Ah, it does me good to finally be able to post this.
A little while back the initial sales promo for Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer's debut feature film Infected leaked out, sparking a flurry of email to me at ScreenAnarchy asking why we hadn't run it. You see, we've been covering Pueringer and Gorski - and their regular producer Eric Lim - in these pages for a while now and I'm actually a co-producer on this film - co-producing in this case essentially boiling down to introducing key people and offering some notes on the script - so it struck some as odd that the teaser never appeared on ScreenAnarchy. And, honestly, it stung a bit to hold it back here while seeing it turn up other places. But there were good reasons. First of all, that early teaser was never intended for public eyes - it hadn't been through post yet and still included some effects shots knocked together quickly on set that would later be replaced. Second, and most importantly, the film was about to undergo a name change to Dark Island.
Now, however, there is no reason to hold it back. The first public trailer has been all buffed and shined and given the correct title and is now ready to be loosed upon the world. And, honestly, I'm as impressed as ever with what these guys are able to accomplish with minimal resources. The Gorski / Pueringer / Lim trio first popped onto the radar with Zero Trooper F, an Ultraman-inspired short film that Lim produced while Gorski and Pueringer provided effects and directed some sequences. Next, Pueringer and Gorski took over the director's chair full time - not to mention effects, scoring and multiple other duties - while Lim added acting and martial arts choreography to his resume with Greenside, a much more serious minded - though still Japan-inspired - post apocalyptic piece of work. And now their back with their debut feature, with all three filling the same roles as with Greenside. And make no mistake about it, while the budget has been raised somewhat here - in that there actually is a budget - this is still hardscrabble, seat of the pants film making that rests entirely on the skills of this very talented trio.
Based on a story by Blood River and The Devil's Chair writer Simon Boyes, Dark Island is a hybrid of scifi, horror and action, the stroy revolving around a search and rescue mission to an island where secret military testing has gone wrong. For more than that you'll have to check the trailer itself, which is below the break along with assorted goodies from both Greenside and Zero Trooper F.
Dark Island Trailer
Zero Trooper F Opening Sequence
Zero Trooper F Trailer