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MERCURY MEN: DIRECTOR NOTES EDITION

The Mercury Men are BACK, with visual commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes info, visual FX, and more, giving you a look at how the sci-fi series was made!  Just click on the image above to start watching.

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THE VISUAL FX OF THE MERCURY MEN

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the VISUAL FX of The Mercury Men.  See how director Chris Preksta was transformed into the glowing invaders!  Watch a simple photograph of the Moon become a catastrophic event!

BEHIND-THE-SCENE PIC OF THE DAY

We've begun a new daily feature on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  We're posting one new behind-the-scenes picture from The Mercury Men every weekday.  Nearly all of the photos are previously unreleased.  So make sure you're following us to see each new picture.  Here's the pictures from this past week!

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: ROUGH EDIT

Ever wonder what The Mercury Men would look like IN COLOR, with no visual effects, sound design, or music?  Well now you can see the series in a way you typically can't: the rough edit.  In this production journal we compare a scene in its rawest form with the finished version.  It's a great look behind-the-scenes and it's really fun to watch Jack and Edward duck, dive, and shoot invaders that have yet to be added in :)

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS

With the premiere of The Mercury Men fast approaching, thought we'd share a few previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos.

Director Chris Preksta and Lindsey Phillips (Assistant Camera) doing a last minute touch up on "The Brain."

Curt Wootton (Jack Yaeger) and Devin Reilly (Mercury Engineer) rehearse a fight scene.

L to R: Ben Shull (Assistant Director), Chris Preksta (Mercury Engineer), Tyson VanSkiver (Gaffer), Ricky Lyle (Costumes) review a shot.

Shooting a scene with Amy Staggs (Grace).

Director Chris Preksta discusses a scene with Curt Wootton (Jack Yaeger) and Mark Tierno (Edward Borman).

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: SOUND DESIGN/A.D.R.

Director Chris Preksta discusses sound design and A.D.R. along with Damon J. Claus (Sound Engineer) and Curt Wootton (Jack Yaeger.)

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AGES 5 AND UP

Had a chance to show half of my family episodes one through nine of The Mercury Men tonight. Not only was it great to finally be able to share what had caused their son/brother to disappear for so many months, it was also a blast to experience it with my 9 year old brother. He shouted suggestions on how Jack and Edward could defeat the glowing invaders, smiling proudly when he guessed correctly a few times. He desperately wanted both a Lumiere light revolver and a brain-in-a-jar for himself. And most importantly, he wanted to know more and more about the world of The Mercury Men, eager to see the further adventures of the League.

While I assume the average age of web series viewers is probably a bit higher than elementary school, and the vast majority of web content is aimed at 16+, it was very important to our team that our story and fictional world be both fun and appropriate to children. (After all, younger viewers that may miss it online will have the opportunity to see the series by other means, such as DVD.) Part of our goal is too capture and share even a fraction of what we felt watching Star Wars and Indiana Jones years ago to both those who remember it first hand and a younger generation of viewers. While I realize my family is not a completely unbiased test audience, tonight was a really good confirmation that we aimed in the right direction.