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A short independent Star Trek film, introducing you to a new crew and ship, The USS Ambush.
A short independent Star Trek film, introducing you to a new crew and ship, The USS Ambush.
113 backers pledged £4,649 to help bring this project to life.

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"Star Trek: Ambush" is an upcoming short independent live action Star Trek film, approximately 20 minutes in length. It is being produced by a group of filmmakers all with many years filmmaking experience and with enough different skills to cover all aspects of filmmaking.

Concept Art showing the look and feel of "Star Trek: Ambush". Courtesy of Stephen Trumble.
Concept Art showing the look and feel of "Star Trek: Ambush". Courtesy of Stephen Trumble.

"Ambush" will introduce you to a new ship and crew that exist in the Star Trek Universe, The USS Ambush. Set just after the events portrayed in "Balance of Terror", the original series episode. By focusing on a single away mission to rescue a captured Commander, "Ambush" will shed some light on how the Federation ultimately dealt with the Romulans, after the initial incident involving Kirk and The Enterprise. As you'll discover in the film, the crew of the "Ambush" are a very unique and specialised group of people, who would always be the first choice to deal with a delicate matter such as the Romulans. Although the crew's existence is well known to the Federation, they're not keen on advertising their existence.

"Star Trek: Ambush" is going to be an exciting film and nothing like anything previously shown on Star Trek. It will have something for everyone, from the hardcore fans, to the casual fans and for those who just like great Sci-Fi films. But we need your help to make this film a reality. 

Here's what we have:

  • We're very fortunate to know many professionals willing to give up their own time for this film ranging from actors and makeup artists, seamstress' and carpenters, and everything in between.
  • We have workshop space to fabricate props.
  • We have a studio space in which to build a shuttlecraft set in.
  • We have the latest camera and sound equipment, as well as the means to edit and do a great post production job.
  • A finished screenplay ready to shoot and the combined experience of some very committed filmmakers.
"Star Trek: Ambush" intends to use real models of ships and real locations enhanced with CG effects.
"Star Trek: Ambush" intends to use real models of ships and real locations enhanced with CG effects.

So why do we need your help?

What we have is only the foundations of this film project. We need to raise the minimum amount in order to fund the following:

  • The Logistics and Travel Expenses, as it does all add up.
  • Fabricate and acquire more props.
  • Provide the highest quality special makeup effects.
  • Supply all the materials to build our sets, as well as hiring a larger space to construct a Romulan Base.
  • Construct high quality models of the various ships that will appear in our film.
  • Provide all our characters with costumes, including some specific tailored Romulan attire. 
A miniature model of our Shuttlecraft set (minus the seats and consoles), please help fund our film so we can make this set full size.
A miniature model of our Shuttlecraft set (minus the seats and consoles), please help fund our film so we can make this set full size.

Stretch Goals

Thank you so much for to all our backers so far and to all the support we've received. The level of response and the generosity we've had already is truly incredible. In just 4 days of launching we've raised above and beyond our initial base goal, which means we're immediately able to start making “Star Trek: Ambush” even more impressive and exciting.

So we've set ourselves a new goal: to raise of £3,000. We believe with your continued help and support we can reach this goal, and to explain where the funds will be going we have set out our benchmarks below.

£2,000 – As previously mentioned, with “Star Trek: Ambush” we are going to make heavy use of miniatures. The script requires 2 different shuttlecraft and our main starship. We do have the necessary equipment and skills to make and shoot the models, but by reaching this stretch goal we can achieve a higher level of quality and detail. Our models themselves can have even more complex lighting rigs and separate servo controlled moving parts. We would also be able to invest in better tooling options to get an exceptional professional standard finish on them.

£2,500 – This will allow us to hire a much a larger studio space to build the set of the Romulan Base. The Romulan Base is a big part of the film and the more we can raise towards it, the grander and more sinister it can be.

£3,000 – This amount will allow us to fully take care of all our sound needs throughout the entire production. We'll be able to have an amazing clean and crisp professional grade sound mix, sound at the end of the day is half of the film and we want to be able to deliver you the best. With this amount also we can hire out more camera equipment to compliment our existing arsenal, this includes additional lenses and more detail when it comes to lighting.

Rewards

Please check out the great rewards listed on the right. We have something for everyone like exclusive downloads, DVD's and posters. Then the more unique rewards:

  • The Red Shirt Character named after you.
  • The Commander named after you.
  • Hand made props by Greg Lock, including a complete Original Series Style Medical Kit.
  • A USS Ambush Uniform, made to your specifications. 

Because of the nature of some of our higher rewards, they are limited, get them while you can. 

The very limited original series style medical kit, available as part of the Medical Package and Ultimate Package.
The very limited original series style medical kit, available as part of the Medical Package and Ultimate Package.
Award winning artist, cartoonist and illustrator David Trumble has kindly offered his services. Check out the Portrait Package and Fantasy Scene Package to get your personalised cartoon! (Click to see more of his outstanding work)
Award winning artist, cartoonist and illustrator David Trumble has kindly offered his services. Check out the Portrait Package and Fantasy Scene Package to get your personalised cartoon! (Click to see more of his outstanding work)
      
The uniform of the USS Ambush, taking influence from Enterprise, The Original Series and The Cage Pilot Episode.
The uniform of the USS Ambush, taking influence from Enterprise, The Original Series and The Cage Pilot Episode.

Add-On Reward! The "Making Of" Book! 

Due to the implementation of our stretch goals, we are now able to announce the addition of an add-on reward.

