Fan Film, Fan Films

Star Trek Gets A Little Animated

star trek animated goanimateThere’s a lot to be said for the high-profile Star Trek fan films of recent years; between Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II, Starship Farragut, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men and the others, there’s a lot of interesting stuff to see. As an increasing number of ex-Trek professionals have gotten involved on both sides of the camera, the quality of these productions has skyrocketed.

The downside, however, is that arguably they’ve raised the bar too high, surely making more than a few potential fan-filmmakers throw up their hands in a “why should I even bother” fit of disgust. If you don’t have $100,000 lying around to build your Bridge set with, cheer up. Here’s a new option—and it’s free.

Set a course for GoAnimate.Com, where people can create their own Flash-based animations and turn them into small movies, even if they don’t have coding or animating experience. At the site, you can create your own original shorts based on characters you develop, or make flicks based on licensed characters like Underdog or thugs from the Street Fighter video game series. Alternately, you can animate new adventures with Captain Kirk and the gang.

Here’s their demo on how to do it:

The only real drawbacks are that the movies are silent and littered with those word balloons. Maybe a cool way around those problems would be to make a movie without words, convert the resulting file into a format that can go into a video editing program, then slice and dice it while adding your…own…uncanny…Trek impersonations. Just picture the shenanigans you could get them into—it’s enough to make you say “Oh my!”

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