Frontier Guard

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Lindley, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

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    Who else is watching this space opera web series?

    http://www.frontier-guard.com/

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tF71uQBk_Y[/yt]

    11 webisodes of 10-15 minutes each have been made, and are being released one per week; 4 are out so far, on Vimeo and YouTube. If they're successful, they may continue the series with standard 42-minute episodes.

    This is the first (possibly) moneymaking venture from a team which has been until now been doing several Star Trek fan series, most notably Hidden Frontier. It's still mostly green-screen work, but they seem to have solved most of the "halo" problems that plagued their earlier productions. I'm always impressed when amateur filmmakers are able to pull together something that could pass for professional pretty easily.

    And Professor Kellog is awesome.
     
  2. Lindley

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    Well, that's a resounding silence....
     
  3. AviTrek

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    Maybe you should have posted a better subject. I see a name I don't recognize and skip over it. I only found out this thread existed and it was a space opera based on your link in the thread on upcoming tv shows. I'll check this out, although I'm generally not a fan of pure green screen work.
     
  4. Admiral Buzzkill

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    Well, there you have one problem with creating original content, especially on a limited budget - fans are more interested in what they already know than in investigating something unfamiliar.

    Folks on the Internet are forever going on about how Hollywood "is out of ideas, has no originality and only does remakes" but this exchange illustrates in a small way what a great part of their reasoning is: attach a familiar name to something and that immediately cuts through a certain amount of the general media noise. You don't have to identify or explain yourself to get an immediate reaction.

    I watched the first couple of segments and was generally impressed, particularly relative to their Star Trek productions, but lost track of it for a few weeks. I'll have to watch the two new episodes this evening.

    Oh, and it has Nick Cook in it. :techman:
     
  5. SeerSGB

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    Saw the 1st installment and enjoyed it, not had a chance to sit down and watch any of the other ones.
     
  6. sojourner

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    Missed the thread first time around. Haven't watched an episode yet, but based on the clip you have embedded, my gut reaction is "Hey! someone remade Space Academy!". That is a really young cast.

    Going to checkout more now.
     
  7. SeerSGB

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    Just got caught up. Enjoyable series. Has a bit of a "Space Cases" feel to it.
     
  8. nx1701g

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    I'm afraid I just haven't had the time.
     
  9. SeerSGB

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    Honestly, I think watching it all in one sitting worked in its favor.
     
  10. Lindley

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    Yeah, the short webisodes aren't really my favorite format. I prefer full-length stories.

    The latest episode contains a slightly-too-unsubtle Firefly nod.....
     
  11. Ryan Thomas Riddle

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    Yeah, I caught that too because it's too freakin' hard not to miss. Maybe it was the alliteration in the similarity. Or the same syllable count.
     
  12. ProwlAlpha

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    I am really not getting into this series. It likes Harry Potter-in-space-goes-to-space-camp. The Frontier Guard is supposed to be a military, yet it seems more like well actors pretending to be in the military. Also, I know that the series' creators worked with a lot of Fan Film Trek, but they really need to get the show away from the it's Trek but not Trek.

    The Connor Blake is the key to everything is really getting old, it seems like they have to re-emphasize it every moment where there is a non-Connor Blake scene.
     
  13. Dusty Ayres

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    [RANT]Broadway & the West End (London) are, and have been, out of ideas, too (check out MGM Threatrical's slate of stage productions based on MGM properties!) Or check out what's usually being mounted on Broadway; Show Boat (based on the Edna Ferber novel)-Miss Saigon (based on Madame Butterfly by Puccini)-Hair, or any other type of old musical being revived (including a recent revival of My Fair Lady in Japan) ! Yet, we don't hear the self-righteous moronic whiny hordes on the Internet bitching about that, do we? No, because Broadway and the West End get a magical pass whenever they do! But as soon as Hollywood does it, yelling, screaming, and bitching result, followed by 'Hollywood's run out of ideas'! All because they do the same things that Broadway and the West End do.

    As I've said before five times, and I will say again, as a hypothetical Hollywood producer/executive-I'll stop doing remakes when Broadway stops doing revivals. Also, once more for all those that didn't get it, hear it, or understand it-There is NOTHING new under the sun. Understand the last one, and your mind will cope better with existence, and with life.:vulcan:[/RANT]
     
  14. sojourner

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    ^Broadway gets a pass because %99 of the world does not get a chance to see it.
     
  15. Admiral Buzzkill

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    Well, the argument in favor of Broadway is actually that a particular production or performance of a play is not the play itself but a single interpretation of it. The play exists as a text and in the case of a musical the score. So, for instance, although there have been many film versions of Romeo And Juliet they're not regarded as "remakes" but simply new versions. The Day The Earth Stood Still, OTOH, is an entire work unto itself; the script is not the finished work but simply one element supporting the production.