EMISSARY: Website & Teaser

There is now a website for EMISSARY where you can view the teaser trailer. Aaron isn’t in the teaser as he hasn’t filmed any scenes as yet. This is the teaser that was shown at New York Comic Con 2009 last week.

Emissary – Press Release

Below is the official press release about the Emissary guest panel at New York Comic Con 2009.

Emissary @ New York Comic Con

NEW YORK, NY โ€“ February 3rd, 2009 — All those attending New York Comic Con are invited to a special panel presentation of “Emissary” the new series starring Philip Morris. The panel takes place Friday, February 6th at 6pm and will include the first look at Emissary’s teaser footage and a Q&A with the stars.

Emissary is the story of anthropologist Campbell Essex discovering his destiny as the latest in a line of “Emissaries” or peak humans. Constantly pursued by ancient enemies who seek his power, Campbell struggles to overcome his own limitations before it’s too late.

The series, created by Philip Morris and Dekker Dreyer, spans several hundred years and touches on serious issues of what it means to be human while bringing a new level of brutal realism to the sci-fi / fantasy genre.

“As an actor, I have had wonderful experiences in the sci-fi / action-adventure world. With “Emissary”, I get a chance to bring my own sense of expression to this vital genre, as an actor, producer, and writer. I also get the chance to use skills that the audience may not know that I truly possess, like the martial arts. In meeting Dekker Dreyer and collaborating with him, it has all come together, and I’m very grateful. I am excited to bring this to the fans, and hope that they appreciate what we’re doing. Being a comic book geek myself, it’s important to me to honor the fans with this material. We’re a picky bunch, and if they like it, I will be happy.” – Philip Morris, co-creator.

With New York City being the primary backdrop for the first leg of the series, the creative team hopes to craft a rich bed to the action.

“I live in NYC and there are plenty of strange things that happen there every day. We wanted danger to be around every corner. Old buildings, old mysteries… strange people, those things excite me. At its core Emissary is a fantastic story and it’s easy for a show to stretch too far from a believable, grounded universe. Phil and I are both big fans of hiding the extraordinary inside the everyday. Here we have elements of a dark real-world story, but ultimately it’s a hopeful fantasy.” – Dekker Dreyer, co-creator.

The Emissary cast includes Philip Morris (Smallville), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Brian Thompson (X-File, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy nominee Thaao Penghlis with additional cast members Yuri Lowenthal and J LaRose in attendance at the NYCC panel.

The series, produced by Mnemosyne LLC and the Emissary Partners, is scheduled to begin production in late 2009 currently slated for IPTV distribution.

Emissary: Dekker Dreyer – Official Website

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

Source: http://www.dekkerdreyer.com/blog/emissary-preview-at-nycc-09

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!

Source: http://www.dekkerdreyer.com/blog/more-nycc-confirmations

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.

Source: http://www.dekkerdreyer.com/blog/emissary-and-the-ancient-world

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.

Source: http://www.dekkerdreyer.com/blog/shooting-emissary

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.

Source: http://www.dekkerdreyer.com/blog/one-new-emissary-still

INTERVIEW (AUDIO): Slice of SciFi (January 10, 2009)

Slice of SciFi (#195)
January 10, 2009
15.2 MB

Slice of SciFi have done an interview with Aaron. I’ve downloaded the 55 minute podcast and edited it down to just Aaron’s interview (16 mins).

No BSG season 4.5 spoilers.

Right click on the link below to save it to your computer.
Aaron Douglas – Slice of SciFi (#195)

Time stamp: 14:45 …. Aaron’s going to be doing a web tv show for iTunes/Sony in New York with Phillip Morris ?!?!?!?

This week, we talk to Aaron Douglas who plays Chief Tyrol on SciFi’s “Battlestar Galactica”. Aaron will be in Phoenix in a few weeks for Cactus Comicon. He also talks about the history of his character and his approach to playing Chief Tyrol.

Source: Slice of SciFi