In the mid-1960s, one science-fiction series was made that would later become the most popular Sci-fi series in the world: Star Trek. What started as a simple television series went on to develop into a massive franchise of 726 TV episodes, 12 movies, many novels, dozens of computer games and other products. However, The Original Series (TOS) was only made for 3 seasons before the show was axed back in 1969.
James Cawley had already built the bridge, sickbay and several other sets from the original blueprints, when he teamed up with the director Jack Marshall and a number of fans whose aim it was to create the missing two years of the original five year mission under James T. Kirk.
The Star Trek New Voyages team started to create new episodes, based on the original series, to continue where Kirk and his crew had left off when their series was cancelled. They are even numbering their episodes as the fourth season and have so far managed to release 8 new episodes (including the Pilot from 2003).
The series is being put together as a fan film project under the direction of James Cawley, who also played James T. Kirk in the New Voyages/Phase II incarnation until mid-2012. Starting with “Bread and Savagery”, Cawley has passed on the iconic role of Captain Kirk to the professional actor Brian Gross. James will however continue to helm the show as Executive Producer, making costumes etc.
As this is a fan project and we can only work with actors who volunteer their time, it has been necessary to recast a number of actors since production began in 2003. There have been three “Mr Spocks” (Jeffrey Quinn, Ben Tolpin, Brandon Stacy), three “Lt. Uhuras” (Julienne Irons, Kim Stinger, Jasmine Pierce), four “Pavel Chekovs” (Jasen Tucker, Andy Bray, Walter Koenig and Jonathan Zungree) and three "Hikaru Sulus" (John Lim, George Takei, J.T. Tepnapa).
The production values are so high, that several of the original actors and crew have decided to join in and help them create the episodes. This includes Walter Koenig (Chekov) and George Takei (Sulu) who were able to resume their original roles in this new series. Other original guest stars include BarBara Luna, Eddie Paskie, John Winston and Mary Linda Rapelye as well as Denise Crosby (“Tasha Yar”, TNG) and Bill Blair who originally stared in DS9).
The special effects are being created by various talented special effects experts like Doug Drexler who used the alias “Max Rem”. Max worked on all the Star Trek Shows from TNG and also designed the “Enterprise NX-01”. He also later worked on Syfy`s “Battlestar Galactica. Also on board were, Daren R. Dochterman, who worked on the Director's Cut of “Star Trek: The motion Picture” DVD, Joel Bellucci and Pony Horton. Starting with "Enemy Starfleet" in 2009 the majority of the effects are now made by Cologne based German CGI-expert: Tobias Richter with his company “The Light Works”.