New multi-franchise crossover fan film GALACTIC BATTLES quickly goes viral!

Back in early 2015, a group of young fan filmmakers out of Vancouver, Canada launched an Indiegogo campaign trying to raise $15,000 (Canadian) to complete their production. It would be a crossover fan film featuring the ships and characters from Star Trek, Star Wars, Mass Effect, and Halo. They had already been working for nearly two years, starting out pretty slow with just a few artists, all of them new to the pipeline process of working together on an open, collaborative, community-driven movie project.

By 2015, they had managed to build a team of 20 digital artists, two sound designers, several actors (including Mark Meer from Mass Effect), one dedicated screenwriter, two social media coordinators, and many more. Along the way, they picked up sponsors that donated some pretty amazing free hardware, software, plus meeting and studio space. Having now developed an industry-grade pipeline process, they just needed $15,000 to finish this incredibly ambitious project.

Their Indiegogo failed…badly. Only $2,574 (Canadian) was raised from just 68 donors.

But they weren’t giving up! Even though everyone was working for free in their spare time, the team still managed to complete filming over the next 12 months. Now they needed to finish post-production. The script called for a staggering 200-plus CGI shots, and that would require the team to pay for server fees, Google Drive fees, and additional software licenses.

They launched a second Indiegogo in 2016, with a much lower goal of only $2,000 (Canadian). This time, the failure wasn’t as awful…mainly because the goal was so much lower. Nonetheless, the team only came out with $850 from 15 backers. That didn’t mean they couldn’t finish—they were determined to!—only that it would take a little longer

Two and a half years later, on December 21, 2018, GALACTIC BATTLES 2018 – The Ultimate Crossover Fan Film finally debuted on YouTube. In the two weeks since, they have generated over 67K views with a 30-to-1 ratio of likes to dislikes. Nearly everyone who’s contacted me about this fan film has said it’s a MUST-SEE…and I think they’re right!

I’ve contacted director CALVIN ROMEYN (who plays Han Solo in the film), and he’s agreed to an interview, which I’ll publish here in a few weeks when he releases a behind-the-scenes video. But I don’t want folks to have to wait to see this ground-breaking new fan film, so go watch it now…and be sure to stick around till the very end!

3 thoughts on “New multi-franchise crossover fan film GALACTIC BATTLES quickly goes viral!”

  1. That was absolutely fantastic. The first thing I noticed was that the acting wasn’t half bad…compared to most fan films they almost seemed professional.

    The effects were great. I’ve never donated to a fan film before but if they do another I predict I’ll be sending some cash their way.

    What a blast that was.

  2. To quote a main protagonist of one of the universes: Impressive! Most impressive! 😉

    I’m especially curious how they did the Enterprise bridge. Looked almost as good as in the movies (still a bad design, but that’s another story ;-))

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