The trend in fan made Star Trek series shows no sign of letting up. But this one is different. This one was filmed (mostly) 20 years ago and features George Takei as Sulu.
This Indigogo campaign is only needing $2000 to finish filming parts that were never completed.
Below are the details from the people involved…
“Yorktown: A Time to Heal” is a non-profit fan film produced by Stan Woo. The short film depicts events occurring between Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Production on the film began in 1985, with George Takei reprising his role as Hikaru Sulu, and James Shigeta (Die Hard) as Admiral Nogura.
The 25 year old film was shot on 8mm. For over 20 years, the unfinished film was put on hiatus. In 2010, actor/producer John Atkin (Code Breakers) contacted Stan Woo about the unfinished film, and together they recruited a team of volunteer professionals to help finish the project. This team includes famed illustrator Andrew Probert (Star Trek: The Motion Picture), FX artist Roland Baron (Star Trek: Of Gods and Men), and composer Christopher Barr (The Wizard of Stone Mountain).
In June of 2012, the film underwent an extensive restoration process. The end result was a sparkling 10 bit uncompressed master that looks better than the original tapes. Two scenes that were never filmed in the 1980s – the Klingon chase, and the attack on the Yorktown, were recently filmed in San Francisco (2012) and Vancouver (2013).
The final scenes that take place on the Yorktown bridge – the scenes that bookend the film – will be filmed in Oklahoma on the Starship Ajax bridge on Dec 7, 8, & 9 – 2013. Crew from Austin, Texas, and cast from Toronto, Canada will be travelling to Oklahoma City to film on the replica 60s bridge set. To finish these final scenes, we need your help!
Donations to “Yorktown: A Time to Heal” will go directly to:
Cast and Crew: travel, lodging, and food for the 3-day shoot
Props, costume production and tailoring
Make up equipment and supplies
Camera equipment, lighting, and sound design
Since this fan-film was first mentioned in Starlog Magazine in 1987, fans have been asking to see the film. For years, this film was discussed among Star Trek fans, and many thought that it would never be finished. Now, the film is back in production, and filming is nearly complete! With the goal of having the film online for all to enjoy by December of 2014 (after VFX are completed), we hope to share this adventure with all the fans who have been waiting patiently for 25 years to see it! The film will be shown exclusively at http://www.yorktownfilm.com.
We need to raise at least $2000.00 to cover our filming expenses. Feeding cast and crew, making costumes and props, and travel costs are expensive. Everyone working on the film is a dedicated volunteer, who wish to see the film completed. We have luckily been able to keep costs down considering the size of the production. However, we need your help to cover these extra expenses that are essential in completing this historic fan-film. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated by the Yorktown team!
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread the word, Star Trek fans! This is a short campaign to help get filming done in December of 2013, and we can use all the help we can get!
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