McKenzie Files Animated Feature.
The McKenzie Files science fiction series, by Barry K. Nelson. Super powered heroes battle against threats against humanity.
I am trying to raise the funds to create an animated feature of my science fiction series, McKenzie Files. McKenzie Files is a series currently consisting of three books. McKenzie Files, book one. Assassination Anxiety, McKenzie Files book two. And the soon to be released Obliteration, McKenzie Files book three. McKenzie Files is a series that is growing in popularity across the globe. My goal for this animation project is to create a series of small episodes from book one in order to generate a greater interest for a much larger project. Also, budget concerns have forced me to aim for creating a smaller animated feature from one or two chapters from the book rather that doing the entire book all at once. I am already working with an animation artist located in California (Terrence Walker of Studio ArtFX) to help produce this project. The McKenzie fan base is very strong and growing. The books have gotten several highly rated reviews. So I have full confidence that an animated version will have a very strong appeal.Below is a brief outline of the story.
Chapter one introduces characters Sergeant Colin McKenzie and Trooper Ed Driscol. Evil Reploids working for the separatist organization, Vendetta. Vendetta is also working with the Brelac Empire in their war against the United protectorate. Colin and Driscol are on a mission on the planet Meridan to prevent a platoon of Protectorate troopers from capturing the cargo of a crashed Brelac shuttle. During a violent confrontation Driscol uses his freezing ability to kill one trooper, while Colin reveals his deadly electrical powers. Driscol is gunned down and killed by the troopers. In the middle of the fight the two reptilian Brelac occupants of the shuttle emerge with weapons in hand. They begin to open fire on everyone in the area. Colin joins the protectorate troopers in killing the Brelac. He is then assaulted and beaten unconscious by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Paul Yates.
The story moves to the city of Navarone on the planet Maseklos Prime. Capital world of the United Protectorate. Doctor Howard Fenlow Is meeting in his laboratory with members of the Protectorate’s Central Commission, Major General Verne Larkin, and the President of the Protectorate, Sandra Drennen. Fenlow is joined by young medical doctor Blair Van Doren and computer scientist Doctor Art Trevor.
Fenlow explains that some of the Reploids who have been committing terrorist acts possess arcane psionic powers granted by small electoinic implants in their brains that augment psychic abilities. He shows them three cylinders containing Reploids that were captured on the planet Meridan. Fenlow’s plan is to have them reprogrammed so that they can serve the Protectorate military. The plan is approved by Drennen. The three Reploids are to be transported to Starbase Lodestar so that the project can be developed safely. Later that day Fenlow returns to his apartment and gets a message from his boss, Walter Carnaby. C.E.O of Carp Techlologies. carnaby wants to advance the timetable for his plan, Operation Broadaxe. On the planet Talos, Fenlow’s goal is to find a means of being taken into Brelac custody. He finds his chance when he comes across Protectorate troopers who have captured five Brelac prisoners. Fenlow offers medical aid to a trooper who is wounded. Then manages to kill all three troopers. He then surrenders to the Brelac prisoners.
Sergeant Colin McKenzie awakens within a strange cylinder. He sees two other cylinders. They contain the unconscious Reploids, Diane Christy and Kelly Lytton. These two are Colin’s teammates in the experimental project. Colin leaves the storage room where the cylinders are housed and ventures out into a smoke filled corridor. He is quickly tackled and subdued by a Captain Gains. Colin learns that he was onboard a ship. Gains mistakes him for a hostile intruder. Blair and Doctor Trevor arrive on the scene and vouch for Colin. After Diane and Kelly awaken Trevor explains to all three that they are involved in a military experiment that will grant them paranormal abilities. The ship was supposed to transport them to Lodestar, but heavy Brelac activity forced them to land here at Scorpis. A military base on the planet Voran.
The group board the ship and attempt to leave Scorpis. But they soon encounter Brelac fighters, who immediately open fire on the ship. The ship is heavily damaged by the attack and crashes back to the planet. Colin is the only one remaining conscious. he see a wild mob of ragged people swarming over the ship. One of these wild people climbs into the ship and knocks Colin unconscious.
Still on the planet Voran, Colin awakens and finds himself hanging upside down in a large warehouse. His hands and legs are tightly bound, rendering him helpless. He sees Diane hanging unconscious next to him and bound in the same manner. Down below Colin sees two of his captors. Both are large men dressed in rags.
Diane awakens to hear that she and Colin are being held for ransom. Colin and Diane escape and a violent confrontation develops. During the course of this fight Colin’s electrical powers emerge and he manages to free himself. Diane’s powers emerge in the form of super human strength. Diane kills one man by hurling him into a wall while Colin electrocutes the second who tackles him to the floor.
Colin and Diane jump into a chute and slide down to reach a disposal area where Kelly is being held captive. They land in a trash filled area and find Kelly, securely bound and gagged by tape. But in this chamber they are not alone. They are surrounded by dozens of large carnivorous cacti that are slowly crawling towards them. During the excitement Kelly’s power comes to life. Flaming energy streams out from his body and sets small fires in the trash heap. Colin uses his electrical power to destroy several cacti before he spots a doorway to escape.
