Actress Maria Tran took to social media on Sunday to announce pre-production on upcoming psychological action thriller, Echo 8. Tran will star and make her feature directorial debut, as well as head a cast that also includes local actors Takashi Hara and David Vuong.
TAKING ACTION IN THE OUTBACK: Award-Winning Director Johnny Balazs On NIGHT SHIFT, Filmmaking, Fandom And Fortitude
Balazs’s story is far from unique pertaining to others who have faced adversity and/or continue to do so. He’s not over the hump yet, though the past four years have shown tremendous, visible results in his strive for betterment at Prima Lux, and Australia’s film environment in whole, overseeing the strain of facing down hardship with persistence and resolve.
And at the center of all this is Team 9 Lives who I’ve recently discovered for myself online following its lengthy history on YouTube where they’ve grown and flourished little by little in shortfilm, stage performance and stuntwork. They’re a team dedicated to their craft and that’s one of the most important things anyone could ask for when venturing into a project as ambitious as Circle Of Ninja, and with none other than Gosper at the helm, and I managed to have an email conversation in the last several weeks in order to gain further insight on his efforts, the shortfilm and its current trajectory.
It’s been a long road for Aussie filmmaking/producing duo, brothers writer/director Kiah and co-writer Tristan Roache-Turner, but now their long-awaited zombie apocalypse thrill ride is ready to make a splash on the big screen for Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead.
Not a lot of kung fu instructors take an interest in acting or screenfighting. As for those who do, it’s always appealing when you find that number of such people who are keen on expanding their craft to such a field, and impressively so. Such is the case with martial arts instructor Sifu Robert Chen of Chang Sing Tong Kung Fu Academy in Australia where he is now in the midst of his latest foray into feature length martial arts action with their current production, The Challenge Letter.
An untitled teaser released back in November prior to getting an official branded teaser as of earlier this month, and while the plot is unknown at this point in time, the footage itself is nothing short of amazing, scored with a great montage of Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian fighting styles among others likening a bit to tones similar to hits such as The Quest and Bloodsport. The film is also seemingly the first within an online resume of shorts and demos you will also find on the same channel with Chen showcasing some very solid work deserving of an upgrade to feature-length territory. Personally, I look forward to this one!
Chen also co-wrote and is co-directing the film with Nathan Colquhoun, with Shimamoto Nobuaki and Ingrid Yin Hu also starring. Watch the trailer below and enjoy the gallery of set pics just beneatj courtesy of Sifu Robert Chen!
If hybrid Western zombie thrillers are more your speed, then you may be delighted to learn of what’s happening this month for the forthcoming feature production of Bullets For The Dead from writing/directing duo Joshua C. Birch and Michael Du-Shane. The film itself is an expansion following a three-minute concept short they put together in 2011 as part of a masters’ program for South Brisbane’s Griffith Film School where they attended at the time.
Set to begin filming in Queensland, Australia on November 17, the film centers on the story of James Dalton, a hardened bounty hunter who, while en route escorting a gang of outlaws led by Annie Blake and upon rescuing a lone preacher from the remains of a massacre, is forced to battle his way through the zombie apocalypse across the American West of the 1870s. Actor Christopher Sommers leads the current cast with actress Vanessa Moltzen and actor Hugh Parker, with Griffith Film School backing the project alongside producers from Visionquest Entertainment, in addition to Screen Queensland, the UK’s GSP Distribution and off-set co-financier Premiere Picture.
“It’s been a very long and intense two and a half years.” says Visionquest’s Cathy Rodda who also produced Iron Sky. “We’ve been in pre for 18 months and the film has been planned within an inch of its life, constantly wrangling story execution against budget. What we have now is a great, fun script, a truly creative vision and a fantastic team that will see us punch well above the weight of our near $2 million budget.”
Sommers will appear this December in the Austrailian theatrical release of Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner. In the meantime, international sales agent Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment will be on hand at American Film Market to present Bullets For The Dead for sales, with The Backlot Studios theatrically distributing the film domestically in Australia by next year.
H/T: Inside Film
Darren Holmqist tries to force Shaun Beehag into submission in their latest fight.
It’s not often that independent online filmmakers and action performers travel to other areas of the world to make short test fights for the simple fun of it. However, for online actioner Darren Holmquist, it was quite convenient a pairing when Aussie professional traceur Shaun Beehag flew to California recently on business and decided to pay Holmquist a visit.
Hence, we are offered a brand new test fight this week featuring Holmquist and Beehag, choreogrpahed much to the tune of Holmquist‘s “New Style” of evolving choreography that strays from the usual Hong Kong elements he’s incorporated in his projects over the years. The new short was also another opportunity for Beehag to help sharpen his performance level as a stuntfighter since going on hiatus early last year to establish himself as a fitness trainer and an obstacle racer.
The project is also one in a small handful the few have worked on several years ago, formulating a creative understanding they have grown to mutually share and benefit to this day. Needless to say, Beehag agrees. “Darren is really patient and understanding, which for me as someone coming off a year of no filming was great because it enabled me to pace myself and ease back into choreography again.” he says. “He would be great for beginners to work with, and for more experienced filmmakers, he’s very eager to collaborate and work together on coming up with the choreography which is a great experience.”.
Beehag also added, “The shoot was really relaxed and a lot of fun, and lots of laughs were had which eased the strain of two hours sleep and the chill of San Francisco fog. Plus, he’s got a great team behind him too. Frank Hernandez and Jeff Lunzaga were both really nice to work with.”.
Holmquist has a few more projects that the public will get to see this year, including a few that are now in post-production dating back to recent work in Redding, as well as a new stunt reel on the way two weeks from now. Meanwhile, Beehag will be more focused this year on Parkour training, matriculating himself into Brisbane’s film festival scene, film production and will hopefully attain the funds needed to build his own multifunctional freerunning and cinema stunt training academy at home.
In between all these and more, if the two can find a way to collaborate once again, Beehag assures it. “Next time I’m in America I suspect, or if he comes to visit me in Australia.” he says. “We are both looking at spending some time in Los Angeles in the future, so if that lines up right, there would be a lot of work going for us then.”.
Check out the video below and subscribe to Holmquist‘s channel in the embed below, and feel free to pull open the description and click the link to Beehag‘s Youtube platform where you may also subscribe.
LOS ANGELES, CA February 3, 2014 – Main Street Films will be releasing John Doe: Vigilante on March 21, 2014 in select cities. The controversial film has sparked debate during audience test screenings due to its graphic portrayal of violence and incendiary subject matter. Star Jamie Bamber (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) has spoken out about the film’s controversial subject matter calling it a “social commentary about what’s right and wrong.” The film is about a man who takes the law into his own hands after becoming frustrated with a failing legal system, which then inspires an entire vigilante movement that eventually spirals out of control.