Axanar: The Official Podcast

The Year In Review.

2014 ended in a way we never imagined when the first Axanar Kickstarter was launched. What began in the spring as a project to create a unique fan film that was a notch above what had been done before turned into a juggernaut. Support for Prelude to Axanar was incredible, but what came afterwards was unbelievable. Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, Axanar has transformed into a professional studio production that shows the power of Star Trek fans as well as their thirst for great storytelling.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters look back at the year that was, how the initial steps were planned and executed, the appeal of Axanar, and how a devoted community has turned this dream into a movement. We also delve into the future of Star Trek, where the franchise might go on television, and what we’d like to see in the years to come.

In our news segment we bring you an update on Ares Studios, learn about the upcoming Propworx Star Trek auction, and find out what Alec was doing along with many of our favorite Trek actors as they stepped back in time to the Mercury Theatre on the Air.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Update (00:00:46)

New Propworx Star Trek Auction (00:02:51)

Alec in The War of the Worlds (00:06:01)

 

Feature: The Year In Review

Looking Back (00:08:48)

The Initial Kickstarter Process (00:10:03)

The Appeal of the Story (00:17:13)

The Star Trek Universe is Real! (00:23:07)

Creating Axanar and Kickstarter Lessons (00:30:01)

The Rise of the Axanar Community (00:33:46)

The Literally Element (00:41:25)

Star Trek’s Future (00:47:35)

Summing Up Axanar’s 2014 (00:58:59)

Closing (01:01:05)

 

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16: Just Beam In the Carpet

Modeling the Ares.

 

Seeing your favorite ships on screen is wonderful, but being able to build them yourself, bringing them to life in 3D, is even better. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters are joined by Dennis St. Pierre of Starcraft Models to learn about the manufacturing process of the Ares garage kit, how Dennis first encountered Axanar, and plans for the Klingon D6 and future ships. Alec and Rob also bring you an update on the new studio space and plans for renovation.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Dennis St. Pierre

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Ares Studios Renovation Plans (00:00:56)

 

Feature: Modeling the Ares

How the Kit Came to Be (00:07:32)

More About Dennis and Starcraft Models (00:09:14)

Greenlighting the Kit (00:12:57)

Manufacturing the Ares (00:15:09)

The D6 and Lighting Models (00:20:20)

Future Axanar Kits (00:23:05)

Closing (00:30:32)

 

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15: Stepping Into Eden

The New Studio and More.

A lot has happened for Axanar to close out 2014, and as we transition to a new and exciting year we bring you up to date. In this episode of the official Axanar podcast Christopher Jones passes the hosting baton over to Robert Meyer Burnett who then digs deep into the key developments that have set Axanar up to find the essence of Star Trek. In fact, we discover that independent productions may just be a way of life! Find out about the new Ares Studios in Valencia—soon to be home to Axanar sets and the sci-fi film school—plans for production, the thirty-mile rule, and catch up on the status of the Axanar Blu-ray and DVD development with the producer himself.

 

Hosts

Robert Meyer Burnett and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Introducing Ares Studios and Production Framework (00:02:47)

Production Transmission: Acting Class (00:14:28)

These Are The Voyages and Ares Model Kit (00:18:09)

More Axanar Model Kits on the Way? (00:23:37)

Axanar Blu-ray and DVD (00:25:04)

High-End Donors and Associate Producers (00:30:53)

Sci-fi Film School (00:32:51)

It’s a Way of Life (00:35:27)

Thoughts on Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 2016 (00:39:27)

Axanar Books (00:42:59)

Closing (00:45:16)

 

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Visual Effects with Adam Howard.

Prelude to Axanar has been praised for its visuals, but it is only the beginning of what Axanar has in store for Star Trek fans. As we move toward the full film, the VFX team is stepping up its game with the addition of EMMY Award winner Adam Howard, who worked on all four post-TOS Star Trek series as well as First Contact and Insurrection. 

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Adam to discuss his work in Star Trek, what drew him to Axanar, creating VFX on a limited budget, and his visions for The Four Years War.

