Ashley Park Interview

Echoes (2018) Movie Review (Short Film)

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. A couple of years back I reviewed Kenneth Mader's Displacement. The mind bending...

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Echoes (2018) Movie Review (Short Film)



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. A couple of years back I reviewed Kenneth Mader's Displacement. The mind bending near future sci-fi drama blurred the lines for genre and tone, essentially launching the career of the fantastic actress Courtney Hope. Fast forward to 2018, Mr Mader is back with a hard hitting psychological terror short entitled Echos. The 23 minute short is long enough to tell a story but short enough to comfortably watch and see a possible expansion of the concept. A teenager who is haunted by past memories, serves as the background, young actresses Cameron Crates and Campbell Crates exude real confidence considering their youthfulness.

Echoes is about the atmosphere and mood more than action and flash. Trust me, this is a good thing. The cool thing about the two Kenneth Mader films I have reviewed, they force the viewers to ponder the possibilities and plot twists. In Echoes I see a future feature film or limited mini-series. The haunting imagery, sparse yet poignant dialogue, and characters can easily be expanded to flesh out a much longer film.

Time is taken on lighting, background, and some special ghosting effects, to add to the overall quality of the film. Many times on indie short films corners are cut due to expenses and or shooting time, this can severely hamper their quality. Just because a film is lower budget, no reason the passion and quality should be lacking.

Writer Julie Kimbrill Ishaya and Kenneth Mader provide the story, I am interested to ready and view more of her work as well. Actually seems like her and Kenneth Mader gel in style and ideas. I hope the two of them write a feature film together.

Finally, I am not going to spoil the plot, nor any character development. Echoes is best watched a few times, in fact, the images inside your mind, about the film may change. Breathe deep, check out Echoes, I highly recommend the film, Echoes rates a 8 out of 10.


For more information on Kenneth Mader please visit the official Mader Films website! https://maderfilmstudios.wordpress.com/

Friday, October 12, 2018

Leaving Eden Descending CD Release Tour!!! EXCLUSIVE!!



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report Readers!!! Hot Rock band Leaving Eden prepare to depart from the Boston Area on a Hot Trip to Florida to begin their tour for the new CD on Dark Star Records: Descending!!


For the latest information please visit the official band page @ www.leavingeden.com

Watch for Exclusive material and giveaways, soon on Dan's Movie Report!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Actress/Singer Nina Bergman Interview! EXCLUSIVE! Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4



Actress Nina Bergman Interview (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4) EXCLUSIVE!!

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. With the impending release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, I had the opportunity to catch up with Nina Bergman after her concert here in Ft. Lauderdale, where her band Letters from the Fire, who opened for NonPoint. The Interview took place at the end of August but I held it until release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Once again another exclusive interview on Dan's Movie report! 3-2-1 NINA!

Are you going to have to do anything more for Battery?

She is done.


Are you going to do a promotional tour for Call Of Duty?

As of now I cannot because I am touring. (the interview took place in August) I also have two new movies I will be working on, that I cannot discuss.

Shifting gears, I recommended you to Daniel Zirilli for his film Hollow Point.

Yes he said he wanted me but I was touring so I could not do it. I will follow up when he is back and I am back in LA.

 Above Photo: (C)  2018 Joseph Flowers Nina and I at Revolution Live!

Discussing Letters From The Fire. How is the new tour going with NonPoint?

This second one is wild.


Is it better than the first tour?

The first one was more mellow like dance, and teenage girls. This tour is like our crowd, hah (Ed Note:) Nina makes the Dio sign! 



Above Photo: Nina Bergman Live (C) 2018 Danny Templegod

How did you like playing in Ft. Lauderdale?

The fans here a fucking amazing, they are so supportive. (Ed Note) Nina probably signed a hundred autographs after the show, and she has never played here before. The crowd was doing there thing like moshing?

Above: Hot new promo photo of Letters From the Fire from their Facebook Page!!


Do you have another concert tour coming up?

I have a movie to shoot, we are trying to work out the scheduling. If I do the movie I cannot do the POD tour.

Wait, you were offered POD tour?

I cannot discuss as things are still pending, we are trying to work things out.

Back to Call of Duty, How long did it take you to film Call of Duty?

It did not take very long, because once they captured my image they were done.

They Mo Capped you?

