Marc has written hundreds of hours of television for dozens of different shows, including episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, M.A.N.T.I.S. and Sliders. He also wrote, directed, and produced the excellent Star Trek: New Voyages fan film “World Enough and Time” with George Takei.
And now Marc’s passion project is the independently crowd-funded epic fan series SPACE COMMAND. The initial Kickstarter raised over $220K back in 2012. Since then, it’s been a long journey, with two additional Kickstarters, the latest going on right now! As I type this it’s up over $66K (far past the original goal of $45K), with 12 days still to go. Already, post-production has been funded for the first 90 minutes of the two-hour pilot, “Redemption.” But if this current campaign can reach $100K, there will be enough to complete all 1,900 visual FX and the rest of post production on the entire two hours of the pilot.
The cast is a veritable who’s who of Star Trek and sci-fi veteran actors, including:
- 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)
And new actors are being added for later episodes, including the most recent announcements: Ethan Philips (Voyager) and Armin Shimerman (Deep Space Nine).
Marc is a fascinating person to talk to with loads of stories and unique perspectives—and he always gives a really great interview. Today is no exception…
When I began recording the interview with Marc, I was under the impression that the first half-hour of the pilot episode (completed just before San Diego Comic Con last month) was being shared only with donors. During the interview, however, I discovered that the video had actually been released to the public earlier this week. I featured it on yesterday’s blog, but here it is again if you didn’t have a chance to catch it…
I also learned during the interview that everything is still a work in progress, and the version that was just released publicly (above) had some small changes/improvements at the beginning and the end. So if you’re curious to compare iterations, below is the first version that was released directly to donors last month…
And remember that the current Kickstarter is still active through August 27, 2018, and there’s some really nice perks (including a few new ones at the higher donation levels…for those of you with mansions, butlers, and bat-mobiles). But it’s not how much you give; it’s simply being a part of this movement, this community of backers and supporters of Space Command. It’s a very special project.