MARTIN KLEKNER | Cinematic Director, CG Artist

HEROES OF BRONZE // Director, CG Artist

This new project of mine is born out of my deep love for ancient history. After spending several years in the medieval times of Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Chronicles: Prague it was time for a change. I decided to create a personal project combining all the things I love – ancient Greece, computer generated imagery and epic storytelling. Heroes of Bronze is such a project.

 

www.heroesofbronze.com

 

 "In that moment, it felt as though their victory at Artemisium did not matter at all. Upon returning to the shores of Attica, seeing the destruction the army of Xerxes wrought upon the land, they could not help but to feel desperation. Desperation and a growing anger. Their time would come soon. For better or worse, Salamis would be their last stand."

My vision for it has several layers. First, there is the CG video I want to create, showcasing the ancient world in a short series of scenes from the most famous moments of its history. Thermopylae, Marathon, Salamis, the classical Athenian architecture as well as the majestic trireme battles. Second, I plan to document each step of this project’s creation and every now and then, release a tutorial. Third, I plan to educate the viewers in a fun form about the world of Greek hoplites, Persian satraps, Mediterranean maritime trade, colonization, slavery, Spartan military prowess,  city states, early democracy and much more. This project is situated at around the year 480 BC.

 

Heroes of Bronze is another challenge of epic proportions for me, however, it’s also a project based on a topic I truly love and can’t get enough of. I believe that in time, I will be able to make this glorious part of history come to life…

 

 

 

“Each Metageitnion he keeps coming back, watching the magnificent armor of his fallen father. He remembers the heroes of Marathon, those who fell to defend Greece against Persian invasion. The armor is still too big for him, the kopis and aspis still too heavy. Yet he keeps training. Each year, he is getting taller and stronger. It is just a matter of time before he dons his father’s cuirass -and becomes a hero of his own story.”

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