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Farragut Shines on Rising Star


The following blog is provided by Michael Day:

Starship Farragut were guests at the Rising-Star Sci-Fi convention in Bluefield, WV, October 21-22, 2011.  The convention attendees got a few bonuses when they attended the convention that weekend.  Rising-Star happened to fall the week after Farragut Films concluded it’s interior shots for our next film, “The Price of Anything.”  The conventioneers were treated with some exclusive behind the scenes photo’s of our filming efforts the previous weekend.

The big event happened on Friday night, when the Captain’s Chair used for filming just the week before was brought into the convention.  As soon as Michael Bednar and I brought in the chair, heads turned.  The chair was the highlight of the convention.  Everyone loved to sit in the captain’s chair and have their pictures taken with the iconic STAR TREK centerpiece!

As usual, the Farragut table was stocked with DVD’s of all of our productions (both live action and animation), fabric swatches from our uniforms, and some of the props and costumes used in filming our live-action episodes.

Mike Bednar hard at work!

On Saturday morning, Frank and Donna Parker arrived with another surprise.  The Farragut Films table area was now occupied by two large set pieces from the previous weekend’s filming — the captain’s chair and the Romulan Bridge center console (as seen in the TOS episode, “Balance of Terror”).  This was another huge hit with everyone.  The convention concluded on Saturday night.

Romulan Console

Worth the trip, this was a great event for Farragut Films.  We had never shown our captain’s chair outside of our studio in St. Marys, GA.  Michael Bednar will now make some upgrades to the chair for our next film and put some enhancements to the Romulan Bridge console.  We also made some new fans in West Virginia, and our previous fans were glad to meet us in person.

Michael Day handles all convention appearances on behalf of Farragut Films and Starship Farragut.  For those that wish to have attendance by and/or exhibition by us, please contact Michael Day (

Shore Leave 2011 Recap


Farragut Films exhibited for its fifth year at the Shore Leave 33 CON on July 8-10th at the Hunt Valley Marriott in Baltimore, MD.  Farraguteers Michael Day, Mark Hildebrand, Eric Lund, and John Broughton manned the show table.

New Prop Displays

Michael Day and Mark Hildebrand

During this CON appearance, we did two showings of the newly released, “JUST PASSING THROUGH.”  Director Mark Hildbrand spoke and answered fans’ questions about re-filming a previously completed work that hadn’t been released publicly; fans’ reactions to the film were positive.

Frank and Gina Hernandez in "Mirror, Mirror" COSPLAY

Shore Leave regulars, Frank and Gina Hernandez attended and fully represented in COSPLAY.  I was able to spend some quality time working with Frank’s costume for the upcoming Starship Farragut episode, “THE PRICE OF ANYTHING”, which Franks plays CAPT Carter’s father, Gene.

Trek Fan in COSPLAY (Way to Eden)

At our show table, DVDs of all Starship Farragut work were available for pick-up, including the new “JUST PASSING THROUGH.”  Fans also loved going through the photo book containing set construction pics showing from start to finish.  Seeing and interacting with fans is always a delight.  Farragut fan Sean Davis from Carroll County said, “I came here just for this.”

Three Conventions in One Weekend!


This weekend was a busy one for Farraguteers as Starship Farragut was represented in good standing at three conventions simultaneously.

The first one was Katsucon, an anime convention at the National Harbor’s Gaylord Hotel in Washington, D.C. where newcomer Vic Mignogna —- Director and Special Guest Star of Starship Farragut’s fifth film, THE PRICE OF ANYTHING (POA) was one of the star attractions.  Starship Farragut producer Michael Day and I met with Vic, as well as Todd Habercorn and briefly discussed pre-production work for POA and provided Starship Farragut collateral and posters for Vic to hand out over the weekend.  During Katsucon, Vic passed out plenty of POA posters and 8X10’s of him as “KIRK” on Farragut Films’ transporter room set.

Katuscon 2011 - Todd, Vic, JB and Michael Day

Vic said:

“I was excited to share my upcoming involvement on Farragut with the fans at Katsucon in DC this past weekend. The fans were quite excited about it, and are looking forward to seeing “The Price Of Anything”! Thanks to John Broughton, I had some awesome Farragut posters available at my autograph sessions all weekend. The fans ate them up! I can say with great certainty that an increasing number of my fans will be tuning in to the upcoming Farragut production!”

