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Friday, June 22, 2012

Actress Corsica Wilson Interview (Exclusive!)

Above Pic: IMDB Head-shot Corsica Wilson

 
(C) 2012 Danny Shamon, Exclusive Dead Season Chat! Dan's Movie Report!

As a journalist, it thrills me to be able to interview fresh talent with diverse backgrounds. In the Zombie film Dead Season Corsica's portrayal of Rachel Conrad, the daughter of the leader of the militant compound is fantastic. She is forced to live a separate life, bottled up in her room in the first act, as the film progresses the situation changes, and so does the once quiet buttefly Corsica. Corsica has worked on all aspects of the film-making process from production to in front of the camera. Dan's Movie Report readers take note, this is the first Dead Season interview, watch for Zombie destroyer Marissa Merrill soon. The ladies take center stage and kick ass in Dead Season! Enough of my BS on to Corsica's interview.

Above Pic: (C) 2012 Neil Reola

I read on your IMDB you have an adventurous spirit, was that from childhood, or developed later in life?

I definitely developed a love for adventure at a very early age.  I grew up in a Navy family, so we moved every two years and would travel any free chance we had. In the prime of my childhood we lived in a little village in Sardinia, so there was a lot to explore and a lot of adventures to go on.  And I hope there continues to be!

What is the craziest or most dangerous thing you have done in search of a thrill?

The majority of thrills I have found have been through traveling.  No adventure is complete without a few risks!  I think the most terrified I’ve been  (besides getting chased by zombies in DEAD SEASON) was when I was in India and almost got torn to pieces by a pack of baboons. My friend and I narrowly escaped their clutches, but I’m sure I could have lifted a camel with the amount of adrenaline racing through me. (Ed Note: WOW!)

Above Pic: (C) 2012 Neil Reola

How did you decide to become involved with the movies?

From traveling so much, I really was able to observe a lot of people in their various cultures. Seeing how other people live their lives has resulted in my passion for storytelling.  I gained a lot of experience through the Florida State University Film School from there, I started to fall head over heels with the whole film-making process. Subsequently I started to explore other independent films like DEAD SEASON before finally coming out to LA.

Do you like to work behind the camera or mainly in front of it?

I really enjoy exploring a character, but it really stems from a larger love for storytelling.  I’m always jotting down ideas, scenes and characters that I hope to someday develop, but I’m just trying to take one thing at a time. While my focus is acting, I certainly don’t draw the line there.



Above Pics: Dead Season, a contrasting view indeed! (C) 2012 Image Films

How did you become involved with Dead Season?

Adam and I worked together on my first feature, Claire.  We kept in touch, and a few months later, he called me up with the offer.

Any special training prior to the movie shoot?

The movie itself was so last minute, it felt like I had just gotten the call from Adam, and before I knew it, I was on a flight to the edge of the Bermuda triangle.  Luckily I had a basic knowledge of zombie survival already.

How long was your portion of the filming?

I was in Vieques for a week for all of my coverage.  We had a lot of fun and worked hard every day, but it was an eerie place.  I was a bit relieved to escape.

Share a funny Dead Season set story no one knows about, or that isn't publicly known.

Well, we had an interesting bonding experience during filming.  Vieques is one of the three locations in the world to have bio-luminescence, so there was no way we could miss out on a catching a glimpse.  One night, the whole cast and crew piled into one of our vans and drove down a rickety road out to a small bay. We took several boats out into the complete darkness, and jumped into the water and all this plankton lit up as soon as it touched us.  We all swam around and played in the water with glowing auras. It’s an image I’ll never forget.

How would sweet Corsica kill a zombie if she saw one in real life? (Describe in detail)

Especially after filming, I feel somewhat prepared to take on some zombies haha.  I would probably be the one to run and hide, or try to outsmart them rather than attempt to fight them physically.  Although if it came down to it, without question, I’d take their head off with something sharp and sleek like a nice Hatori Hanzo (Sword).(Ed Note-a clean kill, gotta love it!)


