Learn Star Trek filmmaking from those who made it

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Good news for all Star Trek fans! CBS and Star Trek New Voyages Producer James Cawley recently announced the creation of a Star Trek Film Academy, a film school for Star Trek fans. Equipped to train people and produce fan films, the academy will be based in Ticonderoga, New York, US. It is expected to start business by the end of this year with the first film ready by spring 2018.

“Learn the art of Star Trek filmmaking from those who made it,” Cawley is reported, by Ars Technica, to have said when announcing the initiative at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention. “From gaffing to costuming to special effects, fans will work side by side with talented Star Trek artists to create short vignettes from beginning to end.”

And that’s not all! Besides employing people who’ve worked on professional Star Trek productions, the academy fans and films will also gain access to the New Voyages sets. New Voyages is a fan-made Web series by Cawley, created one episode per year from 2008 through 2015. Although the series was not officially a CBS production, its sets which are reported to be built according to the original blueprints of the 1966-1969 series, were licensed as a ‘Studio Set Tour’ in July 2016.

The academy is the first official, CBS-sanctioned fan filmmaking effort in Star Trek’s more than 50 years of history. Indeed, a remarkable effort by CBS to connect with its fans.

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