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Farragut’s Next Feature, “The Price of Anything”

03/31/2011

Let’s publicly kick-off the next Starship Farragut feature episode!  Called “The Price of Anything” —- it was initially written by Paul R. Sieber in 2007 prior to leaving Farragut Films to work with Star Trek Phase II. Having co-written Starship Farragut’s pilot, “The Captaincy,” this story (previously entitled, “Fathers and Sons”) had carry-over elements from the pilot and was a Carter/Prescott story.  Since then, Paul has revised and enhanced it greatly.  We collectively believe it’s the right story now, coupled with perfect timing to finally execute on this film and bring this adventurous story to life.

For our most ambitious film to date, we have brought on-board some key individuals that will be instrumental in making this film a success. Starting with the behind-the-scenes professionals, we have:

Vic Mignogna – Director and Special Guest Star

No stranger to Starship Farragut, Vic Mignogna has lent his voice to Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes. Since he was 8 years old, Vic has been acting for stage and screen, but in the last 13 years Vic has become one of the most prolific and popular voice actors in the world of animation and video games, lending his voice to over a hundred and fifty productions. Even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of songs for TV, radio and CD.

At a very early age, Vic developed a passion for Star Trek The Original Series (TOS). Many days were spent, memorizing episodes, building communicators, phasers, costumes, and even rounding up the kids in the neighborhood for Star Trek movies that Vic shot, directed, and played Captain Kirk. In the years that followed, Vic earned a film degree and works regularly writing, producing, and directing all kinds of video and film productions. Nothing brings him more joy than bringing his skills and childhood love together, and after directing and acting in several Star Trek Phase II episodes, Vic is excited to be working with Starship Farragut on the live action series. In addition to directing, Vic will have a special guest role on film!

Matt Bucy – Director of Photography

Matt Bucy is enthusiastic about getting behind the lights and camera for Starship Farragut. He has worked in film and video for forty years on projects ranging from Super-8 experimental shorts to backyard SCI-FI to 35mm mainstream features. Most recently, he won Best Cinematography and Best Picture awards in the Vermont 48-Hour Film Festival for the short “Razor Burn.” Over the last two years he has completed photography and editing on the feature documentary, “The Sons of Tennessee Williams,” which has screened to sold-out houses at Frameline in San Francisco and at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and which will make its television premiere on PBS in New Orleans this spring. For the past three years, he has volunteered at Star Trek Phase II as a grip, camera operator, and director of photography. He produces and directs behind-the-scenes documentaries, most recently the Seattle-based feature “Judas Kiss,” to be released this year. His film interests range widely and his award-winning experimental work has been screened frequently at underground festivals. Over the past year, he has completed photography on several shorts, including “The Tryout,” “Dear Edward,” “Razor Burn,” and “Violin Case” and is scheduled to shoot more short projects this year starting in March.

Todd Habercorn – Assistant Director

Todd Haberkorn has been involved with film productions for many years – attacking the industry from all aspects – in front of, as well as behind the camera. For “The Price of Anything,” Todd will be lending his Assistant Director experience to the project. When he isn’t working on live action projects, Todd is a voice actor for video games and anime. Some of his most recent video game titles include Rune Factory 3, Lufia: Curse of the Sinestrials, and Lux Pain while his recent anime projects are Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Summer Wars. Todd also travels the country as a guest to anime conventions and enjoys meeting fans of the titles he has worked on in the animated world. His media company, Out of the Office Productions, keeps him busy as well with independent features as well as industrial work.

Sam Rooks – Lighting Gaffer

Sam Rooks is a local Jacksonville photographer and filmmaker, with a passion towards producing. He has been involved in many areas of film-making, including producer, property master, and electric gaffer. Sam was an extra in the movie “Lonely Hearts” starring John Travolta, as well as HBO’s “Recount” starring Kevin Spacey, where he was a political consultant to Producer Mike Hausman. He has photographed the Miss America First Coast Pageant and the Miss & Teen Jacksonville U.S.A. Pageants, produced such short films as “Within the Heart of a Child” and “Grandma and the Fly” and was dolly gaffer on the short film “Planting Hope” produced for Jacksonville’s domestic violence shelter, Hubbard House. Sam has been instrumental in equipping all sets with lighting and set construction.

Guy Davis – Animator and Storyboard Artist

G.S. (Guy) Davis is a comic book artist/animator living in colorful Colorado. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animation, with a specialization in 2D (Hand drawn) animation. Having learned how much he loved to tell stories, Guy began writing comics in 1995. Not much has changed since then and today he still tells stories, working away on his current project: a Star Trek fan comic about the life and times of a Federation Destroyer called “Tamerlane” (http://www.usstamerlane.com). Currently, Guy is working on the Tamerlane episode “Weave.”  In addition to doing the storyboards for Starship Farragut’s “Just Passing Through”, he has worked extensively on both of the Animated Farragut episodes with NEO f/x.

