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TREK Magic Once Again!

05/17/2012

Wow, it’s been quite some time since I last blogged.  Probably because I’ve been busy jumping from filming of Starship Farragut’s THE PRICE OF ANYTHING exterior shoots in LA, to supporting wardrobe of the new Dracogen and Farragut Films’ webseries, STAR TREK CONTINUES (STC), to then filming STC two weekends ago.

Speaking of wardrobe, special thanks to ANOVOS for the Starfleet uniforms.  Because of their involvement, I only needed to tailor the uniforms to the respective actors and create Trek pants, as well as an additional tunic for Vic Mignogna.  Vic and I are most grateful for our ANOVOS partnership.  Although a small level of effort for wardrobe, it did seem challenging given real life commitments.  I’d be remissed if I did not also acknowledge and thank my friend Pavlina for developing the pattern and constructing a key outfit from a TOS episode; as well as thanking Lizzy Shram for her work on the orange jumpsuit and other sewing support.  It feels great to finally get ‘down-to-earth’ folks who have strong interpersonal skills and talent beyond just sewing a straight line.  Actually, both are “master” costumers as I became to understand; blessed to have their involvement.

With THE PRICE OF ANYTHING slated for release this August, folks have posted on our Starship Farragut Facebook page, asking what’s next?  Well, we’re officially in pre-production of our next Farragut adventure.  The group reviewed numerous scripts and we ultimately chose the screenplay, CONSPIRACY OF INNOCENCE written by Bobby Nash.

Bobby Nash Watching Rough-cut of “The Price of Anything” at TREK TRAX

Bobby has written a plethora of novels and scripts – you can check him out at www.bobbynash.com.  Producer Jack Marshall is currently reviewing and annotating the script; from there collective weigh-in from the other stakeholders, which will then provide back to Bobby for final incorporation.  We will film CONSPIRACY OF INNOCENCE immediately following the STC full episode this fall.

Also, I should point out that Mark Hildebrand will be filming his Starship Farragut vignette, NIGHT SHIFT during Veteran’s Day weekend.  Mark wrote the screenplay a couple of years ago, but has been busy with non-TREK films, such as ANTHEM, which tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812.  A long-time Farraguteer – we’re glad to have Mark doing some TREK work again!

The last time we hung out with Mark, we showed him a rough cut of THE PRICE OF ANYTHING.  He was most impressed. I shared with him my thoughts on how great the filming went and how it took me seven years “to get it.”  On that point, he reminded me that I needed to relay to folks that I will be continuing the role of CAPT Carter.

The last time I blogged, I shared how I was stepping down – filming at the OCT film shoot was bitter sweet as I finally able to enjoy the acting aspect, but had already committed to stepping down.  While formulating ideas how the Carter character could reprise a role in the next Farragut adventure outside of being the Captain, Mike and Holly Bednar conferred with me about staying on and “keeping things the way they were.”  I don’t think that they will truly know how much that meant to me.  I’m optimistic that when folks see THE PRICE OF ANYTHING, they will finally see the Carter character as I envisioned him.  Much of the success of this film goes to all the hardworking individuals, including key crew folks such as Vic Mignogna, Matt Bucy, Jack Marshall, Kasey Shafsky, Michael Struck, Ralph Miller and of course our dedicated set construction crew — Royal Weaver,Greg Greene, Dan Scanlan, Sam Rooks, Ron Simkanich, Frank Parker, Katrina Parsons, Cera Weaver, Scotty Whitehurst, Stacy Walker, Jeff Johnson, Bruce Boyd, and Carl Mazur .  Last – but not least, thanks to Paul Sieber for writing the script.

Staying Aboard Farragut

Could the magic that we shared during the OCT and DEC film shoots for Starship Farragut be replicated for the STAR TREK CONTINUES shoot?  The answer is AFFIRMATIVE!  With memories fresh from filming a few weeks ago, I can tell you that folks were equally committed to both webseries and we were able to film amazing things on schedule and have fun without drama or strife.

I’ve been a steadfast critic of staying clear of doing a fan film based on the iconic characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy.  Our Starship Farragut webseries is fundamentally different, showcasing the crew of a different starship than the one named Enterprise.  However, having witnessed the filming of the STC shoot, I can tell you that I was blown away.  Not only are we working with professionals, but each actor had embodied the essence of their respective character, which translated well on film.