The majority of the professionals involved in Star Trek: Ambush have all kindly agreed to collaborate together by contributing to a “Making Of” book, only available to backers. The book which will be a minimum of 50 pages (probably a lot more) will document everything of every stage of “Star Trek: Ambush”. There will be step by step guides showing you how many of the visual effects are done, how the makeup effects are achieved (including the prosthetic parts), how the minatures, sets and props are made. We'll talk you through the various camera and lighting set ups we use. The book will give clear insight into how the project came about and how we set about putting it into motion. Also, our concepts, diagrams, set plans, model plans and much more will be included. Basically, what we're offering is a “bible” to show how you can make your own independent Star Trek film (or near enough any film), whilst reading up some interesting stories and anedotes as you go along. What ever your interest is, writing, acting, cinematography, directing, costume, production design, vfx, model making, you get the idea. It will be covered! All the information you could need in one single handy book!

So how can you get a copy? Simply add to your existing pledge or when you make your first pledge add the following:

£5 – A PDF download of the book.

£15 – A physical hard copy of the book, a professional high quality full colour printed softback.

Please note, a small shipping fee will be required for the physical book if you are pledging from outside the United Kingdom. If your current reward includes a shipping fee you don't need to worry, we can combine the shipping. If your reward does not include a shipping fee and you would like a physical book, please add £5.

Free Gift for Backers who pledge £30 or more. 

In light of the success so far with our Kickstarter and in order to thank you, I'm pleased to able to announce a free gift to everyone who pledges or has already pledged £30 or more. A shiny gold engraved miniature replica of the dedication plaque of the USS Ambush! The plaque is made from high quality plastic and measures approximately 7x3 inches, each one will come with a personalised thank you note, signed by myself (or this can be written on the plaque itself, back or front, should you prefer, just let me know). If you haven't pledged £30 or more and would like a plaque, simply increase your pledge. Please note a £5 shipping fee will be needed for outside of UK, but ONLY if your current pledge doesn't include one. 

So please, spread the word and give what you can.

We're all so excited about this film and really want you all to be a part of it. If we can't raise the minimum amount then "Star Trek: Ambush" can't happen. So we're not lying when we say we really need your help and the more you can give, the more impressive Star Trek film we can make for you all to enjoy.

Keep checking back for updates, as well as on other places:

Star Trek: Ambush Facebook

Star Trek: Ambush YouTube Channel 

Star Trek: Ambush Twitter

From everyone at "Star Trek: Ambush", Thank you for your kind support.

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Star Trek and all related material is property of Paramount and CBS, "Star Trek: Ambush" is not endorsed by them. It is completely a non profit film with all funds going towards making the film only.  

Risks and challenges

Every film, no matter how large a production has risks and challenges. "Star Trek: Ambush" is no exception. Unforeseen delays, weather issues, equipment failure etc etc.

However, everyone on "Star Trek: Ambush" is fully committed and passionate about the film. We've all been making films for many years now and learnt how to deal with these obstacles. Whatever has been thrown at us, we've dealt with it! Many of us have all given up so much time for this film. So we're very confident that we'll be able to deliver a brilliant Star Trek film.

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    A sincere Thank You and your name in the credits.

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    THE DIGITAL PACKAGE - All the above. Exclusive Digital Download of the film, A PDF of two Scripts (The First Draft and The Final Shooting Screenplay) and Poster Download.

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    THE DVD PACKAGE - All the above. A DVD of the film and access to many more exclusive downloads, making of features, wallpapers, concepts and ship plans, just to name a few.

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    THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD (Loaded with even more features that'll give away all our secrets!) with an embroidered "Ambush" patch.

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    THE DEFINITIVE SPECIAL EDITON DVD PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD, Set of 3 "Ambush" patches (Command, Science and Engineering) and an A3 Poster.

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    THE PORTRAIT PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, a Standard DVD and a personalised portrait cartoon. Award winning artist, cartoonist and illustrator, David Trumble will immortalise you in your very own Star Trek themed personalised cartoon. You decide your race, era of Trek, rank and role and you can have a personal cartoon portrait to proudly display and show off. Cartoon to be provided as a high quality download AND a physical print.

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    THE PHASER PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD and a screen used Type 2 Phaser Prop.

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    THE RED SHIRT PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD and The Red Shirt named after you! (In true Star Trek tradition, "Ambush" features a Red Shirt, if you've ever wanted your name to be remembered in the Red Shirt Memoriam, nows your chance)

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    THE FANTASY SCENE PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, a Standard DVD and a personalised fantasy scene cartoon. Ever wanted to be the one to defeat the Gorn instead of Kirk? Or take on the Borg Queen yourself? David Trumble will immortalise you in a grand cartoon depicting you in a Trek themed scene to your specification. This is a much more involved and personal cartoon that will include a detailed background and secondary characters, if you can think it up, David will draw it. Cartoon to be provided as a high quality download AND a physical print.

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    THE COMMANDER PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD and The Commander named after you! (Star Trek: Ambush focuses on the rescue of A Commander, he's hard, tough, witty, not a push over in the slightest and could be named after you!)

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    THE MEDICAL PACKAGE - All the downloads, name in credits, A Special Edition DVD, Set of 3 patches and your custom made Original Series Medical Kit. Greg will personally make you a medical kit just like the one used by Dr McCoy, The kit includes a Hypospray (with working plunger and 2 interchangeable vials), Spray Healer and a Medical Reader. Each item will be individually machined and turned out of solid aluminium.

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    THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE - All the downloads, A Special Edition DVD, Set of 3 Patches, Executive Producer credit, Custom made medical kit and a Star Trek: Ambush Uniform. The Ultimate Reward, your own "Ambush" uniform, complete with Jacket, Undershirts and Trousers, plus you decide on your devision (Command, Science, Engineering or Medical) and rank (Anything from Ensign right up to Commodore) made to your size, the ultimate in a personalised reward. Oh yeah, and you'll get custom made Medical Kit too!

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