G & T Show 244 – Thundershirts Are Go!
G & T Show 244 – Thundershirts Are Go! is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, Allen, and Steve have returned for a new show. After some technical difficulties, they move their live show to YouTube, where they discuss all of the latest happenings in and around the Star Trek multi-verse. They discuss book, Gaming, Movie, Convention, and Product News along with the latest update on Axanar, the fan film guidelines, and the premiere of a parody film audio trailer for Alec Dearest. These were part of this week’s Semantic Shenanigans. For Unofficial Productions we look at some work fans have created which meets or comes close to the new fan film guidelines. Finally, for 50 for 50, we cover #2 on our countdown: DS9’s Trials and Tribble-ations. Don’t miss this packed episode of the G & T Show.
After introductions, they jump into Coffee Klatch. Nick worked. Janet did school stuff. Mike wrote two fan film scripts featuring Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments instead of actors. Nick asks if everyone had seen Starfleet Mom’s Eugene Space Cow’s first Star Trek fan film movie. They discuss it briefly. Allen played Hotel. Terry worked and golfed. They trained one of their dogs to deal with their new Thundershirt.
They begin this week’s show with Semantic Shenanigans. First, they cover the recent John Van Citters interview on the Engage Podcast. He discussed the fan film guidelines. Most of the questions we gathered were answered. However, there were a few other questions arising as a result of the interview. They need to be clarified. Terry starts with Mike and the news that Audio Productions are exempt.
Plus Mike reminds everyone that while audio productions do not have to adhere to the guidelines, it does not give them carte blanche to do whatever they want. Furthermore, they need to be respectful of the rules. A $50k fundraiser for an audio drama is a professional quality audio drama and that is absolutely ridiculous. Terry says nobody wants to be another Axanar and force new guidelines to come down for audio dramas nor fan fiction, which would probably be difficult to do. But still, it’s good advice to be respectful of the guidelines, regardless of what kind of production you want to create.
Fan Film Guidelines, Redux
Janet takes the podium next to cover the guidelines. CBS and Paramount want to retain their rights and interests while supporting the fan creator community and defuse the situation. She mentions Raven, which has publicly stated they will only adhere to the rules they claim are reasonable. Nick asked Mike about the link for a new film trailer. Then they debut the world premiere of the trailer for Alec Dearest. They created the trailer in secret. Nick shares the story of its development. Terry had assumed he was recording something in Klingon for Gates. She had no idea Allen was recording this trailer. Allen watched the scene prior to recording each segment.
Regarding the lawsuit, discovery is ongoing. However, both parties are trying to negotiate a settlement. The time to name Does has passed, but if something is revealed during discovery, it could lead to someone else potentially be named as a Doe. Nick mentions the documentary Rob Burnett is planning to create regarding everything they have been experiencing. Burnett claims the documentary would be fair use and transformative. Janet comments: if they create the Axanar film and then bookend it with a few minutes of commentary, this would not fly as fair use nor be transformative.
What the Guidelines Mean
Janet goes back to Raven. They don’t want to follow the time limit requirement. The length doesn’t apply to infringement, but it speaks to damages as it could lead to brand confusion. She mentions Renegades appearing on CNN in a piece meant to discuss Star Trek. Allen chimes in as well and says that the guidelines imply what CBS/Paramount will tolerate and any breach of those guidelines will draw their attention and could lead them to respond legally. Terry mentions that another guideline Raven wants to ignore is in regards to compensating people for their work on the production.
They explain Forensic Accounting. If it’s discovered that money has been moved around improperly, the lawyers from both sides may need to contact the Attorney General and criminal charges may be levied. There is no information supporting that right now, and if the case settles, it may never come to light. The big thing for the forensic accountant to do is make sure the totals add up. They will follow the money and be sworn in at trial as an expert to explain their findings. The best ones are those that have worked as a full time accountant who has worked for both plaintiffs and defense in earlier, unrelated matters. If one is used, there would be no public record of it until trial unless it as an exhibit in some motion.
They move onto Fan Productions next. Mike shares a few fan films. First of all, they cover The Needs of the Many. This film precedes the guidelines, but it illustrates the quality of story that can be told in a short form film. Terry had high praise for this film because of its limited budget, quality of storytelling, and how easy it must have been to create.
Adhering to the Guidelines Successfully
Next, Mike mentions The Chronicles of Lanclos. It was created in response to the guidelines. Once again, it illustrates the quality of storytelling in a short film which adheres to the CBS/Paramount guidelines. Finally, Mike once more mentions Starfleet Mom’s Eugene T Space Cow film. And it also adheres to the guidelines. Terry think they’ll be seeing a lot more fun short stories told now. She goes on to The Needs of the Many, since she had not seen The Chronicles of Lanclos yet. Janet offers a few ideas on telling economical stories.
