With just two weeks to go until Episode Four of STAR TREK CONTINUES enjoys a debut screening at Phoenix COMICON, we’re excited to see your reaction to our fourth full-length episode. We can’t wait to meet our fans, answer questions, sign autographs, and celebrate what so many of you have made possible.
Earlier this year, our cast and crew gathered to shoot Episodes IV and V at the same time. We have a strong commitment to proper stewardship of the funds that fans have contributed. It’s far less expensive to shoot two episodes in the same period, saving on travel and hotel costs as well as rentals and other expenses. Later this year, we’re planning to release our fifth episode (which will also be the first episode of STAR TREK CONTINUES to feature many scenes shot on location).
Our friends and fans contributed more than $200,000 through the very successful “Kirkstarter 2.0” STAR TREK CONTINUES crowdfunding campaign. We not only reached our “Kirkstarter” goal, we reached a “stretch” goal to Build Scotty an Engine Room! Work began on that massive project a few weeks ago and you’ll find an update in this issue of Subspace Chatter.
STAR TREK CONTINUES also now completely owns our shooting sets in south Georgia. We have taken over the remainder of the building that has now been christened as “Stage Nine,” – in honor of Desilu Stage Nine (where the Enterprise sets for the first season took shape nearly 50 years ago). At 18,500 square feet, our facilities are by far the largest of any STAR TREK web series – and nobody has ever built the Engine Room! We salute the team at Farragut Films who did much of the actual construction on the current sets and wish them well as they turn to new Trek endeavors.
In addition to a place for Chris Doohan’s “Scotty” to hang out when not on the Bridge, we’re also making several improvements to the standing sets – rounding out the Bridge to make it a full 360-degree set. As my friend and set designer Will Smith frequently says, “we’re making STAR TREK!” And Will has a three-page list of enhancements to the Enterprise sets that are also on the docket.
One of the most endearing things about the Original Series was the variety of stories that they told. Continuing in that spirit, our Episode IV will be a much more personal, dramatic story than our previous outing. It’s called “The White Iris,” and it features a special guest appearance by Colin Baker (“Dr. Who” from 1984 to 1986).
Tune in online starting May 29 to see our next big adventure as STAR TREK CONTINUES.