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Emmy award winning composer Lee Holdridge plays his classic TV theme "Beauty and the Beast" from the CBS television series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. Produced by Neal Hallford and Jana Hallford. Featuring Lee Holdridge. Copyright Swords & Circuitry Studios, 2012.
Kim confesses to her group the real reason she's in drug rehab. Actor's reel clip taken from "Rachael's Getting Married". Featuring Jennifer Larson. Director - Neal Hallford. Sound Recording- Jana Hallford. Music by Larry Kutcher. Video copyright Swords & Circuitry, 2012.
Kerry O'Quinn gives background on CINEMAGIC magazine, a publication that laid the groundwork for much of the indie filmmaking community during the 1970s and 1980s, and inspired a number of very successful Hollywood directors and producers. Produced by Neal Hallford and Jana Hallford.
Star Trek expert Larry Nemecek shares the tale of a legendary Star Trek event that went from meltdown to miracle. Featuring Walter Koenig, Harve Bennett, Eric Stillwell, and others. Produced by Mystar Media in association with Swords & Circuitry Studios and Bamboo Shed Productions.
In 1995, Neal Hallford was aboard an Amtrak train when it was derailed by a terrorist organization calling itself The Sons of the Gestapo. This trailer promotes his ebook about the event, "The Derailment of the Sunset Limited". Copyright Swords & Circuitry Studios, 2012.
LEE HOLDRIDGE - BEAUTY
AND THE BEAST
THE CON OF WRATH
THE DERAILMENT OF THE SUNSET LIMITED
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THE CON OF WRATH
THE CON OF WRATH
Official Website: http://conofwrath.com
DESCRIPTION: In 1982, a group of sci-fi fans set out to stage THE ULTIMATE FANTASY, the most ambitious STAR TREK event ever attempted. It was to feature a talk show on a rotating, delta shield shaped stage in the center of a sixteen-thousand seat basketball arena in Houston. The cast of the just-released STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN were to perform a one-act play written by Walter Koenig (aka Mr. Chekov), followed by a laser light show, and a concert with a full orchestra. All of this staged over three consecutive nights in conjunction with the annual 1982 HoustonCon. It was meant to be the grandaddy of all conventions...but wound up as the mother of all meltdowns.
This isn't, however, just another con-gone-wrong story. It's also the story of how the fans, the cast, and the dealers pulled together to save the convention. It's a tale of bold plans, fandom politics, and the enduring, adventurous spirit of STAR TREK that enobles us all.
Longtime STAR TREK author, guest, consultant and historian Larry Nemecek now aims to bring together the actors, staff, and survivors to share the how, why, and HEROES of it all.
POSTER CHILD - The first promotional poster for THE CON OF WRATH. Logo art by Kevin Hopkins. Poster design by Neal Hallford.
THE TREK-FATHER - Few people can claim to have saved Star Trek, but Harve Bennett did it twice in 1982. First as the Executive Producer of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, he revitalized the franchise as a moneymaker for Paramount. Secondly, Harve helped bring the cast, fans, and dealers together to save the ULTIMATE FANTASY convention.
THE PLAY'S THE THING - One of the major highlights of the convention was the staging of Koenig's THE MACHIAVELLIAN PRINCIPLE. It featured Star Trek vets James Doohan, Kirstie Alley, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Mark Leonard (not pictured) in a theatre in the round set-up. And those silver suits were something else.
AYE, KEPTIN! - Walter Koenig -- aka Star Trek's Mr. Chekov -- not only produnced his one act play at ULTIMATE FANTASY, but he was also very influential in getting the other stars to sign on for the convention. Along with Harve Bennett, he also played a key role in holding the whole thing together when panic began to set in among the fans.
LIGHTS, CAMERA... - Between interview takes, CON OF WRATH director Larry Nemecek (bottom right) has convention staffer Mark Dowman (left) walk him through his involvement in the convention as line producer Bill Parker does a little e-mail checking.
AT THE SUMMIT - Thirty years ago, the Summit arena in Houston, Texas became the home of the ULTIMATE FANTASY stage show. These days, the Summit is now Lakewood Church, home of Joel Osteen Ministries. The management of the building have allowed us to do a great deal of taping on the site where it all went down.
TAKE ME BACK - Bill Parker (left), along with Jim Simpson (not pictured), constructed an elaborate delta-shield stage that occupied the center of the arena during the stage show. Bill walks director of photography Neal Hallford (center) and director Larry Nemecek through the events that took place over the three nights of the show.
DO MY STRUT ON THE CATWALK - Eighty feet above the floor of the arena, a slight miscalculation by a member of the tech crew gave the Saturday night audience a little more excitement than they -- or the crew -- had been counting on.
YESTERDAY'S ERIC-PRISE - Although best known today for his role in writing "Yesterday's Enterprise" -- one of the most beloved episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Eric Stillwell was just another fanboy in the audience thirty years ago at the ULTIMATE FANTASY.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - The production of THE CON OF WRATH has been intensive, with filming visits to five states so far, with more possibly to come. Here, director Larry Nemecek and production assistant Jennifer Larson take a well deserved rest as director of photography Neal Hallford pilots them over the California / Oregon border.
MASTER OF SCI-FI - Kerry O'Quinn (left) was the master of ceremonies during the ULTIMATE FANTASY, and interviewed the assembled cast of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan onstage. Kerry's other great claim to fame was that he was the founder and editor in chief of magazines like STARLOG, CINEMAGIC, FANGORIA, FUTURE LIFE and others.