Yes for the poster I was holding all the Armor. They could not use my voice, because I have an accent. (Ed Note) Nina plays the character of Battery. She is a munitions expert.

Did they use your movements?

They did I am not sure exactly what, because I have yet to see it. (Ed Note) The full game releases October 12th.

Finally Check out this bad ass live video I shot of Letters From The Fire with song Comfort You:

Keep reading Dan's Movie Report for exclusives on Nina and Letters From The Fire!!!

Please point your browsers to www.lettersfromthefire.net for the band and for Nina: http://ninabergman.com/

Call of Duty drops worldwide October 12th!! BOOM!  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Actress Natassia Malthe Interview 'Alpha' (C) 2018 Dan's Movie Report




Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. After viewing the new theatrical film Alpha, I knew it was time to once again catch up with Natassia Malthe fora new interview. Natassia shares her thoughts on the film and working with director Albert Hughes. Always intelligent and outspoken, Natassia delivers her FOURTH thought provoking interview for Dan's Movie Report.


Chat about the audition process for your character Rho, initially you told me I thought your were a last minute replacement, how did you end up getting the part of Rho?

I went to the audition at my favorite casting directors offices on the Lionsgate lot. Literally, the only place I feel at home auditioning at. My favorite casting directors. So I auditioned and no one was there except for me . That was odd I thought . So I did the audition and there were scenes I had to do from several different scripts . All very emotional scenes . I came back the following week I think if I recall correctly I had three callbacks . And they said the director just wants to see if you could do this and that ... so I did what was asked and a few weeks later I found out I got the part and that someone had been taken off the movie and that I was a replacement . 

Filming in Alberta, and using much of the outdoors as a back drop, do you alter your acting to project more, or is it based on directing styles? 

I altered my style of acting for the role and the movie feel. Usually I get action parts and finally I get to move away from that genre and so something I enjoy doing more . I thought the director had a very unique style of directing and I thought wow, what a very unique kind of person this director was. I loved Menace II Society and Book of Eli, so i was very excited to be working with him . Being in Alberta filming was not all that exciting to be honest. It was in the middle of nowhere.

How long was your filming portion of the movie, and how long was spent on pre-production?

Since I was a replacement I spent very little time prepping and learning that language I did on the go . The girl before me spent a few months, maybe like four months prepping. I felt a little weird with the other cast because I was the replacement of their friend they had made so I got very paranoid and thought no one liked me because ewww..., there is the replacement, she took our friend, LOL even though that was obviously not what was going on. But Johannes was so awesome he made me feel at ease and laughed at how paranoid about being there I was. And he speaks Norwegian so we spoke Norwegian together and gossiped about all the other cast... just kidding no we did not. However speaking Norwegian with him was so fun and we also had a Swede there and he spoke Swedish with us . 

Speaking of directing, chat about working with Albert Hughes him and his brother have made some really compelling films like Book Of Eli. Even though you are an experienced actress, did you learn new technique and ideas from him during the filming of Alpha?

Not really, I felt the acting was straight forward and just do what I do . He lets actors do their thing without to much interference and knows when the actor is in that flow or not, he has good instincts. Albert allows actors to emotionally get to the place they need to get without hurrying them or saying much just: Hey this is the emotion and here is how I want it to be cut and so this will turn into this .. and so on.

Chat about the dialogue in Alpha, of course it is not in English, as back then, how did you get the dialogue for the film? Was the script written out in English then translated to that language and then ADR for the dialogue? What was the process of you learning the words in the script?

The script was in English, I learned the dialogue through recordings I would write the language down into words and say them over and over again. Write them a few times, it wasn’t very difficult .

Playing a motherly character in Alpha, is in my opinion a very honest role for you, what of yourself do you see in your character Rho?

Well obviously I had things to draw from since I am a mother and I knew the mother figure was going to be important in this movie because it was about a boy's life and his manhood. I had to leave my son with my mother to do this movie, and that was very hard because he was supposed to come the day after I got to location but then my mother said he had gotten sick, and she felt uncomfortable and afraid flying with him. I think my mom just didn’t want to come uh ummm... So I used the feeling I had being away from my son in this movie.

I know we spoke privately about an earlier edit of the film, that you did see, perhaps share some thoughts on what you liked about what you have seen

I have actually not seen Alpha yet because I am in Asia and the film has not entered theaters here yet, so that is very hard to say and I never saw the old cut . But originally the dog died and during screenings I had heard everyone came out of the movie sobbing hysterically. Those screenings got super high ratings .

