Having been the creator of Hidden Fron-
and now Odyssey?
tier and seeing how well that series was received by the fans, Rob Caves decided to produce Star Trek Odyssey, here he speaks exclusively to Trekkie Central Magazine.
RC: Back when I started making videos with my camera as a kid, I dreamed of playing in the Star Trek sandbox. Telling stories of other starships, other crews. So it’s been a dream come true to be able to play in the Trek universe. Trek fans are great! They are brutally honest, but also generous and wonderful people to work with. We’ve really created a family with the production, and everybody gives their best at shoots to make the show what it is. (ed: That really shows)
TC: How did you become involved with Star Trek Odyssey/Hidden Frontier? RC: I started watching the Next Generation in 1987 with my dad, but really got hooked in 1991 when the Best of Both Worlds aired. I started making Star Trek fan films with action figures with a home video camera and this was what made me want to become a film maker and pursue film in college. I attended college, and found a Star Trek club that happened to be interested in making their own fan film based on the club members. That was the USS Angeles. We made several episodes and a movie and really started to learn some of the ins and outs of filmmaking. After the Angeles had been going for a while, we spun off Hidden Frontier and started using actors and brought in some writers. It was a seven year learning experience on Hidden Frontier and I think that you can really see us grow in our craft and hobby from season 1 to season 7 of Hidden Frontier. When Hidden Frontier ended it’s storyline, we were looking for a new direction to take Star Trek, so Odyssey was born. TC: What is it like being part of the Star Trek Universe and how do you feel about the fandom that surrounds Hidden Frontier
TC: How much of your time does the show take up? RC: More than it should (winks) TC: You obviously enjoy being part of the show, so what are the best and worst bits of being in it? RC: The best parts are the satisfaction, and the responses to the episodes when they are all finished up on the internet. Hearing from a fan that your episode touched them, or made a difference in their life is also a very special thing. Worst parts would be being dead tired after a long day filming, but even that has a certain satisfaction to it. TC: How did you discover Star Trek/what was your first memory of it and how did it affect your life? RC: Oops, did that one earlier. My dad tuned in to TNG in 1987 and we watched it together for a while, then I rediscovered it in 1991 when the Best of Both Worlds
aired. I had a crush on Shelby, and wanted to see more of her in action. Star Trek had a direct hand in my decision to pursue film making in college and film editing as a career path. I just wish someone would have told me I didn’t have to study film in college in order to work in Hollywood! (winks) TC: What would your idea be for a new Official Star Trek show? RC: I think all of the Hidden Frontier, Odyssey, and Helena Chronicles concepts would make great official Trek show, but I will begrudgingly admit that a reboot of Kirk and Spock aboard the TOS Enterprise may have the best financial chance of success. TC: At what point in Hidden Frontiers run did you decide that you would like to be able to carry it on into not just one but two other shows? RC: It was towards the end of Hidden Frontier, reading all the fans that wished the show didn’t have to end, and my own desire to continue to tell compelling stories in the Trek universe that I decided to keep the show going for a few more seasons. We also made incredible advances in green screen technology, lighting, costuming, makeup, and a host of other areas right at the end of Hidden Frontier. It seemed such a shame to shut it all down right away. TC: You do a lot of the CGI, how long does this take and are there many other people working with you to complete this? RC: CGI is a constant process, but it’s