Saturday, June 27, 2009

(22) Starship Farragut



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http://www.starshipfarragut.com// produced by Farragut Films, http://www.farragutfilms.com/home.html (More about this at the bottom of this page)

Viewing methods include streaming videos and downloads, including downloads that can be burned into an DVD.  DVD covers are available if a DVD is burned, and can be printed in a windows machine by saving as jpeg into My Photos, then Photo Wizard.  Size to full page, cropped to fit.
Starship Farragut Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Starship-Farragut/144996558868581
Farragut Films Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Farragut-Films/190543134308215
You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/starshipfarragut#p/u
Episode Downloads page: http://www.starshipfarragut.com/downloads/#.UryiwpV3u70
Downloads are available from Mirror websites, which can be accessed here:  http://neo-fx.com/starshipfarragut/dvdrequest.php and here:  http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/downloads/#.UOcEbeRZWRI and here: http://farragut.novelhost.net/home.html

Spanish Subtitles: http://sites.google.com/site/startreklatino/star-ship-farragut
Portuguese Subtitles:  Starship Farragut 01 a 03
A Magazine devoted to this series:  http://trekkiecentralmagazine.mfbiz.com/#/tcm-issue-2/4534825934

Starship Farragut has a Kickstarter beginning Sept. 2014 until early Oct. 2014.  Read about it and contribute here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265092982/starship-farragut-the-crossing  More discussion below, under "The Crossing."  Also, these videos discuss this group:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IpE_fmZ0bs (8:04), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Ha4i87hCg (1:16), and a tour of their sets, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_sZGzd_EZ8 (3:06)

from eMBee as of October 17, 2013: Total time for films (not including bloopers, teasers, trailers, interviews, behind-the scenes, only completed films that are part of the series and tell whole stories): Starship Farragut                    (4:29:10)

I try to link to review threads at the forums of fan film websites. However, it appears to read the forums at Starship Farragut, one has to join. Therefore, I leave it to readers to go to the website and find the review threads if they are so inclined.

Here is a video interview:  https://vimeo.com/15779114#at=0 9:02

Currently available for download and viewing:
All episodes discussed: http://www.starshipfarragut.com/episodes.html
http://www.starshipfarragut.com/downloads/#.UNWB7ORZWRJ
Also: http://neo-fx.com/starshipfarragut/dvdrequest.php for the 'official'  ISO files and a variety of other files!

Captain Carter commands the Starship Farragut. Convincing casting, with a crew that's attractive, without making every female a young knockout. Better than most of the professional shows. The use of New Voyagers aka Phase II's sets add a lot to this show. Throw out a 'Thank you' to James Cawley... again.  Some people have confused the fact that Captain Carter is not the ideal commanding officer with bad acting.  I don't understand this show that way.  Carter is just a bit more like your real boss and less like the boss you wish you had than most Starfleet Captains.  That's not bad acting, that's good characterization.


A discussion: Starship Farragut

"The Captaincy" Rating: 5  http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-episode-the-captaincy/#.UNWENuRZWRI (47:42)
Excellent acting, casting, cgi, writing, sets. This is a well planned and well executed show. The special effects are superior to TOS, but then, most people today have more computing power on their desks than NASA had in their whole operation when they sent Apollo 11 to the moon. The bottom line is, though, they make it count. They make the creation of an entire Klingon language by fandom count. They use it all with grace, and to good effect. Even the camera work is excellent. There are inventive shots giving you perspective more akin to movie than TV work.


Beautiful shots of the earth-like (Class M) planet. Nicely done, a bit more water:land ratio than earth.

A neat Sci-Fi idea is explored. The effects of a visual shield on the area hidden is shown with a color shift. However the primary focus is on getting to know the crew. Acting is off the charts. Editing is perfect.

The addition of Cawley's Kirk and Enterprise just adds another tweak to a great show. I loved this.


Another work that is so good you can't believe they aren't stopping for commercials. Well, you can, because TV shows have to be put together in a week, and this is clearly thought out better than that. On a peaceful mission, two technologies interact, with destructive results.

America is full of people whose idea of a good time is reinacting something. For Trekkies, it's variations on their favorite TV show. For others, it's often history. The crew takes good advantage of the near-cult status of reinactment groups in this episode.

Curiously, they introduce the idea that the Federation's understanding of the time line is incomplete, and the comments could act as an opening for some of that happens in J.J.Abram's Star Trek. Also nice, that the planet which is at first introduced as more advanced than the Federation is gradually shown to be lacking in certain things, and that their contact has it's own purposes. Beyond that, it's the old fix-the-time line problem. There's also a bit of a breakdown in the acting toward the end of the episode. The characters are preaching at one another, but don't sound convinced themselves. They certainly don't have the usual level of steller acting perfection this cast has shown itself capable of. The editing, perfection until the second half of this episode, also weakens. It's just gets too long. In the end, though, the surprise twist ending does a lot to redeem the show. Rating: 4

Other Reviews:
The Logbook
Fan Film Fridays: http://scifipulse.net/?p=16506
Fan Film Friday: Starship Farragut: For Want of a Nail
http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/reviews/for_want_of_a_nail.htm

There is a short called, "A Rock and A Hard Place".   http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-vignette-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/ (17:28) Rating: 4.  This is a completely enjoyable show, well written, acted, tightly edited, directed, great CGI.  Although much of the show is about a fight, the reason for which is unclear (the Klingons surely realize that there is a Federation ship above.  Why would they attack rather than remain hidden?  There is an difference between honor and stupidity.), the short length of the show doesn't leave you with enough time to raise this kind of question.  The show also does not seem to make a point, social or scientific. These are other reviews:   The Logbook  http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/reviews/rock_and_a_hard_place.htm

Captain Carter, overruling the objections of Commander Smithfield, and Dr. Bishop, and old flame from his days as a student, go down to a planet not visited in 10 years to collect rocks.  The CGI of the outside and inside of the Farragut shuttlebay and shuttle are fabulous.  They spot high concentrations of dilithium, and head from that location.  The sky has flashes of lights crossing it as they land in what, otherwise, is a very earth-like planet.  They gather dilithium, and record high amounts of other rare minerals in a beautiful woods near a stream.   They are being watched by a Klingon, who reports them to his commander.  He watches as the day takes a romantic turn.  The Klingon tries to sneak up on them, but Carter slips his hand over to his phaser and stuns him first, then destroys the Klingon's phaser gun with a higher phaser setting.   When the Klingon won't answer Carter's questions, he guesses that it's a small party.  Carter can't contact the ship because his signal is jammed, so he stuns him heavily and he and Dr. Bishop. head for the shuttle. But they are attacked by another Klingon before they get to it.  Carter and the Klingon manage to disarm each other, but Dr. Bishop goes after a discarded Phaser which has fallen down a ravine.  Carter unsuccessfully thrown the Klingon's knife at him, then runs.  The Klingon chases, then throws the knife at Carter, getting him in the back.  Carter pretends to be hurt worse than he is,  and when the Klingon comes in to retrieve his knife and finish the job, Carter gets the advantage.  However, just as the Dr, Bishop, phaser in hand, climbs out of the ravine, the other Klingon arrives and takes the phaser and pushes her back down.  He tries to use the phaser on Carter in the fight, but Dr. Bishop hits him with a rock, and she regains the phaser and instead shoots it at Carter's other Klingon, who vaporizes.  They make it back to the Shuttle, with Carter acknowledging that Smithfield won't let him live it down.

A Rock and a Hard Place is available on You Tube with Portuguese Subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-4KGgOJtS0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbmXfOqJ0fM

Report on winning an award: Trekland
A Review of both "A Rock and A Hard Place" (supra) and "Just Passing Through" (infra)

Fan Film Friday: Starship Farragut: Crew Logs


Another Short, "Just Passing Through"
Can be viewed here:   http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-vignette-just-passing-through/#.UNWF1-RZWRI (11:54)
This was released (on You Tube as of April 22, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igUN09bVaNc (11:56)).

"Just Passing Through" is discussed here:   http://www.starshipfarragut.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=936&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60

Portuguese Subtitles:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKI26MaRN4E&feature=youtu.be (11:56)
Now available for download, here: http://www.starshipfarragut.com//Crew_Logs/V01_JPT.php  is what they claim, in January 2012, is a revised version.

Review: http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/reviews/just_passing_through.htm

"The Price of Anything."
A Review:   http://www.trekbbs.com/showpost.php?p=7439281&postcount=28 . 

Here's a short films showing their progress http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqNrboIVL5Y (1:31).
Here is the first trailer for "The Price of Anything" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoZ8n9LLlsw (1:16)
Here is a page of itunes with various related downloads:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/starship-farragut-price-anything/id581105637

Permanent release December 22, 2012:
"The Price of Anything"   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34lM7ZszoA  (38:08). also here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcYwTn-zCv4 (38:06) Or  http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-episode-the-price-of-anything/#.UNWBfORZWRI (38:04)
Download here:
"The Price of Anything", now available at: http://ncc1647.farragutnetwork.com/price.html
With Portuguese subtitles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWDfgLjnBVQ  (37:48)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gRnKf6Xtkw (39:37)

Commentaries and Reviews:    http://trekmovie.com/2012/12/26/watch-new-episode-from-fan-series-starship-farragut-price-of-anything/#comment-4965266

"Night Shift"  Released February 15, 2013.  View it here:  http://vimeo.com/59870164 (18:37)

"Conspiracy of Innocence"  permanent release August 4, 2014.  Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZetyCEiytL0 (37:19) or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykLTC9Tw4wo (37:35)  With Portuguese subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4KgTuGCgYE (37:19)
Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kUfuYIi8gs (1:50)

Pre-Release interview:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ndbmedia/2014/06/26/starship-farragut-warps-in

Mentioned: http://www.examiner.com/article/star-trek-fan-films-continue-to-come-online


COMING NEXT: The Crossing (estimated at 90 minutes).
Article: http://www.examiner.com/article/star-trek-fan-film-takes-dc-actors-where-few-have-gone-before  .  Kickstarter:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265092982/starship-farragut-the-crossing
"Star Kids" Add for this Kickstarter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SD5_3x0cq0 (1:13)
"Star Kids 2: The Stretch Goal Nebula"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm9GYKeykNM (1:36)
"Star Kids 3: The Long Way Home"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cESG-TNFjM (2:24)
Article about Kickstarter: http://www.examiner.com/article/star-trek-fan-film-harnesses-the-power-of-crowdfunding

Two animated episodes were produced and released.
Trailer for Animated Starship Farragut
Animated Starship Farragut


These look a lot like the film produced by Curt Danhauser's Guide to Animated Star Trek, which has it's own TOS animated fan film, discussed in Blog 9.  Without giving them a full review, I would say the stories are better than the TAS stories I have seen so far.  I am putting off reviewing these until I can watch the entire TAS series.

An article in issue 14 of Trekkie Central Magazine: http://www.trekkiecentralmagazine.mfbiz.com/#/tcm-issue-14/4540582597

The animated episodes are available with Spanish, Portuguese, English, German with the ISO-DVD download.  They are also on the DVDs given out at conventions.

"Power Source" View it here:   http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-episode-power-source/#.UNWGm-RZWRI (32:00) and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGQX9RlixYg (36:58)
The Episode was produced in three parts, and preceded by a trailer. The episode can be downloaded here:
"Power Source"

Rating: 3 This animated episode starts slow but ends strongly.  The animation form makes the meeting scenes very dull, since these scenes are generally carried by acting, and actors are limited to voice here.  So they are too long, and while we understand the writers are driving home how close our characters are to the captain of the other vessel, a single line of dialogue would have done the job, it wasn’t needed to repeat it in two scenes.

The story takes note of the difficulty of fighting in a situation that your opponent is a friend, which is always a good topic.  The writing is interesting, but needed more editing.  The medium limits the acting to voice acting, and eliminates the need for sets and special effects.  The second half of it is entertaining, and I’m unclear how to evaluate direction in a cartoon.  It is lacking in editing in the beginning, but that improves in the end.

