Mark Beer busy on “Oak Swamp”

An early design for Votary Films upcoming Oakswamp film by Mark BeerSciFi Art Now contributor Mark Beer has been in touch to say that he’s still trying to make it as a comic book cover artist, but in the mean time has been keeping busy in the film industry.

“I’m currently finishing up an album and booklet for an up and coming heavy metal band, and working as a concept creature designer on The Legend of Oak Swamp and The Mysteries of Ironwood for Votary Films, an independent production company out of Massachusetts.

“It’s a young sci-fi adventure set in the 1950s which is well along in development,” Mark explains, “involving genetic splicing for warfare, mixed with an adventure/fantasy for children and adults alike.”

An early design for Votary Films upcoming Oakswamp film by Mark Beer“The time when only big studios could make big visual effects heavy features has passed,” says Boston-based director Jedidiah Burdic, whose first film, Silk Trees has been completed and awaiting distribution.

“With the gathering of highly skilled artists, from concept design, to modelers, animators, and compositors from around the world, even independent films can partake in the fantastic.

“The film has huge potential, and is currently seeking funding, but that isn’t stopping us. The team is pushing forward with creative development, payment up front be damned.

“We all believe in it, and that’s a powerful thing, when a team is willing to work together if for nothing other than the art.”

• Check out Mark’s work at: http://reebkram.daportfolio.com

• More about The Legend of Oak Swamp and The Mysteries of Ironwood

View a trailer for Oak Swamp on the official Oak Swamp web site!

An early protagonist design for Votary Films upcoming Oakswamp film by Mark Beer

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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