Nathan Blackwell of Phoenix's Squishy Studios: 100 Creatives

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Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 33. Nathan Blackwell.

There has never been a better time to be a nerd. Star Wars and Star Trek are getting A-list treatment. Movies based on comic books (even obscure ones) are box office hits.

And Nathan Blackwell's Voyage Trekkers is coming to the big screen.

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With two seasons already under its intergalactic belt, the Squishy Studios-produced sci-fi comedy web series, which follows the worst space crew in the galaxy while lovingly skewering Star Trek, will make its way to the silver screen.

In June of 2014, Blackwell and his team launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the film and exceeded their $10,000 goal by nearly $5,000.

"The script is done and now we're casting," says Blackwell, who co-founded Squishy and co-created Voyage Trekkers with Craig Curtis. "We plan on shooting the Voyage Trekkers feature film in the Valley in early 2015 and we hope to have it finished by the end of the year."

Stay tuned.

I came to Phoenix with screams and poops. I was born in Phoenix.

I make art because creating things is how I process the world.

I'm most productive when I'm collaborating with others. Film is a social medium and you're always hoping that someone has a better idea than the one you originally had.

My inspiration wall is full of unreadable notes and drawings.

I've learned most from failing and trying again.

Good work should always be human. The best comedy and drama always come out of the human experience.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more unity. The Phoenix film scene is like scattered island states, each with their own currency and flag. It's been improving, but we need to foster a better community of collaboration and connection.

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Laura Sand
Laura Sand

Oh wow! Look at you Nathan! Can I get your autograph?! ;-)

Marte Crow,  Art
Marte Crow, Art

It's not just the film scene, the bigger Phoenix gets the less artistic collaboration exists.

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