This past Saturday, November 20th, 2021, Axanar had its first shoot in 18 months. This shoot marks the first of 5 days of shooting that will not only reshoot the unacceptable and lost footage from the October 2019 shoot, but finish everything we need to release Axanar in 2022.
I can tell you this shoot was a 10/10! A smashing success due to an amazing team of professionals who weren’t motivated by ego or a desire to build their resumes, but to deliver an Axanar that is every bit as good as Prelude to Axanar and make fans and donors happy!
Unlike our previous director Paul Jenkins, who didn’t like Prelude and thought he knew better, Mark studied Prelude to Axanar to match the look and feel, and then brought an iPad with screen shots of every actor and “look” so he could match them with Geoff. The result was AMAZING.
We were lucky to use over 5,000sf of space in one of the local high schools who Ares Studios works with, which allowed us to spread out, and have separate areas to shoot the production (in their 2,500sf fully functional studio space), Live Stream (in a 1500sf classroom with high speed internet and plenty of space to spread out) and even have a green room for the actors, an area for craft services and changing and make up rooms.
With the bridge set taking up so much room in our studio warehouse, we never would have had room for everything, nor be as comfortable as we were. But this is just one perk from working with Gwinett County schools for so long.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Besides the production shoot, we shot BTS (Behind the Scenes) interviews with all three actors. Dan Deevy, who hosted our Live Stream, also handled the interviews. These will all appear on our Blu-Ray
Thank you ALL for being there for us and believing in Axanar! This weekend’s shoot was simply spectacular. I know now, that what we deliver to you all next year, will absolutely be as good as Prelude to Axanar.