Just after midnight last Monday morning, 455 Films launched a crowdfunding campaign for their untitled Star Trek: Voyager documentary with the goal of raising $150,000. In just a few hours they blew right past that milestone, and as the campaign marks its first week, they have raised over $625,000. This outpouring of support from the fans has expanded the scope and scale of the doc.
Fans ensure a bigger, longer Voyager doc
The rapid funding of the Voyager documentary has been outpacing the team’s campaign for their Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind. In 2017 that doc raised $300,000 in its first week, which they considered a big success. In over a month the campaign passed all its stretch goals with a total of $630,000, something the new doc will do in about a week.
The success in fundraising has allowed the Voyager doc to meet a number of “stretch goals,” like increasing the planned runtime from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. The additional funds will also allow for the team to film at the cast reunion at Destination Star Trek London in October and conduct follow-up and more in-depth interviews. On the music side, they are now planning to have an original score composed, which means all backers will be getting a digital copy of the soundtrack. And meeting the latest stretch goal of $675,000 will allow them to license Jerry Goldsmith’s original Star Trek: Voyager title music as well.
In an email to TrekMovie.com, producer David Zappone expressed the team’s feelings about the success so far:
“The entire Voyager Documentary team and cast of Star Trek: Voyager continues to be amazed and grateful to the fans of Star Trek for their overwhelming support of this documentary. We have many more surprises in store; some of which we are still waiting on CBS approval before we can announce them. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more information.”
One goal that has yet to be officially announced is a plan to remaster footage from Star Trek: Voyager in HD, as they did for the DS9 documentary. That is likely what Zappone is referring to with his remark about awaiting CBS approval. Late last year Zappone told TrekMovie the team was hoping to give the Voyager doc the same HD treatment as What We Left Behind.
25 days and plenty of perks left
There are still 25 days left in the fundraising campaign with lots of perks still available. If you want to secure a digital release you can pick up the Digital Bundle for $25, with a target release of September 2022. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack perk is $35 with a target date of October 2022, and if you bump that up to $50 you can get the “Bragging Rights” perk which adds some collectibles and your name in the end credits of the doc.
And as the team passes additional stretch goals they are adding more backer bonuses; the latest is a pair of Neelix-themed fridge magnets.
Your kitchen will be the talk of the town with these two Voyager Doc refrigerator magnets! These will be given FREE to all backers that donated for physical perks once we reach Stretch Goal #5!
This also unlocks in-depth follow up interviews for the film.https://t.co/a8Z6v0XCH1 pic.twitter.com/A38ULDqjFA
— The Voyager Documentary (@voydocumentary) March 6, 2021
Neelix actor Ethan Phillips also sent out a message to the fans when the doc passed the $500,000 mark.
Shout out from Neelix! Here's what Ethan Phillips thinks about surpassing $500k and unlocking Stretch Goal #4!
— The Voyager Documentary (@voydocumentary) March 3, 2021
To support the doc visit the Indigogo page.