The trio escape the disposal pit, then locate Blair and Dr Trevor. They then encounter Brelac Major Clive Danton, who arrives at the warehouse with a squad of heavily armed troops. Colin and the others have to fight their way out of the warehouse. Once outside they discover that a group of armed Protectorate troopers have entered the scene. Colin, Diane, Kelly and the others become their prisoners.
Dr Fenlow has established a laboratory in an underground level of Rantraven base, located on the planet Morthos Three. He is studying an organism that he has growing inside of an incubation tube when Major Danton barges in. Danton gives Fenlow a report about his encounter on the planet Voran with two unusual Humans. He mentions their names. Colin McKenzie and Kelly Kirby. Fenlow recognizes the names of the two Reploids, but assures Danton that he is developing a means to deal with them.
Colin, Diane and Kelly are taken to Nocturne. A military base on the planet Trillion. They meet General Larkin, who tells them that they are to be split up and assigned to other duties. Colin becomes increasingly irritated at Diane and Kelly’s bickering and is glad that they will be separated. He is also growing suspicious of Blair and Trevor. Thinking that there is some secret that they are not revealing. Days pass since Colin, Diane and Kelly were assigned to their new jobs at Nocturne. Assigned to the Quartermaster’s corps Colin hands out supplies in a basement storeroom. Diane works with an excavation crew. Kelly works in the maintenance corps. Colin’s memory about his past is still shrouded. To solve this problem he decides to explore his past life. He uses his computer to log onto the United protectorate’s macro Net. He locates the web page, Universal Eye, to find personal information on himself.
Later on, Colin goes to the base cafeteria and sees his old commanding officer, Lieutenant Paul Yates having a meal with a group of troopers. At that time Diane comes and sits at Colin’s table. Colin shows little interest in Diane’s presence and goes to greet Yates. Lieutenant Yates is less than happy to see Colin and reminds him that he killed a man back on Meridan. Yates and the troopers attack Colin. Diane steps in to defend Colin, but he has little appreciation for her help.
Blair comes onto the scene just as Colin and Diane leave. Blair invites Colin to go back to the cafeteria. He promises to reveal important information to Colin. Inside they see Dr Fenlow appear on a video screen and issue an ultimatum on behalf of the Brelac. He demands that the United Protectorate surrender in three days.
Back at Rantraven base on the planet Morthos Three, Mariner and Senior General Owen Lagar are in Mariner’s quarters enjoying a game of monopoly. Fenlow appears on a video monitor on a nearby table and asks if he Protectorate has responded to his ultimatum. Mariner has nothing to report. Even though two days have passed. Mariner asks about Fenlow’s new project, Viperhawk. Fenlow reports that he has a final test to run. He ends the transmission. Mariner then tells Lagar that he can’t wait for the chance to get rid of Fenlow. The Brelac currently cannot use their brain implants to give themselves greater psionic powers without fatal results. (Subjects nervous systems burn out.) But Fenlow has created a gene that enables a subject to regenerate nervous tissue. Mariner wants the secret of this gene. In addition to project Viperhawk.
In a large orb shaped starbase in orbit above Morthos Three Fenlow is aboad the Brelac battle cruiser, Viperhawk. The ship is being refitted by the Brelac with special technology by Fenlow’s specifications. In the ship’s control center Fenlow is checking over a column shaped computer that maintains control over the entire ship. His name for this device is Succubus.
Back at Nocturne Colin, Diane, Kelly, and Blair are summoned into a conference room by General Larkin. Before Larkin arrives Colin asks Kelly if he also has strange repetitive dreams. General Larkin arrives and asks if Colin, Diane and Kelly have a plan to deal with whatever threat that Fenlow might create now that he has defected to the Brelac. The emergency alarm sounds off. Larkin receives a report that the base is under attack by three units. Larkin reinstates Silencers. Colin, Diane and Kelly depart to investigate the attack.
Outside a full scale battle is raging. Protectorate troops are being decimated by the Deltans. Three Humanoid robots created by Dr Fenlow. In addition, a Brelac invasion force is also due to arrive. Colin, Diane and Kelly split up to deal with the Robots, but their efforts are futile. Suddenly a huge oval shaped vessel with large wings appears in the sky above their heads. This is Fenlow’s latest creation. The Viperhawk. The Viperhawk is soon joined by several Brelac fighters. With the battle now hopeless Colin, Diane and Kelly join the mob of personnel to escape the base. They locate and squeeze themselves into a small scout craft. With Colin acting as pilot the ship manages to barely take off. A trio of Brelac fighters pursue the ship. Diane awakes and contorts herself into the pilot’s seat to take control of the ship. To everyone’s horror Diane comes to the realization that she has no pilot’s skills. She accidentally engages the ship’s hyperspace generator and the ship is warped across space to arrive at Starbase Lodestar.
