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New Star Trek Fan Film To Feature Chris Doohan as Scotty and Mythbusters’ Imahara As Sulu

A new fan webseries from the team behind Starship Farragut has been announced featuring some interesting casting. The new series called Star Trek: Continues will be a retelling of the original series. Joining Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk will be Chris (son of James) Doohan as Scotty and Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara as Mr. Sulu. More details below.

 

New fan film featuring Chris Doohan and Grant Imahara

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New Webseries, Star Trek Continues, Announces Cast
Taking Star Trek Fan Films to the Final Frontier.

Farragut Films, the film group that produces the Starship Farragut webseries, and Dracogen Strategic Investments, announced today the cast for the new webseries, Star Trek Continues. Led by Vic Mignogna, one of Farragut Films’ principals, this new webseries showcases Classic Trek with prominent and professional actors:

"A great deal of thought and consideration went into assembling the best cast possible. Every one of them is an accomplished and skilled professional who brings so much to the production. From the beginning, we committed to having experienced actors who would bring deep and endearing performances, and that’s exactly what we have,” said Vic Mignogna. “I hope the avid admirers of Star Trek will enjoy this cast’s work as much as we are going to enjoy making it!"

In the upcoming weeks, additional information will be released on the other characters with biographical details regarding their acting and industry credentials.

Filming of several vignettes will take place in May at Farragut Films Studio in Kingsland,Ga. At nearly 10,000 square feet, the studio is the largest facility of Trek sets in the world. Conveniently located off Interstate 95 near the Florida border and only 35 miles north of the Jacksonville International Airport, the studio has numerous amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and stores. A SAG signatory entity, Farragut Films has partnered with Hollywood professionals, as well as local businesses to help promote Kingsland and bridge the West Coast to East Coast for film projects.

About Farragut Films, a film group headquartered in Washington D.C, produces Starship Farragut, an award-winning webseries based on The Original Series of Star Trek. Farragut Films has completed four live action films, two animated episodes, and one comic book. Farragut Films is in post production of their latest episode, "The Price of Anything" slated for an August 2012 release and are in pre-production of a new webseries entitled, Star Trek Continues. Farragut Films is a non-profit entity within the State of Maryland. For more information, please visit www.farragutfilms.com.

About Dracogen Strategic Investments. Dracogen Strategic Investments is the creation of Steven Dengler – entrepreneur, pilot, co-founder of XE.com Inc., and all-round geek. Dracogen is committed to making awesome things happen whenever it can. Besides backing some pretty amazing tech companies, it also supports fun creative projects and has a particular affinity for Child’s Play Charity. Learn more about Dracogen at www.dracogen.com.

http://www.startrekcontinues.com/

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Harry Ballz
March 26, 2012 5:21 pm

Attaboy, Chris! Keep on Trekkin’!!

WellOfSouls
March 26, 2012 5:21 pm

Fascinating

BringBackKirkPrime
March 26, 2012 5:24 pm

Sweet!

Harry Ballz
March 26, 2012 5:29 pm

Uh, Chris, I know they did your make-up to make you look like your father in TOS, BUT

….it looks like the kind of work done on bodies in a funeral home! YIKES!

(and, no, I’m not trying to be insulting)

March 26, 2012 5:30 pm

Wonderful news. I hope it’s a trend. I’ve got a kick-ass original Star Trek story in mind, and this kind of thing gives me hope that I might someday get it made.

Anthony Thompson
March 26, 2012 5:38 pm

I still want to know if Chris will be in Trek 2!!!

And when is Exeter going to complete their ep???

Ensign RedShirt
March 26, 2012 5:40 pm

Very cool.

It’s amazing how much Chris looks like his Dad.

CmdrR
March 26, 2012 5:41 pm

Harry, whatwould为都without有?And无痕惨为find呕吐?

Chris,I’ll be watching!!!

CmdrR
March 26, 2012 5:43 pm

Turning Chinese, I think I’m turning Chinese. I really think so…

rm10019
March 26, 2012 5:44 pm

Chris you look great and it brought a tear to m’eye :)

CmdrR
March 26, 2012 5:45 pm

(It says Harry, what would we do without you? And when can we?)

March 26, 2012 5:46 pm

4. Harry Balls

LOL. No make up. I was actually dead when they took that picture.

I just shaved off my beard, so my pale face hasn’t seen the light of day in years. They said they were going to even the skin tone, but I guess they forgot.

Lawsuit pending. :)

Canadianknight
March 26, 2012 5:58 pm

Can’t wait to see it Chris!

