I've being doing this Fan Film malarky since about 2003 when one of my friends at the Star Trek club suggested we make a film and I said I had a camera. Cue a decade and a bit of Star Trek: Intrepid. Much directing, editing, some acting, and post-production hair-tearing later and -- even though I call myself a writer -- I hadn't actually written anything for it. Making a film is very much a team effort. If Intrepid has a show runner, it is Nick Cook. I'm just a hanger-on, really.
So when I wrote an episode for the first time, I was inspired by some other Star Trek fan fiction. On our old and now-defunct forum someone had posted a short story which began with a red alert. Again. Starting with red alerts seemed a bit clichéd. So I decided to make mine the red alert to end all red alerts. Starting with Intrepid apparently exploding.
Many revisions later it had settled into a stable script.
And eventually there was the opportunity to film it at the start of 2017. The script having been lying on the metaphorical shelf for a few years, and with the weekend booked for shooting in a hotel function suite, one of the actors dropped out with 24 hours to go. So a frantic Friday evening was spent dividing one of the main characters into two characters and splitting the lines between them. Sounds like a disaster, but it worked rather well. The focus shifted slightly. Instead of one character helping another, it was two characters helping, both independently of each other.
If the script has a theme, it is about anxiety. Thing is, I never even realised it until the filming had been completed. Nick said it was obviously something very personal to me. And sure enough it is, but I hadn't even realised when I was writing it. Now that was mixed in with a secondary theme about how we help one another. I have to say I was rather pleased at the outcome, especially the performances.
Now, this particular website is about me struggling (or otherwise) as a writer, but I can't help saying something about the production of the film itself. Since it is indeed a personal project for me, I wrote and directed it and now I'm editing it and wishing upon wish that we could afford a standing set instead of having to green screen every single shot. Editing has been slow, not helped by my video editing computer more or less being on fire for a few months over the summer and other things getting in the way.
But I have a rough rough cut and it's progressing.
Keying the green screen though.
I'm not even going to think about that yet.