If you’re a fan of the board game RISK, then you’ll love this new take on it with an interactive online experience. FARRAGUT FORWARD is developed by Wargaming and available through their website or app for free!
JOHNNY K., the producer and director of the new fan series FARRAGUT FORWARD, was the subject of a blog post I wrote two months ago. It’s a “sequel” to the long-running STARSHIP FARRAGUT, which had its own series conclusion, “HOMECOMING,” published on October 1…after five years in post-production! (If you’re wondering why I haven’t written about it yet, please help me remind showrunner JOHN BROUGHTON, writer PAUL SIEBER, and post-production supervisor/composer STEVEN SEMMEL to complete writing up their responses to my interview questions.)
Johnny K., John B., and the Farragut Forward crew have been hard at work for months, constructing sets and props, revising the screenplay for the premiere episode, and even making physical ship models in order to shoot their visual effects the “old fashioned way”—none of this new-fangled CGI nonsense!
On October 16, the new series’ cameras started rolling for the first time, filming footage for a 3-minute “teaser” prelude to the first episode. Three photographs were uploaded on the KAOTICA STUDIOS Facebook page earlier this week, giving fans their first glimpse…
What a way to get rid of an actor!
The following caption was added in the post:
Fun fact: recreating correct uniforms for our play takes the Farragut Forward costuming crew weeks of laborious effort. The level of attention to detail is astounding. It just takes a few seconds for costume assistant Belle Bredehoft to set those goods on fire!
The following day, Kaotica revealed two fresh photos taken from the set’s genuine 6K video. In the Wrath of Khan movie period, you may see John B. as Captain Jack Carter of the USS Farragut (wearing a stunning and properly-fitting “monster maroon” outfit).
John Broughton wrote in the NEWS section of the Kaotica Studios website (reprinted with permission):
Last weekend’s shoot took a lot of planning and hard work, but it paid off in terms of being well-organized, professional, and effective in conveying our narrative. More significantly, the film shoot was enjoyable, which is, after all, what it’s all about, right?
It seemed strange to be Captain Carter again and wear a Starfleet uniform, yet it fit like a glove and felt more natural this time. It’s been a pleasure working with Johnny K., Kaotica Studios, and the rest of the creative cast and crew to bring the next chapter of Farragut to life in the greatest ‘light’ (or maybe ‘low-light’) possible. Once again, thank you to everyone who helped!
The second still picture was of actor WILLIAM JAY, who was dressed in full Klingon garb and equipment…
William had the following to say:
I was quite thrilled the morning of the shoot. I’m not accustomed to being on set, but the fact that it was a bunch of friends working together helped. I was a bit stiff at first, focusing on letting the costume and makeup do the hard lifting, but as the day progressed, thanks to director Johnny K.’s encouraging suggestions and the other performers, I can’t fathom how the shoot could’ve gone any better.
“I become quite particular about my lighting,” Johnny K., who is also directing and providing cinematography, explains. It’s a hobby of mine. If the lights were off, I would have definitely thrown away several pretty good performances.” Johnny is filming this fan film with a Black Magic 6K Pro Cinema camera, for anyone interested.
The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country, both directed by NICHOLAS MEYER, are two of Johnny’s favorite Star Trek feature films (along with The Search for Spock). The new Farragut Forward’s darker tone, set in one of Johnny’s favorite Trek periods, appeals to his talents as a director…
I instantly imagined this prologue in the movie era when I first read the screenplay. It has a dark undertone to it, comparable to the gloomy undertones of what was going on in the movie period with Spock’s death, Kirk’s son, and so on. I leaped at the opportunity to helm the project since there was none of the campiness that came with The Original Series. I wouldn’t be a good match for this Farragut narrative if it were set in the 1960s TOS period, but the movie era is just up my alley. Who doesn’t like to shoot Klingons in a dark, misty room?
John B. and Johnny K. examine some of the newly captured material.
The 3-minute prologue will be published shortly as a preview for the complete 30-minute fan film that is planned.