Motion Picture Special Effects

Motion Picture Special Effects
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Founder; Special Effects Coordinator; Author

Erich Martin Hicks
Founder, Alpha Wolf Productions, Inc.

Erich Martin Hicks, founder of Alpha Wolf Productions, is an acclaimed Special Effects Coordinator, Producer and Writer, with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry.  The company is an independent production outlet that develops, writes, and produces feature film and television content.  Historically, Erich is the first African-American to receive a Special Effects Pyrotechnic Operators’ 1st class Masters License.  Thus, he is expertly qualified to produce and direct action sequences, stunts and explosions.

An apprentice to the legendary Special Effects Coordinator Richard 'Dick' Albain, whose credits include; (The Three Stooges; Assault on Precinct 13; Bewitched (TV series); and many more).  Erich's work has included the small and large screens including, Scary Movie 2; Diagnosis Murder; Married with Children; Captivity; and The Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show. Periodically, Erich works on the Bachelor and Bachelorette TV shows, and under his belt, a viral Music Video featuring Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, 'Next 2 U' with over one hundred million hits, and he finished work on HOLLYWOOD’S most expensive Motion Picture Feature Film,  'The Lone Ranger', starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.

As a writer, his first novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, was released in December 2008.  The book is a historical narrative, depicting the all-Black 9th Calvary.  Known as the US military’s famed “Buffalo Soldiers”, that helped settle the American West in the late 1800s. Erich has completed an accompanying screenplay for a TV mini-series, Trilogy and epic feature, and has garnered support from acclaimed Hollywood moguls.  Dedicated to exploring the history of African-Americans/Blacks and shattering stereotypes, his Alpha Wolf Productions, Inc. has also developed a feature film documentary, Soul on a Wave (to be narrated by actor/author Hill Harper and acclaimed actor Keith David), which exposes the life and times of surfers of color.  Currently, Erich has completed a motion picture epic screenplay STAGECOACH MARY, based on real life heroine Mary Fields.  “Stagecoach Mary” was the first African-American/Black woman to deliver mail for the United States Postal System in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.  This project has been developed and written for Queen Latifah.

Erich obtains new ideas for his diverse projects from his many travels, acknowledging the direct correlation between nature and history.  An avid outdoorsman, he has traveled near and far to climb the world’s most celebrated mountains, including Mt. Whitney (located in the Eastern Sierras of California) which is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States.  Erich also descends from a family heritage that includes his grandfather's distinction as a Buffalo Soldier who served under General John Joseph (Blackjack) Pershing.  Erich's grandfather was one of the highest-ranking African-American Military Officers in WW-1.  As Captain in the 317th Armored Train Division, Captain Lee J. Hicks was responsible for getting ammunition from the port of France, to the war front.

Erich is available for lectures on the Motion Picture Industry, and on issues pertaining to African-American/Black culture, military, politics and history.

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