Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: Who is producing these episodes?
Answer: The two animated episodes are being produced by NEO f/x in association with Farragut Films. This differs from the live-action episode which is produced by Farragut Films in association with NEO f/x.
Question: Who are the writers of these episodes?
Answer: Power Source was written by Thomas J. Scott. The Needs of the Many was co-written by Michael Struck and Jack Treviño.
Question: What are the plots of these two episodes?
Answer: While we don't want to give anything away, here are the basic plots:
Power Source Stardate 6050. 5: The Farragut is dispatched to search for the USS Azrael (NCC-517) under the command of Captain Glenn, only to find that they may be the ones being searched for.
The Needs of the Many Stardate 6047.1: The Farragut takes on a special visitor as they return to Cestus III, the site where Kirk and the Gorn fought on stardate 3045.6. As fate would have it, Carter and crew encounter the same rogue Gorn, looking for revenge against the Federation. Time will NOT be on Farragut's side for this episode.
Question: Who will be providing their voices for these episodes?
John Broughton - Carter
Michael Bednar - Tacket
Holly Bednar - Smithfield
Paul R. Sieber - Prescott
Tonya Bacon - Moretti
Bob McDonough - Galway
Jason LeBlanc - Glenn
Amy McDonough - Holley
Hetoreyn - Taylor
Ralph M. Miller - Computer / Gorn
Chris Doohan - Thelin / Scotty
Chase Masterson - Renata/'Commodore' Johnson/Assistant #2
Vic Mignogna - Shealar/Assistance #1
Tim Russ - Dr. Tumar
Question: Is the Farragut's 'Thelin' the same character as was shown on the original TAS episode Yesteryear?
Answer: Yes, it is (And is being voiced by Chris Doohan...Chris' father originally voiced Thelin). Yesteryear took place in an alternate timeline where Thelin was the first officer of the Enterprise since, in the story, Spock was killed as a child. With the timeline restored, we are left with the question of what happened to Thelin. Our theory is that Thelin's
timeline was very similar to the alternate timeline, but a single incident in the past put him in a position to make a choice of where his life would end up. In the alternate timeline, without Spock in the picture, he ended up on the Enterprise as the first officer. In the 'normal' timeline, he ended up as the navigator on the Farragut. Funny how one thing in the past can affect so much of the future.
Question: How long will each episode be?
Answer: The episodes are slated to be about 1/2 hour long. Since they are not required to be set up for broadcast, each episode will vary slightly in length depending on the story.
Question: Will there be more animated episodes created than just these two?
Answer: At this time, the answer is no. As you can imagine, these episodes are very labor intensive to create and are being considered 'special editions'. However, if the demand is there, who knows what will happen...
Question: How are these episodes being created?
Answer: While these episodes are being created digitally with the latest in computer technology, many of the aspects of these episodes are being created very similar to traditional cel-style animation. All of the characters are being created from scratch and animated by hand in the computer to give a very similar look-and-feel to the original Filmation Star Trek animated series of the 1970's. Some ship models are being created with traditional 3D animation
techniques, but will be textured to give a hand-drawn, 2D appearance.
Question: What does StarTrekAnimated.com have to do with this production?
Answer: Kail Tescar, the creator and webmaster of StarTrekAnimated.com is bringing his extensive knowledge of Star Trek: The Animated Series to this production as the lead illustrator and associate producer of the episodes. Kail will also be producing a special edition comic book featuring the crew of the crew of the USS Farragut.
Question: How can I help with the production?
Answer: While the episodes are full from a vocal talent stand point, we can always use more folks on the back-end, such as illustrators, DVD menu backgrounds, etc. The look of these episodes is very 'strict'; if you are familiar with the look-and-feel of Star Trek: The Animated Series and are proficient with Adobe® Photoshop®, please contact us at animation (at) neo-fx (dot) com.
If you have no artistic abilities, and still want to help, please head over to our online store and buy a product or make a donation.
Question: There is an online rumor that NEO f/x was assisting the fan-film series Star Trek: Phase II with an animated episode?
Answer: NEO f/x did indeed produce a 'proof-of-concept' animated video for Jack Marshall, the former director of Star Trek: New Voyages, back in 2004. The video was created in a week with no reference material from the original Star Trek animated series. Unfortunately, because of this lack of reference material the quality was not up to NEO f/x's high-quality standards. Since then, we have studied the processes and techniques used
by Filmation (and even met with some original Filmation artists) and feel our latest product is on par, or superior, to the original animated episodes.
Question: How will the episodes be distributed?
Answer: The episodes will be on the Internet and free for anyone to watch online.
Question: Will the episodes be released on DVD?
Answer: Download them here.
Question: Will these episodes be considered 'canon' from a Star Trek and Starship Farragut point-of-view?
Answer: These episodes will be as 'canon' as the original Star Trek animated episodes. The episodes take place around what would have been the 4th season of The Original Series, and the writers have taken considerable effort not to interfere with the canon already established in the Star Trek universe. However, since these are very few records of what happened in the Federation around 2269-2270, many of the events are open
Question: How can I get an animated portrait of myself?
Answer: Proceed to the StarTrekAnimated.com site to order your very own animated portrait.