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This new fantasy film is like The Lord of the Rings meets The Princess Bride. Starring James Marsters of "Buffy", "Angel" and more. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 19, 2014.

This new fantasy film is like The Lord of the Rings meets The Princess Bride. Starring James Marsters of "Buffy", "Angel" and more.

About this project

You're all so awesome! Thanks to you, we've met our initial goal! It's been such an adventure for us and we're excited to have you along for the rest of the ride.  Let's keep pushing until the clock stops and see if we can make it to $220,000! It's a crazy goal for the time we have left, but you've proven that anything is possible!

You have seen that Dragon Warriors is an ambitious project, and we're big dreamers. With this funding we'll be able to make these big dreams come true, but imagine what we could do with even just a little bit more! 

From marketing materials to visual effects and sound, every dollar on top of what we have raised will make the movie that much better and help it reach that much further.  We're dreaming even bigger and shooting even higher.  An extra 10% will give us the cushion to help put the final touches on this movie and help us perfect the rewards for your enjoyment.  Let's go for it. After all, we have won the battle, what do we have to lose?

Battle on Warriors!

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In DRAGON WARRIORS,  we combined what we love about classic fantasy films of the 80's with the amazing CGI elements of the epic films of today. The film has everything you could ask for in a fantasy film - dragons, warriors, orcs, bounty hunters, goblins, wizards, elves, witches, gorgeous maidens in distress, loyal manservants, beautiful princesses, romance, true love, betrayal, magic, a steam powered Juggerwagon, seductive water nymphs, action, comedy, trolls, a giant creature we made up called the Garnack, a celebrity cameo from someone you never thought would do a fantasy movie, and best of all, the amazing JAMES MARSTERS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville) plays the lead villain! I know right?

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This independent full-length feature film (90 minute runtime) was shot entirely on a green screen stage and all of the backgrounds are 100% created digitally.  It is rare for an independent film to take on such a task so we need your help. GREAT NEWS! Unlike most Kickstarter projects, we have already completed shooting the film, we just need your help with the final, very difficult steps of post production. We need to finish all of the Visual Effects, Music, and Sound. This is a HUGE undertaking. But as you can see from the trailer, we are on track to deliver a great product, we just need the last piece of funding to complete what we set out to do!

VISUAL EFFECTS : With the kickstarter funding we'll hire a team of visual effects artists who will work closely with the Directors on post-production for about  6 months to complete the film. Almost every shot in this film requieres some form of visual effects treatment so there's a lot of work to be done. Apart from creating all the environments digitally, there's a lot of Computer Generated (CG) animated creatures, especially the dragon, that requires talented people and lots of time.  To hire these artists we need to be able to pay them a decent wage. 

MUSICAL SCORE : We also have to pay the composer for an epic original soundtrack.  The music has to match the epic nature of this film. The entire film will be original score so it is a big task.

SOUND DESIGN : Since so much of this film is CG, our sound designer must create all of the sounds of the dragon, the creatures and everything from scratch. This is also a huge undertaking and we will need a team of amazing sound designers to make it sound as amazing and real as it can. 

Money will also go to the costs of the rewards, such as shipping and printing costs for DVDs, T-Shirts, Blu-rays, etc.

Please take a look at the rewards listed to the right of the screen  and pledge for whatever reward you would like to receive.  Also post the link on Facebook and other social media, email the link to the Kickstarter page to your friends, family, and co-workers, and let people know about the project. Remember, this is all or nothing so you are only charged if we reach our goal!

If this Kickstarted campaign is successful we will be able to finish the film in time to release this Fall of 2014! We've done all we can on our own, now we need your help! 

An evil wizard, Lord Tensley, seeks the hand and heart of the beautiful princess, Lady Ennogard. When she refuses, he locks her away and releases a deadly dragon, which he controls, to terrorize the land. He vows that, until she accepts his love, his dragon will destroy all who dare display any sign of love throughout the kingdom. Desperate to end the tyranny, she sends an enchanted dragonfly with a mission to find a true “Dragon Warrior” who is fit to release her from her captor and stop the destruction of the dragon.

Meanwhile a young warrior, Camilan, braves the attacks of the Dragon and plans to marry his true love, the elf princess Larec. But his parents refuse to give their blessing, as marrying outside of their race would forfeit the family birthright. His only hope is to find a wife for his estranged older brother Ramicus, a rogue bounty hunter. But convincing the wild-hearted Ramicus to settle down and secure the family’s inheritance seems a feat as impossible as any heroic quest.

