January 20, 2009 - Farragut Films announced the securing of a location for its Starship Farragut permanent sets located in historic St.Marys, Georgia; an area right on the border of Georgia and Florida nearby to Interstate 95 and 30 minutes away from Jacksonville International Airport.
“We are so pleased to have a place to build our sets and leave them up indefinitely,” said John Broughton, President. “Typically when we film, we build the sets, transport and assemble them at a separate location, film, tear-down, and then store them. Now, we can also build the more complex sets that require a permanent place such as the iconic bridge and transporter room, and not have to worry about teardown and storage. Achieving this milestone will be a breakout year for Starship Farragut as it opens up more avenues for us. We welcome St. Marys, Georgia as Starship Farragut’s new homeport. Speaking of homeports, it’s uncanny that the U.S. naval ship bearing our namesake, the U.S.S. Farragut (DDG-99) is homeported in nearby Jacksonville, Florida!”
Farragut Films researched extensively for a building in the Greater Washington, DC area; however, the size requirements and accompanying leasing options made it cost prohibitive for the non-profit project to house permanent sets. Therefore, other locations outside the Greater Washington, DC area were considered focusing on the East Coast. Realtor Kimberly Watson identified the W.H. Gross Construction Company, which was able to work with Farragut’s requirements and provide a building conducive to its filming needs. Holly Bednar, Starship Farragut’s Associate Producer, led the effort to obtain the building. She commented, “The hospitality of both Kimberly Watson and Bill Gross, President of W.H. Gross Construction Company, has been extraordinary and the establishment of our permanent sets is a huge milestone for Starship Farragut.”
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