G & T Show SL – ST:C with James, Kipleigh, and Wyatt
G & T Show SL – ST:C with James, Kipleigh, and Wyatt is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, and Mike have the distinct pleasure of speaking with the Honorable James Kerwin, Kipleigh Brown, and Wyatt Lenhart (Chekov) from the fan film series Star Trek: Continues. ST:C has launched a new fundraiser “To Boldly Indiegogo”. They discuss the fundraiser, Star Trek: TOS, and so much more. Be sure to check out this insightful and fun interview.
As always, they begin with their introductions. They had some connection problems but they got them worked out. They congratulate the ST:C team on obtaining their 501(c)(3) status, making them a non-profit charity. They did not use donor funds to celebrate the announcement. Terry brings up ST:C’s To Boldly Indiegogo campaign. The fundraiser ends on May 4th, so there’s still over a month to donate and increase your donation if you’ve already done so. They talk about how some people are put off about donating to fan projects because of a recent bad experience, but they set everyone’s minds at ease by explaining that ST:C has been excellent stewards of fan donations. They have released five episodes and are in post production on episodes 6 (due out in May) and 7 (due out in the fall). Each episode thus far has cost about $70,000. Every penny gets spent on the show and can easily be seen on the screen. They do it because they love it. They have their own careers. CBS graciously allows them to continue working on their fan film series. So, they ask people not to be discouraged from contributing to their crowd-funded project because they will do exactly what they say they will do with the money.
Nick asks about the process of obtaining the 501(c)(3). The IRS goes through everything with a fine-toothed comb and their books will be a part of the public record shortly. It has to be transparent to qualify for 501(c)(3). The episode coming out in May is the final episode that was promised from their Kirkstarter 2.0 fundraiser last year. However, they stretched the funds from that funding event even further. They also were able to produce most of episode seven because they were efficient with the way they shot their episodes, in addition to building the promised Engineering and planet set (which will be completed this fall), and were able to build one other set that will be unveiled in episode seven. This current campaign will fund the post-production of episode seven as well as three more episodes all for $350,000. James explains that these new episodes cost a little more than previous episodes because Vic personally purchased Farragut’s portion of the sets and ST:C now has to foot the entire rental and utility costs. Also, since they’ve expanded the sets to include Engineering, the planet, and a new one that will debut in episode seven but they can’t talk about at this time, they now have an 18,500 sq. ft. warehouse to rent and maintain. They try to guess, but James and the others can’t say anything.
Nick asks Wyatt how he got involved with ST:C. He wasn’t a professional actor before getting involved with ST:C. He used to attend anime conventions, and he had met Vic when he was guest. Vic was holding a TOS trivia panel where encouraged attendees to try and stump him. Wyatt was raised on TOS and took him up on the challenge. He posed a question that stumped Vic and that Wyatt didn’t even know. Later, he realized that he had made a mistake with the question and that there was no answer to the question. When he showed up to the panel, Vic called him out and spent the entire panel squirting Wyatt in the face. It was the beginning of their friendship, where they’d email trivia back and forth. When Vic was getting ready to launch ST:C, he had asked Wyatt if he did any acting and asked him to audition. Wyatt gives them a taste of Chekov.
Wyatt shares a story about James on the set of ST:C. Wyatt had picked up a Nerf gun from Walmart and a game they played with it. James was hit and it was his turn to use it. He ended up hiding in the dark and struck Wyatt when he was least expecting it. James had shot him through a secret compartment in the shuttle craft control panel.
Episode six will be called Come Not Between The Dragons and it was written by Greg Dykstra. He’s a writer and designer that has worked on a variety of films including Finding Nemo and Toy Story. Gigi Edgley will be their main guest star in the episode. This episode will also feature Smith and Chekov in more prominent roles. James reveals that episode seven will have some serious Chekov moments, but Smith will be on Shoreleave.
Nick congratulates Kipleigh for her work on Star Trek Online. They talk about her role as a Lukari. The character model even looked a little like Kipleigh. Terry thinks it was great hearing her voice in the game. They talk about the freedom they gave her to come up with unique accent for the race. She enjoyed doing voice over. Michelle’s voice over for STO has yet to be released. James reveals there may be other ST:C actors appearing in STO in the future. Kipleigh hopes she will be able to reprise her role.
Wyatt’s day job is in the audio engineering company. He helps to test prototypes. Nick offers a squirrel about Pinewood Studios in the UK before discussing Terry’s boobs.
