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BLINDING FILMS is a start-up production company intending to co-produce with an accomplished production entity, already established and experienced in the business of seeking venture capital in order to develop, produce, and commercially exploit independent motion pictures for theatrical release.

Dawn of Darkness

Production country: 
United States
Fantasy / Science Fiction
Short films
Student film: 
Production year: 
January, 2010
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Born in Kielce, Poland, Maksymilian Naporowski studied art, psychology and philosophy at McMaster University in Canada. In the spring of 1996, he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. He then spent a summer at Sheridan College and added another year of studies in digital animation at Seneca College. He then went on to become a teacher of the same program. In 1998, he took a demonstration artist position for a Toronto based company called "Puppet Works", a conductor company of "Alias/Wavefront". There he developed digital content for presentations at shows such as Siggraph and NAB, and provided training and consultation for clients and projects such as the "Duke Nuke'em" video game title at 3D Realms, internal 3D content for Lockheed Martin, "Merlin" and "Lost in Space" films for Jim Henson Creature Shop in the UK, "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" for Walt Disney Studios, "Jane Austen's Mafia!" for Swansons Production and "Incredible Mr. Limpet" for Pacific Title/Mirage and Warner Bros. Later that year, Computer Graphics World awarded PupetWorks' Motion Capture Animation System as one of the Most Innovative Products of the Year, and at the end of 1998 The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television awarded the team at PuppetWorks with a Gemini Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement. Maks moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to take a position as a CG Supervisor for 2G and Swanson Productions. The following year he joined Centropolis FX to help build the Character Motion Capture/Animation pipeline for "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger. Maks also choreographed and animated some of the large battle sequences for the film. From 2000-2008 Maks contributed his talents to Sony Pictures Imageworks. His first task was to provide muscle deformation on a number of creatures for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". He then went on to tackle technical character concepts, problem-solving, animation pipelines, character setup and animation for such films as “The Chubbchubbs!” and “Stuart Little 2”. Maks headed the technical animation teams, was involved in pre-visualization, character rigging and animation for “Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle”, “Bad Boys II”, “Matrix Revolutions“, “Polar Express", “Zathura: A Space Adventure”, "The Aviator", "Superman Returns", "Ghost Rider" and "Beowulf". Throughout his career Maks has had the privilage to be a key element in projects which won numerous awards. In 2003, the visual effects team for "Chubbchubbs!" won an Oscar for Best Animation Short. Later that year the Visual Effects Society awarded the team of "Stuarl Little 2" the VES Award for best character animation in an Animated Motion Picture. In 2004, "Matrix Revolutions" and "Bad Boys 2" were nominated for a VES Award, and in 2005 "Aviator" received a VES award for outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture. In 2008, Maks was invited to be part of a discussion panel on Animation, Kinetics and Dance, as an expert in his field, at the University of Southern California along with Margot Apostolos, Andreas Deja and Tom Sito. Later that year Maks was part of an expert jury and presented the Hollywood Eagle Animation Award at the 9th Annual Polish Film Festival. In June 2008, Maks was invited to a film festival in Poland to honor the lifetime film directing achievement of Mr. Krzysztof Zanussi. At the festival Maks was awarded the Cinemagic award for his achievements in the visual effects field. In 2007, Maks teamed up with Raymond Edwards to create Blinding Films, a company dedicated to producing independent content, and is currently wrapping up post-production on an ambitious short film which Maks directed. In addition to the production work, he has also been teaching at the University Of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, and Gnomon School of Visual Effects.