In our news segment we find out about more exciting potential additions to the Axanar creative team, including costume designer Robert Blackman and Voyager assistant director Mike DeMeritt, get updates on the Ares Studios sound stage, and learn what Alec and Christian were up to in their recent script meeting.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Adam Howard

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek veteran Mike DeMeritt talks to the Axanar team (00:00:43)

Ares Studios sound stage news (00:02:41)

Robert Blackman bringing costume design to Axanar? (00:05:21)

Alec and Christian hunker down for a script meeting (00:06:57)

 

Feature: Visual Effects with Adam Howard

How Adam Became Involved in Axanar (00:12:22)

Working on Past Star Trek (00:16:06)

VFX on a Budget (00:21:06)

Thinking About the Script (00:30:11)

Visions for the Visual Effects of Axanar (00:33:33)

Closing (00:37:19)

 

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13: Changing Your Horizon

Set Design with John Iacovelli.

Axanar may look more like a large studio production than an independent one, but the incredible work we’ve seen has been done on an extremely limited budget. Bringing aboard talent that knows how to work within those constraints is part of the magic; and few know how to do this better than Emmy Award-winner John Iacovelli, series production designer on Babylon 5.

In this episode of the official Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by John to find out how he came to sign on to the production, the challenges of and approaches to working with small budgets, what has influenced his approach to design, and his visions for Axanar.

In our news segment we get the latest on the search for the home of Ares Studios, Aaron Dembski-Bowden joining the team to write the novelization of Axanar, plans for a behind-the-scenes videocast by Alec and Robert Meyer Burnett, and Alec explains why the Star Trek branding is being removed from Axanar.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

John Iacovelli

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Ares Studios space search update (00:00:49)

New camera and plans for behind-the-scenes Axanar videocast (00:05:13)

Aaron Dembski-Bowden to write Axanar novelization (00:07:23)

Removal of Star Trek branding from Axanar (00:10:35)

 

Feature: Set Design with John Iacovelli

How John Became Involved in Axanar (00:13:57)

Working with Small Budgets (00:22:12)

John’s Design Influences (00:28:43)

Visions for the Production Design of Axanar (00:31:45)

Closing (00:38:49)

 

 

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12: Orchestral Flourishes

Composing the Music of Axanar with Alexander Bornstein.

The visual and sound design of Axanar is incredible, but without a full musical score the experience of The Four Years War would be quite different. Many great composers have guided the sound of Star Trek over the decades, each bringing their own unique flavor while at the same time maintaining a common, special feel that tells viewers as once that what they are hearing is Trek. With Axanar, that proud history continues with the talents of Alexander Bornstein.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Alex to learn about his musical training, his time working under Bear McCreary, his approach to composing for Prelude to Axanar, the classical and film influences on his music, and his plans for the full Axanar film.

In our news segment we learn about the new warehouse space that may become Axanar Studios, the first design meeting with John Iacovelli, and more discussions on fleshing out the creative team that will bring the rest of the Axanar story to life.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Alexander Bornstein

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Checking out a new studio space (2:30)

Updates on creative meetings and new team members (6:02)

 

Feature: Composing the Music of Axanar with Alexander Bornstein

Discovering Alex (16:31)

Alex’s Star Trek Fandom and Influences (22:17)

The Process of Composing Axanar (25:43)

Classical Inspirations (33:22)

Planning the Sound of the Full Film (38:19)

Closing (45:38)

 

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11: Wear Your Ribbons Inside

J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis.

In Star Trek: Axanar, the story of The Four Years War is told from both the Federation and Klingon sides of the conflict. And while the USS Ares plays a central role in the war efforts—guided by the reluctant yet inspiring commander Kevlar Garth—other Starfleet figures are key to victory. One of these is Samuel Travis, one of the most senior captains in the fleet. Garth's actions during the war capturing the respect of Travis, a man of few words but an inspiring presence himself.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by the man behind Travis, none other than J.G. Hertzler, to learn more about his approach to the character, what drew him to the project, the inspiration for Travis, and J.G.'s own life experiences that play into the role.

In our news segment we get an update from Alec on more "crewing up" as Babylon 5 legend John Iacovelli beings his Emmy Award-winning design talent to Axanar.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

J.G. Hertzler

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

John Iacovelli joins the Axanar creative team (00:52)

 

Feature: J.G. Hertzler talks Samuel Travis

Signing On to Axanar (4:29)

Playing a Human for a Change (13:40)

Inspirations for Captain Travis (18:20)

Collaborating On Character Development (24:08)

Future Directions for Travis (32:26)

What's Next for J.G.? (35:10)

Closing (38:05) 

 

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10: Where's My Stuff?

Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury.

We all donate to Axanar first and foremost to help create an amazing film. But let's be honest… those perks are pretty cool, too. From patches to programs, CDs to Blu-rays, Axanar isn't just a movie—it's a full-on Star Trek experience. Getting those goodies out to donors, however, is an even bigger task than you might think. And leading the charge is none other than Diana Kingsbury, Fulfillment Director.

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Diana to talk about the process from donation to actual shipment of perks. Find out how Kickstarter collects the required information, how BackerKit plays into the process, and, of course, when your stuff will be heading your way!

In our news segment we get an update on the rewriting of the Axanar film script, an autograph party that featured a blossoming bromance between Richard and Gary, and some potentially exciting news for fans of Babylon 5.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Diana Kingsbury

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:02)

Autograph Session (4:32)

Could Babylon 5 be lending a hand to Axanar? (8:25)

 

Feature: Perks Fulfillment with Diana Kingsbury

Overview of the process and BackerKit (14:01)

Collected Information, Missing Information (21:23)

The Role of the Donor Store (30:32)

Closing (36:39)

 

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9: Where's the Badmiral Patch?

Patch Design with Thomas Marrone.

Some of the most popular perks from the Axanar Kickstarters have been the beautiful patches created for the Ares Class Development Project, the various fleets, and more. The final embroidered patches are great, but have you ever wondered how these designs go from original concept to your mailbox?

In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by Thomas Marrone, designer of the patches, to talk about the inspiration, the process of design, and special considerations when creating an intricate patch that must translate from screen to fabric. Plus, in our news segment, we learn more about the live cast makeup video, the ongoing evolution of the Axanar script, and the Donors' Store than it now open to those who have already backed the project.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Guest

Thomas Marrone

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Script development update (1:14)

Live cast makeup video update (7:11)

Axanar Donors' Store now open (8:18)

 

Feature: Patch Design with Thomas Marrone

Overview of the Patches (11:25)

Thomas, Design, and Star Trek Online (14:08)

Inspiration for the Patches (15:56)

The Process of Creating a Patch (22:19)

Where Are the Klingon Patches? (29:57)

Patch Design Challenges (31:46)

Future Plans (33:56)

Closing (38:20)

 

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8: Crewing Up!

Pre-Production Begins!

Prelude to Axanar has raised the level of expectations for independent Star Trek productions and generated excitement not only amongst fans but in the media as well. After the amazing short, fans are eagerly anticipating the full-length film. What does the full Axanar have in store for us? A few tidbits are now at hand as pre-production has begun! In this episode of the official Star Trek: Axanar podcast, Alec Peters and Christopher Jones are joined by director Christian Gossett to find out what's happened so far in pre-production, from some new casting to the evolution of the script. Diana Kingsbury even makes an off-mic guest appearance! (Listen and see if you can spot her.) Plus, in our news, segment we get an update from Alec about initial makeup tests for the full Axanar film and preparations for Comikaze.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Alec Peters

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

News

Visiting Makeup Effects Lab (0:56)

Preparing for Comikaze (4:01)

 

Feature: Pre-Production

First Steps (6:52)

Casting: Ana Alexander (8:40)

Makeup Tests (10:41)

Other Aliens We May See In Axanar (13:09)

Evolution of the Script (16:34)

Getting the Crew In Place (26:44)

Final Thoughts (32:50)

Closing (36:13)

 

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