Above Pic: Is All hope lost? (C) 2012 Dead Season Image Films, Screen Cap Dan's Movie Report

Does your athleticism help you escape zombies? (HAHA ok so this one is light hearted)

I think my strength in fighting off zombies would lie more in my brains than my athleticism haha!. My character in the film gets wounded early on, and so trying to survive knowing you’ve already been weakened brings on not only another sense of fear, but also courage. 

Above Pic: wounded, alone and scared on Dead Season! (C) 2012 Dead season Image Films, Screen Cap: Dan's Movie Report

As a writer I enjoy strong female characters in Horror and Action films, Dead Season has two strong females, must have been fun to work with Marissa. Did having another central female character in the film help you focus on your role more?


 Above Pic: Greetings Zombies, my name is Tweeter, (Marissa Merrill) I am very pissed, you shall die painfully, and I shall enjoy it! (C) 2012 Dead Season, Image films Screen Cap: Dan's Movie report

Marissa was vital in helping keep focus on my character.  Being the only two main actresses, we became great friends off set, which only strengthened the relationship of the characters.  Tweeter is the only strong female presence Rachel has had on the island after a long time of solitude, and they gain a good deal of trust in each other, which ultimately helps in their attempts for survival. (Ed note-Yeah If there are Zombies around-point me to Marissa!)
 
What are your favorite scenes in Dead Season?

I really enjoy the suspense in the arrival of the main characters on the island, and I think the funeral scene couldn’t be more beautiful. I also really liked the arc that Elvis took, and how he dealt with the decisions he had to make.  The moments are very simple and yet complex in their realism.  And of course I adore the whole escape sequence.  But I love a good chase scene.

Any minor scrapes on set, bumps and bruises from the action?

Oh yes, there was a lot of recovery needed after only spending a week there: sunburn, scrapes and bug bites. We also came across some nasty red ants and even crossed paths with a tarantula!

Above Pic: (C) 2012 Neil Reola

On to future projects: I Saw that you have a few future projects in the pipeline on IMDB. "In A World" and" Veer!" maybe if you can shed some light on those projects.

In a World is Lake Bell’s directorial debut film, and Veer! is an independent drama revolving around a recently retired pro-skateboarder.

Both comedies?

IN A WORLD is a comedy about the voice over world.  I have a small role as a valley girl, but it was such an incredible experience to meet and work with Lake.

Veer! is more of a melodrama and is filmed in a documentary style.  I play the niece of a pro-skateboarder who comes home after retiring and he is trying to figure out where to go next in life.  I start out as a lost party girl, and with the influence of my uncle, start to have the courage to accept who I am and who I want to be.  We shot a lot of it on film, and Patrick Barry’s (director/cinematographer) innovative shot-design has created a really beautiful film of self-reflection.


Above Pic: Corsica on the film Veer

What is your favorite genre of film to watch? to Act in?

Oh I can’t even try to pick a favorite genre. The details of production design and cinematography are ultimately what hook me.  A beautiful story should be coupled with beautiful visual story-telling. I would love to tackle a mystery or a con man type adventure.  Plus, I’d like to be a villain for once. (Ed Note: Got it, likes swords, wants to play villain, talented, and cute!)

What actors, actresses, or directors would you like to work with?

I’d love to continue building upon previously established collaborations.  I’m lucky to be surrounded by talented friends and wish to continue working with them. Though I DO have had a constant and overwhelming crush on Joe Wright, Wes Anderson, Kelly Reichardt, Sofia Coppola, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Xavier Dolan, just to name a few haha…. As for actors, I really enjoy Benicio Del Toro and Michelle Williams.

What are a few of your long term goals and dreams, acting, film or otherwise?

I only hope to keep being influenced by the world around me and have the opportunity to work on more characters and eventually start a production company to make my own films.  And of course, I hope to keep traveling and seek out more adventure!

Thanks For the great interview! 

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing it posted!

Check out Corsica Wilson's IMDB page look for her demo reel and resume @  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3355632/

Her Youtube Reel can be found @  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkUB9sLcDyI


It Is Time To RAZE, Your Standards!

