Sunday, March 20, 2016

ST-MINOTAUR SURPRISES SOME FANS WITH AN INSIDE LOOK!

The studio has been seeing an increase in fan emails since the release of the STAR TREK BEYOND 5 DVD Set which was released through Facebook over a week ago. Over 250 DVD sets were released to fans [by donations] and 15% of those DVD sets had an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at "STAR TREK MINOTAUR Omega 001" which is coming ever closer for release.


Within a few days, the studios DVD set presentation was "sold out" to fans world wide and a second edition for the set is now being ordered by the manufacturer. The DVD set was allowable for release via donation, plus a $7 fee for shipping; all donations are being used for the production costs of STM. Word about the release of the DVD set was first released to fans of this blog, then word slipped on the Internet about the extra diskette to some of the sets which were previewed by fans in earnest. 

The special DVD release for STB had all 18 episodes released in HD quality video and sound; included a cast and crew behind-the-scenes look of the three year production; contained behind-scenes-photos of production and episode review; and had sound tracks to some of the music used in the series. The DVD set went into sold out status on Thursday afternoon [3/17/2016] and it is alleged that the sole reason for it was that some fans ordered two to three copies of the DVDs on one purchase; which will no longer be allowed to fans.


In the DVD set, the studio has asked fans not to release production details and photos of the special STM series diskette on the Internet until the release of the series later this year, but some production photos and clips of videos have begun to surface which could damage some of the magic intended for release in the series premiere. The studio has worked hard to prevent any spoilers from being released too early and already the head of the studio [D. R. Quintana] is regretting his decision to release early footage of the shows bridge, medical bay, and ready room.

The studio has released several character promotional posters and bio-topic photos of STM on Facebook and the studios vaunted E-Magazine; the latter of which detailed a plan to release two stunning video trailers prior to the release of the series later this year. The studio does recognize that the fan base is building and that there might be a few fans who are too curious to wait for the release of the series premiere. 

The studio has not released any news as to whether there will be a third print of the STB DVD Set, should the second printing run out after its release. Release information will be presented on Facebook when the new DVDs arrive.

Good luck to all that wish to have a copy of the STB series!

57 comments:

  1. I am very proud to be the first to add a comment to this blog entry. I received the special DVD package series for Star Trek Beyond with the bonus CD inside it's own special sleeve. First of all, the STB series is unique and produced in a different format that I enjoyed. There was definite character growth and the visual effects got better after each episode. The behind the scenes videos along with the bloopers and character notes were at times hilarious, showed a lot of love and laughter behind the camera and a serious side to the approach to producing the web series. Now, as for the special look inside Minotaur, I have more questions than I have review notes. I will say that what was shown was a lot more than I ever expected to see. The bridge set alone is heart breakingly awesome and the actors seemed to be ready to meet the demand of Trekkie requirements. Fans won't be disappointed in this series.

    Answer these questions if you can:

    1. Why wasn't this released earlier?
    2. You've had not outside help with the production?
    3. All of this is being produced in Houston, Texas?
    4. Are their two Minotaur's?
    5. The uniforms in the show, were they hand made?
    6. The camera angles were outstanding, how many cameras did you use on set?
    7. How big is the bridge set?
    8. There is no green screen used in any of the scenes?
    9. The Andorian Captain looks very familiar, who is she?
    10. Is there any way that I can help with the series production? I live in Dallas, Texas.

    Thank you for your time and I am sure to watch the behind the scenes stuff again and again until I figure out how you pulled off some of the effects!

    Gratis,
    Ron Ballard
    Dallas,TX

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    1. Thanks for your response and review, Ron. I thought to answer some of your questions, but most of them will be entertained in the near future, I'm sure.

      (1) It's taken almost ten years to prepare this project. With so many Trekkies out there who think it's their job to defend GR's dream with what is good, what represents well, this or that sucks, and NEVER wanting to do show what they have to present or defend Gene's dream with, well....we weren't in any hurry.

      (2) Absolutely none. There were some who wanted to collaborate, but wouldn't confirm to anything without some sort of pay.

      (3) Yes. But being shot all over the state as well.

      (4) You'l have to wait and see.

      (5) Yes.

      (6) A lot.

      (7) The sets took up an entire floor of the Regus building. Look it up.

      (8) Absolutely none.

      (9) She's been a around.

      (10) Refer to question #2.

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  2. Hands down, STB is one of the best fan productions ever released online by an amatuer studio!

    I received the 5 DVD set and I spent the entire weekend watching each episode in crystal clear HD video. The sound in the first two seasons leaves little to be desired, but the final seasons truly hit strong strides in their production value. The behind the camera extras were very much appreciated and I feel that all of the actors got their ideas out in the air for all to hear. This DVD set leaves everyone else's fan productions in the dirt, as the studio truly put something together that was well thought out for its fans.

    One more thing I give great credit on is the presence of photographs taken in between each episode and presented for all to see. The studio used limited material and equipment to get the show launched and what must have been a monumental errand of work just to get each episode completed.

    Great, great work for your fans! You guys did an incredible job, feel very proud of thus now epic classic!

    Allen D. Moore
    St. Mary's GA

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    1. Thanks Allen. There were some great times behind the set. As for the "epic classic" status, we never thought of it that way :-) - DRQ

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  3. OMG I received the STB DVD set today and I was stoked!

    I was not a big fan of the series when it was released online, but since rewatching the Borg War plot again I have to say I am hooked.

    I love the fact that there are no green screen sets and some decent ship to ship fighting scenes. This series has a little of everything for everyone.

    Great work guys!

    Next time though, please slip in a Minotaur disc for me to see!!

    M. Swak
    Chula Vista, CA

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  4. Not sure how you did it, but the DVDs arrived today and I watched season one without a glitch or a hitch. Visual quality is so much better and the sound cleared up a bit from the web versions. I was also lucky enough to get the extra disc for Minotaur which I jumped right into watching after jumping around my flat for about an hour. I'm not sure of you will let me do a full review of the special STM disc, however it is a tremendous leap from anything the team produced with STB!

    You've got me excited for the new release, cheers!

    Y. T.
    Plymouth GBR

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    1. Thanks, YT. Pls hold any Minotaur reviews until the show launches. - DRQ

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  5. A breath taking experience knowing the STB series arrived in the mail today. I carefully took it out of the package and gazed at the cover for what seemed like an hour. I wished I had followed the show when it originally posted online, I was so jonesin for Trek stuff back then.

    The DVD labels and overall manufacture are splendid and all played as you promised. I went straight for all of the extra special stuff, hitting me where I needed it to. This package is the greatest thing to hit me in many years. The cast and director leave tons of personal notes on video, two behind the scenes looks as to how and why things were done, photos gallore, and my favorite part, seeing some of my favorite episodes the way they were intended with extended scenes and all uncut.

    Of course, I haven't seen all of the videos but u will finish this stuff off by Easter. Thanks for this great gift and I wish all of you the best, most successful launch to Minotaur!

    Greg H. H.
    Council Bluffs, IA

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    1. Thanks Greg. We were sure to put out as much stuff as the disc space left. Be sure to load the discs on your PC. There are extra files we hid in each one! - DRQ

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  6. I remember a time when the series first surfaced on the web that there were some hard ballers ripping on this show called Star Trek Beyond. During that time I refused to watch it because I was working with a group of guys in Virginia trying to get our own Star Trek web series launched on YouTube. Needless to say we only got two, five minute episodes completed before everything fell apart and all of the actors called it quits.

    Years later, I find myself wishing we had never stopped production and then I find that 'Beyond' did some outstanding work by releasing twenty-plus minute episodes with a cast that worked together for over two years. That in itself was very impressive.

    I received my Star Trek Beyond special edition package in the mail today and I was one of the lucky ones to receive the bonus disc for Minotaur. I was afraid to watch the bonus disc, expecting to be let down at a moments notice but I wasn't. There it was in all of its splendor, only a few minutes to see, tho it was enough for me to ask out loud, "Wholly shit, who are these guys!?"

    Minotaur looks crisp, very original, and I am sure that Gene Roddenberry wishes he could come back and see what you have in store for us this year.

    You have proven your worth in creating solid Star Trek material.

    Patrick Z.
    Charlotte, NC

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    1. Thanks, Patrick. It's funny how time changes everyone's perception of things. It definitely forced me to make changes on how I produced newer projects. - DRQ

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  7. Not bad. 

    I never heard hype or saw a promo for it so I just ordered a copy and all I have to say is 'not bad'

    Tons of video, episodes, pictures, music, all what was promised was delivered in a decent pack and all I can say is 'not bad'

    Beyond wasn't the best fan series ever made yet it had vision, a storyline, decent actors and a good director, to that I say 'not bad'

    To the thousands of fan productions out there, this is how you market your show!

    Oh and one last thing; bring back Captain Quest, that's an order!!

    Erik The Red
    Cortland, New York

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    1. She'll be back, Erik. I guarantee that! - DRQ

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  8. ST Beyond, the little web series that just wouldn't die and fade away.

    I actually liked the package and all of the extras that led to the shows completion. Learning that everyone on the show was cast, none were initially friends or had a hook up with the director was, I'll have to admit, truly fascinating.

    The web series has proven to have an afterlife and I was more than curious to purchase the package for a look-see.

