23 Oct A CLOSER LOOK: THE AWAY TEAM
Spring of 2014, some friends and I wanted to do what everyone in LA tries to do at some point – shoot something on our own. I had been sitting with this idea of a comedic star trek-esque show for a while, and imagined it as landing somewhere between SCRUBS, and what at the time did not exist, but was later GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. A show that was ARCHER come to life, in space, with all the familiar indicators of the Star Trek/Wars universes. Humor, I wanted to add humor to the galaxy.
And so THE AWAY TEAM was born!
“The year is 2519, and a new galaxy has just been discovered. The only ship close enough for preliminary exploration has just been assigned a larger crew, and among them, two ambitious rookies.
They are now our pioneers, venturing into uncharted space … because no one else was available.”
And so we set out to shoot THE AWAY TEAM on the fly, a few friends, some equipment we could pull together, and a few dollars here and there. I had been working as an editor, producer and amateur animator (opening credits i’m particularly proud of 🙂 ) in LA when I wasn’t traveling, and thought this was a great time to put those skills use. In we went to the deserts of southern California, into swamps and canyons, problem-solving as we shot. In the end, we came out with 5 episodes, 4 of which are below.
The 5th we shot, but never released. It was a big leap forward in production value, but also marked a turning point – where is this going? We now had original uniforms, special effects, prosthetics, a bigger crew, a growing tone of humor … but what for? And then I realized – we love to tell stories that had a sense of social commentary, and we hadn’t inserted that into the series yet.
Since then, we have revisited the premise, and begun to reshape it to have the depth of humor and commentary that gives us life. But in order to get back on that horse and continue the journey, I wanted to re-present the original 4 episodes to our friends, family and supporters, to get us back in the groove.
Enjoy, and your support is so very appreciated! Meet Cal (Rafael Casal) and Coop (Nico Cary) – THE AWAY TEAM.
EPISODE 1 – “FIRST CONTACT
MISSION 1: The year is 2519, and a new galaxy has just been discovered. The only ship close enough for preliminary exploration has just been assigned a larger crew, and among them, two ambitious rookies.
They are now our pioneers, venturing into uncharted space …
… because no one else was available.
EPISODE 2 – “BOLETUS FREQUENCIA”
MISSION 2: The Away Team is ordered to check out an S1 planet, but when a deep secret is revealed and the doctor is called, the three make a … stimulating discovery.
EPISODE 3 – “DIPLOMACY”
MISSION 3: While beamed down to a new planet, our heroes have a run in with a disgruntled local, who is not fond of humans. As you can imagine, this doesn’t sit well with the guys.
EPISODE 4 – “STARFLEET”
MISSION 4: Retrieving a sacred Orb isn’t as easy as the guys think it will be when our team discovers they aren’t the only humans on planet Dahla.