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Director Roel Reine has been doing a little more than making movies, it appears. The Redbad director now has a new global broadcasting platform ready to accommodate creatives around the world with the launch of ActionFlix, and judging by the name alone we already know just who this platform is targeting.
The launch will occur in two phases while Reine will surely be including his own films as the announcement details below. And this isn’t just for the top-tier crowd of filmmakers as up-and-comers can even submit their own projects as well. In an age where Hollywood action movies take the reigns over the struggling independent scene, burgeoning creatives will finally get to share in the momentum as well.
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ACTIONFLIX.COM – FOR GENRE FILMMAKERS AROUND THE WORLD.
Los Angeles – May 16, 2018
ACTIONFLIX.COM will be a Global Streaming Broad-caster specializing in independent Action Movies and Subgenres made by creative filmmakers around the globe. Global Streaming means that ACTIONFLIX movies can be watched in all territories around the world, on any platform (iPhone, lap tops, tablets, Apple TV, Xbox, etc.). The filmmakers will not only share movies, but most importantly, also share stories about the making of these productions. We’re creating a community where audiences and filmmakers come together around their common love for this genre.
The demand for audio visual content is growing expansively, with the Action genre being at the height of its popularity. Currently the market for Action Movies is dominated by the big studios with A-List actors. These are also the movies that one sees on streaming channels like Netflix, HBO, Sky and Amazon Prime. In the world of independent movie production there is a strong urge to make action movies or subgenre action movies, like action-horror or action-science fiction. But most of these low budget action movies are not finding any distribution in theaters or on the streaming services. With no stars attached, it is sometimes almost impossible to find distribution of any kind. It’s even more difficult when your movie is in a foreign language. ACTIONFLIX.COM is going to change this.
The technical streaming service is built and provided by NEP from The Netherlands, they are a market leader in the field of video delivery and has one of the largest audiovisual data centers in Europe at its disposal.
ACTIONFLIX is an initiative of award winning film director Roel Reiné (‘Death Race’ Sequels, ‘Admiral’, ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’, ‘Black Sails’, ‘Death in Tombstone’), who started his career with Low Budget Action movies. After he moved to Los Angeles he became a household name for action movies at the Major Studios and these movies became very successful. Some of Roel’s early movies will be online at ACTIONFLIX including his award winning debut movie ‘THE DELIVERY’.
PHASE 1: Start of the online website with an ‘iTunes construction’ of filmmakers putting their films up for display. Audiences around the world, can see them streaming on their devices for a low fee. This price can be decided by the filmmaker himself, but we want to keep it low, like $0.99 or $1.99 per title. Every movie will then be accompanied by the “making of”, director’s commentary track, downloadable screenplays and set photos and props of the movies can be bought and/or self created merchandise sold.
RULES: ACTIONFLIX will take 30% of any revenue of the service. 70% is for the filmmakers. Movies need to be in English or with English subtitles on the movie itself. No complicated deliverables! The only deliverables are: HD QuickTime video master file with stereo or Dolby sound and (if needed) with subtitles included on the picture. Trailer in HD
QuickTime. Making Of or other content related to the movie in HD QuickTime or a separate link to filmmakers own YouTube or Vimeo channels. A movie poster and set photo’s in JPG or Tiff. Filmmakers sign a short contract that declares that all content is owned and created by the filmmaker (including music) and indemnified ACTIONFLIX for any rights related problems. Having ACTIONFLIX doing the digital distribution of your movie online in all international territories, is not an exclusive arrangement. Filmmakers can still keep other distribution contracts and possibilities. Filmmaker decides themselves on the rental prices and they will get a quarterly revenue declaration and is then paid quarterly through PayPal.
For PHASE 1, projects can be submitted to ACTIONFLIX now, and they will likely be included at the launch.
– Marketing: when the site is up and running we will start with a small and later bigger marketing push.
– Creation of ACTIONFLIX App: for all devices.
– Original Content: Creating original content, movies, TV series and documentaries, with the filmmakers that are distributing their movies on the ACTIONFLIX channel.
– Audience Participations in creating new content. Create content using new ways to involve the audience early on in pre-production. Audience can for instance choose certain titles, scripts, locations, and plot twists.
– Subscription: Combining subscriptions and VOD on the channel.
– Crowdfunding: Independent moviemakers can start a crowd funding page for their project targeted to an Action Movie supportive audience on ACTIONFLIX. Give-away’s can be pre-production audience input, on-set visits, making-of videos, extra cameos or similar.
