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Fan-Film Guidelines: This Is What Compromise Looks Like

A few think they are harsh, but really, it could've been worse

Growing up, and even through most of my adult life, I've never been the biggest fan of rules. I'm not sure why ... in a way, non-conformity is one of the things that, in my mind at least, makes us human and separates us from the rest of the animals. When CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures released their fan-film guidelines last week, that first instinct of rebellion first popped up. Restricted to 15 minutes. Crowdfunding limited to $50,000. You can't use an ...
 | Jun-29-2016 | 
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It's Time For Fan-Films To Take A Stand

Whether you're for or against, stop hiding and weigh in

I haven't exactly been a dedicated follower of fan-films, but as someone who is passionate about Star Trek fandom, I would follow their progress occasionally, and give kudos when kudos were due. But since CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures filed a massive copyright infringement suit against fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters, I have learned far more about fan-films than I thought was even possible to absorb. And a lot of it is good — these are fans, after all, many times playing Star Trek with a YouTube audience. Even Vic Mignogna will admit his "Star Trek Con ...
 | Apr-27-2016 | 
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CBS Reportedly Shuts Down Second Fan-Film

Fundraising for 'Star Trek: Horizon' sequel was to have started next week

Have Star Trek fan-films finally met their fate? With CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures continuing its copyright infringement lawsuit against the fan-film "Star Trek: Axanar," at least one of the studios has reportedly forced a second fan-film project to pull the plug. "Star Trek: Federation Rising," the recently announced sequel to the fan-film "Star Trek: Horizon" released last February by Tommy Kraft, has been shut down before it could even get off the ground. "E ...
 | Apr-21-2016 | 
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It's Blooper Time For 'Star Trek: Horizon'

Fan-film shows some of its behind-the-scenes antics

More than 850,000 people have seen "Star Trek: Horizon," the fan-film that continues the story started by "Star Trek: Enterprise." And now those fans (and even new ones) have a chance to see a little behind behind the scenes.Producer Tommy Kraft has released some of the bloopers and other outtakes from the film, which launched online in February. The overall production cost less than $50,000, and most of the settings used were virtually created using computer-generated images. Th ...
 | Apr-11-2016 | 
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Fuller, Fan-Films And More On SciFi Weekly Podcast Visit

Michael Hinman stops by to discuss the world of Trek with Matt Miller

He doesn't do it very often, but 1701News editor-in-chief Michael Hinman made an appearance over the weekend on the SciFi Weekly video podcast, hosted by TrekZone's Matt Miller.Just like the Romulans in Tommy Kraft's upcoming fan-film "Star Trek: Horizon" (which the two discuss), Hinman didn't show his face. But who knows, maybe next time.The longtime entertainment journalist did share insights on Bryan Fuller's ascension as showrunner for the new untitled Star Trek series, as well as some ...
 | Feb-15-2016 | 
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What Does A Fan Film Need With $2 Million?

Robert Meyer Burnett is out of touch with how to marry filmmaking with fandom

A few nights ago when Robert Meyer Burnett messaged me out of the blue on social media, I wasn't quite sure how to react. I mean, here is the man who so entertained me back in the late 1990s with "Free Enterprise," a fun film that starred William Shatner as an alternate version of himself, and celebrating Star Trek fandom with the likes of Rafer Wiegel and a pre-"Will & Grace" Eric McCormack. Such a wonderful script written by Burnett and Mark A. Altman, and it was probably one of the first times I really felt like it was truly OK to be a Star Trek fan. So speaking out ...
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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Final Trailer For 'Star Trek: Horizon' Fan-Film

Feature-length production from Tommy Kraft set for Feb. 28 release

It's three years in the making, and cost less than $50,000. Yet many fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the fan-film "Star Trek: Horizon" on Feb. 28.Written, directed and produced by young filmmaker Tommy Kraft, continuing the story from "Star Trek: Enterprise" has been a dream of his since the show's cancellation more than a decade ago, when he was just a teenager.Now, just a year before the events depicted in the final episode of "Enterprise," Kraft brings the historical Romulan War to life ... but with a twist.Check ...
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Producers Finally Speak Out On Axanar Lawsuit

Tommy Kraft, James Cawley, Christian Gossett among those sharing tough love

Shocking observers, fans — and according to at least four different sources, the studios themselves — "Star Trek: Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams publicly inserted himself into a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday night declaring his support for the fan-film being sued. However, in an effort to defend fan-films, Abrams might have actually riled up many of those very fan-film communities not attached to "Star Trek: Axanar." "There was a fan movie, 'Axanar,' that was getting made ...
 | May-22-2016 | 
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1701News' Living Story Archive Of Axanar Lawsuit

Need to start from the beginning? You can do it right here!

Reading 1701News coverage of the copyright infringement lawsuit CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed against Axanar Productions and its principal, Alec Peters, and wishing you could start from the beginning of the story? Well, this page is where you do it. Read all of our stories, from the beginning of the lawsuit right up to our latest story. This page will be continuously updated with new stories as they're posted (look at the bottom for the latest, since we're presenting this in chronological order). Also, we're including some of our commentaries about the lawsuit, s ...
 | May-15-2016 | 
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Private Donations Push Fan-Film To Goal

Crowdfunding falls short for 'Continues,' but show must go on

The campaign to raise $350,000 felt more like the unbeatable Kobayashi Maru, especially over the last few weeks. But leave it to Capt. Kirk — or at least his "Star Trek Continues" alter ego Vic Mignogna — to find a way to save the day. A crowdfunding effort to raise those hundreds of thousands of dollars ended Thursday, pulling in just under $200,000 — or 57 percent of its goal. Where fans expected this could put future episodes of the fan-film series in danger, Mignogna had surprising news: "Continues" met its goal through private donations outside of the IndieGoGo campaign. ...
 | May-6-2016 | 
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