SPOKANE — With only 30 hours left, Adam Harum’s crew still needed to raise more than $9,600 — or lose it all — to keep their award-winning sci-fi series, “Transolar Galactica,” alive for a second season.
Mission accomplished. The project raised $30,885, nearly $1,000 over the goal, which broke the record as Spokane’s largest successful Kickstarter campaign.
“We were unsure up until the morning of our last day,” said Harum, a Wenatchee local who recently graduated film school in Spokane.
Harum and four friends created “Transolar Galactica” as a spoof web series, with a bare bones budget of $180. The 10-episode parody pokes fun at “Star Trek,” “Firefly” and “Battlestar Galactica” through the deep space adventures of Captain Remmington Trigger and his quirky cabin crew.
Transolar’s creators set up a fundraising account with Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding website, to help pay for film equipment, better props and set supplies. The goal was to raise $30,000 to film a feature-length second season eligible for major film festivals.
But, Kickstarter.com is an all-or-nothing venture. The people who pledged money only paid if the project reached its $30,000.
“The middle point was most stressful,” Harum said. “When we were 22 days in, to the last 10 days there was a lull.”
Harum said a last minute surge of articles from several sources, including the Spokesman Review and The Wenatchee World, helped spread the word. The last day, Oct. 28, Harum watched the total jump $200 every 10 minutes, including a major $5,000 donation that pushed them over the edge.
The crew plans to release the first episodes of the second season next spring.
“I’m always surprised at how awesome our fans are,” Harum said. “It’s hard to process that we’re going to make the show we want to make.