Tucked away off of Interstate 95 in Kingsland, Georgia, the ideals, philosophy and spirit of the United Federation of Planets lives on and is indeed prospering through the ongoing efforts of a very special group of dedicated fans and professionals. Simply for the love of Star Trek, Farragut Films has resurrected and recreated the bridge, transporter room, sick bay, conference room, and many other precise classic Trek sets straight from the blue prints of Desilu’s original Enterprise.
This past weekend of December 6th and 7th, 2014, the stars aligned and shined bright on the studios of Farragut Films, as Star Trek fans and enthusiasts of the popular internet series, Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues, came together for a weekend of fandom, cosplay and celebration of the amazing work being done by the principles, cast, staff, volunteers and fans of Farragut Films.
One of the dedicated personnel on hand during Farragut Fest, Brian Stephenson, even told me that the sets had been laid out and situated in the Farragut Film sound stage, much in the similar way they were put together on Desilu’s Stage 9 and 10, back in the late sixties. Brian went on to say, “If Matt Jefferies (designer of the original Enterprise sets) were alive today to see what we’ve done here, I know he’d be proud.”
Speaking with any of the fans turned professional science fiction production cast and crew during Farragut Fest, it was easy to feel the sense of pride and affection that everyone involved had towards the beautiful starship sets which they had all collectively worked on building and turning into a reality. But even more impressive than the well spring of cooperation and genuine sense of community which was apparent everywhere in the Farragut Films sound stage and warehouse, was the living and breathing beauty of the Starship Farragut/ Enterprise. Each of the internet series; Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues, are filmed using the very same Constitution Class vessel sets, which were created to continue the classic adventures of Star Trek, along with Gene Roddenberry’s beautiful vision of a better and brighter human future.
More than 2000 friends and fans of Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues visited Farragut Studios this past weekend, with some coming dressed as their favorite Star trek characters, while other came in various assorted costumes. Every single visitor was greeted by friendly and eager support staff, while also getting treated to various scheduled panels throughout the weekend, and also being able to stroll through and shop at Farragut Fest’s dealer room.
Fans were also able to meet, chat and take photos with many of Starship Farragut and Star Trek Continues cast members, which included the Captains of both vessels, John Broughton and Vic Mignogna. But most importantly visitors to Farragut Films were able to sit in the Captain’s chair, tour the many sets, stand on the transporter pad and in essence tour and touch firsthand, what might be considered the closest thing to a real life, living and functioning Federation vessel.
The real beauty of Farragut Fest for me, along with getting to visit the set and stand on the decks of the U.S.S. Farragut, was to be able to get a sense of what it means to be a part of something larger than oneself. Standing on the bridge of that grand Constitution class vessel helped me to understand that the dream and vision of a more enlightened human race venturing off boldly amongst the stars in order to explore and seek out strange new worlds, is not just some campy and long forgotten science fiction show, but rather a distinct possibility.
Every single person who visited the studios of Farragut Films last weekend, along with those fans of the internet series, share a common desire. To one day see and realize a brighter future, while also believing that what can be conceived by humanity can indeed be achieved by humanity.
Everyone at 2014’s Farragut Fest knows with all of their heart that the human race is capable of so very much and it is in the very act of coming together at this Star Trek festival, that the spirit of humanity’s great future was being celebrated through the science fiction eyes and fictional tools provided to us by the great bird of the universe himself.
Farragut Fest 2014 was an absolute blast and was more impressive to behold in person than I possibly could have imagined. Thank you team Farragut, may you all live long and prosper!
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and the H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently serves in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator for Osceola County, and also sits on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, with a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected].