UPDATE: Good news! As of July 1, the "For the Love of Spock" project has more than $654,165 pledged from more than 9,300 backers. Adam Nimoy and his team are still collecting pledges, though, and the updated Kickstarter intro explains why:
Congrats, we've PASSED OUR GOALl!
(... so why should you keep contributing?)
INCREDIBLE! Thank you all so much for your wonderful support. This is also an EXCELLENT QUESTION!
First Off: If we establish a Kickstarter goal but come up short, we get NONE of the financing for this project (and YOU backers don't get the Rewards!). So it was obviously best to use the minimum figure we needed to get the job done with hopes that we would exceed that amount. Now that we've reached that amount, you've ensured this FILM WILL HAPPEN! Truly, thank you. Thank you.
Secondly: As stated below on the page in more detail, this hefty amount will help us pay for the post-production and multitude of elements we need to license for this picture (photos, Spock clips, original source music, etc). In other words, we can come up with a good edit of For The Love Of Spock but there is so much more to movie making. Additional funds at this point will go towards better graphics, more production days with interviews, the beginnings of an advertising budget and additional processes like mastering the film in 4K resolution, in order to stay current and insure our film is ready for any future distribution platform (including potential for theatrical release) in which a resolution higher than HD is preferred.
Rest assured: every dollar raised through this campaign will find it's way to funding this film or helping in the promotion and advertising campaign. But the more we can raise, the better the end product will be. This film is a once in a life time chance and I want to give it all I have to give."
Read more here. Congrats!
The documentary, called "For the Love of Spock," has a Kickstarter page with a goal of $600,000. So far, 6,830 backers have pledged just under $490,000. The project will only be funded, it states, if $600K is pledged by Wednesday, July 1. That's less than a week away, so time is running out. Part of the deadline is due to the goal that both Adam and his father had of releasing the doc in time for the 50th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series in 2016.
Here's Adam's description of how the campaign started:
Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I approached my dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. I had skimmed through some of the books on the making of Star Trek and felt there was so much more to explore about the birth and evolution of Spock. And the timing seemed right, as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series was not that far away. Dad agreed that now was the right time, and that he was 100% committed to collaborating with me on this project. He also reminded me that we were (then) just days away from the 50th anniversary of the start of production on "The Cage," the original pilot for Star Trek in which Dad first appeared as Mr. Spock.
Please participate in my Kickstarter campaign and help me complete a project that was important to my dad and has become extremely important to me.
Thanks again for your time and consideration.
In a video explaining his plans, Adam said he's already reached out to several key people in the "Star Trek" world who agreed to be featured on camera -- including William Shatner, George Takei and J.J. Abrams -- and modern Spock Zachary Quinto has agreed to narrate the movie.
Watch Adam's pitch for help and head to Kickstarter to get involved. (There are several cool rewards packages):
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