The original Ancanar project was never completed, yet those involved with the production never forgot the impact it had on their lives, or the vocal fanbase that supported them. In 2017, seventeen years after cameras rolled, the cast (Gregory Lee Kenyon, Jamie Alexander & Ralph Lister) and co-creators (Sam Balcomb & Raiya Corsiglia) gathered together in Los Angeles for a reunion photo shoot to celebrate those memories.

It was a chance to re-envision the characters of Ancanar, Laliel, Curugon and Finlomë with all the experience everyone had accumulated since 2000, and visualize them in a way that hadn’t been possible before. Sam asked costume designer Andrea Wakely, of Twin Roses Designs, to create all-new outfits — vast improvements over the rentals and thrift store finds from long ago. These new costumes were joined by the original swords and armor hand-forged by Joe Piela, of The Lonely Mountain Forge. Sam photographed the cast, then finished the images at his company Rainfall Films, which sponsored the shoot.

The result is a mix of old and new, a celebration of the past while looking ahead to the future.

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“This project has meant so much to me, and my life… there’s no way to sum up how important the experience, and friendships gained from it, have influenced who I am and what I do. Getting the chance to step back into this world with these talented people, if only for a day, was an emotional moment.”

~ SAM BALCOMB, CO-CREATOR

“I still remember the day I received the audition material for Ancanar.  I wasn’t even half way through reading it before turning to a co-worker and saying ‘this part was written for me.’  Thankfully Sam and Raiya agreed.  I raise a glass to them and to all the wonderful fans and friends who have come from this most worthy endeavor.”

~ GREGORY LEE KENYON, ANCANAR

“It was a real life adventure. An extraordinary time in a story and a world we all wanted to live in, and did. Immeasurable moments of laughter, wonder, struggle, strange costume fittings and often stranger locations with immensely wonderful and talented people. It was an experience that meant a great deal to me. It crystallized my love of filmmaking and what is possible in any world.”

~ RAIYA CORSIGLIA, CO-CREATOR, LALIEL

“Returning to Curugon was to return to a favorite pair of boots (and fitting even better than the first time, as it were). Collaborating with the limitless talent and friendships of our team served as an incredible reminder of how imagination, friendship, and creativity will never be separated, but only strengthened. I’m unendingly grateful to Sam and Raiya for inviting me into such an extraordinary world.”

~ JAMIE ALEXANDER, CURUGON

“Stepping back into Finlomë’s costume was akin to pulling on an old, beloved glove. One where a potent and faithful character, who had lived amidst an old history of struggle, was waiting patiently, waiting simply for breath. For the moment where his, and their, story could be shared. I felt, faithfully, as we stood together, that the assembled team of players, actors and filmmakers alike, had now evolved into their roles even further than ever before. And that, if we were once capable, now we were ready.”

~ RALPH LISTER, FINLOMË

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