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The secret history of Hollywood, with sex scandals, robots, airships, jetpacks and a small miracle.


"TRULY UNBELIEVABLE!"                                                                        
Michael Davis                                                                                Writer/Director SHOOT'EM UP


In 1937
, Brazen Pictures - a "poverty row" studio -  released the serial DR.OBSIDIAN vs THE SCORPION'S TAIL. Dr. Obsidian was a science-hero, using the best (and sometimes wildly off-base) science of the 1930's to challenge criminals who used superstition and mystery to achieve their crimes.

The smash success led Brazen Pictures to fund a sequel shot overseas in exotic locations.  The shooting finished just as WWII broke out in earnest. In an attempt to get the footage back to Hollywood, the films were smuggled onto a missionary ship and sent on a circuitous route back to America.

Unfortunately, the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine, and while no lives were lost (the missionaries were captured and returned to Europe,) the footage was considered forever lost at sea. What happened next is a truly unbelievable story, with bankruptcy, sex scandals, robots, airships, jetpacks, and something of a small miracle.

What nefarious forces are behind this?

Writer/Director MARK KOCHINSKI is a veteran visual effects artist, supervisor and filmmaker, with credits including BABYLON 5, STAR TREK, SLIDERS, TRAINING DAY, THE GUARDIAN, HELLBOY, BATTLE:LOS ANGELES, RED TAILS and many other projects.

He also managed the successful EXTREMEFILMMAKER 48 HOUR FILM FESTIVAL through 11 festivals, providing filmmakers and artists a venue to  make and display their films and follow their dreams.


Writer/Producer ERIC WALLACE began his career working in feature development at Turner Pictures and Dreamworks SKG.  Since then he has written and produced a wealth of genre projects.  Some of his credits include writing for the Syfy TV series EUREKA, as well as writing INKMR. TERRIFIC, SHAZAM and TITANS for DC Comics.  In addition to DR. OBSIDIAN, his latest DARK SHADOWS audio drama, THE LUCIFER GAMBIT, will be available from Big Finish Productions in August 2013.

Also involved are the production companies RADICAL 3D (DOGFIGHTS, BATTLE:360, ANIMAL ARMAGEDDON, FORTRESS) and THE TRULY DANGEROUS COMPANY (ARK, PINK FIVE.)

Where we stand:

We already have over 5 hours of interviews shot and in the can, featuring such Hollywood professionals as:

Director RUSSELL MULCAHY (HIGHLANDER, THE SHADOW)
Director RUSSELL MULCAHY (HIGHLANDER, THE SHADOW)
Writer MARK WAID (KINGDOME COME, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT)
Writer MARK WAID (KINGDOME COME, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT)
Actress/Singer CHASE MASTERSON (STAR TREK: DS9)
Actress/Singer CHASE MASTERSON (STAR TREK: DS9)

We've also lined up MORE interviews, with many Hollywood professionals finally ready to speak the truth about Dr. Obsidian.

We have collected a great deal of footage from the original serial, along with literally boxes of behind the scenes photos and records, mapping out the entire history of Dr. Obsidian from his humble beginning as sketches in a small house in rural New Jersey to his rise to fame and fortune in Hollywood - and his tragic fall from glory.

Footage from the serial.
Footage from the serial.
The hero in action!
The hero in action!
Special effects behind the scenes: Building the models.
Special effects behind the scenes: Building the models.
Publicity still of the lovely Adelade Finch, star of the first serial.
Publicity still of the lovely Adelade Finch, star of the first serial.


There's much, much more to the tale of Dr. Obsidian - long unseen footage from the attempts to revitalize the series, early television commercials, the notorious 1960's pilot film, interviews with the people who's lives were impacted by the character - and most important of all - our filmmakers have a serious lead, for the first time in decades, on what might be the famous lost footage.

Unseen since the beginning of World War Two, and thought to be lost forever, we have been contacted about an alleged print of some footage! We need to follow this lead!

What we need:

Making a film is a labor intensive process.  While many people have generously donated time and effort (and we are ever so grateful!) there are some things that need to be done on a professional basis to generate a festival quality film.   Stages, sound mixing and color grading are vital to a professional looking film. The editorial process of creating...rather, going through so much archival footage is time intensive and exhausting. We believe that what we're asking is a very reasonable price for what we think will be such an entertaining, exciting and enlightening film, one like nothing you've ever seen before. Not to mention the history we're preserving in this effort.

Enough talk, where's the swag?

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

While every film is subject to obstacles beyond control, we've assembled a team of professionals with great experience to accomplish our goals. We've all been through the production process, and we all know how to think on our feet and solve problems. We know that planning is what leads to success in filmmaking. This has allowed us to deliver on our previous projects, and will help us deliver on this one, but even more so - because this is a project from our heart.

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    In addition to the previous rewards, we will be offering ONE of a special line of EXCLUSIVE custom posters, designed by top level studio artists, in honor of Dr. Obsidian. These prints are a one time deal, limited edition, signed by the artist and will never be available again. You will have YOUR CHOICE of several designs.

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    In addition to all the previous non-exclusive gifts, we will put YOU in the movie! Travel and lodging is NOT included - and may NOT be necessary! If possible, you can visit the set and become a featured extra in the film, but if you can't make it, we will create a custom part in the story of Dr. Obsidian that will feature YOU (or someone you want to surprise,) your photograph, your voice, or remote video. Through the magic of Hollywood you will be forever woven into the history of Dr. Obsidian, for all your friends to marvel over!

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