Tony Todd will probably always be Candyman to me. That was my onscreen introduction to him, and the one that I remember the most. The man has been working for some 30 years in the business, with a resume of work that’s about 150 projects long, both on the big and small screens. But he’s still Candyman to me.
He’s certainly busy – we could say one of those actors who works constantly, but rarely in roles that really put him in the spotlight. Looking at his IMDB page, he’s booked for as many as 14 different film projects (mostly features), each already in some stage of production, scheduled to be released between 2014 and 2015.
One of them, which caught my attention this morning, thanks to an email alerting me to it, is a feature film titled “Star Trek: Axanar,” which is an independently-made project extension of the existing “Star Trek” universe many of us know so well.
In the fundraising stage, astonishingly, the project has raised 4 times its listed goal of $100,000, on its Kickstarter campaign page. With 49 hours left to go in the campaign, over $405,000 has been contributed to ensure that the feature is seen through completion. You know what they say about those “Star Trek” fanatics.
But it also helps that the 21-minute short version of the upcoming feature, which the filmmakers shared on the project’s Kickstarter page, is quite impressive, considering that it was made for $75,000, as they say. When you watch it below, you’ll see what I mean. Computer generated movie worlds and effects aren’t cheap by any measure, as I’m sure most of you know already, and so I can see why there’s enthusiasm for the project and its campaign, given what the filmmakers were able to do with the money they had to make the 21-minute short film, giving contributors a glimpse at what they can do.
The feature project itself will cost them about $650,000, they say, but the plan is to raise the funds in chunks, instead of all-at-once. Given that they’ve raised $405,000, when they only asked for $100,000 at this stage, they’re certainly off to a great start, having raised most of the $650,000 total budget.
As for Tony Todd, he plays a character named Admiral Ramirez in the project.