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Fan-made Star Trek films? March 26, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Looks like the ground may be shifting under them. Hitherto Paramount has had a fairly enlightened attitude towards them. But…

Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed an amazing amended complaint Monday in their lawsuit over the fan-made Axanar films. A little background: Paramount has allowed Star Trek fan films in the past, as long as they didn’t make a profit, but crowdfunding has changed the landscape. Producer Alec Peters was able to raise more than $100,000 for his first short film, Prelude to Axanar. The resulting 21-minute mockumentary, with slick production values and recognizable actors, premiered at San Diego’s Comic-Con in 2014:


Peters and his company Axanar Productions used the film as a proof-of-concept for a feature-length fan film, for which they raised $650,000. At that budget, it turned out Paramount and CBS were a little less tolerant of the use of Star Trek properties, and filed a lawsuit against Peters and his collaborators in December.

A lot hinges on how the film – if ever made, is distributed to viewers. If free would that mean it retained its ‘fan-made’ status?


1. Gabriel - March 27, 2016

A specific issue in the case of the Axanar film is that the producers were paying themselves salaries from the crowdsourcing money, and are using another chunk of the money to finance a new studio they are setting up which will be used for for-profit films afterwards. Paramount is not unreasonable to draw the line around here.


Ivorthorne - March 27, 2016

I suspected this was the case. It reminds me of people who set up “charities”, get themselves a position like CEO then pay themselves astronomical salaries while claiming everything and anything as expenses.


WorldbyStorm - March 27, 2016

Yeah, I’d agree Gabriel, I think that it is important that the situation is clarified for other people subsequently.


2. NFB - March 27, 2016

This is a decent post clarifying some of the issues here: http://mightygodking.com/2016/01/02/the-axanar-faq/

There’s an easy narrative of “Evil studio crushes industrious fans” being peddled in parts about this story, but the reality is way more complicated.


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