January 25 2019
Part Two of Jonathan Lane’s interview with Alec Peters is out now.
To sum up in a few words, it virtually says that Axanar is in Pre-Production and it will be until they have raised enough money to make the film and currently the price tag is $150,000 to $200,000 USD.
They also need to rent out a green screen studio and cameras and both of those are considered expensive.
Meanwhile the Patreon account is nearing 25% of its goal, it would need another just over 300 patrons to reach the $4,000 assuming the batting average (patron money amount average) remains the same.
It is entirely possible that it will make it, there is quite a few people out there who hate CBS and think Alec Peters can do a better job than CBS based on Prelude to Axanar.
What has to be kept in mind is that the Axanar team is going to be different to the Prelude to Axanar team so the look and feel will be different.
There is no Christian Gossett, Robert Meyer Burnett, Terry McIntosh, Tony Todd and perhaps Kate Vernon and of course the world lost Richard Hatch and Frank Serafine.
The whole help pay for a studio thing is troubling and the thing is that this is not a new phenomenon, it has been around since the Trekunited days and perhaps even earlier.
The general public should not be expected to help pay for the majority of financial costs of fan films or pay a large share of the studios that are created to create a fan film.
What level of accountability will there be? Do patrons get to vote on which screenplay gets made next at Ares Studios? so many questions and only time will provide the answers.
You should see the amount of people who got let down on Steam, hundreds of games were in Early Access and quite a number of them were abandoned after people paid amounts like $29.99 for a game (see Race to Mars).
Race to Mars promised a great space program management game but as gamers got releases, the game got smaller and smaller until it became a five minute game with locked functions, placeholder graphics and no ending and it even crashed at the end of each play through and then there was nothing.
The game is rumoured to still be alive but there has been no messages for several months.
A man or a woman who has a vision to create something should never be laughed at but there should always be caution when they turn to the general public to help them get there.
Until next time, be good to each other.