G & T Show 204 – Fan Production Target Practice
G & T Show 204 – Fan Production Target Practice is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with yet another show over flowing with the latest news from all around the Star Trek Universe. News, Products, Games, Conventions, and Fan Productions are some of the topics discussed this week. Check it out and join in on the fun.
They kick off this week’s show with the usual introductions with a Mad Max flair. They discuss Betazoid weddings before jumping straight into Coffee Klatch. Nick has been busy with work dealing with the upcoming end of the fiscal year and the class action lawsuit. Mike talks about the issues that has been keeping him from logging into the website. Now, that they have been resolved, he has had a chance to work on the site, smooth out some rough edges, and generally, make improvements all the way around. He’s also created some new bumpers for the show that they will be using for the show in the near future. Nick talks about playing with Minecraft with Janice and how someone got lost while building a mine. They talk about Death Wish and Bad Ass Coffee.
They go into Star Trek News. First off, Federation of Beer has released their next beer, Genesis Effect, Red IPA produced for them by Schaltz Beer. Nick wishes Thomas the Cat a happy birthday.
Terry moves them along to Star Trek Product News. This week they talk about some of the new Star Trek items that are now available through Cafe Press, including a wide range of bath mats, shower currents, and beach blankets. Terry talks about the license Cafe Press picked up from CBS to sell Star Trek branded products with CBS picking up a cut of the profits. They talk about some of the items that caught their attention. For people with Android phones, Swype now has several new Star Trek themes available to buy from their theme store. Get Swype from the Google Play Store. Mike is already picking it up.
Returning to Star Trek News, Terry mentions that Ron Perlman and Peter Weller are co-staring in Skin Trade, which is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Speaking of films, Nick is reminded about several articles that came out this week, talking about Axanar. The first one, Nick thought was pretty balanced, but the others were more critical. Mike mentions some of the conversations he has had with people wondering why Axanar is being attacked. Nick says that they are not being attacked, the bigger projects are receiving more scrutiny. They aren’t looked at in the same way as others.
Terry is annoyed by reporters that don’t do their homework. Nick clarifies that they are not attacking Axanar, but are merely reporting on what is out there. They are staying neutral. They have good friends in all of these productions and support them all. Mike mentions that they have tried to secure interviews with all of the productions and sometimes, they haven’t worked out, but that doesn’t mean that they are excluding any of them. Nick mentions that they had Axanar’s uniforms hanging in our booth, while a person from another production was there as well.
Terry returns to her initial post about journalistic research. She talks about some of the issues she has with the articles. She points out that CBS has not given Axanar their blessing, although at least two of the articles imply that they have through their silence. Terry warns that CBS could shut down any production at any time. Because the production house isn’t making any money, some of the people behind the production could be and even the investors or donors could be receiving a benefit that could be violating the unspoken rule of not making money from the production. They talk about the Aliens production that was shut down not long ago.
Axanar is the titantic of fan films. Their latest fundraiser hit half a million shortly after the Indiegogo closed. What they have seen of Axanar this far has been great and is worth every penny. Because of the amount of money involved, Axanar has become the greatest target of journalists. PF Dennis and Mike mention an idea of developing a sort of license for these mega-productions. Terry says it would never happen, because any kind of license would legitimize the production and cause turmoil in the fan communities.
Terry speculates about Bad Robot’s contract, preventing the production of a new series, unless it is one taking place within the Alternate Universe. Mike draws the conclusion that perhaps CBS may be looking to produce a Prime Universe once the contract has run its course.
Returning to the original topic, Axanar has the biggest profile and is also the biggest target. Nick discusses his annoyance that some fans are quick to point fingers and shift blame to other fan productions for anything that comes out against their production of choice. They congratulation Axanar for being in the public eye. Terry asks about what Axanar will be producing. Mike explains what he knows about how they are planning to produce the film. They have the money to produce at least half the film, which they had broken up into four parts along each act to make sure they reach their goal. It will mean more fundraisers in the future before the entire film is completed. Terry doesn’t think they will have a problem earning the remaining funds if the quality of the first half of the film is of the same quality as the Vulcan teaser that had been initially released.
