Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 33. Nathan Blackwell.
There has never been a better time to be a nerd. Star Wars and Star Trek are getting A-list treatment. Movies based on comic books (even obscure ones) are box office hits.
And Nathan Blackwell's Voyage Trekkers is coming to the big screen.
With two seasons already under its intergalactic belt, the Squishy Studios-produced sci-fi comedy web series, which follows the worst space crew in the galaxy while lovingly skewering Star Trek, will make its way to the silver screen.
In June of 2014, Blackwell and his team launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the film and exceeded their $10,000 goal by nearly $5,000.
"The script is done and now we're casting," says Blackwell, who co-founded Squishy and co-created Voyage Trekkers with Craig Curtis. "We plan on shooting the Voyage Trekkers feature film in the Valley in early 2015 and we hope to have it finished by the end of the year."
I came to Phoenix with screams and poops. I was born in Phoenix.
I make art because creating things is how I process the world.
I'm most productive when I'm collaborating with others. Film is a social medium and you're always hoping that someone has a better idea than the one you originally had.
My inspiration wall is full of unreadable notes and drawings.
I've learned most from failing and trying again.
Good work should always be human. The best comedy and drama always come out of the human experience.
The Phoenix creative scene could use more unity. The Phoenix film scene is like scattered island states, each with their own currency and flag. It's been improving, but we need to foster a better community of collaboration and connection.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream