For most sci-fi fans, he will always be Captain Apollo from Battlestar Galactica…and possibly even Tom Zarek from the new Battlestar Galactica. For followers of fan films, Richard Hatch will be remembered for the intensity of his performance as the Klingon Commander Kharn in Prelude to Axanar. But soon fans will be able to see Richard Hatch’s final performance in front of the camera, filmed a mere five weeks before his tragic and untimely death from pancreatic cancer.
I first featured BLADE OF HONOR here on Fan Film Factor nearly a year ago in a 3-part interview with RYAN T. HUSK, the Executive Producer of this independent fan series. No, it’s not a Star Trek fan film, but it does feature Tim “Tuvok” Russ and Aron “Nog” Eisenberg plus a number of other actors, producers, and VFX luminaries from such Trek fan productions as Renegades, Horizon, Axanar, and New Voyages. So yeah, I still consider Blade of Honor appropriate to cover here on Fan Film Factor.
In their first Kickstarter last summer, they set a goal of $30,000 and managed to raise more than $51,000. This allowed them to film their pilot episode and to do a fair amount of editing and sound engineering. But they need a bit more funding to complete post-production with:
- Space Battles, starships, spacescapes, etc..
- Special effects, airbending, landscapes, etc.
- Green screen composition
- Music and scoring
- Sound effects and foley
- More editing
- Color Correction
This time, they are using Indiegogo with a goal of $28,000. Pre-launch outreach to previous donors (like me!) has already brought them nearly 20% of the way to their goal with a full month left. If you want to make a donation yourself or learn more about the production, please click here.
And if you’re wondering whether or not you should donate to help complete this production—Richard Hatch’s final cinematic performance—and turn it into the best independent film it can possibly be, please watch this touching tribute to Richard by the cast who were the last actors to ever work with him…
etc.. This final funding effort will push Blade of Honor into a different stratosphere, and really allow us to make the final product huge, jaw-dropping, and something we can all be proud of.