Interviews

Batman Beyond: The Series

BATMAN BEYOND: The Series is a fan-made, non profit, live action, film project funded by fans, family, and friends,that will be broken down into an eight episode web series.  We got to sit down with the minds behind the series, Nathan Lyles and  Rick Niedt, to discuss the fan filmed webisodes.  

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Derreck: Why did you pick Batman Beyond, the future?

Nate: It was a blend of Batman and science fiction. Sci-fi is one of my favorite genres.  When the show first came out, I was kind of skeptical because it wasn’t really Batman, but after watching the show, it reminded me of some of my favorite sci-fi like Fifth Element and Blade Runner. So this particular Batman blew my mind and I wondered what it would look like live action.  I got so excited.  This series is the result of the very script that I completed all the way through.  So I would say to myself, ‘well, how am I going to get the budget? I’d have to take out some of the fights to dumb down the script a little bit, but I don’t want to do that for this.’ The fights are staying and we’ll figure that out later.

It’s not really an origin story, just something to remind you of the show and all the love that goes into it. We skipped a lot of that origins stuff.  Once we got the budget and the script, we got really lucky and ran into a lot of people that wanted to help.  When I visited California last year, I was doing a work transfer at Walgreens, and one of the guys working on the project now, he said he got laid off.  I started talking about Batman Beyond and how next year I wanted to start a live action Batman Beyond series, and he got really excited about it, wanted to work on it and told me not to worry about paying him, he’d do it for the love.  I went home and finished my script and then moved out to California.

It’s all about putting Batman and sci-fi together; that’s the reason I did it.

Derreck: Your series is going to be live-action.  How close are you planning for it to be to the original show? Are you doing your own thing or are you going to try and follow some of the stories they put in place?

Nate:  The story takes place a year after the series ended, so we kind of found a balance between that.  And, Rick, that was one of the things he kept in check as the Story Editor.  Once you get the characters down, they still have the same attitudes, they’re still recognizable to the fans, but, you know, you adjust for age.  Terry’s not in high school anymore, he’s doing his own thing, he’s balancing being Batman with everything else.  It’s very similar to the cartoon, but the story itself is new and refreshing.

Rick: I think there’s a really nice balance there, though, because Nate was able to pull off making it seem like a natural extension.  This is where the show left off and we picked up but still having, you know, the characters sound like the characters.  The fans of the old show are going to recognize them on this show too.  And then he was also able to, like you said, add the new slightly darker, more adult element to bring in some new fans who maybe weren’t watching the show but are hardcore Batman fans, or even Beyond fans who came in more from the comic book rather than from watching the show.

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Derreck: This is a fan project, which is a really big deal. How did you go about funding a project like this?  It’s no small task, so how are you guys able to pull this off? You have so many people involved, how are you able to do that?

Nate: Well, Rick, you wanna take that?

Rick: Yeah. You need me to write another check?  That’s what we were trying to imply earlier.  To really do this right, we had a substantial inflow of cash from me, but we also did have a number of significant volunteer efforts, both in terms of acting resources and locations and equipment and crew members and the VFX specialists.  So many things that were just volunteered to us or at least deeply discounted to make our budget stretch a little bit more has made all the difference.  You know, the technology itself, even within the last few years, has exponentially increased in its ability to do great effects that we feel are going to take the neo-Gotham stuff over the top.  Joel and Nate are working together on the visual effects, and we think that will pick up a lot of (what’s lost) because we don’t have the multi-million dollar budget of a big studio.

Nate:  I didn’t write it thinking it was going to have a lot of special effects and action sequences that would take up a lot of the budget.  The story is where it all started.  Every member of the crew who has read the script is 100% behind it and I like to think it’s because of the story.   If it wasn’t for the script, they probably wouldn’t be volunteering their time, equipment, things like that.  I was looking into getting a green screen room, and the actor that plays Curare’, she said her school has that and she volunteered her school’s space, so that saved a lot of the budget.  And Joel took care of a lot of the visual effects. I didn’t have to pay a lot for that.  The things that I couldn’t really get around were the locations, so that took a lot of the budget.  Most of it, though, is people volunteering to be a part of something great, just to have their names be attached to the project, which really helped get us through the budget that we had.  The guy playing Batman, he had a demo reel of him flipping around, doing a lot of Parkour.  When he came around, I said, “I know you’re an actor and able to do stunts.  Would you like to play Batman?” And he said, “Hell yeah.”  So he’s playing Batman, doing all of the fight scenes, when we were going to hire a stunt guy, and then we got him!  He’s just another example of people volunteering their services. I feel blessed.

Rae: In all fairness, if you asked me to play Batman, I, too, would say, “Hell yeah.”

Derreck: Let’s talk a little more about some of the characters. You’re going to have Bruce Wayne in it, the old, old Bruce Wayne.  How much is he going to be featured in it? Are you going to keep the balance that the cartoon had or are you going to step him back a bit?

Nate: No, he’s our second lead, so he’s in it quite a bit.  The series takes place in one week, so a lot is happening.  Terry, of course, consults with Bruce, so now that he’s Batman, he feels he has to listen to the original Batman.

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Derreck: So all the episodes take place over the course of a week?

Nate: Yeah.

Derreck: That’s a lot of characters to fit in during that time frame. Is everyone going to have a little spot or are there a lot of cameos?

Nate: It’s a bit of both.  There will be some cameos.  There’s the main story and then a love story going on in the background.  And we were also trying to get in as much of the fan favorite stuff as we could without cutting anybody short.

Rick: Nate’s very careful with how much he reveals about plot.  So your question has caused him to dance around.  You’ve all seen the type of thing where some behind the scenes force is generating a little more heat for the hero.  Suffice it to say, it’s one of those types of things.

Rae: So aside from Terry and Bruce, who were you most excited about adapting?

Rick: I’d have to say the guy who plays King from the Royal Flush Gang. No, just kidding.  That’s me, actually.  That’s my 90 seconds of fame cameo. Curare’, for me anyway, is one of my favorite villains, I think her look is great.  Nate probably doesn’t want me to mention too many.  I mentioned her because I know she’s already got a teaser out on the site.

Derreck: I know you don’t want to give a lot away, so maybe this is not a good question, but are we going to see multiple villains throughout this? Or is it more of one big bad that takes him multiple days to take down?