Had the pleasure of meeting Vic at the Calgary Comic Expo when he was here…. super guy, and passionate Trek fan! Was delighted to hear what a stickler for detail he is on costuming.

Have a ball! I bet your Dad would love it!

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
March 26, 2012 6:05 pm

Wtg Chris. I can’t wait to see you fill your dad’s shoes as Scotty. To bad the guys over at Trek Phase 2 did not use you.,

Trekker5
March 26, 2012 6:19 pm

Awesome! Can’t wait to see this!

March 26, 2012 6:19 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more scrawny, alien looking Spock. Hard to believe he would be 3 times stronger than a human…Mr. Nimoy at least had some heft to him to make it believable…

More power to em, but there are just too many of these Fan Films out there now. Sulu will build a robot to help him with autopilot…maybe he can borrow Geoff Peterson from Craig;) Oh my!

VZX
March 26, 2012 6:20 pm

Good luck, Chris! Just make sure you do that slow slide up and then quickly up the rest of the way like your dad did on the transporter controls!

Energize!

Harry Ballz
March 26, 2012 6:33 pm

12.

Thanks, Chris! I only asked because you looked GREAT in Star Trek 2009!

It made me wonder what the hell you’ve been doing in between!! :>)

March 26, 2012 6:41 pm

Looking forward to this producton. Boldly Go.

Anthony Thompson
March 26, 2012 6:46 pm

12.

I’ll take that as a ‘no’ then.

March 26, 2012 7:01 pm

…and the criticisms begin, how sad.

It’s a great cast with a great idea and
I’m one for giving them the moral support
to keep it going!

March 26, 2012 7:15 pm

Farragut does good stuff. Looking forward to Chris and the rest of the cast in this new production!

March 26, 2012 7:52 pm

I’ve like the Farragut things I’ve seen. Looking forward to this one.

Magic_Al
March 26, 2012 7:58 pm

Is that Scotty’s swept-back hairstyle of early Season 3? It lasted from “Spectre of the Gun” through “The Empath” (production order) and reportedly James Doohan really disliked it. So, interesting choice?

Mudd
March 26, 2012 8:07 pm

@ 21, critcism is part of Star Trek Fandom. Whether its New Voyages/Phase 2, Farragut, Exeter or any myriad of the fans who have come together to express their love of a show, there is always someone out there who believe they can do it better and will find some way to nitpick said project. Chris, lots of luck and I wish you and the Farragut Films guys success. Remember, get them skin hardened cuz fans can be cruel :)

Quapla!

Jeff O'Connor
March 26, 2012 8:30 pm

Awesome. I’m getting into acting down here in Tampa this year; I’ll have to keep an ear out for potential casting goings-on up there by the border. A dream job indeed.

Anselmo
March 26, 2012 8:45 pm

6. Anthony Thompson – March 26, 2012
….And when is Exeter going to complete their ep???

NEVER. Exeter closed down and dismantled some years ago. They never got around to finishing the shots they needed to finish Act IV. Everyone involved has gone their seperate ways. Its just one of those unfortunate things that happen often with fan films. They run out of steam.

March 26, 2012 9:01 pm

I am extremely impressed with the visual quality the fans are turning out. As we move more toward a PEER PRODUCTION world you will see that quality eventually extend into all areas of production and, hopefully, you will see that philosophy migrate into other industries, terraforming the societal and economic landscape. It’s evolving. Give it time, and, more importantly — add yourself to the movement.

Razorburn
March 26, 2012 9:03 pm
After what happened in December of last year(http://trekbbs.com/​showthread.php?p=5440252#po​st5440252), I’ve come to the inevitable conclusion that this is Farragut Films’ attempt to spite James Cawley and all of the hard work that he and his staff have put in to make Star Trek-New Voyages/Phase II the success that it is. Frankly, I’m still shocked that Kim Stinger has jumped ship from P2 and joined this version(while playing the same role). Let alone Chris Doohan working alongside these people whose reputation was tarnished last year. Granted there are two sides to a story(and I have read both sides), but when one of those accussed has not stepped forward and explained their side, it does make it difficult to believe what they would have to say. @16 – you do make a valid point about how there are too many fan films out there at the moment. Honestly, we don’t need another fan film about Kirk and company. We already have P2 for that. @21. I’m surprised that you haven’t criticized this production, since some of the people involved in this were involved in that setback on your project. If this were a different production with a different starship, characters, and circumstances, then I wouldn’t be so hard in my criticisms. But that is not the case. Farragut Films has already tarnished their honesty, reputation, and integrity by the events of last year. Now they are tarnishing the memory of Star Trek with this upcoming project. And this is worse than those who… Read more »
Harry Ballz
March 26, 2012 9:11 pm

Razorburn, you seem to presume that everyone here knows what the hell you’re talking about…

Could you provide us with a simple “thumbnail sketch” overview to the political landscape?

