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David Stoker in the Brother Bones mask
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READ-THROUGH PHOTOS AND NEW PODCAST

We thought we would share the latest podcast featuring screenwriter/producer/director Erik Franklin! In it he discusses the film, the challenges, and the inspirations behind it.

http://comicspodcasts.com/2017/07/07/zone-4-332-brother-bones-the-undead-avenger/

Earlier we held a fun read-through with the majority of the cast! Here are some snapshots from the evening.

 

 

 

FIRST LOOK OF DAVID STOKER AS BROTHER BONES!

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A behind the scenes look at the process from script to final shot

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Interview with actor David Stoker

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Erik Franklin on directing the film

FEATURED ON BLEEDING COOL NEWS!

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/11/worlds-first-new-pulp-movie/

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A video interview about the look of Brother Bones

Update 2!

NEW REWARDS, a CONTEST, and a GOAL!

Hello Brother Bones fans!

We are excited to announce a NEW REWARD for you! At $300.00 you can get EVERY REWARD prior to that point, and THREE AUDIO STORIES (from the first book) plus an exclusive look at the Brother Bones graphic novel.

CONTEST

If you donate (or have donated) $355.00 or above, you will be entered in a random drawing for a chance at being a character in RON FORTIER'S LATEST BROTHER BONES BOOK!

At $800.00 or above, the new book will be dedicated to you!

GOAL

Now we are all eager to see the cast in action, so if we can reach $30,000.00 by the end of next week, we will post a special video of actor DAVID STOKER donning the Brother Bones mask for the FIRST TIME! Remember, if you want to see this, you have until the end of the week to get the word out to make the $30,000.00 goal!

UPDATE:

Now accepting PayPal!

We have some international backers who do not have credit/debit cards and still want to donate to the movie. In order to accommodate them, we have come up with a solution!

Simply send your donation to PayPal for the reward that you want, and we will deposit the amount into the fund ourselves. In the event that the fundraiser is unsuccessful, you will receive a full refund.

If PayPal is more your thing than Kickstarter, then donate here:

https://www.paypal.me/FHEntertainmentLLC

THE STORY

The book that started it all...
The book that started it all...

He has been sent to avenge the innocent and punish the guilty. Haunting the dark streets of Cape Noire, he is BROTHER BONES: THE UNDEAD AVENGER.

Tommy Bonello is a hitman for crime boss Topper Wyld. When Wyld orders an attack on his own bordello in order to start a mob war, Tommy and his twin brother Jack jump at the chance. However, when an innocent girl is killed in the crossfire, Tommy is tormented with supernatural visions and nightmares. Fearing for his sanity, Tommy renounces his violent ways and becomes a monk. However, Jack and Topper have other plans...

Action packed and thrilling, Brother Bones: The Undead Avenger provides a rich tapestry of unforgettable characters who explore mature subject matter and dark themes. The concepts of betrayal, redemption, sacrifice, consequence, lust, hatred, and honor resonate throughout the script.

“I feel it is more than an action/horror book,” said writer/co-producer/director Erik Franklin, “there are many nuances and ideas that reflect the human condition, with one of the strongest character arcs I have ever read”.

THE ORIGINS

A sample storyboard showing Brother Bones reveal
A sample storyboard showing Brother Bones reveal

“Brother Bones the Undead Avenger is a character I created over ten years ago,” Fortier recalls. “I just wanted to do my own homage to such great gun-totting vigilantes like the Shadow and the Spider. Little did I realize he would become so popular with our readers. They are forever clamoring for more of his macabre adventures.”

“New Pulp has such untapped potential,” co-founder Erik Franklin said. “There are so many vibrant, original characters that would be perfect for a cinematic adaption. Brother Bones has all that you could want in a story: exciting visuals, well-drawn characters, and each page is a cliff-hanger.”

“When Erik first showed me the book I immediately thought that Brother Bones would make a great movie.” Daniel Husser, co-founder of Franklin-Husser Entertainment LLC, commented. “The story is dark and full of action, so it's perfect for us. Since we are working with Ron Fortier's creation, it is absolutely important to us that we stay faithful to the text. Many adaptations tend to change too much, damaging the original concept and we don't want that to happen.”

“It was very important to us to get Brother Bone's creator, Ron Fortier, involved with the project. He cares very much about his characters, and he only wants the best products to be associated with Brother Bones and Airship 27.” Erik said. “To that end, we discussed story possibilities at length, and we have determined what we think will be a great cinematic entrance for Brother Bones into the pantheon of cinematic heroes.”

A two minute test video was made and sent to Fortier to view. “It virtually blew me away,” Fortier says. “Erik and Daniel had condensed in just two minutes what it had taken me almost four chapters to establish. They immediately captured the essence of the character and watching him come to life in that clip convinced me these two guys are going to make a fantastic Brother Bones feature. I couldn’t be more excited.”