Nate: There’s multiple villains.  I got a question over Facebook asking me if I’m going to over saturate the story with a ton of villains.  Quite a few of the characters are just sprinkled in there.  I wish I could put more in there, but I don’t think we have the time.

Rick: In addition to getting a significant amount of the rogues’ gallery into the show, he’s also managed to bring in a lot of characters from Terry’s personal life.  You can’t have Batman Beyond without Nelson Nash, right?  You have to get him in there.  The jerky big man on campus who teased you from high school.  And Maxine Gibson, Terry’s best friend and computer expert, had to be in there.  He’s sprinkled in there everyone you’re expecting to see.  He did a really good job with that.

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Derreck: Since you have so many characters, and you said a lot of them volunteered, what has the routine been like, getting production done? Everyone’s on set for a few weeks? Are you bringing people in as needed? What are you doing?

Rick: Kidnapping and coercion.

Nate:  The scheduling has been the most difficult part about getting this done.  Everyone has to be available the same time, the same hours.  That’s what’s taken up the most time.

Derreck: So now that everything is all said and done, how much time was taken since the first camera clicked?

Nate: It’s probably been about six months now, between filming and editing.

Rae: Did this project turn into what you expected it to be? Was it larger?

Nate: It was definitely bigger than what I expected.  I moved out here from the east coast, I didn’t know anybody.  I didn’t know exactly where I was going to take it, or how it was going to evolve. I originally thought I was going to have to use my own budget, so it was going to be small.  No matter what it was going to happen, but it might have taken longer.   If it was going to take 3 years, I was going to make it happen.

Rick: Nate’s a very ambitious guy. You know, when I got ahold of the first version of the script, I was thinking to myself, “Wow. This is a big project.” But I think we intelligently controlled the number of scenes and locations enough that it was manageable.  When you do this kind of a thing, you can have the seedy side of Gotham and not have a huge high-tech operation in every single scene.  I was still thinking, budget-wise, “how are we going to pull this off? This many moving parts?” I think it’s been amazing.  The creativity of how to get around some of those types of problems, most of which has come from Nate, or his crew (other guys like Dimitri and Joel) was impressive.  Some of the cast members have been helping out as additional crew.  I’m not there every day, like Nate is, but even on the days I was there, watching them interact and pull together, saying, “You know, we’re doing something pretty large scale  here, but we have to do it fast and on budget, so let’s get it done.”

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Rae: Were your families surprised when you said, “I’m going to make a live-action Batman series,” or were they behind you?

Nate: Well, my family has supported me.  This is very different, though.  I moved to California to make a Batman movie.  I was like, “That’s what I’m doing.” They just said, “Ah, you’re good.” My friends and coworkers and everybody else, they were all very supportive.  A lot of people were reaching out, offering help to put some fires out, everybody was very excited about it, especially my mom.

Rick: My wife has long known that I am a comic book nut and we have a 4-year-old son, who, despite all my best efforts, is a Superman guy, not a Batman guy (but I’m still working on him.) So… when I told her this, she was like, “Oh, really? That’s nice.”  It was just one more thing she knew I was wasting valuable money and time on.  I’m kidding.  She’s totally supportive.  I think Nate alluded to it earlier, but the reason we even met up was because I’ve been focused on writing some screenplays recently.  One of the things I tried was a featue length Batman Beyond. And just surfing around, I stumbled upon Nate’s project and said, “Oh, we’ve got to hook up.” And that’s really how it went from there.

Derreck: So you’ve got the 8 episodes, they’re nearing completion, so what are your plans for it at that point? Are you going to make anymore? Are you waiting to see what the support is after the fact? What’s your plan?

Nate: We’d like to get some attention from the Warner Brothers or D.C. executives. Ideally, I’d like to make a film or have a Netflix series, like Daredevil. But on the lower level, I don’t know if you guys are familiar with Mortal Kombat, but Mortal Kombat has a few series online now, along the same lines as us.  I just want to keep taking this to the next level, and if all else fails, if I’m lucky to do anything else, then that would be great.  I don’t want it to stop here.  I think there’s a lot more that can be done by bringing Batman and sci-fi together.

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Derreck: What are some things you’re most excited to tell people about?

Rick: Just to reiterate what Nate said, we have the second kickstarter campaign, so anything we can squeeze into the quality of this project will be great.  We greatly appreciate any help from the fans.  What I want to express is that I think the unique combination of Nate and I has sort of brought out something that the Batman Beyond fans have been waiting for.  You know, DC hasn’t done it.  There have been a  couple teases where we thought they were going to do it, but if they are, they’re not going to do it any time soon.  And life is just too short. So we basically took it upon ourselves to just make it.  And we’re hoping that we’ve done it with enough quality and enough excitement that it’s not just a reward for Batman Beyond fans, but we’re also going to make some new fans.

Derreck: It sounds awesome.  I’m a huge supporter of that.  As a Trekkie, fan films are huge and to see that in the Batman world, is great.

Rae: Thank you so much for spending your night with us.

If you’d like to pledge to the Batman Beyond: The Series kickstarter, you can go here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/naturnal/batman-beyond-the-series-dvd-pre-order

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Batman Beyond: The Series

Q&A with Jim Butcher

A few weeks ago, I contacted Jim Butcher’s assistant in the hopes of getting to interview Jim ahead of the release of his latest book, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass.  Much to my surprise, his assistant got back to me and we scheduled the interview.  He’s one of my favorite authors, so I was incredibly excited to have a chance to interview him.

Sadly, the day before the interview was scheduled to happen Jim’s dog, Frostbite Doomreaver McBane Butcher, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  As you might expect, the interview was canceled.

But since I live one town over from where Jim lives, it’s a pretty safe bet that whenever he has a new book coming out that there will be some kind of book signing event somewhere in the area.  Sure enough there was.  And for an hour ahead of actually signing the books, Jim answered all kinds of questions that we in the audience threw at him.

Here is my transcript of the Q&A session from that event:


Jim ButcherLet’s get a few things out of the way first.  Yes, I am working on the next Dresden book.  It’s due to be turned in this Christmas and should be out somewhere around next spring.

Q: When you are writing books, do you keep character bibles for yourself or for the publisher?

A: I do keep them for myself every time I’m making up new characters and so on.  I make up a little dossier entry on the character, of who they are,  Sometimes I draw a picture of them, but because I can’t draw…they don’t look like that.  I’m not sure where the Dresden Files one is right now.  Probably in a box somewhere.  Mostly I use the Dresden File wikipedia these days, because the fans, you guys, are so much more on the ball than I am with this stuff.  Now, bear in mind that I’ve seen so many slightly different versions of the Dresden Files over the course of writing the books, whereas you’ve only seen the final version.  So it’s much easier for you to remember, “Oh yeah, that character had purple eyes”, even though in my head they had been yellow.  I’ll look at the book and think, “Oh, I must have changed the eye color and didn’t really think about that.  Well, it was 4:30 in the morning when I was doing those edits.”

So now mostly I just go to the fan wiki.  Fans are so much better at keeping track of that than I am, and the fans are the ones that want to say, “Look, you missed this detail, you got it wrong.”  I guess you’re right, I did.   But now people like that build wikis, so “No I didn’t, because I cheated.”

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Skin Game, Book 15 in The Dresden Files

Q: Harry Dresden started out as a really humdrum, normal, not big danger character, and now he’s a much bigger threat.  Is he going to continue to progress on to confronting bigger entities?

A: My intention with Harry Dresden was never to make him the big fish in the small pond.  He was always the medium sized fish that had to be smart and fast if he wanted to come out on top.  So everything that I’ve given him that makes him cooler, only serves that purpose.  Because he’s going to be continually going up against things that he has no business going up against.  Storm Front Harry Dresden would never have survived Skin Game.  I mean, he just wouldn’t come out of it in one pieces.

I’m kind of reminded about at the end of Changes, when I killed him…ahem spoilers…and my publisher called and was freaking out on me, going, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, you killed him, you killed him!”  And I’m like, “Yeah, yeah, I know!  Now we get to do the cool stuff!!”  So look for the series to go increasingly off the rails in terms of how bombastic some of the bad guys are going to be.  We’re going to have a lot of fun from here on out.  Especially since my special effects budget has gone up a lot.  Which is cool because it doesn’t cost me anything to do that.  It costs me just as much to burn down Chicago as it does to not burn down Chicago.

Q: Why Chicago?

A: Because my writing teacher wouldn’t let me set it in Kansas City, which is where it was originally set.  She said, “You’re walking close enough to Laurel Hamilton’s toes that you can’t set your books in the same state.  Just pick a different city.  Not Kansas City.”  And…ok, Chicago.

Q: You swore to never to two series at the same time again.  Why are you doing it again?

A: The answer is alimony.

Q: Is there ever going to be a Dresden movie or a (no offense) better TV series than the last one?

A: What I’m hoping for is that we get a Netflix series.  It is being shopped around in Hollywood, so we’ll have to see what winds up happening.  It’s Hollywood.  Hollywood is all talk, man.  Nothing is real until the check has cleared.  Just to give you the check, that’s not reality yet.  Once the check clears, now it’s real.  So we’ll see if anything happens.

Q: When are we going to see Ramirez again?  And will he ever get his own short story?

A: In the Shadowed Souls anthology that I just got done editing.  I’ve been an editor this year.  Which was a really interesting experience.  I’ve never edited anything before.  At one point I read a story and fired off a critique to the author, and then I stopped and realized, “I just told Nora Roberts to cut 10 pages from her short story…She’s like the pro-est pro that ever pro’d a pro and I just said ‘drop 10 pages’.”

In that anthology there’s a short story called Cold Case.  It’s Molly’s first job as the Winter Lady, and Mab sends her off on her first mission, and you get to see what her job is.  And Ramirez teams up with her against a Cult of the Sleeper in a town in Alaska.  There’s a town called Unalaska, Alaska.  Really.  There’s really a town called Unalaska, Alaska.  It’s where Deadliest Catch is based out of.  So they go find a bunch of Deadliest Catch fisherman who have started worshipping Cthulu basically.  But that’s a fun story, and that’s where you’ll next see Ramirez pop up again, and he’ll show up in Peace Talks.

Peace Talks, I really should have subtitled that one ‘Blue on Blue’ or something like that, because basically I’ve set up a situation where I can do all these theoretical fights.  “Who would win if these two went at each other?  Let’s see!”  We’ll see what happens.

Q: One of the forum posts I really enjoyed on your website was the one where you answered a question about The Archive and said “I’m going to tell you this because it’s never going to show up in the books.  How much of that kinds of material do you have, and are you interested, or would you be interested in maybe putting together some kind of Legendarium for the world of Harry Dresden?

A: There is a TON of that material.  There is so much of it.  Because I’m constantly thinking of stories that could happen in the Dresden Files universe.  “Oh yeah, that could happen.  This is totally happening…how am I ever going to connect Harry Dresden to that.  There’s no way in hell he’s ever going to be in the Grand Canyon doing something.”  So as far as a Legendarium goes, I don’t think I will, because I want to have the option to do spinoffs.  And if there’s no mystery, there’s no spinoffs, for when I’m done with Harry’s story.  I’ve got a couple of different characters that it would be really cool to do spinoffs of.  I don’t want to end my options on that.

Q: Question about Lord Raith.  In Blood Rites, Lara bests him in the fight, but in the White Knight he’s still up, walking and talking, with her controlling him.  How does that work?  Is he a ventriloquist dummy?

A: He appears to be in charge, but he isn’t, because Lara can do terrible things to him if he doesn’t play along, and that’s his option now.  So he has to play along with Lara and wear the target on his chest while she runs things from behind the scenes.  Everyone else in the White Court, it doesn’t take them very long to figure out this is what’s going on.  But that’s the play that they have going on, everyone has to pretend that Lord Raith is the one in charge even though they know better.  Until it comes time to unseat Lara, and they’ll have to take Raith out of his position in order to get Lara out of hers.  Lara, at the same time, she’s got to ferociously protect his position.  It gets very byzantine in the White Court.  They’ve basically got a figurehead emperor, and a pile of ministers with the real power.  Lara happens to be on top of that pile of ministers at the moment.

Q: At a Con you attended recently, you mentioned that the reason Mab owes favors to some unsavory characters is due to debts she accrued when the Winter Fey first assumed the duty of manning the Wall.  Can you tell us who was manning the Wall before?

A: I can.  And I won’t.

Regarding that favor, it was a situation where Mab needed to be in two places at once and couldn’t.  So Anduriel loaned her Nicodemus to step into one of the places she couldn’t be.  Man has since learned better than that and now she has somebody that will step in for her when she needs to be in two places at once.  Which is why the Leanansidhe has got so much power and generally shows up whenever Mab isn’t there.  If you’ll notice in the books, the Leanansidhe and Mab very rarely show up in the same place at the same time.  That’s because Leanansidhe is covering things that Mab should be doing, while Mab is wasting her time on Harry Dresden.  And vice versa.

