Wow…with a capital WOW!
This, my friends, is what Star Trek fandom is all about. Yesterday, I published a blog asking for fans’ assistance in replacing PAUL JENKINS’ custom green screen (at a cost of $4,700), which had accidentally been damaged beyond repair during the INTERLUDE shoot at Ares Studios in November.
I ended the blog with a reference to the TOS episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” when Kirk tells Edith Keeler how a famous author in the future will write a classic recommending the three words “Let me help…” even over “I love you…”
“Let me help…” brings people together. “Let me help…” can accomplish the most amazing things. And yesterday, “Let me help…” resulted in 85 donations and a total raised so far of $3,900 (including the $2,000 from three of our biggest donors and myself plus many, many donations of just $10 or $15 or $20). This leaves us, after only a single day, within $800 of being able to replace Paul’s ruined green screen.
I can’t thank everyone enough for coming through this quickly. I was deeply touched by this amazing fan response, especially after the emotional punch in the gut last Friday when Paul first told me how much this accident would cost to fix. $4,700 is a lot of money!
But what was most uplifting to me were the literally dozens and dozens of message full of support, understanding, and inspiration that I received on Facebook and from donors themselves. Here’s just a small sample…
I donated because all Star Trek fans should support each other. - Judy Reed
In today's world, it is becoming increasingly rare to see someone take responsibility for their own actions let alone for the actions of their crew. That type of integrity and honor deserves acknowledgement. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! - Lawrence Wagner
Jonathan, I'm happy to help with your Christmas miracle. Hey, accidents happen, and it is the mark of a true gentleman when you suck it up and say, 'The buck stops with me.' You're right, no one intended to ruin the fabric. They didn't even realize that what they were doing would mess it up. However, I admire how you handled it. THAT is the kind of character that people respect, and you sir, have my respect. So Merry Christmas...and keep on Trekkin'. - Troy Light
I wasn't able to donate during the original fundraising effort, so I'm happy to be able to help a little now. - David Goldsberry
Everyone messes up sometimes (and I've certainly replaced school equipment that the kids have ruined in the past!). - Catherine McClarey
Sorry to hear this and I'm happy to help. The only people who never make mistakes are those who never actually do anything. So never mind, that's life, we'll sort it. - Alastair Miles
As far as I’m concerned, this is what makes the Star Trek fan film community so AWESOME. I thank everyone who donated…from the bottom of my heart.
We’re nearly there, folks. If you’d like to help us get to the finish line, please click on the link below to donate a little something…