The Film 2018-01-11T05:25:31+00:00

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Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960’s, “Rise” is a story told within the framework of real life events of the times and crafted to fit perfectly within the lexicon of Zombie canon created by the legendary George A. Romero and continued by his own legacy and first-born son, George C. Romero.

A Note:

This film has become, with good reason, my white whale. Making “Rise of the Living Dead” is so much more than a film has ever been to me and through the course of development of this project a lot has been born with regard to the overall property; hence the reason I’m centralizing everything about the project on this site. As indicated by the page title, however, this page is dedicated strictly to the film portion of the property, so let’s get to it.


Scientist Ryan Cartwright’s revolutionary practices catch the attention of a clandestine military organization set on weaponizing Cartwright’s research for the conflict in Vietnam and beyond.  with the promise of unlimited resources and the chance to be reunited with his daughter.

Cartwright’s dark abandon races him forward with A serum that will allow people to live beyond death.  after early success, things quickly spiral, Cartwright must do whatever it takes to save his daughter, destroy his own life’s work and prevent the unthinkable from taking over the modern world.

it takes a village…

Orson Welles said it best when he said “A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”

“Rise” maybe the best example of the words of Welles that I have ever seen, personally. I’ve worked on, produced and/or directed more than 2 dozen films in my life and more than 125 commercials and every one of them required a small army to complete. But “Rise” is something much more than even the largest of productions I’ve ever seen.

Thankfully, I’ve managed to put together a pretty solid case for this project since its inception in 2010 and I’ve been able to ask a few friends, mentors and career idols to be a part of it; to which they have all said yes!

That said, the “Rise” family is growing quickly and I will be announcing new team members here as I move forward.

George C. Romero
George C. RomeroWriter/Director
George Romero is a film and television producer and the managing partner of Romero Pictures, which he formalized in 2008 after stepping down as president and chief creative officer of Batpack Studios with several films and hundreds of commercial campaigns under his belt. George has written, produced and/or directed 23 films and arranged financing for more than 35 film, television and streaming projects.

George received a B.A. in English Literature from Thiel College and attended the film production program at the Valencia school of film in Orlando, FL. What sets him apart from other producer/directors is the fact that he spent his early life coming up hard in the film industry working in almost every department on small and large film productions from his father’s “The Dark Half” to “The Burbs” and “Roadhouse,” to name a few.

Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C.
Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C.Cinematographer
Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a world-renowned cinematographer and gifted narrative storyteller. He is an innovative cinematic pioneer who exudes excitement and passion in every project. Shane is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The American Society of Cinematographers recognized Shane after his first feature film, The Rat Pack, directed by Rob Cohen in 1998. Over the course of his career, he lensed nineteen additional features including Terminator Salvation and We Are Marshall, directed by McG, The Greatest Game Ever Played, directed by Bill Paxton, and Drumline, directed by Charles Stone III. In 2009, Shane collaborated with directors Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy on Act of Valor, which featured US Navy Seals around the world.

Recent work includes Fathers and Daughters, the emotional story of the relationship between a father and his daughter, directed by Gabriele Muccino, which boasts the impressive cast of Russell Crowe, Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer, and Quvenzhane Wallis and The Babysitter, a coming-of-age horror story, directed by McG. Shane recently finished shooting The Adventurers, directed by Stephen Fung and starring Jean Reno, Qi Shu, and Andy Lau, which will be released in 2017.

In addition to his narrative work, Shane teamed up with directors David Dobkin and Guy Ferland to create an extraordinary vision for TV with AMC’s popular new dystopian series Into the Badlands, created by Miles Millar and Al Gough. It was the third highest rated, first season series in United States Cable TV history, with an average number of viewers of 5.6 million on every episode.

Robert Kurtzman
Robert KurtzmanSpecial F/X
Kurtzman began his career in 1984 when he moved from his hometown of Crestline, Ohio, to Hollywood, California, to pursue his interest in prosthetic makeup, better known as special make-up effects. In 1988, along with Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger, he formed K.N.B. EFX Group, a special make-up effects studio which has gone on to work on over 400 film and television projects. K.N.B. has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune. They were awarded an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

After establishing himself in the special effects arena, Kurtzman turned to directing and producing. His first project was From Dusk till Dawn, for which he wrote the original story, served as co-producer, and created the special effects. The Demolitionist marked Kurtzman’s directorial debut. He went on to direct Wishmaster, in which he had an uncredited cameo as “piano wire guy”. In 2002, Kurtzman left K.N.B. EFX Group. Kurtzman and his wife, Anne, relocated their family to Crestline, Ohio, and started their own production company, Precinct 13 Entertainment.[3] Founded in 2003, Precinct 13 is described as a Film/Television and Radio Commercial/Visual Effects production facility. The Rage was their first in-house, fully financed, independent feature film. Kurtzman and P13 have, also, recently co-produced the supernatural film The Dead Matter, featuring Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, and Jim O’Rear.[4] Kurtzman directed also the action-thriller film Deadly Impact, which was written by Alexander Vesha.

Jesper Kyd
Jesper KydComposer
BAFTA award-winning and Billboard/MTV VMA nominated composer Jesper Kyd first started writing music for visual media in the experimental European ‘demoscene’. At 19 he became part owner of a video game company which later evolved into IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman series and Freedom Fighters. Renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds, Kyd’s original soundtracks feature an immersive blend of styles ranging from the epic symphonic and dark, electronic hybrid scores for the Hitman series (British Academy Award for Original Music) and electronic/choral score for cult favorite Freedom Fighters (“Vangelis on steroids” – Film Score Monthly), to his four iconic, brand defining scores for Ubisoft’s history-inspired Assassin’s Creed series (ACII voted most popular theme music) and the post-apocalyptic / science-fiction themes of the State of Decay and Borderlands series.

Most recently Kyd scored the cinematic electronic score for Crytek’s Sony VR / Oculus Rift / HTC Vive virtual reality game Robinson: The Journey, the dark and twisted acoustic soundtrack for Warhammer: Vermintide, based on the popular Games Workshop series, the Chinese #1 box office fantasy movie Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (based on the best-selling Chinese novel “Ghost Blows Out The Light”) directed by Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death, The Last Supper), and the Warner Bros. series Mortal Kombat X: Generations (Blue Ribbon / WB).

His evocative themes for Assassin’s Creed continue to be featured in the global blockbuster series including Assassin’s Creed Chronicles, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ezio’s Family Theme).

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