About this project
We made it to our minimum goal! We reached 6K and surpassed it!
Thanks so much to our supporters for making this happen but there is still more time to go. Now that we have gotten there we are adding new stretch goals to make this even more awesome all around!
In addition to the rewards offered here, all of our Kickstarter backers will receive exclusive updates with behind the scenes reports. $25 and above will get more with on the set interviews, photos, candid moments bloopers, and videos of us making the series. Most of of the content will be for our backers eyes only.
We have reached our minimum level of funding to continue with completing a 3 part mini series but with additional funds we can go bigger, more epic and with more episodes!
GLADIATOR PITS ($9,000)
With $9,000 we can make these 2 additional episodes longer and also add an amazing post-apocalyptic gladiator pit scene. Prisoners and rogue warriors thrown together in an arena to fight to the death. Instead of lions, people could be fed to a horde of leper cannibals or other mutants created by the sick mind of Emperor Taneg and his minions. All of this performed and choreographed by the DC Stunt Coalition who performed the gladiator fights at this years' SpartaCon and who choreographed the fighting for our pilot episode.
BLOOD AND GORE ($12,000)
As well as with adding another episode, with $12,000 we can can hire additional makeup and special effects artists to to increase the carnage, blood, and special effects for our fights. Decapitations, limbs being severed, blood squibs, and all sorts of nasty goodies!
With $15,000 we can make 4 more episodes and we can do much more with increased funding beyond that; more episodes, or an entire season (30K) or multiple seasons. We will add more stretch goals as the total pledge tally rises so stay tuned!
It's all up to your support and involvement in this project, come on board and be part of the team that makes this epic story happen.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”- Albert Einstein
Decades have passed since the great apocalypse destroyed civilization. The world has now become a reincarnation of the dark ages, warlords rule and fight for domination. Firearms are now scarce and held only by a few who use it to maintain power; hand to hand warfare has returned as the dominant form of control or liberation against tyranny.
Our story begins with Abigail a proud warrior with dark past, now imprisoned in a brutal political prison, run by the Emperor Taneg and his son Droll, a demented psychopath with a disturbing infatuation for Abi.
On the outside a rebellion grows against the monstrous Taneg and his prison, Abigail must find a way to escape and join the rebels and their mysterious leader. But to what extent will she go? And what awaits her on the outside, is she stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire?
A vicious world has been formed and Abi will find out first hand what it takes to survive and what it means to be human, in world full of monsters.
We've already filmed the Swords of Insurgency pilot episode and we need your help to continue to create an exciting show for you and our fans.
We filmed the pilot so that we could have something solid to show, much more than a concept. You can view our extended 20 minute pilot episode below.
With your help we can continue this project and also increase the quality of the production so it will be even more enjoyable. We want you to help us set a new standard for web action series.
The main problem is that we've exhausted our personal funds.
Our all volunteer cast and crew have committed their hearts and souls to this project, it would mean so much for all of us to continue together with this project that we love.
We want to continue to have the opportunity to entertain you and bring this world we have created to life on screen.
With your support we can start making more episodes right away and we can complete a short mini series if we reach our goal, or a complete series with bigger episodes if we surpass it. By supporting us you will become important part of our team bringing this production to life. You will be able take pride in it as a creator and supporter right along with us.
We also pre-released the episode to the press and the reviews so far are positive.
"There's no doubt that this one assures quality in its inspired vision between production values and cast performances. I had the opportunity to screen the pilot episode myself awhile back and observe lead actress Rebecca Hausman in the lead role and was very impressed with what I saw in an episode full of drama, intensity and physicality worthy of capturing on camera ..." - Lee Golden - Film Combat Syndicate
"Swords of Insurgency will be the next big thing. Combining the post-apocalyptic drudgery of America’s hit TV show The Walking Dead, fight choreography out of a Jackie Chan film, and intrigue straight out of a Shakespearean play or Game of Thrones set to a pulse-pounding score, Swords of Insurgency is poised to make its mark as a breakout, must-see web series." - Eddie Pasa, DC Filmdom
" A high octane martial arts thriller, miles away from any other independent production I have seen in my ventures in the world of indie film-making." - Luke Abbott, Oracle of Film
"You can get the chance to be a part of what I suspect will be a classic before this project is completed" - Steve Wollet - Nerd Rage News
We want to have an opportunity to continue and entertain you. With your help we can make it, you will directly become a part of Swords of Insurgency's success.
We have some great talent backing this project including Director Michael Neal of Mythology Studios, LLC, Director of Photography Omar Juarez of Bad/Splice, and Fight Choreographers Dylan Hintz and James Couche from the DC Stunt Coalition.
Our cast includes many talented professional stage and film actors, stage combat experts and martial artists to bring the action to life on screen in addition to telling a compelling story. You can read more about the rest of the production team and our cast at our Virtual Press Office or in our Electronic Press Kit.
This Kickstarter funds will go toward props, costumes, special effects, locations, food, safety gear, more fight scenes and for our cast and crew.
We already have plenty of film making gear so we don't need to go out and buy lots of expensive equipment.
We have so many great locations in Virginia with the perfect post-apocalyptic look; abandoned sanitariums, jails, warehouses, industrial parks, chemical plants, etc. but most require a location fee that we have not been able to always provide with a small budget.
We had to take care that our props and costuming did not get too expensive which was restricting. Due to limited numbers of volunteers, our crew has needed to multitask which make things take longer and the quality suffers as well.
There are many things we can do to improve the quality; more attention to script writing, character development, better costumes, rehearsals, better audio, more shot variety, etc.
Your support will make it possible for us to build this post-apocalyptic world into an amazing rich environment.
But at the same time we have the discipline not to overspend. You can be rest assured your pledges will go directly towards making this an epic story.
The production will begin shooting in October and the schedule is to do 2 months of shooting and editing per episode for a short mini-series and 3 months per episode for longer episodes if we surpass our goal.
But we can really do so much more with a larger budget!.
Risks and challenges
Since we have full time jobs, our production schedule can be tricky. Sometimes we get lucky and have decent simultaneous availability. Other times, schedule conflicts lead to delays. But we are very dedicated and passionate. We would just ask for patience and understanding when it comes to schedule as this is a project we have to work on during the weeknights and weekends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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