Colin, Diane, Kelly and Blair are being detained in a cell on Lodestar. Captain Robert Burns from Special Operations enters the cell and orders the group to accompany him. They are to embark upon a special mission to neutralize Fenlow. He takes them to a landing bay where they board the assault cruiser, Corvette. Burns gives Diane a quick instruction on the ship’s controls and Corvette flies off into space. Warping into hyperspace. Corvette emerges from hyperspace and approaches a vessel that Colin recognizes as the Viperhawk. Corvette docks with the Viperhawk. Burns leads the group to an airlock door where the Three robotic Deltans are waiting on the other side. After the Deltans board Corvette Burns draws a gun at Colin and informs them that they have fallen into a trap.
Mariner and Lagar arrive aboard the Viperhawk. Fenlow reports to them that his new weapon is functioning perfectly. Mariner discusses with Major Danton about the notion of eliminating Fenlow. A soldier from Mariner’s ship barges in and informs Mariner that Captain Armatige back at Rantraven base reports that the computers containing all of Fenlow’s vital data have been erased.
Colin, Diane, Kelly and Blair are all being held in a cell within the Viperhawk when they receive a telepathically projected image of Fenlow. Fenlow offers them all a chance to join him as he conquers the United Protectorate. Speaking for the group Colin refuses the offer. Fenlow refers to Colin, Diane and Kelly as his creations and gives the group one hour to reconsider. His image disappears, leaving Blair the job of explaining to them the truth of who and what they really are.
Mariner and Lagar are in the ship’s control center, admiring Succubus. Fenlow enters and Mariner informs Fenlow that his data back at Rantraven had been destroyed. Fenlow casually admits that he is responsible through a small network of Brelac and Human Reploids in his employ. Fenlow reveals that Succubus gave him prior knowledge of Mariner’s intended betrayal. Mariner confesses his guilt and draws his plasma pistol. Along with Lagar and Danton. Fenlow orders Succubus to disarm them. Succubus now reveals a power that they did not expect. Telekinesis.
Blair finally reveals the truth to Colin, Diane and Kelly. That they are not real Humans. But Reploids created in a laboratory by Fenlow. Kelly and Diane are upset at this news. Colin is also upset, but more accepting of the notion of being a Reploid. The groups priority is to escape the cell. Colin uses his power to destroy the floor of the cell. The group falls down into the lower level of the ship. Diane, still upset over her true origin, runs down the corridor away from Colin and the others. Colin looks up to see that the Deltans are investigating the disturbance. Succubus informs Fenlow that the group have escaped from their cell. Fenlow dismisses them as a threat. Succubus reports that a fleet of Protectorate ships have formed a blockade to cut the Viperhawk off from reaching Maseklos Prime. Fenlow orders Succubus to activate a special jamming sequence for the Brelac psionic implants. The signal jams the Brelac’s less advanced psionic implants. Taking away their limited psychic vision and rendering them blind. Mariner’s Elite Guardian Squadron of ships is now helpless.
Colin, Kelly and Blair are rushing through the corridors of the Viperhawk to avoid the Deltans and locate Fenlow. Diane is still missing. They meet up with Captain Burns. Who is accompanied by several Brelac soldiers. Diane returns and helps the others to kill Burns and the Brelac. They come to the ship’s control center and find Fenlow with Succubus. Colin and the others attempt to deal with Fenlow but Succubus’ telekinetic power hurls them back against the wall and holds them there. Succubus tells Fenlow that a small fleet of destroyer class ships have emerged from hyperspace. This is the Vendetta fleet sent by Carnaby.
Fenlow confesses that Carp Technologies is the real power behind Vendetta. The Viperhawk engages and destroys a majority of the Protectorate fleet. Fenlow decides to restore the Brelac Psionic implants and give them back their sight.
The Viperhawk reaches Maseklos Prime. Fenlow now orders the ship to fire on the Vendetta fleet. Fenlow announces to Carnaby that he is changing Operation Broad Axe and taking control of both the United Protectorate and the Brelac Empire. Fenlow receives a transmission from President Drennen and all 18 members of the Central Commission. Fenlow tells Drennen that he has no demands. He simply wants the entire Protectorate government centered in one place so that he can make an easy kill. Before Fenlow has a chance to order Navarone destroyed Colin and the others manage to break free and disable Succubus.
Fenlow and his three Deltans pursue Colin and the others into a corridor where Colin has set a trap for them. They direct their attack towards the ceiling above the heads of Fenlow and the Deltans. The explosive decompression sucks Fenlow and the Deltans out into space. However, two of the Deltans manage to get back into the ship. Colin, Diane and Kelly concentrate their efforts and destroy the Deltans. Protectorate troopers breech the ship in search of Fenlow. Instead they place Colin and the others under arrest. once they leave the ship The remaining ships in the Protectorate fleet are able to destroy the Viperhawk.
Risks and challenges
The possible risks and challenges to this project could be the same risk that any new project of this type could face when going up against the more popular and well known franchises such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Dragon Ball Z. However, I have already stated the the McKenzie Files fan base is strong and growing. I am certain that with my continued efforts to promote all three books and the first installment of the animated feature will generate an interest in more features. This will work towards my goal of creating a full length McKenzie Files animated movie.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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