THANK YOU RENEGADES BACKERS!
We are humbled by the outpouring of support from all our friends and supporters! We reached our initial minimum goal with 4 1/2 days to spare!
But that's not all! Please help us reach our next goal of $250,000 and make this production even better!
It has been seven long years since Enterprise left the air, and though we’ve had the recent big screen adaptation of Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic vision (and the sequel coming next year), we feel the true home of Star Trek is as a continuing episodic series. The goal of this project is to make that happen.
We, the team who brought you Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, are proud to announce Star Trek: Renegades, a professionally produced pilot intended for presentation to CBS as a possible online series.
This film will be funded by the generous donations of fans from around the world. All monies will go directly to the costs of making this high quality broadcast pilot. It is our hope that CBS finds "Star Trek: Renegades" to be a worthy endeavor and will continue the Star Trek franchise and legacy as an online episodic series (or on their own broadcast or cable network).
Should CBS pass on Star Trek: Renegades, we will explore all avenues to release the film on a strictly non-profit basis. If we are successful, we would like to produce future episodes via donations and release them, also as non-profit, since we have a five year story arc planned.
These are lofty goals, yes, and a “renegade” idea such as this costs money, and we would like to enlist your help in making this possible. Few people know that Star Trek: Of Gods and Men was created on a budget of less than $150,000. Yes, a feature-length movie with less than 0.1% of the budget of the recent Star Trek film. And though costs are higher than they were in 2006 when Of Gods and Men began production, advances in technology will allow us to produce this new pilot for little more than that.
Renegades, as the name suggests, will be bold, edgy and a little dark:
It is nearly ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The planet Reuel VII, the Federation’s main supply of dilithium crystals, has essentially vanished. Space and time has folded around Reuel VII, effectively isolating it from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something has caused this to happen.
This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew - mostly outcasts and rogues - even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what caused the folding of time and space around Reuel, and stopping it – at all costs – from happening to their final source of energy. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?
Renegades will feature a combination of familiar Star Trek faces, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors (to be announced).
Tim Russ (Tuvok in Voyager) has signed on to direct Renegades.
The role of Captain Lexxa Singh will be played by Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
The Renegades' antagonist in the film, Borrada, will be played by Trek veteran J.G. Hertzler (Martok, DS9; Koval, Of Gods and Men)
Also currently in the cast are Walter Koenig (Chekov, Original Series), Tim Russ, Gary Graham (Alien Nation; Soval, Enterprise), Robert Picardo (the holodoctor, Voyager), Ethan Phillips (Neelix, Voyager), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb, Voyager), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris, Voyager), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Larissa Gomes (Saw VI, Saw 3D), actress/stunt performer Tarah Paige (Make It or Break It, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Courtney Peldon (Entourage, Home Improvement), Corin Nemec (Stargate Sg-1), Monica Keena (Dawson's Creek) and Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues, Dragonball Z).
Renegades will be a departure from previous Treks - delving into the dark side of the human psyche, pushing our heroes to their limits, forcing them to carry out actions that they never would have as Starfleet officers. The rules have changed, and they realize they might be the last hope to save the Federation.
Star Trek: Renegades will be action oriented, filled with suspense and espionage; all while exploring new worlds, encountering both familiar and new alien species, and boldly going where no Trek has gone before.
Previous project - Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
This is not the production team's first time around the galaxy! Most of the team played a major role in producing Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, which was conceived as a 40th anniversary tribute to the original Star Trek series. Shot in the summer and fall of 2006, it was released on the internet in three parts as a free download.
Of Gods and Men featured three members of the original cast: Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Walter Koenig (Chekov) and Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand). It also starred numerous veterans of the Trek world, including Tim Russ (Tuvok, Voyager), Alan Ruck (Captain Harriman, Generations), J.G. Hertzler (Martok, DS9), Chase Masterson (Leeta, DS9), Gary Graham (Soval, Enterprise), Ethan Phillips (Neelix, Voyager), Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko, DS9), Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn, TOS), and many more.
Of Gods and Men was voted "Best Web Production of 2008" bySyFy Portal's Genre Awards.
Please visit our site: http://www.startrekofgodsandmen.com/
Who We Are - The Renegades Team
Tim Russ - Director
Tim Russ is a well-known actor, director and musician. He has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer. He played several minor roles in TNG, DS9 and Star Trek: Generations before landing his best-known role as Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager. In addition, Tim recently appeared as Frank, a sarcastic doorman in Christina Applegate's ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, and currently appears as Principal Ted Franklin in Nickelodeon's show iCarly.
