Hollywood, CA, December 11, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Vic and Andy Armstrong, whose combined directorial credits span the decades from Indiana Jones to Thor, and from I Robot to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have agreed to team up and co-direct the new fantasy action film series “Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren.” Based on Old Line Publishing’s popular, young adult book series, “The Order of Ethyrea,” by author Danica Fontaine, Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren seeks to differentiate itself by delivering the same epic production values we have come to expect from such film sagas as Lord of the Rings, Clash of the Titans and Twilight, while simultaneously maintaining a commitment to forgo gratuitous violence, sexuality and coarse language, to create an action packed, thrill-ride that will be magical and suitable for all ages.
The unique fantasy adventure series features the host and executive producer of Eye on Entertainment, Dawna Lee Heising, in the role of “The Oracle.” The Oracle plays an important role in all of Ethyrea’s films as the Brethren’s source of knowledge and “Eye on the Realms.” Full of CGI elements and extremely complex make-up and scripting, The Oracle will be a challenging role that increases in size and complexity of character as the film series progresses. “I am so excited to be a part of a project like this! This role will definitely be a change from what I am used to, but I never back down from a challenge, and I jump at the chance to broaden my acting horizons whenever possible,” says Heising. “Danica has also told me that The Oracle undergoes a transformation and is an integral part of the Ethyrea story so it will definitely be the highlight of my acting career!”
Heising was Ms. World in 2008, and is a former Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, Miss San Francisco Universe and Mrs. California United States, as well as the current Miss Celebrities of Facebook 2012. Also attached to the new Indie blockbuster are Cylk Cozart, the recent recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Urban League, as the General of all of Ethyrea’s Armies in the role of Takeo SilverWing; Sci-Fi/Fantasy Icon, Kathy Krantz Stewart, in the three character role of Vyla/Pamera/the Hag; and Mike Mitchell, a two-time World Fitness Federation “Mr. Universe” and an amazing five times World Fitness Federation “Mr. World,” who recently filmed the new James Bond film, "Skyfall."
Author and executive producer, Danica Fontaine adapted the screenplay from her award winning book series, The Order of Ethyrea. Starting her own production company and building the film crew from the ground up with her partner, Lou Rawls Jr., son of the great Lou Rawls, she has slowly assembled some of the brightest minds in the industry into an 80 million dollar blockbuster film franchise that now has guaranteed distribution. Fontaine is a former Miss Dance America, singer, actress, newscaster, investigative reporter and DJ. She is a multi- published, multiple award-winning author, published under several different pen names. She has recently twice been awarded “The Gold Star” award from Publishers Desk, which is the highest level of recognition available from the international organization that is comprised of all authors, literary agents and publishing houses worldwide. In 2011, she was also nominated for a “Shorty Award,” both as an author and in music. She is a happily married wife of 16 years and has a five-year-old son who is the light of her life. In addition to all of this, Fontaine has undergone six brain surgeries since Sept 30, 2011, and is recuperating now from her sixth surgery, which was successfully performed right before Thanksgiving in November 2012.
The film crew assembled to work on this production is amazing. Collectively, they have worked on massive productions including: Skyfall, Gladiator, Braveheart, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Race to Witch Mountain, Mission Impossible II & III, 300, Red, Salt, Total Recall 2012, War Horse, The Hobbit, Clash of the Titans, Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Armageddon, and even the Twilight series, just to name a few. In addition to Vic and Andy Armstrong signing on as Ethyrea’s Directors are numerous award-winning animation studios and individuals including: DQ Entertainment, winner of the 2012 International Animation Studio of the Year award; legendary Producer Billy Badalato, known for his work on Around the World in 80 days, About Schmidt, Dear John, Alien: Resurrection, Top Gun, Broken Arrow and even Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; famed Cinematographer Dean Cundey, responsible for Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Hook, and the Back to the Future films; multi-award winning and brilliant composer Ivan Capillas; famed sound designer Jonathan Elias of Elias Arts; and award winning, world-renowned concept and visual artist Randy Gaul.
Paralight Films, the company currently producing the fantasy film London’s Bridge and the Three Keys that will star Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, is partnered with Ethyrea Films to co-produce Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren. The owners of Paralight Films, Stephen Sobisky and Lee Baker, also jointly control the visual effects company Sandman Studios and have signed Sandman Studios to be the lead visual effects company on the project. Visual Effects Supervisor Stephen Sobisky is known for his work on Shrek, Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan and Antz.