What is FROM ASHES?
FROM ASHES is an experimental state of the art 3D animated short film project, written and directed by Matt Baamonde based on an original narrative story by Matt Baamonde.
The film will be created and rendered live in 3D using the Unreal Engine – a 3D rendering and video game development engine featuring real-time animation with motion capture performances and voice acting, feature film cinematography, stunt man lead choreographed action.
Unlike a traditional film, anything is possible in 3D. The world of Aegika can feature any kind of magic we imagine, while merging the emotional and grounded connection to real actors.
This project is a collaboration of talent coming together to bring the story of Princess Rhetara and Claybourne Jayde to life.
What will you do now?"
Meet the central players of the Aegikan Epic
The backstory and prehistory of the realm of Aegika...
THE FALL OF SYLVAN WARDE
The events of FROM ASHES up until now...
The story of the From Ashes short takes place half way through book one of the From Ashes novelization trilogy.
Claybourne Jayde is a young commanding military officer in the medieval realm of Aegika, a continental island ruled by a monarchic Crown King. As an expert swordsman and a successful strategist, Clay is propelled into high standing and prestige amongst the royal elite.
When Clay returns from a battle in the North, he is assigned to be Princess Rhetara’s Praetorian Guard, (the radiant and beautiful eldest daughter of the Crown King,) he uncovers a conspiracy involving a vigilante outlaw known as the Ghost Knight, a rebel who is building an army in hiding. After a bloody encounter with the Ghost Knight, Rhetara is kidnapped by the rebels and Clay’s best friend Sylvan is killed at Clay’s own hand.
By order of the King to find Rhetara and kill or capture the Ghost Knight, Clay tracks them to the outskirts of the Disodeon Darklands - an impossibly black desert in the heart of Aegika. No light can reach the Darklands, a terrifying vacuum that few have ever dared enter.
While spying on the rebels he is cornered and captured, held captive in a makeshift camp at the edge of the Blueleaf Forest- not far from Clay’s childhood home. While Clay comes to grips that the rebellion isn’t what it seems, a malevolent force waits for an opportunity to strike...
THIS IS WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS
The sound and score of FROM ASHES...
with the music...
Matt Baamonde is a Berklee College of Music trained film composer with hundreds of film and TV credits. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3495343
The score will feature epic cinematic orchestral music with operatic vocals and dark moody tones in the style of Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, Beary McCreary, Jeremey Soule, Brian Tyler and Jerry Goldstein.
All funders and investors in the movie will receive a FREE copy of the album. If you would like to support the project and purchase the album now, click the link below.
The Cast & Crew
Meet the creators and actors behind FROM ASHES...
Building the world of Aegika in Unreal Engine 4
for cinema using the Unreal Engine.
Utilizing 1:1 motion capture performances for physical
and facial animation, we'll be capturing the best of
unlimited magic in a digital fantasy world with real
Get in touch!
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