The “What We Left Behind” Deep Space Nine documentary team completed their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign last night, raising more than a stunning $631,000 in fan-driven donations, blowing past even their highest stretch goal by over $100k.
Ira Behr and the production team released this ‘thank you’ video Friday afternoon to pay tribute to the more-than-9,200 contributors to the month-long fundraiser – with a guest appearance by Garak actor Andy Robinson.
The team announced the other week that the high volume of raised funds will help in their negotiations with CBS to hopefully gain access to the original Deep Space Nine film negatives, to rescan and remaster select series clips to 1080p high definition for inclusion in the forthcoming film, as well as work with Trek visual effects veteran Doug Drexler to revisit some of the 1990’s-era CGI work used in the show.
From a recent campaign status update:
As you probably know, this final stretch gives us the financial ability to follow up with our intent to scan and remaster selected shots from the series for presentation for the first time in HD. While we want to reiterate that nothing’s guaranteed until we can get into details further with various departments, we’ve been empowered by our positive talks with CBS Television Studios, along with guidance from familiar faces Mike & Denise Okuda and VFX master Doug Drexler, among others.
Any additional funds will continue to be put towards additional interviews, custom graphics, and most importantly, the costly process of licensing (and re-scanning for HD!) archival clips for use in the film.
While such a goal remains, at this time, still under negotiation – the “What We Left Behind” team has been clear that nothing is certain yet on this topic – the incredible support behind the Indiegogo campaign is surely a point in their favor. Fingers crossed!
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new developments on the “What We Left Behind” Deep Space Nine documentary as they are revealed.