Vic and the others have spent the necessary time and effort to portray our legendary space heroes and have done justice by them.  If I may share a geek-out moment – there was a moment when the entire cast was on the bridge in uniform filming a scene that caused the hairs on my arms to stand straight up.  I was standing near Jack Marshall who had his back to me watching the monitor – when he yelled, “Cut!” – I immediately was going to tell him about what transpired and called his name.  When he turned around, his eyes were glossy and he said, “Did you feel that?”  I replied, “Yeah!”  We both concluded that it was like witnessing Star Trek being filmed almost 50 years ago on the Paramountlot.  A truly surreal moment…

Cast of Star Trek Continues

Even though this was our first STC shoot, there was a genuine camaraderie of the cast and crew.  I’m extremely optimistic about the continuing voyages of this enterprising adventure…

Grant Imahara, Greg Greene, Chris Doohan and Mike Bednar

Having a Blast – Jack Marshall

Kasey Shafsky, Scotty Whitehurst and Matt Bucy

I’ll wrap up simply stating “Thanks” to all the cast and crew of Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues.  We are truly and boldy going where no one has gone before.

A “Big Bang” for Costumed Trekkies!

03/21/2011

It was Wednesday, February 9th around 3:30 PM when I received a call from Joe Salcedo, CEO and co-founder of ANOVOS asking me if I could shift one of our current projects into warp following a request CBS Television. I had already been one of their main advisors and collaborators with previous projects. They were engaged to see if they could provide an exacting replica of the formal dress uniform worn by Captain Kirk for an episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY. They needed it quick as it needed to be at the Burbank studio early on Monday morning… luckily, this was something that we had already started working on together, I just didn’t expect it to be shifted to the warp speed timeline. Having just gotten an arduous roller coast of proposals to the government working long hours and several weekends, I initially declined citing I needed to rest and catch up on personal things on the home front; however, some good coaxing from both ANOVOS principals, Joe and Dana Gasser (COO and co-founder), I accepted the challenge.

Prior to committing, I had asked them if the tunic was going to be worn by the actor or used as a prop.  They got confirmation from CBS Television that it was merely going to be used a prop – one of two Star Trek tunics in a closet that would be pulled out with some accompanying dialogue.  With that in mind, I would not have to start from scratch, but could use a prototype of the formal dress uniform done a few years ago.

I’d like to point out that I just recently received a copy of the correct pattern that is exacting to how the originals were made.  The TOS formal dress uniform pattern is a complicated variation of the raglan sleeve pattern.  Interesting enough are the three pieces that comprise the sleeve itself.  There was insufficient time to make the tunic from scratch and since the uniform would be used merely for a prop for a second or two of air-time, simply not necessary for CBS Television’s specifications.

I would spend the next two nights after work finalizing it and detailing the tunic for overnight courier on Friday afternoon.  My prototype of Kirk’s formal dress uniform was made of a lime green satin-like polyester fabric using the reverse side of the fabric, which gives a metallic-like sheen as shown on TV. The fabric may not be exacting in terms of its original, screen-used counterpart, but it does look how it was presented on TV. A collar was added, as well as the gold metallic braid that parts the tunic down the middle.  The rare gold metallic braid is exact to the original for Star Trek’s flag officers (braid trim from the private collection of Robert Withrow).  The prototype already had gold piping along the shoulders (thanks to Cheryl Thomas-Smith’s help from some years back on this project).

Close-up Shot of Braid Trim - Courtesy of Robert Withrow

In terms of the decorative service triangles to denote Starfleet accolades, I used what triangles I had available. I did not have time to make the tear-drop medal and making that known upfront, Dana went ahead and developed it from scratch using materials purchased at Hobby Lobby. I was blown away after seeing it completed – looked exacting to me especially for less than 24 hours.

Close-up of Kirk's Service Accolades

You’d think that after shipping the costume out via FedEx, all would be well, but there was a small gliche for the exact time.  It was needed by the earliest 8:30 AM delivery in Burbank, but due to a disconnect at Fed Ex, it was being sent for the 10:30 AM delivery.  We were able to work some things and it was delivered at 9:15 AM and used for filming.

Flash forward a month later.  With great anticipation, we all watch to see both ANOVOS’ regular command gold tunic with the lime green formal dress uniform to make their debut on prime-time TV. This is what we got to see:

As seen on TV

Admittedly, it there was more to be seen, but it was a glorious 3 seconds to see our hard work on TV – that’s Hollywood for ya!  All in all, it was made to CBS Television’s specifications and thankful that ANOVOS convinced me otherwise to do this project.  I should also point out that in ANOVOS’ “regular” gold Kirk tunic above, the captain’s rank braid is that of Farragut’s braid (courtesy of Kim Haas of KRH Embroidery), which is used on our Starship Farragut productions.

For more information on this special project, please check out ANOVOS’  link.   Also, check out one of the original William Shatner formal dress uniforms @ Gerald Gurian’s blog:

http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2010/08/special-photostudy-star-trek-original.html

For more details on ANOVOS and their official Star Trek exacting uniform line, including both the new JJ Abram’s film and Classic TREK, please check out:  www.anovos.com