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Lt. Wolf and his Wolf Pack, an elite unit of Rangers, uncover a long-forgotten peril of ancient evil reawakening in this epic fantasy.

A new legend created by Ron Newcomb, a huge fantasy fan and award winning director, with the vision and skills to bring this bold and gritty tale into reality. Together, with your help, the team of creative minds, talented craftsmen, and actors can greenlight this epic fantasy, “The Rangers.”

The Rangers is about a special force of elite warriors known as Rangers. What is a Ranger? Rangers are mysterious warriors who operate on the fringe of the kingdom of Olaran, using their unique set of wilderness skills to bring justice to the borderlands. Founded many years ago by King Alirion who saw the need to have a force of warriors loyal to the crown, outside of the highly political royal court and aristocratic knights of the military, as a first line of defense. A force that could be the eyes, ears, voice, and hand of the king in the wilds. They are the beacon lighters, they are the law and order to the distant boundaries of the realm, set on the frontiers to guard and watch the borders of the Kingdom. Our story follows the adventures of the unit of Rangers led by Lieutenant Brander Noke, also known as Wolf, for his ferocious, savage, and often unorthodox pursuit of elves during The Elf Wars, and their new rookie Soren Fell, a half elf, whose identity may hold the key to unlocking the enigma of the gathering darkness. Together, they must strive to help their world to overcome the greatest challenge of their time, while they face their own personal demons. Can the Rangers save their world?

The World of The Rangers
The World of The Rangers

The Rangers is set in a world of high fantasy. It is a rich multi-layered and complex world, with it’s own mythos and lexicon of heroes and races. When we began conceiving the world of The Rangers we started with a creation myth and a timeline for the history of the world, in the same vein as Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings". Drawing from our extensive role playing backgrounds and an almost Dungeons & Dragons style adventure world creation, we strove to produce a “Game of Thrones” level of intrigue in our realm, with surprises for the characters and viewers around every castle corner, and treacherous mountain pass.

Ranger Seal
Ranger Seal

You may have pictured Rangers like when Strider first appears puffing on his pipe at the Prancing Pony, or The Rangers of The North, maybe your vision of a Ranger was Robin Hood, or Drizzt Do’urden, possibly The Night’s Watch comes to mind, maybe even your favorite D&D character, The Rangers are all of that and more. They are even a bit Jedi (well at least, what I thought Jedi were as I grew up in the '80s - not as in with the force, but their awe and respect). We can't wait to get to filming The Rangers Summer of 2014 around the Northern Virginia (US) areas.

~Loyalty~Honor~Courage~Forever~The Rangers

The Rangers at its core is a story of a team, a band of brothers. It takes a team effort to make a great fantasy project like The Rangers come to fruition; here are some of the major players on the project:

 BOARD OF ADVISERS

Ben Dobyns - Zombie Orpheous Entertainment 

Kynan Griffin - Arrowstorm Entertainment

Jason Faller - Arrowstorm Entertainment

Ralph Singleton - IMDB

SPONSOR

Medieval Collectibles - get your gear!

OTHER TEAMMATES

WarPaint - comics anyone?

Middle-Earth Network - fans becoming creators.

Join your blade to ours and help us create the quality fantasy entertainment you long to see! The power is in your hands “vote” for the content you want to see by backing The Rangers. Ron and Scott’s film “Rise of the Fellowship” won Best Feature Film at GenCon in 2012 and got domestic and international distribution. Their critically acclaimed documentary, “Made in the USA,” is also in distribution. Skip Lipman was one of the major creative forces behind the documentary, Darkon The Movie. Darkon won the Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2006 South By Southwest Festival, in Austin and has grown to cult classic status. We are proven filmmakers, and proud of these films, but this is the world we dream to be in now. Back the The Rangers and Kickstart this project!

The Rangers is currently in full scale pre-production, with all that entails. We are working hard towards hammering-out, honing, and finalizing our epic script. (our team of writers has turned out an awesome story for us to work with!) We have already completed a successful concept photo shoot and created some great looking test footage. Now we are deep in, scouting, confirming locations, and assembling a winning team. The time is upon us, and we are asking for your support to take this project the next level!

