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The first episode of a collection of short films, offering a new and unique interpretation of Norse Mythology.
The first episode of a collection of short films, offering a new and unique interpretation of Norse Mythology.
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ABOUT 9REALMS 

9Realms will be a compelling fantasy series that tells stories of multiple characters throughout different eras of human existence. It is heavily based off of the Gods, creatures and worlds presented in early Scandinavian lore, better known as Norse Mythology. Since the majority of our series takes place in 10th century Germany, we will be exploring the conflicting views of Christianity and Norse Paganism.

We currently have completed production on two shorts for the series. They were shot on a combined budget of less than $1500. One is a 10 minute short, "The Scourge of Hell", which introduces our viewers to the mysterious army, the Red Specters. We have also completed production on a 30 minute short film, "An Evident Ambush", which follows two of our lead characters as they are sent on a questionable mission from the commander of the Specters.

"The Scourge of Hell" and "An Evident Ambush" are available for streaming to anyone who contributes $5 or more to this project. We've completed the first tier of the long journey to get this series made. We now find ourselves at the next step, and we need your help!

Map diagramming how each Realm is connected to one another
Map diagramming how each Realm is connected to one another
Our next step is to produce our first episode and hit the independent festival market. While the content we have created is good, we feel it can be much better! We have been networking with film professionals who have been in the industry a while, and are excited to welcome them aboard the project! Our goal is to make this the best we possibly can.

We have learned a lot from the creation of our last two shorts, now we want to take this production to the next level. If successful in raising these funds, we will produce "The Fateful Oath". It is a dark & gritty origin tale for one of our lead characters. A compelling piece sure to put our series on the map.

The Fateful Oath (30 Minute Episode) -- On an isolated farm in 10th century France, two young brothers make a promise that will be tested with blood, as their family members are one by one lost to diseases and madness.

To get a feel for the darkness and isolation of this upcoming episode, listen to "Thomas's Lullaby", the main theme of it.

Over the many years of trying to develop this project, we have built an amazing team of talented cast & crew. Each member will be highlighted in various project updates. Here's some of the new players that will really add flair to our next episode!


Links to check out previous work from our crew!

Director / Ty Yachaina Linkedin Page

Producer / Stuart Sabin IMDB Page

Fight Choreographer / Frank Perrins Website

Costume Designer / Shannon Arrants Website

Composer / Alex Burnetts Music 

We've put a lot of work into scheduling & pricing everything out for our upcoming short "The Fateful Oath". The episode will be shot during the month of February of 2016. Below is a breakdown of our total $5,500 budget. $4,000 is from Kickstarter and the remaining $1,500 would be from the film-making team. 

Breakdown of the total $5,500 Budget
Breakdown of the total $5,500 Budget

With the numerous fantasy series existent nowadays, it is hard to offer a unique vision of the shared monsters, creatures, and worlds that would exist within these mystical universes. However, reading into our source material (Norse Mythology), it is possible to be very creative and offer our viewers a unique experience they have not witnessed before.  

While naturally not humanoid in appearance, some of the Norse Gods can shape-shift into human forms to walk upon Midgard.
While naturally not humanoid in appearance, some of the Norse Gods can shape-shift into human forms to walk upon Midgard.

It is never stated in these myths that their Gods are human in appearance, in fact, humans being formed after their God is a very christian belief. We want to offer very bizarre looking Gods, quite alien in nature. This will be in heavy contrast to most fantasy series from the past and from the present, which showcase Gods and Goddesses as beautiful humans with glowing armor and long swaying hair. 

We will try to keep away from making most of the creature humanoid as well. There is such a variety of lifeforms to draw inspiration from, limiting our creatures to humans with different skin tones or long pointy ears would make us quite mundane really. Looking at the creature design of Guillermo del toro (director of Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth and Crimson Peak) has been very inspirational. Another great inspiration has been the concept art for the video game series Dark Souls.

logline for our series
logline for our series

We've created a variety of content that can hopefully sweeten the deal and help you contribute to our project! From Digital Downloads, DVDs loaded with extra features, Scripts signed by the crew and even art books exploring the mythology of our series, we hope to have all areas of your interest covered!

