WAR OF THE STAR – CONTRA ALLIANCE: Production History (2001-2016)

WAR OF THE STAR – CONTRA ALLIANCE: Production History (2001-2016)
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CONTRA ALLIANCE began in early Fall 2001. A flash of vision formed the conceptual foundation. Five freehand pages captured the vision, which later defined the Franchise Bible and Universe.


Composed of story, characters, and a timeline bridging our reality with the Nerrial-Nezdeth galaxy, it reveals a utopian human civilization watching over Earth with care and concern since before World War I.  Figure I is an excerpt from the Franchise Guide, a table of contents bringing order of story to the original vision.


Figure 1: Universe Franchise Bible Table of Contents

In the end, something which began as “a fun thing to do”, evolved into two trilogies, a 1700-year history, 40+ characters, and a mythology fusing the true history of Earth with a galaxy far, far away. Figure 2 showcases the Order of Story: two trilogies + arc titles. Figure 3, a visual depiction of Nerrial.


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Figure 2: Order of Story 


Figure 3: The Nerrial Universe

CONTRA ALLIANCE is an original franchise, comparative to STAR WARS meets a futuristic GI JOE with greater security realism. Drew Struzan painted a concept poster for live action film.

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Figure 4: “Alliance Vision” by Drew Struzan (Concept Art)

I – SHADOWS OF THE PAST (2007-2010)

The primary CONTRA ALLIANCE intention was always audiovisual. Figure 4 is a promotional look at the main villains and protagonists, with Figure 5 the final Arc I book cover.

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Figure 5: “Discover the Universe” by Joe Benitez (Promotional Art)

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Figure 6: Contra Alliance I: Shadows of the Past


CONTRA ALLIANCE comic book covers were created by professional artists, recruited mostly from San Diego Comic Con. I: SHADOWS OF THE PAST relaunched in its 2nd edition as 33 digital comic novel episodes. Figures 6 and 7 show sample covers, with Figure 8 showing the 2nd edition promotion. 

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Figure 7: Episode #1 DESTINED

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Figure 8: Episode #2 BATTLESTAR

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Figure 9: Comic Novel Promotion – 33 Episodes

ANIMATED SERIES (2014-Present)

Comic novel episodes brought visual life to the original vision. Creating an animated trailer was next. Through coordinated referrals, the following team was assembled to produce a fully animated CONTRA ALLIANCE trailer:

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Initial storyboards were developed with Larry Houston laying introductory scenes of a working script. Nelson Shin would produce 2 minutes of I: SHADOWS OF THE PAST animation through AKOM Productions.












Figure 10: Initial CONTRA Storyboards

For a variety of reasons, the animated trailer was replaced by a new option – one that would tell the entire original vision. Working with Rick Hoberg from the animated team, and Will Hardin a close counterpart, the revised approach would provide a full overview of the universe from its origins in WAR OF THE STAR to the culmination in CONTRA ALLIANCE. Narration, music, and motion graphics would form the backbone of an Origins Movie.

 I: Shadows of the Past – Special Edition

To accompany the release of the Origins Movie, all 33 comic novel episodes were updated and combined into a Special Edition CONTRA ALLIANCE I: SHADOWS OF THE PAST – now available for FREE download.  

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Figure 11: Contra Alliance I: Shadows of the Past Special Edition Cover


Which brings us to today, 14 years and 10,000 hours of development following a flash of imagination that created a Universe Bible, Book I: Shadows of the Past, 33 Comic Novel Episodes, 2 trilogies, 40+ characters, and 1700 years of chronology fusing the history of Earth with the civilization of Nerrial. An original “comic con property” designed for transmedia growth. A space opera, action adventure comparable to STAR WARS meets GI JOE.

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Figure 12: CONTRA ALLIANCE Origins Movie: Discover the Universe on YouTube 

The original vision is now complete in audiovisual form. The Origins Movie: Discover the Universe showcases the franchise, setting up CONTRA ALLIANCE and WAR OF THE STAR for expansion. The agency, producer, or studio that develops this universe will reap its benefits for years to come.

Join the Force,

Tom Kolega
Creator & Executive Producer
When Time Unlocks the Truth to History…the Epic Begins












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