For anyone who listened to Axanar Podcast #41 last December, you’re already aware that OWC Digital (OWC stands for Other World Computing) is Axanar‘s second largest single contributor (behind Alec Peters himself), having donated well over $20,000 in computer hardware and software for director/editor Robert Meyer Burnett to store all the digital footage and edit it. Their equipment was already used to edit Prelude to Axanar and the Vulcan scene.
To give you an idea of how large high-quality digital video files can be, most of us can go to Best Buy and purchase a consumer hard drive with up to four terabytes (a terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes). Axanar was given a drive with 64 terabytes…and it’s already half-full!
And when you’re dealing with files that are so large, it’s not enough to simply have a big hard drive; you need software to make sure it can access and edit those files quickly and smoothly without crashing or taking seven hours to open a file. Those are the kinds of solutions that OWC Digital provides for Hollywood production companies and others in related industries.
OWC Digital is a privately-held company with offices in Woodstock, IL (just northwest of Chicago) and Austin, TX. According to figures I was able to find on the Internet, in 2011, they had sales revenue of $88.3 million with 137 employees. The company was on the Inc. magazine 5000 “Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Companies” and “Computer and Electronics Top 100” lists from 2007 through 2013.
The founder and CEO of the company is Larry O’Connor, who is a big fan of the Axanar project. Back in 1988, at age 14, Larry started up LRO Enterprises selling computer memory chips via America Online. In 1994, the company had grown to fill 6,500 square feet of office space and was renamed Other World Computing (OWC). By 2008, OWC had grown to fill a 37,000 square foot space and, a year later, had installed a wind turbine that generated twice the electricity that OWC needed to run their facility…making OWC the first technology manufacturer/ distributor in the U.S. to become totally on-site wind powered. Pretty cool, huh?
So now OWC has partnered up with Alec Peters and his new production company Rocketworx to sponsor a studio just outside of Atlanta dedicated to producing fan film and independent sci-fi projects. This is the press release that I just received announcing the deal…
New, Georgia-based Film Production Company
Announces Sponsorship with OWC
(Lawrenceville, GA) – The Rocketworx, a Georgia-based, independent film production company, announced its recent sponsorship agreement with OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company based in Austin, TX. Rocketworx founder and CEO, Alec Peters, created and produced the Star Trek fan film PRELUDE TO AXANAR, which has won 47 film festival awards around the world.
“We want to build on the success of PRELUDE TO AXANAR and produce other great science fiction content.” explains Rocketworx’s Peters. “Opening a studio in the Atlanta market opens up many new possibilities for us – one of which is the expansion of our long-standing relationship with OWC.”
Peters and Robert Meyer Burnett, the editor of PRELUDE TO AXANAR, joined OWC at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas in April to show how OWC’s drives and technology were used in creating both the short film and scenes from the yet-unfinished feature. “OWC has been with us since the very beginning,” said Peters. “And this new agreement with them will help us take our capabilities and the stories we tell to the next level.”
As part of the agreement, The Rocketworx’s 6,000 square foot facility in Lawrenceville will be known as OWC Studios. “We’re excited to be a part of the team at The Rocketworx, making great things happen,” said OWC’s Founder and CEO, Larry O’Connor. “When you see what these guys and gals did with our equipment on AXANAR, and what they’ve produced so far, it’s easy to see why we want to remain an integral part of this company.”
Following the opening of OWC Studios in Lawrenceville, Peters will get back to work finalizing production details around the remainder of his Star Trek fan film project AXANAR. “We’re still committed to making the two, 15-minute installments of the story of Axanar and finishing telling the story of Garth of Izar and The Four Years War.” Peters explained. “We also have several other productions and co-productions in the development pipeline and OWC will be involved in all of them.”
Rocketworx, Inc. (a/k/a The Rocketworx) is an independent film production company based in Lawrenceville, GA. Focused on producing genre content in a variety of mediums, the company produces a variety of independent and fan-related projects, often working with the next generation of independent, amateur and student filmmakers interested in science fiction, horror and fantasy genres. For more information, visit: www.therocketworx.com
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos. For more information visit: www.owcdigital.com
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