Axanar is the independent Star Trek film which proves that a feature-quality Star Trek film can be made on a small budget.
Their 20-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic Con and features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham, who reprises his role of Soval from “Enterprise”. The makeup was done by Academy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look and Make Up Effects Lab. Top that off with the amazing visual effects of Tobias Richter and The Light Works, and sound by Academy Award winner Frank Serafine, and the result is Prelude to Axanar: something unlike anything you have ever seen before.
This Kickstarter is for the full-length feature Axanar. Unlike the short film, which we shot in two days and cost $75,000, the 90-minute Axanar feature will take about 20 days and cost about $650,000.
$35 get an Axanar fleet patch
$75 get the Blueray with extra plus lower level awards
$250 appear as a hero casualty in the movie
Richard Hatch “Commander Kharn”
For the role of the Klingon Warlord who leads the Empire into battle, Axanar creator Alec Peters chose his very first acting coach and mentor, Richard Hatch. Known for his role as Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica and as Tom Zarek in the re-imagined Battlestar, Richard is a fan favorite and is studying Klingon for the role.
Tony Todd as “Admiral Ramirez”
Tony Todd is known for his role as Worf’s brother “Kurn” in several TNG and DS9 episodes. He also played an older Jake Sisko in the DS9 episode “The Visitor”, considered by many to be one of the best DS9 episodes. A brilliant actor with incredible presence, his genre roles have made him a fan favorite. Tony plays Starfleet’s most senior Admiral.
Kate Vernon as “Captain Sonya Alexander”
Kate Vernon is known best for her role as “Ellen Tighe” in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. A veteran of stage and screen, Kate comes from an acting family. She plays hot-shot Starfleet Captain Sonya Alexander.
Gary Graham as “Soval”
From Alien Nation to Enterprise, Gary has been impressing audiences for 30 years. In Axanar he reprises his role of Vulcan Ambassador Soval from Star Trek: Enterprise. The wonderful evolution of Soval in Enterprise plays right into Axanar.
JG Hertzler as “Captain Samuel Travis”
A fan favorite for his role as “Martok” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, JG has played seven different characters in Star Trek. For Axanar, JG plays Sam Travis, one of Starfleet’s finest Captains.
The Story of Star Trek: Axanar
“Axanar” takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
“Axanar” tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245, four years into the war with the Klingons.
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