“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 Dawna Lee Heising.
Dawna, currently the host and executive producer of “Eye on Entertainment”
"That's what drew me to this particular project,” says Cylk Cozart, winner of the recent Lifetime Achievement Award recently presented to him by Louis Gosset Jr in front of dignitaries such as Martin Luther King III by the Knoxville Urban League. “Throughout the entire production process, every stage, a different non-profit cause will benefit from the project. Danica has some impressive plans up her sleeve that will be a blessing to a lot of people. It’s pretty amazing!”
With distribution already guaranteed, this independent blockbuster is a four picture franchise based on the young adult book series, The Order of Ethyrea, from Author Danica Fontaine and Old Line Publishing. One of the freshest, most exciting, and unique concepts to hit Hollywood in a long time, this film franchise is Clash of the Titans meets Lord of the Rings. With an A-list crew of seasoned veteran Hollywood filmmakers including Producer Billy Badalato, who is known for his work on Walden Media's Around the World in 80 Days, Dear John, About Schmidt, Alien Resurrection, Broken Arrow, Top Gun and even the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, this film is steeped in the Hollywood elite and some of the finest independent and mainstream studios, as well as internationally award winning animation houses in the world especially with their partners Sandman Studios and Paralight Films. Also, already signed on board and bringing their vast expertise to the franchise are Steve Old and Peter White as Horse Masters and Animal Wranglers, having just wrapped up filming on The Hobbit, War Horse, Clash and Wrath of the Titans, as well as the Canadian Stunt Team run by Stunt Master Stéphane Lefebvre, including Mike Chute, Jeffrey Ong, and Michael Scherer who, between them all have been responsible for the stunt work on films such as Red, Total Recall 2012, 300, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2012, and even some of the Twilight Saga’s such as “ New Moon” and more. As more sign on daily, some of Hollywood’s finest are helping to round this Independent film out as an International “Phenom in the Making”.
“I am extremely excited to be able to work on a film of this caliber. In my thirty years in the industry, I have never had a script draw me into another world so unique and so completely, that I couldn't put it down! Danica has worked very hard reaching out and pulling in the cream of the crop and the most elite that Hollywood has to offer, and I just can't wait to get started”, says Producer Billy Badalato.
Danica, who will be a featured Author and Guest on the film panel for Mysticon in Virginia in 2013, and the rest of her team have been being very tight lipped when it comes to their lead actors and top candidates for the position of Director, and Art/Creature Design, as well as about these “secret non-profit plans” they apparently have incorporated into the project. With Casting slated to begin soon, there are still some major announcements to come before it begins. “I will only say this,” says Danica as she smiles slyly, “We have some of the wildest and most completely unheard of marketing plans that are going to make this one of the most fun and exciting film experiences of all time. And not just for the cast, and crew, but for the fans, too. We have so many exciting things planned: things that will change a lot of lives for the better. On top of that, Ethyrea will be filmed in some of the most beautiful places on Earth inclusive of Hawaii, Louisiana, Mexico, possibly China or Bulgaria and potentially (fingers crossed) the jewel of the Mediterranean:
Danica's business partner, Lou Rawls, Jr, the son of the late, great Lou Rawls, is no stranger to the Entertainment Industry and, has been with Danica on this venture for over four years now. He says, “I'm just excited to be a part of this. Danica is a force of nature and Ethyrea is unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen! And Code of the Brethren is just film one. Wait till you see what else is in store with the rest of the franchise. This is definitely not just another remake of an old movie. It's fresh, it's exciting, and best of all, it's family oriented.”
Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren, based on the book series, The Order of Ethyrea by author Danica Fontaine, is the first installment in a franchise that revolves around a world in another realm - a realm where every kingdom has mastered the control of an element. The Brethren are fierce warriors of high moral character, imaginative power, and unrivaled mastery of battle skills and sorcery. The first film’s story revolves around a curse by an evil Sorceress. Ethyrea and its Kingdoms begin to fall prey to an attack from her army of Nightmares, forcing the Royal Brethren of every Kingdom to come together before the Oracle and seek out a long foretold prophecy that will save Ethyrea from a fate far worse than destruction. Together, the Brethren will undertake a perilous quest to reunite the pieces of remembrance that were lost in realms destroyed by their opposite element long, long ago. Alongside of some pretty outstanding magical elements and special CGI effects and techniques, Ethyrea features unique creatures and Guardians rarely seen in fantasy films. There not only be dragons here.... but griffins, gargoyles, harpies, sea serpents, along with Draconians and a wonderful and completely brand new mythical creatures. Ethyrea features no gore, no foul language, and is an exciting, imaginative thrill ride for the whole family. Some of Hollywood's greatest minds: Dean Cundey, Billy Badalato, Stephen Sobisky, Lee Baker, renowned Casting Director Robyn Owen, Troy Edwards of ITM-Entertainment, DQ Entertainment (Winner of the 2012 International Animation Studios of the Year Award) alongside numerous “Oscar” Winning Candidates and companies that have been brought together by the creator of this new blockbuster fantasy franchise that is most definitely going to be a "must see" come Spring 2014. To learn more about Ethyrea, check out Ethyrea.com.