The creator of the Axanar project, Alec is known as one of Star Trek’s biggest fans, and one who honors the canon of the beloved franchise through his visionary film “Prelude to Axanar”.
Alec is the epitome of someone who discovers their calling and succeeds in pursuing it. An attorney by training, Alec coached an NCAA Championship volleyball team at USC and with the US National team. He has started five companies earning him an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. Alec has written the “Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Blog” (startrekprops.com) since 2006, and is one of the foremost experts on collecting screen used Star Trek props & costumes. In 2008 he created Propworx, which held the Battlestar Galactica Prop Auctions, considered by many the finest prop & costume auctions ever, followed by studio sanctioned auctions for Stargate, Star Trek, Iron Man I & II and the Kevin Smith auction.
“Prelude to Axanar” has won 46 film festival awards around the world and Alec is not only the creator, but writer, producer and actor, portraying legendary Starfleet Captain Garth of Izar. Alec first appeared as Garth in the Star Trek Phase II episode “Origins”. With two more episodes of “The Four Years War” in pre-production, “Axanar” will explore the legend of the man who Captain Kirk considered his personal hero, and the famous Battle of Axanar
Diana comes to Team Axanar as an admitted geek girl, with a lifelong love of science fiction, as well as all things “girly”. With an underused Journalism/Radio-TV degree under her belt, she brings a serious love of words, ideas, and visions to the table (plus mad skills with a red editing pen, whenever needed), along with two decades of entrepreneurial experience, during which she co-owned several different successful businesses in multiple states. Combined with a positive, upbeat attitude and huge smile, she is all about the “can-do” spirit… and has the history to back it up.
Tobias Richter was born in 1967 in the town of Darmstadt, Germany. After school he studied computer science at the technical university Darmstadt, where he graduated 1992. After a move in the beautiful town of cologne, he continued his freelance work which eventually led the foundation of his own graphics studio, The Light Works, which today develops a wide range of graphics for computer games, industrial visualizations, and visual effects for film and television.
Notable productions with the contributions of The Light Works include games such as the Star Wars: Rogue Leader series, the Sacred, Patrician, and X series’, Lair and many more. He has also worked on several music videos, visualizations for Opel and ESA, visual effects for Virus Undead, Star Trek Phase 2, Real Buddy, The Dark Eye, Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope, and Tobias is known for regularly contributing to the Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar.
Alexander is a composer currently based in Los Angeles. His music has been heard on television (Showtime Network, Logo), independent feature films/documentaries in the festival circuit, and concert halls around the U.S. His work has brought him through major music studios including Remote Control Productions and Sonic Fuel Studios. Alexander is also a graduate of New York University’s music composition program. Before this, he studied music and filmmaking at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Alex is a huge Star Trek fan. And Alec Peters had this to say: “I guarantee you that one day Alex will win an Academy Award. He is clearly one of the next great Hollywood composers”.
Bing Bailey is an award winning European filmmaker who served as digital colorist and post production consultant on Prelude to Axanar. His creativity and craftsmanship has been noted by critics from The Irish Times to Aint it Cool News. Whether part of a creative team or directing original material, he has produced great work on budget and without sacrificing quality.
In addition to his work on Axanar, Bing has written, produced, and directed two feature films, several short films, TV pilots and music videos in Europe, Canada and the United States. His original feature “Portrait of a Zombie/About a Zombie (US Titles)” has been acquired for distribution in UK & Ireland (Studio Canal), US & Canada (Revolver), Japan (Ayo) , Germany & Austria (Rose Media). Bing’s fondness for Star Trek stems from the series’ ingenuity and its dedication to social justice.
Bing hopes projects like Axanar can keep the torch burning for present and future generations to enjoy.
Mike Spatola is a make-up artist with over 35 years professional experience. Although he’s flown under the radar for most of his career, he’s actually been nominated by his peers TWICE for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Make-up EMMY Awards, and TWICE for Best Make-up Cable ACE Awards.
Mike’s worked on all types of budgets and films from “Return of the Living Dead” to “Stargate” to “Terminator 2” to “Iron Man 3” and is probably best known for being the Make-up Effects Supervisor for a few seasons of HBO’s “Tales From The Crypt.” More recently, Mike has been the Makeup/FX Department Head on the most funded Horror/Sci-Fi film on Kickstarter, Harninger Down, and the upcoming Yellow Feather (also the most funded Kickstarter in it’s genre).
Mike is author of the popular Monstrous Makeup Manual series, the 2 most illustrated books on prosthetic and fx makeup out there, as well as the 3 textbooks for Cinema Makeup School, where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer and lead instructor.
Adam Howard is a pioneer in the visual effects industry. A winner of 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, having received 9 nominations, Adam’s career spans 35 years, Supervising and creating high end visual effects, animation and design work for the motion picture and television industry in both the USA and Australia. Adam has also won 11 International Monitor Awards and has been honored twice by the AICP for visual effects and animation.
Adam was senior visual effects compositing supervisor for the Academy Award nominated visual effects and animation in the Michael Bay film Armageddon. He was Senior VFX Supervisor on The Harry Potter Ride Attraction For Universal Studios and most recently supervised visual effects for Unknown, The Social Network, Twilight: Breaking Dawn I & II, Tower Heist, Last Vegas, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Selfless, and Birdman. Adam has also worked on Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest, Star Wars Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith, Master & Commander, War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible 3, Ghosts of the Abyss and Star Trek First Contact.