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"Prelude to Axanar" is a short film that will lead into, and act as a primer to, the feature length "Axanar".

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THANK YOU ALL!  We are fully funded the way we need to be to execute Prelude to Axanar and you have given us enough money to start working on the feature film Axanar as well!

Prelude to Axanar is a short film that will give viewers a historical look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar, the central event of the film Axanar, to be filmed later this year.  Shot like a History Channel special, Prelude to Axanar will be Star Trek like you have never seen it before, showing the central characters of Axanar giving both a historical and personal account of the war.  How did Starfleet build its fleet?  How did they hold off a Klingon fleet that had been conquering star systems for centuries?  What role did the various founding planets play in Starfleet? Why were the Constitution class ships so important to Starfleet? How did Garth of Izar come to be regarded as the greatest Starfleet Captain of his time?

This Kickstarter is for Prelude to Axanar, which we will film at the beginning of May.  The Kickstarter for  Prelude will pay for the actors, the make-up, visual effects and actual filming costs. The resulting film will be about 20 minutes and also produce about half a dozen vignettes of the characters talking about different subjects.

Prelude to Axanar will then allow us to launch into Axanar having proven our ability to deliver professional quality Star Trek.  There will be a subsequent Kickstarter for the feature-length "Axanar".

The Axanar team is determined to make the first true independent Star Trek film. 

THE STARS OF PRELUDE TO AXANAR

Prelude to Axanar features some well known actors portraying both new and familiar characters in the Star Trek universe.

Richard Hatch as Kharn, the Klingon Supreme Commander
Richard Hatch as Kharn, the Klingon Supreme Commander
Michael Hogan As Captain Robert April
Michael Hogan As Captain Robert April
JG Hertzler as Captain Samuel Travis
JG Hertzler as Captain Samuel Travis
Gary Graham as Soval, Vulcan Ambassador to the Federation
Gary Graham as Soval, Vulcan Ambassador to the Federation

THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF AXANAR

Prelude to Axanar has the amazing talents of Tobias Richter, one of the top Visual Effects artists in the world.  What you have seen in our videos is all Tobias and his crew.

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PERKS

We want to give you great perks for your donations.  And so we reviewed what other projects have done and did better. We hope you will enjoy the perks we offer.  And please stay tuned for special offers we will be unveiling during the 30 days of this Kickstarter.

USS Ares patch.  Part of the $ 25 level.
USS Ares patch. Part of the $ 25 level.
You get a limited edition Soundtrack CD featuring the music of composer Alex Bornstein at the $ 35 level
You get a limited edition Soundtrack CD featuring the music of composer Alex Bornstein at the $ 35 level
Prelude to Axanar DVD / Blu-Ray
Prelude to Axanar DVD / Blu-Ray
USS Ares T-Shirt (Back)
USS Ares T-Shirt (Back)
USS Ares T-Shirt (Front)
USS Ares T-Shirt (Front)

STRETCH GOALS

Prelude to Axanar has been hit almost all of our stretch goals!

$ 15,000  Stretch Goal UNLOCKED Everyone who donates at least $ 10 gets an Ares Class Development Project Uniform Patch.

$ 20,000  Stretch GoalUNLOCKED Everyone who donates gets an exclusive Juan Ortiz "Axanar" digital movie poster.  Those who donated $ 75 or more will get a printed 11" x 17" version to go with their original Juan Ortiz poster perk.

$ 40,000 Stretch Goal  -  UNLOCKED  Everyone who has donated $ 10 or more will receive the Federation Historical Society Vinyl sticker.

$ 50,000 Stretch Goal  -  UNLOCKED  Everyone who has donated $ 10 or more will receive the "First to the Fight" Starfleet fleet patch.

(Please note, for those donating at $ 20 or less, there is a small shipping fee since otherwise we are not shipping anything to you as everything is digital.  All other levels we will just put these stretch goal perks in what we are already shipping you!)

Ares Class Development Patch
Ares Class Development Patch

Please note that for all levels below $ 25, there will be a small shipping charge for all stretch goal perks.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

First, understand that generally, you get about 70% of the total money raised. 10% goes to Kickstarter and Amazon payment processing fees. Another 10% we have budgeted for Perks (the gifts you earn at different donation levels). And there is generally a 10% drop out rate (which we hope is way less!). So basically we get 70% to spend on Prelude to Axanar.

The budget for Prelude to Axanar was about $ 20,000. But thanks to all your donations, we have doubled that to $ 40,000, allowing us to do everything better and more professionally.  We set the Kickstarter bar low at $ 10,000 as we really didn't know what kind of response we would get. We could have gotten Prelude done for $ 10,000, but it would have meant deferring payment to our VFX team and others, who graciously offered to work and take payment after the main Kickstarter if needed. So now we don't have to do that, or cut any corners. So the first $ 40,000 goes to Prelude. So to get that $ 40,000, we need to raise about $ 57,000 (remember we only get 70%), which we have done.

What does that pay for? Well, first we need about $ 10,000 for make up. That is because we need to get all the initial design, sculpting and production of Richard Hatch's Klingon hair and make-up and Gary Graham's hair and make-up done up front. The good news is that money doesn't then need to be spent in Axanar. We have Make Up Effects Lab, the guys who actually worked on Star Trek since the beginning of TNG working with us, so you know we are getting the best.

