Saturday, June 27, 2009

(14) Axanar; Prelude to Axanar

14       Axanar; Prior to Nov. 17, 2014, Star Trek Axanar

Information about viewable films begins below with yellow "Prelude to Axanar".

Paramount and CBS sued Axanar and all associated with it for an assortment of copyright violations.  That lawsuit settled as of 1/20/2017.  Here is the statement from the Axanar Fan Page:

Here's the "official" statement from Axanar Productions regarding today's settlement announcement:
Valencia, CA - Friday, January 20 - Axanar Productions is pleased to announce that we have reached a formal resolution to the lawsuit brought against Alec Peters, and the fan film production, AXANAR, by CBS Studios, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Since the beginning of the lawsuit, over a year ago, we have expressed our desire to address the concerns of the studios, and our willingness to make necessary changes, as long as we could reasonably meet our commitments to AXANAR’S over 14,000 donors, fans and supporters. We are now able to do exactly that.
Terms of the settlement agreement include an agreement to allow Axanar Productions to continue showing PRELUDE TO AXANAR commercial-free on YouTube and to allow Axanar Productions to produce the AXANAR feature film as two fifteen-minute segments that can be distributed on YouTube (also without ads).
Additional terms of the agreement will be made available to cast, crew and donors through private correspondence.
For the next sixty days, Axanar Productions will be working through some final legal requirements requiring immediate attention. In addition, there are several pre-production issues that need to be re-visited before we can begin principal photography on our project.
Axanar Productions was created by lifelong Star Trek fans to celebrate their love for Star Trek. Alec Peters and the Axanar team look forward to continuing to share the Axanar story and are happy to work within the Guidelines for Fan Films for future projects.
Throughout this process, we will continue communicating with our fans and backers to ensure they are informed and involved until we reach completion of the production.
For those of you who are donors, you will be receiving an email with some "donor exclusive" information.
Thanks again for your support this past year.
Live Long and Prosper.

Older lawsuit information:  Please note that the leading complainant is Paramount.  Most discussion is on facebook:
Legal analysis;
(1) Hollywood Reporter
(2) io9
(3) Petition against the lawsuit:
(4) Rolling Stone:
(6) Entertainment Weekly:
(7) Statement from Alec Peters:
(8) CNN:
(9) Epic Times:
(10) Uproxx
(11) Variety

Non-lawsuit related links: (Late Stone Age)
You Tube Home:
One shot film.  Facebook page:
Out of Valencia, California.

Prelude to Axanar on You Tube: (21:09)  Includes subtitles in Czech, Dutch, English (US), Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.  With Russian voiceover: (21:09)
Kickstarter for studio and pre-production:

Behind the scenes footage from May, 2014: (1:18)
From October 2, 2014: (5:47)

Here is a thread that discusses this project in more detail: .  It will be a one-shot film running roughly 75 minutes.  Trek professionals involved include David Galanter, Tony Todd, JG Hertzler, Gary Graham and Christian Gossett.  BSG are also involved, notably Kate Vernon and Richard Hatch.
Clip for Kickstarter Fundraising of Documentary-like, "Prelude to Axanar" : (Released March 1, 2014)
Behind the scenes: May 30, 2014:
Prelude to Axanar, Trailer 1: (2:53)
with Portuguese subtitles: (2:53)
with Dutch, English, and Spanish subtitles: (2:53)
Prelude to Axanar, Behind the Scene Featurette: (1:18)
Article about this project in Wired(7/22/14):

A clip of a ship: (0:19)  Another clip: .(0:09)
Discussion of Kickstarter Campaign:
Article in German:

An interview with the principles:
An interview with Alec Peters
Another interview with Alec Peters (6/23/2014) (2:58)
Discussed, 3x2 Geeks for Geeks Podcast on The Future of Trek talks Abramsverse, Renegades, Axanar.
Another interview:
Interviews with Alec Peters: ,
Also discusses Axanar:
(6).  6/11/2014.
(7)   7/13/2014 Podcast:
(11) Radio show. (13:27)
(12) Review of Prelude to Axanar:
(13) Review of Prelude to Axanar:
(14) Review of Prelude to Axanar:
(15) Review of Prelude to Axanar:
(16) Page:
(17) Review of Prelude to Axanar:
(18) Discussion, Feature film:
(19) Discusses the Kickstarter in July and August of 2014
(20) Article in SciFiWorld, a Spanish magazine, about this project:
(21) Wikipedia... not a special Star Trek Wiki, Wikipedia:
(22) A discussion by David Gerrold on Facebook:
(23) Yahoo weighs in:
(24) has a 45 minute 47 second broadcast on Axanar:
(25)  Axanar and Axanar Kickstarter Discussed,
(26)  Star Trek Hangout Interview: (16:31)
(27)  Review in Czech:
(28)  Review from Science
(29)  The Review at the End of The Universe
(30) interviews Alec Peters
(31)  Gaming takes on Axanar
(32)  Indewire
(33)  Interview with The Comic Book Show (6:33)
(34)  The Trek Collective:  (August 24, 2014)
(35) Follow-up article on the Kickstarter :
(36)  Book Scorpion's Lair (August 30, 2014) Short Review of Prelude to Axanar.
(37)  Some Kind of Star Trek
(38) Fan Film Follies
(39)  Links to all Axanar podcasts:
(40)  Kneel Before Blog (Review of Prelude to Axanar):
(41)  The Good the Bad and the Insulting September 10, 2014, Prelude to Axanar, Review:
(43)  Trek FM reports the beginning of pre-production 9/23/2014
(45) October 15, 2014.  The 7th Matrix.  Review:
(46)  October 16, 2014
(47). November 12, 2014.  The discussion of Axanar starts at 4:35,
(48)  November 16, 2014,share_fb,manual,manual
(49)  Award, Best Score in a short narrative film, Granted by the Widescreen Film&Music Festival to Alex Bornstein for Prelude to Axanar.  March 4, 2015.
(50).  Award  March 5, 2015. Axanar wins "Geekiest Film" at the Boston Sci Fi Film Festival 2015! 

(51) Axanar wins six awards at the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards 2015 for Prelude to Axanar:
Best Production Design, Scott Cobb, Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Best Visual Effects (VFX), Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"   Stefan Bellersheim, Al Dinelt, Adam Howard, Tommy Kraft, Koji Kuramura, Thomas Loeder, Chris Martin, Jennifer Marx, Oliver Nikelowski, Tobias Richter, Ali Ries, Arnold Sakowski, Trent Smith, Greg Stitz, Dan Oyeno, Enrico Weinert
Best SoundtrackAxanar, "Prelude to Axanar"  Alexander Bornstein(Composer), Frank Serafine (Supervising Sound Designer/Editor), Jesse Akins (Sound Designer), Ramsey Mellette (Sound Mixer)
Best Original Screenplay, Alec Peters and Christian Gossett, Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Best Director, Christian Gossett, Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short FormAxanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
(52) Axanar wins three awards at the Scruffy City Film And Music Awards,
-Best Score 2015
-Best Sound Design 2015
-Best Composer 2015
(53) Axanar 'Best of Show" for May, 2015
(54) Prelude to Axanar nominated for a Geekie Award.
(55) (3:01) Prelude to Axanar wins 3 awards at The Zone International Film Festival 2015.
(56) Prelude to Axanar "Official Selection" for Sasquan International Film Festival.
(57) Prelude to Axanar, "Best Short Film" at the Gwinett Center International Film Festival. (August 10, 2015).
(58) New audiences means more success for Axanar Productions
(59) Prelude To Axanar wins best short film from Geekie Awards.
(60) Prelude to Axanar wins best fan film from FirstGlance Film Festivals (Hollywood, Philadelphia)
(61) Prelude to Axanar embedded in UK announcement of new CBS Star Trek series,

Looking forward, Articles anticipating Axanar

(1) It's a fan film, it won't be in theaters, unless it's a free showing in which they hope to sell you something ELSE.
(2)  Convention videos posted April, 2015
Houston, Tx: (1:26:10)
Fedcon, Germany, Pt. 1: (47:53)
Fedcon, Germany, Pt. 2: (58:29)
(3) Axanar offers regular updates on their progress.  Here is No. 24 which features James Cawley, who worked on TNG.  I have said that if Roddenberry is Star Trek's Abraham, Cawley is Jacob.  He runs Star Trek Phase II (formerly New Voyages), the first of the Star Trek Fan Film Series with high-end, Hollywood quality production values.

Axanar's Third Fundraiser, this time at Indiegogo, July 2015:
Segment of final movie: (4:09) or (3:02)  with Portuguese subtitles: (4:09);  For Russian speakers: (4:10)

Discussed here:

Select Production News Articles:
(1) Story also confirmed by Alec Peters: ; same story: also here: In Italian:
(2) Interview with J.G. Hertzler
(3) Write-up on success of fundraiser, how fans feel about Axanar,
(4)  Star Trek, fundraisers, science, Axanar:

Overview looks at awards, fundingraising, and prospects for Axanar, Dated Sept. 23, 2015:

Tony Todd Exits Axanar:

Axanar Presents - Nexum Mundi - A film made by the kids of Gwinnett County Nexum Mundi Trailer of student film

Nexum Mundi from Axanar. This movie was created by over 30 students from all over Gwinnett County. The script was written by Vince Barnett, and several video teachers supervised the production. Over 30 students participated from many different schools. We couldn’t have done it without Alec Peters and his amazing set at Ares Studios! (7:30) 28 Aug 2019.

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