EVERYONE KNOWS IT'S WENDE- Wende Doohan that is, wife of the late James Doohan, better known to Trek-kind as Scotty. Wende shared with us some of her stories about what it was like to attend conventions as the spouse of one of the show's stars.
NO TRIBBLE AT ALL- Despite it's uncanny resemblance to a famous inhabitant of the Star Trek universe, the wind guard for our boom microphone doesn't eat quadrotriticale, but it does need love from time to time. Here, director Larry Nemecek helps set it up prior to recording a promo in Burbank, California.
ALL TOGETHER NOW - For the first time in nearly thirty years, the staff of the ULTIMATE FANTASY reunited in June of 2012 to recount their experiences. BACK ROW: (left to right) Jim Simpson, Linda Neal, Paul Bracewell, Mike Rose, Mark Dowman, Bill Parker, and Katherine Skerritt. FRONT ROW: Neal Hallford (director of photography), Larry Nemecek (director), and Cindi Domenici.
TAKE US OUT, MR. SULU - Director of photography Neal Hallford takes a turn sitting in a replica of Captain Kirk's infamous command chair. It was built specially for the convention by Jim Simpson and Bill Parker. It is one of the few "relics" left from the convention.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM...BOOK - The cover of the ULTIMATE FANTASY program book, designed by Mark Dowman.
KETTY, CORNERED- Kett Kettering is a personal assistant to Nichelle Nichols, and first made contact with her at ULTIMATE FANTASY. Like Eric Stillwell, she was simply attending the convention at the time as a fan.
COMIC CONNED - Director Larry Nemecek packs up following his annual Comic Con talk, "Star Trek: Between the Cracks". In 2012, he gave the convention a sneak peek at our first official teaser trailer (viewable above), shot and edited by Swords & Circuitry Studios.
Produced By: MyStar Media in association with Swords & Circuitry Studios and Bamboo Shed Productions
Director: Larry Nemecek
Featuring: Walter Koenig, Harve Bennett, Wende Doohan, Eric Stillwell, Mark Dowman, Mike Rose, Paul Bracewell, Bill Parker, Linda Neal, Jim Simpson, Katherine Scarritt, Cindi Domenici
Director of Photography: Neal Hallford
Line Producer: Bill Parker
Grip: Jennifer Larson, Jana Hallford, David Foster, Scott Nakada, Cindi Domenici
Status: In Production
Release Date: TBD
Genre: Supernatural Suspense / Feature Film
Official Website: (under reconstruction)
DESCRIPTION: Following the destruction of their home in a California wildfire, Anne and Geoffrey Greene relocate to the quiet suburbs in hopes of healing Anne's injuries and rebuilding their shattered lives. Shortly after moving into their new home, however, the couple begin to experience increasingly violent encounters with a supernatural force which seems to want them both dead. Who is the little girl haunting Anne's dreams, and what unspeakable secret has been entombed inside their home?
Witch Creek will be the first dramatic feature film from Swords & Circuitry Studios.
WITCH CREEK TEASER POSTER- A demo promotional poster for Witch Creek created by Scott Butler. Cast and credits subject to change.
GRAND LARSONY- Jennifer Larson makes her feature film debut in Witch Creek as Anne Greene, a traumatized survivor of the Witch Creek fires of 2007. Previously Jennifer has appeared in several theatrical productions in Los Angeles, and four shorts including Promises We Make in which she appeared with Witch Creek co-star, Scott Butler.
THE BUTLER DOES IT - Scott Butler, co-starring as Geoffrey Greene, is an award-winning indie actor with a score of shorts and features to his credit including Abeo, Promises We Make, The Omegas, and Monster Hunters.
HERR DIRECTOR - Neal chats with the cast and crew during a test shoot for Witch Creek in 2009.
Photo by Deborah Grigsby.
SOULE-FUL SOUNDTRACK- Multiple award winning composer Jeremy Soule is providing the haunting soundtrack for Witch Creek. Best known for his work on AAA computer games like the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Guild Wars, Dungeon Siege and others, he is one of the most highly sought after composers in the business.
SEE THE STORY - Another key to making Witch Creek be all it can be is that we're pre-visualizing the entire film. That meant we needed a top notch artist to bring it to life, so we went to another hyper talented gaming colleague -- Shawn Sharp -- whose day job is making the world of Guild Wars one of the most interesting on the market.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, JANA HALLFORD - Jana takes a quick break from directing while filming promotional spots for Swords & Circuitry.
WHO GOES THERE? - Witch Creek brings a classical ghost story to the screen with an equal mixture of horror, mystery, and atmospheric suspense.
Photo by Deborah Grigsby.
REPORTING LIVE - Pia Thrasher takes a dramatic turn as a reporter covering the San Diego Witch Creek fires of 2007. Behind the camera, Pia was tireless production assistant who contributed greatly to our test shoot.
BEWITCHING WORDS - Originally conceived of only as a "demo reel" for actors Jennifer Larson and Scott Butler, the original script for the test shoot was only 33 pages long. Since that time it has been substantially revised and enlarged into a feature length concept.
MAKEUP! - Laika Pangilinan, who appears as Anne Greene's best friend Rose in Witch Creek, applies makeup to Scott Butler prior to a green screen test.
Photo by Jana Hallford.
WAITING - An empty Witch Creek set, waiting for the resumption of shooting.
Written & Produced By: Neal Hallford & Jana Hallford
Director: Neal Hallford
Status: In Pre-Production
Release Date: TBD