Well, here we go.
"Axanar" is the story of Garth if Izar and the Battle of Axanar, which takes place 20 years before TOS.
I have been working on "Axanar" now for almost two years, slowly writing the script with John Muenchrath and now Dave Galanter. James Cawley has been supporting this project and commited Phase II sets to the project.
It was James who got the ball rolling when he asked me to portray Captain Garth in "The Protracted Man" in a great scene where Garth and the Admiral are watching young Kirk blow up the Kobayashi Maru. The Admiral thinks Kirk is trouble, but Garth sees potential.
That lead to me writing a treatment, which Marco Plamieri, the former Star Trek editor at Pocket Books, reviewed and gave feedback on. Before writing the script, I took a Robert McKee seminar (the godfather of screenplay writing) with Doc John, read McKee's book and the script is now almost done. Dave Galanter and I have been working it for 6 months now.
This past summer I played a restored Captain Garth in the "Going Boldly" vignette, and that story, of how Garth comes back to Starfleet, will be featured in our first vingette, which is a bumper story, set on the Enterprise just after "Whom Gods Destroy". In the vignette, titled "Heroes", Kirk and the Enterprise pick up Captain Garth from Elba II and bring him back to Starfleet, and we see Garth dealing with what has happened.
"Axanar" is a one-shot feature and will be about 75 minutes long. It will be shot both at the Phase II sets, and here in L.A. at my warehouse, which we are emptying out for use as a sound stage.
It has a rather large budget for a fan film, all funded by me, and being based in L.A., we hope to be able to attract a lot of talented people. Christian Gossett, who created "The Red Star" graphic novel, which is in development at Warner Brothers, will be directing.
So, here are a few things for you. The Facebook page will be up shortly, but thought you all deserved first look at the USS Ares, Garth of Izar's ship.