We also need about $ 10,000 to pay the actors and their expenses (Michael Hogan and JG Hertzler do not live in LA). When you get such amazing actors as we have gotten, you have to pay them because this is how they make a living. And we want them very invested in our project and to go above and beyond. For example, Richard Hatch (who is also my acting coach) has opened up his Tuesday acting class to our production to do rehearsals and scene work in class. That is an amazing opportunity. Gary Graham said he was going to come by to work with the other actors in the class. So if you want these professionals to be invested in your production, you need to invest in them.  We have expanded our cast thanks to this Kickstarter.

Then, there is the Visual Effects. That is $7,500 right now. That leaves $12,500 for the shoot itself. All those numbers are pretty accurate, but you never know what pops up.  So it is nice to have a cushion.

So again, to get that $ 40,000, we need to raise about $ 57,000. And thank you all for helping us reach that!

Limited Edition Starfleet Procurement Patch available ONLY to donors!
Limited Edition Starfleet Procurement Patch available ONLY to donors!

So what about what we raise above that? Well, first it will be nice to have a cushion in case we experience any cost overruns.  But mostly, anything above the $ 57,000 or so will go into our Axanar infrastructure.  So here is where that money goes:

Infrastructure   -  We are spending $ 10,000 to fund the infrastructure of Axanar Productions. This means the legal paperwork needed to create our production company and the rather expensive insurance to cover all our productions over the coming year. It allows us to set up production offices (We have gotten the space for free in some amazing offices here in Los Angeles) and start to produce Axanar.

Starfleet Tunics  -  $ 10,000 allows us to fund the Starfleet costumes for Axanar. We have retained the services of the company that produces the TOS tunic replicas for Anovos, so you know these tunics will be top quality. With a large cast, and needing to custom manufacture top quality costumes in quantity, we need to do it right.  Making the Starfleet tunics will actually take 90 days from beginning to end.

VFX - $ 10,000 goes to start paying Tobias Richter and his team for the work they are doing on Axanar.  Tobias has already started putting out some amazing work and has spent days and days honing the look of the 3D ship models.

USS Ares
USS Ares

So there you go!   That is where your money is going.  Rest assured that whatever money we raise will go towards bringing you the Star Trek you all want to see. We take our responsibility to you seriously and appreciate that you have invested with us!

We take PayPal!  All donation levels can be acquired by sending the appropriate amount to donate@startrekaxanar.com.  You will get a confirmation email from us and we will enter you in Backerkit, our back end solution.

Please make sure you check back for regular updates, which will also be posted to our Facebook page and website:

Star Trek: Axanar website

Star Trek: Axanar Facebook page

Star Trek: Axanar Twitter

Star Trek: Axanar You Tube Channel

© 2014 Axanar Productions. STAR TREK and all related marks, logos and characters are owned by CBS Studios Inc. This website, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of
 material created by the operators of this website are not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the STAR TREK franchise.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges when making a film. These include unforeseen delays, actor cancellations and rescheduling, weather, location availability, equipment issues etc. However, we have a professional crew that has faced these challenges before. We are shooting this project first so we can develop our team, sharpen our processes and work out any kinks, before tackling our next film.

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    CREWMAN:

    Your name on the backers page on the Star Trek Axanar website PLUS a digital download of the Juan Ortiz designed "Axanar" movie poster PLUS access to our "Donors Only" web forum with exclusive content, production blogs, cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes videos and more.

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    609 backers

    CREWMAN FIRST CLASS: Receive all of the above plus a digital download of "Prelude to Axanar" in HD.

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    207 backers

    ENSIGN: All of the above PLUS the official illustrated script from "Prelude to Axanar" in PDF form. Chock full of photos and details on the cast and characters, this reads like a "Making of" book with a ton of behind the scenes info and images.

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    350 backers

    LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE: All of the above PLUS the USS Ares shoulder patch. This 3" embroidered patch will be seen on the tunics of the USS Ares crew in "Axanar".

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    76 backers

    LIEUTENANT: Receive all of the above, plus the "Prelude to Axanar" Soundtrack DVD autographed by composer Alex Bornstein. Free shipping in the U.S. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    411 backers

    SECOND LIEUTENANT: Receive all of the above PLUS the Special Edition DVD of the film. Add $ 10 for the Special Edition Blu-Ray instead. Free shipping in the U.S. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    73 backers

    LIEUTENANT COMMANDER: Receive all of the above PLUS An original, limited edition Juan Ortiz exclusive "Axanar" movie poster. Created by famous Star Trek artist Juan Ortiz exclusively for "Prelude to Axanar", this 11" x 17" poster will ONLY be available in this Kickstarter. When they are sold out that is it!

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    269 backers

    COMMANDER: Receive all of the above PLUS receive the limited edition USS Ares T-shirt. Printed on the back is the USS Ares patch, and the ships spearhead design on the front. This T-shirt will ONLY be available in this Kickstarter.

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    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    Axanar Starfleet Tunic! Designed by Christian Gossett and Alec Peters and made by the manufacturer who makes Anovos TOS tunic replicas, this is a professionally made costume tunic. Both male and female versions available. Sizes available are M/L/XL/2XL for men and S/M/L for women. See details on our Update # 18 or our Facebook page. This perk is a STAND ALONE level, meaning you don't get any other perks with this perk.

    You can get your tunic used in the production, or we will ship it out to you as soon as manufactured if you want.

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    37 backers

    FLEET CAPTAIN: You get ALL Rewards up to $ 100 PLUS The Axanar Starfleet Tunic! Choose this level if you want EVERYTHING!

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Funding period

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