The upcoming independent film series “Space Command” already has some popular science-fiction actors like Armin Shimerman, Robert Picardo and Ethan Phillips involved. But the series could also feature someone even more special: You.
The producers of “Space Command” will soon begin conducting an open casting call that will let everyday fans and aspiring actors try out for one of two roles: Capt. Matt Kemmer or Cadet Bradbury.
Kemmer, who is described as being between 25 and 35 of any race or ethnicity, is the main hero of the film, and commander of the ship Paladin. J.N. Bradbury, described as being between 18 and 22, make or female, is the youngest member of Kemmer’s crew who is smart, funny, brave and interesting.
Sometime this month, “Space Command” will post “sides” — scenes from the film — for anyone to read and then to film themselves on YouTube auditioning for the roles. Those who have sponsored “Space Command” through its Kickstarter campaign will have a chance to vote for who they want to star in the roles, narrowing the list down to five. Then from those finalists, the Kickstarter contributors will have a chance to vote again and have a final say in who will be cast in these coveted roles.
A “Space Command” spokesman tells Airlock Alpha that these two actors will be compensated as per Screen Actor Guild rules, and that the production will take care of all travel arrangements to get the actors to Los Angeles for production.
The project includes Star Trek franchise veterans Marc Scott Zicree and Doug Drexler as well as writer Michael Reaves and producer Neil Johnson. The project has already surpassed its $75,000 goal on Kickstarter, receiving pledges of nearly $140,000 to date, with still more than a month remaining in fundraising.
For more information on the project, check out the Kickstarter page for “Space Command.”
Please remember, however, that while Kickstarter only takes money from pledges only if a goal is met, such contributions do not translate into any ownership stake. Also, even if a pledge goal is reached and money changes hand, there are no guarantees that a project will be made that meets the expectations of those who donated money, or if the project will be made at all.
Anyone choosing to donate any money should be willing to treat such a donation as a gift that they never expect to have returned in any shape or form.
This story was updated on 6/6/2012 to include how actors will be compensated, and if travel will be covered.