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Update #74

Shares, space scientists, sets & more!

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Hi, guys,

As promised a few days ago, here’s the new video in which we tell you how you can invest in Space Command. We also share images and footage of our most recent designs, storyboards, construction, conversations with NASA and JPL scientists, jet fighter pilots and more!

Things are moving at a dizzying pace, getting ready for our March 8th start on shooting our first Space Command feature, “Redemption.” An army of people is busy at work, including set builders, our line producer, visual effects supervisor, production designer and many more.

I find all of this process thoroughly delightful, including drawing my own simplistic storyboards, which I call “Snoopygrams” (because they look like Charles Schultz drawings).

Marc's first draft storyboard.
Marc's first draft storyboard.

It’s really amazing to me how I can give something like this to my ace storyboard artist Larry Houston (with whom I worked on BLACKSTAR, CAPTAIN POWER and MIGHTY ORBOTS) and he can return with this:

Larry Houston super-dramatic storyboards!
Larry Houston super-dramatic storyboards!

Greg Jein, the brilliant builder of the city from BLADE RUNNER and the mothership for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, has been sketching designs of proposed miniature sets for us that could utilize pieces he’s been giving us. These domes are actually recycled from the V’Ger model he built for STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE. Way cool!

Greg Jein's inspired concept for a Martian factory.
Greg Jein's inspired concept for a Martian factory.

In addition, my dear friend Iain McCaig just sent us this new profile design of Doug Jones’ character Dor Neven. (Iain’s been working with J.J. on the new Star Wars films – I nabbed Iain as our Space Command character designer just between his working with Lucas on the last three Star Wars films and J.J. on the next one.)

The great Iain McCaig's design for Dor Nevin.
The great Iain McCaig's design for Dor Nevin.

As mentioned in the video, last weekend we had a terrific meeting on-set at our studio with our Space Command team and scientists from JPL and NASA, jet fighter pilots and Air Force personnel to advise us as to design and functionality of our hero set, the Paladin flight deck. We shot video of a good deal of that incredible discussion, which we’ll be posting soon.

Design and fabrication team for the Paladin, with video conferencing.
Design and fabrication team for the Paladin, with video conferencing.

Beyond this, we’re speaking with many talented prop makers to create iconic Space Command devices. I’ve been in contact with the kids of the late Ed Emshwiller, one of my favorite science fiction artists of the Fifties and Sixties, who drew and painted under the name Emsh, and we’re hoping to utilize his designs for some of our Space Command equipment.

Ed Emshwiller weapon design.
Ed Emshwiller weapon design.

So all in all, it’s a dream come true, and it’s all thanks to you.

More to report very soon… including details on fulfillment of all those Space Command goodies, now that we’re shooting at long last.

All good thoughts your way,

Marc

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      Creator Jim Kelsey on March 3

      I think I 'shuttered', when I read, 'way cool' ;)))) Way teenager
      I must be a really old Samuel T Cogley type, but where was the video mentioned? Did I miss a link?
      I will put my glasses on (am allergic to retnox too) and look again.
      Keep up the outstanding excellent production Marc, looking forward to more from Space Command.
      Kudos (A planet orbiting Ross 614a?)
      Have fun

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      Creator Joshua Peachy on February 3

      You have a ton of concept art, why aren't you releasing it all? I've bought Star Trek concept art books before, but I always get the sense that it cannot possibly be all of the art; that's pretty much the worst aspect of big projects, since I love concept art, but only see a small fraction of what was done. Over years, more and more of the art glacially leaks out as the people who worked on the projects find their old work, or suddenly decide people might want to see the stuff. This can be averted.

      Besides which, I didn't throw money this way just to see the project happen, that was a big part, but to also see the project come together, except we've been left in the dark. The public request through Facebook for gun designs and designers was a good step.

      Is the script up for reading somewhere? The last bit of the video makes it sound like it is.

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      Creator Janice Jacobson on February 3

      "The ship shutters"? You mean like a liquor store at closing time? Outstanding.
      Raise shields, Mr. Sulu :)

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      Creator Lawrence "Saker" Collins on February 3

      Absolutely love the Emshwiller pistol! Beautiful retro-sci-fi look.

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