Chat about working with the other actors in Alpha, any new friends made off set?

I made friends with Mercedes we still talk and Albert and I still talk on occasion . If I ever visit Iceland I will definitely hit JO JO up . Kodi I got to know on set and all I can say is that kid is an indigo or some kind of crystal child. He is special .

Chat about your interaction with the animals on set, including the wolf dogs.

I watched this dog work on set and as soon as the dog was not needed on set he was kept in a private area to relax and rest. I didn’t bother the animals because the trainer was there and they were extremely focused . Making the dog do so many things takes so much skill and focus . I was so impressed . The last thing the trainer needed were people distracting the Chuck .

I know some comments were made in the papers with regards to the Bison who as it turns out were scheduled for slaughter to be used as meat. I know it is a sensitive issue, but am curious as to your thoughts on it.

I know they would never do anything unethical to any of the animals on set, and that media will use anything to have anything to talk about.

Now the final edit of the film is PG 13, and I know you have yet to see it, but it seems you and I are perhaps in agreement that there is a more visceral R rated flick in Alpha, curious as to your thoughts. I am torn as I loved the film, for how it unfolded, yet see your point, hopefully a director's cut.

A directors cut would be so awesome!! I hope that version comes out at some point. I think I will love both versions.

Finally do you have any new projects in the works, I know you mentioned to me and the major news outlets about a book you are writing, how far along is it?

It is a book for enlightening young women coming into the real world of entertainment, modeling, or any career really. A tool book to help them handle certain life situations. Things I wish I knew about, and how to handle them before I moved to Hollywood. I am about to shoot a new TV series. i cannot discuss specifics at this time.

Thanks again Natassia, another amazing interview. I encourage all of my readers to check out Natassia's three prior interviews on Dan's Movie Report.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Venom (2018) Movie Review

Above: Venom Poster, used for review purposes only!


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, rarely if ever do I review a massive blockbuster film, but I had a few quick thoughts about Venom. From the director of the amazing flick Zombieland comes this flick. I am a film critic and I will have to say, that never listen to critics hahah seriously, even me. If you are going into Venom looking for a deep meaning story, or hard R violence forget it. This film is all about the BACKSTORY! Yes time is actually taken to set up the Story! I am not saying a freaking thing, go in and watch with an open mind, stay until the very end, even after the ushers come in! BTW Tom Hardy is just great in the role! Am I worthless, yeah perhaps! Venom is kick ass! I will be seeing it again. Incidentally check out Michelle C. Lee! At times EMT can be quite dangerous! Very solid 7 out of 10!

HAH!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Actress Ashley Park Interview (2018) A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive!




Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. After interviewing Ashley a couple of years back, I was curious to see the direction her career has taken. After viewing Los Angeles Overnight, I had to catch up with Ashley again, and let her chat about her sexy and dangerous role as Abelie. Ashley is perhaps the nicest person in the film business, yet can mix it up as a bad girl, a sign of a real acting talent. Time for me to shut up and get inside the mind of Ashley. Please check out my review of Los Angeles Overnight: https://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/08/los-angeles-overnight-2018-movie-review.html


Chat about the audition process. Did you know the director prior?

I didn't know anyone involved in the project before I auditioned. Actually, I had another audition that day at the same location beforehand, and wasn't sure what the audition for Los Angeles Overnight would entail. When I signed in, I was handed a pretty epic monologue and wondered how I was going to pull that off in such a short amount of time! I sat down with it for a few minutes and read over it a couple of times, made some choices, and walked in.



How long was pre-production? It looks like due to the fact there was copious dialogue for most of the characters, some time was taken.

We had a table read with most of the cast, and I recall coming in to rehearse as well as select wardrobe. The director, Michael Chrisoulakis, was a dream to work with throughout the entire process. If I remember correctly, they did do a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and before I knew it, I was on set with one of the most amazing groups I have worked with. Every member of the team had incredible energy, passion and talent. 

How was the initial cast read-through? Also chat about how you learn your lines, both in general and for this film. 

The initial cast read-through was terrific. It was a big group, but already a very supportive environment. I'm pretty sure I didn't know for certain yet that I was going to get the role of Abelie, so there is always some pressure there! I think I was offered the role shortly thereafter. I had such a blast bringing Abelie to life on the screen, so I'm grateful it worked out. 

