Epic fantasy is a genre which can be very difficult to successfully film.
Its fantastical worlds often populated with exotic cultures, invented languages, ethereal creatures, and various systems of magic can seem, at best, unconvincing if mishandled.
I believe filmmakers must have a deep respect, understanding, and passion for the genre in order for audiences to connect with the material.
A prime example is the blockbuster Lord of The Rings trilogy, which is director Peter Jackson's love letter to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.
However, there are many instances when filmed fantasies fail, often due to the filmmaker's lack of understanding and/or appreciation for the genre.
Remember the movie version of Eragon?
Fortunately, The Broken Continent falls into the former category. An independently produced epic fantasy web series, it's very evident from the pilot episode this project was made with a lot of passion.
The series has a lot going for it including: a compelling mythology, and exceptional dialogue masterfully delivered by an extremely competent cast.
While it would be grossly unfair to compare the costumes and production design to big budget projects, the production team holds their own.
The cinematography is crisp and clear, with a beautiful woodland setting put to full effect.
Below is the latest official trailer ...
Here is the pilot episode:
As of this writing, the pilot and two episodes have been produced with the filmmakers assuring more on the way.
After watching all the initial episodes, I was left wanting more.
For more information about The Broken Continent, including a detailed series mythology, cast/crew bios, and contact information, please visit the official web site:
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