Kickstart This: British Indie Short Film 'Dog' Full of Kung Fu Action
by Ben Pearson
July 1, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're spotlighting an interesting independent short film project from the UK called Dog. It's a drama with strong Hong Kong action influences about a gangster-type named Dog who viciously beats people with a wok spoon (!), and they need some help to make their fight sequences even better. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment here with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can spare a few bucks. Check this out!
I'm a big fan of films like Police Story, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Rumble in the Bronx, so I'm always curious to see what the next generation of international action cinema looks like. Director Robin Schmidt had an opportunity to create the story of Dog in music video form in the UK, but realized he had a richer, more fully realized narrative that would better benefit from the full short film treatment, so he's trying to create the best film he can and needs a little help getting there. He's working with the talented SG stunt team to make sure the action is authentic and impressive, since it's easy for action movie fans to spot a film that has good intentions but just isn't up to the challenge of making it look realistic. This is NOT one of those films - it looks like the real deal.
Schmidt and his team have already shot most of the movie (you can even see a rough cut of the footage right here), but they really want to ratchet up the look of the fight scenes to make the project better overall. He name-checks Gareth Evans' jaw-dropping The Raid when describing the level of fight choreography he's aspiring to achieve with his project, and if he can get close to that, Dog will be in good shape. (This movie also calls to mind Louis Letterier's 2005 film Unleashed, originally known as Danny the Dog, which starred martial arts master Jet Li.) Take a look at his pitch video below, and let us know what you think of it:
For more on Dog, and to help support the film and talent behind it, visit its IndieGoGo page. Director Robin Schmidt is looking to raise a total of £2,500 (roughly $3,800) by Thursday, July 18th, and they're just getting started with the fundraising process. If you're a fan of Hong Kong style action like I am, donate and spread the word about this project on Facebook and Twitter and anywhere else you can.
That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com if you find a cool film-related project that needs some extra attention to meet its goal. My inbox is always open and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't promise we'll feature it, but I will always at least take a look at it. Also, if you send something in as a suggestion, please make sure to remember to include a link! (I've had a lot of people ask me to take a look at their stuff lately, but they haven't included links to their work.) Thanks for your continued e-mails, and as always, thanks so much for your support of these projects because they definitely could not be completed without the help of film lovers just like you.