BREAKING NEW (PULP) GROUND

Brother Bones: The Undead Avenger will be the first movie based on a New Pulp character. There have been movies based on old pulp heroes, such as the cult-classic films The Shadow, and The Phantom, but by backing this you will be getting in on the ground floor of a new movement in cinema.

TARGET AUDIENCE 

The film will have a hard “R” rating, due to the violent content. While the book is powerful, it is also full of grisly imagery, frightening sequences, and grim scenarios. As filmmakers and fans of the character, it is our duty to present a faithful adaptation of the story, and doing so will require a harsher rating. The “R” rating does not have the stigma that it once did, in fact many films today that have been critically and commercially successful carry the rating. Logan and Deadpool come to mind, where the content serves the narrative.

INSPIRATION

Brother Bones: The Undead Avenger takes inspiration from many fine films, but we have chosen these as a sample. Be it style, storytelling or quality, if one combined these four films, they would have in inkling into the thrill ride that Brother Bones will be!

 CAST

Our magnificent cast!
Our magnificent cast!

 CREW

COMPOSERS

Composer William T. Stromberg
Composer William T. Stromberg

WILLIAM T. STROMBERG - Grammy nominated conductor William Stromberg has composed and conducted music for many films, including the documentary Trinity and Beyond, Starship Troopers 2, Bugs and Army of the Dead for the Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently the documentary film The Battle of Bunker Hill. He has conducted and orchestrated regularly for many Hollywood composers such as Rolfe Kent, Joseph LoDuca, Elia Cmiral, and Marco Beltrami, including the scores for Legally Blonde, Nurse Betty, The Triangle, The Messengers, and Mimic. William composed and orchestrated music for Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series. In the summer of 2001 he toured with the rock group Yes for the Yes Symphonic Tour across America, composing the overture for the show and conducting the orchestra onstage with the band. William has also been heavily involved in performing classic film music, conducting scores by such eminent composers as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He has conducted much Americana concert music by such composers as Ferde Grofé, Robert Russell Bennett, and Meredith Willson.

Composer John Morgan
Composer John Morgan

JOHN MORGAN is a film composer based in Los Angeles, California. After receiving his Masters Degree in Music at San Diego State University, and studying composition with David Ward-Steinman, he stayed on at the University and taught orchestration, music theory and various film music courses. In the late 70s, Morgan moved to the Los Angeles area and secured work orchestrating for such composers as Fred Steiner, Bruce Broughton and Alex North. In 1979, Morgan composed and orchestrated his first feature film score and in the ensuing years composed music for more than 30 feature films, as well as many television, radio and cable projects including Starship Troopers II, Trinity and Beyond, Ray Harryhausen-The Early Years, Cinerama Adventure, Demon in the Bottle, Tiny Toon Adventures, and others...many in collaboration with his music partner and life long friend, William Stromberg. Morgan's love and passion for the great scores of Hollywood's golden age has led him to the arena of arranging and reconstructing many classic scores for new recordings. He has embarked on a long series of film music recordings for Marco Polo (Naxos), BMG Classics his own label with Anna Bonn and William Stromberg, Tribute Film Classics. Among the scores he has reconstructed and orchestrated for new recordings are: Max Steiner's The Charge of the Light Brigade, King Kong; Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Captain Blood, Escape Me Never, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk; Roy Webb's scores for the Val Lewton films, Hans Salter and Frank Skinner's The Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein as well as scores by Hugo Friedhofer and Victor Young.

Beardless Props Logo
Beardless Props Logo

Joshua Tavena is prop maker of all things nerdy. He takes commissions so if you want to something amazing made, he's your guy! We had the honor of working with him on the iconic Brother Bones mask.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/beardlessprops/

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

Remy and one of her creations
Remy and one of her creations

 http://www.remysfx.com

Remy Leigh Blaustein

When I was a young kid, my dad took me to see “Scream” and I was hooked on horror films. While other kids were clamoring for Lion King, I was watching “The Thing,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” ALIENS,” and “Nightmare On Elm Street” over and over and over again. I had zeroed in on special effects.

Flash forward to cosmetology school, Joe Blascoe Artist Training Center (Orlando) and the Seattle Film Institute. I learned anatomy, cosmetic protocols, how to make films and set protocol. I also learned how to create effects for everything from frozen and decayed bodies to gunshot wounds (from 9mm to shotguns) and prosthetics.

6+ years later I stilI love special effects and I take pride in keeping a creative, fun and safe working environment for all of my clients.

STORM CAGLE (Matte painter/3d environments)

An interior hallway created by our matte painter Storm Cagle
An interior hallway created by our matte painter Storm Cagle

 

A beautiful outdoor painting by Storm Cagle
A beautiful outdoor painting by Storm Cagle

https://www.artstation.com/artist/stormcagle

Concept artist looking for opportunities to create visual representations of ideas given by directors and producers. Maintaining artistic styles and aesthetics for all themes; digitally painted works, illustrations, and color boards. I enjoy creating characters, creatures, objects, and environments.

