Volunteer Help Needed!
This is a time of expansion in the STARFLEET Medical Corps. We are looking for SFI members who would like to volunteer to help others in the areas of community health education, community health promotion, home fire prevention and home safety education, and related community service activities for the benefit of members in SFI Regions and the community where SFI members live as an expression of the “Let Me Help” spirit of “Star Trek.”
Please see the following:
Position Title: STARFLEET Medical Corps, Fire Commissioner*
Position Title: STARFLEET Medical Corps, Fire Commissioner-Deputy*
Position Title: Assistant Surgeon General (Assigned SFI Region)
*For SFI Regions: R4, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R13, R15, and R17. These regions are generally smaller in number of members and where the STARFLEET Medical Corps wishes to offer additional assistance.
Position Title: Team Leader for Veterinary Issues Team* STARFLEET Medical Corps
*There is a more complete description of each position (including the preferred qualifications) in a pdf document.
If you are interested in learning more about the positions and would like to apply,
please contact MGEN Oliver Savander, Sr., SG Senior Advisor-Operations. He will be happy to forward to you the pdf document.
Point of Contact:
Major General Oliver Savander, Sr., STARFLEET International (Marine Corps)
SG Senior Advisor-Operations, STARFLEET Medical Corps
l Corps | FS, USS Tiberius/R2
COL, STARFLEET International (Marine Corps), SFMD
Recipient, STARFLEET Cross, 2015
STARFLEET Medical Directorate (http://starfleetmedical.org/)
FS, Tiberius/R2 (http://fsusstiberius.org/)
Time Zone: Eastern-USA
“Things are only impossible, until they’re not.” –Jean-Luc Picard to Data in
ST:TNG, “When The Bough Breaks.”
As I mentioned in an earlier E-Mail, we have contributing memberships available for any member of STARFLEET who would like to help out and support STARFLEET and IC2015 if you aren’t going to be able to make it to the event itself in Niagara Falls, New York.
We will still be taking at-door registrations for those who would like to pay at the door for those last-minute folks who come on out, but please understand that there will be NO dinner options available for purchase at the door.
If you haven’t already made arrangements for a dinner and still want one, get in touch with me directly at the E-Mail address below and I’ll try to work with you as best as I can to try and work something out.
Contributing Memberships for IC2015 are $20 and will include a badge with your name, rank and chapter name, as well as a copy of the program book for IC2015.
As a reminder: We’ll be putting together the badges and program books for those who purchase Contributing Memberships following the IC, and we’ll be targeting around September 15th, 2015 to have them sent out by Postal Mail (we make no guarantee about the delivery speed or guarantee of delivery by the US Postal Service, Canada Post, Royal Mail, or any other mail service).
Those who would like to purchase a Contributing Membership can find them on our registration page from now through August 31st, 2015 at: http://ic2015.eventbrite.com
Broadcasting – we ARE planning on broadcasting at the IC! We’re going to be using UStream.tv as our broadcasting provider. I’ll be posting the link(s) to the IC broadcast(s) as we get closer to the event.
This is a great opportunity for chapters and for our international members to get together and watch and have some fun together. An IC isn’t just about the Board of Directors and Executive Committee getting together to do business! It’s about you, our members, getting together and having some fun, socializing, and enjoying time with one another! Maybe your chapter can plan a potluck meal and some games – have a drink of soda whenever someone mentions “Axanar” or “Awards” or a chapter commissioning.
We’re going to make an effort to try and broadcast more of the IC than past events, but stay tuned until closer to the IC for more details.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend!
An Interview with Alec Peters
By Vice Admiral Jon Lane
There have been two Kickstarters so far for Team Axanar. The first, which took place in March of 2014, generated $101,000 in fan donations…the proceeds of which went almost entirely into the filming of the Prelude to Axanar short film. Prelude to Axanar served as a proof-of-concept to help build excitement and enthusiasm, along with encouraging donations for Axanar’s second Kickstarter, which took place last summer and was intended to fund (or at least start to fund) the full-length Axanar feature film. That Kickstarter was a huge success, taking in more than $600,000 in donations in just 30 days!
Now Team Axanar is planning to hold a third Kickstarter to (hopefully) complete the funding for their feature film. But fans and donors have been asking a number of hard-hitting questions about production costs, spending priorities, and even perk fulfillment. Executive Producer Alec Peters has promised full transparency on this entire project, and he has responded elsewhere to the tough questions. But now it’s STARFLEET’s turn to ask some upfront questions of our own, since many of our members have donated to the first two Kickstarters and want to know where our money is going.
Q: Alec, your Kickstarter last summer took in an amazing $638,000 in donations. But when all was said and done, you didn’t actually receive all that money, did you?
A: No. By the time we paid for all the costs of the Kickstarter itself, we had about $446,000 left over.
Q: What do you mean by “all the costs of the Kickstarter”?
A: Well, the folks at Kickstarter have a business model where they get 5% of the money you raise as a commission. So, about $32,000 of the money we raised went immediately to Kickstarter. Another 5% (approximately) went to Amazon for payment processing fees. So subtract another $32,000 for that.
But it doesn’t end there. We learned during our first Kickstarter (which allowed us to make our short film, Prelude to Axanar) that producing perks for the donors is not cheap! Even things as seemingly small and simple as patches, posters, and t-shirts can really add up. And then there are shipping costs, which have really skyrocketed over the past couple of years. When all is said and done, then, you can tack on an additional 20% for perk production and fulfillment/shipping.
So, by the time we got around to spending our Kickstarter money on what we’d planned to spend it on, nearly a third was already gone! Not that we’re complaining, mind you; it’s just the cost of doing business if you’re crowd-sourcing. And we’re so happy to provide the donors with great perks because they’re so supportive of us in the first place. Perks also help us spread the word about Axanar and build excitement about the project, and that’s very important for Axanar’s ultimate success.
Q: Speaking of perks, many donors haven’t received their items yet, and it’s been nearly a year since the previous Kickstarter. Why the delay?
A: There are two reasons why fulfillment has taken longer than we planned. First, we decided to delay our international Prelude to Axanar shipments until we had all the items in a kit available to mail together. This was because sending multiple packages—which to foreign countries is super-expensive—would have taken money away from the project. So while it has been frustrating to some overseas donors to have to wait a year to receive their items, we literally saved ourselves (are our donors) tens of thousands of dollars in shipping costs by holding everything until all the items were ready to ship in one package.
The second reason for the delay is because we’ve had to wait until the last of the Prelude items–the soundtrack CDs and the DVDs/Blu-rays–were finished. Both of these projects were considerably more involved–and thus, took more time–than we could’ve imagined! The amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a high-quality disk–not just the content, but also the design, cover art, captioning, formatting, etc.–is incredible. In addition, most of the people working on the disks had other professional commitments that had to take priority, so they were only able to give their time to our projects when they had time to do so.
But I’m happy to say that both the soundtrack CD and the DVD/Blu-ray are finally both completed and being printed as I answer this question right now. The copies should arrive here in our offices within the next couple of weeks, and as soon as we receive them, we’ll start packing up more than 10,000 shipments to finally get all of our donors what they’ve been patiently waiting for.
I’m happy to say, though, that both the CD and the DVD/Blu-ray are finished, and being printed as we speak. They should arrive in our offices within the next couple of weeks, and once we receive them, we’ll begin the process of packing up all those remaining Prelude to Axanar shipments to get them out to happy donors!
Q: I’ve noticed that, in discussing perk fulfillment, you’ve been careful to say Prelude to Axanar, which was your first Kickstarter back in March of 2014, and it had about 2,600 donors. But last summer you held your second Kickstarter that made $638,000, and that had more than 8,500 donors. When will they get their perks?
What we learned with our first Kickstarter for Prelude to Axanar last March was how much work it is to fulfill all those perks AND how expensive it is to ship them. So we decided a couple of things before we even began the first Axanar Kickstarter last summer: 1) we would only ship out donor packages when the perks for each kit were complete for everyone (regardless of whether they were domestic or international), and 2) that we would also most likely hold off on shipping the perks kits from our first Axanar Kickstarter until after we’d held a second one, so that—when the perks were eventually all ready—we could ship out kits from both together (to all the donors who donated to both campaigns).
