By RICHARD F. BELISLE
7:08 PM EST, December 23, 2012
“Shotgun Mythos,” a new sci-fi/noir digital film series being launched on the Web by a Martinsburg video-production company, is not a low-budget film. It’s a no-budget film.
The film is being produced by Clint and Darla Gaige of Martinsburg, owners of Growth Media Services. The company produces local and nationwide advertising campaigns, commercial and corporate videos.
“Shotgun Mythos” has a cast of nearly 50 actors, none of whom will earn a dime unless the production makes money, Clint Gaige said.
“It’s a no-budget film, a labor of love,” said Gaige, whose background is in television and radio production.
He co-wrote the film’s script with Charley Bruce of Virginia Beach, Va. Bruce’s background is in radio and acting.
The producers hope to make money through advertising.
“Shotgun Mythos,” subtitled “The War For Free Will Has Just Begun,” combines biblical references, classical mythology and Celtic folklore. It creates a world of fairy tales not meant for children.
It was written as a series of 13 episodes broken down into 39, 15-minute Webisodes, Clint Gaige said. They will be available through the Internet video channel blip.tv. and are being distributed on iTunes and Xbox.
“Viewers can watch the Webisodes on computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Darla Gaige, a co-creator and co-producer. “Our audience is limited only by (viewer) interest in the show. The world of new media is growing by leaps and bounds.”
The film was shot in a rented converted karate studio at 226 Winchester Ave.
On Sunday afternoon, more than 20 of the film’s creators, cast members and crew returned to the studio for a prerelease party. The film makes its debut Thursday on the Web.
Joss Washburn, an ex-Marine turned private detective, is the film’s main character. Washburn is played by Marcus Lawrence of Fredericksburg, Va.
Lawrence has been playing music and acting for 10 years, including professional theater in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va. He has done commercials, film and television, and performed works by Shakespeare on stage. He got his start in avant-garde theater.
“This is new territory for me,” Lawrence said. “I’ve not done episodic television before.”
Cast member Howard Frantz is from Mercersburg, Pa. He played Judge John Raymond Hazel of Buffalo, N.Y., who swore in Teddy Roosevelt as president following the assassination of William McKinley on the History Channel’s “Men Who Built America” series.
Christopher Inlow of Alexandria, Va., who plays the role of Thales in the series, has acted in movies, television and on stage. He has a supporting role in the feature film “Deer Crossing,” and has done shows on cable television.
His day job is working in an automobile collision-repair shop.
On the Web
For more information, go to www.shotgunmythos.com
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