    Kudos to all for a job well done!

    Jeremiah L.
    Boston MA

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    1. Thanks, Jeremiah. I stumbled onto the behind the scenes videos. Funny that we did that in hindsight back then. It must have been kismet. - DRQ

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  9. It's the art of the imagination that makes a good Star Trek fan film/series leap beyond the techical aspects of a new ship, top level CGI, and action oriented sorry telling. Having one of these elements isn't enough to cry out "mega hit". And I'm not sure who declares what fan film production is a success or not, yet the Minotaur preview I witnessed this morning has an edge rarely seen in fan films. The only thing I'm more upset abt is that there wasn't more to see.

    I'm a true fan now

    M. Burgeson Jr.
    Jacksonville, Fl

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  10. A little over a year ago, it was my opinion that you made things too difficult on purpose, for anyone to see a promo trailer for Minotaur and I hated you for it. It was hard for you to recover from my opinion, that was until yesterday. Today, I will admit that the preview to Minotaur is a total surprise to my expectations!

    H. Knobles
    Mt. Gretna, PA

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    1. Mr. H. Many people hate the way I promote stuff. But there is a reason to my madness. Its works itself out in the end...I hope! - DRQ

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  11. I'm a sucker for little details and in your DVD package I found the files containing the original scripts to each episode! They were a definite goldmine to this project and anyone's project. The fact that you put them out there for all to see is a true testimony to the integrity of your word to let fans see the behind the scenes details to the series. I plan on printing them all out and seeing each show with them as a guide, seeing what was changed or altered, what stayed and what was edited out.

    I guess I'm just a nerd in that way ^_^

    The package was a great idea!

    Guerry *Hawkeye* J. M.
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

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    1. Thanks, Guerry. Yeah, the script thing was an impulsive idea I had a few days prior to releasing the discs. - DRQ

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  12. Very entertaining and one of the top notch fan series to ever be developed in the ST universe!

    The series had a strong leader in Captain Quest, performed brilliantly by Bernice Tremblay. A more outstanding feat was creating an original series without copying any other set, prop, or depending on an era of ship to gain fans. 

    Star Trek Beyond has stepped into an a new realm of Fandom by producing a brilliant DVD set of their work, promoting it through their strong network of fans and making anything it does in the near future a high standard for other fan films to follow.

    Daniel F.
    LA, CA

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    1. Thanks Daniel. The series would never have worked without Bernice. - DRQ

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  13. A good series with a brilliant marketing idea. The behind the scenes stuff was a wonderful insight.

    Rhonda B.
    Charleston, SC

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    1. Thanks Rhonda. The BTS stuff almost brought me to tears the first time I saw them.

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  14. Don't choke on your recent success. Paramount had a nack for shutting down things like this. Just a friendly warning!

    Anonymous

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    1. Thanks Anonymous. I'll keep that in mind - DRQ

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  15. The Minotaur preview was very impressive with a good look at everything that Trekkies desire to know about new Web shows! It looks crisp, clean, answering tons of questions in a derailed preview that holds nothing back, proving once and for all that the best is worth waiting for. Sandy M., Farmville, Virginia

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    1. Thanks Sandy. There's a lot of love with the production. - DRQ

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  16. I'm not a fan of STB, but I am a huge fan of Star Trek related fan films. I watched all of the STB episodes on FB and I enjoyed them all. Better yet, the Minotaur production photos and video clips look sensational! You've grown in your work which has me expecting an exciting new adventure.

    Mile P.
    Lakeside, CA

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  17. Thank you-thank you-thank you! I recieved my series set last week, watched and read everything and I still want more! My donation to you was far too low compared to all that you sent out. The bts material was a great touch to the series set, showing a lot of heart from the cast and crew. I so amazed by what some fan productions will go thru to prepare their show but won't put it in historical video format. You may not be the first to do it, but it was produced in grand style!

    A. W. Branson
    St Louis, MO

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    1. Thank you, A. The fans truly dig the behind-the-scenes stuff and the interviews. We're working on something similar with Minotaur! - DRQ

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  18. Everything you've ever produced looks fun, filled with adventure, and delivered with a style all its own. It's no wonder why so many other dab productions hate what you do. Where they lack vision, you deliver great stories and strong plots. Where they take years to produce one full story, you deliver two seasons full of good stories. They may hate you, and they will never be as good delivering as you do. Great-great work, my friends!

    Jennifer B.
    Bronx NY

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. We have had our run-ins with other ST fan productions, and as I have mentioned many times before, it's all about having a contest on who can deliver the best. We try to stay out of mindless crap like that; but sometimes the jealousy gets nasty, then the finger pointing begins.

      I think that's why we'll never live like they do in Star Trek...petty differences. - DRQ

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  19. Interesting that you brought up the "Trekkie Police" who take pride in "turning in fan productions" earlier in this thread. Some of then are taking credit for shutting down ST:Anaxar which was IMO crossing the line by over stepping copyright infringement and raising money in the hundreds of thousands. Where do you stand with all of that?

    Steve L.
    Orange CA

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    1. Yeah, we've received several email "warnings" and "threats"...every one of them claiming to have "turned us in" because "they" have the connections to do so. I'd post their comments, but they are obviously jealous about something or immature in their need to have some type of audience; I find it funny how most of these low-lives don't have the nuts to comment with their names. Either way, their IP addresses are now on record just for posting their pissy comments anonymously. - DRQ

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    2. There's always some useless S.O.B. out there that just has to be on some crusade.

      Steve L.

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    3. On your internet radio interview, the part how you describe these "low-lives" was all too funny. Do you plan on posting the interview on the blog? Cameron O. Buffalo, NY

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  20. I just saw the promotion on Facebook and am interested in acquiring the series set. What's the best way to make contact for the next wave of discs?

    H. J. Donald
    Elizabeth, NJ

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    1. I'm sending you a reply email with information for donations. But there is no set amount or obligation to donate. We hand out the discs for free if you request it; we just ask you to cover the postage. - DRQ

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  21. STB is one of the best fan series I have seen in a long time! If Minotaur is supposed to be the better series, I will strongly contribute donations. Great job!

    A. A. B.
    Woonsocket, MA

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    1. We appreciate any type of help A. - DRQ

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  22. Bernice Tremblay is surely missed by STB fans. Any chance to see her in other works?

    Jill Z.
    Macon Georgia

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    1. Bernice worked on several slasher films in New England. Last I heard she was big into performing in dinner theater and very gifted in it. - DRQ

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  23. The last episodes of the STB series were hard to follow, but I got through it all. The extras made the series a complete success on the disc set.

    Good work!

    Mike F.
    Kansas City, MO

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  24. How do comments on this blog work? I've sent in comments in different formats and you never have posted them. Do you not enjoy posting negative comments? I thought STB was a little too low key and not entertaining at all.

    Mark W. T.
    Everett Washintgon

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    1. I post all comments that are sent in via email. We don't delete anything from FB, but we do block hecklers. Comments here on this blog must contain a name and an email; we remove the email as we don't want anyone stalked by hecklers. For security purposes, we do track ALL IP addresses that come to the sight. - DRQ

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  25. After viewing the series set, I asked myself 'Are these people going to make a full feature film to bring them.back together?'

    Well, are you?

    Sammy H.
    Lake Charles, LA

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    1. No. However, we do plan on having members of the STB cast make cameos in Minotaur! - DRQ

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  26. I loved the entire series online and I love the entire series even more on the series set! I hope to have the cast sign the cover some day.

    Gracie R.
    Hartford Connecticut

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  27. Hey guys! I heard Dave on the web interview tonight and I pretty much agreed with his opinion about the "perserverance" of SyFy fan fiction writers in the realm of Star Trek fan productions, in that there is no police force which monitors Gene's vision and closes down which fan film is or is not part of the ST universe.

    I worked with a team in Virginia that put together a fan series and we had a lot of fun. The acting was bad and the CGI was crappy, but we put it out there for all to see and we made a good run of it. I have yet to see a large majority of ST fans support our efforts in helping to just get the word out about our series and sometimes thems the breaks. But we respected everyone else's productions that were out there and didn't see it as a contest of who was best.

    And there are some immature assholes out that try to police everyone else, when they themselves have crossed the lines by asking for donations, raised money through go-go fund raisers, sold items or right out asked for money. I'm sure the team I worked with didn't go out of our way to say who was and who wasn't doing it right. The one thing I do know is that ST-ANAXAR was doing it wrong and they got stopped. Not because someone turned them in, it was because they got too big and the wrong people started marketing it and making big money off of it. I never liked their vision, I personally thought their work was cheap because they depended too much on the STOS look to sell their idea.

    So there! I vented. I liked the radio show and cannot wait to get my hands on the DVD set for ST Beyond! I don't think your doing anything wrong by asking for a small donation. I've heard good things about the series and from what I heard, the series is completely original in story and format production.

    Cameron O.
    Buffalo, NY

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    1. OMG, you actually listened to the show? I thought for sure there were only 6 people listening!...LOL - DRQ

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  28. I loved ST-Beyond series, I recently came across it to find another in the works, I hope to gain DVD's of both series as much as I liked what I found seeking more Trek, Minotaur has to be as good or better Trek, what year is Minotaur set in?

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