You tube and look at the video Axanar did for San Diego comic con and what Richard Hatch has to say. He basically says a 100 million movie is only because 75 million is wasted or lost. The movie companies do not control costs at all, and his point is you can make a great movie on a small budget when you have competent people. Big Business does not encourage competent people, just the opposite.

    Posted by $ nickursis 4 years ago
    That is true, but has not been reflected in the costs structure, with highly CG supported films costing more. JJ took the opposite turn with the new Star Wars film, building sets. While a few craftsmen are needed, it opens the door to a different group: CG artists. But they still have a place, if you go to Axanar's website and look at the Captains blog, you will see the awesome work a few craftsmen are doing making the hard sets needed. Very skilled and awesome work there.
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    • Posted by $ nickursis 2 years, 8 months ago
      Mike, thank you for remembering. Yes, I am still a big supporter of it, because they are the only people making traditional Trek, at a level that is really good. The other Fan film groups are also improving, there has been a very big increase in quality in the last 4 years as tech becomes cheaper and people become more adept at editing and filming.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 2 years, 8 months ago
    Hi Michael. Thanks for posting. I was not aware of this production.
    I've been binge watching the first 3, sometimes 4, series of Star Trek. "Rational realism and conflict of values" is what I've been watching and studying. This began about a year ago, though it has been in mind for quite a few years. I've been wondering at the consistent objective solutions to conflict portrayed, and have tried to find the link between Rand and Roddenberry. Did these two ever have exchange personally that you know of?
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