Los Angeles – March, 2015 – Star Trek: Axanar is a groundbreaking fan film that proves the idea that a studio doesn’t need to spend millions of dollars to produce a feature quality production. Axanar will be the first non-CBS/Paramount produced Star Trek to look and feel like a true Star Trek movie.
The film is being produced by Alec Peters, well known in the world of fandom as one of the top collectors of Star Trek screen-used props and costumes (his Star Trek Prop & Costume Blog has over 4,000 unique visitors a month).
To prove the viability of the project, Peters assembled a team of Hollywood actors and professional crew and produced a 20-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, which premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic Con. The film features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham, who reprises his role of Soval from “Enterprise”. The makeup was done by Academy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look and Makeup 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.
Thanks to digital technology and online resources like Kickstarter, it looks like a fan tradition that began with a Star trek letter-writing campaign in 1967 has evolved to the point where the fans will lead the way, and take ownership of the original vision. A recent Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to begin pre-production raised an astonishing $638,471. A second campaign to raise production costs will begin in a few months. Shooting is scheduled to begin later in the year.
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