Nick describes Continues as a different animal compared to some of the other productions out there. Terry mentions James Cawley’s efforts as the godfather of fan productions. He has gotten involved with the creation of a local convention in Ticonderoga. He was interviewed by NPR. She praises Phase II and compares it more closely to Continues than it does with Axanar. Mike uses an analogy of comparing two different types of apples, when Phase II and Continues are compared. But, compare either of those productions with Axanar, and now you’re comparing apples to oranges. They are all similar, in that they are all fruit, but different enough that they can’t really be compared. Mike does go on to compare apples to apples by talking about some of the differences between Phase II and Continues to help illustrate his point. Terry congratulates James once again and praises him for his attention to detail in the development of their sets. Mike wants someone to develop TNG sets for TNG-era fan productions. Terry agrees and adds that she would also like to see Enterprise era sets developed as well for the Romulan War.
Mike talks about the latest fan productions. He starts with Pacific 201 and talks about their progress so far. Next, he talks about the Janeway Chronicles kickstarter that has launched. Nick adds that the first episode of Drunken Star Trek was released this weekend. They talk about the latest episode. Mike gives a general synopsis of their premise. Nick and Mike both enjoyed it, but it is not suitable for work. The production has little to no budget, but it doesn’t make it any less fun. It’s well worth checking out.
Terry talks about a news item that came out talking about William Shatner and his next project to write the biography of Leonard Nimoy. It will probably go hand in hand with the For the Love of Spock documentary. Nick was pleased that there wasn’t any more trash talk from Takei. They hope that it has finally come to an end.
Nick mentions a comment he saw this week comparing Into Darkness to the Kobashi Maru for fans. With that they move into this week’s movie news. Terry doesn’t have the link for an article with Simon Pegg talked about his disappointment that someone had snuck onto the set and took some spoilery pictures. Elba also tweeted some teases of his costume. Terry thinks his tweet was pre-approved. Bad Robot has a reputation that came out because of Into Darkness that makes fans want to know what is coming to make sure it is something they want to see. Fans are jaded and cynical.
Mike mentions that Minions have crossed a billion dollars. Mike thinks it’s the 8th time its happened this year, and the third time it’s happened for Universal, but he also didn’t have the article. Terry talks about some Fathom events that are coming. The first is a trio of dates featuring the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings films. Nick talks about Rotten Tomatoes scores for several films.
She then talks about the high-definition TNG episodes on Netflix and the possibility of a remastered DS9 is not completely dead yet. There’s a possibility that we will see them in the future. Mike mentions that the HD TNG on Netflix has several errors and artifacts that were evident in the blu-ray edition have been repaired in the netflix versions of the episodes. It was a TrekCore article that he didn’t have handy. Terry praises TrekCore for their relationship with Star Trek.com and CBS.
They move on to Convention News. The tickets for STLV 2016 have not yet been put up for sale. Terry suspects they are looking for a way for their servers to handle the demand. They think they will sell out in minutes, similarly to Comic Con. She goes on to say that the rooms at the Rio have not sold out yet and the room code is still valid. At least three of the nights (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) are sold out, but the remaining nights should still be available through the discount code. She then talks about the alternative hotels in the area, including the Gold Coast and the Palms across the street and some of the amenities of those other hotels.
Terry goes over the guest list that have already been announced for 2016. Michael Westmore will be doing a Borg presentation. Nick shares a little something on Max Grodénchik. Terry continues with the list and earns a few surprised grunts from Nick. Mike quickly mentions that Jonathan Frakes will be on Face Off this week with Michael Dorn.
Nick talks about Hartford Comic Con that he will be attending with Janice. He goes over their guest list. That will be on September 19th and 20th. Then, on September 25th through the 27th, they will be attending Baltimore Comic Con. After those conventions, Nick will be launching the Gettysburg’s Address for Busy Little Beaver Productions. It will be a monthly comic book and comic movie themed podcast. Janice will be helping him out with some of them.
Terry returns to STLV and talks about the snag she experienced in getting their booths for next year. The rumor is that they are going to be redoing the vendor’s room for next year. Until they reorganize the vendor’s room, we are unable to secure our booths. A rumor suggests that there may be a media or podcast row added to the convention. They don’t know what is going to happen and are hoping they will have get all of the room they need, since they were originally planning to get a double booth in 2016. Terry talks about her experiences trying to preorder. Nick hopes that the media row would be in the vendor’s room. Mike hopes it’s a good spot inside the vendor’s room. Terry hopes that it will have the things they need. She knows its a new thing for Creation, and is concerned about the situation.
Mike mentions that Sesame Street did their own comic con, Numeric Con, that had muppets dressed in various costumes and they even featured a character dressed as Kirk that did a good impersonation of William Shatner.