In addition to directing Star Trek: Of Gods and Men his directorial duties, Tim also reprised his role of Tuvok and contributed to the film’s story. Tim has also written and directed several short films and web series, including Bloomers, in which Tim won Best Director from the LA Webfest, Indie Soap Awards, and the Telly Awards. Tim is also an accomplished musician. He and his band regularly play in the Los Angeles area, and Tim’s new CD, Then and Now is available on iTunes and on www.cdbaby.com. Tim’s new children's book & CD, Bugsters, has recently been published through Woods N' Water Press.
Sky Conway - Producer
Conway is a film and event producer, a writer and a business and entertainment
attorney. He also has vast experience as an entrepreneur, running a wide variety of businesses, including licensed
entertainment collectibles, hi-tech automated assembly equipment manufacturing,
arts publishing, book and magazine publishing, real estate development, cutting-edge online news and information websites
and apparel stores. Sky was at the forefront of original programming for the
internet. He has considerable expertise in entertainment merchandising
and product licensing, including deals with Disney, Paramount, Fox, Warner,
Lucasfilm and Universal Studios.
Sky has proven to be one of the leading independent producers of micro-budget feature films. He produced Star Trek: Of Gods and Men for under $150,000, yet it looks like a $15 million production. Sky's ability to create high-quality entertainment on a minuscule budget led to his production of Walter Koenig's script InAlienable.
Walter Koenig - Executive Consultant
Walter joins the Renegades team as our Executive Consultant. With 45 years of Star Trek experience (not many people can top that!), you know you're in good hands!
Walter Koenig’s professional acting career spans more than 50 years of
stage, television and film work. Walter is best known for his recurring
television portrayals both of the hated, intensely driven Alfred Bester
(Babylon 5) and the likeable, perpetually cheerful Pavel Chekov (Star Trek).
Recently, Walter has appeared in such films as, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men,
Inalienable and Star Trek: New Voyages.
Koenig's film, stage and TV roles span fifty years. He has played everything from a teenage gang leader (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) to Gidget’s fiancé Gunnar (Gidget) to a Las Vegas entertainer (I Spy) to an astronaut (Moontrap).
In addition to acting, he has written several films (Actor, I Wish I May,
You're Never Alone When You're a Schizophrenic), one-act plays, and a handful
of episodes for TV shows, including Star Trek: The Animated Series, Land of the
Lost, Family and The Powers of Matthew Star. He has also written several books,
including Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe (autobiography),
Chekov's Enterprise (a journal kept during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion
Picture) and Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot (a science fiction novel), which
was re-released in 2006. Walter also
created his own comic book series called Raver, which was published by Malibu
Comics in the early 1990s.
He is currently writing a new graphic novel to be entitled "Things To Come", about vampires after the apocalypse.
Ethan Calk, Sky Conway, Jack Treviño – Writing Team
The writing team who brought the award-winning Star Trek: Of Gods And Men to the screen is back together again for Renegades.
Ethan H. Calk contributed the stories for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes Visionary and Children of Time.
Jack Treviño contributed the stories for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes Indiscretion and Little Green Men.
In addition to writing the script for Of Gods and Men, Ethan, Sky and Jack have also created and written the pilot episode for a science fiction television series entitled Free Space, and a science fiction independent film entitled Planet Hell. Both have been seen by agents and producers in Hollywood, but are as yet unproduced.
Michael Struck, NEO f/x - Visual Effects Supervisor
NEO f/x is a fast-paced company dedicated to providing high-quality digital visual effects and animations for corporate training/presentations, film, television, and the Internet. Based in the Pacific Northwest, NEO f/x has consistently impressed their client base with their integrity, professional service, quick turn-around, and dedication to product quality.
The company’s services include CGI/3D Animation and Visualizations, Editing, Compositing and Transcoding, 2D Animations, Total Media Packages and Other Visual EFX services.
NEO f/x produced many of the visual effects in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, and has created CGI design, modeling, animatics/pre-visualization, CGI set replacement/addition/modification and rendering effects for a variety of internet-based Star Trek/Sci-Fi productions, including Browncoats: Redemption and the Starship Farragut and Starship Exeter series.
Founder Michael Struck has worked on various projects ranging from simple logos to full-length movies, in addition to directing/producing two animated episodes of the award winning Starship Farragut series.
Christoper Dawson - Additional Visual Effects
Christopher Dawson has served in various Visual Effects Supervisory capacities on such films as Fast and Furious, Green Hornet, Zombie Strippers, Insanitarium and has provided VFX for numerous low budget independent features.
