G & T Show SL – Farragut Homecoming
G & T Show SL – Farragut Homecoming is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick is away enjoying the holiday break, while Terry and Mike have the distinct pleasure to sit down with John Broughton with Farragut Films to discuss their current Kickstarter for Homecoming. This interview was recorded live during the final hours of their Kickstarter. Support this project, if you can.
After introductions, they get straight to the big news. Farragut Films has less than 42 hours remaining in their Kickstarter with about $500 remaining to reach their $15,000 goal. Terry hopes we can get them over the mark with this show. John talks about his last visit with us to talk about the Kickstarter for The Crossing. Terry admits that she got nervous when she had read that Homecoming was going to be Starship Farragut’s final journey into the frontier. However, it will not be the last time we will see the Farragut. In fact, they are in pre-production right now for a new, follow up Farragut series, called Farragut Forward that moves the characters, story, and everything else forward by about ten years and will take place predominantly in the TOS film era as seen in Wrath of Kahn and beyond. To say that Mike is excited about it, is an understatement. He talks about their desire for more unofficial productions that focus on the different eras of Trek besides TOS and describes their decision to go with TOS movie era as bold.
John explains where the idea for Farragut Forward came from. It began back in 2012, when they started getting things going. He mentions Michael Cowart, their Art Director, who is paying meticulous detail to the everything involved with the production.
Terry returns to the Homecoming. The film is already more than 50 percent completed and features a cameo by the Stan Lee, of Marvel fame. The news breaks Mike. He wants details, but John can’t reveal any details right now, because its such an unbelievable story. They hope to hear all about it sometime in the future, perhaps at Vegas or Shoreleave. They are excited to hear it. John talks about the crossover Homecoming will feature with their sister production and spin off series: Star Trek: Isolation which features Eric “The Smoke” Moran, Dave Turner, Ivy Doomkitty, and other notable people from the cosplay arena. Also, Michael Rooker from Guardians of the Galaxy will also make an appearance in the series. A girl from the Arrow TV series will also be involved with Isolation.
Terry has her own fan moment, when she talks about the Frank Loyd Wright house that will be featured in Homecoming. She wants to know how they managed to get permission to film the Pope-Leighey House in historic Alexandria, VA for their episode. John shares the story of their relationship with the Duff brothers who was able to put them in touch with the owners. They even covered the expenses involved with renting the home for the film. Although the house was built in the 30s, it’s still ultra-modern and futuristic in its design. Terry talks about her adoration for Frank Loyd Wright’s work. Mike shares his first impressions of seeing the house.
The episode was inspired by TNG’s episode family. John explains that the last three episodes they had created, there were a lot of deaths, ship damage, and it was time for them to go back home to decompress. They weren’t planning to do another film, but after reading the script written by Paul R. Sieber, John agreed to put on the Captain Carter uniform one more time. Terry talks about the Family episode of TNG and how it allowed us to really get to know the characters. It was an opportunity to tie up the characters, what happens to the Farragut, while setting up the Farragut Forward story.
Terry asks about what can we see that happens to the rest of the crew. John talks about Smithfield and what happens with her. He goes on to say that some nice things goes on with George Foster and Gary Weston.
Terry moves on to the guest stars appearing in the episode. Dick Dyszel, Captain 20, will also be appearing. John gives us some background on who Dick Dyszel is. While John has to deal with some issues, Terry and Mike talk to the chatroom about some possible issues they have been experiencing with some of our media players. There are several options available. With the issue resolved, John continues talking about Dick Dyszel and Captain 20, whose character was influenced by Star Trek. Dick currently plays Count Gore, which is a male version of Elvira for the local television station’s creature feature shows.
Some of the other guest stars appearing in the film, includes Christina Victor who played in the theater and will be making her first film debut and will be playing Captain Carter’s love interest in the episode. He doesn’t reveal if she’s good or not. Sherry Santana plays Captain Carter’s mother. She is similar to John’s own mother. Filming at the Wright house was a surreal experience.