Also for Unofficial Productions, Mike mentions a pair of fan-made ship models. The first is a light-up Enterprise 1701. It offers exquisite detail and lighting and a spectacular base to boot. In addition, the link features a short blog and a gallery of ship images. You can see the attention to detail in its creation. The other is a flying radio-controlled Enterprise-D. There are a pair of videos documenting its development and showing it flying in a field. He praises the creative pursuits of the fan base beyond just fan productions. Their efforts need to be celebrated.
Next on the agenda is Movie News. The third trailer for Star Trek Beyond is now out and featured an excerpt from Rihanna’s new song Sledgehammer. Another video was released featuring Spock and Uhura’s possible break up. Also, Rihanna’s released her new music video for Sledgehammer this week. Terry touches on the Sledgehammer music video first. Some people in the fandom are throwing a fit about it. They discuss the song and its possible role in the film.
Mike brings up a video of Rihanna sharing her Trek fandom. and some fans were giving her crap for it, questioning her love and fandom. Terry discusses the grief some women and celebrities receive for making their fandom public. This is as if people are one-dimensional and can only love one thing, be it music, or movies, or even Star Trek. Sun in the chatroom opines that Rihanna is this generation’s Whoopi Goldberg. Nick comments that Rihanna’s revelation that she’s a fan of Star Trek will only help fandom. She can bring in new, young, female fans who may not have cared for or ever watched Star Trek.
And Allen points out that some fans don’t believe anyone can be considered a true fan unless they meet specific requirements that only they determine, as if they are the fandom’s gatekeepers. It’s a ridiculous notion. Nick doesn’t think anyone was really surprised when Snoop Dogg came out as a Star Trek fan. Ice Cube and Ice-T may be hardcore rappers, but they are also funny and talented actors and so much more. Terry mentions the politician criticized for playing World of Warcraft. Stereotyping people and their hobbies needs to stop. No one should tell you what you need to like, dislike; do and don’t do. They discuss the role of women in fandom both as the hero in various media or as fans.
Star Trek: Beyond
TrekCore has released additional photos from Star Trek Beyond. Terry mentions last month’s Paramount Fan Event. She highlights a Lin quote regarding editing the film. The final edit was due that night, to add a musical score and apply sound effects. It showed how tight their film production schedule was. This is because there’s a lot of work that has to go into a film before it can be released. Terry brings up the video with the Spock and Uhura break up.
They move onto Gaming News next. Mike starts them off with Timelines. The new update 1.3 came out this week. With it, the Battle Arena system. Terry has lost every match she attempted.
Then Mike covers the ranking system. He doesn’t know how it works, but shares some of his experiences. He suspect there may be points being tallied in the background, but can’t say for sure. Since in one match he went from rank 50 to 1st place just by challenging a 22nd-ranked player., he goes onto say it uses a running total. The first couple of days he played Admiral level matches and got 1st place several times before moving on to a lower tier to earn required schematics. Since then, although his focus has been only on the lower tiers, he’s continuing to earn Admiral level rewards for what he had played earlier in the week. Therefore, the new system uses some kind of running total for the event.
The new Shuttle Event came out this week. The Kali-fee event has every Vulcan in the game going into Pon Far at the same time. Nick has a suggestion for Timelines. When trying to do his daily missions, he’d like to be able to glance at an item’s source list and know immediately without having to tap through whether the mission is a space or ground mission. Mike explains how you can view whether a mission is a space or ground, but only after clicking through the list. Nick wants (g) or (s) or an icon to specify the mission type.
And Terry has another suggestion as well. She would like to know whether she has a crewman at the time she receives the crew, rather than going to crew quarters and going through the entire list. Also, it would be nice to have the ability to dismiss a crew at the moment you receive them, rather than having them hit crew quarters. Steve mentions using the filtering buttons to check for duplicate crewmen. However, for some skills, the list of available crewmen is still very lengthy.
Nick mentions that when the crewman selection screen appears, we already have the ability to view those characters and determine if they are in our inventories, but it is only limited to those instances. They want that feature available anytime a character is granted, along with the ability to dismiss them on the spot. There’s a bug with the crew selection screen on Samsung devices, where the tap and hold character information pop up hangs off the screen, making it impossible to get any useful information about the character, such as how many stars we already have for that crew person. Their feedback goes to show that they play the game a lot.
Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online is up next. The new expansion goes live on July 6th. Nick has been playing another of his characters. He has some issues with the character’s build. However, he has made some adjustments and is now happier for it. He’s displeased with the Vadwaur alerts. This is because his five man team ended up being a two person team when everyone else dropped out. Hence this left him in the lurch. Terry has been working on the Summer Event so she can get the ship. She has avoided Tribble because of spoilers, but has been hearing some good things.