These are just some of the key folks behind the camera that will be working on this film; I will mention others on another blog update (e.g., Sound Engineer, post-production team NEO f/x) such as our Line Producer (Production Manager), which I will personally be relying upon greatly on this effort!

In front of the camera, we have some newcomers to us, but known to others.

Frank Hernandez – Gene Carter

Born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Jackson, NJ where he still resides with his wife Gina, Frank Hernandez began his acting career by auditioning for a local theatrical production of “1776”. From there, his roles included “Carl, the Bus Driver” in “Bus Stop” and “Mendel, the Rabbi’s Son” in “Fiddler on the Roof” later followed roles in “Our Town”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” and the Ocean Country College production of “1776.” Since moving from local community theatre to media, Frank has been on the set of many television and movie productions, but is more widely recognized for his portrayal of the character “Declan” in “Star Wars: Revelations.” Frank also played “Agamemnon” in the episode “Greece” in the series “Engineering an Empire” on the History Channel and can also be seen in many of the second season episodes of the Science Channel show “Sci-Fi Science physics of the impossible.” Not a newcomer to Farragut Films, Frank plays “Suarez” is in United Worlds Entertainment’s SCI-FI film, “POLARIS,” which Farragut Films is working in association. As an avid Star Trek fan, Frank is very excited to be working with us on this production where he will play Captain Carter’s father, Gene and will have an instrumental part in this film.

Cheralyn Lambeth – Romulan Commander

Cheralyn’s acting pursuits include working in various commercials, as well as TV shows, including “One Tree Hill,” the Sci-Fi Channel show “IQ 145,” an episode of the CNN International program “Future Summit,” and the film “The Key Man” (alongside Jack Davenport of Pirates of the Caribbean). She was also a principal character in the History Channel docudrama “Isaac’s Storm,” which premiered in the fall of 2004 and can still sometimes be seen on The History Channel (THC).

Somewhat fascinating is Cheralyn’s impressive costume work.  She began creating her own costumes and creatures at an early age, when her mother finally refused to make any more odd costumes for her at Halloween. Cheralyn carried this passion with her into college at UNC-Chapel Hill where, after having failed miserably as an Air Force Reservist, she decided to major in something much more useful such as Dramatic Arts and Radio/TV/Motion Pictures. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study costumes, wigs, and make-up at the Juilliard School, and earned her first fifteen minutes of fame performing Off-Broadway with John Leguizamo in Mambo Mouth. She then moved to Minneapolis to help create Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live! (as well as a large purple bunny for the film The Net), and returned to New York a year later to work with Jim Henson Productions on the TV series Dinosaurs! and the film The Muppet Christmas Carol.  After her time at Henson, Cheralyn worked with Paramount Production Services, creating costumes and props for Paramount properties such as The Star Trek Earth Tour, Titanic: The Movie on Tour, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Some of her other credits include work (both in front of and behind the camera) on Mel Gibson`s The Patriot, and costuming work on the Park Service historical film Manassas: End of Innocence directed by Star Wars sound specialist Ben Burtt. In addition to her costume work, Cheralyn has served as play-tester for the Star Wars RPG Mission to Lianna, and has written articles for such genre-related periodicals as Bjo Trimble’s Sci-Fi Spotlight and Con-Tour Magazine. Cheralyn’s most recent costume work includes the New Line Cinema feature film The New World starring Colin Farrell, and Evan Almighty (the sequel to Bruce Almighty). She currently lives in Charlotte NC and works as a free-lance costume/prop/puppet builder, as well as putting the finishing touches on her first book The Well-Dressed Puppet, scheduled for release later this year.

Brian Holloway – Romulan Soldier

Brian began his theatre career at age seven when he appeared in a regional theatrical production of “Fiddler on the Roof” with his father. Although he worked on other productions, he dabbled in the medical field for a short time, but could not be kept away from the bright lights and appeal of the stage. After receiving his BFA in Performance Arts, he toured nationally with several theatre organizations for about seven years and could be seen headlining in Productions ranging from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Henry IV, parts I & II” to musicals like “Big River”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”

He got into the SCI-FI realm when he was still in high school and has been a regular convention attendee since he was 15. He has also received theater degrees in costume and makeup design and has won National and regional awards for his design work. He even had costume designs for an original theatrical piece “HOTLINE!” displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. While in Utah, he was fortunate to befriend an actress, Paula Crist, who served as an actress and stuntwoman for productions like “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and the TV series “Planet of the Apes.” Paula got him connected to the film industry and he has been fortunate enough to land limited work in such productions as “The Patriot,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Domestic Disturbance,” “Doctor Who: The Movie,” HIGHLANDER: The Series,” “Shallow Hal,” and Star Trek. Brian is currently the Special Make-Up F/X Supervisor for Star Trek: Phase II. Brian now lives in Charlotte, NC and is also a noted costumer working with fellow Cheralyn Lambeth, the 501st Squadron, and SCA Wardrobe Guild.

