Farpoint 2010 Recap


Another year of Farpoint is over.  This year, marked Starship Farragut’s 5th year exhibiting and despite following a heavy blizzard, it was a good convention.  We were there to primarily promote the recent work of  Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes.

STARSHIP FARRAGUT: The Animated Episodes
We premiered the animated project, both POWER SOURCE and Acts 1 and 2 of the second animated adventure, THE NEEDS OF THE MANY to an enthusiastic crowd early Sunday morning.  Folks were really taken back by THE NEEDS OF THE MANY – fan Blair Learn said, “I loved it, but wanted to knock you guys out for leaving me in suspense!”  To motivate folks to show up at 9 AM on Sunday to the main ballroom, we gave out 20 bound hardcopy sets of our first-ever comic book, based on the same style as the animated project called, DEARLY DEPARTED (comic project spearheaded by Kail Tescar, who is a co-producer of Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes).   Congrats to Kail and Michael Struck of NEO f/x on the success of the animated project.

We participated in several panel discussions with topics ranging from costuming, lighting on a budget, writing for small budget films, and set construction.  From participating with other independent filmmakers and talking to convention attendees, I learned a few things too.


Star Trek Linguist, Mark Okrand and me

Mark Okrand, the linguist who wrote the Klingon language used in Star Trek III to all Star Trek iterations since, is a regular participant at Farpoint.  Another note of interest, he first worked to dub subtitles for the Vulcan dialogue in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Marc was also consulted for the 2009 Star Trek film in their use of the Romulan and Vulcan languages.  I introduced myself this time to him, familiarized him with our project and conveyed thanks to his contribution to Star Trek.  Klingons have him to thank for saying, “Qapla!”  Thanks “Success” for you Earthers out there…

Mira Furlan, Michael Day and me

Mira Furlan, actress of Babylon Five and LOST fame (Danielle Rousseau) attended the show.  My initial reaction was she is much taller in the show LOST.  She was most friendly and I found her often sitting with other fans talking casually throughout the CON’s three days.

Our friends Mike and Steve from Browncoats Redemption were also exhibiting – showing a new trailer of their work.  Good to see involvement from Farragut Producer and Partner, Michael Struck of NEO f/x on their ship flyby.  They’re great guys – both smart and funny and it’s always good to collaborate with other filmmakers.  From their project, I talked briefly to Logan (camera guy and jack-of-all-trades) and Heather the heroine who plays the captain of their ship.

Steve Fisher, me and Mike Dougherty

Speaking of other filmmakers, Dennis Bailey of United Worlds Entertainment along with other cast and crew members were on hand to promote his original, SCI-FI film project, POLARIS.  As previously mentioned, Farragut Films is also working in association with United Worlds Entertainment on this exciting project.  Dennis is no stranger to Star Trek and his professional affiliation includes writing the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Tin Man” and co-writing the episode “First Contact.”  POLARIS also has cast and crew members from other Star Trek fan film projects, including Starship Farragut, Star Trek: Phase II, Starship Exeter, and Starship Intrepid.  In addition, NEO f/x is also working on some of the CGI elements.  Gina Hernandez (pictured below) plays one of the main characters and was on hand to talk to folks.

Gina Hernandez

Dawn Cowings from X-Ile Pictures exhibited with their table next to ours.  Dawn has been loosely involved with Starship Farragut and showed “Trenches” at the convention. 

The Collective is a group of Star Trek model makers who attend conventions to bring awareness to this declining trade due to Hollywood using CGI more in films and TV productions.  Jim Pugliese and his wife, Mary Ann are down-to-Earth folks.  I’m a big fan of models and now the proud owner of the model below. 

"Big E"

In addition, I commissioned Jim to repair a model that Mike Bednar made in 1996 of the Enterprise that was accidently broken by a nameless Hollywood stunt-coordinator.  🙂 

They, along with Starship Farragut will be attending the Wonderfest convention May 15-16 in Louisville, KY.

TROUBLESOME MINDS – New Pocket Book Novel
Dave Galanter, writer of numerous Star Trek works of fiction attended and his recent work, TROUBLESOME MINDS, has been published.  Based on the high praise of an old friend, Paul Sieber who has read it twice, I picked it up on the way home from the CON.  I’ve read chapter one and plan to do a review once completed reading it. 

Kristin Sirota (Dressed as a Cylon) and her two friends attended the CON.  These three folks are big into costumes and it was good to swap notes – learned a few tips from these folks!  

New Farragut Fans

In addition, dedicated Farragut fan, Artie Sherman stopped by. 

Artie with Mike Bednar and me

Voice talent extraordinaire, Bill Hensel was providing CD-ROMs of, “Have Pipes, Will Travel” – an audio resume of his work.  Bill is available for those needing distinctive voiceover work and has done professional work both commercially (Lockheed Martin for example) and with the Federal Government (various public service announcements and government campaigns).  He is SAG and AEA certified.

Mark Hildebrand, Director of the newly filmed, “JUST PASSING THROUGH”, showed edited footage from our film shoot in October.  We have the remaining shoot to take place on March 27 & 28 in St. Marys, GA (more details to follow soon).  The edited footage looks great, but don’t take my word for it – fellow producer, Mike Bednar said the following after viewing it, “It’s like night and day.  Vast improvement over the initial release”.  This short is scheduled for release later this year. 

Mark has established his own company (Make Your Mark Media, Inc. or aka MYM Media) to focus on other non-TREK projects.  Two significant projects include a historical documentary on our beloved national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key, which ties in the War of 1812 and our local Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor.  The other film project is a conceptual pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and takes place in St. Marys, GA. 

SCI-FI Diner
Pennsylvania natives, Scott Herzog and Miles McLoughlin from SCI-FI Diner interviewed Mike Bednar and me regarding Faragut happenings for another radio blog.  Be sure to check their website for their Farpoint CON report! 

Thanks to Mike Bednar, Michael Day, Mark Hildebrand, and our Farragut friends for stopping by and helping out with our table.  It’s always great hanging out and talking to our friends and fans!  Overall, being able to talk to our loyal fans is the best part of the convention. 

Thanks to Farragut Film’s official photographer, Steve Guminski for his pictures.

Special thanks to Tom Donnelly, Sharon Van Blarcom, Blair Learn, and the rest of the FARPOINT Committee for a wonderful time.  We look forward to returning in 2011 – hopefully, the weather then will be slightly better!


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