Archive for the ‘Starship Farragut’ Category

Inside Farragut Films: Costumes & Props

03/25/2014

Farragut Films stretches beyond the studio into the academic world. U.S. Army SGT Kolleen Elsberry with the Defense Information School (DINFOS) located on Fort Meade, Maryland contacted us to participate in an important course.  Kolleen has been taking the Basic Combat Correspondence Course, roughly a 4+ month class focusing on journalism, communications and media.  She and her classmates selected “Starship Farragut” to be the subject of their human interest story/class project.  Kollen is a friend and “battle buddy’ to Peter Christian who also graduated from the same course last month and referred Kolleen.  For those that may not be familiar with Peter Christian, he was an Associate Producer and Costumer for another fan film project called, Star Trek – Of Gods and Men.

This mini-documentary features interviews with Holly Bednar and myself — and provides just a small glimpse into costume creation and some of the props used in Starship Farragut and in some cases, Star Trek Continues.

Many topics discussed in the two days of filming were cut only to meet Kolleen’s project requirements. However, we acknowledged the talented and creative people who help and support Starship Farragut.  Those folks mentioned in the context of their areas were:  Mike Bednar, Vic Mignogna, Matt Bucy, Ralph Miller, Michael Struck, Jack Marshall, Greg Greene, Royal Weaver, Sam Rooks, Hetoreyn and Dan Scanlan.  Those related to wardrobe specifically called out are also acknowledged here (no order of priority) – Ginger Holley, Eve Gidion, Nancy Heyl, Kim Haas, Christine Boyer, Michael Cowart, Christine Jefferies, Amanda Hamilton, Dean Rogers and Teresa Eick. When I got the DVD documentary from Kolleen, I asked her what her ‘take-away’ from doing this project – her reply:

“Seeing all the work and behind-the-scenes passion that goes into this project is amazing to me.  It’s clear that everyone’s heart and soul is vested into this project.”

Special thanks to Kolleen Elsberry and the rest of her military classmates – UASF SSGT Adam Keele, ARMY Private Victoria Eckert, USAF Airman Madison Silvestor that worked on this mini-documentary.  With Farragut Films rolling up on its 10th year anniversary, we’ll likely be working to produce a full-length documentary to celebrate and highlight the contributions of our entire team.  Look out for “STARSHIP FARRAGUT – The First 10 Years” coming soon!

Colonial Players Trekkin’ with Superior Donuts

02/27/2014

2014_02_superior_donuts_logo_r2In late January, Mark Hildebrand contacted me to make a STAR TREK uniform for actor Chris Haley in the upcoming Colonial Players‘ theatrical production, “Superior Donuts.”  I was happy to oblige – Mark has been a good friend and long-time member/supporter of our Starship Farragut project.  Farragut Films used to be involved with the archival recordings of Colonial Players’ plays and Chris Haley has been a good acquaintance.  For those that may not know Chris – his namesake should ring a bell from Alex Haley’s ROOTS.  Chris is also very active in speaking engagements and educating people on slavery in the State of Maryland, African American history, self-help/empowerment and genealogy.  Chris is all over the place in terms of acting, writing, speaking and producing various media projects.

Anyway, Chris came over to my house earlier this month where I had a ‘base shirt’ and pants ready for him to try on for tailoring.  Here are pictures of Chris Haley in action with the finalized uniform from the play (Courtesy of Colonial Players and Mark Hildebrand).  Evidently, Chris’ character is a big SCI-FI fan and although Chris may not be, the Star Trek uniform was made for him and his to keep (gift on behalf of Farragut Films).

2012-02-20 Superior Donuts Act 2.mpeg.Still002

2012-02-20 Superior Donuts Act 2.mpeg.Still003

2012-02-20 Superior Donuts Act 2.mpeg.Still001

Colonial Players was kind enough to acknowledge the contribution.

Playbill Extraction

If you haven’t seen it yet, please go and see SUPERIOR DONUTS at Colonial Players!

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!