Award-winning writer and director Brett Truett has teamed up with renowned artist and animator, Francisco Enciso to create Hell on Earth -- an animated rock opera series for mature audiences. It features beautiful anime-style animation, an epic story infused with dark wit, and some killer rock and roll. Truett's production company, Mythicnet, is currently hosting a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise money to bring this ambitious project to life.
The story for the animated series is inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays that document England's civil wars in the fifteenth century commonly known as the War of the Roses. The plays also deal with a string of conflicts with the French, including Henry V's famous victory at Agincourt and Joan of Arc's equally famous heroics when she led the French army against the English.
Instead of fifteenth century England and France however, Hell on Earth is set in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas where a group of American military officers and politicians are hunkered down inside Hoover Dam as they try to survive a horde of bloodthirsty demons roaming the earth in search of human hearts. The demons are released when an antimatter bomb, created in the wake of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough, blows a hole in the universe, opening a portal to Hell. The demons seem unstoppable until the mysterious Geomancer, like a modern-day pied piper, proves that they can be subdued by live rock and roll.
The tale focuses on the struggles for power within the group holed up in the dam as well as the constant threat they face from the demons whenever they venture outside. They also face frequent attacks from other groups of humans trying to get inside the safety of the dam which, along with a few other sites around the world, possesses an unexplainable power to repel the demons. The music will include some original songs and the producers plan to try and license music by rock bands across the spectrum, including tracks by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, The Rolling Stones, Audioslave, Hole, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Wolfmother, and Smashing Pumpkins.
Lend support to the project by contributing to the Indiegogo campaign and claiming one of the perks, which include the unique opportunity to directly participate in the making of the first episode.
Hell On Earth co-creator Brett Truett started his career as an actor and director in the avant-garde theater scene in Seattle during the peak of the city's creative renaissance of the nineties. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to become famous and promptly decided that he'd rather shave his head and join a cult than subject himself to the horror that is the pursuit of an acting career in Los Angeles. So, in short order, he transformed himself into a post-production wonk. He began editing music videos and concerts for a wide range of high-profile music acts including No Doubt, 50 Cent, and Queens of the Stone Age until he moved into television where he continues to make his living finishing shows like Arrow, Revolution, and Weeds. Brett has also made a a name for himself as an independent filmmaker -- he produced a successful, critically acclaimed educational DVD of Shakespeare's Macbeth in 2002, and made the award-winning short film, Splitsville, that swept the festival circuit in 2007, winning several awards and qualifying for Academy Award consideration. He also edited and acted in the independent feature, Raising Genius, starring Justin Long, Stephen Root and Wendy Malick.
Hell On Earth co-creator Francisco Enciso started as an underground graffiti artist in east Los Angeles. Despite his unconventional background, his exceptional talent earned him a spot at the renowned character animation school at California Institute for the Arts, founded by Walt Disney himself. While there, Francisco distinguished himself as an artist of unique and bold vision with his controversial short, Snow White Trash. After his tenure at Cal Arts, Francisco directed and animated several short films including the edgy Internet favorite, Harry Pothead. He then went on to do special effects and motion graphics in music videos, television, and feature films. He created visual effects for the films Hellboy and Shoot 'Em Up, and the television show, "Lost." He also designed all of the motion graphics for the DVD portion of 50 Cent's smash hit, "Get Rich or Die Tryin."