Above Pic: Cast of RAZE from Twitter


In an extreme show of solidarity and love the Cast and Crew of RAZE take time out of their filming schedule to add a bit of happiness before they return to beating each other! Finally women will take a center stage in a full on action film! The time is right for action, violence and pain! Zoë Bell, and the rest of the cast are excited, I am sure it will translate into a fun film.

The cast is very active in the Twitter and Facebook Universe, this aspect makes the film provocative as a writer, one is able to get inside the mind of the film makers and cast.

Above Pic: Screen Shot of updated Raze Website! Hope we can find Marissa! Click pic to enlarge.


Above Pic: Rebecca Marshall in Fight or Die! Mode from Raze website. Cute and deadly!

For a launching point blast your browsers to the official site @ http://razethemovie.com/ The site is updated with character names, where they were abducted, and a few more details, it is time to FIGHT OR DIE!

Follow on Facebook! They are closing in on 1,000 likes now!  Watch for giveaways shortly! First contest began today! Follow on twitter!

https://www.facebook.com/RazeTheMovie

As a long time supporter of stunt ladies and action, I am so happy that this film should RAZE further awareness of the difficulties stunt women especially have to go through, as they often have to wear skimpy clothing, and take hard falls. Search Names, Angela Meryl, Monique Ganderton, and even actress Zoë Kravitz who did her own harness work in X-Men-First Class. Below are links to the interviews I have conducted with these talented ladies. Stunt people make unique interview subjects as they have a often untold film story to tell. It is time to RAZE!

Check out Sexy and dangerous Monique Ganderton @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/01/monique-ganderton-interview-c-2012-dans.html

Angela Meryl who worked on Kill Bill, crashed through the table for Vivica Fox, and doubled Rihanna in Battleship!
http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/05/angela-meryl-interview-exclusive.html

Zoë Kravitz hard working actress, singer, respecting the stunt work, and kicking ass on X-Men!  http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2011/10/zoe-kravitz-interview-c-2011-danny.html

Later in 2012 More interviews will follow with the ladies of Raze! You have been warned!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Raze Movie News - Official Website IS Fully Activated FIGHT OR DIE!

Update 7-28-12 Check out the official website of Raze actress, Marissa Labog @  http://www.marissalabog.com/  She is an all around performer, dancer, stunts, and actress. The above photo is from her website, below is what happens during a Raze filming! OUCH! Marissa Labog's character is Rosie, watch for more of her on Dan's Movie Report!





Update 7-16-12 Added hot new pic Above from Raze! This one has the full cast!  Wallpaper size, by clicking it!

Above Pics From Official Raze Website, click to increase size! Feel the violence wallpaper size! http://razethemovie.com/


Update 7-1-12 Raze actress Tara Macken in South Florida for convention! Actress and stunt queen Tara came to South Florida for the Florida Supercon, to promote Hunger Games, and Raze!  Dan's Movie Report was live on the scene, and above is a sample pic, she is ready to kick ass! Watch for future interview and check out the full Tara Post @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/07/actress-tara-macken-upcoming-exclusive.html

Over the last few weeks the film Raze is increasing awareness on social media, over 1,000 followers on Twitter and closing in on 1,000 likes on Facebook. The producers have promised to drop giveaways and other goodies from the sky, blood filled, and excellent as soon as both plateaus are reached! Join Ms Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tara Macken, Tracie Thoms,  and the entire cast of resident rough girls for RAZE, if you got the guts!

Most times girl fighting is played off as silly and not serious, this is fight or die brutality! It is time to RAZE! A mixture of horror and action, Raze is set to blast the film world in the way women are perceived in fighting and as heroes!

Here is sexy and dangerous cast member Adrienne Wilkinson explaining some of the filming in a recent twitter video: http://www.twitvid.com/7NMTG



Below is the way to follow!

http://razethemovie.com/

Twitter the ladies if you dare!

https://twitter.com/RazeTheMovie

Slam your FACEbook into this!

https://www.facebook.com/RazeTheMovie

Watch for exclusive photos, interviews, videos, and other cool stuff on Dan's Movie Report!

