Axanar: The Official Podcast

The New Host.

Alec Peters has been busy with production of the film Axanar ever since the settlement with CBS. While there have been many changes, including the final format and length of the film, as well as the location of production, one thing remains constant: Alec's determination to make a quality film.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Keith M. Sedor, your new host, sits down with Alec Peters to discuss the recent move of the studio, the current state of filming, the Kelvin timeline, and more!

Chapters
Introducing Keith M. Sedor (00:00:17) 
Axanar moves to Atlanta (00:01:50) 
The Hollywood Standard (00:03:30) 
OWC Studios (00:06:00) 
Use Our Sets (00:08:15) 
Axanar Production Update (00:10:45) 
Star Trek: Discovery, Canon, and Continuity (00:14:30) 
Re-Boots (00:16:20) 
The Multiverse (00:17:25) 
Trek Film Making From the Fans' Perspective (00:18:45) 
Lost Opportunities (00:20:10) 
Technological Innovation Comes From Silicon Valley (00:20:50) 
An Amazing Star Trek Trilogy (00:21:50) 
Finding Alec (00:22:30) 
Finding Keith (00:23:20) 
More Secrets on Axanar! (00:23:30)  

Hosts
Keith M. Sedor and Alec Peters

Guest
Benjamin Rockwell

Direct download: ax-046.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, hosts Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett report from the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. They talk about Other World Computing's new drive technology that was showcased at the convention, the upcoming move of the Axanar studios, as well as discussing sound design with Mark Edward Lewis, director of the Star Trek fan film "Mind Sifter," and sound designer for Prelude to Axanar.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 45 (00:00:00) 
Recorded Live from NAB (00:00:19) 
Welcome, Mark! (00:03:39) 
Choosing Music and the Role of Sound (00:06:37) 
Post (00:12:30) 
Mixing Prelude (00:14:35) 
Future of Blade of Honor (00:15:52)  
Final Thoughts (00:18:13)  

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Mark Edward Lewis

Direct download: ax-045.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

Remembering Richard Hatch.

Richard Hatch was best known for his portrayal as Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, a role that earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1979.  Throughout his career, he would star in many television and film roles including a stint on All My Children, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Star Trek fans know him as Kharn, the Klingon Commander from the film Prelude to Axanar.

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Alec Peters, Robert Meyer Burnett, and Diana Kingsbury share stories of their friend and mentor, Richard Hatch, who died on February 7th, 2017 due to pancreatic cancer.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 44 (00:00:00) 
Alec's Memories (00:01:17) 
Diana's Memories (00:03:28) 
Robert's Memories (00:04:23) 
He Was Youthful (00:06:49) 
Alec's Favorite Richard Story (00:10:14) 
Robert and Richard in the Car (00:16:05) 
Diana Remembers Richard and Disney Land (00:19:22) 
Moving Forward with Axanar (00:24:33)  
In the Hall of the Immortals (00:31:18)  


Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Diana Kingsbury 

Direct download: ax-044.mp3
Category:News -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

43: 2016: A Fan Film Odyssey

2016 Year in Review.

2016 was a year filed with highs and lows for the Axanar team. In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett are joined by Diana Kingsbury and Mike Bawden (in an interview recorded prior to the lawsuit settlement) to discuss the year in review for 2016. In the interview, they discuss the future of Axanar, the visual effects that have been completed, fulfillment of perks, and suspending the project for the trial.

In news, Alec and Robert talk about Star Trek: Discovery, a new Sarek, and Alec's recent trip to Europe.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 43 (00:00:00) 
News (00:00:40) 
Star Trek: Discovery (00:02:08) 
Sarek (00:06:50) 
A Tangent (00:08:08) 
Where Do We Go From Here? (00:09:20) 
2016 Year in Review (00:10:32) 
Taking a Look Forward (00:15:19) 
Fulfillment (00:17:32) 
2017 For Axanar (00:22:05)  
The Upcoming Case (00:27:12)  
Visual Effects (00:31:14)  
Suspending Production (0:34:38)  
Future Projects (00:36:20)  
Judge the Work (00:38:08)  
This Whole Thing Was About Quality (00:43:13)  
The Vulcan Scene (00:44:30)  
I Want the Fans to be Proud of Us (00:50:52)  
Final Thoughts (00:53:37)  

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guests
Diana Kingsbury and Mike Bawden

Direct download: ax-043.mp3
Category:Year in review -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

S1: Let's Drink to Our Mutual Dissatisfaction

Details on the Settlement.

In this special supplemental episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett are joined by Diana Kingsbury to discuss the settlement of the lawsuit with CBS and what it means for the future of the Axanar film.

Chapters
Welcome to the Supplemental (00:00:00) 
Current Fan Films (00:04:44) 
How Do We Move Forward? (00:07:14) 
An Unexplored Area of the Universe (00:10:28) 
The State of Axanar (00:11:48)   
Love From the Donors (00:15:52) 


Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Diana Kingsbury

Direct download: ax-s1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

42: Timeline Retro

Simon Lissaman Interview.

Since he was a small boy, Simon Lissaman has been drawing and painting, inspired by the fantasy worlds of Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Star Trek. A concept designer for films and games, toy design, illustration for print and web and model fabrication, Simon felt inspiration strike when he saw the short film, Prelude to Axanar, and immediately contacted Alec Peters to offer his assistance in creating the vision.

In this episode of the official Axanar Podcast, Peters is joined by Lissaman to discuss his design work for Axanar including a phasers, bat'leths, and costume design.
In news, Alec and Robert provide new details on the trial and disucss the release of Rogue One.

