The race to $500 for VANCE MAJOR is nearly over in just 48 hours!

Hurry, or else you won’t have a chance to donate!

The last time VANCE MAJOR, creator of the MINARD saga and currently producing the upcoming CONSTAR CHRONICLES, asked fans for donations, it was last July. He needed $500 to buy uniforms for his multi-episode Constar project. Just as I was getting ready to post something about the campaign, 72 hours after launching it, Vance shut it down. Why? Because he’d managed to raise the $500 he needed (plus an extra $50 to cover the commission to the crowd-funding service).

That $500 allowed Vance to complete 15 fan films (which will debut later this year), with a bunch more in post-production at the moment. But now he wants to produce some additional stories, but he needs a few more uniforms and certain props to make that happen. So once again, he’s reaching out to the fan community.

This time, it’s only been 48 hours, but Vance is nearly there again! As I write this, he’s at $401…just $99 to go to reach $500. If you’d like to help push him over the top in record time, click the link below:

And hey, if Vance reaches his goal before you can donate, and you still really want to help out a fan film, consider giving a few bucks to DREADNOUGHT DOMINION for their upcoming project “Redemption at Red Medusa.” (Check out the trailer here.) You can donate to their active crowd-funding campaign here:

And finally, if you still feel like you haven’t donated enough today, the folks over at POTEMKIN PICTURES are building a full-size shuttlepod…with a design halfway between Trek movie-era and TNG-era. It’s taking shape nicely, as you can see here on Facebook.

In what I consider to be an interesting experiment, Potemkin opted NOT to use a crowd-funding service and is instead simply taking in donations directly through PayPal at [email protected]. And if you donate $189, you get to name one of five shuttles they’ll be using (one model, five names).

So far, two of the five shuttles have been named. C.W. THOMPSON named the USS Deimos shuttlecraft “Ernest J. King” and LARRY FLEMING named the USS Endeavour shuttlecraft “Raptor.”

What would YOU name your shuttlecraft?

23 thoughts on “The race to $500 for VANCE MAJOR is nearly over in just 48 hours!”

  1. Thank you for adding the other films to this blog. That’s what things are abt! Geeks helping geeks. That’s the spirit of why we do these things.

      1. I always knew that whole meek line was a typo. Most people don’t realize this but the word geek goes back to the Old Testament. The appropriate translation is actually Ramses let my geeks go.

        1. From Wikipedia…

          The word comes from English dialect geek or geck (meaning a “fool” or “freak”; from Middle Low German Geck). “Geck” is a standard term in modern German and means “fool” or “fop”.[4] The root also survives in the Dutch and Afrikaans adjective gek (“crazy”), as well as some German dialects, and in the Alsatian word Gickeleshut (“jester’s hat”; used during carnival).[1] In 18th century Austria, Gecken were freaks on display in some circuses. In 19th century North America, the term geek referred to a performer in a geek show in a circus, traveling carnival or travelling funfair sideshows (see also freak show).[5]

  2. Two things.

    1. I thought we weren’t allowed to crowd fund anymore. Can someone explain this to me?

    2. Neither of those GoFundMe’s are offering rewards. I know on GoFundMe it’s not required but to me it makes me feel like I’m more a part of the project. For example the patches that Alec is giving away and selling for Axanar. with those and the appropriate costume I could cosplay as a member of the axanar crew. I’m not unwilling to donate to fan film projects that don’t offer rewards. but with so many out there to choose from these days I’m more inclined to go with the ones that do. The first one will probably be funded before I get paid on the 1st and I will admit that I did like the look of the dreadnought one so I might go ahead and throw a little bit of cash that one.

    I’m curious what other people’s opinions are when it comes to crowdfunding fan films with rewards versus those without. Let’s discuss.

