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If you're not familiar with the incredibly shot, highly anticipated indie film The Dwarves of Demrel, then allow me the pleasure of introducing you to it. DoD is an incredibly beautiful #fantasy feature from Plastic Tree Productions, due for release in Spring 2017.

Shot in an actual mine, DoD's story follows three Dwarven miners — Brenn, Calcas & Odryd — who find themselves unfortunately and terrifyingly imprisoned in a mine. They soon learn that they're not alone, and the trio must work together & do everything in their power to avoid what seems to be their inevitable demise.

Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions
Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions

In addition to the main trio, there's also a mysterious female character, Drusso, who the Dwarves know very little about and incidentally, aren't too keen on trusting.

We've seen tons of #BTS pics during the shoot from DoD, of both the cast and crew. We've got an in-depth look at the intricate detail behind the aesthetics of the upcoming fantasy feature, and we've spoken to the masterminds behind the magic, filmmakers Christopher Raney & Zachary W. Amundson.

Left - Chris Raney | Right - Zach Amundson
Left - Chris Raney | Right - Zach Amundson

We've even seen a pretty badass teaser trailer cut together after only 4 days of shooting! But alas, that's not enough. We've done our waiting, and now we're stomping our feet in anticipation of MORE.

Without Further Ado, Check Out The First Full Trailer for 'The Dwarves of Demrel'!

How amazing does that look?! This artfully shot indie film has had a ton of hard work put into it, both in-front of and behind the scenes. From custom prosthetics, elaborate costumes and custom-made boots to make the cast of regular actors appear shrunken to Dwarf size, no detail was overlooked in the making of Dwarves of Demrel.

Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions
Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions

When asked how you make regular actors appear Dwarf-sized, Steve Starkey — the man responsible for those elaborate costumes you see — had this to say.

Yes, we oversize certain aspects such as boots and belts, but we constantly need to be balancing. We want the Dwarves to come from their own world. Pieces like gloves & helmets need to fight the size he is, accumulated from his own world, not taken from a world of "normal" sized people.The proportions are paramount to the design, as a human sized character is introduced, the differences need to be easily seen without noticing.Our process's gives the audience a visual history to the character and can easily create emotion without scripted dialogue.

Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions
Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions

Speaking about the Steampunk-esque look of the film, including location and costuming, Zach and Chris (aforementioned masterminds) talk about how the concept for that came from their very own concept artist, Sam Wohl.

Sam Wohl -a concept artist on the film - gave the Dwarves steam-punk-esque goggles and that sort of transformed our "medieval" Dwarves to more Victorian/industrial ones.

Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions
Image courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions

Of course, pretty costuming is but a small part of this film's process. Prosthetic noses and fingers are all apart of the magic behind this feature. Custom fit for each individual actor playing a Dwarf, the prosthetics - along with the costuming and of course some expert cinematography — help to make these characters look and feel as believable as possible.

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Image Courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions
Image Courtesy of Plastic Tree Productions

The mine in which DoD is shot is a privately owned, previously untouched mine that now acts as the main location for the upcoming film. Unlike caves / mines open to the public, the main location for DoD has remained relatively undisturbed since its opening for public tours, and as such provides a perfect location for this fantasy feature.

If The Dwarves of Demrel sounds like the kind of Fantasy featured you can really sink your teeth into, then head on over to the Official FB Page for more info!

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