I was recently interviewed at SM.com in support of DEAD SHADOWS July 22nd Australian release via Gryphon Entertainment (on DVD and Blu-ray 3D), You can read an excerpt from the interview below and READ THE WHOLE THING HERE! Thanks to SM.com for the support!
Marcey: The role is one that appears to have been quite demanding physically and mentally, how did you prepare for that?
John: Physically I trained hard before the shoot to gain some mass. But once I got to Paris four weeks before the shoot, finding a Gym to sustain what I had gained was impossible (long story). So I figured, if I can’t retain the mass, I may as well be lean for the role. So protein shakes, red wine and French sausages became my diet. And crunches and push ups my work-out .
Mentally; what I liked about the character was that I had lots of room to create. On paper, all we knew about him was that he was a tough guy and owned lots of weapons. So I invented a back-story for him (I gave him a military background for example) which I often went back to in my head as to the WHY behind his actions.
Yesterday, Director/Editor Christian Viel and I finally locked picture on Billy Trigger. I am elated with what we have and I feel like sharing some positive joo-joo.
First of all, I believe that Billy Trigger is the best film Viel and I ever collaborated on. His camera work is tops and his action scenes are bad and ass. This is also (surprisingly) the “meatier” flick we’ve ever done as the characters/relationships are fleshed out and layered. A result of the many re-writes I did on the script at the request of Executive Producer Berge Garabedian and director Viel and of the actors, who brought their own ideas and of course their own energy on set. For example, there’s a love story in the film that wasn’t really on the page, but that was born and took life on set due to the chemistry two of the actors shared (me being one of them).
I am also happy to report that our main cast owns it! Fred Williamson goes back to his Black Caesar roots with his nuanced performance here, fans of The Hammer will love this role! Anderson Bradshaw gives what is in my opinion his best showcase to date, his key scene with The Hammer was the tits! Meghan Gabruch is simply a revelation, local casting Agents should be beating down her door with axes, the girl’s got chops and then some! Matthew Bennett steals every single scene that he’s in and Pia Metni will make you fall in love with her. And I do all right in the film too 🙂
Moreover, the flick is an effortless sit down. You know you got a good pace going when you watch a rough cut (with raw sound/image and no sound effects) and it flashes by. I’m happy about that. So there ya have it! Twas a long climb for all, but we made it. All that matters. I’ll speak for myself here; although my fight for this film is farrrrrrr from over, being that I am so in love with the final product, it will make battling for it so much more easier. Will keep yall in the loop! Peace!
DEAD SHADOWS is slowly but surely infecting the world! The film is now available in Australia via GRYPHON distribution. Check them out here! And it’s in 3D at that! So I expect my Ozzie buds to catch it with a beer (s) in tow to help them see triple!
Dead Shadows was directed by David Cholewa and written by Vincent Jule. It stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, Rurik Sallé and myself. Here’s the film’s synopsis:
Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story of a young man, named Chris (Wolfrom), whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that Halley’s comet could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is appearing and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris discovers that people are starting to act strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. They are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they begin to mutate into something far beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris tries to escape from his building with the help of a gun taunting tenant named John (Fallon) – but will they make it out alive?
And another piece of THE SHELTER puzzle is in now in place.
Producer Donny Broussard and I are very proud to announce that up and coming visual effects supervisor THOMAS WILSON has signed on to execute the varied visual effects that will be found in THE SHELTER.
Thomas has lent his considerable skills to films like Men in Black 3 (2012), Gangster Squad (2013) and the upcoming James Wan spook fests The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Needless to say that we are very happy to have somebody with that track record on board. Our visual effects are in good hands!
And keeping with our M.O. in terms of the people we have attached to this project thus far, it also helps that Thomas is a pretty cool cat! Good and competent people = positive energy on set. Positive energy on set = an easier time to overcome the many obstacles that will be tossed out way. You don’t go to war with pop guns.
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