Archive for June, 2013

Seeing is Believing – Spotlight on Kurt Carley

06/05/2013

For those that have seen Starship Farragut’s “The Price of Anything,” you will definitely remember the cloaked Romulan super-soldier in the film.  That memorable, yet “unseen” character was played by Kurt Carley.  Kurt is no stranger to the fan film genre, having played Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek New Voyages, as well as Lex Luthor in “World’s Finest.”  I first saw “World’s Finest many years ago and thought it was a real movie trailer!  For those that may not be familiar with it, here it is:

Anyway, some more information on Kurt:

Kurt Carley started playing monsters in the original off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horror’s in 1986 and knocked around doing various puppets for a NYC based puppet company. In 1997 he moved to Los Angeles where he played Godzilla for the film of the same name for Roland Emmerich. Kurt has played numerous creatures and what not for films and television since then including: Lethal Weapon 4, Underworld 1, 2, and 3, The West Wing, Lady in the Water, Land of the Lost, Jack and Diane, The Today Show, various commercials, and the upcoming film Flight 7500.  Here is Kurt’s demo reel as a Suit Performer in Hollywood:

http://www.kurtcarley.com/kurtcarley.com/Home.html

The Starship Farragut shots with Kurt on the planet were filmed in Calico, California.

The Invisible Man - Kinda, Sorta

The Invisible Man – Kinda, Sorta

Michael Struck of NEO f/x who leads up special effects and post-production efforts for the webseries, spent a considerable amount of time defining how shots would work.  To ensure that the live action shots of Kurt would work effectively by the special effects team at NEO f/x, Michael came out on location.  He worked closely with the Director, Vic Mignogna, the Director of Photography, Matt Bucy, and Line Producer, Kasey Shafsky during the two-day desert shoot , and was able to direct the monster’s and camera’s actions to allow for easier effects creation.  Surprisingly, giving life to an invisible creature is not a simple task.

“While we could have shot the movements of the creature in a studio, it was better to have Kurt on-site and interact with the other actors.  However, that presented challenges of its own, considering that the creature was not supposed to have a shadow. Overall, a challenge, but one of the more ‘fun’ effects we have worked on in a while!”

Vic, Matt Bucy, Michael Struck and Kasey Shafsky prepare for FX shot

Vic, Matt, Michael, Kasey and Ralph Miller prepare for FX shot

I recently interviewed our Invisible Man on his work with us…

For “The Price of Anything”, you played quite a different role donning a green-screen outfit from head to toe and running in the Californian desert. What was that like?  I recall it being hard to see, perhaps breathe, and very cold out in the Californian desert.

I have done a lot of similar work for video games, films, and television over the years and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the director Vic and the entire cast and crew. Working in the suit was quite easy for me as I am accustomed to wearing much more ‘restrictive’ costumes and so the simple green-screen suit for “The Price of Anything” was a vacation.

Referring to the previous question, did you find it difficult being directed?

I did not find it difficult at all being directed as my ‘performance’ did not need to be as modulated or subtle as the real actors. I was there to be a reference for the actors and the FX people working in post-production. I did tell Vic my standard rule, which I tell every director I work with, which is: If I don’t understand what you’re TELLING me to do, SHOW me what you want and I’ll do that.

When you received the DVD and saw the completed film, what did you think?

I am always impressed with the quality of the product… especially when you realize that these are being produced with very little money. Of course I hated what I did, but I always do!

Overall, how would you describe your overall experience working with Farragut Films?

After we were finished I sent John Broughton a message and told him how much I enjoyed working with them and if the opportunity arose again, I would love to be a part of their work in some way. I love their passion and commitment and it really shows in everything they do.

What are some of the other film projects you’re working on?

I am working on some ‘top secret’ projects right now and I have hopes of doing an independent feature with my friend Sandy Collora, the director of Batman: Dead End later this year.

"Make a wish!" - Kurt, Todd Haberkorn and J. Broughton

“Make a wish!” – Kurt, Todd Haberkorn and J. Broughton

Look for more of Kurt’s distinctive voice and commanding presence on-screen and upcoming TV segments.  Who knows, Kurt may return in an upcoming Starship Farragut or Star Trek Continues episode, but certain that we’ll see his face next time.  Thanks from the entire cast and crew of Starship Farragut!