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This article deals with fan-made productions using elements of the Star Trek franchise. Paramount Pictures, CBS and their licensees are the only organizations legally allowed to create commercial products with the Star Trek name and trademark. The fan film community has received some coverage from the mainstream media.[1][2][3]

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Drama films

Starship Exeter
An online series produced by Jimm and Joshua Johnson that focuses on the adventures of the starship Exeter in the original series era, with production design matching the era. It has been mentioned by the New York Times and Register-Guard (Oregon).[3][4]
Starship Farragut
Launched in July 2005, this series takes place during the original series era and tells the story of the crew of the USS Farragut. Starship Farragut was the main focus of a New York Times article on Star Trek fan films.[3] A second episode, "For Want of a Nail", has also been released. More details about the future of the series can be found in an interview with Republibot here [1]
Star Trek: Dark Armada
Based out of the Netherlands, the first episode of Dark Armada takes place ten years after the events in Star Trek: Nemesis. Filming began in January 2006. The series takes place on board the U.S.S. Batavia, named after the famous Dutch ship from the 17th century. The test episode is available since 12 September 2006 and the first episode titled "Worst Nightmare" since 28 March 2009.
Star Trek: Hidden Frontier
A series with fifty produced episodes, the series centers on the starship Excelsior and its home base, Deep Space 12, as they mediate disputes between various races and fend off attacks from a powerful new alien race, the Grey. Fan Films Quarterly listed Hidden Frontier as one of the ten most pivotal moments in fan film history in its Summer 2006 issue.[citation needed] The BBC in 2006 called the series "the most prominent" Star Trek fan film following Star Trek: Enterprise's cancellation.[5]
Star Trek: Intrepid
Star Trek: Intrepid
A fan film produced in Scotland and currently the only Star Trek fan production in the U. K. Intrepid is set in the 24th century, several years after Star Trek:Nemesis, and revolves around the effort to colonise a distant and largely unexplored sector of the galaxy. Star Trek: Intrepid was filmed entirely in Scotland and was released on May 26, 2007. GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly has a brief appearance in Intrepid [6] and the production has received extensive coverage in both national and international media, such as CNN,[7] BBC Radio Scotland [8] The Guardian,[9] and The Scotsman.[10] Intrepid was featured on the UK Sci Fi Channel's Sci Fi 360 video podcast.[11]
James Cawley as Kirk in Star Trek: Phase II.
Star Trek: Phase II (f/k/a Star Trek: New Voyages)
Co-creators James Cawley and Jack Marshall aimed to complete the original series' five-year mission, with actors cast as Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew on an exact replica of the original bridge set. One episode -- "To Serve All My Days" -- was written by D. C. Fontana, story editor on the original Star Trek series and featured Walter Koenig guest-starring as an older version of Pavel Chekov, his character from the original series. Several other actors from the original Trek series have also now signed on to appear in future episodes. George Takei reprised his role of Hikaru Sulu in the third episode, "World Enough and Time", joining the original Yeoman Janice Rand, Grace Lee Whitney. Fan Films Quarterly listed New Voyages as one of the ten most pivotal moments in fan film history in its Summer 2006 issue, and has been reported on by National Public Radio.[12] New Voyages also won TV Guide's 2007 Online Video Award for best sci-fi Webisode.[13] On February 16, 2008, during an appearance at the Farpoint Science Fiction Media Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, James Cawley announced that the series would shed the New Voyages moniker and become known as Star Trek: Phase II to reflect the transition between the original series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.[14]
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
A three-part series directed by Tim Russ and starring several Star Trek stars, including Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig.[15] The first part was released in December 2007; parts 2 and 3 have been released in 2008.[16][17]
Star Trek: Odyssey
A spin-off from the Hidden Frontier team with its first episode Illiad launched in September 2007. It is the story of the USS Odyssey, a Federation ship which has become trapped in the distant Andromeda Galaxy. With Odyssey's Captain and First Officer dead, along with most of the command staff, Lt. Commander Ro Nevin is forced to take command in order to get the remaining crew home.
Star Trek: The Helena Chronicles
A second spinoff of Hidden Frontier and a sister series of Odyssey. It is began in December 2007 with its first episode, Sanctuary Lost. The story follows the adventures of the USS Helena which was introduced in Hidden Frontier and is set approximately six months after the first episode of Odyssey.

Audio Dramas

Star Trek: The Continuing Mission
This independent production is the story of the U.S.S. Montana, a ship from the end of the era of "cowboy diplomacy" and cast into the brave new world of a half-century in the future--the height of the mentality of careful steps and slow deliberation. Cast into a new time and a new culture, the crew of the Montana is forced to adapt--but this hardly stops them from facing new adventures in the twenty-fourth century! After airing its pilot in December 2007[18], TCM has continued to release episodes every several months through 2008.

