For anyone who listened to Axanar Podcast #41 last December, you’re already aware that OWC Digital (OWC stands for Other World Computing) is Axanar‘s second largest single contributor (behind Alec Peters himself), having donated well over $20,000 in computer hardware and software for director/editor Robert Meyer Burnett to store all the digital footage and edit it. Their equipment was already used to edit Prelude to Axanar and the Vulcan scene.
To give you an idea of how large high-quality digital video files can be, most of us can go to Best Buy and purchase a consumer hard drive with up to four terabytes (a terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes). Axanar was given a drive with 64 terabytes…and it’s already half-full!
And when you’re dealing with files that are so large, it’s not enough to simply have a big hard drive; you need software to make sure it can access and edit those files quickly and smoothly without crashing or taking seven hours to open a file. Those are the kinds of solutions that OWC Digital provides for Hollywood production companies and others in related industries.
OWC Digital is a privately-held company with offices in Woodstock, IL (just northwest of Chicago) and Austin, TX. According to figures I was able to find on the Internet, in 2011, they had sales revenue of $88.3 million with 137 employees. The company was on the Inc. magazine 5000 “Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Companies” and “Computer and Electronics Top 100” lists from 2007 through 2013.
The founder and CEO of the company is Larry O’Connor, who is a big fan of the Axanar project. Back in 1988, at age 14, Larry started up LRO Enterprises selling computer memory chips via America Online. In 1994, the company had grown to fill 6,500 square feet of office space and was renamed Other World Computing (OWC). By 2008, OWC had grown to fill a 37,000 square foot space and, a year later, had installed a wind turbine that generated twice the electricity that OWC needed to run their facility…making OWC the first technology manufacturer/ distributor in the U.S. to become totally on-site wind powered. Pretty cool, huh?
So now OWC has partnered up with Alec Peters and his new production company Rocketworx to sponsor a studio just outside of Atlanta dedicated to producing fan film and independent sci-fi projects. This is the press release that I just received announcing the deal…