Star Trek Horizon is a fan film with a difference. A labor of love created by Trekkie Tommy Kraft, this film is being produced to tie up some loose ends and answer questions that were left unanswered after the cancellation of Enterprise (the final Trek TV series). Kraft being the mega-fan that he is took it upon himself to produce this two hour feature not satisfied with a short. The difference which sets this fan film apart comes down to two key elements: a high degree of quality and a fastidious attention to detail.
Says Kraft, “It is our goal to create a film that is worthy of the franchise and can close out the story threads left hanging after the untimely cancellation of Enterprise (the final Trek TV series) in 2005. However, if you have not seen any of the previous franchise films or TV series, this close tie to Enterprise is not cause to worry. While this film will close out story threads that began in Enterprise, it will also certainly tell an original story and be able to stand alone as a science fiction feature film.”
While it would have been possible to create a low-quality, second-rate version of this film on an extremely limited budget, the desire was to go above and beyond the mediocre to produce a visually stunning, artistically engaging story worthy of its place in the franchise canon. “Fans of the Trek universe deserve nothing less.” says Kraft.
So he undertook this project originally chiefly by himself. As well as being the film’s writer, director and producer; he has created the film’s 3D modeling, music and set design. What he didn’t know, he taught himself; this includes teaching himself how to sew to create the NX-04 uniforms that replicate the Starfleet jumpsuits worn by the crew on the TV series.
Doing all that has gone into creating this film required funding. So he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise monies for everything from buying the bandwidth for the computers and the CGI software with which he would create the special effects to paying for the film’s cast and crew.
Slowly he has made his presence known on the World Wide Web via social networks, YouTube, and various forums, but now the official web presence is live. As this project’s presence grew excitement for the project grew, as did the number of crowdfunded contributions. As interest grew, people from all over started to contribute not only funding but talents as well.
The original budget for this film has been exceeded. With this backers have received special rewards. Now the first five minutes of Star Trek Horizons can be seen.
Last day for funding on the Kickstarter is May 19, 2014.