Earlier this year, friends, family and fans mourned the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the man most well-known for his portrayal of the beloved Star Trek character Mr. Spock. Before his death, though, Nimoy made plans with his son, Adam, to create a documentary film about that character.
Now, Adam Nimoy plans on completing that documentary, with the help of funding received via a new Kickstarter project. That film, For the Love of Spock, will not only serve as a tribute to the Spock character, but also look at the long career of his father.
The Kickstarter project for the film has reached the halfway point on its goal, and with 13 days to go, it's still going strong. Those interested in donating can do so through the For the Love of Spock Kickstarter page: perks include everything from Spock collectibles to digital streams of the film to an autograph by William Shatner.
In a recent interview, Nimoy spoke about the project, its significance and the progress he's made on the film.
What inspired you to put together this documentary?
With the 50th anniversary of the original series coming up, and because we had worked so well on a previous documentary together, I approached my father about producing a documentary on the life of Mr. Spock. Spock had never been the subject of a documentary before, and I thought it would be interesting, and my father agreed, if we produced a documentary on the life and legacy of Mr. Spock.
Will the documentary take an objective look at the character (and the man behind it) or will you add some of your own personal stories?
The documentary will take both a (somewhat) objective view of the life of Mr. Spock, and the career of Leonard Nimoy. But I will also be interjecting some of my personal point-of-view and experiences growing up with my dad. And hopefully the documentary will also include the perspective of other family members.
What has been the initial response from fans and those in the industry about the documentary and Kickstarter project?
The response to the Kickstarter project and the film in general has been almost universally positive. There was an overwhelming outpouring of emotion after my father's passing from fans all over the world, and many of these fans have also joined our campaign to help produce this project.
How much work has been done on the film so far?
Extensive research has already been completed, and we've just begun some production in the form of sit-down interviews. But in order to complete this project, it's essential we have a successful Kickstarter campaign, which is still ongoing.
Who else is participating in the Kickstarter project and the creation of the film?
I am partnered with a company called 455 Films, which was chosen by my father to help produce this film. I also am thrilled to have the active support and participation of Star Trek alums William Shatner, George Takei and Zachary Quinto.
Photo Credit: Adam Nimoy