Keep in mind that one of the main perks from the Axanar Kickstarters last summer and this summer is, of course, the DVD/Blu-ray of the finished movie. So we’ve got to make the movie first, right? Since this major perk can’t be produced until after we have the finished movie, we can save a lot of money—money that can be put to use making the movie, instead—by combining the perks shipments for both Axanar summer Kickstarters.
Q: In your previous Kickstarter last summer, you said the 90-minute feature film would cost between $650,000 and $750,000 in total. And it seems like you’re already two-thirds of the way there. You’ve said you want this next Kickstarter to generate $250,000 on the first day and wind up with a total far above the last Kickstarter. Doesn’t that put you far over your projected feature film cost from last year? Why does Axanar need so much money?
A: When we held our Kickstarter last summer, we made sure in the executive summary on the Kickstarter page to be very clear and upfront about two things:
1) We didn’t have a good budget estimate because there still were a lot of unknowns, and we wouldn’t know the final budget until we could hire on an experienced line producer to run a budget for us. In fact, in the top section of the Kickstarter page, I even said the $650-750,000 estimate would likely climb, and it did. It is now $850,000 – $950,000 after we had our line producer, Mike DeMerrit (who worked on Star Trek for 11 years), break down the script.
2) The Kickstarter last summer explained that we were raising money for the studio first. We listed those expense estimates: $125,000 for rent (it wound up being $ 182,000), $50,000 for renovations (we have already spent $70,000 and haven’t even finished yet!), $100,000 for set construction (it will wind up being more than that), and $50,000 for pre-production costs.
So the building of Ares Studio is what the first Kickstarter really focused on, and we have done a pretty good job with that. But everything cost more than we thought, which isn’t unheard of in Hollywood (Star Trek: The Motion Picture actually ended up costing more than TWICE as much as it was initially budgeted for). Once you begin the process of retrofitting a huge, empty warehouse to be a functional soundstage (think: floors, walls, soundproofing, electrical, and HVAC, for starters), the costs just keep adding up! But I think a lot of people are very impressed at what we have done, and we are setting the stage for not just Axanar, but more Star Trek and science fiction projects in the future.
Plus, remember the Kickstarter math above: of the $ 638,000 we raised last year, we only have $446,000 for production after expenses.
We’re doing everything the RIGHT WAY, though. Getting all the necessary permits and licenses takes both time and money, but it’s how we’re making sure Ares Studios will be a professional environment where we can produce great things, now and in the future!
Q: So what are some of the things that you’re planning to do differently and/or better for this newest Kickstarter that you didn’t do last time?
A: The biggest change is we have been developing the best Kickstarter fulfillment program in the country. With Diana Kingsbury working full time helming fulfillment and donor relations, and Chief Technology Officer Terry McIntosh developing cutting edge technology in Ares Digital, our digital fulfillment platform, we are making sure we can deliver donor perks more efficiently than ever. Even Kickstarter has expressed how impressed they are with the process we have created.
Plus, for the next Kickstarter, we want to get the whole Axanar fan community involved with promoting and supporting the new campaign! Launch parties, local events, contests…we have some really great things in the works that we think will be a LOT of fun. By the time this Kickstarter ends, we want every Star Trek fan to know about Axanar!
Q: What does the future hold for Axanar? When will filming begin, and when will the final feature film be finished? And what happens after the Axanar film is finished?
A: We are looking at a shoot during the final quarter of 2015, hopefully October/November. After that, of course, we’ll go into post-production, so a spring 2016 debut of the finished Axanar is our goal. Since 2016 also happens to be the monumentally important 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, we think our timing couldn’t be better.
Once we’ve finished Axanar, it will be on to other projects. One fun thing is our plan to host a Sci-Fi Film School at Ares Studios, where fans will be able to learn from industry professionals for a few days and then use our sets to film their own student projects. Of course, we’re looking at creating more Axanar pieces to further expand upon this era of Trek history. And there are also some other really interesting and exciting sci-fi stories out there that we can’t wait to tell!
NOTE: In the two months since this interview was conducted in May, Team Axanar has decided to host their next fundraiser on Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter. They have also announced that patches will be mailed out to donors from last summer’s campaign immediately rather than waiting until the full Axanar movie is completed.
