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 In the middle of his [[https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16067837|Patreon campaign]] to get fans to give him almost $50,000 a year to pay rent and expenses for the Georgia warehouse he calls Ares Studios, Axanar producer [[Alec Peters]] says some more hurdles remain before he can begin to raise another $200,000 for the two long-promised Axanar short films. In the middle of his [[https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16067837|Patreon campaign]] to get fans to give him almost $50,000 a year to pay rent and expenses for the Georgia warehouse he calls Ares Studios, Axanar producer [[Alec Peters]] says some more hurdles remain before he can begin to raise another $200,000 for the two long-promised Axanar short films.
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 +<fs smaller>**//See also: [[ares_patreon|Peters Launches Patreon to Keep Georgia Studio Afloat]] and \\
 +[[patreon_progress|Patreon Progress Slows Precipitously]] and [[axanar_confidential|Contradictions Arise in Patreon, OWC Studios' Sponsorship]]//**</fs>
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 ===== Self-Funded Studio ===== ===== Self-Funded Studio =====
  
-In video, "[[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]]," posted January 29, 2019, on the Axanar YouTube channel, Peters also claimed he had been paying all Axanar-related costs, including for Ares Studios, for the two years since the settlement of the [[copyright_infringement|copyright]] [[lawsuit|suit]] against him by [[CBS]] and [[Paramount Pictures]].+In the video, "[[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]]," posted January 29, 2019, on the Axanar YouTube channel, Peters also claimed he had been paying all Axanar-related costs, including for Ares Studios, for the two years since the settlement of the [[copyright_infringement|copyright]] [[lawsuit|suit]] against him by [[CBS]] and [[Paramount Pictures]].
  
 This in the midst of a Patreon campaign in which he has claimed that high tech company, Other World Computing, had sponsored the costs for the warehouse for more than a year before [[axanar_confidential#masking_the_truth|mysteriously withdrawing]] its support. In the video, Peters said: This in the midst of a Patreon campaign in which he has claimed that high tech company, Other World Computing, had sponsored the costs for the warehouse for more than a year before [[axanar_confidential#masking_the_truth|mysteriously withdrawing]] its support. In the video, Peters said:
  
-> I've been funding //Axanar//, I've been funding the studio, myself for the past two years.(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))+> I've been funding //Axanar//, I've been funding the studio, myselffor the past two years.(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))
  
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 Peters laid out the milestones he believes he must meet in order to get //Axanar// into production as soon as possible, but he was unable to commit to a timeline to do so. Peters laid out the milestones he believes he must meet in order to get //Axanar// into production as soon as possible, but he was unable to commit to a timeline to do so.
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 +<fs medium>**Beta Testing**</fs> \\
 +<fs smaller><wrap em>UPDATE</wrap> Five days late, on February 1, 2019, Alec Peters announced on the [[https://axanarproductions.com/ares-digital-3-0-enters-beta-testing/|Axanar blog]] that the beta version of Ares Digital 3.0b was completed and ready for testing.
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 +<wrap indent>The blog advertised for volunteer testers and technologists to help in the beta test.</wrap>
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 +<wrap indent>Peters did not lay out a road map for formally launching the platform, nor did he explain how it would affect //Axanar//'s production, since the short films depend on Ares Digital for raising their budget.</wrap></fs>
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 ==== 1. Ares Digital Launch February 1? ==== ==== 1. Ares Digital Launch February 1? ====
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 However, that fundraising effort, and by extension the Axanar shorts themselves, cannot proceed until Ares Digital is up and running. On his January 27 live chat, Peters said the software is only 75 percent done. However, that fundraising effort, and by extension the Axanar shorts themselves, cannot proceed until Ares Digital is up and running. On his January 27 live chat, Peters said the software is only 75 percent done.
  
-Two days later he said the new system would be operational by February 1, and he would notify donors by email.(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))+Two days later he said the new system would be operational by February 1, and he would notify donors by email.(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))
  
 [{{ :proto-patches.jpg?300|**LONG-DELAYED** patches from Axanar's Indiegogo campaign previously existed only as prototypes sold through Axanar's now-shuttered Donor Store years before they were to be shipped to waiting donors.}}] [{{ :proto-patches.jpg?300|**LONG-DELAYED** patches from Axanar's Indiegogo campaign previously existed only as prototypes sold through Axanar's now-shuttered Donor Store years before they were to be shipped to waiting donors.}}]
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 The next milestone is shipping patches that are owed as perks to donors to the aborted [[axanar_indiegogo_details|2015 Indiegogo]] campaign for the //Axanar// feature film. The next milestone is shipping patches that are owed as perks to donors to the aborted [[axanar_indiegogo_details|2015 Indiegogo]] campaign for the //Axanar// feature film.
  
