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SCI-FI.COM is a new science fiction media website and is proud to announce its first program, available October 16:

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Pre-RELEASE KIT

1.  INTRODUCTION

CERBERUS REX is an hour-and-a-half long science fiction audio adventure that will be available to stream and download on SCI-FI.COM and on "SCI-FI PRESENTS", SCI-FI.COM's podcast, on October 16, 2017.  This Pre-Release Kit includes the trailer for the show, the first 40 minutes of the show and additional information.

I am sending this to you in the hopes that you will consider reviewing and/or providing feedback.  

My name is Jason Hardcastle and I created the show.  Please feel free to contact me via email (contact@heorotmedia.com) or via the CONTACT box below.  I will get back to you quickly.  

This Pre-Release Kit includes content that has not yet been released publicly and is being distributed only to members of the media and industry professionals.  Please forward this page only to other members of the media and/or industry professionals.  Please feel free to send www.sci-fi.com/crtrailer (which includes the title banner, the excerpt/trailer and a preview poster) or www.sci-fi.com (homepage) to anyone.  This Pre-Release Kit webpage will remain live until the October 16 release date.  

Thank you for your consideration.

- Jason

2.  LISTEN TO THE EXCERPT/TRAILER

If you download the excerpt/trailer, please feel free to send it to anyone and/or post it anywhere.  If you wish to link to this site, please link to www.sci-fi.com/crtrailer or www.sci-fi.com and not this Pre-Release Kit page.

3.  LISTEN TO THE FIRST 40 minutes

Please do not download or share or link to this segment of the show.  This has not been released publicly and is intended only for recipients of this Pre-Release Kit.  If you review the show, please try to go light on the spoilers.  There is a Story Synopsis in Section 5 below and a Creator's Statement in Section 6 below that you can use if you find helpful.

Due to its length, this may take a few moments to load.  If you listened to the excerpt/trailer, the end of the excerpt occurs at the 3:30 mark in this.

4.  RELEASE

The release date is October 16, 2017. 

There will be 4 ways to listen to CERBERUS REX:

  • by downloading the show as an .mp3 file from SCI-FI.COM
  • by downloading the show as a .wav file from SCI-FI.COM
  • by streaming the show, in .mp3 form, from SCI-FI.COM and
  • by listening to "SCI-FI PRESENTS", the podcast of SCI-FI.COM, available on iTunes.
 
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The CERBERUS REX trailer (featured above) is now available on the podcast feed and on www.sci-fi.com/crtrailer.  

On October 16, (i) the entire show will be available on SCI-FI.COM and (ii) the first forty minutes of the show (featured above) will be released as an episode of the podcast.  The remainder of the show will be released as a subsequent episode of the podcast.  

SCI-FI.COM and SCI-FI PRESENTS will feature additional original content going forward.

5.  STORY SYNOPSIS

Dr. Anabela Correia, a professor of astrophysics at Hawksmoor University, travels upon request by a former colleague to Well Station, a research facility performing experiments on a mystery of physics in an underground cave.  A natural explorer, Ana rushes to view the phenomenon first-hand and, accompanied by Well Station Security/Containment Officer Benjamin Wyngarde, is soon staring down at a marvel hidden deep.  

Then... not so deep.

 
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6.  CREATOR’S STATEMENT

My name is Jason Hardcastle.  I created the show.  If you reach out via contact@heorotmedia.com or via the CONTACT box, I will be the one responding.  I don't have any entertainment or media credits.  I was an attorney for ten years in New York City.  Now this.

CERBERUS REX is a science fiction adventure in audio form.

The story is told entirely through dialogue, sound effects and music.  There is no narration.  The story was crafted from inception for a listening audience.  We have action set pieces, we change environments, we convey movement and action, all with sound.  To complement this approach, we structured and paced the show to be streamlined and tight—A leads to B leads to C leads to D and we’re done.

The list of influences is long.   In terms of the spirit of adventure: Robert Jordan, Wendy and Richard Pini, Terry Goodkind, Clive Cussler, Tad Williams, Arthur Conan Doyle and, oldest and best, Alexandre Dumas (particularly for the script he wrote for the 1993 Chris O'Donnell vehicle Musketbros).  There are bits of Lovecraft, Barker and King in there.  In terms of structure and action: John Carpenter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, John McTiernan, Walter Hill and Michael Crichton.  And in terms of dialogue and writing tone: Shane Black, William Goldman and Nelson DeMille.  So... a bunch... but we strove to be unique in our voice, particularly with respect to our main character, Dr. Anabela Correia. 

