Our picks this week encompass everything from a comic about kids fighting the power with mythical pets and a way to save cinema history to a Game of Thrones fan film that takes us to the past of Westeros.
Brace yourselves… the fan films are coming. Game of Thrones has been an absolute blast to watch, but for some fans of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, ten episodes a year isn’t nearly enough. Enter Chase Boyajian. The writer and Martin fan has scribed a pilot set 100 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones. Dunk and Egg will focus on the events in Martin’s short, “The Hedge Knight,” a tale that follows Sir Duncan the Tall and Aegon Targaryan as they build their reputations in Westeros. The film is being produced by a large team of Game of Thrones fans that just happen to include folks like Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan on costumes. Please don’t send us to the wall before we get a chance to see this fan film.
The state of our American culture is in jeopardy. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming election (though that is important). I’m referring to the archives of film that are now beginning to be lost to the ravages of time and chemical breakdown of their components. Modern film digitization is expensive, and most companies that do it are working on films in active production, driving the costs on digitizing archives extremely high. Athrocine hopes to develop a scanner that will be more cost-effective for archivists to begin transferring their films to digital. Film production today is almost universally moving to digital; now is the time to transfer our film history to hard drives as well.
Magical creatures of mythology have been partnered with students at a school of magic to train to fight evil. It may sound like Harry Potter meets Digimon, but Creature Academy hopes to bring more to the table than a “this meets that” premise. The group of students must use their magic abilities and rapport with their animals to save their kidnapped parents from evil spirits. If you liked the Arsenic and Old Lace rapport in Marvel’s The Runaways, give this one a shot.