After a 13-hour day syncing sound and putting the finishing touches on the final product, Death Grip is done. Here is the cover art for the DVD and Blu Ray that you can buy in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

DVD – Special edition with bonus features

Blu Ray – 1080p with a couple bonus features, but this one’s all about image quality

Key art by Joe Golling.

Now I’m off to the cave to finish behind the scenes. Johnny Yong Bosch’s interview just came in, and the damned making-of video The Life of Death Grip is already two hours long. But first, a full-night’s sleep.

Relic Hunt

Edward Kahana, Alvin Hsing, Bryan Cartago and Lucas Okuma of The Stunt People have released a trailer to their latest action-adventure flick.

Treasure hunter Trey Arcqeo is tasked by the Oxford Museum to recover the ancient Plates of Siddhartha and finds himself in the remote hills of an abandoned mining community. However, he is not alone.

The full short will be released soon.

Cast
Bryan Cartago
Alvin Hsing
Edward Kahana
Lucas Okuma

Crew
Tasi Alabastro
Alexis Greene
Ryan Wood

Day 4 – Saturday May 19
Today was much more relaxed. I slept in until 7:10am for a change and spent the first two hours writing. Rebecca and I ate some of the fine, bagged 2€ madelines from the supermarket and set off to catch all the booths we may have missed.

What we found was that Asian countries are all represented at booths and they’re looking for more action content than any other region other than America. Europe just doesn’t seem to care, and Latin America and Africa are basically the same as Europe in terms of their film funds and what genres they direct funding to (dramas, documentaries, and more dramas). Canada is also Europe, so that leaves Asia.

Big-time South Korean studio Showbox showed off some of their new trailers, and A Company Man looks to be one of the best Korean action films to date. Trailers are deceptive, and it could easily turn out for the worse, but it was a talking point for us to go talk to a Showbox representative about doing a coproduction in South Korea. We showed off our knife fight from Death Grip, got some emails, and went over to CJ Entertainment, the other big-time Korean studio, and asked the same thing. Got some emails, and moved on.

Thailand, same deal. Got emails, moved on. Indonesia, same thing. They’re all releasing mainstream action films that are festival-friendly. Good action, good (err… sometimes good anyway) scripts, so we made the case that these are ideal relationships with a movement like ours, which unites solid action choreography with good screenplays. We didn’t bother talking to China. They have too much money and there’s no reason to deal with us. Plus their stringent guidelines on how Chinese characters are to be portrayed isn’t something we feel like dealing with right now.

All in all, if action filmmakers want to coproduce with a foreign country, Asia’s where it’s at, not Europe. We couldn’t have known this without coming here.

Shot some footage, played with our host’s cat, found 50€ in the gutter, and treated ourselves to a killer dinner of veal and duck with some wine that I couldn’t pronounce (Rebecca could pronounce it and she took every chance she could to rub it in my face. The pronunciation, not the wine). Saturday night on the Croissete was busier than I had seen thus far. It was basically Long Beach. Same decor, same style as back home. And same music. Globalism has taken this place, whether you like that kind of thing or not, yet American action films are strangely faux pas here, even of the independent sort. But then again, action films, indie or not, have a way of kneading themselves into themes of good and evil that don’t fit a global world of greying morality. Action requires that people fight to the death, and shades of grey appear less often than among the suits of celebrities walking the riviera. That’s not the world here, even though the music and costumes would make you think otherwise. Whether the Euro Zone crisis changes this phenomenon is yet to be seen.

Here’s a little video of the halls of Cannes.

That’s our last day at Cannes. Tomorrow it’s Italy, and I will become fat.

Update: You can now purchase tickets for the premiere at http://tinyurl.com/DeathGripMoviePremiere for $10 each!

Make sure you join the Death Grip Theatrical Premiere Event Page on Facebook to get regular updates about the big release day coming up! Just to recap, the details of the premiere are:

Death Grip Theatrical Premiere
When:
Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Bal Theatre – 14808 E 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94578 (Google Maps)

Ticket information is coming soon. And it’s never too late to donate to the project. Remember, $30 gets you a DVD and special thanks on our website!

 

Back in 2003, I expanded The Stunt People to San Francisco, where I met Ed Kahana and Andy Leung. After doing small projects we went under the San Francisco State University parking garage for five school nights and shot Escapee. Originally a part of the Stunt Blade Alpha compilation, it got enough attention that I figured it could stand alone. Here it is.

  • 0:20 – We got into this room under our college because the door was left open by a custodian. We took advantage of it and went nuts.
  • 0:56 – Accidental kick to Yasu’s jaw.
  • 2:38 – Concussion
  • 4:34 – Stick hits Ed in face

You can also see Escapee on the Everyone Is Kung Fu Fighting Again DVD, which has been discontinued. They put Escapee on this DVD without our signing a contract, but whatever, maybe some people out there saw it. The whole DVD’s compilation can be viewed on YouTube here.

A couple of stoners and a tourist witness a deal about to go bad. When the reputed kingpin spots them, it is time for some ACTION & COMEDY!

Directed by Jose Montesinos and featuring Dennis Ruel, Andy Long, Vlad Rimburg, Troy Carbonel, Ray Carbonel, Shaun Finney, Ed Kahana, Ken Quitugua, Sari Sabella, and Giovannie Espiritu.