They move on to gaming news. Terry starts off with the recent trouble some people have had trying to log into STO. Mike and Terry both have not been able to get in, but Nick has had no issues. The issue isn’t being addressed on Twitter or through STO’s official channels. Mike had heard it was affecting North America, but Nick and others were not affected. Nick and Terry finished Crystalline Entity. Mike is getting closer but hasn’t finished it yet. Terry talks about the effort Laughing Trendy does to manage the STO community, but when she takes the weekend off, there needs to be someone else to acknowledge the issues that may come out during the weekend.
Mike quickly sends a shout out to Paul and his new podcast, The Author’s Outpost. Nick talks about Zero and a dream that she mentioned had both Nick and Terry in it. Terry talks Foundry. It’s still operable. Zero is the producer of the Foundry. Starbase UGC is also working on a new Foundry series. They discuss Foundry, Paul, and more. It has been a long time they had talked about Foundry, because it seemed to be dying, but Zero and Tumorboy have been adding assets to the Foundry for a while now. She hopes that this may be an indication that the Foundry will make a comeback.
Terry finishes up with this week’s news. Mike points out the plethora of Star Trek articles coming out of Forbes. Terry talks about how Forbes discovered that their hit rate exploded last year when a Trek article was posted. It was a business move for them to start covering more Star Trek. They have a geek panel of writers that talk about a variety of topics.
Nick attempts to start a new discussion about an alternate dimension G & T Show that puts on its own convention. He asks what could that fictional G & T Show do to encourage attendance since showing trailers at cons are essentially the same as making the video public, because some one will post it online. It backfires on him, because as Terry explains it, the chatski that convention goers receive for attending certain panels isn’t the responsibility of those putting on the convention as it is the responsibility of the respective panelists, and in his example, Bad Robot.
Terry rearranges the question so that they are taking on the position of Bad Robot, rather than that of Creation. She talked about the last time she was at Comic Con and her experience at the Big Bang Theory panel where Barenaked Ladies performed live. They talk about some suggestions. Terry thinks Disney got it right with their Star Wars panel. They had the robot present. She spoke about the Castle panel, where everyone received water bottles, but 50 bottles had certificates that allowed those attendees to meet with the panelists privately backstage.
Nick talks about Farpoint. They are planning to crowdfund the event. He goes over their confirmed guests. They ask people to support their local conventions. They talk about some of their experiences at small conventions.
They get to this week’s Announcements. Mike quickly mentions Galaxy Quest series is going to be on Amazon. Nick doesn’t like the idea of it. Terry isn’t convinced yet about it.
Terry talks about the G & T Research project they have under way. They are looking for listeners to rank episodes of Star Trek by series. TOS and TNG have been released already. The other surveys will be released soon. Give yourself plenty of time, and use Memory Alpha if you do not remember an episode. They received an email from Larry. They will have to bring him back for another interview to talk about Portal 47. Mike tells everyone interested in learning more about Portal 47 to email [email protected] with G & T Portal 47 in the subject line and he’ll forward some information about it to you. Mike, then, discusses Larry’s On Speaker volume 4, which is out now and celebrates Voyager’s 20th Anniversary with several interviews with the people behind Voyager’s premiere.
Terry talks about Terry Erdman and Paula Block. They autographed several posters of the cover of their new book about Star Trek costuming. We will be giving away ten copies. To receive one, all you need to do is tell us what is your favorite Star Trek costume. Some of them be given away during 24 hours of G & T. Terry talks about the poster, describing the image. You can email your answers to [email protected] or post them on our forums here. Nick mentions the autographed card, Kipleigh Brown signed and kissed that we will be giving away during our 24 hours of G & T. Mike mentions that the karaoke contest for an autographed copy of Five Year Mission’s complete discography is still ongoing. Send your karaoke videos to them for a chance to win.
They wind down this week’s show. Terry will not be around next week. She will be in LA for the Toto concert. Mike mentions that he is a NerdBlock subscriber and in the September box, there will be a Star Trek item with an exclusive Star Wars item. They hope it’s not a Star Trek car air freshener. They talk about this month’s Loot Crate, which was Nick’s first Loot Crate. Terry mentions that her friend passed away this week. Terry loves her Marvel box. Everyone wishes Star Trek would come out with their own subscription box. And, with that, they end this week’s show.