A special thanks to the RAZE team for letting me be the first site in the world to cover RAZE all the way back in January! Here is the first Raze Post, 5 months ago, with new photo, Fight or Die!
http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/01/zoe-bell-in-raze-new-picture-and-info.html

Search the Blog for all of the Raze Posts!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Get Ready to fight in Death Grip! Premiere Information!

Above Pic: Poster for Death Grip (Joe Golling poster credit)

Action is Eric's middle name! Get ready for Death Grip, a full on action film with real fighting no wimps allowed! These guys know how to film, edit, and shoot a fight scene and I am ready for the action feature film style!

A special screening of Eric Jacobus' Death Grip. The Premiere is on Saturday June 30th 2012 @ 7pm, at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro, CA.

Like them on Facebook  @  https://www.facebook.com/DeathGripMovie

Check out the trailer @  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtl704xNVwM

 http://www.facebook.com/events/283120995105774/ Facebook Event

The tickets are on sale at http://tinyurl.com/DeathGripMoviePremiere


More info, review, and interviews will follow shortly on Dan's Movie Report keep reading or get your A// kicked!



Dead Season Movie Review

Above Pic: Poster of Dead Season from IMDB

Update 7-5-12- Like Actress Marissa Merrill on Facebook @  https://www.facebook.com/theMarissaMerrill

Exclusive Marissa Merrill interview, with exclusive wallpaper sized images!

http://www.dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/07/actress-marissa-merrill-interview.html 

If you follow her on Facebook, you are automatically entered into the prize drawings on Dan's Movie Report! So do it, and post on her page.

Update 6-25-12! Click Link for Exclusive interview with Dead Season Actress Corsica Wilson! Dan's Movie Report!

http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2012/06/corsica-wilson-interview-c-2012.html

Rather than droning on and on about how good Dead Season is I just have to make a few comments about this "trapped on an island zombie flick".  For the first time ever I watched a Zombie film that took time to delve into the human side of a zombie attack, people's emotions, and fears outside of the zombies.

The two central characters Elvis and Tweeter are looking to go to a retreat island off the coast of Florida that "supposedly" has no zombies. Rather than thrust us right into the zombie killing there is strong character development, even showing us the plight of a young boy who tweeter takes in. The deciding what to do with a person after they are bit, the wrestling with how to obtain food and supplies.

On the island the two leads meet up with an ex-military guy who runs a compound of survivors. His cronies keep the zombies at bay with locked gates and weapons. The audience is treated to a host of characters in the compound, who all have their own personal demons as they struggle to survive on the island overrun by zombies from a passing Dutch ship, that ran aground a few weeks prior.

Once the action gets going, body parts are cut off and some jiggly bits are exposed, and egos are bruised! This is not a film for kids, there is copious amounts of gore, and blood as well. Also there is nudity, if you are offended by people with there clothes in off position, turn away!

Marissa Merrill (Tweeter) and Corsica Wilson (Rachel Conrad) plot a way to leave the island, showing a softer side to Dead Season

The acting is very good, people actually look frightened, nervous, and aggressive when need be. The four leads James Burns as Kurt Conrad, Scott Peat as Elvis, Marissa Merrill as Tweeter and Corsica Wilson as Rachel Conrad did a fantastic job. Burns plays the tyrannical leader with a heart and sweet Corsica plays his daughter locked in her room, with a desire to leave the island. I enjoyed Corsica's daughter portrayal, as she shows not only underlying fear, but guile and intellect, she is a young actress with a bright future.  Marissa Merrill really stands out as the lead female, with not only a burning desire to leave the island, but a feral passion to kill zombies, that is fun an at times scary cool to watch, her eyes drip with emotion and my new word of the day pissedoffedness! If a zombie is around, I would love to have Ms Merrill protecting me, haha! Scott Peat is the level headed guy with an intellect, struggling to stay sane in the land of the zombies, a complex character indeed. Even the people playing the zombies are cool, eerie, and frightening.

Above Pic: Corsica Wilson (Rachel) bloodied, scared, and nervous. Great work from the young actress.