Film director: 
Maks Naporowski
Raymond Edwards
About the Producer: 
RAYMOND ANTHONY EDWARDS has worked in the industry since 1980, in Commercial Television and Stage Theatre. He’s a multi-faceted artist. He was Theatre Director and founder of Gondo Arts Centre, Southern Africa and was actively involved in theatre film and television during the 80’s. His original creation, “Vanished Civilization” which demonstrated his multifaceted talents to an echelon of exceptional achievement; lastly performed before a private audience of international dignitaries at the 8th Conference for The Non-Aligned Movement,1986. Recognized for his excellence, Edwards was offered to further his passion for filmmaking, through private sponsorship. He moved to the USA in 1988. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, receiving his BFA degree in Film/Video, 1993 and then onto his MFA degree in Film/Video, 1995. He worked at Hollywood’s Electric Filmworks and Stargate Studios(aka Stargate Films) on Camera Effects Operations. He went on to work at Centropolis Effects1997-2000, as a CGI Animator/Technical Director; Centropolis being notorious for it’s Twentieth Century Fox blockbuster, Independence Day. Here he worked on Sony TriStar‘s Award winning Godzilla, Stuart Little and The Patriot. Edwards produced and directed the film Shadow Rising, 1996, which showed at the Academy of Animation, in North Hollywood, receiving an award for best Short at the DV Awards in spring 2005. He moved to London to work as a CG Lighting/Texturing Artist on other Award winning films such as Pride (2004) and Five Children and It (2004) for the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (renowned for their &quot;The Muppet Show&quot; (1976). Edwards also founded Blinding Films, in 2006 where he’s produced, directed and currently developing feature film projects for which he’s written the screenplays.<input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><!--Session data--><input onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" id="jsProxy" type="hidden" /> <div id="refHTML"> </div>
Raymond Edwards
Keita Ideno
Film photographer: 
Pawel Gula
Gary Megregian, Dariusz Kowalczyk
Dariusz Kowalczyk
Jay Seccord: Costume / Armour Designer, Amy Alexander: Costume Designer , Ruslan Batenko: Costume / Armour Designer, Lee Joyner: FX Makeup / Character Designer
Raul Contreras: Production Designer, Lee Joyner: FX Makeup / Character Designer, Troy Wheeler Effects Makeup, Willie Valenzuela Effects Makeup,
Cast 1: 
Brian Thompson
Cast 2: 
William Romeo
Cast 3: 
Gidget Migliaccio
Cast 4: 
Lance Migliaccio
Cast 5: 
Raymond Edwards
Film synopsis: 
An ancient evil once threatened the lands of Aronmar, engulfing the world in darkness and nearly destroying all life. In a last effort to save their realm a group of warriors banded together to fight the Darkness. They were said to have found the source of magic, a mystical &quot;Light&quot; that flows through the veins of the land and gives life to all. These warriors became the powerful order known as the &quot;Aegis of Light&quot; and with the powers granted by the Light they were able to stop the Darkness from spreading. Peace and harmony returned to the lands and with time, like all things, the memories of the Darkness withered away. With no signs of danger or of the Aegis warriors, the stories became myths, myths became legends and the Ancient Evil was forgotten. A thousand years have now passed and the Evil has returned, spreading and destroying everything in its path. The lands of Aronmar are once again being consumed by Darkness. Two powerful warriors arrive to witness the destruction of an Elven village. Kara, an Elven warrior, who a thousand years ago used to call this burning town her home, along with a human Paladin knight, Dryden. The two may very well be the last of the powerful order of the &quot;Aegis of Light&quot;. Can they stop this ancient evil and it’s minions as they did once before? Can the Aegis save Aronmar or will the Ancient Evil consume all on this Dawn of Darkness ...<input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><!--Session data--><input onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" id="jsProxy" type="hidden" /> <div id="refHTML"> </div>
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Video master available ?: 
Video Type: 
Blu ray
Festival Selection, Awards...
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Festival selections: 

Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles
Thursday, October 14, 2010
8000 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90046

Awards received: 
LOS ANGELES REEL FILM FESTIVAL “Dawn Of Darkness” Best Narrative Short Special Effect (Digital) “Dawn Of Darkness Trailer” Honorable Mention: Best Narrative Short <input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><!--Session data--><input onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();}else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" id="jsProxy" type="hidden" /> <div id="refHTML"> </div>
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