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The resistance surviving through grit & martial skill in defiance to an oppressive regime.
The resistance surviving through grit & martial skill in defiance to an oppressive regime.
The resistance surviving through grit & martial skill in defiance to an oppressive regime.
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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.

Rebecca Hausman as Abigail (film still)
Rebecca Hausman as Abigail (film still)

 “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

"Swords of Insurgency is Violent, Exciting, and Artistic." - John Fuller, TechZWN

"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.

Main Cast Portraits by Mythology Studios, LLC
Main Cast Portraits by Mythology Studios, LLC
Jarod Kearney as "Droll."  Photo by Jarod Kearney Photography
Jarod Kearney as "Droll." Photo by Jarod Kearney Photography

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.

Potential Locations in Virginia through the Virginia Film Office
Potential Locations in Virginia through the Virginia Film Office

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!.

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Photo by Mythology Studios, LLC
Photo by Mythology Studios, LLC

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.

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    You will get to watch the first episode today! Be one of the first people to watch the pilot. You will also get all of the previous awards.

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    You will get a printed 12 x 18 poster (signed), signed individual 4x6 prints of the main cast, high-res digital downloads of exclusive behind the scene footage and bloopers, and you will receive all of the previous awards.

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    GLADIATOR REWARD

    Help us create a gladiator scene for our series, if you are local to the DC area you will get to participate in the filming as crowd member cheering on the contestants to their bloody deaths!

    Also get access to downloads a full print quality (300 dpi) gallery of Mythology Studios' photography of the SpartaCon Gladiator fights which included Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett from the cast of the hit TV show Spartacus and also our stunt team from Swords of Insurgency the DC Stunt Coalition.

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    Your choice of DVD or a Blu-Ray version of the first season, plus exclusive sneak peeks, bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage. Mailed shortly after we launch the season finale episode, You will also get a shout out of thanks to you on Twitter, Facebook, and on our website, and you will receive all of the previous awards.

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    A signed DVD or Blu-Ray version of the first season mailed shortly after we launch the season finale episode, and you will receive all of the previous awards.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY HEADSHOTS by OMAR JUAREZ

    Get great head shot photographs done by Omar Juarez, the Director of Photography for Swords of Insurgency. You will also get all of the $25 rewards and below.

    Weekend shoot in the DC Metro Area only!

    See below link for his portfolio
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    GUEST EDITOR REWARD:

    Be part of the editing team! You will get a behind the scenes look into our editing room before episodes are released See test renders of individuals sections as they are being worked on, even make some of your own suggestions. You will also get to be one of the first to see the final versions of episode 2 and beyond before they are released, and you will receive all of the previous awards.

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    BE A STUNT MAN:

    You will get one free month of training at the DC Stunt Coalition located in Rockville, MD and practice along with members of our cast and other DC area stunt performers. After you have trained and have approval from the Fight Choreographer (going to enough lessons and learning the basics) you can participate in a Swords of Insurgency action scene as a fighter extra and also receive credit as a stunt performer.

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    COLLECTOR'S LOOT CRATE

    A box packed full lots of goodies including some unique and specialty collectors items from Swords of Insurgency as well as crammed full of random vintage items like action figures, comics and geek related memorabilia. An antique dealer has pledged to help supply these for use to help the campaign. There is some really good stuff in there. Don't miss this one!

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    BE THE NEXT ACTION HERO REWARD:

    Get a private martial arts lesson from one of the following cast of your choosing. Lessons will be given in the Washington DC Metro area, any traveling expenses are not included. You also get to come to one of our film sets to watch a fight scene being filmed.

    (Limit to 4 trainees to each trainer, we will keep the reward up to date with how many slots are left for each person)

    - David Norton (Talos) Your choice of Aikido open hand or sword technique.

    - Josh Kearney (The Hunter) Mixed Martial Arts.

    - Patrick Optiz (Shyne) Longsword technique

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    PERSONAL PHOTO SESSION REWARD:

    This reward will offer a personal photo shoot with Mythology Studios! This photo shoot will be a one and a half hour session. These photos will be taken in the DC Metropolitan area. You will receive the retouched digital files from the session. We will feature your favorite photo from this shoot on our social media pages.

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    BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD!

    Get to play an extra role and get killed in one of our episodes. Join us for the day and hang out with the cast and crew and get the opportunity to get killed on screen. You will also get a named credit in the episode as a stunt performer.

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    A CHARACTER WITH YOUR NAME

    We will name a character after you starting with episode 2. Follow your own personal character through the harsh apocalyptic world, what will happen to them? Will they live or die, only the writers know! You will also receive a special large print and digital version of the photographed character signed by the actor and dedicated to you.

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    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR A DAY REWARD!

    Come on set and participate as an Assistant Director for the day. Use the clapboard, call the roll, and help on set and get professional photographs along the way to document your experience. Receive hi-res digital downloads of the photos taken of you.

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    THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AWARD!

    Become part of the production team! Get an Associate Producer credit in Swords of Insurgency and VIP pass to all of our film shoots where you can observe and even participate as an extra if you wish.

    Be part of the editing team! You will get a behind the scenes look into our editing room before episodes are released See test renders of individuals sections as they are being worked on, even make some of your own suggestions. You will also get to be one of the first to see the final versions of episode 2 and beyond before they are released.

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER REWARD:

    Help promote yourself or a project or business. A link of your choice will be placed in the description of all Swords of Insurgency videos (must be non-controversial) and on our website. You will also receive an Executive Producer credit at end of all remaining episodes. Also VIP pass to all of our film shoots where you can observe.

    Also get to play an extra role and get killed in one of our episodes. You will also get a named credit in the episode as a stunt performer.

    Be part of the editing team! You will get a behind the scenes look into our editing room before episodes are released See test renders of individuals sections as they are being worked on, even make some of your own suggestions. You will also get to be one of the first to see the final versions of episode 2 and beyond before they are released.

    This reward will also offer a 3-4 hour professional photo shoot for your business or social group by Mythology Studios. We will feature your favorite photos from this shoot on our social media pages along with your business or group's name.

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