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About this project

Introduction

Hi. My name is Kenny Smith. Ten years ago, I wrote a rough draft for a Star Trek film I wanted to direct. The title was Star Trek: First Frontier and it was the story of the first launching of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701 under the command of Captain Robert April. All Star Trek fans know the stories of Captain Kirk and his crew, but many may not be aware that the Enterprise was 15 years old when Kirk took command, having served her first five-year mission under Captain April and then two consecutive five-year missions under Captain Christopher Pike. I wanted to tell the story of her first mission, to see her being built in spacedock, along with the fleet of twelve sister ships in Earth orbit and to watch her launch for the first time towards indescribable adventure.

I really wanted to watch this film and patiently waited until the time was right to get it onto the screen. Recently, at one of my conventions, I met a film producer who was looking for a project to work on. We became friends and I decided to mention my Trek idea to him. He loved it. Knowing that the fiftieth anniversary was quickly approaching, we set to work on the script. The time has finally come.

Intentions of Film

The primary goal of this film is simple, to take Star Trek back to it’s most basic root elements, the elements canonized by Gene Roddenberry. His vision of space exploration, racial equality and the inherent “goodness” of Human Beings led to some of the most thought provoking, as well as the most exciting, science fiction ever written. I have seen countless interviews with fans who said they loved Star Trek because after a long day at work, it was so comforting to come home and sit down to a Star Trek episodewhich gave a vision of hope that Human’s would all make it past our warlike ways, would come together and work in harmony. That is the Star Trek we want to bring into existence with this film. A realistic vision of the potential of the Human race.

And while framing our story in Gene’s original concept, we would like to include all of the action and adventure that Trek fans have come to expect. We would like to showcase concepts that fans could only have dreamed of until now like the initial launching of the Enterprise and showing rooms and decks of the Enterprise that we know are there, but have never seen before like the interior of the Nacelles, to see this ship that we have grown to love over the years, being launched unto her first exciting missions, and to introduce new characters into the Star Trek world like Robert April and his wife Sarah. Although briefly seen in one animated series episode, very little is known about the first Captain and Chief Medical Officer of the Enterprise. We would like to delve into the relationship that would exist with a married Captain and his wife who may potentially be needed for dangerous missions, how the Captain would balance the need to accomplish his mission with the need to protect his wife. And, of course, Star Trek wouldn’t be correct without the inclusion of Aliens as members of the crew. The primary bridge crew will have one Alien member which will add a rich depth to the character pool.

What Sets Our Film Apart

While respecting and enjoying the independent fan developed Star Trek films that are currently being produced, we would like to set our film apart in a number of ways.

First, we would like to focus primarily on developing our characters, giving them rich backgrounds and motivations so that the audience can connect with them and feel for them. This is something that can only be accomplished with the casting of real SAG actors, actors who know how to become his or her character and project that character outwardly so that the audience can suspend disbelief and be pulled in completely (verisimilitude). We will be holding casting calls to fill these roles with the best actors possible and are already negotiating with names you may already be familiar with.

Secondly our visual effects will be second to none as they will be supervised by Lee Stringer. Lee is an emmy award winning visual effects artist who, while at Zoic Studios, worked on Joss Whedon’s Firefly which won an Emmy for visual effects and Battlestar Galactica which was nominated for two Emmy Awards. While at Foundation imaging, Lee worked on the updated visual effects for Robert Wise’s Star Trek The Motion Picture The Director’s Edition and spent several years working on Star Trek Voyager. With Lee on board, we promise a feature length motion picture with a visual experience that will excite and dazzle the viewer.

Thirdly and possibly the most exciting aspect that will set us apart is the use of filming miniatures during production. We will have commissioned and built an eleven-foot shooting miniature of the USS Enterprise. While the use of CG has reached a level which can compete with the use of miniatures, there is just a certain feel, a certain realness that comes from shooting miniatures. The eleven foot miniature will be dead accurate to the Enterprise of our time and will bring a reality to our production that hasn’t been felt since the original television series’ and movies. Remember back to the awe and spectacle as Admiral Kirk viewed the refit Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. One had the feel that they were actually looking at a massive, gorgeous starship in spacedock. With the use of miniatures in our production, we will once again be able to witness the majesty of the USS Enterprise as she launches. We view the Enterprise as a character herself.

Lastly, we will be including an all new score performed by an orchestra, a soundtrack which is exciting and progressive, while still capturing the mood and atmosphere of the original, particularly the movies. You will definitely know you are watching a Star Trek film by the music you will hear.

Kickstarter

We hope you are as excited as we are. Our Kickstarter campaign goal is the budget minimum needed for us to make the movie to the standards and production values mentioned before. Rest assured, any proceeds and contributions over and above our minimum will be placed into production, allowing us to make an even better picture and include even more innovative techniques and ideas. We are offering some unique, one-of-a-kind perks including our actual 11-foot shooting miniature of the Enterprise, as well as the Captain’s and other officer’s uniforms which you will receive once principle photography is completed. Every single contribution received will earn the donor’s name an entry into the final credits. Now is your opportunity to be a part of Star Trek history.

Summary

I love Star Trek; the concepts, the adventure, the hope for a better future for mankind. I think of Star Trek as one of my longest and best friends and I take this task very seriously. I want to make a Star Trek film that will return us to the fun we used to have, by introducing exciting new characters, revisiting the original Starship Enterprise, enacting a new adventure, set with the same tone and spirit of the original while merging cutting edge visual effects with actual shooting miniatures, and using some of the best talent in the world to accomplish this.

We are excited to present this contribution opportunity to you and hope that you will see it as a chance to be “transported” to a time you loved from your childhood. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

Our release date is set for September 2016 which marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Earlier in 2016 will be our EyeCon: Star Trek convention taking place in Orlando, Florida with as many of the original cast as possible present, as well as personalities from all other Trek incarnations. At this convention, we will air the trailer for the film. We consider September 8, 2016 as an absolute deadline.

Immediately following completion will be the world premiere, available via Internet.

This will be a film production including Pre-Production (appr 2 month), Production (appr 1 months) and Post Production (appr 8-12 months). The production will carry with it the normal filming issues which include cast scheduling, location availability dates, orchestra scoring, etc.

We anticipate release on schedule.

Please note that we are doing this out of love for Star Trek, not financial gain and every dollar contributed will be placed into the production, the more we have to work with, the more quality, the better the artists working behind the scenes and the better the completed film will be.

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