It’s been a hectic couple of weeks since Orlando MegaCon 2016 came to a close. Aside from our usual day jobs, we’ve been up to our necks in post-production on our video projects, and I’ve had no time to get caught up on the articles that I’ve been meaning to write. Until now, obviously.
I wanted to start off by putting the spotlight on Blade of Honor, a science fiction web series that’s about to go to pilot as soon as the Kickstarter ends. The ambitious project was brought to my attention by John Caballero, associate producer of the film Star Trek: Horizon, whom I was pleased to meet at the convention. After we discussed my busted up video rig and the immense value of gaffer’s tape, John gave me the rundown on the new project. My interest was piqued, and now I’m eager to share the project with Deck Ape’s followers.
That being said, let’s take a look at five great reasons why you should check out (and back) Blade of Honor!
5. It’s coming from the same creative team as Star Trek: Horizon.
In case you’re not aware of it, Horizon is a fan film set during the Star Trek: Enterprise era. It was released earlier this year, and if you take a look through the myriad reviews, you’ll see it was very well received. While the film took a couple of hits for the standard indie film shortcomings (a few poorly-executed effects, a couple of bad lines), it’s still a movie of extraordinary scope that was produced on a very tight budget.
If you want to consider Horizon a demonstration of potential, then you’ll definitely want to throw your lot in with Blade of Honor. The same creative minds are behind this project, including creator Tommy Kraft and The Light Works’ Tobias Richter. On top of that, this web series is being backed by a great team of producers (Mark Edward Lewis, Steven Stone, Ryan T. Husk, Clayton Turnage and Jennifer Nash) who are bringing over 120 years of experience to the table.
The budget is bigger, the project is even more ambitious, and I can’t imagine the final result turning out even an inch short of impressive.
4. It features a talented and experienced cast.
If you’re a fan of Star Trek: Voyager, you’ll surely recognize Tim Russ, the actor who portrayed Lieutenant Commander Tuvok. The cast also includes Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show!), James Kyson (Heroes), Jasmine Waltz (Demon), Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cirroc Lofton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and many other great talents.
As a general rule, actors with chops are a godsend to independent productions, so this is a very good start.
3. There are some great rewards to be had!
Of course you’ll be able to secure a copy of the pilot (and any additional episodes that are funded by the campaign), but you can also get movie posters, autographed cast photos, and even the official Blade of Honor patch. More generous contributions unlock everything from producer credits to the chance to visit the set.
2. There’s a good chance it could get picked up as a series.
According to the BoH Kickstarter, the project has already garnered interest from major Hollywood execs and companies. Considering the cast list and what this team has accomplished in the past, it’s not at all far-fetched to imagine Blade of Honor being picked up as a series. By helping to crowdfund the pilot, you might be getting in on the ground floor of the next big sci-fi series!
1. The campaign has already hit its backing goal, so there’s little to no risk.
At the time of this writing, the Blade of Honor Kickstarter has twelve days left to run. That might send some folks into full pucker, but there’s no need to stress; the campaign goal of $30,000 was already surpassed by nearly $8000. John tells me that there’s a stretch goal in the realm of $58,000 with a plan of shooting several episodes rather than just the pilot. Even though the first episode is locked down, your contribution could still have a huge impact on the future of the series. The more episodes the team can produce, the more they can show their stuff to the Hollywood execs (and the more we’ll get to watch!)
You should definitely check out the campaign while there’s still time to be part of the action. If nothing else, take a look at the series’ premise, the stable of acting talent, and the trailers that are posted on the campaign page. Even if you decide not to back the project, you can always help out by sharing it with your friends on social media!
All opinions are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Deck Ape...or anyone else. Arrr!