On Wednesday evening, I posted an update about AXANAR PRODUCTIONS‘ plans for the future, and I included some information about Industry Studios operating as a non-profit entity and being entirely separate from Axanar Productions. I then received a number of posted comments correcting me that the DONOR MEMO issued by ALEC PETERS stated that it was Axanar Productions and not Industry Studios that was going to be the non-profit entity.
Not wanting to have incorrect information on my blog site, I reached out to Axanar PR Director MIKE BAWDEN yesterday and asked him to clarify for me which entity was going to be the non-profit one and how they would interact with each other. Understand that I’ve been talking to Alec and Mike about their plans for the past several weeks, but not in great detail. And in fact, some things were still in flux until very recently (such as the timing of the launch of the Kickstarter). So I’d gotten a few things stuck in my head in the wrong way that I’d subsequently reported incorrectly in my previous blog, and now it’s time to make sure I get everything right!
Axaanr Productions will be the central business entity. It will operate as a non-profit organization, it will be filing for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status shortly, it will have a board of directors, and it will contain a number of sub-entities, each with its own identity, goals, and structure. I’ll discuss these sub-entities in moment, but first, here are the overall goals of Axanar Productions itself:
- Making the two Axanar fan films as well as the rest of the PROJECT: AXANAR trans-media releases (audio drama, illustrated script, novelizations, etc.)
- Making more Star Trek fan films following the guidelines
- Making other original independent productions that aren’t Star Trek
- Helping outside filmmakers make their own productions, whether it be fans producing Star Trek fan films, fans producing other genre films (sci-fi, fantasy, horror), or students hoping to get access to a top-level facility for an affordable price
- Providing a studio sound stage for commercial productions
Axanar Productions will (hopefully) generate revenue, but only so far as it is required to maintain the facilities, business operations, staff, and freelance consultants required to fulfill its goals. All “profit” will be directed back into the Axanar Productions charitable mission.
Industry Studios is the home of Axanar Productions; it’s the place where everything happens. The offices are located there, the sound stage and green screen are there, make-up rooms, lighting/sound/camera equipment, editing bay, bathrooms, coffee-maker, etc.
The Federation Historical Society is the brand under which they will manage all Star trek fan projects. And as stated, any and all future Star Trek fan films will be produced in full compliant with the CBS and Paramount guidelines.
Now, lest you believe that I don’t or can’t think critically about anything Axanar, I did, in fact, ask Mike Bawden the following question (since I figure the detractors will ask if I don’t):
So you’re about to do a Kickstarter for Industry Studios to help pay the rent and utilities and related expenses. But Industry Studios is just Axanar Productions with a different alias. And Axanar Productions is also making the Axanar fan film. BUT!!! The legal settlement with CBS and Paramount precludes you from running a Kickstarter to fund the Axanar fan film. Aren’t you just finding a back-door way to have a Kickstarter to fund Axanar right under CBS and Paramount’s noses?
(Right now, there are about three dozen Axanar detractors who just fainted.)
Mike explained that the settlement was very carefully negotiated and will be meticulously followed by Axanar Productions. As such, no funds raised from the upcoming Kickstarter will be permitted to go into any aspect of making Axanar–finishing sets, costumes, props, feeding the production crew and cast during filming (no sushi, folks!), make-up materials, equipment rental, additional digital storage if needed, etc.
Kickstarter funds for Industry Studios will go into a restricted account designated solely for paying rent, utilities, insurance, completing studio upgrades, processing payments and crowd-funding fees, and perk fulfillment. Will the Axanar fan film be making use of the studio? Yes. But so will (hopefully) dozens of other fan and student productions. In other words, the donated funds will not be put directly into the Axanar fan film’s production costs…only into the soundstage.
Axanar Productions intends to fully comply with the terms of the settlement with regard to raising money to fund the remainder of PROJECT: AXANAR.
So there you have it, folks. My apologies for getting it wrong on Wednesday.