The latest Kickstarter for the long-awaited fan film SPACE COMMAND hadn’t even launched to the general public yet when it took in more than $33K of its $45K goal in barely 24 hours earlier this week!
How did they manage this feat? Easy…they had an “early bird special” for existing donors to have first crack at some limited-item perks, and over 500 of those prior donors pledged even more money to this latest campaign.
Why all the excitement? To answer that question, you need to understand the history of this not-so-little endeavor.
Imagine a major fan film project with Star Trek and sci-fi veteran actors cast in it, and a team of Hollywood professionals lined up as the production crew. Imagine one of the earliest Kickstarter campaigns bringing in six figures in donations, and then a second crowd-funder bringing in another six figures. Now imagine those funds going into not only set construction and filming but also the creation of an actual studio intended to be used not only for this production but also to be rented out to other fan film projects.
Now imagine years and years going by with no finished fan film delivered. Oh, there’s been some short scenes released, some VFX, lots of updates by the show-runner assuring donors that, yes, this project is still on track. But no actual film. In fact, to finish the film, donors were informed that it’s going to take even more contributions from fans.
You’re imagining Axanar, aren’t you? Well, stop it! This is the history of Space Command, folks…
Yes, Space Command managed to raise $221,267 from nearly 3,000 donors way back in July of 2012 with an announced cast that included:
- Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager)
- Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Star Trek: Discovery)
- Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5)
- Mira Furlan (Babylon 5)
- Bill Mumy (Babylon 5 and Lost In Space)
- Faran Tahir (Star Trek 2009…he was the captain of the USS Kelvin)
- James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China)
Writer/director MARC SCOTT ZICREE has written for Star Trek: TNG and DS9 along with over a hundred other Hollywood TV credits. Space Command was intended to be an original production created in a modern style that drew inspiration from the sci-fi literary and film classics of the the 1950s and 60s.
But after shooting the majority of the scenes for its planned two-hour pilot, things went pretty quiet with Space Command until 2014 when fans got their first taste with the following clip…
But finally, last November, Marc Zicree launched a brand new Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $39K for post production on the first half hour of their two-hour pilot, “Redemption.” (Space Command is intended to be a TV series with a 12-hour first season.)
A month later, the Kickstarter had generated more than $108K in donations from over 1,100 supporters! This allowed for the completion of not just the first 30 minutes but the first HOUR of the pilot…leaving the rest of the episode for a future campaign.
Part 1 of “Redemption” debuted last weekend at San Diego ComicCon and was posted online with a special link made available only to existing donors. While the video will eventually be released publicly, Marc informed me that for now, it will remain donor-only in order to attract more donors.
Want to see it for yourself? YOU can become a donor just by clicking here:
This new Kickstarter has a goal of $45K to fund post production on Part 3 of “Redemption.” With nearly $38K already raised as I type this, and a full month still to go, it’s likely they’ll surpass that goal fairly easily. So anything raised beyond that will go toward post production on the final half-hour Part 4 of “Redemption.” And beyond that, funds will then go to post production on the second full-length episode of Space Command, “Forgiveness” (most of which is already filmed and, according to Marc, “looks amazing”).
This will be an interesting crowd-funder to keep an eye on , and ultimately, an exciting fan production to watch and enjoy when it’s finally completed. I’ve already viewed Part 1 of “Redemption” (proud donor am I!), and it’s REALLY awesome. The acting is fantastic, especially by Doug Jones and Robert Picardo…although pretty much everyone in the cast does a great job. The story is quite strong, although obviously still just setting things up for the rest of the episode. And while some of the green screen compositing is a bit lacking (for example, two characters drive in a convertible and their hair is completely unaffected by the wind!), the rest of the CGI effects are staggeringly good, including a jaw-dropping rescue attempt sequence at the very beginning.
Just make a donation—even a small one—and you can see for yourself. Also, you’ll be among the first to see Part 2 when it debuts in November (that’s the planned release date) and of course, Parts 3 and 4 when they’re ready, as well.