Love is Vengeance
The short-film ‘LOVE IS VENGEANCE’ was written, produced and directed by Stefano Gonzalez. The project came from a comic-book concept and as a tribute to Bruce Lee and the recent ‘Bruce Lee Convention’ held here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our work on this little project sparked our interest in doing a full on martial arts feature! I know a martial arts movie from Denmark may sound strange to many, but we hope that with the talent base here and around Europe that we can get a chance to TURN UP the action and martial arts, and make something new while still bringing back some “old-school” flavor. Director-Producer Stefano Gonzalez and I are now prepping the martial arts affair currently titled ‘THE ELITE’ and we plan to begin shooting our “promo-reel” in the very near future! – David Sakurai
Here is the short interview with Daniel Bernhardt about Fetch from the moviemavericks.com website.
J: The short film ‘Fetch’ marks your directorial debut. You also wrote and produced the film. What can you tell us about this project?
DB: It’s an original piece of work. I came up with the characters; and also wrote, produced and directed it. Fetch is a private eye. He gets things, that’s what he does.What you see in the film is exactly how I wrote it. The whole motif of the missing dog ties together everything together, that’s why I called it Fetch. I’ve been working on turning it into a feature or possibly a TV Show. The business is very tough right now. It’s very difficult to raise money, I’ve had a lot of interest on it but nothing has come through yet. At the moment I’m in talks with two companies and there is a very strong interest in getting ‘Fetch’ made. With just a little bit of luck, I have a strong feeling that we will be shooting the feature version by next year.
J: Have you completed work on a feature-length version of the screenplay?
DB: I’ve already written a full script for it and I think it’s important that we stay very true to the short film because people responded really well to it. All of the different possibilities with the character made it easy for me to expand from a 20min to 90min film.
J: Renowned Stuntman / Actor David Leitch portrayed the lead in ‘Fetch’. I thought he was excellent in the film. Do you plan to have Mr. Leitch reprise his role in the feature-length version?
DB: I couldn’t agree with you more. David is a very good friend and I loved him in this film. I’ve seen him act over the years and I always thought he was good. I think he killed that role, to the point that I can’t envision anybody else playing Fetch. If David is available I would love to have him reprise the character in a feature length film. He was extremely involved with creative input and I think it’s very important as a director to be inspired by the people around you. We had 18hr days and David was right next to me. He’s a great partner to have in battle.
J: It seems the obvious choice; however you chose not to appear in the film. Why?
DB: Initially I was toying with the idea of starring in the lead. But I realized this is crazy! I’ll be directing my first film and starring as well. I met with a friend and he suggested David. In the end I’m glad it was David, directing duties were tough enough. I barely slept over the four day shoot I was so hyper and amped up. The little sleep I did get was interrupted by thoughts of things I had forgotten to do or new ideas for the story. It was an insane time.
J: You do give yourself a cameo in the picture as an assailant charging our hero. Was that an in-joke?
DB: The only reason I did that was because my extras were so bored they weren’t animated enough. I told them ‘Guys c’mon its like ‘Brave Heart’.
J: There is an action sequence near the end of ‘Fetch’, in which the main character takes on a female fighter. This woman is amazing. Who played this role?
DB: Her name is Bridget Riley and she is incredible. She’s a kickboxing world champion and we thought it would be funny to have her kick the hell out of Fetch.
J: Chad Stahelski served as fight choreographer on your film. You’ve collaborated many times with Mr. Stahelski. Can you describe your professional relationship?
DB: I met Chad Stahelski on ‘Bloodsport 2’. He was a stunt man on that film. We had a fight scene together and he asked me if he could choreograph the sequence. I was so impressed with him that we hired him to choreograph all the fights in ‘BloodSport 3’. I did four movies with Chad and then we met again on ‘Matrix Reloaded’. Chad doubled Keanu Reeves so he and I worked together for many hours under Yuen Wo-Ping. Now Chad is a very well known and respected 2nd Unit Director and Fight Coordinator, it’s absolutely amazing. 87Eleven is the hottest stunt company around; they did all the stunts on ‘Fetch’.
An Act of Revenge
Infinite Quest Productions and ZeroGravity Stunts are proud to finally announce the online release of An Act Of Revenge! Our brief production history includes initial concepts dating back to December 2003, rehearsals and filming that took place from February 2004 through Summer 2006, and nearly 2 and a half years of post production chaos. How difficult could a 17 minute short film be?! Through the many ups and downs with scheduling, shooting, and editing we are psyched to finally share with those who have been patiently waiting. On behalf of the cast and crew, we would like to express our utmost gratitude for your lasting interest and support. We hope you dig the finished product. Thank you! – Ken Quitugua & Sam Looc