The following was posted to the http://www.stuartbenderfilms.com website today:
Double Cross Exclusive Internet Release!
5th January, 2012
Double Cross: On the run from his drug-dealing boss who works out of a strip-club, a hit-man seduces a sexy woman into helping him get revenge and get back the money they owe him.
Stuart Bender Films is very proud to present the exciting short film “Double Cross” for general public release!
What began as a quick fun movie to be filmed with a group of friends turned into a massive action film which surpassed the expectations of everybody involved! After a sold-out premiere in Perth, Western Australia in May 2011, this explosive action film went on to be nominated “Best in Show” at the 2011 Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, California.
The film features swearing, epic shoot-outs, hot girls, tough guys and crazy driving stunts! For the most entertaining viewing experience, please click full-screen and High Definition. When you’ve finished enjoying the film, please share it with your friends, colleagues and anybody who loves action films.
A Background to the Production
The film was initially shot in two fast-paced days in February 2010, in which a hard-working cast & crew filmed the amazing car-stunts, the interior dialogue, the jetty sequence and the entire strip-club scene. After seeing the superb quality of many of the scenes it was decided that some of the action inside the house could be reshot and fine-tuned. Later in 2010 the cast & crew refilmed the inside scenes, creating the exciting action sequence in which the house is ripped to pieces in the shoot-out!
The scenes shot at The Voodoo Lounge in Northbridge look absolutely stunning. The interior design of the club allowed me to stage the shots and the action in interesting ways. Additionally, a number of sexy performers volunteered to take part in the scene and their aesthetic value is obvious! Prior to filming, Michael Bozza (the car stunt coordinator) invited me to accompany him to a stunt driving school in Queensland. Under the instruction of professional stunt coordinators, Michael increased his driving skills and learned to perfectly control the particular maneuvres required for some of the scenes. This incredible weekend helped me as a director to visualize the amazing car stunts in the film. It also benefited my acting because I learned some of the driving techniques and that gave me an internal understanding of the skills involved in such precision procedures.
Many members of the cast & crew have worked with me on a number of other projects. If you watch back over films such as “Asphalt and Lace” (2009), “Blind,” (2009) and “Loverboy 3” (2010) you’ll see many of the same names appearing in very crucial roles. You’ll also see a huge improvement in production values from one film to the next. This incredible team know how to work fast and get the sort of footage needed to make this kind of action film. Of course, the post-production really brings “Double Cross” into its own league. I’m very proud of the visual effects, as well as the finely textured sound design by Luke Griffiths.
In April 2011 we organized a private party and screening of the film for the cast & crew to celebrate the completion of my favourite production so far. The exclusive event was a great occasion for this amazing group of people to share the film with some of their closest friends.
[Photo credit: Kjetil Astrup]
In May 2011, “Double Cross” was premiered in Perth to a sold-out theatre at Belmont Reading Cinemas. This was of course a huge achievement for everybody who promoted the film, as well as a great opportunity for everybody involved in the film to see their work on the big screen! I extend an enormous thank you to all of the people who came along to support the film!
[Photo credit: Josh Horton]
Of course, the most exciting part of the “Double Cross” saga is its international success at the 2011 Action On Film Festival in California! It was great to have the film accepted to be screened at this festival, which is considered to be the world’s largest film festival that is friendly to action films. But most exciting of all was the news that the film had been nominated “Best in Show”.
“Double Cross” was an incredible experience for me as a filmmaker. Firstly, I had the chance to work with some great people who kindly volunteered their time to make what they knew would be an amazing movie. Secondly, I learned a huge amount about team-work, as well as a lot of specific film skills that you will see me develop in future productions.
The story doesn’t end here, of course. Very soon I will be announcing the trailers for two up-coming releases: “The Argentinian Escape” and “Inside the Dance.” The first of these is a thrilling action adventure set in South America. “Inside the Dance” is an experimental film that is something very different to any other film I’ve made in my career. I want to say a huge thank you to all of the dancers, musicians, pilots, drivers and filmmakers who have worked on these two films.
You will be hearing much more about these two films very soon. Thank you for your support and please keep watching http://www.stuartbenderfilms.com!
“Double Cross” film credits:
Producer / Director: Stuart Bender
Executive Producer: Michael Bozza
Cinematography: Murray Christian and Liam Underwood
Sound Design: Luke Griffiths
Screenplay: Matt Zappala and Luke Farrell
Story by: Luke Farrell & Stuart Bender
Continuity Girl: Rachel Winning
Stuart Bender, Matt Zappala, Priscilla Forder,
Michael Bozza, Wade Ranson, Dave King, Kien Pham,
Mark Bentley, Adam Burstein, Brendan Kerkvliet,
Rachel Winning, Tatum, Tarsha Timms, Kelsie Williams Laurette Bell
Camera Assistant/Gaffer: Dion Borrett
Visual Effects: Stuart Bender
Stunts: Ricardo Braga
Car Stunts: Michael Bozza
Location Sound: Stewart Kemp and Luke Griffiths
Music in this version: Kevin MacLeod
Strip club music courtesy of: PremiumBeat.com
End credits music: Moby Gratis
Special thanks to:
Jay Bentley, Ryan Burnell and The Voodoo Lounge (Best Gentlemen’s Club in Australia 2009/10, Australian Adult Industry Awards), Danny Aghaie, Rochelle Emanuel-Smith, Anthony Crocker and Audi Centre Perth, Mick Broderick, Joan Bender, Jill Winning, Ryan Albrey, Peter Collings, Jason Johnston, Natalina Bozza, and Vedran Yaksich.
Stuart Bender Films, 2011.
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