This fan film is set in the universe of Garth Ennis’ comic series, Preacher. Darren Hann was able to bring his original story to life with an impressive cast and crew.
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Canada is one of my favorite countries. I’ve been there many times, both in the summer and in the winter (BRRRRR!!! ), and there are two things I can guarantee: the site is simply stunning, and the people are among the friendliest and most friendly I’ve ever encountered anyplace on the earth.
I’ve covered a lot of “international” Star Trek fan films over the years, including ones from England and Scotland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Australia, and I’ll soon be covering ones from Italy and Russia. And it always seemed unusual to me that I hadn’t located a contemporary fan club in Canada, the birthplace of WILLIAM SHATNER and JAMES DOOHAN, as well as the present shooting site of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. JOHN ATKIN, the co-showrunner of YORKTOWN: A TIME TO HEAL (coming out shortly) and a Toronto resident, came the closest. However, the majority of Yorktown’s manufacturing took place in the United States.
And so it was with considerable pleasure when I read DARREN HANN’s statement on Fan Film Forum this past Friday…
CAPTAIN GARTH: A STAR TREK FAN PRODUCTION is an intriguing new film production by DHann Productions. CAPTAIN GARTH, based on the character from the original Star Trek series, will follow the highs and lows of Garth’s starfleet career after the Four Years War and before the original series episode “Whom Gods Destroy,” with the goal of providing an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating and tragic characters in Star Trek iconography.
CAPTAIN GARTH is directed by Darren Hann and produced in the Canadian province of Newfoundland. Various members of the production team have previously worked on fan favorites such as STAR TREK: RELIANT (web series) 11 Episodes, STAR WARS: Inner Demons (short film), STARGATE: REPLICATION (short film), and PLAN 9.5 FROM OUTER SPACE (short film), all of which are currently available on YouTube and Vimeo.
CAPTAIN GARTH will consist of two 15-minute episodes, filmed with an amateur cast and crew, and will be self-funded, according to Paramount and CBS’ Fan Film Guidelines.
Of course, the statement drew my attention for a reason other than the fact that it was made in Canada’s easternmost province: the usage of the “G”-word: Garth. Garth has already been associated with AXANAR—specifically, PRELUDE TO AXANAR, INTERLUDE, and the future Axanar sequels—in the fan film community. ALEC PETERS has also been mentioned by Garth. So many people in the fan film community (including myself) were wondering whether this new production would be connected to Alec or the Axanar project in any way, or if it would be an entirely distinct plot with no ties to the previous Axanar fan films.
I contacted Captain Garth showrunner Darren Hann, who lives on Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, just a few kilometers from the picturesque coastline capital city of St. John’s, to obtain answers to these and other issues…
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Darren, and the rest of the community, welcome to!
DARREN – You’re welcome, Jonathan.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Let’s get to know you a bit more before we get into your fan project. What do you do for a job, and on a scale of casual to dedicated to obsessive, how involved are you in science fiction?
DR. DARREN – I am the proprietor of a company. In its 14th year, I was a co-founder of Sci-Fi on the Rock, Newfoundland’s leading comic event. I am the CEO of Atlanticon, a comic convention on the west coast of Newfoundland that has been going strong for the last eight years.
In addition, I am the host of the RogersTV network’s television show Pocket Universe. Every week on Pocket Universe, I interview local folks who have a geeky, nerdy, or simply out there interest, hobby, company, or passion.
I’ll let you judge on my degree of obsession. Here’s a picture of me in my Star Trek display case…
JONATHAN – I’m speechless!!! I’m going to classify you as a serious Trekkie.
DARREN – That seems to be the case.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Do you have any previous filming or theatre production experience or training?
DR. DARREN – Yes, I’ve been producing, directing, and writing fan films for over 20 years, in addition to my own work… in addition to creating theater plays Here are some of the things I’ve accomplished:
Films made by fans Inner Demons (Star Wars) (short film) REPLICATION OF STARGATE (short film) PLAN 9.5 FROM THE EXTERNAL (short film)
STAR TREK: RELIANT is a fan film series (11 episodes)
My personal projects Soul Saver Victory (Short Film) Bunker No. 6 (Short Film) STAR-Haulers are a kind of trucking company that specializes in transporting (web series 4 episodes)
Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracula Dracul
There’s much more. On IMDb, you can find out more about me.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you So you’re not exactly appearing out of nowhere, are you? In terms of the amount of cast members and production team, how big will Captain Garth be?
DARREN – We have roughly a 20-person cast and a 25-person crew.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you What methods did you use to discover and assemble your team?
DR. DARREN – In general, there are a lot of sci-fi aficionados in Newfoundland, and by sci-fi, I mean everything from Star Trek to Star Wars to Doctor Who to anime. As with any industry, you work with a lot of individuals over time, and we all get along fine. So, when someone begins a new project and requires, example, a director, a sound person, or a costumer, it generally just takes a post or message in a local group to get the team they need.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you What abilities does your team bring to the table for this project? Are the performers professionally trained? Is the production team seasoned? Is it possible that they’ll “learn on the job”?
DR. DARREN – Our staff has a diverse range of expertise and has worked in the sector for many years. Although the majority of our performers are trained, we do have individuals who are new to acting and are still learning, and we invite everyone to participate in our production.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Will you reprise your role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Reliant?
Captain Miles O’Brien is played by Darren Hann (center) in Star Trek: Reliant.
DARREN – No, this time I’m working as a behind-the-scenes producer/showrunner. I’ll be a very little background actor… It was just enough for me to claim I was there. Producing and filming are my true passions.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Will your film be filmed on sets, on location (indoors/outdoors), on green screen with virtual backdrops, or a mix of these?
DARREN – Our production is mostly shot on green screen, with some actual sets thrown in for good measure.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you What do you think the final film’s running duration will be?
DARREN – In accordance with the fan film criteria, our video will be split into two 15-minute episodes that will be freely accessible on YouTube and other sites.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you What prompted you decide to make a Garth fan film in particular?
DARREN – To be honest, Garth was not my first pick for a lead in our Star Trek fan film.
I intended to make a fan film based on a backstory or beginning point for a background character or guest character from the original series. Before Dr. Roger Korby found Exo III, I looked at Nurse Chapel and created a narrative about them. Lt. Kevin Riley was the subject of a second assassination attempt, this time by an escaped Kodos the Executioner. But neither story turned out the way I had hoped.
Then, one day, while watching “Whom Gods Destroy,” I realized that Captain Garth’s narrative already had a beginning and a conclusion, and that the middle would make a fantastic fan film.
In the TOS episode “Whom Gods Destroy,” actor Steve Ihnat plays Fleet Captain Garth of Izar.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Thanks to the fan films Prelude to Axanar, Interlude, and the impending Axanar sequel fan films, there’s a lot of established fan film canon (or “fanon,” as I like to call it) when it comes to Garth in Star Trek fan films. Do you know what these shows are about?
DARREN – I’m aware of them, and I think they’re fantastic. I like watching them. Our Captain Garth, on the other hand, is a separate narrative with no ties to that Garth. And, despite Captain Kirk’s mention of Axanar and a war in the episode we’re utilizing as a starting point for our plot, we’re not mentioning either in our film for two reasons. To begin with, it has already been covered by the Axanar film, and there is no reason for us to attempt to convey a comparable tale out of respect for that work. Second, it has no bearing on our tale, which is focused on the individual and his present circumstances, as well as his journey to being a prisoner.
Yes, there is a Captain Garth book and a game developed by, I think, the FASA firm, but none of that material was used in any way. I got down one day and jotted down everything mentioned in the episode, and we based our plot entirely on that information.
People who come to see our fan film expecting a battle tale will be disappointed. Our screenplay makes no mention of a battle, and our character is entirely based on the events in the TV episode “Whom Gods Destroy.” This is a narrative of a Starfleet captain who goes from brilliance to losing everything in a short period of time.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you On a recent podcast, Alec Peters said that you had contacted him. Could you tell us more about that?
DR. DARREN – Yes, I contacted Alec Peters via a mutual acquaintance because I wanted to conduct an ARC, which stands for “Artist Respect Chat,” which is when one artist is working on a project and another artist is working on a project that is comparable to theirs. The artist would generally inform the other person about their current project and tell them that although their work may be comparable in some respects, it will be fundamentally distinct. It’s also polite to inform the other artist that you’re not competing with them and aren’t trying to steal their thunder, for want of a better term.
Here is the letter I sent to Alec.
Good day, Alec. Out of respect for one producer to another, I’ve requested [common friend’s name] to introduce us. I wanted to let you know about a fan video that my crew and I are working on right now. It follows Captain Garth as he prepares to be incarcerated following the FASA universe war, as he tries to begin a new chapter in his life.
As a courtesy, I wanted to inform you and your team so that no one thinks we’re attempting to steal anyone’s thunder or effort. We believe Axanar is fantastic, and we wish you the best of luck.
“Thanks guy,” Alec said with a pretty great remark. Good luck in the vast multiverse.”
In the planned Axanar sequel fan films, Alec Peters will portray Fleet Captain Kelvar Garth.
I expressed my gratitude for his answer and wished him and his staff the best of success in the future.
I mentioned the FASA war in my ARC because I wanted him to know that if anyone reading this is familiar with all of the background information on Garth, they will realize that there will be a huge gap in our timeline from any war that may have occurred in Garth’s history up until the beginning of our story.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you If I may inquire, how much money would this fan film require? Are we talking about a few hundred dollars, a few thousand dollars, tens of thousands of dollars, or perhaps millions of dollars?
DARREN – I’m guessing the middle one.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Will you use crowd-funding to help finance this fan film?
DARREN – I’m not going to do any crowd-funding. Whether it’s a film or a theatrical performance, I’ve always and will continue to fund my own projects. I’ve never crowd-funded a project in my 20+ years of creating fan videos and theatrical performances. And the reason for this is that I don’t expect anyone else to pay for my hobbies, and also because, in my little crazy mind (LOL), if the film or stage production is a flop (which some of mine have been in the past, and I have no ego about admitting that), the people who donated and supported me will be upset and feel like I let them down with their donation money. And it is something I would never desire.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you Finally, how far along are you with the production, and when do you think you’ll be able to release the finished Captain Garth fan film?
DARREN – All I’ll say is that the project is where it should be at this point, and we’re still on track for a June 2022 delivery date.
JONATHAN – I’m Jonathan, and I’m here to tell you So, Darren, I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next summer. Best wishes for you and Team Garth!
DR. DARREN – Thank you so much, Jonathan. I am grateful for the chance to speak with you.
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