I loved this film. It has repeat watch-ability, great scenery, crazy slow moving zombies, a few fast ones who have evolved. Producer, writer, director Adam Deyoe paints a sordid, yet human drama wrapped in a package of violence and pain. Even the musical score from Louis Chalif is eerie and mood-setting. I recommend a purchase all the way if not you deserve to be eaten by the zombies in this film or be roughed up by Marissa Merrill, I choose the latter! I rate Dead Season a 9 out of 10, one of my top indie picks of the year so far! (Yeah I saw the one Zombie who commented, Zombies and Morons will not like it, especially the anonymous ones! HAHA!)


Check out Marissa's official site @ http://www.marissamerrill.com/

Check out the Dead Season Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/DeadSeasonMovie

The fantastic film is available for pre-order from Amazon and Ships July 31st




Sunday, June 17, 2012

Get Ready for Dead Season! Zombie madness on an island!

Above Pic: Marissa Merrill as Tweeter from Dead Season!


Watched a cool flick today, will review! Check out Dead Season. Here is the trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H176VsPJ5wM

Follow Elvis and Tweeter as they venture out to an island to escape the Zombies and surprise they find more Zombies and no edible fruit, can you say paradise lost!

Scott Peat as Elvis and cute Marissa Merrill as Tweeter kick ass and take no crap from the undead!

Check out Marissa's official site @ http://www.marissamerrill.com/

Check out the Dead Season Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/DeadSeasonMovie

Boaz Zippor: Photographic Artist Spotlight

Above Pic: Boaz Zippor, licensed to Dan's Movie Report Model: Yok Jade


Photographer Boaz Zippor, currently based in Thailand, has a fantastic eye for detail and channels his artist impression to photos. Keep reading Dan's movie Report for more exclusive photos and info from Boaz. He also provides some exclusive pics from fantastic actresses Krystal Vee and Selina Lo, watch for those in separate posts! Here is his details and some exclusive sample photos!



Boaz was Born in Israel 1972.
Educated in Milano, Italy, majoring in industrial design and visual communications.
Was founder and managing director of several multimedia and design companies in Italy and Israel, before moving to Thailand in 2003.
Above Pic: Boaz Zippor model: Jade
In Thailand has been an art-director and creative-director for multinational companies.
after several exhibitions of mixed-media and large scale prints, debuting in a solo-exhibition in Milano in 2001, is now concentrating full-time on writing, painting and fine-art photography.During the years, Numerous Art works have been bought for private collections in Italy, Israel, New-York, Hong-Kong, Shanghai, Barcelona, and of course Thailand.
In the years 2009-2011 ran a private fine-art gallery in Bangkok, exhibiting prominent photographers, mainly from the social documentary field, along with his own work.
After years of active involvement in social projects in Israel, am now involved in supporting several projects in Thailand, especially in the field of education for under-privileged children.
 Self-published his first book of poetry in 2010,  and an anthology of his first three poetry books and other lost poems was published earlier this year. In 2011 launched his article content reservoir www.bucketmoon.com with over 3000 articles and reviews, and in 2012 launched the travel blog section of the site www.bucektmoon.com/travel
Through the years Boaz has been a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, writing mainly about social issues, progress and perception.

Supporting the theatre, dance groups and the opera as part of pro bono projects for the community, brought zippor to a peculiar position of being the 'performers photographer' specializing in portraits of actors, singers, dancers and other creative people.
"working with actors is always interesting, as you know you are facing a multi-personality crazy person, and usually they know how to use it too, but I always try to get to the person under the mask, the person – not the persona. "


"I come from a very classical artistic background, and the years in Italy are also a great contributor to my appreciation of aesthetics, so I don’t really think like a photographer. I try to think more like a painter, creating with what I have in front of me "



"one of the secrets I got from oil painting, and try to use in my work is the dense backgrounds, layer over layers giving a sensation of life, of dirt, of something organic, not a shinny glossy pretty picture in a magazine."

Watch for more from Boaz! Exclusively on Dan's Movie Report! for now set your shutters to blast his website @ www.boazzippor.net