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02/10/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BloodSpell, the punk fantasy series, spawns its own feature film.

In 2006, Web viewers watched as beautiful swordswomen battled on a pyrotechnic chess board. A gladiator with a steam-powered arm fled an army of wraiths. A sorcerer and an angel fought atop a cliff overlooking a fantasy city. This was BloodSpell, the animated movie released online last year. Now, the series has spawned an 84-minute feature film.

"BloodSpell was conceived as a feature film," Hugh Hancock, BloodSpell's Executive Producer and author of Machinima for Dummies told "We talked to conventional filmmakers who told us it would cost £3 million to make. I couldn't fund it myself and wasn't likely to get that sort of funding for my first feature film, so I decided to make it another way."

Hancock and his team labored for three years producing BloodSpell as a 15-episode series released every two weeks during 2006, creating the visuals by adapting computer game Neverwinter Nights, supported by the developers. They worked unpaid, with £6,000 budget, supported by consultancy work.

Around 100,000 people downloaded BloodSpell, the animated series, persuading Hancock to return to his original vision: BloodSpell, the feature film.

"We re-shot the opening scenes of the series to take advantage of our experience," added Hancock "We recorded new voice, re-edited the entire film, crafted a new soundtrack. It was a lot of work!"

Charles Stross said of the project, "If Marvel and DC Comics aren't feeling the chill wind down the back of their neck, they're asleep at the switch."

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