Now, this is a series we are trying to establish, a universe we are trying to build. If the support from kick-starter is grand enough, we would love to be able to make two companion pieces to "The Fateful Oath". These additional episodes would delve more into the mythology of the world we are creating.  

The Radiance of Death (15 Minute Episode) -- Two Scandinavian children stumble upon a giant, monstrous creature, that lays dying deep within the woods. Connecting with a young girl, the creature offers insight as to the truth of her Gods.

In Council of a God (30 Minute Episode) -- In ancient Greece, a young woman's powers are said to surpass that of the oracle of Delphi. However, people doubt her gifts were granted by Apollo. Overtime, they even begin to fear her, and soon they realize that the Gods she serves are not that of their own.

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 In closing, we want to thank you for taking the time to look at our project. We really need your support at this stage in the game. Please contribute what you see fit, share our project with your friends & family, and by all means let us know your feedback! We would love to hear what you think of our little series!

Thank you so much!

Risks and challenges

A medieval/fantasy project like this is always bound to have risks & challenges, especially with the budget we are asking for. We feel our years of experience while working on this project is a major asset in this department. We've made two episodes and two more "scene tests" which can be seen in our trailer. This was a great time to learn from our mistakes, to get better in our craft.

We hope our many years of dedication working on this project can showcase to you our passion to have it made. If any element of this production has issues, we will work through it and not give up until we have this episode completed.

If we were not up for the challenges of this series, trust me, we would have given up long ago. The film making process is long and challenging, just like life. Honestly though, it's fun. This is the kind of environment we thrive in.

With this episode, we are working with more industry professionals than ever before. Our promise to you is no matter what, we will get this film made.

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    Free online screening of our first two 9Realms episodes "The Scourge of Hell" & "An Evident Ambush". PLUS a special thanks listing on our website. PLUS a 9Realms Desktop Wallpaper.

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    Custom made pouch with Norse Runic Designs, perfect costume accessory for Renaissance Fairs and Comic cons. PLUS a custom made Corner Bookmark with a 9R logo. All these designs hand made by our costume designer, Shannon Arrant.

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    9Realms T-shirt stating the decree of the Einherjar whom call Valhalla home. This shirt is only available to kickstarter backers! PLUS your name will be listed in the credits of all shorts produced from this campaign!

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    PICK 1 of 2 Hardcover, full color books - "The 9Realms Illustrative Mythos" or "9Realms : Behind the Scenes of Stage One"

    In "The 9Realms Illustrative Mythos" Dig deep into the mythology of our universe! This will tell you about the People, Locations & Gods that live within the 9 worlds. Full page original Artwork will help bring these stories to life!

    In "9Realms : Behind the scenes of Stage One" read cast and crew notes plus stories, view behind the scene pictures, storyboards and concept art to see the teamwork that was put into the creation of this epic project.

    These are limited edition hardcover books and WILL ONLY be offered during our fundraising campaigns. Gotta make them collectible after all :)

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    Skype with 9Realms creators Ty Yachaina and Sean Gilmore. Let us tell you about our plans for the series, offer your own advice, tell us what you think. We will tell your our plans for world, nation, or a single household domination and we would love to have your input!

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    You will be listed as an Executive Producer on our IMDB page. As such, you will be invited to each premiere and welcomed to visit us on set(travel and lodging must be paid for by self).

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    Full Wardrobe Piece used in series, along with picture and description of scene it was used in. You will also receive a Prop that was used in our series, along with picture and description of scene it was used in.

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    You will get a 30 minute class with 9Realms Fight Choreographer Frank Perrin (www.eastcoastcombativearts.com) via online course or in person (depending on your location, training is in CT).

    With this training, you will be featured in a fight scene for an upcoming 9Realms episode. Travel and lodging MAY have to be paid for by self.

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    BECOME A NORSE GOD! You will be cast as an undisclosed Norse God or Goddess, appear in future episodes, and be featured in a 9Realms photo-shoot along with other cast. Photo Shoot will take place in Connecticut near the end of 2016. Travel and lodging MAY have to be paid for by self.

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