Nick Cook
March 26, 2012 9:21 pm

@ 27. Anselmo.

That is not correct. Shooting was completed but there were problems with the final act. A new editor has been working on putting it together and it will be finished eventually.

Obsidian
March 26, 2012 9:28 pm

Very impressed with the likenesses of the actors–at first look it seems superior to New Voyages in terms of appearance. I sure hope they can act!

I’m afraid I never got comfortable with James Cawley’s Kirk. I’m a big fan of Cawley and New Voyages, but… to be brutally honest, I think a different actor should have been picked for Kirk.

The only actor who misses the mark above would be Spock. But if he can act, then it might not be a big issue.

Obsidian
March 26, 2012 9:31 pm

Also, I kinda wish they’d place the series in the movie era, if only for the cooler uniforms.

Would the actors appear too young for the movie era? Eh, I wouldn’t worry about it….

Alex Rosenzweig
March 26, 2012 9:43 pm

#29 – I’m curious, and perhaps this is best done privately, but while I’ve heard rumors about a conflict between Farragut Films and the Cawley Entertainment Group (and team members of each), I’m rather ignorant of whatever Razorburn is discussing. Having had a number of good deal9ings with folks in both groups, I’d be very sad if all this was happening because of some fight or argument. But I am curious about what might be going on.

If this is better taken private, my e-mail address is alexr@tellurian.com

Sebastian S.
March 26, 2012 9:44 pm

I can’t wait to see Grant Imahara and Chris Doohan in action.
Grant’s boldly going where no Mythbuster has gone before. I think Jamie Hyneman would play a terrific killer robot, by the way….

;-P

Bob Wilkins
March 26, 2012 10:14 pm

From what I’ve read, there was some drama with an Oklahoma Trek film series against Vic Mignogna and the Farragut crew having to do with the alleged theft of sets and building materials from the Oklahoma crew…

I’ve also heard that the cut Mignogna turned in for the Phase II episode “Kitumba” was near senseless and unwatchable, and may not be salvageable… plus, Mignogna apparently has a less than stellar record of personal interactions with the Phase II crew lately…

Razorburn
March 26, 2012 10:43 pm

@30 – Pretty much what Bob Wilkins(#36)described.

But if you want a full account of the events, visit this link and you’ll have the full story.

http://trekbbs.com/​showthread.php?p=5440252#po​st5440252

@36 – From what I’ve read in John Broughton’s blog, I think that both Vic Mignogna’s and Michael Bednar’s actions/involvement in the Oklahoma Trek production are the main reasons why he is stepping down as the lead in the Starship Farragut production(i.e. Carter being promoted and leaving the ship). Apparently, Mignogna has already added Farragut Films to his list of less than stellar record of personal interactions with a fan production. Those press releases made by Farragut Films are an obvious PR smokescreen, hiding whatever turmoil has been going on behind the scenes.

Justin"TheJman"Burton
March 26, 2012 10:49 pm

The problem with fan films is most all the cast and crew work for free so you get anyone you can with talent.. This is where egos play and things begin to happen I Do work for a fan film and I can tell you from experience . Drama can happen quickly and rip the production to shreds all it takes is one false comment and bam! The production I work for has suffered because of a such a situation its heart sicking to say the least.

Razorburn
March 26, 2012 10:52 pm

If the aforementioned link doesn’t work, try these two.

If they don’t, it’s pretty much what #36 described.

http://www.trekbbs.com/​showthread.php?t=133657&pag​e=53

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?p=5440252

Chasco
March 26, 2012 11:07 pm

#24 I think you’ll find that’s Chris’s usual haircut.

But I hope they change it for ‘Scotty’ – that early season 3 style never looked right somehow, I preferred the shorter cut he got (against the wishes of the new producers :-) ) later on.

Minor point though.
Chris did a great job voicing ‘Scotty’ in one of the animated Farragut episodes, so really looking forward to seeing him play the part in front of the cameras.

Prologic9
March 26, 2012 11:26 pm

Plagued productions and set drama just make these fan films that much more authentic IMO.

The only difference, of course, is that the professionals don’t usually log onto message boards and cry about it like children.

Razorburn
March 26, 2012 11:42 pm

@41 – That’s where you and I differ strongly!

