The name MATTHEW BLACKBURN isn’t the best-known name in the film enthusiast community, but Matthew has just released his fourth film for Star Trek fans in ten years, and he’s still strong. In the first three cases, each of them bore the word Survivor, and they all follow a common pattern that characterizes almost all actions on the planet where the protagonist(s) are separated from any help from the ship.  When they come to the surface, they are confronted with a threat that is usually accompanied by running, climbing and at least a constant struggle. And all in all, these fan movies are really great!

Matthew’s first movie, Star Trek: SURVIVOR, published in 2010, tells the story of a seconded Starfleet officer (played by Matthew) who was nearly dead before he was found by a Vulcan agent on a secret mission for the Vulcan High Command. The Vulcan research ship will arrive on the planet in three months, but there is not enough food or water to survive as long as two people eat it. The importance of the Vulcan mission logically means a human Starfleet officer must starve to death. Pretty interesting, huh? A ten-minute fan movie was made with only four people, including Matthew Kathy’s wife.

The second Matthew SURVIVORS film was released seven years later (after an instruction) and again showed a man and a Vulcan played by the same actors, but this time it was the captain and his first officer. The production team has grown to six people for this 15-minute film, and I’ve given Matthew a two-part audio interview that you can listen to here if you like.

At the very end of 2018, Matthew released a third fan film entitled LAST SURVIVOR, again shot by just six people, but this time with the first four. The villain in this film was really scary, and this last part of the surviving trilogy was definitely Matthew’s strongest attempt. I gave him a two-part interview you can read here.

But it now seems that Last Survivor wasn’t so definitive after all, as Matthew and his team (six more people, but six more) released the fourth Star Trek fan film LEFT BEHIND in August, and it’s another strong offer. See for yourself…

I went back to Matthew for a third interview. But it’s not the same. Each time Matthew shares his wonderful stories and the ideas he has gained as a director. If you also want to make fan films, consider the following interview a must-read. And if you don’t want to make fan movies, well, I think you’re still gonna like this interview…

Matthew Blackburn

Jonathan – Welcome, Matthew, and congratulations on a great new production.

Thanks for the ride home, Jonathan.

Jonathan – Do you still live in the Mojave Desert, on the side of the burning San Gabriel Ridge? [COMMENTATOR] We did this interview a month ago. – If so, what is the air quality? If it was bad enough on the side of Los Angeles for a while, until the flame went over the ridge.

Now I still live in the California desert between Los Angeles and Bakersfield. It has become quite slippery, surrounded by fire, but so far we have remained untouched by the flames.

Jonathan. – Are you still a teacher? If so, how was life with your wife during the pandemic?

Yeah, I still teach. For seven years, I taught in grade 8. I teach Algebra, Chemistry / Physics, English and American History, and now I teach high school American and World History, Public Administration and Health.

Life wasn’t easy during the pandemic. Many people have become unemployed, but schools have been able to adapt to distance education, despite some elements that encourage a rapid and clearly dangerous reopening. The only problems are those of people who do not abide by the rules and/or try to politicise a very apolitical upbringing known as COWID-19.

Jonathan! – Really! Okay, let’s move this conversation to the Star Trek fan movies so people can read! So, once again, you follow the example of the Starfleet officer(s) who are stuck on the surface of the planet and have a strange threat with lots of fights, tricks, and action scenes. You explore this genre specifically?  Or do you just not have a practical set, live next to a big movie set and love the action?

Yeah, all of them. This scheme is a scheme of necessity and feasibility. I live near some pretty good natural places. I think it’s more fun to take action than dialogue. We approach these films to make them as interesting as possible. I prefer a character who is open to action rather than engaging in long dialogues. With a time limit of 15 minutes, counting down the seconds. I want the whole story in 15 minutes.

Making these films is like a little adventure. So why don’t you run, jump and fight once in a while? It’s better to have an adventure you have something to show for, right? With a few tricks we certainly got some scars from this production, but as long as no one gets seriously injured, it’s just fun.

I wish I had practical kits, but nature is the best product designer so far. We based the stories on what I think we can achieve with the least amount of money (sometimes only with gas and accessories). I know I can’t afford the same level of sets as in the TNG movies, DS9 or the original series, so my philosophy is to do something different. Do your best with what you have and give people a good show.

Jonathan – It’s been about a year and a half since you released Last Survivor. When did you start the movie Left Behind Your Back, and was it to become a new member of the Survivor-fan family?

MATTHEW – Well, the last survivor led us to what we call a renaissance in short film production. The last Survivor was such a good experience that we decided to follow it: Hey, it’s really nice… …we like to do it… Why don’t we keep making fan shorts? Left back was written shortly after The Last Survivor. We thought Travis had actually added something to Last Survivor, so I wrote in his head… that he didn’t mind at all.

