BloodSpell is our (that is to say, Strange Company's) first feature-length animated film.
It is a story of a world where men and women carry magic in their blood, and spilling it can unleash terrible power.
Where these "Blooded" hide in fetid slums from the Church of the Angels, commanded by their divine masters to "cleanse" the Blood Magic.
Where choices are fraught, alliances rarely safe, and blood is all.
A young monk named Jered flees the Church when his own Blood Magic is released. Now he must survive the pursuit of the Church, the gladiatorial pits of the Blooded underground, and the hidden truths of the ancient struggle. The choices he makes will tip the balance of the war between Church and Blooded, and change his world forever.
Mixing a vivid world with fast-paced action and punk attitude, we think BloodSpell will be like no film you've ever seen.
What's unique about it?
We're fairly sure BloodSpell is the largest Machinima film ever created. It's an independent film that, because it is using Machinima technology, isn't subject to the usual limitations of smaller films. But, at the same time, we don't have the politics, money and producers of a Hollywood production involved, so we can experiment with ideas, styles and attitudes that wouldn't be possible in a more top-heavy Hollywood production.
Of course, we still have some limitations, and BloodSpell won't be beating out 'Lord of the Rings' for visual effects. But we hope that what we lack in slick polish, we can make up for in originality and passion.
The other unique thing about BloodSpell is the way it's being released. We will be releasing BloodSpell under a Creative Commons license, meaning that it will be free both to download and to modify: in other words, where even many indie filmmakers might get upset if you put their work up on Bittorrent or translate it into a new language, we'll be encouraging work like that, and supporting it as much as possible.
When will it be released?
We're aiming to release the first episodes of BloodSpell in the autumn. After that, it will be released as 3-5 minute episodes weekly until the entire film is available.