The Trials of Darksmoke

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The Trials of Darksmoke
Trials of Darksmoke logo.jpg
Directed by John F. Carroll
Russell Minton
Produced by John F. Carroll
Russell Minton
Written by Screenplay:
John F. Carroll
Starring John F. Carroll
Andrew Brett
David McCullars
Music by Christopher Barr
Cinematography Greg DeBlieux
Russell Minton
John F. Carroll
Edited by John F. Carroll
Release date
August 2013
Country United States
Language English

The Trials of Darksmoke is a 2013 fantasy-adventure fan film based upon Mattel's Masters of the Universe franchise. It is the third and final film in a trilogy that includes The Wizard of Stone Mountain and The Fountain of Life. The film was directed by John F. Carroll during the Winter and Spring of 2012 around Austin, Texas and the Texas Hill Country.

The film ties together several plots that have run throughout the trilogy. The Wizard, Malik, He-Man, She-Ra and their friends journey throughout Eternia attempting to stop the evil Skeletor. The film was set to debut at Grayskull Con 2013 in Germany in September 2013, followed by Screenings at Power-Con 2013 in Los Angeles and the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. However, due to longer than expected post-production, the film was delayed until 2014. The film will be free to view online and will begin streaming sometime in late 2014.


The evil Skeletor has released an unspeakable demonic power and with it, he will conquer Castle Grayskull and the rest of the universe! He-Man and She-Ra work against the odds to stop Skeletor while the wizard Malik claims an ancient power bestowed by the great dragon Granamyr. But will the cost be too great?



The Trials of Darksmoke and The Fountain of Life were shot simultaneously during the winter and spring of 2012. With pick-up shots scheduled for Winter 2013. The films were shot digitally, using two DSLR cameras—A Canon T2i and a Nikon D7000. A riverbed in Walnut Creek Park, a location that had been used in the previous films in the series, collapsed after a rainstorm in April 2012[1] and was repurposed for other set locations.


The film is currently in post-production and will premiere in the Autumn of 2013.


The Trials of Darksmoke is part of a trilogy that includes The Wizard of Stone Mountain and The Fountain of Life. The Trials of Darksmoke is the third and final film in the trilogy.


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