I Wrote A Book!

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THE STORY
In the midst of war, Reman, a young, fast-advancing pilot for the Mech Republic, is assigned an unusually important reconnaissance mission. He is sent across the planet, deep into Fantasarian territory. All goes rapidly awry and he finds himself surrounded by Elves, Wizards and the acrid stench of Magic. As he prepares to sacrifice himself in the name of war, he is suddenly confronted with a new question: is there a need for war at all?

For the past two years I’ve been novelizing Genre Wars: Resistance Rising and, now, it’s done and I’m ready to publish!  But I need your help: the book is available now on Inkshares.com as an eBook and paperback starting at $10.  If I get 250 pre-orders by November 1st, the book will be published!

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Sethera – Genre Wars (2)

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Costume for the character Sethera (played by Chloe Burns) in Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.
We are about to head into phase three of production; it’s amazing how much we’ve accomplished this summer!
And even though there is still a fair amount of work ahead of us (with production alone!) the project as a whole is starting to really come together and take on a real cohesion with itself.  It’s not just a melee of ideas and concepts anymore.  Everyone involved is beginning to see the vision that Justin and I have had in our heads now for months.
It really is quite a remarkable feeling.
If you haven’t yet, check out the Genre Wars First Look!

Taking Shape

It’s been a hundred years since I’ve given a legitimate update.  But here’s the thing: I’ve been fully engulfed in Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.

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I want to start off by saying that it is my delight and privilege to be a part of this project.  From the start it’s been this intangible, but fascinating concept that we’ve been attempting to really grasp and bring into reality.  The process has been amazing for me, personally; the collaboration with Justin and everyone else has been tremendous fun.  The amazing part now is seeing it really start to pick up some traction.  I can see heads turning as the project gains speed and a whole new level of excitement begins as what we’ve been holding onto for so long, we are now really able to start sharing with others.

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of activity for us.  We put a small featurette together (Genre Wars: Resistance Rising FIRST LOOK), we’ve officially cast over half the characters, the sets are beginning to take shape and the scripts, as Justin has mentioned previously, have nearly reached completion.

But the real highlight was last Saturday.  Picture this:

A calm, quiet morning.
The sun drapes across the green, empty field in soft, golden sheets.
There’s a crunch of tires over gravel as the first car pulls into the driveway.
A Pirate emerges along with a 1920’s Mobster and a Mech warrior.

Here we go.

Even long after the Genre Wars concept had been introduced and developed, the possibilities seemed endless; how many different culture-clashes we could create and the fun we could have with the mismatches.  All great in theory of course, but on June 1st, we really got the chance to see how it would look in reality when we gathered a significant group of willing participants, all in full costume and lined them up next to each other.

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As we had hoped and predicted, what we got was magical and transformative.  There is no feeling greater than the moment when something you’ve been brainstorming about, developing in your head and obsessing over suddenly takes real shape.  No matter how many projects I do, that transition from elusive concept to reality never gets old.  And I don’t think it ever will.

Our group consisted of Steampunks, Fantasarians, Mechs, Nenjin (or Kabathan-style ninjas), Mobsters, Pirates, modern-day Mercenaries and Vampians.

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It was an all-day affair, but, as the saying goes, time certainly flew by as we were having our fun. Everyone who came out to participate was enthusiastic and committed to being there.  The resulting photos and footage are excellent.  Our two photographers, KC White and Jenna Miller (of Jenna M. Miller Photography) really stepped up to the plate and produced some amazing work.  The photos really shine, and especially because of the make-up artistry of Jessica Mungeon and Felicia Douglas.

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This photo/video shoot helped put into perspective what it is we’re trying to do.  Several times during the day, people said to me, “I didn’t realize this was going to be such a big deal,” and, “when is the next shoot going to be?” and, “can I read the scripts?”  This was all rewarding for me, personally, because it meant that what we’ve been working towards is becoming clear to others and the excitement, the interest that Justin and I have had in this story and these characters and this world is starting to rub off onto others.  They can see what we see now.  And it’s awesome.

So what’s next?

There will be more shoots, both conceptual ones like this, and of the full cast once the roles have all been officially filled.  There will be more interviews; second looks, third looks and a teaser trailer.  And a poster.  And a full-scale map of Kabathan.  And, eventually, t-shirts!

What are we doing?  We’re bringing something tangible into the world and we’re at the point now where we can finally start really sharing it with others.

It just doesn’t get better than that.

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Legren – Genre Wars: Resistance Rising

Legren - Genre Wars: Resistance Rising

Legren, one of the principal characters from the upcoming web series,
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.

“It starts with one. Will you join us?”
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising
Genre Wars on Facebook!
And check out the First Look at Genre Wars: Resistance Rising!

See the costume on Polyvore.com (Legren – Genre Wars by unusualsidekick)
Along with the rest of the ensembles in the Genre Wars Collection.

Resistance Rising – We’re In Pre-production!

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Genre Wars was originally a short-film contest to which my friend and fellow filmmaker, Justin Moe, and I contributed last year.

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Our combined effort however, led us both to become incredibly invested in the storyline and context of the world created from the competition, however indirectly.

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Though we hadn’t intended to both become so fixated on these particular characters and plots, when the contest came to an official close back in December, we agreed that we both wanted to keep it going…but as our own series.

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So, all these months later, we are looking pre-production full in the face.  Most of the actual writing falls to me (which I am happy to do and am loving every minute of it!).  Our goal is to start shooting in June. But we have a lot to do then.  We’ve already got some sites going about it:

Genre Wars: Resistance Rising on MiddleEarthNetwork
Genre Wars: Resistance Rising on Facebook

There will be Tumblr and Twitter feeds coming soon as well.

Things to look for:

– A Map of the planet Kabathan, where our series takes place.
– A Map of Fantasarian Territory and the main camp in which the series will most often be set
– A History of Kabathan, focused mostly on the planet’s most revered artifact, The Onyium
– A “First Look” video that will include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

So yeah…lots to do, lots to look forward to.  Full steam ahead!

Catch up on the Genre Wars videos, starting here: