Voyage Trekkers: Live!

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Okay, so we did something a little nutty … but hey, that’s what life is for!  We joined forces with the National Comedy Theatre of Phoenix to create a live, half-hour, improvised episode of Voyage Trekkers with audience participation.

Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell) and Dr. Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren) visit an alien world, fraught with conflict, to complete their new mission … sell Galactic Union timeshares!

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Voyage Trekkers Commentary – Episode 3

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Episode 3 was shot on the day after shooting Episode 1,2, and 5.  With our environment now inside, things were a lot less hectic.  Well, less stressful at any rate, and we certainly had better bathrooms!  That first day my eye balls were practically exploding out of my head with stress.  On the second day I was much more confident that were going to pull off this crazy venture.

Craig Curtis plays one of the doomed Cassigar Barbarians

Major thanks goes to Dorian and Krissy Lenz who own NCT Phoenix, the National Comedy Theatre, and who graciously let us run around their place like crazy people.  This episode was a nice change of pace, as it was more action than dialogue this time, and was a lot of fun to shoot but it was much more complicated.  You’ll notice there’s many more storyboards for this episode than for Episode 2.  

The sash that Craig is wearing in the picture above, that’s actually fabric from of the casino backdrop in our short film “Until the End of Everything.”  We try to sneak it into as many of our projects as possible.

I hate to point out things that may break the suspension of disbelief on a second viewing, but you can clearly hear our smoke machine giving an occasional “puff” of air in several shots.  I added other noises, like dripping water and cave echo to the scene, to give the location more of a “evil base” ambience, but  also to distract from the sound.

In the end this is one of the episodes I’m happiest with.  It’s fast, quick, visual, and has some great comedic suspense as it sets up a solid punch-line.  Not that I don’t have regrets or wish I would have done some things different …  That’s the way it always is, you beat yourself up on mistakes no one else (or so you reassure yourself with) can spot.  You can work yourself into madness if you don’t let it go and just move on.  After all, in the end, movies aren’t released … they escape.

The Adventure Starts This Sunday!

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, we’re having a second Voyage Trekkers “Choose Your Own Path” Adventure!  It starts Sunday morning (August 21), with five daily installments that you can vote on our Squishy Studios facebook page and choose the path that the crew takes.  So that’s five days of interactive fun in this text-based story, with the conclusion on Friday, August 26.  We really want to step things up a bit, so expect a few bits of originally art … including a finished poster with several of the story elements that were chosen at the end!

Reports from the Voyage Trekkers set

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Just six days after “Voyage Trekkers” premiered, we were on the set making new episodes to fill out the ten episode season.

The season finale, entitled “Many Paths to Eden” (formerly “Paradise World”; it sounds much more like an original Star Trek episode now), is quite ambitious.  For those of you wishing the episodes were longer you’ll be pretty happy with this one.  We shot more footage for the final episode than we did for the first three episodes combined!

The episode was such a bear to wrestle we were only able to finish three of the four scheduled episodes that weekend.  We’ll have to pick up the remaining episode some time soon in August.

Episode 3 – Birthday Surprise is out now, if you haven’t checked that out yet.  Also expect a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot to be coming down the pipeline as well.  In the meantime, enjoy some more photos!

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