Kelvin Lock Box
They mention the Kelvin lock box; it is arriving soon. They also discuss the Infinity box. It will be released between boxes. They intend to continue expanding its offering when STO retires the previous boxes. Mike is going to stockpile on Infinity boxes. He will jettison the older one-off boxes. The Kelvin timeline Enterprise is one of the three grand prize faction specific ships. The Connie is a lock box ship because STO wants to make money and limit the number of people flying the ship.
Personal Experiences in the Game
First of all, Nick discusses playing with Janice in the game. She hasn’t selected a faction yet. The Kelvin Dreadnought will be in the Lobi Store. Nick still wants a tier six Sovereign class. He sends a message to Al Rivera: he wants a full body picture of the Romulan woman from the Romulan System. Mike covers the Temporal Agent Rewards. They are geared like the Delta Recruit system. Players achieving certain milestones with their Agent of Yesterday character can earn account unlocks and rewards for their other characters. Finally, Mike hopes they provide a new character slot with the new expansion.
They discuss Book News next. Nick got his Greg Cox’s Legacies: Captain to Captain. Terry received her National Geographic Star Trek book. It’s beautiful but hasn’t checked it out. the Encyclopedia is still coming. They merged the latest Convention News with the Book News, since both are related. G & T Show is all set with their guests. There are five guests, including: Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Terry Erdmann, Paula Block, and JK Woodward.
Then, Terry shares some of JK’s background. He’s known for his work on the IDW Assimilation TNG / Doctor Who crossover. He will be providing commissions. Plus he will autograph any books brought to the convention. JK, Dayton, and Kevin will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, while Paula and Terry will attend Friday and Saturday. However, they will be returning home on Sunday after their panel. Mike tells everyone to bring any of their books to have them signed. Finally, we will post an appearance schedule.
Creation and STLV
Terry brings up the Creation Entertainment error regarding STLV 2016. They announced Bryan Fuller as their 101st guest. But ten minutes later, they removed it. She speculates what is up with it. It could be a contract issue or they are waiting for a more formal announcement. Another announcement is that there will be another Creation Event in 2017 at the Rio. It will be a 5-day event. Rumors of them losing their license are untrue. They are not selling or booking rooms just yet. But they will be booking rooms during the convention. This will be TNG’s 30th Anniversary, so you may want to book a room early.
Then Mike wants to quickly mention Product News. The TOS Bluetooth Communicator handset is now officially for sale for $150. And people have them. Plus Dayton wants one for Christmas. Furthermore, it requires a bluetooth enabled device. Hence they suspect to see a few of them at this year’s convention. Mike is specifically looking to purchase the Klingon inspired-bag at STLV. Plus he hopes someone will have it. He even sends JVC a message to make sure there’s one for him. He lists some of its features. He needs it in his life.
With the 50 for 50 waiting in the wings, they quickly run through a few items from General News. The film model of the Enterprise is fully refitted and is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Nick shares how a friend of his attended. Also, Mike’s friend and Gates of Sto’vo’kor co-conspirator, Mike Tripp, attended. He snapped photos and pressed the flesh with his personal hero, Doug Drexler.
Fifty for Fifty
They move onto this week’s 50 for 50. This week they discuss the 2nd episode of their count down: DS9’s Trials and Tribble-ations. As usual, Allen provides a summary of the episode before opening the floor to general discussion of the episode.
Next week’s 50 for 50 will be #1, DS9’s In The Pale Moonlight. In addition, Nick will be at Shore Leave in two weeks. The top three represented a range of storytelling. After that, they will be discussing some of their favorite or guilty pleasure episodes from each series that didn’t make the top 50. Mike will also be giving some honorable mentions to some TAS episodes which didn’t make it into the survey. Finally, they welcome our listeners to share some of their favorite episodes that didn’t make the top 50.
For announcements, Nick mentions Karen Gillan will not be conducting interviews at Shore Leave. Hence he’s disappointed. They won’t be doing a show on the 31st, but they will be doing a Cooking With G & T Show. However, they are not sure when that will be yet. Please keep an eye on social media for details. Then they explain the concept behind Cooking with G & T. The guest list for this year is growing and there will be multiple camera angles. Plus Steve and Janet will be handling the back end of the show, making sure the convention is covered on social media.
There will also be a post-convention wrap-up either Sunday or Monday morning. They also mention some of the prizes they will be giving away during the convention, along with some goodies CBS has provided.
BLB Productions News
First of all, Mike mentions the O Sports Show. The were on vacation last week. However, Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Nei’rrh, and Starfinder will be moving forward. Gates, though, may be recasting some roles. If you’re interested in lending your voice to any of these shows, drop us a message. Then Janet has been working on Lonely Writer. She’s been interviewing independent authors and other people involved with the process. Terry mentions Baz. Janet has already interviewed Jody Wheeler since he owns a small publishing company. This concludes this week’s episode. Join us next week for more G & T Show fun.
