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The tough, intelligent Bootsie, unlike the younger members of her team, retains some level of memory – some vague recollection of her past – a past where things were more…civilized.  Her distant sense of recall seems to bring a higher level of urgency to the dangerous mission through which she leads her team.  She’s an effective leader – she’s honest, she’s diplomatic and she knows how to delegate – but she suffers from a mild case of occasional self-doubt, which leads to petty riffs among the five which can jeopardize their mission.  She sometimes needs to be strong for all of them, even when things look their bleakest.

Played by Kelsey Millett


I originally started out working on the movie as the makeup artist, but once I attended the meeting I realized it was actually one of my very good friends, Hunter’s dad making it! They needed a Bootsie, and fortunately I was short enough to fit the role, even being almost 5 years older than my younger co-stars. I expected the filming to be tough, but nothing in my imagination could have prepared me for this. Though we all had our ups and downs this cast became a family to me, and I love them all. I think the worst part about being in the movie was defying the weather, some days it was sweaty and hot then the other it was raining and freezing on top of a mountain! Some days we were exhausted but Ben always pushed us, no matter how grouchy we were! The best part of filming was certainly working with everyone. It was fantastic to get feedback from Ben, and he helped me immensely in furthering my acting and makeup abilities. I can only hope that I portrayed Bootsie the way he imagined. I’m currently a student at Central Academy of Technology and Arts, but I hope to pursue makeup and film production in the future. It’s my passion, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity the Martin family has given me. I had an absolute blast creating this story, and can’t wait to make more in the future! “

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A strong fighter who dedicates all of his waking hours to honing his skills, Link follows Bootsie with a sense of loyalty none of the others can quite match.  He carries a wide assortment of weapons in his arsenal and is an expert with all of them. Quiet, strong, steady and reliable, Link is a major asset to the team and to the mission.

Played by Trace Martin


“I always wanted to be an actor, so when dad suggested that we make a movie, I was thrilled. I found it a very exciting experience. I was one of several in charge of weapons and so I helped design and create a lot of the weapons in the movie which I was particularly excited about because of my interest in weaponry. I also got to fight monsters.  (What could be better than that?), visit cool locations, and do the thing I loved most… making movies. As we filmed, there were some hardships and stress, but we worked through it to make something I’m proud to share. Thanks, dad. It wasn’t always easy, but all-in-all, it was very fun. I look forward to making more movies soon. “________________________________________________________________

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The most agile of the five, she is also the most acrobatic, possessing boundless energy and stamina.   Tiny but tough, it is almost impossible for Jazz to get hurt.   Her gifts include an ability to think fast and act even faster.   She’s a dead-shot with her sling and her whip, and uses them both often.

Played by Bailey Boryczewski

“When i was asked to do this movie, I had no idea what I was in for.  I thought oh this is going to be a short, fun kind of film.  When I showed up to the shoot the first day, my head was spinning.  There were actual sets and a real camera, not a camcorder like I had imagined.  There were many roles, costumes, actors and actresses.  I was amazed.  It was really fun to make this movie but also really hard.  I had a short sleeve costume so shooting in the winter was not the greatest, but when it warmed up, I was the lucky one!  I am so glad I did this movie.  I love acting, but it is not as easy as it looks on TV!  I can’t wait to see it!  We started it when I was in 7th grade, and now I’m in 8th so it’s been a long journey but I know it was worth it!”


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Whamo’s boundless optimism and lively sense of humor make him a valuable addition to the small band of heroes.   He is the primary cook and perhaps the most cautious of the five.  He is easy-going and amiable, but don’t let that fool you; he is deadly with a bow and arrow, a scagard or a spear.

Played by John Bryant – 

Bio submitted by John, January 26, 2014:


“I don’t really remember how I got in to this movie, but I am glad I did. When Mr. Martin asked me to be in this movie I got really excited. Before this I wanted to be actor like my older brother and now I really want this to be my profession. There were some hard things we had to pull off and sometimes people could be demanding, but all in all it was an awesome experience and I loved it. Now I can see why people want to be actors, it’s so fun to do this stuff. When we were filming, I was in 7th grade and it was stressful being in school and in a movie. Now that I have done it, I want to do this for the rest of my life.”  _______________________________________________________________________

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Pinball believes that a strong intellect is the best weapon anyone can have against the forces of evil, and intelligence he has in spades.  Perhaps not the most agile of fighters, he still can hold his own in the thick of battle.   His inventions, when applied at the right time in the right situations, can be a formidable defense against the enemy.

Played by Sam Knittel

Bio submitted by Sam on January 25, 2014:

Pinball_1 “Sam Knittel is a name known by many. A name, you might say, known by many. Sam is an intelligent person who really enjoys movies. He also likes movies.