Starting his VFX career in 1985 at Praxis Filmworks and working his way up the ranks while earning money for college, he did a little bit of everything, eventually reaching his goal doing motion control photography of miniatures. After college he continued to freelance in various VFX production jobs. He worked at Introvision as a VFX camera operator, shooting miniatures and matte painting composites for such films as The Fugitive, Army of Darkness, Under Siege and Fearless. He made his way over to Digital Domain as a VFX camera operator and worked on Strange Days, True Lies, Apollo 13, Titanic and Terminator 2-3d. Leaving Digital Domain to continue freelance work he shot miniatures and live action for Armageddon, Pirates of The Carribean 3, Star Trek Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis, among many others.
A complete listing of Dawson’s credits can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0206089/
Justin R. Durban - Music
Award-winning composer and digital artist Justin R. Durban, made his initial breakthrough in the theatrical trailer for Warner Brothers, Taking Lives, and composed his first major film score for the award-winning independent feature Firecracker, listed as one of Roger Ebert’s best films of 2005. Justin’s work has been featured in the theatrical and television campaigns for such well-known films as Immortals, Avatar, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Australia, Battle For Terra, Harry Potter: Order Of The Phoenix, Hulk, Mummy 3 and most recently in Chronicles Of Narnia 3 – Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
His latest feature film scores include Semum for Warner Brothers Turkey, the critically-acclaimed Star Trek: of Gods and Men, Matt Thompson’s Bloodline and the award winning independent feature GPS – The Movie.
Justin’s latest project includes the Six Flags Theme Park ride, Green Lantern: First Flight, which opened summer 2011.
Tim Vittetoe – Makeup
Tim has been involved in film making, custom prop design, makeup and special visual effects for over 25 years. Tim’s projects include visual effects, special effects make-up, miniatures and props for companies such as Walt Disney, NBC-Universal and MTV. His work has been seen on SPIKE TV in national TV commercials, and in local films including Last Stand, Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day, Future Syn, and Missing Girl: The Carrie Burke Story (2006 Audience Award winner at The New York International Independent Film & Video Arts Festival). Tim has also created large, eye-catching props for national billboard ad campaigns for companies such as IKEA and Virgin Atlantic.Tim headed the special effects makeup team on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men and recreated the "Guardian of Forever" prop that was originally seen in the 1967 episode City on the Edge of Forever from the original Star Trek series.
Scott Nakada – Art Direction
Scott is the creator and owner of Xscapes Sci-Fi Originals, a business specializing in quality television and movie prop replicas costumes and collectibles. Xscapes’ movie prop replicas are made using original studio props as reference and modeling elements as used in the actual movie props used for filming. Scott works closely with Roddenberry.com, on several quality products, which are available through many retailers on the internet, and also privately prototypes and creates original prop pieces, for various clients, and others that are available on the Xscapes site. However his prop creation and design skills are not just limited to Trek.
Scott’s capabilities include: art direction, art and conceptual design, costuming, prototyping, as well as creation of limited run high quality props or parts. With these skills and more, he created hundreds of original props for Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. He also created computer monitor graphics for several of the scenes in the film, storyboarded and was the Art Director for the third act of the film, while retaining the official title of Assistant Art Director.
John Eaves – Art Direction
Production designer John Eaves has had a major impact on the look of the Star Trek universe since 1994. He has been responsible for creating many of the props and ships for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Star Trek: Next Generation films, including the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E and Zefram Cochrane's Phoenix.
Eaves cut his teeth in Hollywood as a modelmaker on motion pictures such as Top Gun, Spaceballs, Richie Rich and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. After working as a storyboard artist on the TV series SeaQuest DSV, Eaves was hired by Production Designer Herman Zimmerman to work on Star Trek Generations, where he was responsible for designing the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-B from which James T. Kirk would meet his (first) demise.
Eaves then joined the design staff on ST:DS9 in its fourth season, primarily involved in designing "gadgets" for the series, as well as auxiliary space vessels. For Star Trek: Insurrection, he designed the captain's yacht Cousteau and Data's scout ship, among others. In February 2001, Eaves was brought back into the fold as Production Illustrator on the fifth Star Trek TV series, Enterprise, again working with Zimmerman. John also served as a conceptual illustrator on the recent Star Trek and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.
Apart from Trek, John has worked on such films as Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Green Hornet, Iron Man 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Music for the trailer composed by Hetoreyn - http://www.hetoreyn.com/
Graphics, CGI, VFX by Michael Struck, Christoper Dawson, Scott Nakada, Roland Baron, Justin Durban, Christopher Calk
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when making a film - actors dropping out, locations and/or sets not available, unforeseen costs, equipment trouble, etc. We feel we are up to the challenge, and have proved ourselves to be 100% capable of completing this project. Our previous project, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, was just as ambitious, just as challenging, and we completed it in a timely manner on a slightly smaller budget than which we are asking for this project. We are a proven team and we feel we have all the skills, contacts and resources necessary to complete our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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