    1. Please review the 6 points of the sixth fan film guideline:

      6 The fan production must be non-commercial:
      • CBS and Paramount Pictures do not object to limited fundraising for the creation of a fan production, whether 1 or 2 segments and consistent with these guidelines, so long as the total amount does not exceed $50,000, including all platform fees, and when the $50,000 goal is reached, all fundraising must cease.
      • The fan production must only be exhibited or distributed on a no-charge basis and/or shared via streaming services without generating revenue.
      • The fan production cannot be distributed in a physical format such as DVD or Blu-ray.
      • The fan production cannot be used to derive advertising revenue including, but not limited to, through for example, the use of pre or post-roll advertising, click-through advertising banners, that is associated with the fan production.
      • No unlicensed Star Trek-related or fan production-related merchandise or services can be offered for sale or given away as premiums, perks or rewards or in connection with the fan production fundraising.
      • The fan production cannot derive revenue by selling or licensing fan-created production sets, props or costumes.

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      Now I’ll grant you, some fan films have played a little fast and loose with the “no unlicensed perks” guideline. But remember, these aren’t hard rules. If you break them, that doesn’t mean that you WILL be shut down or sued. It simply means that if you DON’T WANT to be shut down or sued, follow all of the above and avoid the no-no’s.

      1. My mentality is i give you so many fan films, my work speaks for itself. You can get a patch, or a pin. Or doohickie. But id rather just ask for what i need and nothing more and keep putting out what ive been putting out, with as many of my fellow fans as possible. Ive never denied anyone that wanted to be in one. Ive found a way to make it happen. So, although i see why you would want to donate for a perk, for me, that’s a hassle I’d rather not deal with if i don’t have to

        1. I’ve found that perks are often more appropriate for larger-goal crowd-funders. Not everyone is motivated by simply “doing a good deed,” and sometimes they need a little sumthin’-sumthin’ to push people over the top. And for the larger goals, several different sumthin’-sumthins’ make things even more exciting and help get the numbers up.

          Another reason that smaller campaigns tend to avoid perks is the cost of creating and fulfilling them. When you’re like Vance and only have 15-20 donors, making a patch or other trinket is usually cost-prohibitive (relatively). Most patches need a minimum order of 50…which is usually $75 or $100. Add in the cost to mail them, and easily 20-25% of the $500 raised goes just to giving people patches. Now, you can try to raise $600 instead, but then you’re trying to hit a higher goal just to cover the cost of perks.

          Anyway, the point seems to be moot. Vance is over his goal as of this morning…in less than 3 days! Congratulations, dude.

          1. That’s exactly it, the larger fundraisers kinda have the extra stuff to send off or can budget to send off things. Ppl like me don’t really do that or have time for that. It would be nice, but not our thing. Id rather focus on the original 30 plus that brought me to the dance, and the 15 films i have unreleased but youve all seen the bts,all on the last 500 i was able to bring in. And then say may i come back to the well for a few more.
            Of course ive been known to send off a thing or two if someone wanted it just cause, but that was never a perk, that was me being nice cause i no longer needed it. Lol so if ya want something, message me and i can always work something out lol ppl always work with ya. Especially for after productions are over. Cause there are things that we’re for one films only and i’ll never use again, I’d gladly send as a perk.
            But most ppl in my position, very humble and will always work with ya. It’s just not our focus.
            But thanks Jonathan! Im very honored to have reached the goal, and very humbled to have so much support. It means the world to me brother

          2. All good points. Thanks guys. And congratulations on another funded film Vance. Maybe I can get in on the next one.

  3. Vance got $526. in 2 days, I told him he’d hit it out of the park again as he did his last funding drive, we the Trek fans all love his stuff as much as all the bigger projects, each and every Star Trek Fan Film is a Unique story and in Unique ways of portraying there stories we all love greatly

  4. Honestly to everyone that shared this post, shared the link, donated to mine or the other gofundme’s, or simply wished us good luck, thank you. That type of support is astronomically huge. When you are a low to no budget production, you have to count on those type of things and it’s hard. It’s easy to get discouraged. But you guys, you guys always come thru for us. And for that, that’s why i love you all. And from the bottom of my heart, i thank you. I have reached more than my needs so i don’t have to cut as many corners as i usually do, and i can ease into things for a better product that i want to put out. When i am done i will be giving back to other films in my own way, as i always try to do, so understand, this is always full circle. And we continue to support each other. Cause that’s what the idea of star fleet is abt. Thats what star trek is abt.
    Keep on geekin on


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