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Continuing Mission: A Star Trek Fan Films Podcast

Continuing Mission is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated to the way fans keep Star Trek alive through independent series and films, games, art, and more. Host C Bryan Jones sits down with fans and pros for an inside look at fan films, projects, and what drives our love of Star Trek.

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33: Exploring Star Trek Horizon

Tommy Kraft and Actors Look Back. Since it's public launch in February 2016, Star Trek Horizon hasbecome a bigger hit than anyone—especially creator Tommy Kraft—everexpected. The fan film that serves as a follow-up to Enterprisedelivers the Romulan War storyline that fans were hoping for fromthe show's fifth season. Centered on the crew of the USS DiscoveryNX-04, Horizon is an example of how to make the most of limitedresources to create a product that can holds its own against studioproductions. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello isjoined by Tommy as well as two of the stars of Horizon—Paul Lang,who plays Captain Harrison Hawke, and Ryan Webber, who playsCommander Francis Brookes—for an in-depth discussion about thedecisions made in the writing, casting, directing, and look of thefilm. We also hear first-hand their thoughts on how fans havereacted to their creation. ChaptersIntro (00:00:00)Meeting Paul and Ryan (00:03:22)The Casting Process (00:06:29)Reactions to the Script (00:15:05)The Rehearsal Process (00:18:56)Analysis: Captain Hawke's First Scene (00:19:55)The Hardest Job in Filmmaking (00:25:20)Analysis: The Engine Room Fight Scene (00:26:54)The Look of the Film (00:31:02)Analysis: Corridor Walk and Talk (00:34:45)Analysis: The Lake House Scene (00:42:52)Creating the Character of Captain Hawke (00:48:38)Performance Adjustments (00:53:52)Brookes in Command (00:56:33)Fan Reaction (00:58:44)How to Find Star Trek Horizon Online (01:03:00)Tommy's Special Announcement (01:03:51)Tommy's Special Announcement Déjà vu (01:04:54)About Project Discovery (01:11:05)When Does Project Discovery Launch? (01:28:27) HostDennis Castello GuestsTommy Kraft, Paul Lang, and Ryan Webber ProductionDennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) KenTripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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25 Apr 2016

Rank #1

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37: The Enterprise Incident

Paul Olsen Talks Project Enterprise. Paul Olsen is a prolific and talented artist originally from San Francisco and now residing in Surrey, England. To Star Trek fans all over the world, Paul is best known for his work in bringing the USS Enterprise to life in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, by giving the starship her pearlescent ball gown and making her the Queen of the Galaxy! In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson is join by Paul to talk about the mission he had embarked on with the original team to build a 12-foot studio model of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and take her on a tour around the world for all Star Trek fans to enjoy. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Meeting Paul (00:02:08) Color Choice (00:09:35) A Grandiose Idea (00:13:58) Contacting the Team (00:17:20) Gathering Pace (00:21:10) Enterprise on Tour (00:26:30) Immediate Future (00:30:50) Say It One More Time! (00:35:40) Closing (00:37.50) Host Tony Robinson Guest Paul Olsen Production Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

41mins

15 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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38: Integrated Circuits

Manu Intiraymi talks the Borg, life, and The Circuit. As part of a growing band of actors forged by their links to Star trek, Manu Intiraymi—Voyager’s Icheb—has embraced the genre of fan films. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson is joined by Manu to talk about the actor’s new, bold, and exciting project, the fan-funded venture The Circuit. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Welcome Manu (00:02:42) Implants! Good or bad? (00:02:50) Getting into Acting (00:12:40) Hippy Parents (00:13:45) Life after Star Trek (00:15:30) Fan Films (00:21:20) The Circuit (00:27:50) Host Tony Robinson Guest Manu Intiraymi Production Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

50mins

13 May 2017

Rank #3

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28: The Explorer’s Heart

Tommy Kraft Talks Star Trek Horizon. Tommy Kraft has labored for three long years as the maincreative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now the film isabout to be released, and Tommy has a lot to say about the rigorsof being a one-man-band filmmaker. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Dennis Castello isjoined by Brandon-Shea Mutala as they interview Tommy to find outhow he almost died making the film, learn about some of the goodthings that happened to the project along the way, and get somegreat advice for those thinking of making their own fan films. ChaptersWelcome Tommy (00:02:02)Why a New Crew? (00:06:20)About Tommy Kraft (00:09:08)Tommy's Favorite Enterprise Episode (00:10:19)Why Make a Film? (00:16:11)A Good Surprise (00:20:16)How Tommy Almost Died Making His Movie (00:22:42)Tommy's Gear (00:24:59)Tommy's Advice to Fan Filmmakers (00:27:44)How to Contact Us (00:37:38) HostsDennis Castello and Brandon-Shea Mutala GuestTommy Kraft ProductionDennis Castello (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) RuthWard (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) KenTripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

40mins

24 Feb 2016

Rank #4

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25: That’s Just Her Being Sassy

The Red Shirt Diaries: Season Two. Through their comedic web series, The Red Shirt Diaries, actressAshley Victoria Robinson and filmmaker Jason Inman have taken us ona comedic journey through Star Trek. Set aboard the Enterpriseduring Kirk's five-year mission, the series gives us a glimpse oflife aboard the ship from the point of view of a lady who may justbe the luckiest red shirt in Starfleet, Ensign Williams. SeasonOne, which is comprised of the first ten episodes of TOS, has beenreleased in full and has been met with rave reviews. Now it's timeto head into Season Two, which will deliver the remaining 19episodes from the inaugural season of The Original Series. In this episode of Continuing Mission we’re joined once again byAshley and Jason to find out what they’ve heard from fans about thefirst ten stories, what they have in store for us in Season Two,what they plan to do differently in producing the next set ofepisodes, and how we as fans can help them continue the tales ofthe Ensign in Red. Host Christopher Jones Guests Ashley Victoria Robinson and Jason Inman Editor and Producer Christopher Jones Associate Producer Michael Frisbee Chapters Reception of Season One (2:12) Unique Takes on Characters (13:59) Looking Ahead to Season Two (17:47) Changes to Set and Costume (31:13) The Indiegogo Campaign (40:36) Closing (46:01) Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm Support the Network! Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help us keep Star Trektalk coming every week. We have great perks for you athttp://patreon.com/trekfm

57mins

4 Nov 2014

Rank #5

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43: Because We’re Huge Nerds

Vic Mignogna Talks Star Trek and When the Train Stops. In 2013, Vic Mignogna audaciously took the center seat aboard the USS Enterprise and assumed the role of Captain James T. Kirk Star Trek Continues. His performance quickly gained him the respect and admiration of millions of Star Trek fans around the globe—and possibly beyond! Vic continues to have a wide and varied career—on and off the big screen—as an actor, a professional voiceover artist, and a musician and composer. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson and guest Zach Moore of Standard Orbit are joined by Vic as he vacates the captain’s chair to look back at his time aboard the Enterprise. He also brings us up to speed on his latest adventure—the fan-funded mystery film When The Train Stops. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Meet Vic (00:02:35) A Busy Man (00:03:45) They’re Looking for Actors (00:06:59) A Daunting Task (00:08:55) My Favorite Episode (00:14:00) Huge Nerds(00:17:25) Let Me Comment on That (00:23:22) Amy Is A Gem (00:29:56) As I Said … (00:36:42) A Huge Thank You (00:46:08) Closing (00:48:46) Visit www.whenthetrainstops.com for full details about Vic’s new project. Hosts Tony Robinson and Zach Moore Guest Vic Mignogna Production Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

54mins

3 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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41: Qapla', Kargh!

John Carrigan Talks Life in the Empire.

