Visual effects guru turns director.

Visual effects supervisor Brian Metcalf will make his directorial debut with ‘Fading of the Cries,’ a fantasy film he will direct from his own script.

The independently financed film will star Thomas Ian Nicholas, who made his name in the ‘American Pie’ franchise.

The plot centres on a young man who defends his town from evil forces, aided by a magic sword.

Nicholas played Kevin Myers in ‘American Pie’ and two of its sequels. He’s also set to star opposite Lara Flynn Boyle in the urban drama ‘Life Is Hot in Cracktown,’ and he toplined ‘National Lampoon’s Cattle Call’.

Metcalf has worked on multimedia spinoffs for such movies as “300” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” He also served as effects supervisor on Nicholas’ directorial debut “L.A.D.J.”