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A steampunk fantasy film about four heroes in search of support to regain their kingdom
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UPDATE: Check out our website http://www.thebeastofverantcity.com/ to see three scenes from the film! 

The Beast of Verant City is a live action TV Spec for a larger series that can also stand on its own as a short narrative fantasy. 

It’s the story of two princesses, a knight, and an inventor who travel to the city of Verant in search of support to regain control of their kingdom. On arrival they discover Verant has been thrown into disarray by a mysterious beast. To restore order to the town and to gain the support of Verant’s army, the heroes decide to take on this beast by themselves. It’s a story about courage, hope, and trust.

Humbert and Margrit train in footage from our Preshoot
Humbert and Margrit train in footage from our Preshoot
Nadine and The Toymaker face the Palace of Verant
Nadine and The Toymaker face the Palace of Verant

The goal of this project is to spark an interest in this series and find a way to bring the story of this show to life. It allows an audience to explore the fantastic world of Egremont, a mystical world where medieval meets steampunk, where this story and show take place. We also get to meet the four fascinating main characters: The Toymaker, Captain Humbert Eberstark and Princesses Nadine and Margrit.

Our cast:

The Toymaker: Paul Melendy
The Toymaker: Paul Melendy
Princess Nadine: Shannon Sullivan
Princess Nadine: Shannon Sullivan
Princess Margrit: Carlie Daggett
Princess Margrit: Carlie Daggett
Captain Humbert Eberstark: Mike Handelman
Captain Humbert Eberstark: Mike Handelman

Lord Thaddeus of Verant: Ron Komora
Lieutenant Fischer: Mark Hawk
General Percius: Harry Aspinwall


This is the third episode of our show and it represents what the standard storyline would be like.  Throughout most of the show, our characters scour their kingdom gaining support for their cause as their enemy grows stronger.  As they travel they encounter a variety of villains, solve mysteries, see new sights, and gain new friends.

If you donate, you not only fund this film, but you help fund our show. 
If you want to learn more, check out our website:

http://www.thebeastofverantcity.com 

Concept Art for the Toymaker's Favorite Gadget
Concept Art for the Toymaker's Favorite Gadget
Completed Mouse
Completed Mouse



We have shot four pages of our twenty three page script so far.  Within the next few days, we will update our website with edits of those scenes.

Jake Humphrey (Director/Writer) is a Senior at Emerson College.  He has performed in many theater productions and directed several films.  You can check out his work here:
https://vimeo.com/74740176

Director Jake Humphrey
Director Jake Humphrey


Nick Jagelski (Producer) is a Senior at Emerson College.  He has produced four films.
You can check out his work here: 
https://vimeo.com/77176138

Producer Nick Jagelski
Producer Nick Jagelski

 Thank you.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge by far is creating our set pieces, such as the train and The Beast. Fortunately, we have access to a scene shop in Attleboro. That scene shop is featured in the video and has been home to hundreds of theater productions. We will be building The Beast as well as the train there.

After production, the hardest effort will be VFX. Throughout the film, Princess Margrit learns how to use her magic powers. A portion of our budget will be put towards VFX to accurately represent her abilities.

This is our thesis film here at Emerson College. We have put together a great team and cast to make this film. We thank you for any support you can give us and wish you well.

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    A storybook that tells stories about our four main characters before the Invasion of Egremont. Done in the style of our movie poster. Plus all of the previous awards.

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    Get the opportunity to have a role in the film. The Toymaker and Princess Nadine wander through Verant City during the film, trying to find more information about The Beast. While they travel, they meet a couple different characters. You will get to play one of those characters.

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    Executive Producer Credit! Alongside the benefits of being a Producer you are also invited to any festivals we gain entry to. As well as any events pertaining to the film. Your name will be the first thing billed before anyone else's.

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