On behalf of the Farragut Films’ management team, “Welcome Aboard!”

Again, these are just some of the many folks that will be working on “The Price of Anything.” Future blog updates will provide introductory remarks for other key folks, as well as progress reports and happenings.  Damn the torpedoes, warp speed ahead!

Stay tuned for the next blog on MEGA-KHHAAAAANNNN! I mean, MEGA-CON.   :)

Three Conventions in One Weekend!

02/24/2011

This weekend was a busy one for Farraguteers as Starship Farragut was represented in good standing at three conventions simultaneously.

The first one was Katsucon, an anime convention at the National Harbor’s Gaylord Hotel in Washington, D.C. where newcomer Vic Mignogna —- Director and Special Guest Star of Starship Farragut’s fifth film, THE PRICE OF ANYTHING (POA) was one of the star attractions.  Starship Farragut producer Michael Day and I met with Vic, as well as Todd Habercorn and briefly discussed pre-production work for POA and provided Starship Farragut collateral and posters for Vic to hand out over the weekend.  During Katsucon, Vic passed out plenty of POA posters and 8X10’s of him as “KIRK” on Farragut Films’ transporter room set.

Katuscon 2011 - Todd, Vic, JB and Michael Day

Vic said:

“I was excited to share my upcoming involvement on Farragut with the fans at Katsucon in DC this past weekend. The fans were quite excited about it, and are looking forward to seeing “The Price Of Anything”! Thanks to John Broughton, I had some awesome Farragut posters available at my autograph sessions all weekend. The fans ate them up! I can say with great certainty that an increasing number of my fans will be tuning in to the upcoming Farragut production!”

Kicking Off Farragut's 5th Film with Director Vic

At Farpoint in Baltimore, Michael Day, Mark Hildebrand, Eric Lund and newcomer Chris Call represented Starship Farragut.

Mark Hildebrand & Eric Lund - Farpoint 2011

Michael Day & Eric Lund - Farpoint 2011

Other Farragut friends, Dennis Bailey, Frank and Gina Hernandez and Paul Sieber stopped by to show support.  Michael Day said, “It was another great year at Farpoint, marking our 6th year attending.”  Michael also added:

The premiere of our latest crew log, “Just Passing Through”, was our main attraction.  We had two showings of the movie to enthusiastic crowds.  To quote one fan who had seen the previous version, “So much improved, I understand why you re-filmed it.”  As an encore from last year, we also showed both of our Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes:  “The Needs of the Many” and “Power Source”.  At the table, we had copies of our comic book, “Dearly Departed” which premiered at last year’s Farpoint.  As usual, we had DVD’s of our previous movies, posters, and candy to give out to fans.  Special thanks to Dan Smith for making special caricature posters of our gallant Farragut trio – they were well received by folks.  Also, thanks to Tom Donnelly, Steve and Renee Wilson, and the entire Farpoint crew; we look forward to attending next year.

At TREK TRAX in Atlanta, Mike and Holly Bednar, Gary and Terri Washington, and I attended the group’s first solo event outside of Dragon-Con.

Starship Farragut's Three Amigos

Holly Bednar & Fan - TREK TRAX 2011

Ms. and Mr. Frank Parker, Teri & Gary Washington

Eric Watts & TREK TRAX Crew

Spearheaded by Eric Watts, the convention was supported by the USS Republic, a Star Trek club with which Eric is associated.  Newcomer Farraguteer, Brian Holloway (Guest Star in POA) directed the costuming track, where I participated in numerous forums, along with Michael Cowart, Lee Cox, and Eve Gideon.

Costumers Eve Gidion & John Broughton

Costumers Michael Cowart & Lee Cox

Costuming forums ranged from a variety of topics such as wearing Rubies or ANOVOS uniforms, Trek themed variations, costume disasters, and the costumer’s best friend – the Thrift Store.  Later on, the three of us (Mike, Holly and me) were judges in TREK TRAX’s costume contest.  It was nice to see appreciation towards the costumes, which always seems to take 2nd place to props or sets.  :)

Speaking of props, Mike Bednar also participated on a prop panel, along with Michael Cowart.

'Prop Talk' - Michael Bednar & Michael Cowart

Like Farpoint this weekend, we will also premiered “JUST PASSING THROUGH” to the TREK TRAX attendees.  The response was very favorable.

Premiering "Just Passing Through"

One quote from a fan, “You guys really deliver on putting out good TREK films.”  We couldn’t agree more; with a studio ready with TREK Sets, additional key crew professionals onboard, and no backlog of filmed footage in post-production, we’re ready to dive in POA!

