Archive for March, 2010

New Gymnasium for Boys & Girls Clubs


Ribbon cutting marks new gym opening for Boys and Girls Clubs.

Tonya D. Bacon

My better half, Tonya Doby, stays busy just as I do – juggling our family, working at a full time job with a social media/PR consultancy and as an adjunct faculty member at the Catholic University of America, and serving on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Maryland Region.  In the past, she has been helpful with Farragut Films’ PR/media efforts, but is now involved supporting Farragut Films through special projects and encouragement/support.

Recently, she helped with some media coverage of the unveiling of the new Boys & Girls Clubs Germantown Branch gymnasium, which took about 10 years to materialize.  The Boys & Girls Clubs play a vital role in lives of the children, and many members of the business and local community came together to ensure that the children would have proper gym facilities to carry out all of their daily fun, exciting and team building activities.

Governor Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (Maryland’s 8th District), and other congressional leaders were on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Unveiling of New Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium in Gaithersburg, MD

Attending this event and supporting her, reminded me of community outreach.  Like Tonya, Farragut Films is committed to community outreach.  Part of our corporate filing objectives for the non-profit status was and is to work with young people to get them more exposed to the art of film-making, acting, behind-the-scenes work, and other activities associated to the entertainment industry.

Pizza with the Pros – Outreach to Film Students


Posted Signs at The Art Institute

Mark Hildebrand and I were invited to speak with film students at The Art Institute of Washington, DC (a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, GA). Sydney Garth, Student Employment Advisor facilitates the industry outreach program called, “Pizza with the Pros.”


Sydney Garth, Student Employment Advisor

Pizza with the Pros brings Industry Professionals to the school’s campus to talk about their respective fields and give students pointers on how and what to prepare for future work. Taking place around lunch time, pizza is provided for the students – hence its name.

Sydney reached out to us present on March 10th. Mark brought props and a picture presentation of behind-the-scenes photos. After introductory remarks, we showed the Starship Farragut Crew Log, “A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE” (film short).  Bloopers from our second film, “FOR WANT OF A NAIL” were shown, as well as several minutes of the animated episode, “THE NEEDS OF THE MANY”.  Mark and I entertained questions from the students.  The film students, totaling 20 people seemed genuinely impressed with our work – some even desiring to be involved such as film student, Ashton Payne who said, “I would like to work on your next video shoot and get some real experience…”

Mark Addresses Students' Questions

In addition, Mark Hildberband showed his collection of props used in Starship Farragut.  I shared some costume elements with folks (uniform swatches, patches, rank braid, etc.), marketing material, and almost 100 DVDs were handed out to students (one of each film). 

Afterwards, Sydney provided a tour of the school to Mark and me; a most impressive facility. He thanked us for the information offered, adding that he believed it to be of great value, and based on past events – a strong relationship building tool between presenters and students.

Pizza is Served!

As a non-profit, Farragut Films was founded in part to help students get exposure to the art of filmmaking; we are delighted to help others become acquainted in front of the camera, as well as behind it. 

For those that may be interested in a career of filmmaking, please check out The Art Institute of Washington website.  For those interested in working with Starship Farragut – please email Holly Bednar (Farragut Films’ Director of Casting and HR) for more details.

Ralph Miller, Star Trek’s “Audio God”


Ralph M. Miller

I’d like to refer to Ralph M. Miller as the “Audio God” of Star Trek fan films. In addition to working on Starship Farragut, he has also worked on Starship Exeter, Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II and Star Trek – Of Gods and Men. In addition, Ralph’s professional credentials also include other movies – Just Desserts, Bonnie and Clyde: End of the Line, and InAlienable, which featured an assortment of Star Trek alumni in a sci-fi trial movie. Ralph is known for his talents in Sound production. When working on a film, Ralph wears many hats: Sound Designer, Foley artist, sound effects editor, ADR recordest, boom operator, production sound mixer and music editor.

Well, Ralph – you’ve got quite an impressive resume as it relates to providing sound work. How did you get involved doing sound work for Star Trek fan films?

Like most of us involved, way back in 2004 I saw Star Trek New Voyages “Come What May” and “Starship Exeter” on the Internet. My first reaction was “WOW!” I was so impressed with the sets and special effects, but the sound quality of both productions was not the greatest. So I contacted the producers and offered to help with sound design for their next episodes. At first I did not hear back from them, so I sent them each a demo CD. With in 24hrs I received a phone call from both.

Mixing in Star Trek New Voyages' IN HARMS WAY

I have been working hard to build a reputation for my sound design work, and as a result, I have been fortunate to have been approached by other quality productions such as “Starship Farragut” and “Of Gods and Men.”

You’ve also provided voice work as well. For Starship Farragut in particular, you’ve been the Farragut’s computer in the live action series and a Gorn in the animated adventures. What other voices have you lent for film projects?

I haven’t had as many opportunities as I have hoped for. It is a tough business to get into. I do a lot of background voices in the episode and in some cases, the actors are not available for looping (ADR) sessions, so I have to mimic their voices. I usually get away with it undetected. “The Gorn” and “The Guardian of Forever” for Of Gods and Men” are the two that I am most proud of.

A Favorite Element of Trek Fan Films - The Guardian of Forever

Mentioning Starship Farragut: The Animated Adventures, please describe what it was like working on this project. I would think that it would have been a change of pace, considering that most projects you’ve worked on have been live-action and this being animation. 

Revitalizing the 'Gorn"

It has been a real joy to work on the Animated Adventures. First let me say, NEO f/x has been wonderful to work with. I have put a lot of effort into making it sound exactly like the original cartoon, from using the same sound effect, and to using the original music.

With the Internet being so viral and computer technology enabling folks to make their own videos -what are your thoughts on this? Do you think that there is a ‘film revolution’ taking place? Do you think that Hollywood and the film industry are changing business practices to compete or to raise their quality of their films?

Yes! Times are changing Big Time! I believe that one day all media will be on the Internet.

Working on Star Trek New Voyages' WORLD ENOUGH & TIME

You’ve provided some great comedic video clips on YouTube, including being a Klingon Commander battling words with Kirk and playing President Nixon in contemporary times. Any other comedic video projects you’d like to mention?

Well, I have a new one, “Star Wars/Geico” –a commercial spoof that is pretty funny. I have more projects in the pipeline. Please stay tuned.

Thanks for your time. It was great talking with you and learning more about your sound work. For those interested, you can see Ralph’s YouTube work at: