Episode 1: “From the Beginning”
Episode 2: “Of Men and Noobs” airs next week, October 21st
“Four Tanks and a Healer” is a funny, two-part series created by filmmaker Larry Longstreth (“The Long, Slow Death of a Twenty-Something”, “Batman’s Gonna Get Shot in the Face”) under the watchful eye of “Lord of the Rings” executive producer, Mark Ordesky. The pilot episodes were created in the hopes that they will one day result in a full-fledged series.
Both Longstreth and Ordesky are nerds at heart – with Mark being a closet tabletop Dungeons and Dragons veteran and Longstreth being a fan of the genre’s newer forms: World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online.
“Four Tanks and a Healer” is an Adult Swim-style look at the lives these people live, from the sole perspective of their in-game characters. Taking place entirely inside an online roleplaying video game, the series follows a group of misfit gamers as they venture across fantastic landscapes and epic quests, all from the comfort of their real-life computer chairs.
At times funny and at times just plain pathetic, the show explores the geeky underground culture of fantasy roleplaying – from the amazing displays of imagination and wish fulfillment to the downside of having to play alongside socially-inept elitists and basement-dwelling cretins. The show’s protagonists – Malcom the dwarf, Redbeerd the dwarf, Nickelsack the gnome, PlzmePlz the human and LuvPrncess the fairy princess, all serve as funny and insightful glimpses not only into who their real-life counterparts are, but also into who they wish they could be. (For example, the sexy fairy princess of the group, LuvPrncess, is actually a 50 year old man).
Written and directed by Larry Longstreth, produced by Mark Ordesky and Marisa Zakaria, and animated by Jacob Drake, “Four Tanks and a Healer” is at it’s heart a satire, but it also pays homage to the fantasy geek culture that many of us know and love. More than anything, though, is how it serves as a funny reminder of those times when we probably take it all a little too far.
Episode 1 Synopsis
Malcom and the gang meet for the first time and begin to get a feel for “the game” as they kill rats and learn how everything works. When they’re told by some elitist gaming veterans that they’ll have to split up in order to find new companions and to build a more well-balanced team, they see it as a challenge to prove otherwise. In a desperate attempt to stay together and a refusal to let other geeks tell them how to play, the lopsided team of “Four Tanks and a Healer” is born and the adventure begins.
Written by: Larry Longstreth
Directed by: Larry Longstreth, Jacob Drake
Starring: Larry Longstreth, Aaron Longstreth, Vince Bruno, Marisa Zakaria, Travis Fritz
Produced by: Mark Ordesky, Marisa Zakaria, Larry Longstreth
Animated by: Jacob Drake
Property of 4Reelz, LLC and Larry Longstreth
About Larry Longstreth
Up and coming filmmaker, Larry Longstreth, partnered with 4Reelz and Mark Ordesky to develop ‘Four Tanks and a Healer’, fresh off the national release of their independent film ‘The Long, Slow Death of a Twenty-Something’. Longstreth (Eddy Spaghetti Productions) is the writer, director, and creator of “Four Tanks and a Healer”. Longstreth’s student/mentor relationship with Mark Ordesky is the stuff most fanboys dream of. Together, the two have a number of projects in the works – both live-action and animated – that all revolve around both men’s interest in all things “geek”.
Established in 2009, 4Reelz just wanted to make people look and laugh at life’s everyday absurdities. 4Reelz is an independent production company that develops comedic animated and acted television series and theatrical motion pictures. Located in Los Angeles, the heart of the entertainment industry, 4Reelz is currently managed by Marisa Zakaria and Jacob Drake.
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