The Next Generation of STAR TREK Fans

TREK TRAX’s special guest celebrities included the Duras Klingon sisters’ Gwynyth Walsh and Barbara March, Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager), and Larry Nemechek.

Talking with TREKLAND's Larry Nemecek

Since Tim Russ worked with NEO f/x on Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes providing the voice of the Vulcan Tamar in THE NEEDS OF THE MANY, I provided some DVDs of Farragut’s animated to him.

Discussing 'Animated' with the Live Action Tim Russ

Other Farragut supporters stopped by – John Sims and wife, Frank Parker and wife, and Chris Wieder.

John Sims & Wife with Romulan Brian Holloway

Mike, Holly and I agree that this was one of the best TREK convention experiences we’ve had.  Eric Watts and his convention team were professional, organized, and worked cohesively like a well-oiled machine.  Eric goes the extra mile with showing appreciation for folks’ participation.  Special thanks to Brian Holloway for also making the Farragut team feel like home.  We look forward to TREK TRAX 2012.

All in all, a very busy convention weekend!

ConCarolinas 2010

06/14/2010

ConCarolinas (June 4 - 6, 2010)

ConCarolinas is a SCI-FI, fanstasy and horror convention.  It hosts a variety of fandom related events and celebrity guests, including discussion panels, costume events, music events like Klingon Karaoke, charity auctions, and other fan groups (Star Wars, Stargate, Serenity/Firefly, Star Trek, etc.)

Farragut Films' Table

Two weekends ago, Farragut Films exhibited at the ConCarolinas and this was our first year attending.  Our main objectives were to get further awareness of the Starship Farragut project and to promote the recently released Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes duo-DVD release containing both “POWER SOURCE” and “THE NEEDS OF THE MANY.”

Some Young TREK Fans

Michael Day and I arrived early Friday morning to Charlotte, NC.  After getting some much-needed sleep and then setting up in the early afternoon, we met with Star Trek fans that came by our table.

Yikes! A Clan of Sci-Fi Fans... Named Broughton!

Also, I met RB – Another Star Trek fan whose last name is “Broughton” – my last name is not a common one, so surprised to meet someone who not only appreciates STAR TREK, but also possesses the same namesake.

Alien Actor Extraordinaire, Bill Blair

Star Trek celebrity and actor, Bill Blair stopped by our table.  He remembered me from the filming of Star Trek Phase II’s shoot of BLOOD AND FIRE.  I was surprised that I recalled me as our meeting was very brief.  Bill Blair has played numerous SCI-FI aliens – from Bablyon Five to the various incarnations of Star Trek (Star Trek TNG to ENTERPRISE).

SCI-FI Author and Lecturer, Chris Berman

Across from us was SCI-FI author, Chris Berman.  Known for his literary works of “THE HIVE” and “RED MOON” – his works have gotten the attention of former and current NASA officials for weaving science fact into compelling SCI-FI stories.

Brian Holloway in his Battlestar Galactica Garb

Star Trek Phase II alumni Brian Holloway stopped by.  He was the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the event and I met him at New Voyages through Paul Sieber.  It had been some time ago – several years I think when we met.  Brian is a skilled make-up guy and we talked about working together, but never reconnected on this.  Seeing my costume work displayed, Brian showed me some of his costume creations.  I was impressed to see that not only can this guy do film make-up, he also does costuming.  The costumes he showed me were developed without a pattern and only using screen-shots or other images from TV and film to make his original SCI-FI uniforms.

Crossing Over to the Dark Side ala ENTERPRISE

One tunic that he was selling was an ENTERPRISE jumpsuit.  It was his first prototype.  Looking at it, opted to try it on and it fit like a glove.  I went ahead and bought it.  I’m pretty good about keeping my TREK collection to just Classic Trek as it can get crazy; however, our Starship Farragut webmaster, Bob McDonough would be proud as he also likes ENTERPRISE!

Anyway, Brian and I caught up on things. The next day, we went to Charlotte’s famed Fabric Store named Mary Jo’s, located in Gastonia, NC.  This place is huge and has a long history selling fabrics.  If you’re into costuming – check this place out!

Richard Hatch

On Sunday morning, attended an acting workshop hosted by Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica fame.  It was a good one and most impressed how he applied life experiences to acting and conversely, used acting to help deal with his life experiences.  A both inspirational and educational workshop to the art and craft of acting.  On a side note, I found Richard to be one of the most down-to-Earth and easily approachable person, not always indicative of Hollywood celebrities.

Showing Appreciation to Ron McClung, ConCarolinas

At the conclusion of our stay, we provided to Ron McKlung – the ConCarolina Head Chairman with a NEO f/x and Farragut Films T-shirt for appreciation of their hospitality.  Having made new fans and friends in Charlotte, Michael Day and I headed back home to DC…


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