Fan series Star Trek Continues has been fundraising over the past month in their second ever Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of raising enough to make new episodes and, if stretch goals are met, build new sets. This week the series announced they have reached their first stretch goal, with pledges totaling over $150,000, which will allow them to build Scotty’s engine room.
Upon the premier of the Kickstarter (or, Kirkstarter) almost a month ago, there was an immediate influx of donations, with pledges reaching over $40K in the first 12 hours and the campaign goal of $100K within weeks. The initial $100K will go toward funding of the next two episodes of the fan series, which takes place in the 4th and 5th years of the original Enterprise’s five year mission. The STC team reached their first stretch goal of $150,000 just yesterday, which will pay for a complete engine room set.
The cast and crew have been releasing videos throughout the campaign, which are sent by email to backers, showing testimonials from fans, cast members, and crew members. They have also released a number of videos in the theme of the Kickstarter: the TOS episode “A Piece of the Action”. Vic Mignonga (Kirk) and Todd Haberkorn (Spock) do a great Kirk and Spock doing bad 1920’s gangster accents. It’s fantastic.
Michele Specht, Kim Stinger, and Grant Imahara give testimonials and ask for your donation
Kirk and Spocko thank you for being the bees knees
Onwards toward $175,000 for a planet set
It isn’t quite Star Trek without the landing party beaming down to an oval of gravel with six big rocks in the back every week. The second stretch goal that the STC team hopes to reach is $175,000, which will allow them to build a planet set. At the time of writing, the campaign has just passed the first stretch goal of $150K. With only 3 days left, will they be able to meet their next stretch goal?
Episode 4 to premier at Phoenix Comicon this May
Star Trek Continues has just confirmed that the 4th episode in the series, which wrapped principal photography along with episode 5 last month, will be premiering over Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comicon. TrekMovie will be there covering the con and the premier, which is particularly special for us as TrekMovie’s own Kayla Iacovino (that’s me) will be making her onscreen debut in the episode. Okay, okay, so it’s a featured extra role, but you can bet I’ll be watching for it to appear on my extensive IMDB page. I had the pleasure of being on set for part of the filming of episode 4. They even did my hair and makeup, put me in costume, and let me wander the halls of the Enterprise taking as many selfies as I liked. I took a lot of selfies.
Episode 4 of Star Trek Continues to premier at the 2015 Phoenix Comicon