My first introduction to this new Star Trek movie was from James Lileks on Twitter:
Screenshot from 20 minute Intro to Axanar
Watch the video embedded above, then read the intro from the movie web site:
“Axanar” takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officer’s. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
“Axanar” tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245, four years into the war with the Klingons.
The movie itself is largely funded through a Kickstarter campaign:
Axanar is the independent Star Trek film which proves that a feature-quality Star Trek film can be made on a small budget.
(PLEASE NOTE: Kickstarter will not charge your pledge till the end of the campaign on August 22. So you have that much time to save up!)
Our 20-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic Con and features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham, who reprises his role of Soval from “Enterprise”. The makeup was done byAcademy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look and Make Up Effects Lab. Top that off with the amazing visual effects of Tobias Richter and The Light Works, and sound by Academy Award winner Frank Serafine, and the result is Prelude to Axanar: something unlike anything you have ever seen before. We have our loyal donors to thank for this!
[Note the costs involved!]
This Kickstarter is for the full-length feature Axanar. Unlike the short film, which we shot in two days and cost $75,000, the 90-minute Axanar feature will take about 20 days and cost about $650,000. So we are breaking up our costs into discreet sections which should allow us to reach significant milestones, as we don’t expect to raise all $650,000 at once. This first Kickstarter will be for the sound stage and set construction. Anything over what we need for that will be applied to the feature production costs. Full details are below.
Could you imagine this taking off and actually hitting theaters? That would be cool!
But, speaking for myself, I would rather buy a ticket to the movie or purchase the DVD. My limited funds go to survival and a $20 here and there to politicians I think I can trust.
So, hope it takes off, and the 20 minute prelude looks great.