Bring powerful stories to life

Source: Hazuki Wada (@hazznyc)

June 11, 2024, published at 3:00 AM ET

In a cinematic world full of unoriginal blockbusters and tired remakes, there's a special place for fresh, original stories: Reverie Realms Studios. This indie film company is led by the visionary team of Frank Cid, Woody DorilusAnd Joseph Wehl – three guys who believe in the power of great stories to captivate audiences and spark meaningful conversations.

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Where the spark was lit

The seed for Reverie Realms was planted ten years ago when Joseph and Woody had an idea for a film about a prisoner's last hour before execution, delving deeply into heavy themes of faith, redemption and the complexities of human morality. The concept emerged from their own personal journeys in which they struggle with spiritual questions.

Frank's background in the high-stakes financial world gives him a keen eye for finding opportunities to champion character-driven stories. His belief that quality storytelling could rise above the mainstream noise laid the foundation for Reverie Realms' unique approach.

Woody's love for storytelling, on the other hand, was sparked at an early age by writing short stories and poetry from the age of 13. But it wasn't until he performed in his first play – a high school production of Romeo and Juliet – that his passion for entertainment fully blossomed.

It was a special moment to see how captivated the audience was by a group of teenagers bringing these iconic characters to life. “I knew then that I wanted to make films that could captivate audiences, just like what I saw that night,” Woody recalls.

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This ability to transport audiences is what drives Woody, who won multiple global awards for creativity and originality with his critically acclaimed short film 'Mirror Mirror'. As he looks towards the release of Reverie Realms' first feature film “Last hour” and beyond, his vision is for the studio to become “a premier destination for making meaningful films with characters that stick — not just throwaways.”

Woody's creative partner Joseph also credits his childhood love of movies, which he developed through watching classic films with his parents, as the spark for his passion for storytelling. “It kind of ignited a fire in me to one day bring my own stories to life,” he says.

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Source: Hazuki Wada (@hazznyc)

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Like Woody, Joseph had to overcome youthful shyness about sharing his work before a pivotal high school experience boosted his self-confidence. “A great English teacher believed in me more than I did and submitted my screenplay to the school newspaper,” he recalls. “After that I lost the fear of putting my work out there.”

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Uncharted creative waters

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But what really sets Reverie Realms apart is their commitment to excellent storytelling above all else. In an industry often driven by profit and formula, Frank, Woody and Joseph prioritize challenging stories that spark thought-provoking conversations and defy convention.

Their debut “Mirror Mirror” – a poignant look at self-reflection and the human condition – received widespread critical acclaim and awards for its creativity and originality.

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Balance between art and business

With Frank's investment banking experience and Woody's financial background, Reverie Realms has a unique ability to seamlessly navigate the business landscape of filmmaking. Their combined expertise allows them to harmonize artistic vision with investment management, a crucial balance in an industry often constrained by budgets.

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An ambitious future lies ahead

Looking ahead, Reverie Realms envisions a future full of diverse, richly nuanced stories and characters that defy archetypes. They have an ambitious slate of thought-provoking films and shows in the pipeline, aimed at captivating audiences around the world, and they don't stop there.

With their collaborative, artist-centered approach, Frank, Woody and Joseph bring a sense of authenticity and passion to every Reverie Realms project. As they continue to push the boundaries of storytelling, this trio remains committed to creating cinema that inspires audiences, challenges perspectives and entertains in equal measure.

A journey full of passion

Reverie Realms is much more than just a production house: it is a creative center fueled by an intense passion for storytelling that resonates on an emotional level. With their critically acclaimed debut 'Mirror Mirror' and the highly anticipated 'Final Hour', Frank, Woody and Joseph are poised to redefine how stories are told and felt, one compelling story at a time.

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