Other Reviews:
Fan Film Friday: Starship Farragut Animated: Power Source (SciFiPulse.Net)
Orion Press
BW Media SpotlightReview: Starship Farragut, “Power Source” Act I (Lower Decks)
The Logbook
Trek Movie Reviews Fanmade Films, Power Source, Odyssey

"The Needs of the Many"  is now available for viewing here:    http://starshipfarragut.dreamhosters.com/play-episode-the-needs-of-the-many/#.UNWHLuRZWRI (36:37) and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OylA9t6pffQ (32:02)
or download here:   http://neo-fx.com/starshipfarragut/dvdrequest.php

Portuguese subtitles have been provided by Ulisses here:   http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q2T89IB2

Reviews:

Fan Film Friday: Starship Farragut Animated:’The Needs Of The Many’
The Logbook    Orion Press , Trekmovie.com , Trekweb.com reprint of The Logbook review

In addition, Starship Farragut is now also producing a comic in coordination with Star Trek Animated .com, vis:  Dearly Departed or http://www.starshipfarragut.com/comics/Dearly_Departed.php

"Captain Carter"'s Blog (for updates... http://mycaptainsblog.com/ ) (Yeah, It's John Broughton, who plays Captain Carter... but close enough!)

An interview:  Trekland interviews John Broughton
A 2013Dragon Con panel on this group: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlrMpwGftfo (31:30)

Farragut Films is also working on an independent production, Starship Polaris, http://www.starshippolaris.com/wordpress/

And a spin-off, Trek: Isolation.   Star Trek: Isolation.   Golden Age, Adult Fans.  Here is their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/startrekisolation?ref=stream .  Founding members, Dave Turner who plays Captain Christopher Hawkins, Eric Moran, who is seen being fitted for a senior science officer's uniform on the Facebook page.  On Sept. 15, 2014 they stated they would be affiliated with Farragut, which I am guessing means they will shoot on the Farragut sets.  With Farrgut, they released this prequel on December 11, 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULHhXE-tXbw (4:45)

In January of 2012 Farragut Films announced a crew they will use to shoot stories set on the USS Enterprise including their own Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy et al.  In March, they announced the cast for the new series, named, "Star Trek Continues"  They have released their first full length film, and this series has it's own page, here:  http://startrekreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/06/27.html 

In the works in the fall of 2013, they are working on a series set in the third year of TOS but on a three nacelle exploring type ship, The Dreadnaught Dominon Project. From FilkFerret Productions.

5 comments:

  1. link for subtitles in spanish for many Star Trek Fan film.

    http://sites.google.com/site/startreklatino/

    I hope be usefull.

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  2. This is Michael with NEO f/x. To be honest, I didn't even pick up on the "47" thing until you mentioned it here. I see your point :)

    Anyway, thanks for the review. I think this episode and Power Source appeal to different folks, but as a whole I very pleased we could give these to the fans

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  3. Note to readers. Michael with NEO f/x is responding to Randy Hall's review of the animated episode, "The Needs of the Many" which was originally published at Star Trek Reviewed because Sci Fi Pulse was temporarily off the web.

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  4. Michael Bednar(RT)stated sometime past that the character of Jack Carter will be promoted and that Robert Tacket will be transfering to the U.S.S. Constitution in a future episode. Michaela Smithfield will be assuming command of the Farragut.

    I don't know if this is someone's idea of going the Babylon 5 route(expect the unexpected), or making an error in artistic judgement like NBC and Universal did with SeaQuest DSV in its second season. Personally, I don't think that John Broughton and Michael Bednar are good actors to begin with.

    Either way, it looks like Starship Farragut is about to 'Jump The Shark.'

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  5. "Either way, it looks like Starship Farragut is about to 'Jump The Shark.'"

    To the person who wrote this, I have to ask... if you don't like the show and you don't like the acting, why do you watch it? This sounds more like a case of sour grapes than a thoughtful critique of this fan series.

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