Parodies

Captain's Nightmare
This is a LEGO fan film directed by Jonathan Markiewitz that was featured on BBC Online in celebration of Star Trek's 40th anniversary.[citation needed] The film was inspired by the music composed and conducted by Ron Jones and the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds".
Redshirt Blues
David Rogers' film presents the tale of a space weary security officer on the Enterprise who is sick of Kirk, the ship, and the red shirt he must wear every day. While on patrol, he meets another redshirt on his first assignment and to whom he reveals the truth about redshirts. This film was screened on the Sci Fi Channel's Exposure in 2001.[19]
Star Track Idomo
Star Track is a fan film comedy produced by Golden Media Studios. The series features 22 live-action episodes, a separate spin-off series, and an animated series.[20]
Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation
In this 1989 film, the "Ferrari" have stolen all of the Pepsi from Starbase Seven-Up, and it is up to the crew of the Enterprise to rescue it. Captain Picard, along with Doodah the android, Ya Har, Jordashe, Rigor Mortis, Sexx Toii (the Betamax counselor), Ensign Expendable, and Weasley Crushme all leap into action. Along the way, viewers meet the harried Star Trek writing crew and the Ferrari's fearsome leader. This film was featured by the BBC in a series on Star Trek fans.[citation needed]
Star Wreck
A series of Finnish parody movies created by Samuli Torssonen from 1992 onward. The latest film, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, was released in October 2005 and became an internet sensation, having drawn more than four million downloads from the main site alone, making it the most popular film of all time in Finland.[citation needed]
Stone Trek
A Flash animated series that presents episodes of Star Trek as it might have appeared in the universe of The Flintstones. The series takes place aboard the stoneship USS Magnetize. Characters include Captain James T. Kirkstone, the Vulcano first officer Mr. Sprock, and ship's doctor Leonard "Fossils" RcKoy. The series also includes a running count of redshirts killed in each episode, and fans can write in to nominate themselves to be caricatured as a redshirt in future episodes. The production's website was a Sci-Fi.com "Site of the Week" in May 2001.[21]
A klingonok már a spájzban vannak (The Klingons Are Already in the Pantry)
A funny Star Trek themed Hungarian black and white fan movie. It also contains references and allusions to the 1965 war comedy A tizedes meg a többiek (The Corporal and Others).[22]

Machinima

Borg War
Borg War is a 90-minute animated movie originally distributed as individual short episodes. Footage for Borg War was produced using Trek-themed computer games (a process known as machinima) and then heavily edited to create the final movie, repurposing the games' voiceover clips to create a new plot.[23] Borg War was nominated for two "Mackie" awards by the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences.[24] An August 2007 screening at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was the first time that CBS/Paramount had approved the screening of a non-parody fan film at a licensed convention.[25]

Trailers

Bring Back Kirk
When Captain Kirk was killed in Star Trek Generations, fans started the "Bring Back Kirk" campaign. The original Bring Back Kirk teaser trailer was released in 2001 and became popular at conventions, such as the 2003 Starfleet Ball and Brazilian Trek Con at São Paulo.[citation needed] A second trailer, released in March 2004, was mentioned in Star Trek Monthly and The New York Post's Starr Report.[26][27]

Legal issues

The attitude of the Star Trek copyright and trademark holders toward fan works has varied over time. In early 1996, Viacom (which purchased Paramount in 1994) sent cease and desist letters to webmasters of Star Trek fan sites that contained copyrighted film clips, sounds, insignia, or other copyrighted material.[28][29] In the lead-up to the release of Star Trek: First Contact, then-president of Paramount Digital Entertainment David Wertheimer stated that Viacom was targeting sites that were "selling ads, collecting fees, selling illegal merchandise or posting copyrighted materials."[30] Under threat of legal action, many Trekkies shut down.[30]

Jennifer Granick, a San Francisco criminal lawyer who went on to champion cyber rights, felt that the unofficial sites should be covered by the fair use doctrine in U.S. copyright law.[28] In a 1998, UCLA associate professor Howard Besser claimed the entertainment industry as a whole was, and cited Viacom's actions toward Star Trek site webmasters as an example of, "exploiting concerns over digitization and attempting to reshape the law by strengthening protection for copyrights holders and weakening public rights to access and use material."[31]

Star Trek fan films have, until recently, operated in an informational vacuum, since Paramount has made few official statements regarding their existence. Fan filmmakers have generally kept a low profile, hoping not to draw attention to themselves. However, with the demise of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005, the fan film community began drawing more attention in the media,[32][33] and even a certain amount of recognition[34] from the entertainment industry.

Star Trek: New Voyages, one fan series, has established an understanding, that Paramount must be properly credited as the owner of Star Trek-related intellectual property.[35]

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