Archive for July, 2009

Upcoming CON Appearance in Parsippany, NJ

07/30/2009

My team and I have been busy with final preparation for this weekend’s exhibition at the CREATION Star Trek Convention in Parsippany, NJ.  Recently, we attended the Shoreleave 31 convention in Baltimore, MD, and prior to that in May, we worked with Regal Cinemas at two theaters to help promote the new JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie – see picture below (at left Producer Michael Bednar and me). 

Regal IMAX Theater - Star Trek Premiere

Regal IMAX Theater - Star Trek Premiere

We strive to attend and exhibit at as many Star Trek and SCI-FI conventions as possible because it’s a great way to interact with our viewers, as well as meet new folks who haven’t learned about us.   We enjoy providing complimentary DVDs of all our film efforts, autographed photos, posters, marketing material, costume swatches, ship patches, and other promotional items – all for free! 

This CREATION CON is the biggest “All-Star”, Star Trek Convention in the Northeast and will have some heavy hitters attending – Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway of Star Trek Voyager), and many more Star Trek celebrities, including good friend Richard Arnold (personal assistant to Gene Rodenberry).

I plan to provide a synopsis of the CON highlights upon my return early next week, with at least one celebrity blog interview.  Below are some links with further information.  Hope to see you there!

Starship Farragut’s announcement for the CREATION Parsippany, NJ CON

CREATION’s official website information.

Hilton Parsippany Hotel INFO.

SD Comic Con ‘09 – Starship Farragut Comic Book

07/27/2009

G4 aired a segment on the San Diego Comic Con 2009 over the weekend.  Since I was not able to go this year, it was a great way to catch up on the events.  An amazing 25,000+ people attended the event and Hollywood represented with new films and TV shows.

I’ve always appreciated comic books and the artistic expression conveyed by the pen.  As a kid, I collected DC and Marvel comics, and as an avid STAR TREK fan – saved those as part of my collection.  Over the years, there have been many STAR TREK artists – my favorites are David Messina, Mark Bagley, and Steve Conley (see his rendition of me as Captain Carter).  I was first exposed to Carlos Garzan and Arne Starr in the mid/late 80’s – who teamed with Harvey Weinstein.  Harvey wrote many STAR TREK comics and novels.  I met Harvey a few years ago as he frequents the Shoreleave and Farpoint conventions held yearly at Baltimore, MD.  Harvey even wrote an animated episode of STAR TREK called, “The Pirates of Orion”.  

Speaking of The Animated Series of STAR TREK, Starship Farragut – working with NEO f/x has also produced an animated version of Star Trek called, “STARSHIP FARRAGUT: The Animated Episodes“.   Numerous artists have been supporting this project, including Michael Struck (Manager of NEO f/x), Kail Tescar and Guy Davis to name a few.  Act 1 of the first Starship Farragut animated episode called, “Power Source” is available for free viewing at  http://www.farragut-animated.com/episode.html

Starship Farragut is the only independent STAR TREK film project to be presented in both live action and animation; and for some time, I have wanted a serious comic book version done as well.  Kail Tescar is planning to do a comic book version in the same FILMATION style as the animated project of Starship Farragut; however, I’d also like to see more conventional verison of comics created.   

I have two scripts ready for adapting to comics.  Comic book artists who are are interested, are encouraged to contact me at jbroughton@starshipfarragut.com (please cc: hbednar@starshipfarragut.com).  Starship Farragut is a labor of love and generates no revenue (given the copyright and licensing rules of STAR TREK) – therefore, this would be a volunteer project – but one that would get serious exposure and recognition. 

Related to the topic of comic books are storyboards.  I’m a big advocate of storyboards and have often emphasized to the production team their importance in the filmmaking process.  At this time, I’ll acknowledge the works of David Miller (comic book artist at Marvel in the ’90s), Rob Turner, Guy Davis and Michael Parla who developed storyboards for our film efforts.     

Finally Here!

07/25/2009

Well, I’m finally catching up on social media.  With Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, and other means of interacting with folks regularly taking the Internet by storm – it was only a matter of time to start my own blog.  My girlfriend is a ‘wiz’ at social media – as a Director at a PR firm, she specializes with companies seeking to leverage their PR efforts with the Internet.  She also has her own successful fashion blog:  www.sprintinginstilettos.com.  So I got her to help me with this blog.

So, here I am.  What will I be sharing with folks on regular basis?  Well, at the top of my head – primarily, my adventures in independent filmmaking with the Starship Farragut project (www.starshipfarragut.com and www.farragutfilms.com), personal views of current events, and my most challenging adventure to date – parenthood and raising a soon to be two year old girl!