An actor, author, and martial arts expert, John Carrigan began his acting career when he was personally encouraged by Gene Roddenberry to seek out new goals, forge new opportunities, and—if he really wanted to—sit in the captain’s chair. According to Gene, it was all there for the taking. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson talks to Carrigan about his amazing tales of defending a young lady from potential harm, bringing the Klingon Captain Kargh to life in the Star Trek: New Voyages episode “To Serve All My Days,” and carrying out the orders of the Empire. 
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Intro (00:00:00) Meet John Carrigan (00:02:09) Encounter with Gene Roddenberry (00:03:19) Such a Tale (00:07:04) On the Bridge (00:11:20) The “Eldoprise” (00:14:15) Much More Swaggery (00:19:30) “To Serve All My Days” (00:24:15) The End of Chekov (00:28:30)
  
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Tony Robinson Guest John Carrigan

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

35mins

1 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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35: The Fan Film Factor

Jonathan Lane talks Fan Film Factor blog.   Jonathan Lane began his blogging career when he started to document the growth of the Star Trek fan film Prelude to Axanar. Since then, he has created an encyclopedic record of Star Trek fan productions dating as far back as 1974. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson talks to Jonathan about his journey from those early days right up to the present. Along the way, Jonathan to shares his insights and comments about the current state of the fan film genre. Chapters  Intro (00:00:00)   Welcome Jonathan (00:02:24)   Blog Launch (00:09:00)   Fan Starvation (00:21:18)  Jonathan’s Prime Directive (00:33:50)  Waiting for the “Call”! (00:41:10)  Closing (00:47.12) Host Tony Robinson Guest Jonathan Lane Production Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 

51mins

12 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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42: Space Below and Beyond!

Needs of the Many and The Derelict. Australian filmmaker Aaron Vanderkley set a new benchmark in fan film production with the release of his two short films Needs of the Many and The Derelict. These films which are set during the same time period as Star Trek: Enterprise and have captured the imagination and attention of his peers. Needs of the Many received two honors—Best Lead Actor or Actress and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form—at the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards at Treklanta, an annual science fiction convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. In this episode of Continuing Mission, host Tony Robinson is joined by Aaron to talk about how it all came together, how fans have reacted to his films, and his career plans. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Meet Aaron Vanderkley (00:01:48) He Had the Sets (00:04:50) Section 47 (00:11:45) The Awards (00:16:22) Crazy Occupant (00:20:19) The Crew (00:27:17) The Comments (00:36:22) Closing (00:39:23) Host Tony Robinson Guest Aaron Vanderkley Production Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

46mins

23 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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24: It’s All About the Lighting

Star Trek:Horizon Virtual Set Design and VideoProduction. On a previous show we talked with Star Trek:Horizon creator Tommy Kraft in broad terms about shootingand processing video, working with green screens, and creatingvisual effects. In this epsiode of ContinuingMission we're joined once again by Tommy to talk abouthow these techniques apply to creating an actual Star Trek film,including building virtual sets on theNX-04 Discovery, integratingthe Discovery crew with these environments, andthe importance of sound design and capture in making the visualsbelievable. Host Christopher Jones Guest Tommy Kraft Editor and Producer Christopher Jones Associate Producer Michael Frisbee Chapters Reasons for Going Virtual (1:47) Build the NX-04 Virtual Sets (7:17) Integrating Actors Into Virtual Sets (20:23) Sound Design and Capture (34:21) The Single Biggest Challenge (40:42) Horizon Production Update (44:55) Closing (46:51) Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm/ Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm Support the Network! Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help uskeep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for youat http://patreon.com/trekfm

58mins

7 Oct 2014

Rank #10

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23: Prescott Returns to the Farragut

StarshipFarragut: The Crossing. The Original Series time period is a popular one forfan series, but that doesn't always mean Kirk, Spock, and theEnterprise. There were more ships out there during the time of thefive-year mission, and Starship Farragut takes its queues from thisfact. The series premise, simply put, is “New Ship, New Crew, NewAdventures—but all based on the era of Classic Trek.” Conceived ofin November 2004 and officially launched in 2005, Starship Farragutis one of the most veteran of Star Trek fan series. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined byactor and writer Paul Sieber, who has been with Farragut since theearly days and is returning to write the screenplay for the nextepisode, "The Crossing," to learn more about the series and plansfor the future. Host Christopher Jones Guest Paul Sieber Editor and Producer Christopher Jones Associate Producer Michael Frisbee Chapters Paul's Star Trek Background (2:07) The Premise of the Crossing (10:37) Visual FX and Production (17:06) The Return of Security Officer Prescott (21:15) Director, Cast, and Crew (26:33) Kickstarter and Perks (32:21) Closing (44:11) Support the Show! Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help uskeep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for youat http://patreon.com/trekfm Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm/ Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm

53mins

24 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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20: Giant Green Lazy Susan

Video Production withTommy Kraft. Watching and listening to independent Star Trek productions isalways fun and insightful as we take a trip into the minds of fansand see the franchise through their eyes. But it isn't just thefinished product that we love. The process of creating them isfascinating as well. Advancements in camera technology, computerworkstations, and editing software have put power previously onlyavailable to Hollywood studios into the hands of anyone with thevision and motivation to bring Star Trek to life. In this episodeof Continuing Mission we jump into the visual realm of productionas we're joined by Tommy Kraft, creator of the Enterprise-era filmStar Trek: Horizon, to talk about shooting and processing video,working with green screens, creating visual effects, buildingvirtual sets, and more. Sendus your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Cameras and Capturing Footage(1:48) Software, Techniques, and Tools(10:20) Working with Green Screens(16:55) Tasks and Time (25:46) MostChallenging Aspects of Post Production (33:03) FindOut More About Horizon (35:47) Closing (37:31)

47mins

26 Aug 2014

Rank #12

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18: Resonating with Familiarity

Star Trek: SecretVoyage. The Original Series—or at least the late 23rd century—tends tobe the focal point of today's fan productions; but that doesn'tmean Kirk and Spock must always take the lead. There was a gapbetween the end of the five-year mission and the refit of theEnterprise as we saw it in The Motion Picture. What happened duringthat time? Star Trek: Secret Voyage, a creation of Craig Sheeler, is thestory of a special mission carried out aboard the historic 1701 butunder the command of a different captain with a different crew. Inthis episode of Continuing Mission we're joined by Craig to learnmore about the series, various aspects of production—includingcreating visual effects, composing original music that’s true toTOS, shooting in the desert, the premise behind the first twoepisodes, and more. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Craig's Star Trek Background (1:39) The Premise of Secret Voyage (5:59) Overview of Episode 1 and the New Crew (9:11) Episode 2: “Rise of the Gongdea” (14:24) Shooting In the Nevada Desert (18:48) Creating the Visual FX (21:57) The Music and Sound of Secret Voyage (27:32) Casting Secret Voyage (31:50) What's Next for the Captain Mercer and His Crew? (35:26) Where to Watch and Find Out More (38:38) Closing and Feedback (42:35)

51mins

9 Aug 2014

Rank #13

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16: Breaking Out Into Dance with Dr. McKennah

Michele Specht on Dr.Elise McKennah. One of the biggest is independent series around is Star TrekContinues. The first three episodes have recaptured the look, thefeel, and the spirit of the original Star Trek with incredibleauthenticity. But in the process of recreating the 1960s televisionicon, Star Trek Continues hasn't shied away from addressing some ofthe gaps in TOS. For many, one of the most noticeable missing links in TOS is thegender balance amongst the Enterprise crew. Star Trek Continues hasaddressed this by bringing aboard a new character, Dr. EliseMcKennah, played by Michele Specht, who joins Uhura as a femalevoice on the show. Additionally, Dr. McKennah brings a TNG elementto the 23rd century in the form of ship's counselor. While this mayruffle the feathers of some purists, the results more than speakfor themselves. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined by Michele totalk about McKennah, how she approaches the role of a characterthat, unlike her those played by her castmates, is unknown to fans,and get a few behind-the-scenes tidbits. We also discuss hertraining in music and theatre, her voice work for anime, and hercomedy background. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Music, Theatre, Anime (2:07) Growing Up with Star Trek: The Next Generation (9:09) Counseling the TOS Crew (11:40) Favorite McKennah Episode (20:01) Behind the Scene with Dr. McKennah (25:00) What's Next for Michele? (34:19) Closing (39:15)

47mins

20 Jul 2014

Rank #14

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14: A Star Trek Obsession

Obsessed: Star TrekContinues and the Mirror Universe. Star Trek Continues recently released their third episode"Fairest of Them All," which is a direct follow-up to the OriginalSeries episode "Mirror, Mirror." It tells the story of whathappened when the mirror landing party returned to the ISSEnterprise. The attention to detail in set design, costumes,lighting, and even framing of shots is so meticulous that it iseasy to forget that you're watching something shot in 2014, not1967. While the onscreen story is intriguing, what is equallyfascinating is everything that happened offscreen to make "Fairestof Them All" possible. As fans watching from home, it isn't easy toget a feel for what goes into making an episode like this. Butthanks to Condé Nast Entertainment and WIRED, now you can. Obsessed: Star Trek Continues is a five-part behind-the-sceneslook at our return to the Mirror Universe. In this episode ofContinuing Mission we're by Captain Kirk himself, Vic Mignogna,along with director James Kerwin and, from Condé Nast, MichaelPrenez-Isbell for a first-hand account of the documentary project,the creation of the Mirror Universe story, impressions of the set,and why Star Trek is an obsession for the cast and crew of STC. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Boarding the Enterprise (2:58) Sets and Direction (9:49) Obsessed Fans on Set (15:33) A Childhood Dream (17:46) Help from the TARDIS (26:20) Condé Nast and Obsession (28:32) A Mirror Collaboration (34:48) The Drexler Connection (37:13) What's Next? (40:54) Closing (44:56)

55mins

5 Jul 2014

Rank #15

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13: A Human Story

Starship Valiant withMichael L. King. The TOS time period is a popular one for fan series, and many goto painstaking efforts to accurately reproduce every detail of theEnterprise and the unique charm of The Original Series—withbreathtaking results. But a key part of Star Trek is found beyondthe ships, the space battles, and the strange new worlds. Therecesses of the human soul play a critical part in what makes StarTrek special; and when an independent production lacks theresources for sets and CGI great stories can still be told byturning inward. Starship Valiant is the personal story of one man dealing withdeath and turmoil after events led him to assume command of the USSValiant. Written by Michael L. King, who also plays the story'slead, Commander Jackson K. Bishop, Starship Valiant goes wheregreat Star Trek should—into the souls of its characters. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined by Michael tolearn more about Valiant, the origins of the story, and how thefirst episode, "Legacy," was put together. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Meeting Michael (1:32) The Genesis of Valiant (5:39) The Story of Valiant (13:19) The Characters (15:52) Casting Valiant (20:34) The Behind-the-Scenes Crew (25:42) What's Next for Valiant? (30:34) Premiering Episode 1 (35:21) Closing (38:50)

50mins

28 Jun 2014

Rank #16

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12: Exploring Star Trek Timelines

Lead Game DesignerTimothy Crosby talks Timelines. While watching Star Trek in new incarnations is fun, exploringthe Star Trek universe through interactive adventures is also apopular way to continue the missions of our favorite crews. A newgame in development by Disruptor Beam, the creators of Game ofThrones Ascent, will transport players into the Star Trek universe.Titled Star Trek Timelines, the free-to-play game will span desktopand mobile devices as well as all of the time periods we've seen onscreen. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joinedby Timothy Crosby, lead game designer on Timelines, to learn moreabout the genesis of the game, how it differs from others, and whatplayers can expect as they take to the stars. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Meeting Timothy (1:47) Disruptor Beam and Social Focus (4:55) The Genesis of Timelines (7:33) Star Trek Timelines Gameplay (13:27) Mobile Focus and Syncing (25:54) The Creative Team and Process (33:24) What's Next for Star Trek Timelines? (35:35) Closing (42:01)

