Posts Tagged ‘Mark Hildebrand’

Colonial Players Trekkin’ with Superior Donuts


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).

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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!

TREK Magic Once Again!


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  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.

Farragut Veteran Producing War of 1812 Documentary


In For Want of a Nail, the second full-length episode of Starship Farragut, Mark Hildebrand brought the role of “The General” to life with a unique understanding of the character. This came from a love of American history that we shared as Mark and I developed the story. Mark also wrote the screenplay and directed, so that definitely gave him an advantage on playing the part!

This summer, Mark’s production company Make Your Mark Media will be releasing a one-hour long documentary film called Anthem. “It’s about The Star-Spangled Banner and the music of the War of 1812,” Mark told me in a recent conversation.

“There are many myths and misconceptions about this period in our history, and about how and why this song was written. I’ve heard more than one person state with confidence that our national anthem was written during the Revolutionary War!”

They are in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter –

“This is a great way for people to help us make this film. We have funded the costs so far with donations from family and a few other individuals. We’re on track to broadcast Anthem on Maryland Public Television this fall, but they are not providing any funding.  We need to raise $20,000 by the end of February to get us to a “rough cut” stage.”

The film includes interviews with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, author and historian Richard Brookhiser, president of the Marching Ravens Band John Ziemann, historian Ralph Eshelman and musicologist David Hildebrand. Yes, that is no coincidence.

“My brother David has been the leading specialist in the field of Colonial American Music for many years. He and his wife Ginger have produced several CDs over the past 30 years through their organization The Colonial Music Institute. This is the first time we have worked together!”

Mark, Jason Vaughan, Governor Martin O’Malley & Eric Lund

Filming began in January of 2011 when Mark, David and Ralph travelled to England. They interviewed scholars at Oxford University, and filmed at several locations nearby including Sulgrave Manor (the ancestral home of the Washington family), the Chesapeake Mill in Wickham and the Portsmouth Naval Yard.

“We also interview Count Nikolai Tolstoy, a longtime member of the Sublime Society of Beef Steak – a London club dating back to 1735.”

Filming at the Old Library in St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University

A new preview video can be seen on the Kickstarter page –

Also working with Mark is fellow Farragut alum Eric Lund (“Michaels” in For Want of a Nail and Rock and a Hard Place, assistant director Just Passing Through).

“Eric has been serving as director of photography and has kept me on track with the film’s story and pacing. He’s had some great ideas and is a joy to work with.”

Mark recently became a full-time filmmaker, and thanks Farragut Films for pointing him in the right direction.

“After having so much fun writing, directing and acting with Starship Farragut, I realized that this was what I wanted to do from now on. I wish I had known this back in school, but there are endless opportunities to learn and grow while making films. When my 9 to 5 job folded in 2009, I decided to jump in the deep end. I created both my film companies (Make Your Mark Media is a nonprofit and M5 Films is an LLC) and have managed to stay afloat with small jobs and tapping in to some of my savings.”

In 2010, Mark wrote and directed the TV pilot Semper Paratus for Hayden Productions. He’s also produced promotional videos for the National Park Service’s Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, the Utopia Film Festival and Colonial Players of Annapolis. Once Anthem is completed, we hope Mark will return for another cruise on the USS Farragut.

“I have an idea for a Crew Log about the night shift on the bridge. I really miss working with you guys!”

Follow Make Your Mark Media on Twitter @MYMMedia.