At the beginning of the story, Ana is an explorer stuck in academia.  Ana is aggressive and tough but fun.  She quotes books and movies and when teaching class, she’s Socratic so she’s scary but she’s more animated/fun-scary, less Paper Chase-scary.  She has a fundamental need to challenge, discover, observe and analyze, and she eagerly accepts the call to adventure.  She is consistently optimistic without being naïve.  When faced with a challenge, she will out-think it, not out-fight it.  Her code in the story is: think cosmically.

In contrast, character Benjamin Wyngarde, a Security/Containment Officer at Well Station, is a conventional heroic figure, strapping and confident.  Traditionally, he would be considered a man as in: The Right Stuff: "Is that a man?" "Yeah, you're damn right it is."  Captain of the team, everyone’s big brother.  If your dad ever fell asleep reading a book in a hammock or a recliner, Wyngarde could have headlined that book.

Thematically, CERBERUS REX is about the evolution of the concept of heroism.  Each of the main characters has a strong moral center but Wyngarde is the old guard that revs engines and unloads clips and Ana is the new hero that thinks cosmically.  As events unfold, she takes over and drives the story.  Ana is the adventure’s hero.  

I made this because I thought it would be awesome if it existed, and I am excited about how it turned out.  So much of CERBERUS REX works on (i) the strength of the performances, lead by New York-based actors Natali de Assis (www.natalideassis.com) as Ana and Michael Joseph Murray (www.michaeljosephmurray.com) as Wyngarde and North Carolina-based voice actor George Washington III as John Brant (www.voevolution.com), a character that shows up later in the show and is a bit like old Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond, and (ii) our exceptional score by composer Benjamin Goldman (www.benjamingoldmanmusic.com).  Everyone involved-- the actors, our sound folks, our artists and designers-- did fantastic work and I am proud to present the final product of their combined efforts.

7.  PRODUCTION

Principal dialogue was recorded at Dubway Studios (www.dubway.com) in downtown Manhattan, using New York City-based actors and sound engineers.  Additional dialogue was recorded remotely by voice actors across the country. 

 
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Composer Benjamin Goldman (www.benjamingoldmanmusic.com) is an award-winning composer who specializes in writing and recording music for film, television, advertising and other media.  His work can be heard in the feature film, “Pearl: Harbor: The Accused”, the ongoing series “Thomas Creator Collective” and the upcoming game, “Exile”. For CERBERUS REX, Ben created an original score that is theme-based and incorporates inspiration from classic Hollywood adventure scores.

Custom sound effects were crafted by Skew Sound (www.skewsound.com), with additional effects pulled from various libraries and resources.

The full cast and crew list is set forth in Section 10 below.

CERBERUS REX is a Heorot Media production.  Heorot Media, LLC is a new digital media company and this show is its first release.

8.  IS THIS A TALE OF RIBALDRy?

No.  No dirty business.  Two "S" words is as bad as the language gets.  But we do try to scare the audience a bit.

9.  CONTACT

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, feedback or requests for information at contact@heorotmedia.com or via the CONTACT box below. 

Thank you!

- Jason

 

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10.  CERBERUS REX CAST AND CREW

Written, Directed, Produced and Edited by 

JASON HARDCASTLE

 

Music by

BENJAMIN GOLDMANN

 

Cast

  Anabela Correia   NATALI DE ASSIS

       Benjamin Wyngarde   MICHAEL JOSEPH MURRAY

              John Brant   GEORGE WASHINGTON III

                                         Mackenzie Miller   CALI GILMAN

                                           Buck Langstrom   MIKE CALLAHAN

                                       President Crawford   BRIAN STIVALE

                            Hawksmoor University Students   EILEEN SUGAMELI

                                                            WILL CALLAHAN 

                                                            GRACE INGLAND

                                                            ANNY JULES

                                                Mr. Zhang   JUSTIN CHIAO

                                   Science Team  Officers   KRISTEN DIMERCURIO

                                                            PETER LEWIS WALSH

                                                            BRAD GILLIAM

                                                            MICHAEL SPADACCINI

                             Security/Containment Officer   JONATHAN WEST

                                   Communications Officer   MIKE MORENO

                                          Geology Officer   JONATHAN COTTON

                                   CERBERUS REX Announcer   TY HARPER

                                     SCI-FI.COM Announcer   BRIAN STIVALE

 

Principal Dialogue Recorded at

DUBWAY STUDIOS

 

Final Sound Mix by

ADRIAN THORSTENSEN AT DUBWAY STUDIOS

 

SOUND EFFECTS BY

SkewSound

The Recordist

Sounddogs

Sound Ideas

Hollywood Edge Sound Effects

Sound Effects OCD

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Lynne Publishing

Aleksandr Sablin

NoizFXed

AB Audio Visual

MWO Sound

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One Sheet and Main Page Poster Art by

WESTON T. JONES

 

Preview Page Poster Art by

JEFF WARD

 

Title Design by

MARK "LINE" CANSINO