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With the help of a powerful coven of witches, Arius, an ancient vampire, learns the impossible truth of his creation.
With the help of a powerful coven of witches, Arius, an ancient vampire, learns the impossible truth of his creation.
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This film is a prequel of sorts, to a feature length script that writer/director, Sharmane Franklin Johnson, is currently writing. Arius, is a 4,000 year old vampire. He spends centuries searching for his maker who vanished after his creation, seeking revenge for the new life he was given and death of the woman he loves. He meets Maeva, a very powerful witch that can use his memories and blood to locate his maker. When he finally confronts his maker, he learns an awful truth about his creation and feeling betrayed by the witches that were supposed to  help him, seeks to destroy their coven and perhaps even the whole world.

Origins will be my first film post-film school. While I maintained my passion for film and tried to work in it when I could through the years. It took a chance meeting with a local film producer Chris Tobiaz, to motivate me to finally make this film. Within a few months of our meeting, Origins was born. We are very excited to be working together as a production team, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tell my own story for the first time in a decade. - Sharmane Franklin Johnson

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Christopher Tobiaz - Executive Producer
Christopher Tobiaz - Executive Producer

Mina Ha - Costume Designer (not pictured)

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LOCATIONS:

We are excited to announce that we have secured the infamous Lizzie Borden House as one of our three locations for the film. The house currently operates as a Bed & Breakfast in addition to being a museum of sorts the the Borden family. The rooms have been restored to looks as they did when the Borden family resided there 121 years ago. We will be filming one scene in the John Morse room, where Abby Borden was murdered.

Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was an American woman who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother (Andrew Jackson Borden and Abby Durfee Gray Borden, Andrew's second wife) in Fall River, Massachusetts. The case was a cause célèbre throughout the United States. Following her release from the prison in which she had been held during the trial, Borden chose to remain a resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, for the rest of her life, despite facing significant ostracism. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected to charge no one else with the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden; speculation about the crimes continues into the 21st century. (Taken from Wikipedia.)

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EQUIPMENT:

* Canon 7D

* Professional Lighting Kits

* RODE Rycote Shotgun Mic & Zoom H1

* Vampfangs Retractable Vampire Teeth

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With a combination of our own savings and your generous donations, we will be able to produce Origins with a small but dedicated cast and crew. Every cent of your donations will go towards the production; everything from purchasing and renting equipment, costumes and props, special effects, and feeding our cast and crew. Unless we reach 100% of our goal, you will not be charged and we will not receive your donation. Basically, we CANNOT make this film without your support. Please tell your friends and thank you for your support!

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Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges to every endeavor, for Origins, our major challenges will be with obtaining equipment and special effects. There are several items we will need to make this production possible including lighting equipment, special effects, makeup, authentic Iron Age costumes, etc. With your assistance, we can find the right equipment and the right people to work with.

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