Ron Fortier (left) and Rob Davis (right)
Ron Fortier (left) and Rob Davis (right)

ORIGINAL AUTHOR RON FORTIER My name is Ron Fortier, and I have been a professional writer for over forty-five years. I have worked on comic book projects such as The Hulk, Popeye, Rambo and Peter Pan. With my two most popular comic series being The Green Hornet and The Terminator (with Alex Ross). With Ardath Mayhar I penned two TSR fantasy novels, and in 2001 I had my first play, a World War II romantic comedy, produced.

CONCEPT ARTIST ROB DAVIS Beginning in 1986 illustrating role-playing game modules for Mayfair Games (DC Heroes role playing game) and Iron Crown Enterprises (Champions super-heroes role playing game) Rob Davis has been a working professional artist/illustrator. His first "hit" comics work was on the Adult-oriented comic book Scimidar from Malibu Comics. Also for Malibu he penciled and inked the historic fantasy character Merlin. With the news that Malibu Comics had acquired the rights to then new series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, it was only natural that Rob renew his working relationship with Malibu, which he did for nearly three years doing Mini-Series and fill-in work on Deep Space Nine. He now works regularly with Ron Fortier and Airship 27 Productions, creating award-winning works of art for their Airship 27 New Pulp titles.

Poster artist Jeff Herndon with some of his work
Poster artist Jeff Herndon with some of his work

POSTER ARTIST Jeff Herndon is a freelance illustrator living in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has illustrated book covers for such authors as Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Baron and J.T. Krul. Drawing inspiration from the movies he loved as a child and his healthy respect for illustrators of the golden age, he marries imagination and skill with every mark. He devotes his time to a variety of projects. Besides painting his days away, he spends as much time as possible enjoying life in Fort Collins with his muse, his wife Jamie.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/CO-PRODUCER DANIEL J. HUSSER 

Daniel J Husser hard at work during "3 Morons Fighting Ninja"
Daniel J Husser hard at work during "3 Morons Fighting Ninja"

Having graduated from the Art Insitute of Seattle with a BFA in digital filmmaking and video production, Daniel has worked for such companies as Screaming Flea Productions and Maritime Training Services. He has served as cinematographer on "Revenge of the Lost", “3 Morons Fighting Ninja” and many short films. His passion for film noir and dark, cinematic lighting make him the perfect choice for Brother Bones: The Undead Avenger.

WRITER/DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER ERIK FRANKLIN 

Director/Writer/Co-Producer Erik Franklin
Director/Writer/Co-Producer Erik Franklin

 Erik began making movies at six, and has never stopped! Graduating with honors in Digital Filmmaking, he has written, directed, and produced several films including “Revenge of the Lost” (internationally distributed) and the upcoming “3 Morons Fighting Ninja”. His love of the gangster genre, along with his experience in writing New Pulp, make him ideally suited to direct the first New Pulp movie!

A simplified breakdown of our budget
A simplified breakdown of our budget

BUDGET

We know that $100,000.00 seems like a meager amount of money to create an epic period-piece that features the mob, the supernatural, and undead avengers, but Franklin-Husser Entertainment LLC, has a great deal of experience stretching every penny to the max.

We have settled on this budget in order to fairly compensate all the talent involved in the production, and keep Seattle a viable filmmaking community. The level of talent in this region is enormous, and we need to ensure that these artists get paid for their work.

The majority of the work is being overseen by Erik Franklin and Daniel J. Husser, both experienced in all aspects of production.

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ABOUT THE COMPANIES

Airship 27 Productions is one of the pioneers of the New Pulp Movement and has been in operation for the past ten years producing beautiful quality novels and anthologies featuring both classic public domain and new pulp heroes. Thus far there have been three Brother Bones books, a one shot comic book. Marshal Made Collectibles has produced several versions of Brother Bones action figures and soon Scaldcrow Games will be releasing an rpg module, “Ron Fortier’s Cape Noire” based on the Brother Bones adventures. www.airship27.com

Franklin-Husser Entertainment LLC, is an independent film production company based in Seattle, Washington. Founded by life-long friends Erik Franklin and Daniel J. Husser, they share a love of escapist cinema, and have decided to create feature films dedicated to bringing exciting tales of action, suspense, and adventure to audiences around the world. With interesting twists on traditional genres, Franklin-Husser Entertainment LLC, combines intelligent screenplays with high-impact action. The company primarily produces action, sci-fi, comedy, martial arts and horror films, but keep their minds open to new and exciting ideas and creative possibilities. Their first film, Revenge of the Lost, has secured distribution throughout various territories from Adler & Associates Entertainment, and their second film is in post production, to be released this summer 2017. 

Risks and challenges

Of course, making a film is no easy feat. Everything from conflicting schedules to equipment breakdown could affect any film production. However, Franklin-Husser Entertainment LLC is comprised of professionals who have dealt with production problems before, and have successfully completed two feature length films.

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