I would be lying to you if I told you that I did not find anything about the concept of Hozon
utterly enjoyable. Those closest to me would check me for a feverish and delusional state if I said so, because everything that filmmaker Dallas King is planning for his feature film is right up my godsdamned alley.
A descendant of a famous samurai and a CEO to his biotech company accidentally unleashes a zombie horde with his research. Now he must fight his way to his daughter in the medical lab and rescue her, with sword clutched firmly in hand.
Oh Hell. And Yes.
The Director, Dallas King, wants to bring back the classic Horror and Action found in iconic films like ALIEN, THE THING, and PREDATOR. Dallas states, "this one's dedicated to the fans who love bad ass action with high concept science fiction. Samurais, Ninjas, and Zombies; they'll get to watch man versus beast, in a classic battle to the death."
He is certainly saying all the right things to get me excited. We will see how he delivers on his promises. And if he does, plan on seeing Hozon
fill a bevy of midnighter spots come festival season!
Dallas King, winner of a 2012 Directors Guild of America Film Award, has announced his next feature film venture, HOZON.
HOZON is a Sci-Fi, Horror film in the vein of Resident Evil, with a samurai and zombie twist. After a botched DNA splicing experiment, Mr. Hozon, CEO of a Japanese bio-medical company and an expert swordsman must lead his Board of Directors out of a contaminated lab and save his sick daughter's life. The story is rooted in true events, real science, and historical characters.
Dallas shot a "concept trailer" for the film to raise funding and interest for the project. The response from the industry has been tremendous, as Dallas has officially joined the distinguished list of Hollywood Directors sponsored by PANAVISION, a leading camera equipment company with recent films like The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and the upcoming World War Z. Panavision's support for HOZON will add hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of production value to the project. ILLUMINATION DYNAMICS (an ARRI group Company) has also come on board to sponsor equipment for the film. Dallas' alma mater, THE UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER FILM AND TELEVISION, has also officially sponsored the project with Camera, Equipment, Sound Stage, and Administrative support. The Cinema Make Up School is also a sponsor of the film, providing leading FX Make Up in a department led by FX Artist Wayne Anderson (Syfy's Face Off). Thailand based Production Company, KANTANA LAB is sponsoring the film with full POST-PRODUCTION needs including sound, color and editing.
Dallas' shooting style for Hozon will resemble classic action/sci-fi cult classics. Think Alien meets The Thing. Terror and dread are captured much better in the darkness and with real blood and monsters. Dallas states, "this one's for the fans who love Samurais, Ninjas, and Zombies; they'll get to watch man versus beast, in a battle to the death." Dallas is coming of the momentum of his last sci-fi film project, MOST WANTED (www.mostwantedfilm.com), which won 1st place for the 2012 DGA Film Awards and premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Even with all the industry support for HOZON, the project still needs additional funding and what better way to secure that than on the crowd funding giant, KICKSTARTER. Producers Gerren Crochet and Fiorela Canaj (UCLA MFA Producers Program) have come on board the project and are asking for an additional $75,000 in crowd funding support. Rewards for donations rang from a Digital Copy of the Film to VIP Tickets to the Films Premier and even the chance to appear in the film as a zombie! This is the chance for audiences and fans to help support a truly independent film with a unique voice. The Kickstarter Campaign officially launched on September 17th, 2013 and has raised over $19,000 in 2 days! GIRLS & CORPSES MAGAZINE, Editor, Robert Rhine has officially invested $10,000 into the campaign, making him the first Executive Producer from KICKSTARTER.
Numerous sci-fi and horror fan sites have sponsored the project and HOZON is broadening its social media awareness with over 15,000 (and counting) fans on Facebook. HOZON will begin shooting in the Fall of 2013.
King has also enlisted some considerable talent behind the camera for this project. James Lew will be coordinating the fights and he has been in the stunt business since the early 80s. He has done recent work on films like Inception
, Olympus Has Fallen
, and Battleship
. Steve Rizzo will be coordinating the stunts and he has a lengthy resume in television and worked on feature films like The Dark Knight Rises
and The Green Hornet
contestant Wayne Anderson will lead the Makeup/FX. And King has the backing of his Alma Mater. He certainly has a lot of folks backing him up so far.
You will find the concept trailer and a link to the Kickstarter page below. We hope to keep you up to date with the production as it moves ahead.
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