Star Trek: Renegades (2015)


Introduction

Star Trek: Renegades is a fan film based upon the Star Trek franchise. 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 said they were going to submit it to CBS as a spec TV pilot.

The completed pilot film was released for public viewing via YouTube beginning 24 August 2015.

Plans were announced for a Renegades web-based series, but in 2016 the overt Star Trek elements and characters were removed to avoid legal complications.

Outline

Ten years after the starship Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, 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 reorganised Section 31, Starfleet’s autonomous intelligence and defence organisation. 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?

Cast

  • Walter Koenig as Admiral Pavel Chekov.
  • Adrienne Wilkinson as Captain Lexxa Singh.
  • Sean Young as Dr. Lucien.
  • Manu Intiraymi as Icheb.
  • Gary Graham as Ragnar.
  • Robert Picardo as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman.
  • Corin Nemec as Captain Alvarez.
  • Bruce A. Young as Borrada.
  • Tim Russ as Tuvok.
  • Chasty Ballesteros as Ronara.
  • Edward Furlong as Fixer.
  • Courtney Peldon as Shree.
  • Crystal Conway as Cadet Chekov.
  • Cirroc Lofton as Jacob.
  • Larissa Gomes as T’Leah.
  • Tarah Paige as Commander Petrona.
  • Cela Scott as Lexxa’s Mother.
  • Kevin Fry as Jaro Ruk.
  • Clint Carmichael as Moordenaarr.
  • Rico E. Anderson as Boras.
  • Vic Mignogna as Garis.
  • Richard Herd as Admiral Owen Paris.
  • Madison Russ as Cadet Madison.
  • Grant Imahara as Lt. Masaru.
  • Jason Matthew Smith as Malbon.
  • Herbert Jefferson Jr. as Admiral Grant (Ben) Satterlee.
  • Sinn Bodhi as Syphon Guard.

Production

Development

The team behind Renegades had previously produced the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007). Renegades was shot at Laurel Canyon Studios in Los Angeles, using green screen techniques. Principal photography commenced on 02 October 2013, and was completed on 16 October 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 in which the cast had to work outside of the boundaries of Starfleet. Writer Ethan Calk later credited this as being the origin 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. Ultimately it was made into a stand-alone film. Its running time is 1.3 hours.

Financing

Primary financing was via three successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Total raised for the film was $375,038. For reference, the film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) had an estimated budget of $190 million. On 28 November 2015, Renegades reached $300,000 in fund raising according to Kickstarter.

Release

Backers of the film were given a limited-time, online-streaming preview of the unfinished film in June 2015. The official premiere took place at Crest Theater, Los Angeles on Saturday 01 August 2015. Public release of the completed Star Trek: Renegades film began on its own YouTube channel on 24 August 2015, and surpassed one million views by 18 December 2015.

After the official premiere, Star Trek: Renegades was shown on Sunday, 06 September 2015 at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto. In mid-September 2015 the film was released at the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas and The Geek Gathering in Sheffield, Alabama. In mid-October 2015, the film premiered at the TRIFI (TCIF3) Film Festival in Richland, Washington. In late October 2015, the film premiered at Rocket City NerdCon in Huntsville, Alabama.

Casting

The cast of Renegades includes several Star Trek alumni, who in some cases reprised their former roles. Garrett Wang was to return as Harry Kim, but had scheduling conflicts with his involvement in Unbelievable!!!!!, a comedy film with other Star Trek alumni actors. Wang expressed interest in returning at a later date. J. G. Hertzler was originally set to play Borrada, the film’s main antagonist, but had since taken political office in New York.

Rico E. Anderson was cast as Boras, Richard Herd was cast as Admiral Owen Paris on 09 October 2012. Courtney Peldon was cast as Shree on 14 November 2012. Tim Russ was cast as Tuvok on 07 December 2012. Walter Koenig was cast as Admiral Pavel Chekov on 04 March 2013. Adrienne Wilkinson was cast as Captain Lexxa Singh, leader of the Renegades and a direct descendant of Khan Noonien Singh. Sean Young was cast as Dr. Lucien. Robert Picardo was cast as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the developer of the Emergency Medical Hologram programme which bears his likeness. Manu Intiraymi reprised his role from Voyager as the Brunali former Borg, Icheb.

Chasty Ballesteros was cast as Ronara, a troubled young Betazoid. Kevin Fry was cast as Jaro Ruk, an unbalanced former Bajoran freedom fighter. Grant Imahara was cast as Lt. Masaru, an aide to Admiral Pavel Chekov. Vic Mignogna was cast as Garis, a vicious Cardassian prisoner.

Trivia

  • The original plans were for Star Trek: Renegades to be a web series.
  • However, on 25 June 2016, in response to new fan film guidelines, the production team announced that they had removed all Star Trek references from the script for the sequel.
  • Star Trek: Renegades won seven of thirteen categories in the 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards (Best Production Design; Best Special & Visual Effects; Best Sound Design, Editing & Mixing; Best Makeup & Hairstyling; Best Costuming; Best Director and Best Original Story or Screenplay), presented at and by Treklanta.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Tim Russ.
  • Producer(s): Deborah Moss, Stacey Woolf Feinberg, Joshua B. Cole, Mac Roberts, Sky Conway, Ethan H. Calk, Jack Trevino, Thomas J. Moore, Tad Atkinson, Frank Zanca, Jon Macht, Marc Linn, Walter Koenig, Michael J. Zampino, and Alec Peters.
  • Writer(s): Ethan H. Calk, Sky Conway, and Jack Trevino.
  • Music: Justin R. Durban.
  • Cinematography: Tristan Barnard.
  • Editor(s): Michael Linn, Marc Linn, and Jon Macht (vfx editor).
  • Production:
  • Distributor(s): ST Renegades LLC.
  • Release Date: 24 August 2015.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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