New Trek Fan Film Released
Despite recent efforts by CBS/Paramount to stifle the production of high-quality Star Trek fan films, last week saw the release on YouTube of a feature-length fan production set in the era of Star Trek: Enterprise. Star Trek Horizon tells the story of the NX-04 Discovery and its crew as they take on a life-or-death mission at the height of the Earth-Romulan War. During their mission, they uncover a deeper plot involving an ancient weapon and a dangerous enemy with a thirst for vengeance (no, not Khan. No, really!).
Fan productions can be of… variable quality. After all, these are generally not professional film-makers, working on a shoestring budget in their spare time. However, Horizon does a creditable job, largely thanks to a story and script that is more than able to match (or exceed *cough* Star Trek Into Darkness *cough*) the standard of official Trek productions.
The film makes extensive – almost exclusive – use of virtual sets, which mostly do a good job of believably transporting the cast to the world of Enterprise. Although there are occasions when the background doesn’t quite seem to match up with the action of the cast, in general the effects do a good job of providing a backdrop to the story without distracting from it. The external effects shots of starships at battle are also very well executed, although a less enthusiastic mimicking of JJ’s famous lens flares would have made them better, and the director has inserted far more dust on his virtual lens than would ever be tolerated on a real camera.
Overall, I’d recommend taking a look at Star Trek Horizon if you find yourself with a spare 90 minutes. If you’d prefer a taster before starting on the full movie, check out their trailer. Probably best to do it soon though, before the lawsuits start flying.