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Announcing "AVP" a new action feature with Vanness Wu, Andy On and Philip Ng.
Hello to all,
Been a while since my last blog which was so kindly put on the home page of AnD. Not sure who to thank for that but you have my gratitude mysterious stranger.
Thanks as well to everyone who thought to leave feedback, sorry that I didn't respond to any comments but the whole back and forth internet discussion isn't really my bag. Sorry too for the unbearable pretentiousness of the title of said blog. I make no apologies however for the unbearably pretentious content....
Now without further ado I will get to the meat and veg of this blog which is to discuss "AVP".
"AVP" stands for Andy On, Vanness Wu and Philip Ng, the three actors attached to star as we haven't been able to come up with a decent title we can all agree on.
The film will be a gritty modern action film in the Heroic Bloodshed
tradition featuring gunfights and martial arts. I have written the
script and will direct, with Mike Leeder as producer and Philip Ng as
At this years Filmart the project was officially announced to be the
first project produced under the auspices of Mike Leeder's new company
"Silent Partners" as part of the "Triumphant Film Fund" which is
currently coming together with the intention of producing an ongoing
slate of movies that will work for both Eastern and Western audiences.
If we were
willing to completely sell out and make a generic action movie that
might hit the mark in certain areas, we could have probably secured full
funding by now, but the major force behind the AVP project has been to
make the movie that we want to make, one that would showcase myself as a
director, Phil's skill as an action choreographer, and give Vanness,
Andy & Phil roles that would stretch them both in the acting and
this project for a core team that is myself, Mike as producer, Andy, Vanness and Phil and we want to retain the control of the project to do it
the right way, without selling out or compromising ourselves.
There has been a
lot of projects that started with good intentions that were then
heavily compromised when the first offers of money came in, and then the
finished project wasn't a fraction of what was intended.
idealistic, but we know what we want to do, and it might take a little
longer to lock down full funding while retaining full control, but we
all believe in the project.
Here are some quotes from the major players which will feature some compliments for your humble servant that I swear I didn't add myself.
Vanness:"I've always wanted to work with my brothers Phil and Andy after the
first time on Star Runner. So this has been a plan of ours since years
ago. Now to finally see the steps of this process actually beginning is
very exciting. I have full confidence in Phil's action choreography,
he's going to blow the minds of many people I'm sure. And as for working
with Seamus can't wait to see what he's able to do with a higher
budget, more time, and three crazy guys like A.V.P.! I love passion
projects...that's why I'm in this business. With that said, till we meet
on the silver screen. God bless."
"I like doing action films, and AVP sure
has a lot of action in it. However, to be in an action film with
my friends is even better. I’ve seen Seamus’ short film
‘Somebody to Love’. I enjoyed the pace and cinematography
a lot. After watching it….I had 2 thoughts. 1. I wish
there was more.2. I’d like to work with this guy. Besides being skilled in kung fu,
Phil’s smart, creative, and very well-spoken. If he described
something to me verbally, it’s a clear picture with a detailed frame.
He’s shared some of his ideas with me and I thought those ideas would
work really well in a scene. I could only think of good things
as Phil being action director andI'mlooking forward to some fun times."
"A lot of
film-makers talk about their passion, their ideals, but very few
actually deliver on that promise. Seamus put his money where his mouth
was with 'Somebody to Love' and I was very impressed by his work as a
director, he knows how to tell a story, the kind of shots he wants, and
how to blend action with comedy, drama and storytelling....
assembled a solid team for this project, and I have faith that we can
deliver something that will be a very entertaining enjoyable ride, and
that we don't need to sell out to make the film."
I don't have a whole lot to add to the above so for my part I'll just say I'm excited about working with these guys and I'm confident that "AVP" will be a kick ass action film in the tradition we all love so dearly in HK action cinema.
Also while I have your attention I'm happy to announce that "Somebody to Love" my short film is included as a special feature on the DVD release of the feature film "The Knackery" directed by George Clarke, a Northern Irish film-maker after my own heart.
"The Kackery" is great fun with some brilliant martial arts action and I'm very pleased to have "Somebody to Love" as a part of the DVD. The DVD is available to buy online and is well worth the purchase.
I'll leave it there for now. Hope to have good news re: "AVP" very soon so will let you all know when we know!
Thanks to everyone for reading and we hope to have you in the audience for "AVP" in the very near future!
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