Your new movie The
Dragon Unleashed - in a few words, what is it about?
Itís about an assassin who questions if the child he
would be proud of who heís become.
think I'm not too far off by saying The
Dragon Unleashed is an hommage to Cannon
action and especially ninja flicks from the 1980s - so what is it that
fascinates you about these movies, and some of your favourites?
You are correct. I specialize in making
Especially the Cannon
films kind. I think the 70ís and
80ís were the
best years for movies, music and comicbooks. Probably
grew up in the 80ís so I may be biased. Iím not sure
what part of it
fascinates me, to answer your question, all I know is that
this is what I
was meant to do and how I feel Iím doing my best. I
donít even know if
Iíd have an interest in making a non-retro movie.
away all the action, The
Dragon Unleashed can also be read as a story about a man searching
for his true self and his place in the world though - now where did that
come from, especially in the action context, and is any of it based on
I wrote the premise of this story around 20 years ago,
so I donít
recall my state of mind at the time. As for your question
being personal, I donít think so. I used only
imagination to write this
story. There is a lot of me in any movie I make but the
is not something that plagues me. I did imagine it would
on the mind of a character like this. And I hoped it would
many of the audience members.
(Other) sources of inspiration
when writing The Dragon
This may sound silly but one of my inspirations was
Snake Eyes, a comicbook character and action figure I cherished as a
imagined I was making a story from a chapter of that
Dragon Unleashed does feature quite a few elaborate action scenes
- so how were they accomplished, and how much preparation went into them?
On a micro budget movie, sadly, I have to use my
film time to compose the action scenes. No way to bring
stuntmen in ahead of time to rehearse. Whether itís a
chase scene, a
shoot-out or even complicated hand-to-hand combat scene
intricate martial arts. But luckily, on the martial arts
side we had a
master of kung fu, John Ozuna. Not only is he a master but
the Guinness Book world record holder for fastest punches
also has a second Guinness Book world record for martial
arts but the
exact title of that one escapes me at the moment. Either
way, he did
all of the choreography and Iím super-impressed with him
way. I also hope to film with him again. We also had a
group of stuntmen for him to trade punches with.
can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
Every actor and scene requires its own distinct
directing style. I
donít impose myself. I am at the service of the movie,
the movie is not
at the service of my directorial whims. The only
directorial impulse I made prominent was to make this an
style genre movie. Other than that, I go with the flow.
The story is in
talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
Chase Bloomquist was the male hero actor and he was
convey the emotional torture. He made it real and
dignified. He was
also able to internalize, which was an important ingredient
success of this character. He was the perfect choice for
this role and
we were lucky to find him. Emily Sweet was our female hero
is just a really good actress. Finding beauty and talent is
a rare find but
Emily has an abundance of both qualities, and her work
astonishing. Emilyís character was also on a journey of
she was sincere in ever aspect of her performance. John
was our lead antagonist and he is so much better than what
expected. I was just a casual Dukes of Hazzard fan so I was
away by the level of his acting ability. He plays a
character who rides the line of being a patriot and a
villain. He knew
all of his lines too the letter and said them all with
authority. The way
only an accomplished star can. Heís also a director so
he had some
great suggestions for me.
industrial compound where you've filmed the finale of The
Dragon Unleashed - you just have to talk about that location for a
bit, and what was it like filming there? And how did you find it even?
Hot - we filmed in the summer but those Industrial
were abnormally hot. My camera over heated. I had to put
it in a
refrigerator. One of the scenes was filmed in a
temperature of 140
degrees. There was great comrodery between the men and I
of this hardship. They all had heavy costumes and never
once. The location itself is like a work of art.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Oh we all had a great time. It was actually a pretty
of filming full of wonder and innovation. All of my film
shoots are fun
but this one was even more so. Iím not sure why. Iím a
one man crew
for the most part so it was mainly just my actors and I
around. My producer Kasey Dollar came along for a few days
Lots of fond memories of filming this movie.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The
Well the movie just came out today so I havenít seen
yet, but Iíve been down this retro road before. The
critics who are
educated on film will probably understand the entire retro grindhouse angle. As for the audience, there will always be a
them who just do not like B movies and they refuse to give
chance. And thatís fine. This movie is not for everyone.
make movies for my target audience of old school retro
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Right after The
Dragon Unleashed, I filmed a movie
Havoc that Iím very proud of. At the moment, Iím
finishing up a
western that is turning out to be my most epic movie thus
far. Iím not
certain of what the title will be for this western, but
Cry Havoc is done
and there is a trailer online and will be released soon.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Thanks for the interview!
Thanks to you for supporting indie films.