Independent Star Trek film project launches on Kickstarter, ahead of prequel-documentary launching this week.
Star Trek 'fan' film projects are going through somewhat of a renaissance. There have always been groups of actors and enthusiasts willing to dedicate their time to their beloved Trek, but two recent projects are taking production quality to the next level.
If you've not checked out Star Trek Continues, which aims to tell the story of the fourth season of the Original Series, you really must - it's uncannily accurate to the look and feel of the old show (and it's on YouTube). But another project is looking even better still, combining cutting edge CGI, some familiar sci-fi actors, and a tonne of ex-Trek production staff, to create the next best thing to an official film.
Star Trek: Axanar tells the story of the battle of the same name, the final battle of the infamous Four Years War that happens 20 years before the adventures revealed in TOS. It revolves around Starfleet Captain Garth of Izar, and his efforts to outwit a brutal Klingon commander.
The Axanar crew has approached the project in very clever stages, however. First, they launched a successful Kickstarter to get a 20 minute short film funded. Prelude to Axanar is a documentary style film exploring the lead up the the battle, with interviews with the characters involved, and some stunning effects work. Check out the trailer below:
This was revealed to fans at ComicCon over the weekend, and will be released to the public this week, to drum interest for Star Trek: Axanar itself.
Axanar is going to be a 90 minute film, and will take 20 days to shoot and cost $650,000. Again, Axanar Productions is being circumspect, launching a series of Kickstarters to first build sets and sound-stages, and moving on once each stage is complete.
But it's not just the scale of the project that impresses. The cast includes such Star Trek alumni as JG Hertzler (General Martok in Deep Space 9, among others), and Tony Todd (best known for playing Worf's brother, Kurn). They're joined by Battlestar Galactica veteran Kate Vernon, original BSG actor Richard 'Apollo' Hatch, and Star Trek: Enterprise actor Gary Graham. They join production staff from various Trek series, including writer David Gerrold (The Trouble with Tribbles) as Creative Consultant.
Not only is this looking amazing, it's one of those rare things you can in fact throw money at to help. This phase of Kickstarter funding is hoping for $100,000, and has already reached $85,000 as of writing.
Thank the Great Bird of the Galaxy that it's pay-day tomorrow!