Chris Richard Hanson
Chris Richard Hanson
The funds we acquire through this Kickstarter will be carefully allocated. Our business plan will see the money carefully used for getting this film through production as well as post-production. With the highest possible production value we can squeeze out of every dollar invested. We need to pay for the talent, an elite film crew and their equipment, props, wardrobe, special effects make-up, CGI, post-production, marketing, insurance, and craft services (gotta feed 'em). DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR AKA THE BIG PICTURE We have big plans for The Rangers, so we also have well thought out STRETCH GOALS, when the landslide of support we hope for materializes.
Where we'll spend the funds raised.
Where we'll spend the funds raised.
We can do it!
We can do it!
We want you to be as excited about this project as we are, so we have come up with a collection of great rewards for your support. Don’t stop there! Join us and become an ambassador for this project by backing it and then, sounding the call to arms, share this page and help get the word out about The Rangers.
LARP Ranger Sword - Reward
LARP Ranger Sword - Reward
Example Reward -  Custom belt buckle designed and made by UK artist James Ewing of The Ewing Workshop.
Example Reward - Custom belt buckle designed and made by UK artist James Ewing of The Ewing Workshop.
Concept CCG Card by artist Dan Rebeiz & designer Nikole Jones
Concept CCG Card by artist Dan Rebeiz & designer Nikole Jones

We have taken a transmedia approach in the concept of The Rangers from its inception. Developing The Rangers Card Game and commissioning the Lt. Wolf miniature with an eye towards a tabletop battle game, in conjunction with the film development. With plans for novelizing the story, a graphic novel, a video game down the road, and more in the works. The goal, fantasy entertainment with total fan engagement and satisfaction in mind. The Rangers has a whole world of imagination to explore, join us on the journey and help us take the next steps in the great adventure.

Reward Summary
Reward Summary
Want to Audition for The Rangers? http://therangers.mymiddleearth.com/audition/ 

What can I do?

  • Make a donation, any amount & don't wait to do so. Everything helps, including momentum! It puts your name to ours and shows everyone you don't just believe in the project, you are a part of the project!
  • Spread the word. Share the Campaign on your Twitter and Facebook. The more people we reach, the greater the chances are that the film gets made!
  • Let BLOGGERS know, or give us a Shout in FORUMS, we "vote" by sharing what we love. So, if you love fantasy - give us a shout out!
  • Encourage at least one person to donate! A Ranger never goes at it alone.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share your thoughts and ideas! Use: #TheRangersFilm
  • Check out our film website: www.TheRangersFilm.com and stay tuned!
Elven Warrior
Elven Warrior

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a complicated and technical endeavor, often unforeseen difficulties will arise, causing budget and scheduling overruns, particularly when complex visual effects are involved. That being said, we are doing a vast amount of pre-planning to be prepared for every eventuality, but will also ensure that we have high quality Production Insurance in place for that “just in case” moment. Our key team members are an experienced group and have successfully completed and released every film that they have started, with marketable and award winning efforts. And just in case we've missed something, we have aligned ourselves with a very impressive Board of Advisers that will guide us where we have not been. We have set this task before ourselves and intend to accomplish our goals with your help.

Thanks again, on behalf of all of The Rangers!

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    RANGER RECRUIT (POSTER)—Hail & #Salute! You get a hi-res version of our POSTER and have joined your blade to ours. Welcome aboard!

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    RANGER (SCORE)—You get a digital download of the film's epic SOUNDTRACK (in the Epic Fantasy Style), PLUS POSTER.

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    ORC GRUNT (DIGITAL FILM)—Just want a digital copy of the film? We got you covered with this reward! Thanks for helping out, Greenskin!

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    RANGER SCOUT (BTS Access)—You get the RANGER package along with a digital version of the MAP, PLUS gain unique behind-the-cloak "Unit Level" footage, live streams and community access. (Exclusive Behind the Scenes Access & Updates).

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    RANGER TRACKER (DIGITAL BUNDLE)—Get the Kickstarter exclusive 1080p HD digital version of the film, along with your name in the CREDITS and all of the RANGER SCOUT goodies.

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    RANGER PATHFINDER (AUTOGRAPH SEEKER)—A SIGNED exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition (with bonus features) DVD, PLUS all of the rewards from RANGER TRACKER.

