Friday, June 1, 2012

AZP/BlackBoxTV - 'Reawakening'

It's been a long time coming but the premiere of 'Anthony E. Zuiker Presents' on BlackBoxTV has finally arrived. And we're kicking it off with Reawakening. Directed by Robert Legato (two-time Academy Award winner for VFX on Titanic and Hugo), written by Adam Simon (Haunting in Connecticut) the film is a modern day retelling of Frankenstein in which a police officer descends into merciless evil as he gets an unusual opportunity for vengeance. 

Orlin Dobreff and I produced the film, alongside our BlackBoxTV producing team, Steak House and Valerie Stadler. It was a great pleasure working closely with Rob on this one and watching it all come together from solely a producing stand point was a new experience. Corey Wallace, the phenomenal composer who created the music for Dark Revelations was brought on to bring a new twist to the typical noir sounding music and exceeded all our expectations.

We shot the film on the ARRI Alexa. As Rob explains: "I used the ARRI Alexa and recorded it in LOG space (which means it has the same dynamic range as film) and is very low contrast and needs a LUT (Lookup Table) to make look like a regular contrasty and saturated image. The same camera and system used on features. Just much more flexible in post to change the look than a 7D or 5D but can ultimately look the same."

I was even fortunate to direct 2nd Unit on the short, which was a lot of fun.

Here's a short behind-the-scenes interview with Rob and star Travis Fimmel:

Dig: Official Selection - Dances With Films

I am pleased to announce that Dig is an Official Selection of the 2012 Dances With Films. The festival, which takes place in Hollywood, CA will run from May 31th - June 7th. 

Dig will be screening at the festival on Tuesday, June 5 @ 5:00pm as part of the Fusion Shorts: Group 2 at Mann's Chinese Theater.

Mann's Chinese Theater
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Here is the info on tickets. Individual tickets are $13.

Congrats to everyone involved with the film!

About Dances With Films:

DANCES WITH FILMS was formed in 1998 by a group of filmmakers who envisioned a festival where “who you know” didn’t matter, only the quality of the work.

Our name, DANCES WITH FILMS, was actually a play on the plethora of ‘dance’ film festivals that cropped up left and right at the time - Slamdance, Digidance, Nodance, TromaDance. Truth be told, it started out as a rebellious joke. Originally the fest had the long title of "Dances With Films: Festival of the Unknowns" - something of a send up to all the 'Dance' Festivals that seemed to spring up over night. Then, after a battle with Orion Pictures, it became a symbol... of our irreverence and commitment to challenge the system. It's actually a pretty funny story. 

Unlike Digidance, Nodance, TromaDance and even Orion - DWF is still going strong as is our commitment to indie films. Our belief in our filmmakers is rewarded year after year - as we watch our DWF Alumni move on to produce, write, direct and/or star in blockbuster movies and TV shows.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating the film stars of tomorrow.