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More Than A Fan Film

By T'Bonz
December 30, 2007 - 5:24 AM

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is the beginning of a trend where fans can participate in entertainment properties owned by studio, according to the producer of Of Gods and Men.

As reported at Trekweb, Sky Conway hopes that fan films such as Of Gods and Men, which released last week, will be embraced by the owners of franchises such as Star Trek. "It's the ultimate extension of 'brand identification'," said Conway. "Hopefully the studios will continue to embrace these fan efforts. It's certainly a cool way to keep a brand alive and current after it's 'off the air'."

Tim Russ, director of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men treated the film as if it was an independent mini-series. "This is not a fan film," he explained. "This is an independent Trek feature. Not to take away from the hard work and dedication of the people who make fan films, the quality of 'Gods and Men' is superior to the typical fan film." Russ, a friend and business associate of Conway's, has worked with him on projects dating back to 1999.

Conway believes that once households can access the Internet at fast speeds, the rules of the entertainment game will change. "The Internet will be the way all filmed entertainment will be accessed, on demand, on any device, anytime," he said.

To read the interview, head to the link located here.

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