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Justin Moe is the lead host of The Fantasy News Video Segments as part of TFN. He is a director, producer, and actor in the MD/DC/VA area, having worked in both film production and theatre for 14 years. A story-teller at heart, he has produced and directed several independent projects, as well as helped support others with his cinematography and video editing skills to get them over the goal line.

Conspiracy Theories and Dark Comedy: Herman Wang’s Illuminagents

Do conspiracy theories ever go out of story writing fashion? Probably not, but these days it’s like they’re more relevant than ever for SFF creators. In this week’s Content Creator Interview, we’re chatting again with writer/director Herman Wang, this time about his new sci-fi web series ILLUMINAGENTS, streaming for free on The Fantasy Network.  In ILLUMINAGENTS, Wang wanted to explore ...

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Magic and Secrets: Herman Wang, Creator of The Spell Tutor

With four seasons under his belt so far, Herman Wang, the writer/director behind the award-winning indie web series THE SPELL TUTOR (available for free viewing on The Fantasy Network) is going strong. Inspired by the world of Harry Potter and similar works, THE SPELL TUTOR follows the adventures of Emma Colden as she struggles through her magic lessons and schoolwork ...

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Stories that Need to Be Told: Eveshka Ghost, Creator of The Bastard Sword

Sometimes you just have to get a project out there. You must use the resources you have to create what you can; otherwise you will never know whether it could have been done to begin with. Polished or not, sometimes you just have to do the work, make the film. Our latest Content Creator Interview features Eveshka Ghost, a filmmaker ...

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Behind the Scenes with Shiny New Things Creator, Lakeisha Jackson

Interview with Shiny New Things creator Lakeisha Jackson on The Fantasy Network News

Love sci-fi and fantasy films and web series, and want to know more of the behind-the-scenes stuff from your favorite indie projects? We have good news for you… TFN has begun its exciting new Content Creators Interview Project,  reaching out to the various filmmakers on The Fantasy Network in order to hear more about their personal filmmaking journeys. This is ...

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Do You Have Goblin Feet?

(This article has been amended after a diligent reader pointed out historical research concerning Tolkien and Rayner Unwin, as well as the timeline of the publishing of The Lord of the Rings, that I had not seen before. You can read that piece here. My text has been slightly altered to reflect the facts.) “Goblin Feet” is the title of J.R.R ...

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Baldor the Hapless: Epic Fail in The Lord of the Rings

Over the last year I’ve been reading The Lord of the Rings out loud to my son, and it’s been wonderful to re-experience Tolkien and Middle-earth through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. The other night we came to the chapter The Passing of the Grey Company where Aragorn and his companions enter the Haunted Mountain and find the mysterious ...

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Jemima Catlin and The Hobbit

Jemima Catlin and The Hobbit by Noble Smith I have many editions of The Hobbit in my collection, from Alan Lee’s handsomely illustrated edition, to the bizarre Rankin and Bass animated film book tie-in, to the one with Michael Hague’s sumptuous paintings. All of them have a place in my heart for one reason or another, along with my favorite ...

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Tolkien’s Magical Inventory

Trolls’ purses are the mischief, and this was no exception. “ ‘Ere, ‘oo are you?” it squeaked, as it left the pocket; and William turned round at once and grabbed Bilbo by the neck, before he could duck behind the tree. —From The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Imagine poor Bilbo’s surprise when he tries to pick one of the trolls’ ...

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Break Bread Like A Hobbit

Break Bread Like A Hobbit by Noble Smith Are meals at your house a hasty and chaotic event? Do members of your family fight at the table? Have you ever made a meal and not been thanked for all the hard work you put into it? If so, you and your family might want to take after the Shire-folk and ...

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Cool Like Bombadillo

(Tom Bombadil by The Brothers Hildebrandt) J.R.R. Tolkien’s character of Tom Bombadil was based on one of the author’s beloved childhood toys—a doll that accidentally got flushed down a toilet. Many Tolkien aficionados wish that the enigmatic inhabitant of the Old Forest had stayed in that loo, never to resurface in Tolkien’s subconscious. I’m not one of those Bombadillo bashers, ...

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