CBS and Paramount Issue Fan Film Guidelines That Basically Kill All Fan Film Productions, Including Mine

As many have feared, CBS and Paramount have reacted to the copyright lawsuit against Alec Peters and his million dollar Star Trek Axanar production by employing the nuclear option (or, since this is Star Trek we’re talking about, the antimatter option). Today, the studios released fan film guidelines that basically spell the end for all fan film productions currently in production, as well as nascent works like my “Doomsday Machine” project. I guess I shouldn’t have procrastinated for nine years.

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Enterprise orbiting Earth

In honor of today’s historic ruling in favor of marriage equality in Virginia, here is a new image of the Enterprise orbiting the Earth that I recently rendered. The background image of Mother Earth is a public domain image taken during U.S. space shuttle mission STS-71 of the Earth and the late, great Mir space station. You can view the original background image here.

Enterprise Orbiting Earth

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The Enterprise Visits the Orion Nebula

The Enterprise visits the spectacular Orion Nebula in this new image I completed over the weekend for a friend of mine. The background image is from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

 

Enterprise Visits Orion

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Back to the hangar bay

Time to put the CMU in the hangar bay to see how it looks. Even though I know it’s basically a wearable spaceship and its interior is dominated by its single pilot seat, it’s easy to forget how *small* it is until you see it next to some much larger objects, not to mention things that have real-world analogues (e.g., the elevator doors, the control console, etc.)

That’s one thing this test scene made me realize. The other is that the “Jefferies” shuttle model is in dire need of a facelift… it looks positively flat compared to the CMU.

The Jefferies is looking a little plain these days

The Jefferies is looking a little plain these days

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You can have any color you want, as long as it’s white

Well, it is supposed to be a TOS-era cargo management unit, and they painted everything whitish/greenish gray back then. Now that I’ve seen her in white, I’m actually kinda leaning in this direction. Only thing is, now that it’s not bumblebee yellow anymore, the stripes really stick out, and I’m not sure you can call it a “Workbee” anymore (I think the nickname’s appropriate only if the hull is yellow). Hmmm…

The CMU in white

The CMU in white – click to emwhiten

The CMU without stripes - no longer a workbee

The CMU without stripes – no longer a workbee

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New Workbee WIP video

A short test video of the Workbee. Still a ways to go on this, but it’s getting closer.

Workbee WIP

Workbee WIP

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W.I.P. of new model – The “Work Bee”

Here’s a work-in-progress image of something I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks for the hangar deck scene in “Doomsday Machine”: a TOS-era cargo management unit (better known as the “Work Bee”).

The Work Bee

Cargo Management Unit (the “Work Bee”). Click to enanthophilate.


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Hangar Deck WIP

Finally finished the lower level maintenance deck, but I’m holding back further pictures on that until it’s “showtime”. I’ve now started working on the main hangar deck level, which is going to take quite a while.

Final flight

Final flight

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Ready for launch… well, not quite…

…but the underdeck area is nearing completion.

Ready for launch

Ready for launch… sorta

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Hangar deck WIP

Both the hangar deck and shuttlecraft Jefferies models still need additional detailing and texturing, and the hangar model needs a better lighting setup. Still, it’s a start.

Not quite ready for launch yet...

Not quite ready for launch yet…

It's a start

…bu it’s a start

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