-**AxaMonitor** reported nearly three years ago those patches had not been manufactured, apart from a small number of prototypes. Peters told viewers the promised patches — five thousand of them —had just been shipped from China and were now available for shipment to donors(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.)) — almost four years after the campaign.+**AxaMonitor** reported nearly three years ago those patches had not been manufactured, apart from a small number of prototypes. Peters told viewers the promised patches — five thousand of them —had just been shipped from China and were now available for shipment to donors(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.)) — almost four years after the campaign.
  
 The patches cannot be shipped until people update their shipping and contact information in Ares Digital. That may pose a problem for meeting Peters' third milestone, however. The patches cannot be shipped until people update their shipping and contact information in Ares Digital. That may pose a problem for meeting Peters' third milestone, however.
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 But this new information throws even that estimate into doubt, as he made scheduling production contingent upon the fundraiser, itself contingent upon shipping the Indiegogo patches, and that contingent on the launch and use by donors of Ares Digital 3.0: But this new information throws even that estimate into doubt, as he made scheduling production contingent upon the fundraiser, itself contingent upon shipping the Indiegogo patches, and that contingent on the launch and use by donors of Ares Digital 3.0:
  
-> We really want you to see that we're making progress. That's what this video blog is about. … We have stakes in the ground and we're hitting our milestones moving toward production.(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))+> We really want you to see that we're making progress. That's what this video blog is about. … We have stakes in the ground and we're hitting our milestones moving toward production.(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))
  
 === The 'Final Step' === === The 'Final Step' ===
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 Peters called the fundraiser "the final step" toward production. But the process he outlined appeared to be completely dependent on launching Ares Digital 3.0 and then donors registering. He offered no guarantee about when he expected that to happen: Peters called the fundraiser "the final step" toward production. But the process he outlined appeared to be completely dependent on launching Ares Digital 3.0 and then donors registering. He offered no guarantee about when he expected that to happen:
  
-> The fundraiser is the final step. How much will we raise? We don't know. Obviously, it's been a while since we raised a lot of money.(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))+> The fundraiser is the final step. How much will we raise? We don't know. Obviously, it's been a while since we raised a lot of money.(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))
  
 Peters laid the blame on CBS for a protracted lawsuit that drained Axanar's coffers thanks to $15,000 a month he was spending because of a three-year lease he had signed on a studio he never used to shoot a single frame of //Axanar//. Peters laid the blame on CBS for a protracted lawsuit that drained Axanar's coffers thanks to $15,000 a month he was spending because of a three-year lease he had signed on a studio he never used to shoot a single frame of //Axanar//.
  
-"Sadly, CBS cost donors a lot of money," he said. "We were 30 days away from shooting the first third of //Axanar//."(([[yout>yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))+"Sadly, CBS cost donors a lot of money," he said. "We were 30 days away from shooting the first third of //Axanar//."(([[yout>VAEd8ha9wxU|Axanar Update # 3 The Road to Production]], Axanar YouTube channel, 1/29/19.))
  
 [{{ :ares_bridge_patreon-2.jpg?direct&300|**U.S.S. ARES** The recently completed //Axanar// bridge set stands in the Lawrenceville, Ga., warehouse called Ares Studios.}}] [{{ :ares_bridge_patreon-2.jpg?direct&300|**U.S.S. ARES** The recently completed //Axanar// bridge set stands in the Lawrenceville, Ga., warehouse called Ares Studios.}}]
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   - Two to three days in a rented soundstage in Los Angeles, where most of the featured cast live.   - Two to three days in a rented soundstage in Los Angeles, where most of the featured cast live.
   - One to two days at a rented soundstage in Atlanta (**not** Ares Studios) for shooting the rest of the cast.   - One to two days at a rented soundstage in Atlanta (**not** Ares Studios) for shooting the rest of the cast.
-  - One more "location day" to accommodate the promised appearance by high-value donors as extras or in small roles.+  - One more "location day" to accommodate appearances promised to high-value donors as extras or in small roles. 
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 ==== Shooting the Bridge ==== ==== Shooting the Bridge ====