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The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by the teams that brought you "Turtle Power," and "Nintendo Quest."
The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by the teams that brought you "Turtle Power," and "Nintendo Quest."
The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by the teams that brought you "Turtle Power," and "Nintendo Quest."
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This is your Eternian opportunity to help the creators and join the adventure as we forge the greatest, most definitive, documentary on everything He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, the live action movie, New Adventures of He-Man, the 200x series and much more! We'll delve into the toys, comics, cartoons, and movies from all eras by talking to the artists, creators, executives and actors who helped make it a reality.

Pre-order the film now, and secure your exclusive "Power of Grayskull" rewards. And remember, every pledge gets us closer to our Mystical Stretch Goals where EVERYONE benefits!

Our team includes award-winning industry veterans known for their prowess in digging into beloved pop culture properties in documentaries that have been well-reviewed by fans and critics. We want to continue the independent spirit of our previous projects and that means we need your help, but it also lets you participate and follow our progress from beginning to end!

Aside from getting a copy of the flick and access to a host of unique items, your support helps us get truly Definitive - documenting everything He-Man and MOTU-related to a degree as yet unseen. If you've watched "Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," you already know how we roll - going deep in the history, pulling the best interviews, and pushing to capture exclusive, never-before-seen items on film.

So, by now you're wondering who we have on board, right? Well, take a look at just a few of the folks who've agreed to participate - and remember, we're talking with new people to interview almost every week:

Mark Taylor, Toy Designer

Tom Kalinske, Former President of Mattel

Tim Kilpin, Former Marketing Manager

Mark Ellis, Former Director of Marketing

Joe Morrison, Former Executive Vice President of Marketing

Derek Gable, Former Director in Preliminary Design Male Action Figures

Martin Arriola, Toy Designer

Mike Barbato, Toy Engineer

Errol McCarthy, Toy Designer and Mini-Comic Artist

Robert Nall, Logo and Packaging Design

Rudy Obrero, Packaging Artist

Gary Frank, MOTU Tour Manager

Janice Varney-Hamlin, Former Senior VP for Girls' Products

Christy Marx, Writer for Mini-Comics, Newspaper Strip, and 200x

Gary Cohn, Mini-Comics Writer

Steven Grant, Mini-Comics Writer

Larry Houston, Mini-Comics Penciler

Lee Nordling, Mini-Comics Editor

Mark Texeira, Mini-Comics Artist

Chris Weber, Newspaper Strip and Cartoon Writer

Michael Halperin, Cartoon Bible Writer

Charles Zembillas, Character Designer He-Man and She-Ra Cartoons

Robby London, Filmation Writer

J. Larry Carroll, Filmation Writer

David Wise, Filmation Writer

Barbara Hambly, Filmation Writer

Tom Sito, Filmation Animator

Robert Lamb, Filmation Storyboard Artist and Writer

Michael Swanigan, Filmation Storyboard Artist

Victor DalChele, Filmation Storyboard Artist

Gary Goldstein, Filmation Storyboard Artist

Gwen Wetzler, Filmation Animation Director

Jack Olesker, New Adventures of He-Man Co-Creator and Head Writer

Francis Moss, New Adventures of He-Man Writer

L. Ross Babcock III, RPG Game Designer

Cam Clarke, Voice of He-man and Prince Adam, 200x Series

Brian Dobson, Voice of Skeletor, 200x Series

Dean Stefan, 200x Series Head Writer

Shannon Eric Denton, 200x Series Storyboard Artist

Adam Van Wyk, 200x Series Storyboard Artist

Steve Vallino, 200x Series Animatics and Assistant Editing

William Stout, Production Designed, "Masters of the Universe"

Keith Robinson, President at Intellivision Productions, Inc

Ruben Martinez, Designer

Jeremy Padawer, Mattel and Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen Team, Toy Sculptors

Rob David, Mattel and DC Comic Writer

Mike Costa, Writer

Pop Mhan, Artist

Eamon O’Donoghue, Designer/Artist

Emiliano Santalucia, Artist/President at Power and Honor Foundation

Jason Moore, Artist, Facebook.com/inkmachine, Founder, He-Man.org

Val Staples, Power-Con Director, Dark Horse book Advisor, He-Man.Org Owner

James Eatock, MOTU Historian

John Atkin, Hemanworld.com, Webmaster

...and of course, there will be a few surprises and special guests! 

Again, this is just our initial list of participants, and while sometimes there are unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we're confident we'll be able to chat with and film with these folks and more!

With a lot of MASTERS that helped make Masters of the Universe a reality, and on board as participants, we will schedule our interviews, then edit, shoot some more, refine, question our sanity, geek out, shoot some more, edit, pat ourselves on the back, panic, and then finish the film - if we hit our initial goal.

We're targeting 2017 as a finish but please bear in mind that delivery of ANY feature film can be delayed due to schedule constraints or sudden new access to people, places, or new developments in the MOTU Universe - like a new live action film! That would be worth the wait, don't you think?

