sci-fi thriller about a trio of fugitive air pirates, will make its world
theatrical premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28th.
Directed by Robin Phillips and starring Gil Darnell, Jason Hice and Andrew
Varenhorst, the 23-minute film, shot and finished in 4K and featuring more than 130 visual effects
shots, is the precursor to a planned feature-length epic in the spirit of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Set in a dystopian future, Valiant delivers the rip-roaring adventure of three wanted men,
known as the Valiant Three, pirates of the skies and thorns in the side
of the Evil Royal Crown. These daring outlaws soar above a dying world in a
tilt-rotor cargo plane while robbing from the rich and giving to themselves.
Currier to an untimely demise, they are left in possession of a very unusual
package – a lost child princess. Realizing the fortune this child represents,
our heroes decide to make a risky trade – the girl for their freedom.
Pictures production; executive produced by Robin Phillips and Alexander
MacLean, produced by Shyam Sundar Sengupta, Sev Ohanian, Adam Nelson, and Eric
Edmonds. Phillips and Scott Baba wrote
the original screenplay.
USC Film School project under the supervision of producer John Watson (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft) and was funded, in part,
through a highly successful Kickstarter program. The production made use of a
number of novel visual effects techniques and workflow processes to create
studio-caliber visuals at a fraction of the cost. The production received
mentoring and support from New Deal Studios visual effects supervisor Matthew
Gratzner and miniatures specialist Fon Davis.
Additional support was provided by numerous other Hollywood film
professionals and the Academy of Art, San Francisco, and its Studio X.
started as an impossible daydream and was brought into reality by many amazing,
kind and generous people,” says Phillips. “We set out to do the impossible with
everything we had to give people something really memorable, really fantastic.”
Angeles-area locations, including the city’s historic Biltmore Hotel and a
water treatment plant near LAX. The film’s hero aircraft was a 1950s vintage
Fairchild C-123 military transport plane.
Principal photography was shot digitally and elements for visual effects
such as pyrotechnics were shot with high-speed cameras.
producers are currently developing a feature film set in the same Valiant
world. They also foresee possibilities for spinning off television shows,
interactive games and new media content. “Valiant is an amazing and
ambitious project,” says New Deal Studio’s Fon Davis. “It’s a well-orchestrated
adventure with outstanding production value. It’s like nothing you’ve seen
trailer can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TnpQz4dSvE
Festival are available here.
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