ConCarolinas 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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5 Responses to “ConCarolinas 2010”

  1. Kevin Palm Says:

    So apparently Jack Carter had a grandfather in early Starfleet! ;-D Very cool costume, and it looks good on ya, John!

  2. Frank Parker Says:

    It was great having you at ConCarolinas this year and we hope to have you back next year. I have talked to our program chair and we agreed if you want to have a showing panel for some of your work it;s very doable.

    Frank Parker
    Vice Chair

  3. captaincarter Says:

    Thanks – great meeting you too Frank. Let’s discuss ConCarolinas 2011 in greater detail offline.

  4. Michael Askounes Says:

    Hey John,

    Just finished watching “For Want of a Nail” and I gotta say I thought it was excellent. You and your team really get the atmosphere of TOS-era Trek spot on… I love that you put a lot of lighter and more comedic moments in your productions. And I loved the “dagger in the apple” twist at the end… a real stroke of genius that was!

    Thanks a million for all the work you put into this. You definitely are the best Fan-Trek production out there. And I’m not just saying that because I know you. 🙂

    All the best to you and your family,


  5. captaincarter Says:

    Thanks Michael. It means a lot coming from you that you liked it.

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