50mins

21 Jun 2014

Rank #17

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10: The Trexelian Expanse

Trexels. We've seen a number of Star Trek games over the years on PC,consoles, and now phones and tablets. More often than not, thesefocus on combat. But some try to deliver more depth that givesplayers an experience that is truer to Star Trek and less genericthemes in Star Trek wrappings. One such game is Trexels from YesGnome and [x]cube GAMES.Trexels is a unique blend of elements from across Star Trek thatsends players on missions that involve not only combat but alsodiplomacy, scientific investigation, and more. Best of all, it'sdone using beautifully nostalgic 8-bit graphics. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined byCraig Bolin, Creative Director and Senior Games Designer at [x]cubeGAMES, to learn more about Trexels, the story behind its genesis,the process of writing missions, the creative decision to mixelements from different time periods, and even the general processof video game development. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Developing Games (2:01) Craig and Star Trek (8:30) [x]cube GAMES and YesGnome (13:53) The Genesis of Trexels (19:54) Mixing Time Periods (26:11) Writing the Missions (31:18) Designing for Touch (38:30) The Federation Exchange (40:46) What's Next for Trexels (48:38) Find Out More About Trexels (51:12) Closing (57:38)

1hr 8mins

31 May 2014

Rank #18

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9: Let's Just Camp Out On the Ship

Star Trek: PhaseII. As Star Trek fans in 2014, we have many wonderful independentseries to enjoy. But it wasn't always that way. Back in April 2003,Jack Marshall and James Cawley created Star Trek New Voyages andwere the first to bring Kirk, Spock, and the missions of theEnterprise 1701 back to the screen. In February 2008, they redubbedthe series Star Trek: Phase II, the title of the planned but neverproduced television series from the late 1970s. Since its inception as New Voyages in 2003, Phase II hasproduced nine episodes—"Come What May," "In Harm's Way," "To ServeAll My Days," "World Enough and Time," "Blood and Fire" (atwo-parter), "Enemy: Starfleet," "The Child," and "Kitumba"—alongwith three vignettes—"Center Seat," "No-Win Scenario," and "GoingBoldly." Some familiar faces have also appeared in guest roles inthese episodes, including Walter Koenig, George Takei, BarbaraLuna, and David Gerrold. But the best is yet to come. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined today byBrian Gross, who plays Kirk, Brandon Stacy, who plays Spock, writerRick Chambers, 1st AD Dennis Hotson, Gaffer and Line ProducerRobert Mauro, and Production Assistance at resident Trekspert JaimeSanchez to learn about cast and crew changes, the new13,000-square-foot facility and new sets, the next three episodes,and more. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Meet the Guests (3:12) A Decade of Phase II (4:44) Coaching Captain Kirk ( 10:18) Recreating TOS Lighting (18:42) Playing Spock (20:19) Phase II Cast and Crew Changes (22:11) Phase II New Facility and Sets (25:55) Upcoming Episodes (38:45) The Kickstarter (45:43) Closing (55:57)

1hr 5mins

26 May 2014

Rank #19

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8: H. P. Lovecraft In Space

The Continuing Mission:Cathedral In the Void. When it comes to fan series, most people think of television.But not everyone takes this approach to storytelling. Audio dramasare another popular way that fans continue the missions ofStarfleet. And without visuals to fall back on, bringing Star Trekto life through sound alone can be challenging. One group that is doing it well is Star Trek: The ContinuingMission, a series that follows the adventures of the USS Montana.After a three-year hiatus, Star Trek: The Continuing Missionreleased their eighth episode, "Cathedral in the Void," an HPLovecraft-inspired story that finds unspeakable creations in thefarthest reaches of the final frontier. In this episode of Continuing Mission we're joined by threemembers of the TCM team, Director Patrick McCray, ProducerSebastian Prooth, and Sound Designer Mathieu Blondin to learn moreabout the genesis of the series and the episode, how they create anaudio drama from start to finish, and where The Continuing Missionis headed in the future. Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Chapters Meet the CTM Crew (4:16) The Genesis of The Continuing Mission (13:33) The Creative Process (25:30) Inspiration for Cathedral (34:28) The Future of Continuing Mission (38:56) Find Out More (45:50) Closing (53:03)

1hr 2mins

17 May 2014

Rank #20