Watch it while you can, a new free Star Trek fan film has hit YouTube.
Star Trek: First Frontier is an entirely new, original, and self-funded fan film that takes place in the time of the original show. Set in the same time-frame, with sets and uniforms dedicated to that era of Star Trek. It was directed by Kenneth Smith, with the entire film being self-funded by the director. It was released on Star Trek Day 2020 to add to the festivities.
Despite its production budget being very high for a Star Trek fan-film, there are issues that the director himself admits to. He attempted to fix everything but funds became scarce after Covid-19 hit, and the subsequent quarantining caused a financial issue in fixing some of the minor issues with the audio. Smith promises that the issues will be fixed in a special edition.
According to the director, you can find some special easter eggs in the film that were plucked from various science fiction films, that really does add a nice loving touch to the film. Smith also points out that this film isn’t meant to establish canon in the Star Trek universe, merely add something new to it. Hee also says that they spent special attention on following the canon that was given to them and was made in good faith, and with adoration for the original source material. It Clearly shows.
Despite admitted issues with some visual and audio stuff, the film looks well done and worthy of befitting a Star Trek name to the property. Of course, fan-made stuff used to be very common but ever since ViacomCBS started All Access, they’ve cracked down harder on fan-made content than ever before.
The director is encouraging everyone to download the video from YouTube just in case.
"This is the story of the initial launching of the Starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701 under the command of Captain Robert April with his wife, Commander Sarah April, the ship’s first Chief Medical Officer. It’s the story of a starship that needs a Captain, and a Captain that needs a starship.“The Stars Are Not That Far” – John April to Robert AprilCast:Robert Pralgo – Captain Robert AprilTara Ochs – Dr. Sarah AprilBarry Corbin – John AprilNichelle Nichols – Nyota UhuraMark Ashworth – Commander YoungPaul Telfer – Commander McCainVince Canlas – Lt. Commander CorbinBrianna Ferris – Lieutenant LyraBrandon Thane Wilson – Ensign BrooksAutumn Dawn Nierode – Yeoman NicholsDiany Rodriguez – Lieutenant TaiJames Smith – Lieutenant DePriestChristine Chaffee – Computer VocalsJoshua Reid-Davis – Nurse JacobsRhys Smith – Background VocalsStan Harrington – Captain CollinsRobert Bryan Davis – Admiral TaylorNatalie Pero – Grace AprilApril Billingsley – Counselor LynchDeborah Childs – Empress LysixAdditional crew credits:Lauren Hope Williams -Script Supervisor"
You can learn more about Star Trek: First Frontier on their Facebook page.