Additional Thoughts: So in the hours since I originally posted this, some other details regarding Axanar was brought to my attention, in particular a tweet by director Robert Meyer Burnett:
Here's a question...if one makes a film with their own money, or outside investor's money, is there a difference? I ask because...REASONS.— Robert Meyer Burnett (@BurnettRM) February 3, 2016
The answer is yes, a big difference, one is you're putting your own money at risk, while the other you're risking cash of other people... and the folks at Axanar say that those folks giving money to the project are just 'donors' and not 'investors', to which I say BULL, if you devote anything of yours to something, could be time, could be money, you're an investor.
Which raises a question, What does a 'Fan Film' need with $2 Million dollars? And as the excellently written column by Michael Himan at 1701news.com (which you can read by clicking HERE) pointed out, Star Trek: Horizon, another fan film is running on a budget of $22,000 and has been completed, and looks freaking fantastic! Then there are the outstanding efforts of those behind Star Trek: New Voyages and Star Trek: Continues, which to my knowledge are self-funding at a loss to the producers, but they come across as being more professional than many main-stream productions.
But the answers I've seen to that question by those involve with Axanar are clearly done out of 'ego' and 'spite'.
Anyway, I could go on and on this subject... but I got other things to work on. Like watch last nights DC's Legends of Tomorrow and get notes together for 'This Week With The Superheroes'