Space Command,” a new and original feature film series from award-winning writer/producer Marc Scott Zicree, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Doug Drexler and digital film pioneer Neil Johnson is poised to enter new territory in the field of science fiction film making. A grassroots financing effort – coordinated exclusively through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter – has generated more than twice the initial budget required to produce the two-hour maiden voyage of the new series. All accomplished in under a month.
“It all started with an experience I had writing and collaborating on a fan-produced Star Trek episode called World Enough and Time,” explained Mr. Zicree. “That episode was nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards – the first independent project ever nominated for those awards.”
“Our production costs on that episode were just around $100,000 and I realized that we had the tools we needed to go up against larger, studio-produced shows – and that we could succeed,” said Mr. Zicree. “If we had the right friends, the right heart and the right talent, we could make something that could stand the test of time.”
Mr. Zicree and his producing partners turned to crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com to generate the funds necessary to bring their idea for a new sci-fi television series to life. This grassroots effort met the $75,000 goal set to fund the pilot episode in just over three days. Backers have now raised over $150,000 and Mr. Zicree promises every penny will be seen on the screen.
“Every dollar we raise goes right into the production to make Space Command that much bigger, better and delivered faster,” claims Mr. Zicree on the project’s Kickstarter page. “It’s a big, epic story and we have many great surprises for you.”
In fact, Space Command’s nearly 2,000 backers have been pleasantly surprised over the past month with daily updates on the project’s progress, special rewards for providing support and a nearly constant stream of encouragement from Mr. Zicree and Mr. Drexler.
“Our goal now is to reach a half million dollars and beyond,” writes Mr. Zicree. With over a month to go before the social media-driven campaign ends, its clear the production team at Space Command thinks they have a chance of reaching their new, ambitious target. If they do, it will be one of the most successful film and video projects funded through Kickstarter.com.
Endorsements for Space Command have been collected from the likes of Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost), Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Dr. Who, Coraline), Glen Mazzara (Walking Dead), Jane Espenson (Game of Thrones), Hugo Award-winning author David Brin and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy).
“We’re thrilled to have support from so many of our Hollywood friends,” said Mr. Zicree. “A number of leading writers, producers and directors in the sci-fi world are working on the project, along with actors, special effects artists, and designers from some of the biggest movies and TV shows of the last twenty years, including STAR WARS, HARRY POTTER and THE AVENGERS.”
Space Command’s Kickstarter campaign closes on July 14th. You can learn more about Space Command by visiting www.spacecommandmovie.com