G & T Show & BLB Productions News
- Alec Dearest Trailer – http://www.gandtshow.com/alec-dearest-trailer/
- O Sports Show – http://osportsshow.com/
- Gates of Sto’vo’kor – http://www.gatesofstovokor.com
- Blood of the Nei’rrh – http://www.bonromshow.com
- Starfinder – http:/www.ussstarfinder.com
- Physists Think They’ve Cracked the Star Trek Replicator – https://www.inverse.com/article/4188-physicists-think-they-ve-cracked-the-star-trek-replicator?utm_content=inf_4_3448_2&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=jabra&utm_campaign=CMfacebook&tse_id=INF_9796a3703a2d11e69519013b248da655
- Enterprise boldly goes from the Smithsonian’s basement into the main gallery – https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2016/06/27/uss-enterprise-boldly-goes-from-the-smithsonians-basement-into-the-main-gallery/
- Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display – http://blog.nasm.si.edu/behind-the-scenes/enterprise-model-on-display/
- Patrick Stewart Sings: Cowboy Classics to support International Rescue Committee – http://pstewsings.com/
- Netflix UK adds TOS, TNG, DS9, and Enterprise – http://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/netflix-uk-adds-the-original-star-trek-tv-series-along-with-the-next-generation-deep-space-nine-and-a3285116.html
- Inside Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience – http://mashable.com/2016/06/30/inside-star-trek-starfleet-academy-experience/#xzjq6BTY6aqN
- Anthony Montgomery (Facebook) Participated in a History Channel Documentary celebrating Trek’s 50th Anniversary – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209690596639812&set=a.4492335704610.2184748.1176780606&type=3&theater
- Engage: The Official Star Trek podcast. 5: About Those Fan Film Guidelines… – https://overcast.fm/+GuW5Epb-k
- Fan Film Snubs CBS, Paramount Guidelines – http://1701news.com/node/1265/fan-film-snubs-cbs-paramount-guidelines.html
- Fan made light-up Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and stand – http://thefiberopticstore.com/project/startrek-1701/
- Star Trek – Needs of the Many is a short Trek fan film that meets most of the guidelines standards – https://vimeo.com/166940057
- Fan created an amazing Flying model Enterprise D – http://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2016/06/23/amazing-flying-model-enterprise-d/
- The Chronicles of Lanclos – A Star Trek Fan Production created specifically to meet the guidelines – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRaZoBvXUyg&feature=youtu.be
- Starfleet Mom’s The Space Cow Episode another fan film produced to meet the guidelines – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPyMtX5KSco&feature=youtu.be
- Star Trek Beyond Trailer 3 Arrives – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/06/star-trek-beyond-trailer-3-arrives/
- A Few More Star Trek Beyond Photos Arrive – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/06/a-few-more-star-trek-beyond-photos-arrive/
- Rihanna’s Star Trek-filled “Sledgehammer” music video with the Rihanna Featurette – http://www.treknews.net/2016/06/30/rihanna-star-trek-beyond-sledgehammer-music-video/
- Let Rihanna Love Star Trek without Judging Her (Op-Ed) – http://www.treknews.net/2016/07/01/rihanna-is-a-bigger-star-trek-fan-than-you/
- Star Trek Beyond – “It’s Me Not You” Clip – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/07/spock-and-uhura-take-center-stage-in-new-star-trek-beyond-clip/
- Star Trek Online: Temporal Agent Rewards – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10048913
- Star Trek Online: The Kelvin Lockbox – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10052253-kelvin-lock-box
- Bryan Fuller promises new series will be gender blind as well as colorblind – http://www.inquisitr.com/3245178/star-trek-ep-bryan-fuller-promises-new-series-will-be-genderblind-as-well-as-colorblind/
- National Geographic: Star Trek is right about almost everything – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/star-trek-science-space-astronomy-technology-fazekas/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20160628news-startrek2&utm_campaign=Content&sf29868015=1
- First Look: 2016’s Star Trek Encyclopedia update – http://trekcore.com/blog/2016/06/first-look-2016s-star-trek-encyclopedia-update/
- Star Trek: TOS Communicator Bluetooth Handset is now on sale and being delivered – http://shop.startrek.com/detail.php?p=866906&ecid=EMC-ST-000404&pa=EMC_ST_20160624_Communicator&tp=i-H43-94-3hV-azXkM-1c-wjt1-1c-azIrE-n8bnq&esprid=546615830&espmid=14229
- Klingon-inspired Bags for men and women – http://www.startrek.com/article/klingon-inspired-bags-for-men-and-women
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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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