In general, I like to simply read and re-read the scene in the beginning without too much bias in order to take in every aspect of what I am reading on the page. It's so easy to start making your own assumptions without actually being aware of all the nuanced elements present in any given scene. I start creating who I am within this context, and from that point, I'll start memorizing while trying to always discover new trinkets for the character as I go. 



How about on the fly changes to the dialogue from script to filming, were you able to add any of your own ideas in there?

I am a very by the book kind of person when it comes to the script. I generally try to respect the writer and stay true to the lines unless there is a real reason to bring something up as a potential fix or change. I feel that my job is to do my very best with the lines I'm given, so I'm pretty sure that I stayed true throughout. I know I was asked to make some last minute changes to the script on set, which I'm always willing to do. I love getting direction and running with it. 

Ashley, you are like the sweetest person I know! How did you get into character for this icy villain role?

I think we all have a darker side that each one of us is capable of tapping into. I mean, ride along with someone in LA traffic and you'll undoubtedly see it! I absolutely love the role of Abelie. And I actually really like portraying icy or villainous characters. I think because it's so different than how I am on a day-to-day basis, it's almost surprisingly too easy to go there and get lost in it just for fun. Abelie felt very natural to me. I think the director and writer once told me that they chose me because of how utterly terrifying the audition was. If that's true, I think that's simply the highest praise an actor could ask for. 



Do you scene study other actors who do great villain roles like Al Pacino and Kathy Bates to get into the mood?

I love Kathy Bates! She is incredible. I wouldn't say there is anyone specific I watch, but I do try to take in a wide variety of genres, both as a filmmaker and actress. I really believe in the power of knowledge. I am such an advocate for continuously and avidly learning from both books and life in order to grow in skill and wisdom. 

Chat about the filming process. How many days were you on set filming?

The filming process for the entire movie was spread out quite a bit, but I believe I was on set for a total of 5 days or so, by the end of it. I loved having more time with the script, especially the epic monologue. It was a little indulgent compared to what I'm used to, so that was nice. Sometimes you get a script and you're on set filming multiple pages the very next day. 



Did you have to go in for ADR? It seems like ADR was used a lot on the outside scenes to level the volume. 

I did do ADR. I won't say where, but that is always a challenging yet necessary evil in filmmaking. You always pray that it will be for one small line somewhere and not an entire scene! It can be very difficult to match where you were at as the character the day of filming, especially when ADR is recorded a long time after the film has wrapped. It's never quite the same. 

Chat about the first time you saw the film. Did you guys have a "cast and crew only" screening? If so, was anything changed prior to the premiere?

I was allowed to go to an early private screening for family and friends when the film was still in post, and yes, the film has changed tremendously since that day. The masterminds behind Los Angeles Overnight are brilliant filmmakers and knew just how to cut the film into the beautifully finished product it is today. As a producer myself, I know how challenging film making is, from conception to the finish line, and I am so proud to have been part of such a passionate, hard-working group that got the job done. 

Chat about your thoughts on the film now that it is out, and the feedback you have been getting.

Michael and Guy, along with Camilla and the rest of the filmmakers behind Los Angeles Overnight, did a beautiful job that is worthy of the praise they have been receiving from multiple avenues. This feature is a unique take on film noir that does just what it is intended to do, and the feedback I've heard has reflected exactly that. 

Finally, since we did our initial interview, chat about some of your long-term goals in the business. Have any of your philosophies changed since our 2015 chat?

I think the last time we spoke I had just won the title of Miss Asia USA, which was such a transformative period. I certainly hope some philosophies have changed, but only for the better. I will always be exactly who I am with what I know at any given time, and I do my very best with that. Every challenge inspires me to grow as a person, a businesswoman and a performer. My intention is to simply keep raising the bar, no matter the endeavor. I recently won the Communicator Award of Excellence in Film Production for a film that was self-produced (also a 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection). I recently received my MBA and started my own production company, Ashley Park Productions, where I am currently in pre-production for a commercial feature with an incredible multiple Emmy Award-winning team.

Thanks Ashley, once again, your intellect and observations allow my readers an inside look at Los Angeles Overnight. For further information, please check out Ashley's IMDB page @ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3844430/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Follow Ashley's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/xoashleypark/?hl=en