If this money is talking the way it's supposed to, then it looks like the proposed film series "Space Command" is not only a go -- it already has an enthusiastic fan base.
The series from science-fiction alums Marc Scott Zicree, Doug Drexler and Neil Johnson, set a Kickstarter goal of $75,000 to get started on a series that would pay homage to classic 1950s science-fiction. Instead, with more than a month to go, fans have responded with just under $130,000 by Tuesday, and the pledges haven't stopped there.
"This says a lot about how the fans feel," Drexler told Airlock Alpha when providing an update on the project. And it's hard to argue that.
So far, "Space Command" has attracted pledges from one less than 1,500 people. That's an average donation of $87. Already, two people have pledged $10,000 to the project, earning one a two-day filmmaking class with the people behind "Space Command" as well as a co-producer credit, and the other a lunch with the producers as well as a small speaking role in the series.
"Space Command" is a planned series of four films, with $75,000 set solely for production of the first film, according to producers. None of the money is intended for exploratory research or marketing. Instead, using current technology and the award-winning skills of its production team, "Space Command" is expected to be made for a budget that would make it almost impossible for many independent films to be made.
Zicree is a fan of the 1950s, and wrote one of the more popular episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" set in that time period, "Far Beyond the Stars." That puts the crew of DS9 into the 1950s at a science-fiction pulp magazine shop with Avery Brooks' character of Benjamin Sisko taking on the role of Benny, an African-American writer who has to suffer through the racism of the time.
Drexler is an award-winning visual effects artist who has been a part of the teams that include "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica."
Johnson has experience doing mostly lower-budget films, including "Humanity's End" on a $2 million budget in 2009 and "Alien Armageddon" on an $870,000 budget last year.
Not much is known about the series, but it will include the acting work of Armin Shimerman (Quark of "Deep Space Nine") and Ethan Phillips (Neelix on "Star Trek: Voyager").
The project met its $75,000 goal in just three days, and work is now moving to meet a $150,000 goal. Producers did not say if the additional money would go into the first film, or if it would be used to fund a second film in the series.
For more information on the film series, and to pledge money for the project yourself, visit "Space Command's" Kickstarter page.
Please remember, however, that while Kickstarter only takes money from pledges only if a goal is met, such contributions do not translate into any ownership stake. Also, even if a pledge goal is reached and money changes hand, there are no guarantees that a project will be made that meets the expectations of those who donated money, or if the project will be made at all.
Anyone choosing to donate any money should be willing to treat such a donation as a gift that they never expect to have returned in any shape or form.
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