To: David Hines & the Eleventh Fleet
From: STARFLEET Headquarters – Office of the Commander, STARFLEET
Re: Appointment of Region 11 Regional Coordinator
I have received word from the Inspector General that, in the matter of the Region 11 Regional Coordinator Election, Captain David Hines has received a majority of the nominations cast and has met the eligibility requirements to serve as the Regional Coordinator.
Here is the official verbiage from the Inspector General:
“It is my duty to announce that the Region 11 Coordinator election has concluded, with CAPT David Hines, based on the polling of the chapters of Region 11, wining in the nomination phase. He is hereby ordered to take command of Starbase 11 and the 11th Fleet. CAPT Hines shall serve the remainder of the two year term, beginning immediately and ending on 3/31/16. Furthermore, upon assumption of command, under Article 2, Section 1, Subsection B of the Criteria for Command Grade Promotions, CAPT Hines shall be promoted to the brevet rank of Fleet Captain. May God have mercy on his soul.”
So, in accordance with STARFLEET rules, Captain David Hines is hereby recognized as the winner of said election and is appointed to the position of Regional Coordinator of Region 11, as well as promoted to the rank of Fleet Captain, effective immediately.
Fleet Captain Hines, you are directed to proceed forthwith and to begin transition activities with Brigadier Liam Smith to assume the command of Starbase 11 and the Eleventh Fleet. Also, the USS Arafura shall be authorized to serve as the Flagship of Region 11 immediately.
Brigadier Smith, I would like to thank you for your dedication and service to Region 11 and to STARFLEET.
Fleet Captain Hines, I look forward to your participation on the Admiralty Board as the representative of STARFLEET Region 11.
Congratulations and best wishes for your future success!
Fleet Admiral Wayne Lee Killough, Jr., SFMD
Commanding Officer, Retribution Station, SFR-1202
Director, College of Medicine, STARFLEET Academy
Toll Free: 1-888-SFI-TREK (734-8735) ext. 701
We have only received three scholarship applications to date, so we are extending the Scholarship Application deadline to June 30th to allow for some last minute applications to be received. If you have been struggling to complete your application or are missing some items, please send in what you have now to me and we can keep working on the additional items. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of up to $1,000 based on the number of applicants and the availability of funds.
Applicants must be a member of STARFLEET and must have been a member for at
least one year prior to the application deadline. The scholarship winners will be announced at the International Conference this summer.
Our current scholarship categories are:
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY – James Doohan/Montgomery Scott Engineering & Technology Scholarship
This very popular Scholarship covers any field related to engineering and other fields of study involving technology, computer science, etc.
MEDICINE & VETERINARIAN – DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Memorial Medical & Veterinarian Scholarship
This is for medical studies of both humans and animals and is awarded for programs in medical school, nursing school, physical therapy, pre-med, EMT-Paramedic, surgical technician, biomedical technician, and the study of veterinary medicine.
ARTISTIC – Gene Roddenberry Memorial/Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for Aspiring Writers & Artists
This is for all those studying acting, dance, music, writing, literature, or for skills and training relating to the media, graphic artists, film making,
BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/EDUCATION – Armin Shimerman/George Takei/LeVar Burton Scholarship for Business, Language Studies & Education
This Scholarship is for business and management studies, the study of foreign languages or studies abroad, and for teaching.
MISCELLANEOUS – Space Explorers’ Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the Apollo, Shuttle Challenger, and Shuttle Columbia
astronauts and Russian cosmonauts that have died to further our efforts in space exploration. It is a “general duty” scholarship and applies to all courses of study not mentioned in the other 4 Scholarships. If a scholarship applicant’s field of study does not quite match up with one of the other scholarship types, they may be awarded this one.
To apply for scholarships, please go to http://www.sfi.org/scholarships/ and
download the application. You can email your completed application packet
to scholarships at sfi.org or you can mail it to:
5522 Seawall Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
As always, we can always use donations to fund our scholarship program.
Donations can be made via our page at http://www.sfi.org/scholarships/
Please feel free to contact me at scholarships at sfi.org for any questions or additional information.
VADM Tammy Willcox
STARFLEET Scholarship Director