I wouldn’t call the theft of somebody else’s property the act of a professional.

I would call it the act of liars, crooks, and thieves. Not too mention an act of dishonesty!

I don’t find drama like that interesting. I find it disgusting IMO.

Rob
March 27, 2012 12:14 am

I agree with the above comment that it would be a lot cooler if set in the TMP or TWOK movie era: something different, and much cooler uniforms…

That said, after reading up on all the scandal on Trekbbs, I decided to email Mr. Mignogna and ask him about it. No response, but I found his website to be fun, if a little eccentric.

If I were Kim, I’d feel free to jump ship. Phase II/New Voyages has made it clear they’ll replace anyone, at any time, and with actors who aren’t really any better. The only ones who seem safe are Scotty and that dude with the earrings who plays DeSalle.

My personal conclusion? Both James Cawley and Vic Mignogna are very charismatic gents, and complete egomaniacs. Of course they both want to play Kirk…

March 27, 2012 12:23 am

How fitting that ego would overshadow any attempts to recapture the magic of one of the most beloved television series to ever air.

Or does it?

You guys. Trekkies are just never satisfied unless they’re upset about or nitpicking something to death… :p

Toonloon
March 27, 2012 12:29 am

Really looking forward to this. I feel massively disengenous by saying this, but I really can’t get past the EXCELLENT work the Phase II crew achieve because the acting is so unpalatable to me. It’s a real shame that acting credibly isn’t as much a priority as getting the look and feel to the excellent productions that the Phase II team do. This new crew look very promising and I’m completley stoked about seeing Mr Doohan giving us his take on his late father’s sublime creation.

Speaking of sons doing their ‘take’ on their father, did anyone see Ben Ford stand in for Harrison during the re-shoots for Bladerunner – The Final Cut? I got a goosebumps.

Razorburn
March 27, 2012 12:38 am

@34 – The thread on the Trek BBS pretty much explains a huge majority of it.

Rob
March 27, 2012 1:19 am

BeatleJWOL
I’d say yes, it does. Fan Films are made with the technical help and financial support of many talented people. Unfortunately, only certain, very compelling personalities can get big ones like this to take off. So yes, the egos involved do overshadow the product, especially when stories like the one above come to light, i.e. allegedly misappropriating thousands of dollars of worth of sets from partners.

Whatever anyone may feel about the acting in Jim Cawley’s productions, he’s kept his name clean for 5+ years, and in my opinion, with “World Enough and Time” and certain scenes from the other episodes, made some of the best Star Trek in film…period.

jamesingeneva
March 27, 2012 5:01 am

Can’t wait to see you in action one more time Chris :)

March 27, 2012 5:28 am

I’m not sure how to chime in on this one. I’ve been involved with Farragut, Phase 2, Ajax and my own film. All I can say is that I am a fan of all the fan films and I want to see them. Every time I see bickering, it saddens me as a Trek fan, and it saddens me as a friend of many of the people involved in these fine productions.

Nobody is perfect. Humans make mistakes. On the record, I want to say that I personally wish all groups well and at the same time ask people to take a deep breath and relax a bit. Nobody improves themselves by denigrating anyone else.

There is room for different fan films. There is less room for negativity, but there is a lot of it to wade through. Don’t let it destroy fandom and fan filmmaking. Don’t let it kill friendships.

Good luck and Godspeed to all the fan films out there.

Ken

Daoud
March 27, 2012 5:57 am

There’s no reason that fan films can’t share actors like Kim Stinger and Chris Doohan. Actually, just like in Hollywood productions, it’s interesting to see different takes on characters like Kirk.
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Nothing wrong with having egos either… but they have to be sublimated at times. I think the worst argument I’ve ever heard about Jim is only that he didn’t lighten his hair… which is because he still has to put bread on the table in his career (and a good one) as a top Elvis impersonator. Not sure a dirty blonde Elvis would work. Okay, and the name shifting: but he didn’t expect that it would work out he’d end up getting the lot of uniforms, and going forward it makes sense.
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Anyway…. we’ve got Shatner Kirk, Sandra Smith Kirk (hey, it’s canon!!), Pine Kirk, little kid Kirk…. what’s so bad about also having James Skipper Kirk (1980 fan film), James Cawley Kirk…. If Vic still wants to play Kirk, so be it.
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Of course, I wish they could all just get along… and I’ve always heard Jim Cawley has always been willing to let anyone “borrow” the sets in the old dealership within reason: which he’s proven a number of times….. which reminds me I want to get in touch with him about filming a physics demonstration show from the bridge of the Enterprise….

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