As it should be, Left Behind is designed to be self-sufficient. We respect the guidelines. But if you want to imagine that it exists in the continuity of my other Star Trek films, nothing prevents you from imagining it.

Jonathan… I asked because Travis… JOHN was in your last fan movie and seems to be playing the same character.

Travis and I go way back. One of my first experiences with figurines was making cardboard and aluminium decors. I had planned the fan movie Terminator Crystal Peak, in which he already played a major role, so we decided to make two short films at the same time… which was a challenge for us. We both had new bumps and we tried to put the two films in one pot before the summer holidays. Unlike Last Survivor, or Survivors, we wanted to hold on to one figure in Left Behind and make this journey. I didn’t want to spend too much time in front of the camera, but I wanted to concentrate on making the best film for a microscopic budget.

I like to write a grumpy, stubborn, infinitely inventive character (I think of Ash in The Evil Dead or Jack Burton in The Big Trouble in Little China), and I knew Travis could interpret it the way I wrote it, adding his personality to make the character very funny to look at. I’ve written screenplays with these kinds of characters that had the chance to do it but weren’t produced, so it was a chance to implement these kinds of characters. Ironically, some of these characters were originally based on Travis! He’s a good character.

Jonathan – I saw some beautiful California wildflowers in some of your photos. In 2020 we did not have a particularly good wild flowering season, but in 2019 we had a very good year. Where and when did you shoot the remains after that?

MATTHEW – We filmed at the same location as the abandoned planet of the last survivor of the Antelope Valley during the super-flowering on the last day of March 2019. The next day, Travis got into a fight with the Terminators at Crystal Peak, and there was a shooting. We shot two fan films at the same time. Same actor, same places (different areas). I’d say Left Behind was harder than Last Survivor because we had to close in the summer months and then move on when it got cooler in October-November 2019 to finish the exciting attack scenes and the end. Shooting in the desert in the middle of summer is not a good idea when the temperature is 110 degrees. We learned that lesson in the first scene from the last survivor.

Jonathan – What did you do with the crew to prepare for the shoot?

MATTHEW – To prepare ourselves, we collected the accessories, went outside and went for a ride. Travis made a waterfall out of the metal bowl I had and the rocks around it. We planned to make the critters ourselves, but with the materials it became a bit more expensive, so I went out and bought a pretty decent latex doll. It took a long time to set up and reset the images of the creatures coming out of the ground. It was a very simple effect. I put my hand in the doll, Travis buried my hand, and Katie made sure the shots came out.

Jonathan, Jonathan… What did the shooting look like?

MATTU – In a word? It’s hard. In other words, the first day of Left Behind went without a hitch. On the first day we made the whole hole until Travis fell off the hill and lifted the Type 2 phase. Later we were hit by a very strong wind. There was a lot of wind that day, and you can see it in the finished film, because they caused a lot of dust during the fight.

I wasn’t supposed to play a role in the movie, except for a cameo at the end, but when Nick wasn’t available to continue his extraterrestrial role, I stepped in. It was Nick who would play Alien all his life, but life passed, and I played the middle role, and Jacob played the role during the shooting in October/November.

Even though we all played the same alien, Nick, Jacob and me, all different sizes, it was a joke we put in the movie. If you look closely, an alien (played by Nick), when you first see him, is much bigger and more intrusive. He was great. The first fight with Travis and the fight scene. Nick’s done a lot of great things in one day. When we wanted to go back to the shooting scenes after the stranger was injured in the role with me, the mask went bad, so we had to order a new one… Only it didn’t quite fit. This explains the accidental firing of a drop of mask under the mask.

Nicolas Cantrell (left) and Matthew Blackburn (right) in the foreign role.

We have a very vague idea of how these outsiders work, so I think we can handle it. I see him as some kind of biomechanical creature that has evolved to resist non-physical possession… but their bodies could then be nothing more than a vessel for fluids.

You can tell me about the shooting at my house because I’m wearing a shiny new mask. James then played the alien during the scene, while they fought against the graves until the end.

Jacob McKinney as an alien.

Jonathan – What’s your most dangerous trick?

Come back next time to answer Cliffhanger’s question! You also learn things like the continuity of the mud, the equipment with which Matthew recorded and edited the project, what is Matthew’s least favorite hobby when making his fan films, and whether he plans to make more Trek fan films, and if so, how quickly?planet of the apes movies,rise of the planet of the apes,planet of the apes (1968),planet of the apes (2001),war for the planet of the apes,dawn of the planet of the apes,jeff bezos leadership style pdf,the everything store summary,the everything store book pdf free download,beneath the planet of the apes,planet of the apes (2017),planet of the apes trilogy

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