Voyage Trekkers Season Two Finale to Screen at FilmBar
Local writer and director Nathan Blackwell is gearing up to show the anticipated finale to season two of his sci-fi comedy web series Voyage Trekkers at FilmBar this month.
Courtesy of Nathan Blackwell Voyage Trekkers, a local sci-fi spoof web series, will be playing at FilmBar.
If you haven't watched the series, its episodes (each less than 10 minutes) are easy to binge on in an afternoon and definitely are worth a watch, whether you're a Trekkie, general geekologist, or just in for a quick laugh. Blackwell talked with Jackalope Ranch about what goes into making one episode, where he got the idea, geeky inside jokes, and why the cast and crew do what they do -- for free.
How did you get the idea for Voyage Trekkers?
I've been making movies for a while with my production company Squishy Studios, but for the longest time I've been really champing at the bit to do a fun sci-fi project. Voyage Trekkers is really the culmination of that desire to make a comedic love letter to the genre.
How long does it take to make one under-10-minute episode typically?
A 10-episode web series season is really like making 10 short films. Usually a single episode will be shot in one or two days. Then post-production, depending on the amount of effects involved, can be one or two weeks or even longer. Our shortest episode in season one (Episode 9: "Fabulous Technology"), which is only two minutes long, ended up taking something like two hours of post-production per finished second just because of the amount of visual effects involved.
Did you know the cast before this project at all?
Yes, all the parts were written for all the main cast members. When we started Voyage Trekkers, there were no big plans. It all snowballed from a very genuine place of wanting to make something fun.
Have you made any cameos?
I do have a cameo! The burnt silhouette of a tragic crew member in the first episode of season two -- that was me.
Who are some of your comedic writing and directing inspirations?
There's too many to name, really, but more recently I'm a huge fan of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, who did Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. Their comedic timing, sense of humor, and really strong characters are just top-notch