The Last in Line | Fantasy Drama Feature Film | Hillsborough, NC

War storms across the cold lands of the north!

Bloodthirsty berserkers and colossal frost giants lock horns with golden-eyed crusaders and crazed templar-priests. They battle for their respective kingdoms, ice-locked Nosck and sky-worshipping Samada, and their battleground is the small, neutral kingdom that lies between them: Ardenmor.

Enter the Broken Swords. They are swords-for-hire, mercenaries, scoundrels, and rogues. An independent army consisting of the dregs of humanity, of the worst that the world has to offer, of people with no redeeming value, and yet they do not hire themselves out to just any cause. In each other they have found brotherhood, and in brotherhood they have found some semblance of morality. Not much, but enough…

As the Nosck and Samada armies destroy the kingdom of Ardenmor in their bid to destroy each other, the Ardenmor lords hire the Broken Swords not to wage a three-way war but simply to protect their people. Waging a guerrilla war against the other two armies, the Broken Swords are largely successful… Until their Captain goes mad and puts the mercenaries at risk not just from the Nosck and Samada, but also from the Ardenian people themselves!

Now, two squads — twelve seasoned men and women — are on the run. They find brief sanctuary in a barn in the middle of an Ardenian forest. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, they must survive until dawn when they can make a break for the safety of the borderlands. Attacked through the night by Nosck warblades, Samada skydancers, and Ardenian rangers, the odds are impossible.  

 

By all the gods and the seven hells, these men and women are some of the most elite warriors the northern kingdoms have seen in ages. If anyone can survive this, they will or they will die trying. And many will indeed die before the night bleeds away into morning light…

Inspired by famous battles like the Battle of Thermopylae, Pickett’s Charge and the Battle of Agincourt, this film explores the themes of friendship, camaraderie and the difficulties of facing a no-win situation. 

 

The Last in Line: A Saga of the Broken Swords is a fantasy feature film shot entirely in Hillsborough, NC by a female-owned film company and directed by a military veteran. A truly independent film, completely self-financed with a little nudge in post-production thru a small crowd-funding campaign with Indiegogo.

The core group of the production design team: Director Michael Babbitt, Writer Christopher Lee Jones, Production Designer Muyuki Su, Art Director Laurel Lane, Costume/Props designer Ann Marie Crosmun and Key Makeup designer Jill Cromwell, spent thousands of man hours developing the world of the film before it was shot. It was vital, given the limited budget, that the details of the world and the depth it contained was as richly realized as possible. The film features an original score by Zac Bennett Campbell and music from Canadian power metal band, Unleash the Archers who appear courtesy of Napalm Records.

 

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Set to premiere in late September 2018, if you love a vividly imaginative adventure, played Dungeons and Dragons, love reading fantasy novels or enjoy exploring new worlds, we hope you’ll watch our film and enjoy.

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