May 5, 2017
Dear Friends, Fans and Donors:
So as we finally moved out of Industry Studios and begun a new era in Atlanta, we thought it would be helpful to explain how we’re planning to move forward. It is important to remember that no one is either getting paid or working full time on Axanar. We have and will continue to put in an enormous amount of work on this project, and we want to take a moment and make sure everyone is kept abreast of our plans.
First and foremost, after this weekend, we will be back to writing the script for the two 15 minute episodes permitted under our settlement agreement. We hope to have these done by the end of May.
I have already met with the make-up and VFX teams that will be involved in making episodes IV and V of The Four Years War.
Rob is now situated in a new edit bay, finishing his latest feature film project titled “Tango Shalom” (with the great Joseph Bologna and his talented son, Gabe, the film’s director). When Rob is finished delivering that feature, he will finish work on “Origins”, the first Axanar documentary.
Finishing Axanar and delivering all the perks to our backers is our top priority moving forward. The production company that we set up to produce Axanar – Axanar Productions – is focused solely on these two goals.
Once this has been accomplished, Axanar Productions will close down, having finished its mission. Any other work Rob, Diana or I do will be outside the purview of Axanar Productions.
Industry Studios is now in the trusty hands of its landlord, Dan Luh.
Axanar Productions currently has one small office there – manned by Diana Kingsbury and Jarrod Hunt – who are acting as stage managers. Axanar Productions has no further liability for the lease of this space, but it will be made available to us to shoot our two 15 minute episodes (assuming a big production doesn’t rent it out when we need it!).
The Axanar sets have been transferred to a new company, Rocketworx, which is the lessor of the new studio space in Lawrenceville. Rocketworx is a production company focused on making great genre content and will preserve the sets built for Axanar and make them available for any fan film or film production that wants to use them.
OPEN SOURCE AXANAR
One of the big changes we are making, in order to keep Axanar alive and thriving into the future, is to turn over as much of it as we can to fans. This includes the running of the Axanar Fan Group, Facebook page and Twitter (and Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr if anyone is interested).
A wise fan once told me: “Axanar is a movement” and that is true. Axanar is about the love for a vision of Star Trek that embraces Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future and a Star Trek that adheres to the aspects of that vision that made us all fall in love with it.
That enthusiasm and passion for Star Trek – and for Axanar – is not exclusively ours. We just created a film that many fans feel captures those aspects we love. We want fans to help carry the banner of Axanar and what it represents into our shared future.
So while you won’t be able to get Axanar merchandise from us anymore, or have us create any more of the Axanar story beyond our two, 15-minute episodes, we want Axanar to thrive in the fan community that has embraced it. This will be a process that evolves over the next few months, and we hope you all will join in that conversation on the Axanar Fan Page on Facebook to help bring it to life.
Axanar has been the highlight of a 50-year love affair with Star Trek for me, and I want to make sure its next chapters are not its last.
That will depend on you! We thank you all for your amazing support so far and we look forward to the journey ahead.
Live Long and Prosper,