Q: At the beginning of the series, there’s only a very vague, amorphous big bad.  As the series has progressed it’s gotten more complicated and more convoluted.  How much of this were you planning all the way back when you started writing?

A: All of it.  I kind of had a good idea of what the big bad was, and what it looked like, and where it all lined up.  We’ve still go the really excited things in front of us.  We’ve got giants and apocalii (which I judge to be the plural of apocalypse).  Kaiju and gods.  Plus we’re going to have a dragon vs. wizard fight.  Because…you knew that was coming.

Q: The Gate seems like something that, if it didn’t start with a consciousness, would develop it over time.  Is that the case?

A: It probably is, but the consciousness of an inanimate object like that is mostly like that of a mountain.  “I AM HERE.”  And it’s just increasingly aware of its here-ness.  The Gate actually exists very differently than what Harry saw, but that’s how Harry has to interpret it because it’s far out in the Nevernever.  Your mind has to put things into terms it can understand or you go squirrely.  Harry’s got a very good mind for reducing things to simple ideas.  Which most of the Senior Council would say with a roll of their eyes.

Q: Even though you write all these characters, have you ever had one that refused to do what you wanted it to?

A: No, because those people work for me.  There are times when the characters don’t seem to be going as easily in a direction I want them to go.  Often I will have to stop and take a look at what I’m doing since maybe the story has squirreled off in the wrong direction.  Which is sometimes the case and I’ll have to rewrite.  Often what I will do is I’ll go back and I’ll play Time Lord and go back and retool the character’s past to give them a good motivation to do what I want them to do.

Murphy was continually too much in the way in Fool Moon, for example.  She kept trying to participate in what was going on and not in the adversarial way I needed her to, because she was essentially a minor villain in Fool Moon.  It was not working out at all until I went back and tinkered with her backstory and Murphy has a paralyzing fear of big dogs.  That was changing her opinions and put enough brakes on her that I could get her to slow down enough to let other people get killed instead of her.

But it also means that she wasn’t too sure about Mouse the first time she met him.  She’s OK with him later on, because he’s a big dog that she doesn’t have to be afraid of, she trusts him despite that fear.  But that’s all under-the-table stuff that I can’t write about because Murphy is not going to go up to Dresden and say, “I’m terrified of big dogs.”  Because Dresden would make fun of her for being short and it’s not going to happen.

Q: Who is your favorite character in The Last Airbender series?

A: I think Zuko was the most convincing in showing a character turn 180 degrees.  The personal redemption arc for Zuko was pretty cool.  When he got to the point that he realized, “oh wait a minute, I’ve been struggling all along for my honor.  I thought that having my father’s respect would give it to me, but no, I need to have my respect for it to work.  And that means I need to do the right thing and I’m going to turn against my father, the most powerful man in the world, and help the Avatar fight him.”  And that was kind of the turn of the tide of the series in many ways.  So Zuko was kind of my favorite.

Although my favorite characters are almost always villains.  So Azula was really my favorite character of the entire thing.  Because Azula was just crazy.  She was such a good example of a psychopathic villain that was still human.  You could tell there was something broken about her, right from the very beginning.  And yet she kind of carried on and you almost feel for her, every once in a while.  At some point she’s standing there saying, “My mother called me a monster…he was right of course.  But it still hurt to hear her say it.”

There was some really brilliant writing in Avatar.

Sokka was a lot of fun, and at the end of the day, Sokka took out Sparky-Sparky Boom-Man, who was one of the scariest guys in the series to show up.  Which I thought was just awesome.  I am a fan of Avatar, I like Avatar a bit.

Next time I have a dog, I’m going to have a little white dog and name him Appa.  I’m going to train him with hand signals so whenever I want him to do something I’ll say, “Appa, yip yip.”  And whatever the hand signal is will be what he does, but all I’ll ever say is “Appa, yip yip”.  And then I could do a cosplay where I could be grown up Aang, and shave all of the hair off of the dog’s head except for a big arrow on the little dog’s head.  And dye that blue.  Cause that would be awesome.

I’m a nerd.

Q: You’ve written ancient Rome and urban fantasy.  What was the motivation for the Cinder Spires?

A: I was sounding out several different ideas.  I wrote out the first 20%-25% of four different novels and showed them to my beta readers and said, “which one strikes you?”  And as I showed them to them one at a time it was pretty clear that the steampunk idea was really hitting bells with the readers.  So I thought, ok, I’m gonna work with the steampunk.  It really all started as an exercise in trying to figure out why they needed to wear goggles.  Someone was always like, “just write a steampunk story,” and I’m like, “I can’t, because there has to be a real reason to wear goggles all the time.”  So, ok, stop and figure out why they need to wear goggles.

By the time I was done answering that question, I had a universe.

So I know why they have to wear goggles all the time, but they don’t necessarily know all the reasons it’s necessary.  They know the consequences if they don’t, but they don’t understand why those consequences exist yet.  And it’s all coming, later in the series.

Q: Will you ever visit Alera again?

A: I don’t have any definite plans to go back yet because I have so many stories that I want to tell, and I’m going to have to live to 128 to get them all written.  And I keep coming up with new ones, which doesn’t help.  So come on, all you bio-med people out there, biological immortality, get working on it.

I could at some point, there are a couple of places I could go back to if I wanted to.  But nothing on the drawing board right now.

Q: Did I create the spiritual daughter as a companion to Bob, and Is Dresden going to have to have a father-with-a-shotgun talk with Bob?

A: That’s a fair question.  The answer to that is no, I wanted to show what Bob was like when he got started before he had generations and generations to figure out how things work.  But yeah, the shotgun talk is inevitable at some point.  Dresden is definitely keeping Bonnie away from Bob, because he fears Bob will be a terrible influence.  And he’s right.

Q: Will Dresden be featured in any of the spinoff stories?

A: Very possibly.  I like the character a lot.  Although I think he will be very different in the spinoff stories, because when you’re not seated inside his point of view you don’t see how scary he is to everyone around him.  He is creepy.  For one thing, he’s huge and dark and scarred, and never makes eye contact with anybody.  He doesn’t talk a lot, but when he does he usually says something that is reasonably incisive or makes fun of someone.  It would be a little eerie hanging around him if you weren’t close enough to see behind the mask that he wears.  He would be a totally different person showing up in a place like that.  Although it would be fun to do a series of short stories showing people seeing Dresden from the outside.  Maybe I’ll do that in the future sometime.

Q: What are your steampunk influences?

A: Probably Rudyard Kipling and Jules Verne.  League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Horatio Hornblower.  I don’t really think this book is steampunk at all.  I think it is Steam Opera.  But my editor says I’m not allowed to create a new genre whenever I want.  So, ok, it’s steampunk…*sigh*…but I think it’s Steam Opera myself.  Because it has that kind of Space Opera scale to it in many ways.

Q: Will we get more history of Harry’s mom and grandfather?

A: Yes, in the next book.

Q: Why does Harry keep wearing a hat on the book covers, when in the text of the book Harry keeps talking about how he hates hats?

A: That didn’t really start until Book 8 or 9 or something like that, is when I started making that comment.  It was because on Book 7 the Art Department decided that the perfect way to say “Wizard P.I.” was to have the guy with a wizard staff and a P.I. fedora.  That it would be the perfect psychological shorthand for “Wizard P.I.”  So they directed Chris McGrath to “make it like this.”  And Chris, who is a professional artist said, “I will make it like that,” and did so, and fulfilled his commission.

And I didn’t like it.  So I got all passive aggressive about it, and started making fun of hats in the books.

So when the new book came out, the steampunk book, Grimm is one of those characters that would never be caught dead without his hat.  So of course they draw him with no hat.

Q: How many books have you planned for this new series?

A: I’ve planned 3 books to start it out with.  I planned a 9 book arc, with cutouts at 3 and 6 in case it didn’t sell.  If you guys don’t like it, you don’t buy it, that’s how it works.  Hopefully we’ll do 9, hopefully people will enjoy it enough that it’ll go to 9 books.  I want it to go that far.  Because it’ll take that long to do the whole story and explore the back history of this world and show you all these different things i have in mind for this place that came from “why do we wear goggles?”

It’s sometimes frustrating because, as a writer, you build all this stuff and you don’t get to use it all.  It’s so frustrating.  Which is why sometimes I blow a gasket and mention something on the forums about The Archive or something like that.  Or Murphy’s dog fear.

Q: Would you ever consider doing a collaborative effort with another author?

A: No.  Because I would not wish to inflict myself upon anyone that I respect as a professional.  I am high strung and way too controlling.  It works well for me when I’m sitting along in a room, because no one else has to put up with it.  But if I’m sitting there working with somebody else I’m pretty sure we’re going to start throwing our phones at each other.  I am doing a couple of things, I’m doing a short story in Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International anthology, because I want to know about the janitor at MHI.  If you’re the janitor at a company that professionally hunts down monsters that routinely chew up cities and stuff like that, I figure you’ve got a job.  So I wanted to write a story about that.

Other than that, if other authors wanted to do a Dresden Files thing, I could maybe do something like that at some point.

My stomach hurts just thinking about it.

Q: Will you ever do a crossover between your universes?

A: It would be kind of cool.  I’m not sure if it sounds cool or cheesy.  Harry’s the wizard, Tavi is the thief…I’m not sure if that would be cool or cheesy.  Though really that’s been my entire career.

Q: Are there limitations to how magic works in the Dresden Files?

A: Yes, there’s always limitations.  But the people in that world don’t necessarily know where those limitations are.  And as you get closer and closer to them, the likelihood of bad things happening gets worse and worse.  It’s why you don’t see a lot of wizards flying around on brooms, in the Harry Dresden universe.  If you’re experimenting with a flying broom, you get to make one mistake.  And then you don’t have a flying broom or a living wizard anymore, due to the high speed crash.  But you can get other things that are slightly safer than a flying broom.    A flying carpet does make a little bit more sense than a flying broom, because at least you don’t fall off it quite as easy.

There are always limits to things that can happen, but you have to find someone that’s willing to test those limits.  Without getting killed. You can always test the limits, it’s the ‘not get killed’ part that’s difficult.  You can ask Marie Curie about that one.

Q: Whenever Harry’s had a relationship it hasn’t worked out.  Is there something big coming?

A: When you say ‘something big’, do you mean that in a positive sense, or…?  Yeah there’s something big coming….poor Murphy…

Q: James Marsters does a wonderful job as the reader for the audiobooks for the Dresden Files.  Is he going to continue as the reader until the end of the series?

A: I do not want the publisher to change the reader from Marsters, because he is great.  The problem is that he is the highest paid actor in Hollywood.  Literally.  He makes more money than anyone else in Hollywood.  James has a very savvy business manager.  The point is, James is only doing the series out of a love for the series and his fans at this point.  Because we can’t possibly pay him what his time is worth.  So it’s up to him.

Q: As a very successful author, why do you still live in Independence, Missouri?

A: I asked the very same question of a martial arts instructor when I was a teenager.  This was the kind of guy that could catch arrows out of the air, the CIA had asked him to come train them and he told them to go fly a kite, just a world class martial artist.  I asked my teacher, who worked for him, “why does he live in Independence, of all places?”  The guy looked back at me and said, “because he wants to.”  And that’s kind of my answer as well.

Q: How much input do I have in the Harry Dresden RPG?

A: I gave them a series of notes on things they could not have known because they weren’t in the books, but are features of the story world.  Then I told them, “but you can’t reveal any of that, but you need to know it in order to build the world correctly.”

Then I went through and I nixed a bunch of things that they had put together, that they had effectively added up 2 and 2, and came up with 4, and I erased the 4 and said, “no no no, because this 4 is going to be a story later. So you can’t lay this out here for everybody.”  I believe very strongly in building a story world where you could predict what was coming next if you had 1 more fact.  And a lot of times people have made the intuitive leap and predicted what I’m going to be doing with something anyways.  Somebody who is a reader has come up and told me essentially everything that’s going to happen, every major event, that’s going to happen for the rest of the story.  It’s all scattered out amongst the collective, but the collective knows what’s going to happen.  I feel that’s a very good level to be at, as far as writing the story goes.  That people can look at this imaginary place, and the rules works well enough that you can say “Oh, this is coming!”  Which is really rewarding for me.    

Q: Do you get ideas that change your story?  When someone asks you a question or something like that?

