Award Winning film “The Argentinian Escape” officially released online!

The Argentinian Escape: I’m incredibly excited to announce that this award winning adventure short film has now been officially released online! An army pilot travels to South America on vacation with his fiancee where she is kidnapped and he is drawn into a dangerous encounter with an underground Argentinian narcotic smuggling operation.

Official Poster For THE ARGENTINIAN ESCAPE

Official Poster For THE ARGENTINIAN ESCAPE

After an amazing premiere in Perth, “The Argentinian Escape” has traveled to the United States where it was nominated for two awards as well as being nominated for further awards and winning one at the 2013 West Australian Screen Awards! I’m very proud of this film and of every person who has been responsible for bringing it to life, and now it can be shared with everybody on the web. Please watch in full-screen and maximum image resolution, and read below for some exciting background material on the production.

The film was produced in 2011 following the incredible success of “Double Cross” (you can watch that film here). My aim as a director and producer was to open up my film-making to a much more emotionally satisfying adventure narrative which would appeal to a more broad audience than before. I could never have predicted the support that I gained from the superb cast and crew that jumped on board to make this film a reality. Everybody involved in the filming did an incredible job, and the post-production team took the film way beyond the next level in terms of production value.

Official Selection Laurels for 2012 Action On Film Festival

Official Selection Laurels for 2012 Action On Film Festival

Of course, one of the especially exciting results of the film is its international success with a number of awards. Briefly, the awards success list reads:

2012 Action On Film Festival in California.

  • Nominated Best Original Music Composition–Sam Cutri (competing against long-form feature films!)
  • Nominated Best Breakout Action Star–Stuart Bender

2013 West Australian Screen Awards.

  • WINNER Best Music Composition (Short Form)–Sam Cutri
  • Nominated Best Use of Visual Effects–Stuart Bender
Sam Cutri showing his WINNING award for music composition

Sam Cutri showing his WINNING award for music composition

For some fascinating behind the scenes clips that reveal the secrets of how such a production is accomplished, please check out these following snippets:

Finally, I want to thank each and every single person who contributed to this film. It was a massive undertaking by all involved, and I’m totally proud of the final result. Enjoy the film!

stuartbender@mail.com

Film credits:

Produced by Stuart Bender

Directed by Stuart Bender

Written by Stuart Bender and Robert Livings

Cinematography by Marc Finn

Camera assistant/focus puller: Vaughn Clements

Grips: Travis Mijat and Shane Day

Location sound by  Julian Costa and Luke Griffiths

Editing and colour grade by Cristian Broadhurst

Sound design by Luke Griffiths

Original music composition by Sam Cutri

“Tango Voodoo” ©2011 by Cathie Travers, Performed by Saggezza

Visual Effects by Stuart Bender

Production design by Rachel Winning

Tango dancers: Matt Mackay and Grace Morrissey

Car stunts by Michael Bozza
Cars provided by Bozzauto Film Vehicles
Fight choreography by Dave King
Aircraft pilot Peter Hill
Airfield liaison Ashley Smith
Thanks to Northam Aeroclub
Spanish translation by Celeste Sciacchitano and Bryn Bender
Stills photography by Alex Howell, Rob Securo and Wade Ranson
Behind the scenes crew: Mark Rooke-Jones, Alex Cahill, Sean O’Keeffe and Marissa Bahar
Cast: Stuart Bender, Rachel Winning, Bruce Denny, Dave King, Adam Burstein, Lynn Crasto, Michael Bozza, Wade Ranson, Vedran Yaksich, Valentina Carboni, Aimee Facchini, Natalia Sampaio and Luke Farrell.
Guest starring: Marcelo Lopez
Assistant producer: Luke Griffiths
Produced by Stuart Bender Films (2012)

Stuart Bender’s 2012 achievements in review

It’s been a highly productive year for me, so as the curtain comes down on 2012 I’d like to share some great things that have happened to me this year.

1. Dr Stuart Bender

In November I was confirmed as Dr Stuart Bender for my Ph.D research at Murdoch University. This is extremely satisfying to me, and I want to thank my supervisor Mick Broderick for his support throughout the research.

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2. First book coming out!

I’m proud to announce that my first book is being published early in 2013 through Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the UK. This book is titled Film Style and the World War II Combat Film. It addresses significant aspects of the aesthetic of these films including handheld cinematography, the editing style of battlefield killings, bodily performance of death and immersive sound design. This is very exciting for me and I’ll provide ordering information etc as soon as it hits international and online book stores. I have a number of people to thank for the help organising the research of this book, including Dale Dye, Pedro Loureiro, Stephen Prince, Jim Overman, Lawrence Suid and Noel King.

3. Interesting research publication!

Tom Hanks in "Saving Private Ryan" (Dreamworks SKG, 1998)My research article investigation acting and performance technique has just been published in issue 8 of the international peer-reviewed Interactive Media Journal. I argue that the dominant performance style and rehearsal methods for actors have changed in recent years and result in increased detail and nuance which encourage audiences to regard contemporary performances as more “realistic” than those of earlier periods of cinema. The paper is called: “‘I’ll See You On The Beach,’ Masculine Performance in Saving Private Ryan and Objective Burma!

Click HERE for a direct link to my article.

Click HERE for a link to the entire journal’s contents.

4. Exciting new film about diamond smuggling!

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I produced and directed an exciting new film called Homecoming, which exposes the human cost of the underworld of international diamond smuggling. This is an impressive step up from everything I’ve created before and I can’t wait to share it with you early in 2013. It is co-produced with Luke Griffiths, and features a superb script from my American colleague J. Rocky Colavito. I’m completely proud of this piece of work. Feel free to enjoy these behind the scenes teaser photographs, shot by the fantastic Perth photographers Alex Howell and Rob Securo.

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5. Nominated for international awards

My action/adventure  film The Argentinian Escape screened to a crowded cinema here in Perth in May. The film was also a success internationally, being nominated for 2 awards at the AOF Festival in California in August.

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Image from http://www.gemcityimages.com/2012/08/action-on-film-festival-at-monrovia.html

When it was screened at the Krikorian Theater in Monrovia California, The Argentinian Escape was nominated for the following two awards: Best Breakout Action Star (Stuart Bender) and Best Composition (Sam Cutri). Thank you so much to everybody involved in the film for helping to create an exciting piece of work that has captivated huge numbers of audiences worldwide. Everybody else, you can see the exciting teaser trailer here:

6. My personal favourite film

Finally, I also directed my personal favourite film which is an experimental work called Inside the Dance. This film enabled me to really push my filmmaking skills in a totally new direction. I’m extremely proud of this work created with a superb choreographer and group of dancers, as well as an excellent lighting technician, sound designer, and two other highly skilled cameramen.

Please check out the teaser of Inside the Dance here:

Next year looks great so far; with a feature film in pre-production and a lot of other exciting developments! Enjoy your new year celebrations, everybody!

Stuart.