Gotta love google. Here’s what I found out from a google search regarding the web tv show with Phil Morris that Aaron mentioned in the Slice of SciFi interview. At least I *think* that’s what I’ve found. The following is from the website of Dekker Dreyer
Emissary: An action adventure series starring Phil Morris (Smallville), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Brian Thompson (Enterprise / X-Files) and others.
Emissary Preview at NYCC ’09
13 November 2008
It’s official! Phil Morris and I have been working very hard to put together a new series we created called Emissary and at the next New York Comic Con we’re going to preview it for you. Comic book legend Neal Adams is involved as are some awesome actors from shows like Battlestar Galactica and X-Files. Phil and I are very proud of what we’ve put together so far and by February we’re going to have an awesome panel for you.I’m slated to direct several episodes with writing credit split between myself, Phil and possibly Neal. Other actors whom I’ve worked with before who will be returning are Sean Hampton (Eleventh Hour) and J LaRose (Saw3, Repo: The Genetic Opera)
The panel will be Friday Feb. 6th, 2009 at 6pm
More NYCC Confirmations
4 December 2008
So it looks like we have confirmed for our NYCC Panel, Phil Morris (Smallville), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), and Brian Thompson (X-Files). There’s also talk of a VIP Emissary after-party! I’m trying to get a few others on board too.
Rock the hell on!
Emissary and the Ancient World
30 December 2008
Obviously, I can’t reveal everything we’re working on for Emissary, but I did a concept painting today related to the epic of Gilgamesh. The main character, Campbell Essex (played by Phil Morris), is a forensic archaeologist working on such things as first language and ancient proto-cultures.
In a purely archaeological context first language is the hypothesized root language of Greek, French, Hindi, Persian, and others. This theory of monogenesis, supported by academics like Merritt Ruhlen (see On the Origin of Languages: Studies in Linguistic Taxonomy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press), is currently being explored through several different branches of historical study. However, in a biblical context, the first language was the language of man before the events of Genesis 10 – 11 (the tower of babel).
“Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.’ Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:1-9)
In circles where these events are taken at face value there is a notion that it was this language which gave man power over the earth. Some believe that Noah, having known the true names of the animals of the earth as having had them named by god himself, was able to control the animals and draw them to the ark.
Phil reminded me that this concept is similar to the way Garth Ennis used the “voice of god” power in his graphic novel series Preacher. In the series the protagonist can force a man to do his bidding by knowing his name.
We think it’s an interesting idea for Campbell to be deeply involved in the idea of a first language and the culture associated with it.
Shooting Emissary with Stills!
8 January 2009
(first stills from Emissary)
The Emissary trailer shooting has been going great. Phil and I have been very happy with what we’ve been getting. Our stunt coordinator, Michael DePasquale Jr, was fantastic to work with. All of his men were equally impressive and hard working. They did tremendous work. It’s been freezing cold and everyone has been a champ about that.
Today is the second shoot day and we’re going to be crawling all around Manhattan. Tonight I’m dropping Phil down in Atlantic City for the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor event. All of our stunt guys will be there and I really wish I could stay, but it’s just not in the cards. My wife and I will probably just unwind with friends in the mountains this weekend.
It’s up to Phil, but I think that there might be a special dailies reel of Emissary shown during the Action event.
Time to get going. Shooting uptown at 10am.
New Emissary Stills
9 January 2009
Emissary is still coming to New York Comic Con and we couldn’t be more excited about it. I dropped Phil off in Atlantic City last night after we wrapped and watched some dailies. The character is really starting to come together in the footage we shot
The American Museum of Natural History was gracious enough to allow us use of their Central Park West entrance for a few shots and they really look stunning. I love digital workflow in filmmaking.