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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 17 – Our Interview with John Broughton, Captain of the Starship Farragut: Star Trek Fan Films


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Tonight’s Menu: We have Star Trek Independent Fan Films and an interview with John Broughton, Founder, Producer, and Actor of  Farragut Films.

Our format is a little different tonight.  While we do recap the trivia question this week (listed below), our format will be a bit different.  No news this week.  We will instead start with a 20 minute discussion on the some of the major Star Trek fan films out there and then move into an interview with John Broughton from Starship Farragut.  I apologize in advance for any cars you hear driving by.  Someone (by someone I mean mainly myself) forgot to shut the window.

Trivia Question for this next week/Giveaway:

This week we will be giving away a copy of the book Parapsyko by Daniel J. Bohanick, a book that we review on this show.  In order to win this copy, you need to correctly answer this weeks trivia question.  If we receive more than one correct answer, we will draw straws or pull names out of a hat or some other cliche to determine the winner. 8^)

For our trivia question this week:

From the original “V” Miniseries, who was the female lead visitor?  Give both her real name and her character name.

Call (206) 600-4824, e-mail, or contact Scott and Miles on Twitter with your answers! ***********************************

Star Trek Independent Fan Films:

Here is a brief synopsis of some of the more popular Star Trek Independent Fan Films that are out there.

Starship Exeter

Starship Exeter is set within the continuity of the original Star Trek series. It takes place on one of the sister ships of the famous USS Enterprise, the titular USS Exeter, NCC-1706, which appeared in the original Star Trek episode “The Omega Glory”.

Produced by Jimm and Josh Johnson for the non-profit Exeter Studio. To date, there is one complete episode, one nearing completion (with all but the fifth, final segment released), and a third in development.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

(OGaM) is a three-part unofficial Star Trek fan mini-series which contains many cast members from the Star Trek TV series and movies. It is described by its producers as a “40th Anniversary gift” from Star Trek actors to their fans. It was filmed in 2006, but its release was delayed until 2007-08. It is not officially endorsed by the owners of Star Trek, but has been covered on the official Star Trek website.

Star Trek: Phase II (f/k/a Star Trek: New Voyages)

Co-creators James Cawley and Jack Marshall aimed to complete the original series’ five-year mission, with actors cast as Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew on an exact replica of the original bridge set. One episode — “To Serve All My Days” — was written by D. C. Fontana, story editor on the original Star Trek series and featured Walter Koenig guest-starring as an older version of Pavel Chekov, his character from the original series. Several other actors from the original Trek series have also now signed on to appear in future episodes. George Takei reprised his role of Hikaru Sulu in the third episode, “World Enough and Time”, joining the original Yeoman Janice Rand, Grace Lee Whitney. Fan Films Quarterly listed New Voyages as one of the ten most pivotal moments in fan film history in its Summer 2006 issue, and has been reported on by National Public Radio. [12] New Voyages also won TV Guide’s 2007 Online Video Award for best sci-fi Webisode. [13] On February 16, 2008, during an appearance at the Farpoint Science Fiction Media Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, James Cawley announced that the series would shed the New Voyages moniker and become known as Star Trek: Phase II to reflect the transition between the original series and Star Trek:

Star Trek: Intrepid

A fan film produced in Scotland and currently the only Star Trek fan production in the U. K. Intrepid is set in the 24th century, several years after Star Trek:Nemesis, and revolves around the effort to colonise a distant and largely unexplored sector of the galaxy. Star Trek: Intrepid was filmed entirely in Scotland and was released on May 26, 2007. GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly has a brief appearance in Intrepid [6] and the production has received extensive coverage in both national and international media, such as CNN, [7] BBC Radio Scotland [8] The Guardian,[9] and The Scotsman. [10] Intrepid was featured on the UK Sci Fi Channel’s Sci Fi 360 video podcast.[11]

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning

is a 2005 motion picture produced by five friends in a two-room flat with a small budget and the support of a few hundred fans and dozens of acquaintances. Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning is the seventh production in the Star Wreck movie series, the first of professional quality and feature length. It is a dark science fiction comedy about domination of the world and the universe, and a parody of the Star Trek and Babylon 5 universes.

“Damn the torpedoes, warp speed ahead!”

Starship Farragut is an independent film series based on the original series of Star Trek.  Starship Farragut is based on the crew of the U.S.S. Farragut, a Constitution Class Starship (NCC-1647) commanded by Captain John T. Carter, and takes place during the time of legendary Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701). In our interview with executive producer and actor John Broughton, he chats about Farragut Films, what got him into Fan Films and why he does them.  He goes into the various Starship Farragut episodes.  As a die-hard TOS fan, what did he think of  J.J. Abram’s Star Trek?  We have it here.

You can find out more about Starship Farragut and John Broughton by visiting their website. Visit it here! Below you can see some of their films.

For Want of a Nail

The Captaincy

The Animated Series

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