Camilan reunites with his brother with the hope that he will be able to soften his heart. His attempts are in vain until Lady Ennogard’s dragonfly reaches their camp and relays her call of distress. Enamored by her beauty and lured by the promise of wealth, Ramicus agrees to take on the heroic task. So Ramicus and his Orc sidekick Shokdor, and Camilan and his loyal squire Samton, set off on a journey to rescue Lady Ennogard and put an end to the dragon and the evil reign of the powerful Lord Tensley.

You've seen James (and/or obsessed over him) in the hit TV shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville and many more.  We were ecstatic when he agreed to play the lead villain in Dragon Warriors.  His performance is incredible, his timing impeccable, you will be blown away by his take on the character. And he's still got the chiseled jaw and amazing hair! You will love to hate him!

You've seen Kaitlin opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, the cult comedy Waiting and in several Television series including  HBO's Hung.  Her beauty and acting prowess combine to make the perfect leading lady in the film.  WARNING: You may fall in love with her in this film.

Adam's "period" look and incessant charm has landed him in several indie genre films over the years, playing opposite big stars like Gary Cole.  You will find him in Orcs!, Orc Wars, Vamp U, Dawn of the Dragonslayer, and the upcoming Mythica series.  He is destined to be in Game Of Thrones someday, and bound to become the next heroic ComiCon sensation.

Maclain and Clare, or Maclare (anticipating their celebrity couple name) have appeared in several films together and separately. Find them both in Orcs!, Vamp U and Orc Wars. The stunning actress, Clare, recently starred opposite Danny Trejo in Zombie Hunter and has supporting roles in the upcoming Lifetime original movie The Mentor and the fantasy series Mythica.  Maclain is the co-writer/director of Dragon Warriors as well. Watch out for this real life power couple, both on and off the screen! 

Mark my words, this man is a star.  Hold on to Jake's autograph, because this movie proves his potential to be one of the top names in comedy.  He has appeared in Vamp U and Orc Wars and recently worked with the likes of Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride and Will Forte. And yes, he will be signing your DVD if you are so kind to pledge for it.

Watch out Chewbacca, because Shokdor the Orc is in town.  Erik brings an amazing physical presence to the bounty hunter, sidekick role of Shokdor.  He studied Orc-ish for 9 months to truly nail the nuances of the dialect and it shows in his performance.  He doesn't say much but he really steals the show.

I know what you are thinking, what is the 90's heartthrob from Beverly Hills 90210 doing in a fantasy film? Well, even the very dreamy have dreams of wearing medieval armor and swinging a sword.  Luke loved the script and was interested in playing a cameo in the film. So we said "Awesome, but try not to steal away the hearts of our significant others." He made no promises, save he would give an awesome cameo performance which he did.

We're a small group of independent filmmakers who love making movies, and have been at it for about a decade. It's our full-time job, and every film we have made has received worldwide distribution. We do pretty much everything ourselves, from conception to financing to production to securing distribution. We love fantasy and science fiction and know there are others out there like us, who we aim to please. Click on a name to see our IMDB profiles:

Stephen Shimek - Co-Writer/Director

Maclain Nelson - Co-Writer/Director

Kristi Shimek - Producer

Jake Sorenson - Producer

David Wulf - Producer

Company Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/dragonwarriorsmovie

Now you can add some great items to your pledge like the Official Dragon Warriors Crew T-Shirt and the Dragon Warriors Official Poster! 

If you want to add it to your current order or add any extras for your friends and family, then simply increase your pledge accordingly and we will be sure to get them to you.

This will be our last run for the T-Shirts and the Poster, meaning they are both limited edition, so get them while you can!

Risks and challenges

Film is a complicated technical exercise, and often unforeseen difficulties arise, causing budget and scheduling overruns - particularly when complex visual effects are involved. That being said, we are an experienced group and have successfully completed and released every film we have started. We are a co-production with Arrowstorm Entertainment who has completed 6 successful Kickstarter projects with a great track record of fulfilling the rewards and delivering high quality. This film has the biggest scope of those projects but we know what must be done to complete the task.