A: Oh yeah, that’s happened.  Somebody else will come up and say, “Is this going to happen?”  And I’ll be like, “No, that’s not going to happen…but…that’s better than what I had…that’s a really cool idea.  Can I make that work?”  That’s happened a couple of times for smaller things on the side.

Q: Have you been approached to do anything more with comics or Marvel?

A: No, which is good.  Comics/Marvel doesn’t pay very much.  I don’t get a royalty, I get a flat fee and then I go away.  And everything has to be approved by a committee, and then if you want to change anything, it all has to be approved by a committee again.

I have been approached by others.  At one point Wizards of the Coast wanted me to do the Dragonlance reboot.  This was when 4E was just coming out.  And I thought this was a really cool idea.  So I re-read the first 3 books in Dragonlance, and came up with a plan for a story, of how the entire story universe would change if Flint had caught Hasselhoff trying to steal his dagger in the very first chapter.  Because then, Tanis gets wounded by an goblin so they’ve got to take an extra 45 minutes taking care of Tanis before they can go into town and help Goldmoon.  And that changes the entire story, everything, based on the fact that Flint goes, “Ah hah!  You weasel, you can’t take my knife!”

I took Raistline, and it was going to be Raistline as portrayed by Dr. House.  And it was going to start there, because really, that’s how Raistline should have been portrayed.  As Dr. House.

So I was very excited, and I had all the plans together, and then I went to Wizards of the Coast and I said, “Tracy and Margaret know about this and are cool about it, right?”  Wizards of the Coast started giving me these weasel answers  and I was like, “Oh, ok.  They don’t know, and you haven’t run this by them, and the only reason I’m a writer is because Margaret Weis came in to my high school and gave a talk about writing.  And that’s the only reason I thought “well maybe I should write a novel” when I was 19.  So I kind of went, no I don’t want to do this.

And then they had the disaster that was 4th Edition come crashing down on them and I think everyone behind the idea lost their jobs anyhow.  Really, 4th Edition was a disaster for those guys.  I’m sorry, it’s much nerdier than I really should be going on at this point.

Q: Of all of your published works, are there any that stand out to you as the best or worst?

A: To me, Storm Front is the one I wrote when I knew the least about how to tell a good story.  And really that’s just a fact.  Ghost Story was a book that I was trying to do something very different for Harry Dresden, because Harry is the guy who kicks down the door and saves the day.  When he can’t kick down the door and save the day, who is he?  That was sort of what Ghost Story was about, and I’m not sure I pulled it off as well as I wanted to.  But I knew it was going to be a very very difficult book to write, and it was.

As far as the best work I’ve done, was probably Changes, because everyone wanted to kill me.  And I’m happy with that.  And then Dead Beat, because undead T-Rex.  I don’t know how I’m going to top an undead T-Rex, maybe I should have saved that for later on.    

Q: How did you originally build Harry’s world?  Did you start with the magic system or the world around him?

A: I started with the premise that I needed to prove to my writing teacher that she was wrong about what she was trying to teach me.  That was where I started.  I decided to prove it to her by doing everything she told me to do, and put my characters together in this exaggerated way, and using story outlines and chapter outlines, and to do all these little worksheets that she had, and character sketches and profiles.  After I did all of that she was going to see exactly what horrible cookie-cutter pack of crap emerged from that artificial stilted process.

So I wrote Storm Front.

After that, I started with Harry.  I put him together as a frankenstein of Merlin and Sherlock Holmes and Spencer and Gandalf.  Just borrowing traits, basically ripping off their arms and sewing it onto another body.  And after that, well he’s a wizard, the next thing to figure out about the world was the magic.  Because that’s how he’s going to relate to the world.  So I went out and raided the local bookstore, it was a Border’s at the time, raided their metaphysics section.  It was all books about people that incorporate magic into their religious practices.  I took everything that I thought would have a good effect or would be fun to work with later and left a bunch of the rest of it behind.

So first it was Harry, then it was the magic, and then everything else.

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass, by Jim Butcher

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Q: Your costumes were great at DragonCon.  How long did it take anyone to figure out who you as a group were cosplaying as?

A: Well, nobody could figure out who we were cosplaying at DragonCon because we were cosplaying people from Cinder Spires.  Which nobody had read.  It was the most hipster cosplay ever.  “I’m dressed as Captain Grimm from Cinder Spires.  You’ve probably never read it…”  Although, to be fair, I cheated on that costume, because I wrote Captain Grimm’s costume as a costume that I already owned.  It was in my closet.  I wanted to cosplay convincingly as somebody from one of my books, and I didn’t have anyone else that I could do that with.  So it was Grimm.

Q: What authors do you look forward to reading, when they release a new book?

A: Brandon Sanderson, he’s like the Terminator or something.  I don’t know what it is.  I’m going to get on a plane tomorrow, get to the airport, new Brandon Sanderson book.  Take off, land in Cincinnati, and there’s another book!  That’s what I feel like he does.

Brian McClellan is probably getting added to the list really soon, since I’m really enjoying is Powdermage books.

Larry Correia, John Ringo, I always pick up those guys.  David Weber.

Naomi Novik, I love the Temeraire novels.  Give me those, give them to me faster.  What do you mean this is the last one?

This completes the Q&A transcript with Jim Butcher. What did you think? Are you looking forward to the The Cinder Spiders: The Aeronautics’s Windlass? Comment below with your thoughts.

Q&A with Jim Butcher

Pacific 201 – A New Star Trek Kickstarter

Pacific 201 is a brand new Star Trek universe fan-made production. We’ve had several major hitters over the last couple of years including Star Trek: Renegades and, of course, Star Trek: AxanarPacific 201 takes place in the 2200s, forty years after the end of the Romulan War, the war we would have seen in season five of Star Trek: Enterprise. On August 21st, they launched their Kickstarter. To learn more about it, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Eric Henry, the man behind the Pacific 201 project.

Pacific 201 Recruitment Poster

Me: Hello, Eric. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions today. First, let’s talk about you. Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with Star Trek, and film.

Star Trek has always been a big part of my life. My father, who had the privilege of growing up with the original series, did a great job of introducing my siblings and I to Star Trek with episodes and movies on tape. I don’t think we had all that many episodes, to be honest, but we watched them to death. There was a pretty healthy mix of TOS, TNG, and I think we had The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home, as well. Voyager was on the air by the time I was old enough to remember watching television, and we watched that every week too.

As far as my involvement with film goes, a lot of that is thanks to my father as well, who worked as a video photographer during most of my formative years. This meant that I was in near-constant contact with filmmaking equipment, and naturally, making movies became a staple of my childhood. It’s probably pretty safe to say that I made a movie a year from the time I was 6 to the time I was 18. By the time I entered college, I wanted to “up my game,” as it were. Finding myself with a film-savvy roommate, we set out to make something a little more professional, and we ended up producing a Kickstarter-funded short film called “Lily” two years later. Pacific 201 will be my biggest project to date, but it’s a natural step for me.

Pacific 201 Torpedo Fire

Me: Obviously, the big topic of discussion is your new project, Pacific 201, which is a new fan-film set in the Star Trek universe. Can you tell us a bit, for those that don’t know, about the film, when it takes place, and maybe the overall premise?

Pacific 201 is a story about how humanity copes with the aftermath of its first interstellar war – a war that shattered dreams for a lot of people. Even the founding of the Federation wasn’t quite enough to keep humanity from questioning its role in the quadrant. “Is exploring the stars really worth it if death and destruction are all we get from it?” We have to remember that since the launching of the NX-01, Earth suffered two major interstellar crises with the Xindi and the Romulans. It hasn’t all been peace and hope. The mission of the Pacific is a new generation of humanity proving to itself that the dream of peace and prosperity in the final frontier CAN be realized. It took humanity 40 years to regain it’s footing, but the launch of the Pacific is the true dawn of the kind of Starfleet and the kind of Federation we see in TOS.

Me: So, in short, your film, Pacific 201, takes place about forty years after the end of the Romulan War and the ship, Pacific 201, is the first real deep space exploration ship since the end of the war?

We imagine that Starfleet was doing SOME exploration between the Romulan War and the launch of the Pacific, but it’s definitely one of the last things on their mind. Border security, reestablishing trade routes, and other tasks associated with rebuilding after a costly war consumes much of Starfleet’s time and resources. Not to mention that probing into deep space is a sore subject for humanity after the war. Poking our nose into the unknown hasn’t done humanity much good, after all. Or – that’s the way it seems. But as a new generation comes of age, that attitude is diminishing.

Pacific 201 Shuttle

Me: Why did you pick this particular time period for your film?

When the story first dawned on me, it was actually something more concurrent with Kirk’s time. Perhaps slightly before the beginning of TOS – like the year 2260. But as I thought more about the story, I wanted there to be a really big deal about a new deep-space exploration vessel, and that didn’t really make sense coexisting with a ship like the NCC-1701. So I then considered a pre-ENT story, and while exploring that time interested me, I thought the speeds were too slow to get the ship anywhere really meaningful and new. There’s too much hand-holding in that era. I then realized that the period after the Romulan War would be jam-packed with all sorts of really tangible attitudes and situations that an audience could relate to. It’s not just a point on a timeline, but it’s a period of time that would have characters with real opinions and histories. People who had lost parents in the war, people distrustful of the unknown, people yearning for a new era of peace. It offers a whole spectrum of rich storytelling opportunities.

Pacific 201 Romulan Stealth Ship

Me: Did other fan-film projects like Star Trek: Continues or Axanar play a part in why you chose this time period or story?

The story I chose has much more to do with movies like Apollo 13 and submarine movies than anything. Star Trek owes a lot to submarine combat, and that series developed in the Apollo-era of space travel, so I always thought it would be awesome to see a Star Trek movie that had the same nuts-and-bolts, practical, and realistic feeling of a real-world historical film.

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Me: So, I’ve seen a lot of the art and images posted online of the ship and uniforms. As is the case with previous Star Trek, the ship is basically its own character and something that gets a lot of screen time, especially in the Original Series-era films. Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration for the ship design? Why did you place the nacelles above the saucer section and not attached directly to the secondary haul as is typical in Trek ship designs? Can you tell us anything about the ship’s specifications (i.e. crew size, warp speed capability, weapons, science stations, etc.)? Can it land?

The ship is definitely a character in this film. After all, the movie is named after the ship itself. The design for the ship stems directly out of a naval vessel. Star Trek is so deeply-rooted in maritime tradition, and I wanted to respect that. Furthermore, to go with the storytelling style, it was important that the ship looked like something we might actually build in the future. The original Enterprise always struck me as a design that looks like it HAS to look that way. Sure, it’s an awesome design, but when you really think about it, it’s so weird and unconventional that it actually lends to its credibility. Starships won’t be designed to look “cool”. Instead, they’ll look like they’re designed with a function in mind, and the Pacific meets that requirement, I think.

The nacelle placement is actually pretty inspired by the Constellation-class starship that we see in TNG. That design always looked to me to make the most practical sense of any ship in Starfleet, and since a practical design was foremost in my mind, I definitely lifted inspiration from that. The secondary hull on the Pacific is pretty much everything BUT the warp core – torpedoes, navigational deflector, shuttle bay, etc. I call it the “mission pod,” because I imagine it can be swapped out for different pods depending on the ship’s mission. The engineering section is actually located in the primary hull, and has a horizontal warp core like Archer’s NX-01.

The Pacific is actually a pretty small ship in terms of volume, and has a crew of only about 120 people. Considering her size, she’s only moderately armed. The Pacific isn’t a battleship, but between four phaser cannons and four photon torpedo tubes, she does still have teeth. The Pacific also has 20 small bays that feasibly hold weapons, such as atomic missiles (which we assume were used during the Romulan War when there wasn’t enough antimatter to go around for torpedoes).

Pacific 201 Close-up with Escape Pod

Me: Alright, well, I’m very excited to see this ship in action. I, personally, think it’s a very beautiful design. Let’s talk about the uniforms. They seem to be a nice evolution from the Star Trek: Enterprise era naval style but include the basic color scheme used in the Original Series. How did you end up with this uniform design?

The uniforms take a very blatant page from British “No. 3” navy uniforms. One particular variant of that uniform includes a pullover sweater as part of the uniform, and we thought “ah, this actually kind of links to TOS,” because in the pilot episodes especially, the uniforms are, for all intents and purposes, pullovers. They even have the ribbed collar that the British No. 3 sweaters have. So we thought that was a fun way to link the real world to the Star Trek world.

Pacific 201 Crew Uniform

Me: As the Kickstarter, which we’ll talk about shortly, notes, you have stainless steel badges on the uniforms. Did you see these as an earlier version of the insignia badges in later Trek or were you trying for something completely different?

