Starship Farragut, a TOS era fan production, has set a fan film milestone, by being the first to produce both live action and animated episodes. The first part of their first animated episode was released this week. You can watch that below, plus TrekMovie talked to the Farragut producers to get all the latest news and details on what’s next.
Farragut gets animated
The guys at Farragut Films and NEO f/x decided that the time had come for fan films to go to the second dimension, so they set out to recreate the look of Star Trek: The Animated Series, but with the crew of the TOS era fan film Star Trek Farragut. The Farragut cast provides the voice work, and NEO f/x uses CGI to lovingly recreate the Filmation style of TAS.
For their first episode "Power Source" they even have some famous guest stars doing some voice work (Chase Masterson and Chris Doohan). The episode is about the USS Farragut dispatched to meet up with the USS Azrael (a single nacelle Saladin class ship), only to find out that the Azreal’s captain is under the influence of alien technology. Although they are set on board the USS Farragut, the animated show ties into the TAS by incorporating the character Thelin (voiced by Doohan), who was the Andorian first officer of the USS Enterprise in an alternative timeline (TAS "Yesteryear").
Each episode of Starship Farragut: The Animated Episodes will fit into the original TAS half hour structure (but without the commercials). The first act is now available online at the official site (farragut-animated.com) , and embedded below.
Farragut Animated producer Michael Struck tells TrekMovie that Act 2 of "Power Source" should be released on August 3rd and the final act by the end of August. They are also hoping to have all three acts of their second episode "The Needs of the Many" out by the end of the year (again split into three act releases). That episode will tell the story of Capt. Carter of the Farragut facing the same Gorn Captain Kirk fought in "Arena". It will also feature the guest voice of Tim Russ.
More info of ‘TAE’ at farragut-animated.com.
Starship Farragut Update
As for the live-action part of the Farragut family, besides doing voice work for the animated show, the focus this year has been on building their own sets located in St. Mary’s, Georgia (previous Farragut productions have mostly used the Star Trek: New Voyages sets). Farragut films plans to have a sets for the bridge, transporter room, captain’s quarters, corridor and shuttle craft ready in time to shoot their next episode in early 2010. In April they held an open house to their new facility (see video).
Farragut producer/star John Broughton tells TrekMovie.com he hopes to release their fifth production, a full-length episode titled "Damn the Torpedoes" by the end of 2010. Here is a synopsis of "Damn the Torpedoes":
The USS Farragut is bringing a Federation diplomat, retired Admiral Glasgow, to negotiate a truce. When the Admiral’s shuttlecraft disappears into a mined asteroid field, with other diplomats aboard, Captain Carter and his crew must find a way to rescue them without starting an interstellar war!
Farragut also made some news last month, winning the Best Fan Film award for the second year in a row at the Wrath of Con science fiction conference and film festival in Panama City Beach, Florida. It was awarded for their latest production, the ‘Crew Log’ half-length episode “A Rock and a Hard Place,” which you can download at starshipfarragut.com.
For more on Starship Farragut, visit the official site at starshipfarragut.com.