Terry provides an update on their Kickstarter progress. They have 42 hours remaining and are around $350 shy of their main goal. She thinks they will hit their main goal and hopes that in the final hours they will hit their stretch goal as well. The stretch goal will benefit Farragut Forward. They have already began pre-production on the new series. Most of the expenses required for the production have been incurred by John and two other people on their staff. They have most of the physical resources they require. Michael Jan Friedman wrote the pilot for the new series. They are hoping to begin filming in the summer and the stretch goal will help them offset the filming costs involved and only improve upon that film.
Mike hopes to get the episode out in record time, so there will be plenty of time to donate to the kickstarter. Mike points out that the chatroom is posting several “Tree Fiddy” memes. We are excited to learn that Michael Jan Friedman wrote the script. We hope to speak with him soon. He frequents Shoreleave which G & T has not been able to cover recently because it conflicted with Vegas. However, that will not be the case this year and we hope to be there. Friedman wrote several Star Trek novels including an episode of Voyager.
Terry talks about the history of fan productions, since Farragut is one of the granddaddies of Unofficial productions. They have been around for about 10 years. John talks about how he got started. He started making props and then costumes. Eventually, he decided to create Farragut after seeing Star Trek: Exeter. He recruited friends and family to build sets and buy cameras and lights. After making their trailer, did it become real for some people. For others, it was more of a progression for them to get involved. They talk about Star Trek: Exeter. John reveals that they wanted to do a nod to Exeter in Homecoming and originally planned for them to do Stan Lee’s lines, but once they got Stan, their plans quickly changed. However, they still offered an indirect nod to the series through the appearance of an Andorian in a red uniform at the Communications station that gets relieved and walks off screen. Exeter was one of the pioneers of fan productions. Farragut maybe tying things up, but Farragut Forward will move everything forward naturally.
John talks about some of the things we can expect from Farragut Forward. They will be filming it locally in Washington DC area rather than travelling down to Georgia where their current sets are located. They also got a couple of corporate sponsors to help with lumber, paint, and tools. Their biggest challenge is finding a warehouse to house their sets on a more permanent basis than the temporary location they will be using for the pilot. Ultimately, they want to replicate what they did in Kingsland where their TOS sets are located. He mentions that the movies didn’t have standing sets. They also plan to utilize green-screen technology to help with some of their sets. However, they still plan to have some of physical sets.
Mike offers a question from the chat room about green-screening lens flares. There won’t be any lens flares. Mike asks what are they going to do with the sets they have down in Kingsland where they currently hold Farragut Fest. John reveals that there will no longer be a Farragut Fest, since the sets have been sold to Star Trek: Continues. We send congratulations to Continues for their acquisition. John talks about how hard it was to let go of those sets, but it was time to move on. It’s time to move Farragut Forward.
Terry talks about the opportunities that Farragut has with their movie era series, which no one else is doing. There are some rivalries that have developed between TOS era unofficial productions and with Farragut Forward, they are in the unique position of doing something that no one else is doing. He talks about some of the new costumes they have made for the series that will give them more flexibility, since the TWOK costumes seemed much more formal than something that’s worn everyday.
Terry reiterates their progress on the Kickstarter. John mentions the new perk patch for Homecoming that features the Wright house. Mike mentions that some of their other perks are rather unique, such as the coloring and activity book that they are giving away for a $10 donation. It’s something that he hasn’t seen any other unofficial productions offer. John goes on to talk about some of the other unique things that Farragut has also done. They have done animated episodes in the same style as the Funimation cartoons from TAS. They also have a comic book as well. The only thing they haven’t done is a musical. Mike suggests saving it for Farragut Forward.
Terry puts out a call out to our listeners. If anyone is interested in volunteering for Farragut, they are looking for welders, set construction, video editing, costume makers, and people with professional quality cameras and lighting equipment and more. Get in touch with us at [email protected] and we’ll forward your information to John and Farragut Films. With that, they start winding down the interview. They thank John for taking the time to sit down with them. They are looking forward to Homecoming and the upcoming series Farragut Forward.
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