– Academy: Viewers are allowed to cut clips from the movies and give commentary, reviews as well as educate other viewers (and filmmakers) on the art of filmmaking.
– Festival: Organize local and worldwide festivals to promote these genre films.
– Awards: Yearly awards will be given to the movies and their makers on the channel.
For submitting your movie or any other questions please send an email to:
Filmmaker R.L. Scott is proudly announcing his latest shortfilm, one in a handful of projects currently in development for his indie platform, Shadow Motion Pictures. Newly wrapping just this week after a two-month shooting schedule, post-production is officially underway for Option Zero, a half-hour pilot for a hopeful action packed series surrounding a special ops team tasked with taking down high-ranking members of the Russian mob.
Actor Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones (Breakin, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo) plays the special ops team leader in charge of the mission. Also joining are actors Chris Conrad (Criminal Minds), Christian Howard (Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Green Street 3) and Eliver Ling (Deadliest Warrior), and actress Amy Johnston (Raze). Scott is producing the pilot with a script by Ling who is also executive producing, with Alfred Hsing (Dragon Blade) serving as the pilot’s action coordinator.
Scott is best known for his 2008 action feature, Champion Road and its 2010 sequel, in addition to several original webseries projects including Kill Point and Fixer. He’s proven to have an effective approach to combining intense drama with electrifying action on his projects, an approach he guarantees will also showcase just the right balance between the two, with even more prolific martial arts action involving Howard and other key actors.
The director also has a few other feature films and series projects in store, including upcoming crime thriller, Call Me King now poised for a hopeful early 2015 release, and the current development of a slate of One-Shot episodes leading into the live-action production of the superhero property, The Almighty Street Team.
The news is still early but we may learn more between now and the top of the new year, so watch out for more news ahead.
Currently in progress is a new crowdsourcer for the latest contribution to the martial arts action genre from UK-based filmmaker, A.J. Singh. The longtime film purveyor is spearheading a funding effort for the new film, Falling Ash, in which he will also star as the lead.
Among a few other essentials, the project has secured a cast, namely actor and martial arts performers Silvio Simac and Mark Sears, and actress Marysia S. Peres. Singh‘s new film is the latest in what he suggests will be a promises will be a “unique of blend character-driven plot, with a grounded sense of reality; combined with the quality of action, prevalent in Hong Kong Cinema of the 1980’s”.
Here’s the setup:
Ashwin ‘Ash’ Singh (AJ Singh) is a man who’s never had luck on his side. His ‘simple’ life on the streets soon changes when he saves the life of Alvaro ‘Al’ Ciancio (Mark Sears). He soon becomes embroiled in Al’s business affairs, gets the attention of Al’s younger sister, Maria (Marysia S. Peres); as well as Al’s enemies – namely is ‘cousin’ Pasquale Salvitti (Silvio Simac).
Ash’s intervention on that fateful night, sets in motion a chain of events that will make Ash question loyalties, face dilemmas, matters of the heart, and his own demons…
Simac, whose credits notably include D.O.A.: Dead Or Alive and Transporter 3, is also poised to appear in writer and director Guy Bleyaert’s forrhcoming action thriller Transit 17 – also starring actress and martial artist Zara Phythian (Personally, I hope Simac plays M. Bison in this awesome webseries. *knocks on wood*).
In the meantime, for more info on Singh‘s new venture into 1980’s Hong Kong action fanfare, head over to the official Falling Ash indiegogo page and watch their new campaign video. And by all means, donate and/or share the page to your heart’s desire!
Ferguson shares the stage with young son Ronny Ferguson, along with a cast that includes Ismalone himself, as well as Julaluck Ismalone who plays his on-screen wife. Also starring are Conan Stevens, Yothin Udomsanti, Guido Kessler, Jawed Elb, and Tim Man. Indican Pictures has the North American rights to the film which could release on October 14, 2014.
The film is an historical contribution to the martial arts action genre for modern day filmgoers, and a spiritual window into the Asian action classics of yesteryear, namely with the presence of stars like Sonny Chiba and Gordon Liu, and even made martial arts action maestro Yuen Woo-Ping a household name. Headlined by actress Uma Thurman with a stellar hit list featuring Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen and late actor David Carradine who tragically passed away six summers ago, the film delivers all the glorious tropes of old-school martial arts action, Japanese anime and old-fashioned western thrills, with memorable costumes and weapons, and a story that kept fans on the edges of their seats so many years ago.
The new trailer is out for the upcoming action thriller, The Liberator, featuing actor, seasoned martial artist, writer and independent filmmaker Ben Lettieri in his feature debut. It’s an indie project and has a bit of cheese to it, but it looks fun to watch so far based on the new action packed footage below, which also happens to feature several key members of the UK-based stunt team, SG Action with team member and co-star Martin Wan.
The film also stars Daniel Jordan, Jessica Bayly and Keith Chanter and is currently still filming with pick-up shots to follow this summer with a release likely for late 2014 or early next year. Keep your eyes peeled and stick around for more updates!
Have you ever felt like life was pushing you aside? As if your purpose was fulfilled? Ben Silver did. Once a British Special Forces soldier, he became the youngest man ever to receive the Victoria Cross for acts of gallantry on the front line. Ben was honourably discharged, received his 15 minutes and then left to ponder a career in politics. Sounds like a pretty fulfilling life, right? Well, not for Ben. You see, he’s not a talking man, he’s an action man! The concept of a life behind a desk just doesn’t bode well to an adrenalin junkie with a self confessed addiction for energy drinks. he knew he had to do something else, but that’s not the only reason why. There’s a deeper element to Ben that drives him forward every day, the legacy of his parents. His father, a former SAS soldier and his mother, a world champion martial artist, were both killed when Ben was 15. It was during crossfire in South America when trying to help a friend in need. He now lives in honour of what they died for, risking his life on a daily basis as a secret mercenary for hire in the guise of a private investigator who only helps those in real need. This brings us to his current case. Ben’s strong morals are tested when he agrees to help the beautiful Melinda Page, a reformed cat burglar, now manager of a respectable museum who has ironically been burgled herself. He must retrieve a priceless Ming Dynasty vase from the ruthless and eccentric London based con-man/gangster Mr Miller. With the help of his elderly mentor Dr Nigel Carter and undercover cop Daniel Stevens, all seems almost routine for Ben, except for one small detail, he only has a few hours to get the vase back before it is shipped overseas to black market buyers, never to be seen again. Not to mention the fact that Miller is not planning on sitting back and just letting Ben do his thing. Rolf, Ben’s arch rival, is hired to take care of him before he can even get close to the vase. The race and the chase are most definitely on! Will our courageous hero succeed in his mission, or will his brash actions be outwitted?
The folks at Collider dropped some pretty interesting news about The Raid remake on Saturday since the film was announced for production earlier this year with The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes tapped to direct. In an inteview with Perri Nemiroff, actor Frank Grillo delved into a number of topics, including the aforementioned film for which production was previously reported to be pushed back from this September to January next year so that the folks at Screen Gems could find a big name actor to lead, particularly shortlisting Grillo among names like Anthony Mackie, Ethan Hawke and Luke Evans to name a few.
“Well, yeah. I mean, we were officially offered the film, and so that was gonna go in September and now that doesn’t go until January.” he says. “So, you know, that’s the way the movie business is. You’re officially attached until there is no more movie, you know? But yeah, this is something that I’m planning on doing. Yeah.”.
Grillo also added his thoughts regarding the remake going into production just a few years after the initial film, telling Collider, “You know, the script is great. Patrick Hughes, now that he has this time – who just directed The Expendables 3 – he’s tweaking it a little bit. Sony really is behind the project and I loved it. [I’m] one of the three main characters and, you know, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to actually go do it because it’s gonna be Americanized, but not overtly Americanized. It’s really gonna keep a lot of what made the first Raid so great.”.
There are no details as of yet regarding what role Grillo is being suited for, but there have been previous hints from Hughes himself regarding the plot which may center on a six-unit DEA task force implemented by the Bush administration upon evidence discovered linking the drug trade to 9/11, a premise which will set up a “clash of cultures” between martial arts and fighting styles between the cast members.
Silat action auteurs Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian are choreographing the action sequences for the new film, which is being produced by XYZ Films with the original film’s director, Gareth Huw Evans, serving as executive producer.
Grillo also expressed his “cautious optimism” regarding his chances of reprising his role as the official iteration of supervillain Brock Rumlow (a.k.a. Crossbones) in directors Joe and Anthony Russos’ Captain America 3, telling the press “Very early on the Russos said, ‘Look, this is an origin film for this character. We’re gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we’re gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here’s the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.’# And so we’ve had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it’s obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he’s still there. They don’t do that for no reason.”
Further casting details and confirmation awaits for The Raid as pre-production continues. In the meantime, Hughes will release his next film, The Expendables 3 on August 15.
You can catch Grillo in the forthcoming multiplatform release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier betweet August 19 and September 9. Grillo will also next appear in the July 18 North American theatrical release of The Purge: Anarchy, for which a new international poster has been unveiled. Check it all out below and stay tuned for more information!
H/T: ComingSoon.net, Entertainment Focus
One of these guys are about to get knocked the f*k out!
I can’t remember the last time I’d seen an unwired hurricane kick between so many well connected moves in a test fight like this. But then again, for A-list tricking impressarios and action actors Matt Emig and Daniel Graham, this sort of thing is nothing new as it looks so effortless to the naked eye. And Graham’s fight choreography here is equally superb as well!
All in a day’s work for the stunt community at 87Eleven Action Design, which hosts this little gem by way of Emig’s official YouTube channel which you can subscribe to in the embed below.
*This article has been updated with correct information regarding the film’s production period.
The last two behind-the-scenes videos for the filming of Once Upon A Time In Vietnam are now available online. The film opened in Vietnam with a star-studded premiere back in August led by actor, writer and director Dustin Nguyen who is currently promoting the film at the 18th Annual Busan International Film Festival in Korea which will last until October 12. The film is also kicking off the East Winds Film Festival in the U.K. beginning at the end of the month.
Described as the first-ever film of its kind for the Vietnamese film industry, Once Upon A Time In Vietnam sees lead actor Nguyen in his directorial debut, starring as Dao, a wandering warrior monk defending an innocent village from ruthless gangsters leading to a deadly final confrontation in story of action, romance, fantasy, and good versus evil. The film also stars Veronica Ngo, Hoang (Ben) Quan Nguyen, Thai Hoa, Jason Ninh Cao, Dinh Ngoc Diep and Roger Yuan along with Roger Yuan who also served as the film’s fight consultant with action director Bui Van Hai.
Once Upon A Time In Vietnam, Dustin Nguyen‘s directorial debut, has since sold worldwide, with North American acquisition courtesy of Lionsgate/Grindstone. You can also check out behind the scenes clips of the film’s production with parts one and two HERE, and part three HERE.
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One of the things I love most about writing for my blog is using it to feature independent filmmakers and stunt performers who create online content to entertain viewers. When I first started my Facebook page, one of the people I profiled was stuntwoman and actress Tamiko Brownlee, when the Jason Statham action thriller, Parker, made its theatrical debut In January this year.
The film is called BRUTAL, and to describe how good these clips are, the promo reel was what did it for me. I literally beat my thigh black and blue with the excitement of a little kid who just got three boatloads of early Christmas gifts and a winning lottery ticket, all in a gift box made of chocolate…WRAPPED in chocolate.
The film stars Yue Song who co-produced and directed the film with Zhong Lei. Becki Li, Liu Ming, Wang Zaihe, Yang Junping and Hou Xu also star in the film, and is co-produced by Patrick Kong Lingchen. Song also wrote, co-edited and choreographed the explosive, non-wired fight sequences in the film.
Coming Soon has unleashed a new clip from G.I. Joe: Retaliation featuring Ray Park and Byung-Hun Lee as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, respectively. The clip is similar to what we have seen so far in trailers, with both characters clashing in the same hallway leading to an epic battle between rival ninjas that will help determine the fate of the Joes as they clash with the COBRA forces once again.
Dobell recently unveiled the new trailer for the latest shortfilm, TOMB RAIDER: NO ANGEL, starring Tabitha Lyons as Lara Croft, along with Annabel Bates and Robert Holden, with Jon Hutton, Ross McDowell and Darrell Wilson. Further credits go to hair and make-up artist Kalissa Bentley, boom operator Nic Samiotis, driving and catering by Lorna Lyon-Smith, location Manager Phil Branscombe and costume designer Krystina Kitsis.
From the team that brought you Clash and The Rebel, Bụi Đời Chợ Lớn is described as an epic gangster story that takes place in a town in Saigon, regarding the events between four main characters played by Johnny Trí Nguyễn (who is also serving as action director), Hoàng Phúc, Long Điền and Hà Hiền in a 24-hour period.