On the plus side, this film is largely complete. A great deal of the risk in the project is already behind us, and we are too far along to turn back and give up. We are seeking funding to complete a visual effects sequence, and have the personnel to pull it off, regardless of complications.

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  • Yes, they all will be Region free and the digital download will also be available in any market.

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    BRAGGING RIGHTS!: For only one dollar you can brag to your friends that you helped fund this awesome movie.

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    POSTER AND SONG: A high-resolution digital copy of the Poster and a digital download of the main Dragon Warriors theme written by the award winning composer Robert Allen Elliott.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF SCRIPT: Includes a thank you letter from the Directors and the above rewards.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK: By award winning composer, Robert Allen Elliott. (includes all of the above rewards)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM: In HD with Kickstarter exclusive bonus material, Awesome right??? (Includes all of the above rewards)

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    DVD: An exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition DVD, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (that's coming later...)

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    BLU-RAY: An exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition BLU-RAY, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (that's coming later...)

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    T-SHIRT/DOWNLOAD COMBO!: Strut around at your local Comic Con in style with the Original Dragon Warriors Kickstarter edition T-Shirt with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM in HD, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK.

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    T-SHIRT/DVD/DOWNLOAD COMBO! : Strut around at your local Comic Con in style with the Original Dragon Warriors Kickstarter edition T-Shirt with an exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition DVD, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM in HD, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (that's coming later...)

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    T-SHIRT/BLU-RAY/DOWNLOAD COMBO! : Strut around at your local Comic Con in style with the Original Dragon Warriors Kickstarter edition T-Shirt with an exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition BLU-RAY, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM in HD. SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (that's coming later...)

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    POSTER and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get your official Dragon Warriors one sheet poster (27X40) signed by select *CAST and CREW plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM in HD and DIGITAL COPY of SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (that's coming later...)

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    THE REAL DEAL: Includes your choice of DVD or BLU-RAY signed by select *CAST and CREW, a Dragon Warriors T-SHIRT, plus your name in the credits of the film as a KICKSTARTER BACKER, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Marsters (we're almost there...)

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    POSTER SIGNED BY JAMES MARSTERS and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get your official Dragon Warriors one sheet poster (27X40) signed by select CAST and CREW including James Marsters plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM in HD and DIGITAL COPY of SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. Plus your name in the credits of the film as a KICKSTARTER BACKER.

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    JAMES MARSTERS SPECIAL: This package is for true fans of the one and only James Marsters. It includes everything in THE REAL DEAL package, but the DVD or BLU-RAY of your choice will be signed personally by the one and only James Marsters.

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    LUKE PERRY SPECIAL: This package is for those of you who can't get enough Luke, or just need empirical proof that he actually did a fantasy movie. We will give you a production still of him in his sexy medieval costume, signed by Luke. This also includes a DVD or BLU-RAY and a DIGITAL COPY of the POSTER, SCRIPT and SOUNDTRACK, plus your name in the credits of the film as a KICKSTARTER BACKER.

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    JAMES AND LUKE DOUBLE DREAM COMBO:
    If you need the signatures of both our celebrity men, this package includes everything in the James Marsters Special and a signed production still of Luke Perry.

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    SUPER SPECIAL: A one-hour Skype meeting with Producers and/or Directors to discuss financing, production, and distribution of this project or any project you wish to speak of. Includes everything in the REAL DEAL package.

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    RED CARPET VIP EXPERIENCE: This NEW reward includes everything in the SUPER SPECIAL package but it ALSO includes 2 VIP tickets to the Film Premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles, must provide own travel and accommodation). The VIP Red Carpet Experience includes a reception where you can walk the red carpet, get your picture taken, and mix and mingle with full cast and crew, including James Marsters and Luke Perry (subject to scheduling and availability, we cannot guarantee their appearance if they are shooting another project etc., but we will do our best to coordinate a time when they are available). This will be an unforgettable exclusive experience with a Cast and Crew Q&A afterward as well. NOTE: VIP Experience Tickets included in higher level packages: Associate Producer, Co-Producer, and Executive Producer. Tickets are transferrable. So if you are not able to make it and you want to make somebody's year and give them away you can… or sell them on ebay, your choice.

