Updated: Star Trek: Renegades, a fan film

Posted: August 24, 2015 in movies
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Space, the final frontier

posterWhen you think of film made by fans” based on some TV show or movie, immediately you picture a backyard production, starring teenagers, film students and amateur actors wearing costumes made by hand, in cardboard sets and effects produced in a makeshift studio in a garage or basement. Most so-called “fan filmsreally are like that, following the maxim an idea in his head, a camera in hand.”

Fortunately, this is not the case for Star Trek: Renegades. The film was produced by passionate fans of Star Trek who joined their love for the series created by Gene Roddenbery with the highest degree of professionalism to create a high quality product, able to satisfy the most loyal fans of the original series and at the same time those who do not distinguish a Vulcan of a Klingon.

Written by Jack Trevino and directed by Tim Russ, Star Trek: Renegades cost about $ 375,000 to be produced (a real dab in movie budgets made by fans) and uses modern film techniques and enough good visual effects to allow the film to draw the attention of any production company or broadcaster able to transforming the original idea into a pilot for a new TV series based on the Star Trek universe.

Boldly going where no Trek has gone before

Star Trek: Renegades is an unlicensed and unofficial fan film based upon the Star Trek franchise, although it features several characters from commercially produced Star Trek played by the same actors who realized them for film and TV, who in some cases are reprising their former roles as  Walter Koenig cast as Admiral Pavel Chekov and Robert Picardo as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman who is the developer of the Emergency Medical Hologram. The story concerns a group of criminals and misfits assembled to undertake a covert mission when suspicion arises that the official military chain of command has been compromised by enemy agents. The film was largely funded through crowdsourcing, and the film’s producers claimed they were going to submit it to CBS as a spec TV pilot.

renegadesIt’s ten years after the starship Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals (the primary catalyst for the fuel used in faster-than-light travel) are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, isolating them from outside contact. The phenomenon is unnatural – someone or something is causing it to happen. The need to stop this necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31, Starfleet’s autonomous intelligence and defense organization. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – and even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

The team behind Renegades had previously produced the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (click here to watch the full movie on YouTube). The film was shot at Laurel Canyon Studios in Los Angeles, utilizing green screen techniques. Principal photography commenced on October 2, 2013 and was completed on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. The premise for Renegades originated on the final day of the Of Gods and Men shoot. Jack Trevino made the suggestion of a series where the cast had to work outside of the boundaries of Starfleet. Writer Ethan Calk later credited this as being the origins of the idea. The production team announced plans for three possible outcomes from the film: CBS picks it up for a series; it is made into a stand-alone film; or it would be the first episode of an Internet based series.Source text: Wikipedia.

Read more about Star Trek: Renegades on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2621446/. Watch the official trailer on YouTube:

STR_BluRayClick here to know the artists behind the production and the visual effects used in the movie. Buy the original Blu-Ray or DVD if you are a real Trekker and help to keep the project alive. Support Renegades Team making a donate directly from the project’s official website and receive the digital download of the movie poster, access to exclusive web content, the digital download of the film, plus a Blu-Ray or DVD of Star Trek: Renegades.

Updated on August 31: Star Trek: Renegades full movie is now available on the Renegades Channel on YouTube. Live long and prosper!

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