They move onto the Lipton Questions with Wyatt. His favorite Trek series is TOS, which was surprising for someone his age. Nick asks Wyatt about the new movies. He thought it was a good movie, but not a great Star Trek movie. They talk about the first seven minutes of the 2009 film. It was some of the greatest moments in film-making. They disapproved of the destruction of canon planets and the relationship between Spock and Uhura that sparks an interesting debate. Terry didn’t like the professor diddling the student. They discuss Vulcan emotions in both universes. James argues that Spock over compensates for his half-human heritage and suppresses his emotions to the extreme.
The next Lipton question is regarding which Trek species he would like to be. He says he would like to play a Vulcan. After some consideration, Wyatt decides that he would like to be whatever species Trelane is. He’s not sure if Trelane is Q, but he would be a Trelane.
The next question was about the open-ended series about a single Trek character. Wyatt’s go-to guy is Chekov. Chekov has probably been the character that has grown the most throughout the series and movies. Mike adds if you consider fan films, a lot of them are portraying him not only as an Admiral but also as the Head of Starfleet Security. Wyatt eventually decides that he would like to do a series about the characters from Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. He offers his reasoning behind it. It was one of the most unique answers they have received to the question.
Wyatt reads a lot of fantasy books. The shows he likes to watch are TV mystery comedies, such as Pysch or Monk. He likes shows with good characters. They offer him some shows he may enjoy. The name of his starship comes with a story that he shares. He worked for the Maclaugh Space Education Center. The ship he worked on was the Odyssey. He would name his ship the Odyssey. His favorite word or the word he uses the most is Fetch. He talks about how on the set, people have used the word Spock instead of cursing. Kipleigh promises to start using Chekov as an adjective on the set.
They follow up with the next Lipton question about which canon Trek character would he like to kill off. Wyatt has some trouble with this question. Mike offers some reasons behind the decisions that other people chose a character to kill. Wyatt offers to come back to the question later. They ask him to build his own crew. Wyatt talks about the Borg and is fascinated with the origin. They talk about David Mack’s Star Trek: Destiny series and how it deals with the Borg. They also recommend that he checks out Star Trek: Vanguard. Nick asks him about the fan theory of V’Ger creating the Borg. Wyatt had not heard that theory. To him, the Borg were created out of desperation. Nick invites Wyatt to read the Destiny trilogy and to come back to the show so they can discuss it. He also mentions that they might even be able to get David Mack to join them.
Nick adds a new question. What holodeck program would you create. James would create a holodeck program with an infinite number of friendly and lovable dogs and cats. Kipleigh would make a Picard on Risa with a horga’hn holodeck program. She then adds that she would recreate the Enterprise and its crew. She would pull a Barclay with a slightly smaller Riker. The conversation shifts to Chains of Command and Jellico. A heated debate is sparked over the character of Jellico. James explains that Jellico represents the dichotomy about Star Trek in TOS and TNG regarding whether Starfleet is an exploratory organization or a military one. Picard vs. Kirk. He also mentions the revisionist history put forth by Roddenberry about whether the Federation was actually utopian or not. They debate military and exploratory organizations and pacifism. Star Trek when its done correctly poses questions, it does not answer them. The question is not to be answered by the show, but by the individual watching it. They also talk about how Trek changed in the later seasons of TNG and especially in DS9. Mike brings up In The Pale Moonlight which continues the hardy debate and how it could have made Sisko’s sacrifice at the end of DS9’s finale so much more poignant if it was a sort of penance for him.
Returning to the previous question about who Wyatt would kill, Wyatt chooses McCoy since we saw how Kirk’s and Spock’s deaths affected their crew mates, so he thinks McCoy’s death would be equally as powerful. They discuss the possibility.
They wind down the interview and thank them for joining us. Mike reminds everyone that the STC Indiegogo is going on right now. Support their efforts to produce more episodes. They run through their respective social media links. James talks about the University of Arizona at Tuscon and their Science of Consciousness Conference. This year, they have asked James and Kipleigh to present at the conference about their film R.U.R. Genesis and its source material. Continuing with the social media links, Kipleigh mentions she doesn’t tweet very often. Wyatt also doesn’t use twitter that much, but he will be launching a weekly episodic material soon.
Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Indiegogo Campaign – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/star-trek-continues#/
James Kerwin on Twitter – https://twitter.com/JamesKerwin
James Kerwin on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jameskerwin/?fref=ts
James Kerwin’s website – http://jameskerwin.com/
Kipleigh Brown’s website – http://www.kipleigh.com/
Kipleigh Brown on Twitter – https://twitter.com/KipleighBrown
Wyatt Lenhart on Twitter – https://twitter.com/WLenhart
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