Kicking Off Farragut's 5th Film with Director Vic

At Farpoint in Baltimore, Michael Day, Mark Hildebrand, Eric Lund and newcomer Chris Call represented Starship Farragut.

Mark Hildebrand & Eric Lund - Farpoint 2011

Michael Day & Eric Lund - Farpoint 2011

Other Farragut friends, Dennis Bailey, Frank and Gina Hernandez and Paul Sieber stopped by to show support.  Michael Day said, “It was another great year at Farpoint, marking our 6th year attending.”  Michael also added:

The premiere of our latest crew log, “Just Passing Through”, was our main attraction.  We had two showings of the movie to enthusiastic crowds.  To quote one fan who had seen the previous version, “So much improved, I understand why you re-filmed it.”  As an encore from last year, we also showed both of our Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes:  “The Needs of the Many” and “Power Source”.  At the table, we had copies of our comic book, “Dearly Departed” which premiered at last year’s Farpoint.  As usual, we had DVD’s of our previous movies, posters, and candy to give out to fans.  Special thanks to Dan Smith for making special caricature posters of our gallant Farragut trio – they were well received by folks.  Also, thanks to Tom Donnelly, Steve and Renee Wilson, and the entire Farpoint crew; we look forward to attending next year.

At TREK TRAX in Atlanta, Mike and Holly Bednar, Gary and Terri Washington, and I attended the group’s first solo event outside of Dragon-Con.

Starship Farragut's Three Amigos

Holly Bednar & Fan - TREK TRAX 2011

Ms. and Mr. Frank Parker, Teri & Gary Washington

Eric Watts & TREK TRAX Crew

Spearheaded by Eric Watts, the convention was supported by the USS Republic, a Star Trek club with which Eric is associated.  Newcomer Farraguteer, Brian Holloway (Guest Star in POA) directed the costuming track, where I participated in numerous forums, along with Michael Cowart, Lee Cox, and Eve Gideon.

Costumers Eve Gidion & John Broughton

Costumers Michael Cowart & Lee Cox

Costuming forums ranged from a variety of topics such as wearing Rubies or ANOVOS uniforms, Trek themed variations, costume disasters, and the costumer’s best friend – the Thrift Store.  Later on, the three of us (Mike, Holly and me) were judges in TREK TRAX’s costume contest.  It was nice to see appreciation towards the costumes, which always seems to take 2nd place to props or sets.  🙂

Speaking of props, Mike Bednar also participated on a prop panel, along with Michael Cowart.

'Prop Talk' - Michael Bednar & Michael Cowart

Like Farpoint this weekend, we will also premiered “JUST PASSING THROUGH” to the TREK TRAX attendees.  The response was very favorable.

Premiering "Just Passing Through"

One quote from a fan, “You guys really deliver on putting out good TREK films.”  We couldn’t agree more; with a studio ready with TREK Sets, additional key crew professionals onboard, and no backlog of filmed footage in post-production, we’re ready to dive in POA!

The Next Generation of STAR TREK Fans

TREK TRAX’s special guest celebrities included the Duras Klingon sisters’ Gwynyth Walsh and Barbara March, Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager), and Larry Nemechek.

Talking with TREKLAND's Larry Nemecek

Since Tim Russ worked with NEO f/x on Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes providing the voice of the Vulcan Tamar in THE NEEDS OF THE MANY, I provided some DVDs of Farragut’s animated to him.

Discussing 'Animated' with the Live Action Tim Russ

Other Farragut supporters stopped by – John Sims and wife, Frank Parker and wife, and Chris Wieder.

John Sims & Wife with Romulan Brian Holloway

Mike, Holly and I agree that this was one of the best TREK convention experiences we’ve had.  Eric Watts and his convention team were professional, organized, and worked cohesively like a well-oiled machine.  Eric goes the extra mile with showing appreciation for folks’ participation.  Special thanks to Brian Holloway for also making the Farragut team feel like home.  We look forward to TREK TRAX 2012.

All in all, a very busy convention weekend!