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    THE ASSOCIATE: See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Associate Producer." 4 tickets to the premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles, must provide own travel and accommodation). Includes a one-hour Skype session with the Producers and/or Directors to discuss all aspects of the production of this picture (in-person meeting available - location dependent). Includes everything in the REAL DEAL package.

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    EVENING WITH ACTOR ADAM JOHNSON (RAMICUS)
    If you think it would be a dream to go out on the town with the ruggedly handsome Adam Johnson, here is your chance! Whether you have a romantic evening in mind, or if you just want to bro out with the man, the lucky pledge will receive all of the rewards of the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER level as well as have an unforgettable afternoon/evening out on the town in Hollywood, California, planned by Adam himself (5 hour minimum, but could go longer, who knows...). You must provide your own travel and lodging for the trip but Adam will take care of the rest (food and activities throughout the evening). Scheduling is flexible. We will find a time that works for both of you (NOTE: could also be scheduled in Salt Lake City, Utah area if preferable) .

    This could very well be the most fun you will have in any given night, EVER. Only one available so hurry hurry...

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    UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD package
    This reward includes everything in the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER reward tier as well as 2 passes to Universal studios. You and a guest will spent the day at the magical theme park with Writer/Director/Actor Maclain Nelson (Camilan) and Actress Clare Niederpruem (Larec) (You must provide Travel and lodging but we will provide food, parking and entrance for the day.) Experience the magic of Universal studios with 2 stars of the film you are a producer on. It doesn't get more Hollywood than that. You will have plenty of time to ask them whatever you want about the film or just life in general. Scheduling is flexible. We will find a time that works for both parties but it must take place by the end of 2014. (Clare and Maclain are shooting a new film, out of the country starting in 2015)

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    REAL HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT
    This reward includes the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER reward as well as a game night with actor Adam Johnson, Maclain Nelson and Clare Niederpruem. (possible others as well, due to scheduling and availability)
    This Amazing reward is sure to be unforgettable. You and 3 guests (add ons possible) will be invited to have a game night with some of the most competitive people in the world. They can come to you or you can come to them but either way you are going to have the best game night you have ever had. (Game night will take place in the Los Angeles or Salt Lake City area) Travel and lodging is not included but we will provide pizza drinks, snacks and endless laughter with you and your friends! Show your friends the perks of being a producer! Scheduling is flexible. We will find a time that works for both parties

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    DINNER PARTY WITH KAITLIN DOUBLEDAY
    This reward includes everything in the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER package AND you and a guest will enjoy an exclusive dinner at a fancy restaurant in Hollywood, CA. This is your chance to ask the starlet about life as an actress, what is was like working with Leonardo Di Caprio or quantum physics. Whatever you choose, the evening is yours to enjoy. BONUS Kaitlin will be bringing a guest as well and with her list of celebrity friends you never know who she might bring along. You will be a producer of the film and you and your guest will have an unforgettable peek into life as a Hollywood actress. There is only one of these rewards available so hurry hurry. You must provide your own travel and lodging but we will cover the evening out on the town. Scheduling is flexible. We will find a time that works for both of you. (Keep in mind you could schedule it to coincide with the LA Premiere to save on travel costs)

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    DRAGON WARRIOR CUSTOM MADE BATTLE GEAR: Our incredible costuming/wardrobe/armory team will make you a high quality, handmade, custom fit replica costume of your favorite warrior/character from the film (man, woman, or orc). You send us your measurements and we create it for you. This armor takes forever to make so we are limiting the number. Rewards include everything with the "Associate Producer" package so you will be credited in the film as well. (ALSO The costume can be ready for Halloween of 2014 even though the film is expected to be finished in November)

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    THE CO-PRODUCER: See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as a "Co-Producer." 4 tickets to the premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles, must provide own travel and accommodation) Includes 2 "James Marsters Special" packages and a one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers and/or Directors to discuss all aspects of the production of this picture (in-person meeting available - location dependent).

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: See your name (or pseudonym) in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Executive Producer." 10 tickets to the premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles, must provide own travel and accommodation) Includes 2 "James Marsters Special" packages and a one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers and/or Directors to discuss all aspects of the production of this picture (in-person meeting available - location dependent).

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    ANONYMOUS DONOR: On the off chance that you absolutely love this project but would rather keep your love of the film to yourself, we will respect your anonymity but we will give you any of the rewards listed in the "Executive Producer" Package.

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Funding period

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