Star Trek Reviewed is not about making Star Trek Fan Films; it's about watching them. However, if none were made, there would be none to watch.
In light of that This Page is now dedicated to links to help and advice for people who make, or would like to make Star Trek Fan Films.
In June 2016, CBS issues the first ever Guidelines for Star Trek Fan Filmmakers. You can read them here: http://www.startrek.com/fan-films.
The meaning of these Guidelines was greatly clarified in this podcast: http://www1.play.it/audio/engage-the-official-star-trek-podcast/ which spends over an hour, most of it on self-congratulations rather than clarification.
A Full Transcript of the Podcast: https://trekfanproductions.com/fanproductionsblogs/engagepodcasttranscript/
A summary of the substance of this broadcast was produced by James Heaney and posted here: http://www.trekbbs.com/threads/cbss-john-van-citters-interviewed-about-the-guidelines.281808/.
Patty Wright has stated that some additional clarification came from some other discussions, in which fan filmmakers can create more than two films as long as they each have their own title and are not labeled as a series. She was not clear about whether they may follow the same characters. https://www.facebook.com/sergio.ge.molina/posts/10208524702747821?comment_id=10208530272287056&reply_comment_id=10208534380029747¬if_t=feed_comment_reply¬if_id=1467738576495917
Video commentary against the guidelines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xUNzdToRM (14:11)
On 4/11/2017, the Brazilian Star Trek Fan Club formerly known as Starfleet Brazil received notice from CBS that they could not use the word, "Starfleet" in their club title, something they had done for 15 years. There was a lot of discussion in the thread about whether CBS could legally stop them, given the many variations in 20th Century literature on such groups, e.g., Star Command, and the possibility that the word "Starfleet" predated Star Trek. Discussion is here: https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/cbs-banned-the-use-of-the-name-starfleet.287240/
These folk are restoring a TNG-era (Silver Age) bridge http://newstarship.com/. The website comments no longer make it sound like they might allow a fan film to use it, but the subject is not discussed directly.
Other guidance, previously at Blog 249, including everything from filmmaking tips to prior understandings of what CBS demanded, are set out below:
Starfleet Studios offers backgrounds for green screens and other help with Silver Age Fan Trek, http://starfleetstudios.com/
Starbase Studios offers a TOS-era Star Trek bridge for use by Star Trek Fan Filmmakers. They are continuing to build sets, and now also have a sickbay. Check their calendar for availability for your Star Trek Fan Film shoot. They are moving to Mountain Home, Ark as of Dec., 2016.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StarbaseStudios
Go Fund Me page to build more sets: https://www.gofundme.com/mccbq798
Media coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70SrgwlVj-Q
Information for building your own Star Trek sets:
Build your own TOS Captain's chair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaVi06DaTk0 (37:20)
In addition, there are TOS sets in Ticonderoga, New York and Georgia, and there is a movie-era set in Alabama. The sets in Oklahoma and Georgia are discussed here: http://www.warpedspacescifi.com/#!Two-Indie-Star-Trek-Studios-You-Should-Know-About/c1twa/F4AAABB7-681E-4F71-91D8-2216B502553F
A source of downloadable art for animating ships: http://metlesitsfleetyards.deviantart.com/gallery/
mobile transporter... or electric road flares... http://emergencyroadflares.com/turboflareAA.htm
mobile transporter... or electric road flares... http://emergencyroadflares.com/turboflareAA.htm
An article about location shoots: http://www.indiewire.com/article/8-tips-for-location-shooting-on-a-budget-20150629
Patty Wright says it is based on her post, here: http://www.trekbbs.com/showpost.php?p=7097665&postcount=36
These You Tube videos discuss how You Tube handles and resolves copyright claims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b0aEoxqqC0 (3:10)
This You Tube video tells how to adjust privacy settings whether to share an incomplete film with members of the production group or to upload and check a film before releasing it to the public: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaSM_xcmkOI (1:02)
Star Trek "Fan Film" Resources page on Facebook (you have to get somebody to help you get into it, but it's there. Contact another filmmaker. This may come up 'page not available') https://www.facebook.com/groups/661629063854564/
CBS owes other people money if you use their music. They are, therefore, more likely to take down your video if you use their music. These composers have created music for Star Trek Fan Films. Talk to them instead:
1) Mark Gosney
Composer for Film, TV, and Games.
Berklee College of Music Educated
As of 9/12/2015 he was scoring Star Trek: Ressurection
2) Wendell Jones | Composer for Media
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Here is a list of films he has already scored: http://wendell-jones.com/credits/. If you look down the page, you will find some older Star Trek Fan Films and Fan Audio productions.
3) Sam Dillard
Scores include The Romulan Wars and Star Trek: Red Squad.
Star Trek Fan Films United: http://trek-fanfilms-united.proboards.com/
Star Trek Fan Film Production page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/506785836011405/
Note Bene: Fan films must include a disclaimer acknowledging the ownership of CBS and some other conditions. Posting a film without whatever the correct formula is at the time you post it is asking for trouble.
Useful threads at the Trek BBS:
Fan Film Writer's Primer http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=141391
Radio Drama suggestions: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=277287Fan Filmmaker's Primer http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=133417
The later cites this You Tube channel which has a number of films about filmmaking, not just fan filmmaking: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilmmakerIQcom/videos
About getting the most out of You Tube: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=239914
Maurice Molyneaux's editing job on the last Act of Starship Exeter's long-delayed TTI, discussed in detail here: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=253834
Book About Filmmaking, generally: http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/the-official-65-step-film-production-checklist/
Thread about film equipment: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=277320
About audio quality: http://www.myspace.com/alcoveaudio/blog
Better recording: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/techniques-help-you-record-better-location-sound
Sound effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6NTzNBhw5I (15:28)
Ten Audio Mistakes That Will Kill Your Film:
Part 1: http://www.cinemasound.com/ten-things-will-kill-film-part-1/
NASA recordings of 'sound' in space samples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MmWeZHsQzs#t=405 (7:00). These recordings are NOT copyrighted.
More from NASA: http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/10/nasa-posts-huge-library-space-sounds-youre-free-use/
Editing on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKgVm7DkNX0 (0:51)
Free editing software: http://www.videosoftdev.com/free-video-editor/download
Information about Vulcan language and culture:
Old: http://vulcanlanguage.tumblr.com/ (but still up Feb. 2014 when this was posted)
New: http://vulcanlanguageofficial.tumblr.com/ (but not yet up when posted)
Ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycKQE_50QdM (29:30)
A collection of pictures of costumes and body features of an assortment of Star Trek cultures: http://1701stcac.imgur.com/
Meez for Star Trek: http://beta.meez.com/meez/avatarSelector?ref=startrek
CGI for Trek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BfvfXwd2MI (2:37:30)
3D Live Action Equipment: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=238276
Animation software for making Fan Animations: (far from a complete list)
Xtranormal (possibly going out of business)
Go!Animate (TOS characters are no longer standard)
This is an interview with J. D. Payne about how he landed the job of writing JJA Trek III. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnOmQrCVaq0 (7:36)
You Tube How To Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCZ-cxfxzvk (0:56)
Another You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVDc9_PEC30 (2:54)
Uploading a transcript and getting automatic timing for it from You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfuchTRTLGU (1:13)
Software For subtitling (Sergio Molina recommended this software and stated on 5/10/2014) : "Subtitle Edit" for Windows or "Jubler" for Mac. You can synchronize quite easy with them. They are free and very visual.
Script writing and formatting software:
Free: https://www.celtx.com/index.html https://www.celtx.com/services.html
Some prefer to pay for Final Draft which is used in the film industry https://www.finaldraft.com/ . People do also use MS Word. There is also Trebly. http://www.trelby.org/ review: http://adamyamada.com/trelby-best-final-draft-alternative/ All discussed in the Fan Film Writer's Primer thread at the Trek BBS.
Filmmaker checklist: http://www.freefilmmakingbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Filmmaking_Checklist_Filmmaking_Stuff1.pdf
More on Crowdfunding: https://www.stage32.com/blog/3-Crowdfunding-Mistakes-That-Will-Cost-You-Thousands
5 Tips for Beating the Crowdfunding Odds: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250842?utm_source=One+Spark+List&utm_campaign=2a0b6efb22-Spark_Blend_Oct_1_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_da83fc2459-2a0b6efb22-327150009&mc_cid=2a0b6efb22&mc_eid=266e96ae34
Best hours to post to You Tube: http://www.tubefilter.com/2015/01/12/best-days-times-to-post-youtube-videos-yearly-calendar/
Awards: Treklandia is now giving out awards for Star Trek Fan Film. It plans on doing so on an annual basis. The basis for submission are set out here: http://www.trektrax.org/ Additional information I got from their Facebook page:
Awards will be presented in nine categories, including Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form; Best Director; Best Actor/Actress; Best Supporting Actor/Actress; Best Original Screenplay; Best Soundtrack; Best Visual Effects; and Best Production Design. Long Form includes fan films with a running time of 31 minutes or longer; Short Form fan films run 30 minutes or less.
Facebook Page for Awards: https://www.facebook.com/groups/760450634041849/762059160547663/?notif_t=group_activity