One day, he happened to meet this guy named Trace in school one day. This event not only will change his life, but will form the basis of an extremely epic story about a parallel universe where this all didn’t happen. Trace got him involved in his father’s master plan for a movie masterpiece. After agreeing to join in, he was in.

Now, Sam expected a lot from making a movie. He imagined fun disguised as work. He sure was right. Sam really indeed did enjoy putting this movie together. He liked the costumes and food. Did I mention the food? As we move away from Sam’s involvement in the movie business, we will talk about Sam’s life. Sam enjoys especially long stories. Stories with appendixes. That’s one reason he is in the film business. In a rather long summary, Sam enjoyed being in this movie and would like to participate in movie-making business in the not-so-far-away future. ”  ___________________________________________________________________

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It’s easy to see why Madame Beaujolais might just be the best hope there is to lead the last few earthly survivors to a bountiful future.  She’s smart, yes, but more importantly, she carries with her a keen sense of focus and integrity that allows her to see the possibilities through the grim realities of the immediate circumstances.   She cuts through the fears and panic of those who have turned to her with hope for survival by communicating with clarity and compassion combined with a warm humility, the gift of empowerment and a tendency toward collaboration.

Played by Tatum Katz

Bio submitted January 26, 2014:


“Being a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to crafts, I often tech for theater productions but had never done a movie. When Mr. Martin pitched the idea to a group of us one evening, I jokingly asked why I didn’t have a starring role and was given one. A little intimidated but flattered that someone wanted me in front of the camera instead of behind it, I accepted both roles of costume designer and Beaujolais. I expected the experience to be difficult, and it was, but it was unbelievably rewarding. I loved spending days on end with close friends and being able to take an enormous artistic freedom with the costumes. The worst part was definitely the weather. I was constantly grateful I was too short to be a monster. I currently go to college in Los Angeles with a long-standing passion for biology and hopes of being a forensic scientist.”

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He’ll fight if he has to but walks away if he can.  He’s seen his share of blood and violence yet still looks to the future with a cautious optimism.  He’s a nomad and scrounger extraordinaire, surviving in the wilderness with his wits and his scrappy nature.  He’s fine on his own, but searches determinedly for his one true love – Beaujolais.

Played by Hunter Martin


When we were all sitting around discussing the movie, we older kids thought we would be doing the tech for the younger kids.  But then we all got kind of excited and wanted to be in it, too.  When dad started to tell me the details of the script I really started to get excited. So he started thinking up roles for all of us.  I’m glad he did.   I wasn’t officially the producer of the film at first, but the more complex it got, the more I tried to pitch in and help work out logistics so mom could plan food and dad could concentrate on directing. As a producer and assistant director I was able to help everyone else do their jobs, keep things moving and provide assistance and input wherever needed.I loved being able to see all of our crew working together towards a common, creative  goal . 

I like my character Bandeau a lot. My one request  was that he should wear an eye-patch, and from that Bandeau was born.  And boy did I enjoy playing him (not sure where dad came up with that name – I think it’s French for a strip of cloth, so maybe it refers to my eye-patch.)  I loved my character and jokingly suggested the movie should revolve around him.   I don’t do too much acting – in theater I’m mostly doing lights and other tech – but this was a lot of fun.”  ________________________________________________________________________

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Less a mystic in the classic sense of the word, Monique has a gift that allows her to be acutely susceptible to the spiritual oscillations of this modern, violent world, particularly those regarding dangerous forces at work to destroy the innocent and deny peace and freedom in the new world order.  With no maps, no easy way to navigate the savage land of few survivors, Monique’s gifts are invaluable to the fight for survival.

Played by Christina Albrecht


“I became a part of this movie because I had a deep appreciation for the movie-making process. I was heavily involved with video editing, and theater. I was excited when Mr. Martin asked me to take part in this. I expected to do a lot of filming and editing, but as it turns out I ended up acting a bit in it. Which was a new experience for me. I was mostly used to helping out with the technical aspects of productions, I didn’t have that much experience with acting prior. What I liked most about the movie was hanging out with all of my friends, and all being a part of something amazing. It was always fun to just be around everyone and create something that was totally our own. What I least liked about this whole experience was the fact that I was too busy to go to the film days. I had a hard time juggling work and school, and I really regret and feel sorry about not being around more for this movie. I never really had a chance to slow down and just focus on filming. Before this movie I had my heart set on being a film major, going off to Full Sail University, and eventually becoming a professional editor. But my I have changed gears a bit, and aspire to be an English teacher, or an elementary school teacher.”  _______________________________________________________________________


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Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.06.31 PMALYSSA KNITTEL as Mai Ling:
“I don’t remember how I got pulled into this. I think it was when I dropped off my little brother Sam (Pinball) one day for rehearsal and saw that they needed some helping hands in the back. Originally, that’s all I was going to do: help behind the scenes. I think it was pretty much how I imagined it. I knew from the get go that it was going to be long hours and hard work. I’m all about speed, so the fact that this movie took as long as it did amazes me. The amount of time and effort put into this is amazing and something I would love to do again with no hesitations. I think I liked working with my fellow cast mates and everyone behind the scenes the best. I know people always say that the people ‘were awesome to work with’, but in this case, they really were awesome to work with! The majority of the time the Martin’s opened their home to a bunch of preteens and teenagers and put up with the drama and food cravings. We often had to shoot in rain or cold and hot weather and the people made it all worthwhile. 

