The public preconception that fan films are all low quality took a severe beating in 2008! The level of production expertise and the quality of scripting and acting has made major advances with certain trends emerging that are working in the favour of the production groups. Two groups in particular are garnering a lot of media attention.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men brought together the best of the amateur, fan production talent and a wealth of professional talent and experience and created a movie that was critically well received. It must surely have opened a few eyes in the entertainment industry for the way that it showed good entertainment need not necessarily cost millions of dollars per episode.

James Cawley's, Star Trek: Phase II is another show that has raising eyebrows with it's Nebula and Hugo nominations and it would be easy to say that is due to it's use of professionals who voluntarily want to be involved. However they have remained true to their roots by ensuring a strong contingent of fans in their cast and crew with a regular call for volunteers.

Rob Caves is also branching out into original work with his latest proposal, Frontier Guard, whilst maintaining his commitment to fan film-making by mentoring a number of spin-off series from his recently completed, seven season epic, Star Trek: Hidden Frontier: Star Trek: Odyssey, The Helena Chronicles and Federation One!

Another trend that is growing is the concept of joint productions. Star Trek: Intrepid and Areakt Films have proven this with two excellent examples of what can be accomplished by combining the resources of equipment, manpower and talent, Orphans of War and Operation: Beta Shield. Another trend that this Scottish fan production group is perfecting is the vignette, short films that add depth to the plot and characters.

Starship Farragut is following both these trends by developing on it's strategic partnerships with other fan groups, such as Star Trek: Phase II, and NEO/fx who are independently creating an animated series based on the Farragut fictional universe as well as producing vignettes of their own in between the filming of their full sized episodes.

These are only the stars of the Star Trek fan film community. They represent the tip of an iceberg that encompasses a vast range of fictional styles and media. For today's present Acrux fanzine is producing what will become an annual Star Trek fan film review, starting as posts on our Blogsite that will grow into a twenty page fanzine.

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These are fan productions, made available for free, and are in no way associated with Paramount Pictures or CBS Corporation who own the copyrights for Star Trek and all related products. Any attempt to sell, rent or otherwise make a profit from these productions should be reported to the copyright owners for their action.