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Star Trek Las Vegas 2017: James Cawley Announces ‘Star Trek Film Academy’ to start in Spring 2018.

August 7, 2017: Peter Walker

James Cawley is well known for making the Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Fan-Film series (www.stnv.de), where he portrayed Captain Kirk in eight episodes and three vignettes.

After CBS announced the Fan-Film Guidelines in June 2016, James closed down production of “New Voyages” and turned the studio into the CBS licensed “Star Trek Original Series Set Tour” (www.startrektour.com) in Ticonderoga, Upstate New York.


On August 5, 2017, James Cawley made a major new announcement at STLV17: The opening of a new CBS licensed “Star Trek Film Academy”, set to start in Spring 2018.


The “Academy” is officially licensed by CBS and will offer a week-long training course on all aspects that go into making an original episode of Star Trek as explained by James Cawley:


“You are going to be able to come to our sets and it will be an academy experience. You are going to be able to learn how to make a Star Trek episode. You are going to go from script to stage over a six to seven-day period and you are going to work with people who actually made Star Trek episodes.”


Also on the panel were Denise Okuda, Michael Okuda, Doug Drexler and Daren Dochterman who will all be part of the Academy. Cawley also noted that they are going to reach out to more Star Trek professionals to be part of it including asking Jonathan Frakes to direct.

Cawley states that “Being part of the Academy will be like traveling back in time. You get to feel and experience what it is like to work on Star Trek… We’re going to pretend it’s 1966 and you’re an employee of Desilu Studios. At the end of your week at the Star Trek Film Academy you will be able to take home your own Star Trek vignette.”


You can watch the announcement in full, here:


Further Details on the Film-Academy"


A number of news sources have reported on this event. For example:

http://axamonitor.com/doku.php?id=fanfilm_academy

http://trekmovie.com/2017/08/05/stlv17-star-trek-tour-announces-star-trek-film-academy-for-fans-to-learn-to-make-episode/


Trekzone made their own interview with James Cawley that we are showing here, with thanks to TrekZone.


James Cawley has since provided additional details:

There is a lot of speculation, leading to much mis-information about our STAR TREK FILM ACADEMY. FILM ACADEMY is fantasy camp for Trek fans, who want to learn the ins and outs of making STAR TREK! They will work with Trek veterans and get to take home the film they work to create. 

This is a unique opportunity that we want to offer twice a year. This is a special offering that you can only get at STAR TREK ORIGINAL SERIES SET TOUR and nowhere else! There will be more info available as we finalize the needed planning. Some folks keep calling this FAN FILM ACADEMY, It is NOT, it IS, FILM ACADEMY. Yes, fans will be here to learn and make a short film, but remember this is a special event, a fantasy camp, not a fan film. But a way to experience what it is like to actually work on the show. You can't bring your own scripts or stories. We will be doing scripts by recognizable Trek scribes that have been approved for the Academy. 

They won't exceed 15 minutes. This is all about the experience! Looking forward to sharing more as it develops. This is not New Voyages, it is a way for fans to learn the craft and participate. It is not a fan film, although fans are doing it. It is An event, fantasy camp. 

More info is available on the Star Trek Set Tour website and we will provide more details on this website as we receive it.
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