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Borg War

01/11/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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One for you Trek-starved fans. An amateur filmmaker has created a 200 dollar animated feature.

Borg War, an independently produced, feature-length, animated science fiction adventure, was created using machinima, a filmmaking technique that harnesses computer games to create raw footage.

"Making the movie only cost $200 in software and the time I would have normally spent playing video games," said producer and director Geoffrey James.

Despite its humble origins, Borg War has clocked up 100,000 downloads before being fully released.

Borg War was nominated for "Best Series" and "Technical Achievement" last year by the Academy for Machinima Arts and Sciences (AMAS), and is currently featured in the exhibit "Star Trek: 40 Years of Fandom" at New York City's Museum of the Moving Image.

By recycling sound clips from computer games, Borg War has allowed actors from the original Star Trek television series to reprise their roles in the form of animated characters. Star Trek: Voyager star Tim Russ, who is featured in the animated film, recently described Borg War as "Very Cool."

The Borg War finale will be released on November 3rd 2006.

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