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    ORC RAIDER (CHOOSE YOUR SPOILS MINI OR CCG)—A Lt. Wolf MINIATURE -OR- The Rangers CARD GAME set, PLUS all of the rewards from RANGER TRACKER.

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    SENIOR RANGER (A GEEK'S DREAM)—The Lt. Wolf MINIATURE AND The Rangers CARD GAME set, PLUS all of the rewards from RANGER TRACKER.

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    MERCENARY (DVD Add On) - the Senior Ranger package PLUS you get a signed copy of the DVD.

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    ORC SLAYER (NAME that CARD)—You get to help in the name and look of one of the cards used in The Rangers card game (PG Rating). For example, ever want to see what you would look like as an Orc? We'll also be coming to you for beta testing on future expansion packs! And, who knows, your character from the card may end up in one of our scripts. (Rights would be retained by us as one would expect.) Plus you also receive the RANGER TRACKER rewards package!

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    ORC RAVAGER (EPIC GIFT IDEA)—You get to actually join an ORC UNIT (the Bloody 111th), you might prefer to be a RANGER (the Wolf Pack), a WOOD ELF (the Defenders of The Golden Glade ), or even a member of the elite DARK ELF aka the UMBRAN Unit (the Shadow Guard). You'll give us your character's name and your clan or unit choice and we'll send you your Enlistment Papers with appropriate insignia, suitable for framing! PLUS if your friend let's us know you recruited them, you will gain RANK in our growing armies! You'll also be able to send in any other fun details and we'll hold them on file. (Ex. Cosplay pic anyone?) And, who knows, your character may end up in one of our scripts. (Rights would be retained by us as one would expect) Plus the same rewards as SENIOR RANGER!

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    RANGER SERGEANT (EARLY BIRD)—Same rewards as a SENIOR RANGER but you ALSO get a "small prop" used in the filming, as well as signed photo of one of the actors of your choice. We'll have plenty of prop options for you... perhaps a parchment or a mug or maybe even an Orc prosthetic? (min.$20 value for prop)

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    RANGER COLOR SERGEANT (FRESH PAINT)— Skip Lipman will uniquely paint your Lt. Wolf miniature; Skips is our Master Miniature Painter! Plus you get the SENIOR RANGER rewards as well!

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    RANGER LIEUTENANT (SCREENWRITER'S DREAM)—Are you a fantasy writer? The producers will read your screenplay AND give you notes. Package includes the RANGER TRACKER rewards, and a bound, Signed copy of the The Rangers script. (Please note, we're not offering to produce your script, but we look forward to reading it!)

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    ORC HUNTER (LARP)—Same rewards as a SENIOR RANGER, but you also get The Rangers, Dagorhir and Darkon legal, LARP sword crafted by Duct Tape Master Skip Lipman. With his over 20 years of Foam Smithing experience you can rely on this exquisite hand and a half sword for many adventures. Measuring over 46", with a blade of 32" it is considered a long 'White Sword' in Darkon or a 'Blue/Red' at Dagorhir.

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    RANGER CAPTAIN (INSIDER ACCESS)—You get a finely crafted BUCKLE/BROOCH. Along with a one-hour Skype meeting with the producers to discuss financing, production and distribution of this project. Special Thanks in the film's Credits. Package includes the RANGER TRACKER rewards. Skype meeting won't be one-on-one but will be with a few other KS Warriors.

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    RANGER COMMANDER (PRODUCER'S DREAM)—Your name in the film's end credits and on IMDB as an "Co-Associate Producer." Package includes the SENIOR RANGER Pack and a one-hour Skype meeting with the producers to discuss filmmaking. We'll dump everything we know about filmmaking in your lap with time for Q&A! Skype meeting won't be one-on-one, but will be with a few other KS Warriors.

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    ELVEN LOREMASTER (WORLD CREATOR)—You're invited into the world creation development meetings (online) to join the producers in the development of the rest of world. (Producers reserve the right of final "edit," but we want no fan's voice left out!) Should your ideas be brought into the series, we'll ensure you have the appropriate credit, fellow creator! (Rights would be retained by us as one would expect) Also includes all of the perks of the SENIOR RANGER rewards package.