Our goal is to produce a 90 -100 minute documentary that does justice to the brand and, of course, the fans. Our rewards also mention BONUS CONTENT and this would be material that the filmmakers generate while making the film, specifically, our web series, "Chasing Grayskull," or a director's commentary track - but packed on your disc to enjoy forever!

A 90 minute movie is the most appealing length for distributors - but if you want to see more goodies, extras, and an extended version, help us reach our stretch goals by spreading the word, telling your friends, and acting like a He-maniac!

We'll reveal the mystery STRETCH GOALS when we hit those pledge levels! Who's excited???

THE CUSTOM MOTU FIGURE REWARD!
We're teaming up with Joe Amato, who creates amazing MOTU inspired work, to give you the chance to immortalize your Eternian Legacy. It's pretty simple: choose a figure from your favorite Masters of the Universe line, including Vintage, She-ra, New Adventures, 200x, Classics, and any weapon of choice. 

Then, you get the opportunity to work with Joe to craft a bio for your Master on a special custom card back! You'll have to provide a head shot so Joe can sculpt something in your likeness, of course. No large beasts (to keep things affordable) - just the standard released figures we all love. You can also choose to make ANY kind of custom MOTU character if you don't want one in your likeness! Classic/Filmation/POP/NA are all possible!

Check out this link at He-Man.org for an idea of the various body types, weapons, and don't forget to check out some of Joe's amazing work too!

THE ANIMATION CELS REWARD TIERS!
We're acquiring a collection of MOTU animation cels from various dealers, with the bulk of cels coming from the Filmation era cartoon. Since we're buying in bulk, we don't know what's going to be included, but we'll give the most generous backers (and those that select the higher tiers) the best of the lot. So, if you pledge the highest tier and the most within that tier, you'll get the best cel available, by our estimate, when we distribute them. At this point we do know that the cels are character-centric and of a small to medium size.

We're confident that we can make the ultimate, Definitive He-Man and the Masters of the Universe documentary, but we need your help and passion! Remember, we're life-long MOTU, comic, toy fans and more, and like you, we're obsessed with pop culture. Thanks for taking the time to consider the project. We look forward to sharing the finished film with the entire He-Man and She-Ra community and the rest of the world!

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For more information on the team, our other projects, or if you'd like to kill some time, please visit www.HeManDoc.com.

You can also follow the project progression at Kicktraq!

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Risks and challenges

Like every film project, there’s an element of uncertainty and things happen which can derail our Master Plan. Thankfully, we try and foresee such instances and have contingencies in place. Weather, schedule changes, tech issues, and new opportunities can appear and alter our original plan, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst - but we’ll keep going. Please have patience with us and know that we're here to answer any questions, keep you in the loop, and know too that we welcome - no, we NEED your participation on this Eternian adventure.

As mentioned above, we’re targeting a release of 2017 with as many of the interviewees listed above as possible, but hitting our target date could be affected by factors beyond our control. Cross your fingers, however, because a delay could mean some awesome access to current developments and people connected with the He-Man and Masters of the Universe brand!

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    JOIN US FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE in LA with PARTICIPANTS FROM THE FILM and BE IN AN EPISODE OF CHASING GRAYSKULL!

    You'll be an Eternian VIP as you hang out with cast/crew as we unveil the film to the world, while you enjoy preferential seating and, should you choose to, you can play an integral part in an episode of Chasing Grayskull, our ongoing web series covering the making of the film.

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    PLUS - JOIN US FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE in LA with PARTICIPANTS FROM THE FILM and BE IN AN EPISODE OF CHASING GRAYSKULL!

    You'll be an Eternian VIP as you hang out with cast/crew as we unveil the film to the world, while you enjoy preferential seating and, should you choose to, you can play an integral part in an episode of Chasing Grayskull, our ongoing web series covering the making of the film.

    Meet and greet some of the participants from the documentary. You could meet your MOTU heroes!

    Appear in the end credits or a segment with a MOTU memory + Associate producer credit + Signed Special Edition Blu-ray from filmmakers + bonus content + animation cel from a MOTU cartoon + Signed 24x36 THEATRICAL SIZE Poster Print + name in end credits as backer

    ***INCLUDES material unlocked from Stretch Goals!!!

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    ***SIGNED CAST POSTER!!!***

    This is a one of a kind opportunity to secure a signed poster from the participants of "Power of Grayskull."

    We'll ask everyone we interview to sign it, and send it off your way. We can't guarantee who will sign and the number of signatures to expect, because our cast list continues to expand, but plan on something special that would be almost impossible to recreate!

    PLUS, JOIN US FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE in LA with PARTICIPANTS FROM THE FILM and BE IN AN EPISODE OF CHASING GRAYSKULL!

    Appear in the end credits or a segment with a MOTU memory + Associate producer credit + Signed Special Edition Blu-ray from filmmakers + bonus content + animation cel from a MOTU cartoon + Signed 24x36 THEATRICAL SIZE Poster Print + name in end credits as backer

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    Final segment may be a bonus feature or extra that isn't included in the final film.

    ***Travel and lodging not included.

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