Samuel Cockings, the UK co-host for Trekyards, has been making short films as far back as '09. And working on this Trek fan film since 2013. The trailer is an intriguing concept. However, I immediately spotted several problems. Which I knew would not bode well when I watched it the first time.
And I was right.
A preliminary version of the finished film was to be made public today. Which was, of course, when CBS decided to intercede.
I find it odd that CBS would wait until the last possible moment to have commented. Makes me wonder which internet-based, fan film troll chose to press the matter with CBS for such a result? That's my personal theory, anyway. Until proven otherwise.Hello Everyone,
While the intent was to release Temporal Anomaly today we were contacted by CBS and are now delaying release of the film until those discussions are concluded and resolved. These have been polite communications and we thank CBS for their approach in dealing with these concerns.
We had hoped to release the project in its pre-guideline state as Temporal Anomaly was written in 2013 and filmed in 2013/2014 however a public release of this now dubbed "Directors Cut" is no longer possible.
A public altered edit of the film may be able to be produced but we are in the early stages of that.
Thank you for the support and interest you have shown, there will be an update on Kickstarter for our backers shortly.
Looking at that trailer, it should have flagged interest long before now. Using actual dialogue from canon characters? Cockings already knew well the lay of the land. And should have known better. However, I speculate he shoved on ahead and tested any unspoken grandfathering of those official guidelines? I mean, Star Trek Continues somehow managed to squeeze past, so why not his? Which isn't anywhere near the production quality of Continues.
How badly butchered will Cockings film have to be for public viewing one wonders?