"To the Ends of Time" is a major achievement by Hollywood standards. It's budget was two million- the price of a TV commercial, but was a full 35mm theatrical motion picture that got world-wide release which had over 400 visual effects shots, a philharmonic orchestra soundtrack with 100 man choir, major epic battle scenes with dangerous pyrotechnics and stunts, 30,000 sq feet of indoor sets and a full sized galleon ship set outdoors. Markus Rothkranz wrote and directed this period fantasy which featured over 300 extras, all of which needed custom elaborate medeival costumes. Markus also personally built over 200 miniature models for the film and helped pound nails on many of the sets, including the one above, which of course he also designed. All the sets were built by mainly four people. It was quite a big screen accomplishment, proving you don't need huge crews and a hundred million dollars to make an elaborate film. Just spirit, desire and resourcefulness.
It was released internationally in worldwide theaters and was on the Sci-Fi channel in the U.S. for several years. Lots of people ask, but it's not available for sale or rent. There are some bootleg low quality copies on ebay. For those trying to get a copy, please remember although it was a major effort, it was still way under budget for what it tried to be. Markus had NO money whatsoever for visual effects, so he had to end up personally doing them all himself, and this was in the mid 90s before computers were available. Nowadays everyone is spoiled with fancy special effects from 200 million dollar films, so this film wouldn't impress anyone who didn't know what they were looking at. But anyone in the film business would know that 2 million is nothing, especially for an epic period fantasy with major battle scenes and hundreds of FX shots. This should be a test for any first time director to see what they are really worth!
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