NetFlix brigns VFX Fixes To Star Trek TNG – http://trekcore.com/blog/2015/08/netflix-brings-vfx-fixes-to-star-trek-tng-in-hd/
The Philosophy Of Star Trek: Is The Prime Directive Ethical? – http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetstemwedel/2015/08/20/the-philosophy-of-star-trek-is-the-prime-directive-ethical/
Include the USS Titan in Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection – http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/usstitan
Star Trek: Renegades (Official Complete Film) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE2Wgop9VLM&feature=youtu.be
Pacific 201 Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/echenry/pacific-201
Drunken Star Trek Episode One – http://www.drunkenstartrek.com/
How $1.1 Million ‘Star Trek’ Fan Movie Has Escaped Studio Shutdown (So Far) – http://www.thewrap.com/how-1-1-million-star-trek-fan-movie-has-escaped-studio-shutdown-so-far/
An Insider’s Guide To Saving Money, Meeting Celebrities, And Otherwise Hacking The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention – http://foxnomad.com/2013/08/20/an-insiders-guide-to-saving-money-meeting-celebrities-and-otherwise-hacking-the-las-vegas-star-trek-convention/
‘Star Trek’ and ‘Doctor Who’ invade Sesame Street – http://www.techtimes.com/articles/12083/20140804/draft-doctor-who-and-star-trek-invade-sesame-street.htm
Star Trek Online: Tales of the War #19 – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9517883
More of Quinto’s New STAR TREK BEYOND Uniform – http://trekcore.com/blog/2015/08/more-of-quintos-new-star-trek-beyond-uniform/
Leonard Nimoy Honored in New STAR TREK BEYOND Omaze Video; One Week Left to Donate – http://trekcore.com/blog/2015/08/leonard-nimoy-honored-in-new-star-trek-beyond-omaze-video/
Star Trek: The Janeway Chronicles – The Spider – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starfleetstudios/star-trek-the-janeway-chronicles-the-spider?ref=hero_thanks
The Star Trek Movie Hollywood Really Doesn’t Want You To See – http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Star-Trek-Movie-Hollywood-Really-Doesn-t-Want-You-See-79287.html
Galaxy Quest TV series landing at Amazon – http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/27/galaxy-quest-tv-series-amazon
This Million-Dollar ‘Star Trek’ Movie Is a Fan Film on Steroids – http://www.movies.com/movie-news/this-million-dollar-39star-trek39-movie-fan-film-on-steroids/19084
How $1.1 Million ‘Star Trek’ Fan Movie Has Escaped Studio Shutdown (So Far) – https://www.yahoo.com/movies/how-11-million-star-trek-fan-movie-has-escaped-127585497267.html
The Geology Of Star Trek: From Extraterrestrial Minerals To Alien Life-Forms – http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2015/08/19/the-geology-of-star-trek-from-extraterrestrial-minerals-to-alien-life-forms/
The Physics Of Star Trek: Why Faster Than Light Communication Is Not In Anybody’s Future – http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2015/08/24/the-physics-of-star-trek-why-faster-than-light-communication-is-not-in-anybodys-future/
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Face Off – Sneak Peek – Season 9, Episode 6 – http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/videos/face-off-sneak-peek-season-9-episode-6
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The Author’s Outpost – http://www.theauthorsoutpost.com/
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Rate the Episodes – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTShow-Rate-STTNG
Star Trek – Rate the Episodes – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTShow-Rate-STTOS
FIRST LOOK: Vulcan Ale – The Genesis Effect – http://www.startrek.com/article/first-look-vulcan-ale-the-genesis-effect
STARTREKTV BATHROOM ACCESSORIES & DÉCOR – http://www.cafepress.com/+startrektv+bathroom-decor?utm_source=Star%20Trek&utm_medium=startrek.com%20website%20banner&utm_term=startrek.com&utm_campaign=website%20banner
Google Play Swype Keyboard – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nuance.swype.dtc&hl=en
Trek Vets Weller And Perlman Co-star in Skin Trade – http://www.startrek.com/article/trek-vets-weller-and-perlman-co-star-in-skin-trade
Star Trek Convention Coming To Ticonderoga – http://wnpr.org/post/star-trek-convention-coming-ticonderoga#stream/0
Exclusive Star Trek News: William Shatner Preparing Biography of Leonard Nimoy – http://www.showbiz411.com/2015/08/29/exclusive-star-trek-news-william-shatner-preparing-biography-of-leonard-nimoy
Starbase UGC Series – http://www.sbugcseries.com/
Larry Nemecek’s On Speaker, Vol. 4 – http://larrynemecek.blogspot.com/2015/08/new-on-speaker-95-vgr-voices-of.html
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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