Can you begin by introducing yourself, who you are, what you do?
My name is Russell Wait (http://www NULL.russellwait NULL.com/Russells_Website/Welcome NULL.html), originally from New Mexico. For the last seven years I have been working in the Voiceover and Dubbing industry as talent, director and writer. My wife and I operate an independent studio in Hong Kong (http://www NULL.redangelmedia NULL.com), where we manage dubbing, voice over, and music composition. Among my favorite things to dub are Japanese Anime episodes and movies, I just love the creativity and character depth of some of these awesome stories.
What was the genesis of Zomb’asians?
You know how a lot of ideas begin? In a bar with your friends. That’s how Zomb’asians started. My friend Gary Gibbons (http://www NULL.worldwormstudios NULL.com/) and I were in a bar hanging out, talking about how funny it would be if there was a movie about zombie bikini girls chasing after terrified men on the beach. I think the conversation went something like this…
A: I wanna do a bikini beach movie
B: Yeah with hot chicks in it
A: Hot Zombie Chicks.
B: No, Hot Zombie Asian Chicks
A: Ooh yeah – We could call it Zomb’asians!
We were in the bar making silly chase sounds like,”oooh, Ahhh, Ooooh”, and laughing about the idea as we got progressively more inebreiated.
How did the project develop after the initial idea?
Well honestly. We forgot all about it. Lost between beer and the corresponding hangover. Then the HK Filmart happened and I saw all these posters for “Frankenstein Girl vs Vampire Girl” and “RoboGeisha” and the “Zomb’asians” popped right into my head. I was like oh yeah! So I went home, called up Gary and we dredged it out of hangover land, dusted it off and with a little help from Mike Leeder, wrote the script.
How did you start assembling your team for this adventure?
Well, I knew that I needed Mike Leeder (http://www NULL.mikeleeder NULL.com/). Not only because he is a friend but his Experience both as a casting director and producer here in Hong Kong would really be needed. Gary is already a composer, so getting him on board was also a no brainer. After that I relied on Mike to bring the project to Simon (http://www NULL.simonyin NULL.com) and Derrick (http://www NULL.derrickfong NULL.com) – as he knew them from their work before and highly recommended them to me. They brought with them their own team to help with the trailer. All of them are super professional and I would recommend them to anyone!
Eric Stark I met through a friend, we got chatting and I just grabbed the opportunity and pitched him the idea.
How do you feel about the coming adventure in bringing the project to the screen?
I am beside myself. Honestly, everyday is an adventure. From a dreaming up a project over beers to it coming this far – with a group of dedicated awesome professionals who believe strongly in it … is simply astounding. Everyday I wake up and the first thought in my head is,”We’re making Zomb’asians!” and I giggle to myself. I think my wife thinks I’ve gone nuts.
For a first time film maker are you nervous about the project?
You betcha! Every time I walk into a meeting or try and pitch the project in an attempt to get funding, I’m praying that these people drink the same beer Gary and I drink – because I hope they get the idea. Luckily we drink pretty common beer, and everyone has been quite receptive.
But in all seriousness, I am learning a lot everyday. I know I have an amazing project. I know it’s something that has the potential totally rock, and we’ve put together a team of pro’s who are way better at making movies than I am – so I am confident that Zomb’asians will be a wild ride for anyone in the theatre!
Whose idea was it to shoot a promo trailer for the film and to chronicle the project from inception through the ups and downs of fund raising, pre-production, shooting etc?
In all honesty I can’t remember whose idea that was … I think it was probably Mike’s. But from all the books I’ve read about producing a movie, and from many of my friends in the video game business – everyone is talking about seeing a vertical slice of the project before they greenlight it. – and when that super cool trailer for the new Mortal Kombat movie popped up on YouTube, I was like – “Yeah, that’s what Zomb’asians needs”.
The website idea of chronicling everything really belongs to Phil Ingram (http://www NULL.philingram NULL.com). He is an internet marketing guru and a friend of mine, who is helping us tell the world that “Zomb’asians are a coming in TRIPLE D!!!”
Here are some pictures of Russell on location for the shooting of the Zomb’asians trailer.