KINGSLAND, Ga. — You won’t need a warp drive to feel like you’ve traveled 200 years into the future Saturday at the Starship Farragut open house.
The Kingsland, Ga., film studio, which has the largest display of free-standing “Star Trek” film sets in the nation, will be open for free tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 516 W. William Ave. Visitors will be able to “beam” into the transporter room, step into the captain’s cabin and wander the bridge and long, winding corridors of the set meticulously designed to look like the original 1966 “Star Trek” set.
The Starship Farragut film studio only opens to the public once a year, drawing hundreds of fans; the rest of the time it’s used in filming for a popular independent web film project. Farragut Films has produced numerous full-length episodes and vignettes based on the original “Star Trek” TV series, with Starship Farragut serving as a sister ship to the original Enterprise.
From D.C. to Georgia
The Farragut project began in 2007 in Washington, D.C., and then relocated to St. Marys in 2009, where production was more affordable. Volunteers from all over the region helped build the set until it became even better than web series producer/creator John Broughton said he could have imagined.
Broughton said it has become an art of re-creation. Just as Civil War re-enactors try to step back in time to the 1860s, his project steps back into the 1960s.
“We get down to the excruciating details: vintage pieces, the exact shades of paint, the right fabrics for the costumes,” he said.
The project eventually outgrew the space and moved to the new location in Kingsland, a 10,000-square-foot warehouse.
Broughton, who also plays the lead role of Capt. John Carter in the series, will be at the open house with two of his co-stars, Michael and Holly Bednar, and with director Vic Mignona.
Following the open house, the crew will continue “Farragut Fest” as they host the premiere of their latest episode, “The Price of Anything,” in the Camden County High School auditorium at 6300 Laurel Island Parkway in Kingsland. Doors open for the free premiere at 6 p.m. The production was shot a year ago in Farragut’s first studio in St. Marys.
Broughton said the Farragut films, the latest shot on this set a few weeks ago, are costly to produce. But because of copyrighting laws, they are strictly nonprofit. Funding comes from donations, including funds from the producers themselves and an investor called Dracogen Strategic Investments.
Broughton said the project has grown “to a level none of us anticipated,” but he continues to dream about ways to expand it.
“Down the road, we might create a theme park. People could take tours, get married on the set. We’ve only begun to explore the possibilities.”
A second web film project called “ Star Trek Continues ” also uses the sets.
Visit www.starshipfarragut.com to find out more about the project and to view past episodes.