Inside Farragut Films: Costumes & Props

03/25/2014

Farragut Films stretches beyond the studio into the academic world. U.S. Army SGT Kolleen Elsberry with the Defense Information School (DINFOS) located on Fort Meade, Maryland contacted us to participate in an important course.  Kolleen has been taking the Basic Combat Correspondence Course, roughly a 4+ month class focusing on journalism, communications and media.  She and her classmates selected “Starship Farragut” to be the subject of their human interest story/class project.  Kollen is a friend and “battle buddy’ to Peter Christian who also graduated from the same course last month and referred Kolleen.  For those that may not be familiar with Peter Christian, he was an Associate Producer and Costumer for another fan film project called, Star Trek – Of Gods and Men.

This mini-documentary features interviews with Holly Bednar and myself — and provides just a small glimpse into costume creation and some of the props used in Starship Farragut and in some cases, Star Trek Continues.

Many topics discussed in the two days of filming were cut only to meet Kolleen’s project requirements. However, we acknowledged the talented and creative people who help and support Starship Farragut.  Those folks mentioned in the context of their areas were:  Mike Bednar, Vic Mignogna, Matt Bucy, Ralph Miller, Michael Struck, Jack Marshall, Greg Greene, Royal Weaver, Sam Rooks, Hetoreyn and Dan Scanlan.  Those related to wardrobe specifically called out are also acknowledged here (no order of priority) – Ginger Holley, Eve Gidion, Nancy Heyl, Kim Haas, Christine Boyer, Michael Cowart, Christine Jefferies, Amanda Hamilton, Dean Rogers and Teresa Eick. When I got the DVD documentary from Kolleen, I asked her what her ‘take-away’ from doing this project – her reply:

“Seeing all the work and behind-the-scenes passion that goes into this project is amazing to me.  It’s clear that everyone’s heart and soul is vested into this project.”

Special thanks to Kolleen Elsberry and the rest of her military classmates – UASF SSGT Adam Keele, ARMY Private Victoria Eckert, USAF Airman Madison Silvestor that worked on this mini-documentary.  With Farragut Films rolling up on its 10th year anniversary, we’ll likely be working to produce a full-length documentary to celebrate and highlight the contributions of our entire team.  Look out for “STARSHIP FARRAGUT – The First 10 Years” coming soon!

Colonial Players Trekkin’ with Superior Donuts

02/27/2014

2014_02_superior_donuts_logo_r2In late January, Mark Hildebrand contacted me to make a STAR TREK uniform for actor Chris Haley in the upcoming Colonial Players‘ theatrical production, “Superior Donuts.”  I was happy to oblige – Mark has been a good friend and long-time member/supporter of our Starship Farragut project.  Farragut Films used to be involved with the archival recordings of Colonial Players’ plays and Chris Haley has been a good acquaintance.  For those that may not know Chris – his namesake should ring a bell from Alex Haley’s ROOTS.  Chris is also very active in speaking engagements and educating people on slavery in the State of Maryland, African American history, self-help/empowerment and genealogy.  Chris is all over the place in terms of acting, writing, speaking and producing various media projects.

Anyway, Chris came over to my house earlier this month where I had a ‘base shirt’ and pants ready for him to try on for tailoring.  Here are pictures of Chris Haley in action with the finalized uniform from the play (Courtesy of Colonial Players and Mark Hildebrand).  Evidently, Chris’ character is a big SCI-FI fan and although Chris may not be, the Star Trek uniform was made for him and his to keep (gift on behalf of Farragut Films).

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Colonial Players was kind enough to acknowledge the contribution.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, please go and see SUPERIOR DONUTS at Colonial Players!

Introducing Farragut’s New Doctor

02/24/2014

In support of African American history month, Starship Farragut is proud to showcase our new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham.  Dr. Derham is played by Rakia May of Kingsland, GA and will be seen in the upcoming episode, “Conspiracy of Innocence” this May 2014.

Farragut's New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham

Farragut’s New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Derham

This new character was named in honor of James Derham (c. 1757-1802?) who was the first African American to formally practice medicine in the United States.

The "First" Doctor Derham

The “First” Doctor Derham

Born a slave in Philadelphia, his early masters taught him the fundamentals of reading and writing. Durham was owned by a number of doctors, ending up in New Orleans with a Scottish physician, who hired him in 1783 to perform medical services.

When he was 21, he bought his freedom and went to New Orleans where he set up his own medical practice. He was a popular and distinguished doctor in New Orleans, at least in part for his knowledge of English, French, and Spanish.

He was invited to Philadelphia in 1788 to meet Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and who is known to be the “Father of American medicine.”  Rush was so impressed with Dunham’s success in treating diphtheria patients, that he read Durham’s paper on the subject before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

In 1789, Durham returned to New Orleans, where he saved more yellow fever victims than any other physician in colonial Philadelphia. During an epidemic that killed thousands, he lost only 11 of 64 patients. He moved back to New Orleans and was lauded by prominent local doctors.  Despite his skill, his ability to save so many lives, and his flourishing practice, his practice was restricted in 1801 by new city regulations because he did not have a formal medical degree and disappeared after 1802.

Starship Farragut continues the belief depicted in Star Trek of diversity and equality for all.

Helmsman Morris and Dr. Derham

Dr. Derham Coming Aboard Farragut with Mr. Morris


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