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    ORC HEADTAKER (BREAK A LEG)—So, always wanted to try your hand at ACTING...well, join us for a day on set and be an EXTRA in the film! You may get to die a glorious Greenskin death or be a hero felled by a black arrow. (You will be placed where needed, and due to the necessities of post-production, we can't guarantee you'll make it onscreen. You must provide your own transportation to set and your own accommodations if an overnight stay is necessary.) You also get a SIGNED PHOTO of one of our actors! PLUS the signed DVD. Package also includes the RANGER TRACKER rewards!

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    SHADOW GUARD (SPECIAL INVITATION)—You've taken the oath, and now you're one of us. You are invited to our in costume Wrap Party Feast! Also, a day on set and tickets to our cast and crew screening! See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Associate Producer." Package includes the SENIOR RANGER Pack and a ONE-ON-ONE, one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers to discuss filmmaking. (You'll have to provide travel and lodging.)

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    KING’S RANGER OF OLARAN (SHARP DRESSER)—You will receive your own Ranger CLOAK! You will also see your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Associate Producer." Package includes the SENIOR RANGER rewards and a one-on-one, one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers to discuss filmmaking. You also get invited to our in costume Wrap Party Feast! You're invited to a day on set as well as our cast and crew screening. (You'll have to provide travel and lodging.)

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    ORC COMMANDER (DIRECT'S ASSISTANT!)—You get to come and shadow the Director on set for the week! You will start bright early and go until we call it quits. You'll get V.I.P. treatment, some cool on-set photos, and take home your own DIRECTOR’S CHAIR! See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Associate Producer." Package includes the SENIOR RANGER Pack. You also get invited to our in costume Wrap Party Feast! (You'll have to provide travel and lodging.)

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    ORC WARLORD (RETAILER'S DREAM)—You will get your Name in a special place in our Film's Credits. Along with a nice location on our site as you become the exclusive store in your area for all things Rangers! You'll also be getting 10 DVDs of our project, including the BTS; for you to distribute as you like. Along with 10 MINIATURES and 10 RANGERS CARD GAME DECKS. You also get invited to our in costume Wrap Party Feast! (You'll have to provide travel and lodging.)

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    RANGER HIGH COMMANDER (PAINTER)—For your commitment to The Rangers you will be immortalized in a Unique Acrylic Painting by artist Jerry Mosemak of WarPaint. Make yourself, or someone else, a Ranger, Orc, or even a Dark Elf. See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as a "Associate Producer." You will also get $100 towards MEDIEVAL COLLECTIBLE, our sponsor. Package includes the SENIOR RANGER Pack and a one-on-one, one-hour Skype meeting with the producers to discuss filmmaking.

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    RANGER GENERAL (CLOAK PLUS)— It is an honor to be in your service GENERAL! You will receive one of the actual CLOAKS used on set and a signed photo of the actor who used it, including a MAJOR PROP (having an approx. $200 value). Package includes the SENIOR RANGER Pack and a one-on-one, one-hour Skype meeting with the producers to discuss filmmaking. See your name in the film's credits as "Co-Producer." You're also invited to our in costume Wrap Party Feast! PLUS you're invited to ANY day on set with V.I.P. treatment, as well as our cast and crew screening AND any conventions we attend. (You'll have to provide travel and lodging.)

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    KING or QUEEN (ROYAL MEGA-COMBO PACK)—Your MAJESTY! We will fly you in (up to $800) to our in-costume Wrap Party! As Your Royal Highness, you also get a pre-screening of the film with the Director for a live commentary as well as an "Executive Producer" credit on IMDB. As KING you have our ear, and you can strategize with us, and share in our big plans for The Rangers. We'll talk to you about everything we've got going on (and there's a ton)! You get the SENIOR RANGER Pack and a one-on-one Skype meeting with the producers to discuss filmmaking. You ALSO get an on-set CLOAK of your choice, including a MAJOR PROP, the Brooch, the LARP sword, the painted miniature, the signed DVD and invitations to all of the parties and events. You can even show up on set at a moment's notice... as the King needs no reservation! It's good to be the KING!

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Funding period

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