Currently I am a high-school senior at Central Academy of Technology and Arts in the Pre-Engineering  Academy. I horseback ride and work at Harper’s Restaurant. I am dedicated to my art work and my laptop. This fall I will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design for their Film and Television program. I am not sure what I will do in the film industry yet but I look forward to it”

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Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.16.38 PMKIM WAKKER as Bone



Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.16.51 PMGINGI MARTIN as Skinny



Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.19.57 PMCOLLIN WILSON as Gulah



Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.20.16 PMKAYLEY TYSON as Melancholy

“For a few years, even before receiving my modeling contract with Evolution Talent, I constantly heard Mr. Ben Martin saying he  going to make another movie and that he wanted you to be in it. Finally, after being neighbors for 5 years, he got his wish. We began filming and I not only came in to act but began assisting with hair and make-up. I was so happy to help. Many memories were made in the rain, freezing temperatures  and sunshine!  My character in the movie is named Melancholy while ironically my nickname from Mr. Ben on set was “Smiley”, because I like to smile, and laugh A LOT. Recently, after shooting, I was able to share my smiles and laughter with the people of Malawi, Africa. I plan on returning there soon to carry on missions work and then return home to continue my education with a 4-year degree after my senior year of high school.”

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.20.38 PMEMILY MUSE as Zing



Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.23.27 PMBEN MARTIN as Mots



Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 12.23.38 PMSANTO as Gustav

 My family has owned me since I was two-months old.  Now, nine years later, they ask me – no, they tell me – I’m going to play Gustav the Wonder Dog in this new project of theirs.   Okay. I like my life,  I like my family, and i’m pretty easy to get along with.  But for crying out loud – what do i want to be in this movie for?   I’m too old.   In dog years I’m like – what – 120?  They had these “monster-attack” scenes and i was supposed to get all excited or something.   I’m no Rin-Tin-Tin, ya know.  What do i know form acting.? And they would take so long to set up a scene.  It  was boring – and no one ever remembered to bring dog treats.  So i would wander home and scratch on the door.   And they would start shooting .   Then they would realize I wasn’t there, spit and swear and come get me, drag me back to the location, and start again.  I thought they would write me out of this thing but noooooo.   Look, I don’t mean to complain, but i hope nobody asks me to do a crummy movie again.  Okay?  I CANT ACT.   And the camera makes me look like I weigh like 100 pounds.  (I swear i’m no more than 88.)  And look at my face.  Am I really that gray??  Jeepers.  Was there anything i liked about it?   Hmmm.  Well not really, but there was one day all they wanted me to do was lie there while the others talked.   That wasnt too bad but I wasnt sure what my motivation was, so i thought- well just do what you would do normally.  So I started licking myself.   Next thing i hear is “CUUUT!”  Ya cant win.  


Brinley Boryczewski Blakely Boryczewski
Brycelin Boryczewski Bethany Field
Christian Coombs Vanessa Connell
Marty Connell Adam Connell
Daniel Cox Derrick Cox
Marianne Doehling Britney Doehling
Kieran Hickey J.T. Field
Jake Hillhouse Maddy Katz
Annamarie Knittel John Knittel
Tyler Lewis Darien Lewis
Ryan Lewis Beth Lewis
Alex Lewis Michael Lewis
Karen Parot Fred Parot
Jonathan Scere Sierra Sidney
Myranda Staiano Amelya Staiano
Abby Tesar Ian Begley
Meredith Tershel Dixie Tyson
Jackson Tyson Jet Tyson
Grace Wallace Patrick Tyson

CREW Credits

Videographer LEO RIOT
Executive producers TATUM KATZ  | BETHANNE MARTIN
Special Production Support  MADISON KATZ
Second Unit Directors HUNTER MARTIN
Post production finish GIOVANNI G. GUITERREZ
Chief costume and production design TATUM KATZ
Creature Effects CG VIBRANCE CREATIVE STUDIO, Indore, India
Creative Direction SHASHANK MEHTA
Special Locations AW SHUCKS []
Location support JIM DAVIS
Filmed in and around Monroe, NC, USA  2013
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