Chapters
Welcome to Episode 42 (00:00:00) 
News (00:02:45) 
Welcome, Simon! (00:13:35) 
A Time You Never Saw Before (00:16:05) 
The Phaser (00:19:36) 
Consistency (00:21:52) 
They All Worked Together (00:25:58) 
The Klingon Costume (00:27:36) 
The Bat'leth's(00:33:50) 
Simon's Other Designs (00:37:39) 
Simon's Real Life (00:39:34) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:23) 

Host
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Simon Lissaman

Direct download: ax-042.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

41: Basically, You Guys Build V'ger

Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey Interview.

OWC Digital have made amazing advances in computer hard drive technology by building drive arrays and writing the software to run them. These products allow users to edit large video files without any freezing of the hard drive, and OWC's mantra is that they build products and solutions to help people take their creativity further.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Bing Bailey, the digital imaging technician and digital colorist on Prelude to Axanar, and Larry O'Connor to discuss new technology from Other World Computing (OWC) and how its use will change high-definition film editing.


Chapters
Intro and Patches! (00:00:00) 
The Lawsuit (00:02:37) 
Recent Filming (00:05:51) 
Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey (00:12:31) 
Working with 5K Files (00:18:46) 
The Software Component (00:20:17) 
Differences between Hard Drive Types (00:24:23) 
How Does Drive Speed Help in Post Production? (00:27:17) 
Designed and Built in North America (00:33:48) 
Eight-Drive Thunderbolt 3 Arrays? (00:36:15) 
Final Thoughts (00:40:10) 

Hosts
Alec Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett

Guest
Larry O'Connor and Bing Bailey

Direct download: ax-041.mp3
Category:Video Production -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

40: From Our Perspective

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Retrospective.

It’s hard to believe that Star Trek has been around for 50 years. Also difficult to believe is that we remember watching those original stories when they first aired. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Axanar co-writer Bill Hunt to look back at half a century of adventures, discussing which episodes are their favorite from each series and what Star Trek means to them. But first, Alec provides an update on the ongoing lawsuit.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Lawsuit Update (00:00:51)
Ares Digital 2.0 (00:07:57)
What Does Star Trek Mean to You? (00:23:19)
Favorites from The Original Series (00:45:45)
Favorites from The Animated Series (00:52:04)
Favorites from The Next Generation (00:55:48)
Favorites from Deep Space Nine (01:03:20)
Favorites from Voyager (01:09:24)
Favorites from Enterprise (01:26:00)
Looking Ahead to Discovery (01:39:13)
Is Star Trek’s Utopia Possible? (01:49:52)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
Bill Hunt

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: ax-040.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22am MDT

39: Deconstructing Beyond

David Gerrold talks Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek fans eagerly awaited the release of the newest film with a mix of excitement and concern. After such widespread disappointment surrounded Into Darkness, how would the franchise be honored and portrayed in the year of its fiftieth anniversary? An initial trailer featuring music by The Beastie Boys was met with much hostility, and a few plot leaks created controversy in the fan community.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters sits down with David Gerrold, author of the classic episodes "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "The Cloud Minders," to talk about their opinions of Star Trek Beyond, the revelation about Sulu's sexuality, and how the character stories changed between the TV show and the movies. They discuss upcoming show, Star Trek: Discovery, and how they feel Star Trek films should have smaller budgets.

Plus, in news, Alec and Rob talk about Beyond and Discovery, and point out a few of their nitpicks about the movie.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Opinions of Star Trek Beyond (00:01:24)
Nitpicking (00:13:35)
Fuller and Discovery (00:18:25)
David Gerrold (00:31:58)
Sulu's Family (00:40:12)
Lower the Budget (00:47:41)
Television of the Sixties and the Triad (00:59:28)
Discovery (01:05:03)
Final Thoughts (01:14:10)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guest
David Gerrold

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: ax-039.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MDT

38: A Psychic Timeshare

The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game.

The story of Axanar was born of the role-playing game published by the FASA Corporation between 1982 and 1989. Many elements of the game have influenced later Star Trek, particularly John M. Ford’s supplement, The Klingons, published in 1983. But it was 1986’s Four Years War sourcebook and its companion campaign module “Return to Axanar” that would plant the seeds for the story of Prelude to Axanar and the film yet to come.

Is that material canon? To some it is, to others it is not. But it was licensed, and the amount of research that went into crafting it is incredible.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by two of the creators: John Theisen and Stephen Fender. John is the original author of the FASA Four Years War supplement, and Stephen penned the four-part novel series. Get set for a fascinating story of the history behind content made for fans, by fans, fueled by passion.

But first, Rob and Alec recount the night of May 20, the Star Trek Beyond fan event, and a little something that JJ Abrams and Justin Lin said while up on stage.

News
JJ, Lin, and the Lawsuit (00:03:59)

Feature: The Making of the FASA Role Playing Game
Meeting John and Stephen (00:24:45)
Finding FASA (00:28:08)
John Ford’s Klingons (00:30:55)
Researching and Writing for FASA (00:35:21)
Studio Involvement in FASA (00:42:14)
It Came from a Game (00:44:26)
A Multitude of Stories (00:54:55)
Canon or Not Canon (01:01:01)
Fueled by Passion (01:10:54)
Closing (01:19:013)

Hosts
Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

Guests
John A. Theisen and Stephen Fender

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: ax-038.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:23am MDT