The badges on our uniforms are honestly closer to “something completely different” than anything else. There was no specific Starfleet badge in ENT, and in TOS, the badges on the uniform are something more akin to assignment patches. Since the uniforms in Pacific 201 already will include an assignment patch, the badge is actually something kind of new. In the context of the Pacific 201 world, it doubles as a personal data card (something that actually has precedent in TOS). You can read all about that in an article on the Pacific 201 website.

Pacific 201 - Crew Badge

 

Me: I mentioned the Kickstarter, so we should probably dive into that. Your campaign was launched on August 21st with a goal of $20,000. Why did you decide to go with crowd funding and why did you choose Kickstarter over other options like Indiegogo?

Kickstarter was a really natural choice for this movie. I had already used Kickstarter once before for Lily, and I really like that site’s model. I didn’t want to switch platforms between projects since Kickstarter already worked really well in the past, and we had something of a track record there.

Pacific 201 Interceptor

Me: Now, whenever a Kickstarter is talked about, someone always manages to claim that the money asked for is never necessary. Why did you choose to provide such a detailed breakdown right out of the gate? Your campaign specifically breaks things down into three categories and then those get broken down even deeper. Was this something you wanted to do from the get-go?

This is something that Axanar really impressed me with. They released a very, very detailed breakdown of costs that inspired a lot of confidence, and I felt that was something we should emulate with the Pacific 201 Kickstarter. Our breakdown isn’t super-specific, since we haven’t made every last decision as to what models of camera and lenses we’ll need to buy, but we thought that getting as specific as possible was something we really wanted to do.

Pacific 201 Top-down

Me: Let’s talk about the perks. You’ve got a lot of digital perks plus a few physical ones. How did you determine what perks would be available?

Something we wanted to do with the perks was to offer things that were really relevant to the actual project – things we’ll actually see in the movie. So the patches, the badges, and the pins were really obvious choices, since we’ll actually see those on-screen, and it’s always fun to hold something like that in your hands. The technical manual, too, was something that we thought would be really cool, since it will go into a lot of detail about things we’ve thought up for the story and the universe, but won’t have time to show on-screen. It’ll be really cool supplemental material that should enrich the experience overall.

Pacific 201 Ship

Me: One thing I noticed is that the film is only available in digital form. Have you thought about or do you have plans to release a physical DVD or Blu-Ray down the road? If not, why not?

Producing a DVD or a Blu-Ray is a huge amount of work that is actually somewhat disproportionate to the interest for it. Lots of fans are content with just streaming the movie on Youtube, after all. Given the work involved, it seemed like something that we didn’t want to offer as a perk on the Kickstarter – at least as anything but a standalone perk, which can confuse users, and that’s something we didn’t really want to do. However, we’re really not ignoring those who have asked questions about a DVD or a Blu-Ray. Our viewers who also want a DVD or a Blu-Ray can look forward to future plans, where we might end up offering a physical copy of the film as a standalone perk through Paypal donations after the Kickstarter. It depends on the interest.

Me: One perk, that I’m very excited about personally, is the limited $500 level which actually gets the person a speaking role in a scene of the film. That’s very cool. Are you excited about this perk? Was it something you thought would be fun or more necessary?

That particular perk is something that’s not really necessary, but definitely a fun way to involve our fans. We have a lot of roles in our script that are just one, two, or three lines, and since a Kickstarter is all about co-creation, it seemed natural to get fans in on a piece of the action.

Me: Can you give us any details about that role?

We have a few different roles that we have in mind for the $500 level, and the specific roles that donors at that level will get will probably vary on schedule availability, and who fits the costumes we have. We can’t really reveal the specific roles at the moment… but it’s safe to say that somebody might get to play a Romulan!

Pacific 201 Headon

Me: Another interesting perk is the Technical Manual. What kinds of things do you expect to end up in this book? Are you basing off of the previous official Technical Manuals say from The Next Generation?

The technical manual is definitely inspired by the Next Generation technical manual, and it’s going to include a wide variety of details that aren’t just limited to details about the ship. We’re going to include sections on the relevant in-universe history surrounding Pacific 201, as well as details on specific technologies and maybe even some character bios.

Me: The Kickstarter ends on September 20th, at 11:59PM EST. Is there anything else you’d like to say about the campaign before we move on?

Just that sharing and spreading the word is as important as actual contributions. Getting the word out will help this project succeed!

Me: Okay, let’s talk special effects. The ship renderings look great, as do the props shown in your Kickstarter video. How are you handling the special effects? Are you trying for practical effects with models or do you have some visual effects people working on it?

Currently, I’m handling a large portion of the special effects myself, but we are looking to expand the team, since not only is there a very high standard for the visuals in this movie, but there are some effects-heavy scenes in our script that will need talented contributing artists.

Pacific 201 Overhead

Me: Are you looking to have the bridge and other interior sets physically built or will some of that be CGI?

Our interior sets will be physically built. We have a really cool and intuitive plan to build our set in an almost entirely modular way, which will let us build dozens of sets at a greatly reduced cost by mixing and matching elements to create new spaces. I think people will really like our sets, which we’ll start building in force after a successful Kickstarter.

Me: Finally, let’s talk about future plans. If the Kickstarter is funded successfully and you’re able to make the Pacific 201 film, do you have hopes or plans for future films or a web series or are you anticipating this as a one-shot film?

Pacific 201 is a self-contained story, and there are no plans to create sequels or a web series. But who knows? I do have a really cool story in mind for a Romulan War miniseries… but if that ever happened, it’d be far off on the horizon.

Pacific 201 - Crew Member

 

Me: Is there anything else you’d like to add or mention about the project, yourself, your team or anything at all?

Just that we hope you all love what we’re doing as much as we do, and we can’t wait to show you a really excellent final product.

This has really been great. Thanks again for joining us, Eric. We’re very excited to see the final project and boldly go with you and your crew. To find out more about Pacific 201 check them out at the locations below and don’t forget to stop by and contribute to their Kickstarter before September 20th.

So there you have it, Pacific 201 aims to be a story about exploration, about moving beyond the Romulan War while fitting into the overall timeline of the Star Trek franchise. To learn more about the project, please check out the links below:

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What do you think of the latest Star Trek Kickstarter? Are you going to back the campaign? What do you like about what they’ve shown so far? Comment below!

Pacific 201 – A New Star Trek Kickstarter