Monday, June 27, 2016

STUDIO REPLY TO PARAMOUNT'S RECENT LIST OF "DO'S" & "DONT'S"

After two years of hard work, we received word that Paramount had a huge statement to pass out to producers/directors of fan film productions. Having worked on Star Fan Productions from 2006-2007; I had only one case of being shut down for "possibly raising funds for production", a BIG no-no in 2006. Since then, I have been totally aware of how to handle producing a web series within the "thin lines" of rules which were sketchy at best before the new announcement, while constantly being informed by Star Trek trolls about what is "legal" and what is "crossing the line."

Our statement in return to the new Paramount/CBS Guidelines is this:

"We appreciate Paramount & CBS for going out of their way to try and limit the control of artistic representation towards Indie film makers and fan film makers around the world. We have worked hard on MINOTAUR for over two years, preparing solid story arcs and plots that define our series away from anything previously seen from other fan films and/or professional fan productions. We have worked hard, worked for free, and we have made a solid commitment to distance ourselves from anything previously seen with Paramounts/CBS' crappy reboot films and the previously made Hollywood'esque films and television series; which all have lost the integrity of Gene Roddenberry's vision. 

That being so, we have used Gene Roddenberry's universe and vision as a guide for our own extension of his universe, never leaning towards reproducing previously seen sets or uniforms, but following the much accepted guidelines of Star Trek technology and terms which have been used in other film franchises and produced without Paramount/CBS intrusion. At some time before we release MINOTAUR to the Internet world, we will remove the term of "Star Trek" from the main logo and distance ourselves further from the "legal ambiance" which Paramount/CBS is trying to enforce on Star Trek fans in a feeble attempt to control their intellectual property

We have faith that our series, even though it may not have the world-wide distribution that the new reboot films will have, will eventually surpass the number of viewers and fans which Paramount/CBS thinks it has and can control, to view only what they "think" Star Trek is."


34 comments:

  1. A great response to a set of rules that defy logic and force principles that Gene Roddenberry would never agree to.

    Preston R.
    Boston, MA

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    1. There are many who will disagree. It seems there are ST supporters who apparently knew Gene and grew up with him. - DRQ

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  2. The new set of guidelines is fallout from the ST Anaxar project. Good response though. Fans need a strong insurrection to overthrow Paramount's grip on fan film productions.

    G. R. B.
    Richmond, TX

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    1. I questioned the ST-Anaxar from the beginning. There was no way those bozo's were in line with ANY of the previous guidelines. But they claimed to have the muscle and were shut down because they didn't. I thought their story line and plot were crap, but the effects were top notch. - DRQ

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  3. I've been working on ST Fan Films for over 15 years. This 'new guide' is crap and they intend to enforce it to control a large demographic of fans who have had nothing but respect for Gene's dream universe.

    I've posted on so many blogs that I refuse to watch another crummy Trek film released by the studio and I intend to keep my word.

    Douglas A.
    Buffalo, NY 

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    1. There are more supporters for the new "Abrams Universe" than the fan production groups who have decided against seeing the new Trek movies. Unfortunately, Hollywood has lost their nitch in creating new original stories and they are left with rebooting everything for cheap entertainment...this is the new world we live in. - DRQ

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  4. Definitely good news you have decided to push forward!

    Olivia M.
    Westerly, RI

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  5. The guidelines are bogus and in no way enforceable.

    Marty W.
    OKC

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    1. There are thousands of fan productions out in the world. Many are small time and not worth Paramounts legal efforts to shut them down. They will target what they consider the BEST of the fan productions. - DRQ

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  6. I don't think ANYONE has the right to limit someone else's imagination or artistic interpretation. If you're doing what you do for fun and entertainment then the skies the limit. Once you start asking for cash, you should be warned of the consequences!

    A. J. Couchin
    Woonsocket, MA

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    1. I totally agree. I have a day job that pays the bills and any excess is left to cover the cost of sets and uniforms on the set. We have never used Indiegogo accounts or raised money through open donations; so, I know were safe. - DRQ

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  7. The same Gene that wrote lyrics to the TOS theme just so that he could cut into Alexander Courage's residuals? LOL...

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    LLAP! Gabe

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    1. Wow...a shot from the dark. We were talking about fan films and apparently Gabe thinks the whole Star Trek Universe revolved around the opening theme. The way I heard it, Gene was in control of everything during the initial conception of the show. He demanded changes on every bit of the creation to make it his own. I see nothing wrong with that. - DRQ

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  8. I was at the initial screening of Minotaur on April 16th and I was not expecting to see the deviation from the normal ST format which was shown. I'm not saying that I didn't like what I saw, more like I was impressed by the flow of the story and your attempts to try and keep it Star Trek.

    Galaxy Quest was everything Star Trek needed to be. You've definitely designed something new, something distant, something that most devout Trekkers will want to pull apart because there's so little Star Trek in it to call it Star Trek.

    It's a labor of love and your movie [or series] needs to ride it's own wave of life. Drop Star Trek from the title and you'll be fine.

    Beth C.
    Foxlake, IL

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    1. I've never seen an 18-wheeler being used as a mode of travel in ANY Star Trek film or fan production, so yeah...I think we're original. - DRQ

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  9. I'm disappointed that most of the criticism concerning the new guidelines has only come from the fans and not the press. This was an attack against the loyal fans that have kept the ideal of Trek alive while it was absent for too long. What a fucking joke!

    Michael M. K.
    Los Angeles, CA

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  10. Minotaur is the most remarkable fan production that I have ever seen and is on a production level all it's own. You've come along far further since your work on ST-Beyond and I am sure that fans of your first series will be completely surprised to see how far you've come. You will have fan production haters for sure.

    With that, I'm surprised that mostly all of the posts here are supportive to your movement. Where are all of the negative comments from the "Trekker Troll Parade."

    David P.
    Orlando, FL

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    1. I remember chatting with you after the premiere, Dave! Yeah, and I remember you telling me that the experience was well worth the wait. The people who have yet to see the pilot will get their chance soon, so I expect more "insidious" sets of reviews when it launches on the web.

      As for the "Trekker Troll" comments, yeah we've received a few lately, but they are not signing their work with a credible email for a response. We've received some threats of "being shut down because we called you in" type of non-sense. We were supposed to be shut down six months ago, but that never happened. So there comments just get archived for later use. - DRQ

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    2. This blog is totally an opinion of the studio and not some law that was passed throughout the land for all to obey. These "Trek trolls" are doing more harm than good, they were NEVER appointed to administer high morale ground to sequester studio projects, and every new studio project should do their best to censor them at will, unless they openly identify themselves to retort!

      Hillary B.
      St. Mary's Georgia

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  11. I am not in complete support of your statement. However, I do get the sense of urgency from the same trolls jumping from project to project, using offensive tactics, trying to bully peoples attempts instead of assisting them to follow these guidelines which is just a safe thing to do to keep Paramount off are individual butts.

    No one is truly happy with a Star Trek series unless Paramount puts their useless stamp of approval on it; thus far their attempts to stamp anything has come up short in its delivery and filled with techno-babble bullshit that even a first grader can see through.

    Marcus U.
    Perth, Australia

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  12. I loved the statement and I love all of the previous work you did with Star Trek Beyond on Facebook. I wish I had found the series a few years ago, as I am sure I would've been completely blown away by the story telling, as I am even now. I'm sure Minotaur will be as successful or more. Keep up the great work and screw Paramount!

    Vincent C.
    Richmond, VA

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    1. Thanks, Vincent...for the moral support! - DRQ

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  13. I stopped by this blog because an over bearing friend of mine wanted me to leave a slamming comment about your statement, but I liked what I read.

    I agree that Paramount is overstepping it's bound making this whole thing look like there was some big "organized" crime syndicate that made large sums of money off of the franchise. In reality, it was projects like "Anaxar" and "The Continuing Mission" that were taking large donations and traveling all over the place, spending cash at will. The guidelines were made for their decisions to take the money openly.

    B. D. E.

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  14. It's all about "money" and Paramount doesn't want ANYONE making any off of their property, no matter how innocent and original it all looks.

    Peter T. Y.
    Böblingen, GE

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  15. Your project is a complete waste of time! It will be shut down far before you get a chance to launch it.

    T. W. Tolliver
    Syracuse, NY
    via email

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    1. I've been told that many times via email and on blog comments that weren't signed by their master. We're still here and we are STILL launching! - DRQ

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  16. Interesting statement and your blog is still alive and kicking?

    You are doing well!

    Barry W.
    Danvers, MA

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