Chad Zigmund plays the role of Elliot Thompson - an orphan nearly raised in an MMA gym by his adoptive father. Besides being an incredibly talented actor, Chad has had professional stunt training and acted as our stunt coordinator on set. Everything from alley-way fight scenes to collapsing ceilings - this is our guy.
John Wells plays Isaac - Elliot's estranged orphan brother known on every street corner as a ruthless gang leader. Since officially beginning his acting career in 2006, John has won multiple awards for his performances in both national and international award-winning films. (Photo by Benjamin Marcum)
SILVIO W. BUSCH
Silvio Wolf Busch plays Michael Oden, Isaac's vicious superior in the gang - who survives in the shifting power struggle of the underworld by only the most cut-throat of ways. Silvio is an passionate and well-respected talent who has starred in many Hollywood and independent productions across the country. (Photo by Jennifer Munson)
Clint Calvert plays Benji Thompson - a retired professional MMA fighter who even after a career-ending tragedy is ready to give anything for his adoptive son, Elliot. Clint is a respected actor who has starred in multiple films on the east and west coasts of the US.
SHELBY T. MULLINS
"Anna St. Clair"
Shelby Taylor Mullins plays investigative journalist Anna St. Clair who helps Elliot find out if his long-lost brother is still alive. Shelby, who has starred in many award-winning independent films, brought an incredible passion and talent to her character. (Photo by Melissa Lowe Gowen)
"MMA Ring Announcer"
Talented actor and filmmaker Eric Henninger plays an emphatic ring announcer in our Championship Fight scene in Orphaned Courage! Eric, who has starred in multiple indie productions, brought a unique authenticity and excitement to his character. (Photo by Burning Limelight Productions)
Josiah Stendel is the writer, director, editor, and co-cinematographer of Orphaned Courage. As founder and CEO of independent media production company Menlo Lights, this young filmmaker has created many award-winning short films over the last few years. (Photo by Silvio W. Busch)
Sound Design Ninja
Shelby Watson handled everything audio-related for the production of Orphaned Courage - miking, mixing, recording, booming - the list goes on for a while. Good audio really separates amateur from professional films - and this ninja brought the production value of Orphaned Courage up another level.
Jacqueline S. Boothe
One of the most incredible parts of the film is the soundtrack - Jacqueline S. Boothe is the genius behind it. Her music is greatly influenced by the emotions of the stories she tells - and her score wonderfully underlined these complex moments in the film. To hear the soundtrack for the whole film, join us at our premiere - but for a taste, click here to check out the trailer!
For such an ambitious project, pre-production is key. Actor and artist Patrick Johnston helped us visualize Orphaned Courage by creating some epic storyboards and concept art for the film. These gave us a blueprint for a good number of shots when we arrived on set. For a look at some of his boards check out the behind the scenes video here. (Photo by Cool World Photography)