Thursday, October 30, 2008
Students preparing to produce their own film trailers were part of a workshop presented by Danny Wilson and Producer, Susan Moses. The workshop was organized by Michelle Hammond, who graduated from Oconto Falls in 1995. Hammond currently works withe the production team at Green Bay's Pulse Studios.
Video footage provided by Ami Irmen
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Danny Wilson (Director/Writer), Susan Moses (Producer), Huyen Thi (Actress) and Cyndee Sweetland (Art Director) were hosted at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI by the student-run film society on Monday, October 20. The group presented a panel discussion covering topics ranging from the process of developing a project from idea to screen, how Nephilim was specifically developed, the actor’s process and readying for a role, and how the art department interacts with other creative departments. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions directing the discussion in ways that would benefit them the most.
After the forum, students gathered for a chance to speak directly to Wilson, Moses, Thi and Sweetland, and to sign up to be an extra for the film or express interest in an internship opportunity.
Future visits include the University of WI – Green Bay and Oconto Falls High School next week.
Her real name, stage name and given name is Siya – like ‘see yah later’. (“I’ve heard that since elementary school.”) Drawing since as long as she can remember, Siya started with pencil and paper, but eventually moved on to painting first with tempra, then acrylics and oils. Eventually, she found her way to digital coloring. “My life is art,” she says. “Everything I do revolves around it.”
Siya, 27, has already accomplished more than most will in their lifetime – including starting two companies, Hyro Comis and Hyrogliphix, Inc. “[The name] was thought up by my younger brother, my dreams rolled into one ball of a name. My fascination with the Egyptian culture and the meaning behind it: pictures that tell stories, history, art.” She is a fulltime Illustrator, Comic Book Artist, Web Developer, Designer and, most recently, a concept artist for video games. “This is my first year in the game industry, so this year has been hectic and very exciting. My projects vary from month to month, from comics to concept design to short animation.”
“The first comic book I was featured in is ‘Grimm Fairy Tales Annual. More to come,” she says.
More to come indeed – Siya was recently hired as the new colorist for the Nephilim Comic Book Series. “In fifth grade, I picked up my first X-Men comic. The artist [was] Jim Lee. My dream then was to draw comic.” And she got that chance. After entering her work to get critique at a comic book show, she was given an opportunity with Witchblade, her favorite comic book at the time. She got what she wanted, but soon realized she wasn’t quite ready. “I thought I was good enough. I don’t want to be good enough.”
With scholarships and working her way through college, Siya received her degree in Digital Design and pursued her career as a comic artist. You will be able to see Siya’s work starting with the fifth issue of the Nephilim Comic Series. If you just can’t wait, you can also see previous work on her website at www.siyanimation.com or by visiting her myspace page at www.myspace.com/siya.
People are asking about where they can purchase the Nephilim Comics. A local Green Bay comic store has been given a limited supply for advanced sale.
2300 S Oneida St
Green Bay, WI 54304
Nephilim creator, Danny Wilson, can often be found there on Wednesdays after the 1pm shipment of new comics arrives.
Dave and Keith Powers, two brothers who opened up Powers Comics & Collectibles at the end of March 2007. We've both been comic book and action figure fans since we were wee ones.
Did we say, autographing comics?
Monday, October 13, 2008
Several students gathered for personal one on one time with Mr. Wilson seen above and with Huyen Thi who also attended the day’s activities. Ms. Thi (seen in the forefront) is the female lead of the film Nephilim, currently prepping in Wisconsin. Students seen in the photo are Kolyssa Von Deylen, Michelle Flunker, Abbey Olsen, Kelsey Reidenbach, and Janae Chang.
Wilson and Moses have booked other lectures at University and College campuses throughout the state. For details please contact Bob Parker 920 857 9927.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Hollywood Producer/Director Team Bring Film Basics To Wisconsin Classrooms
(October 6, 2008 – Green Bay, Wisconsin) While many Wisconsinites are aware of the recent feature film Public Enemies staring Johnny Depp, perhaps some are not aware of why the State has suddenly become a location consideration for Hollywood production companies.
Thanks to a new tax break incentive for movies filming in Wisconsin, in addition to a screening deal with Marcus Theatres, the State is witnessing the birth of a new industry. Billions of dollars are invested in production each year by studio and independent productions. There is a sense of competition between states for a significant piece of the business and Wisconsin has aggressively worked to attract some of this industry into the state.
With Nephilim based in Green Bay, Susan Moses (Producer) and Danny Wilson (Director, Writer) are currently in pre-production for the $5.2 million sci-fantasy, action film, set to begin filming before the end of the year. Before Nephilim’s cameras roll Moses and Wilson will be visiting high schools and colleges in the State, hosting seminars and panel discussions to answer questions pertaining to what the tax break means to the State’s commerce, why Wisconsin is a viable option, and what opportunities there are for students to become involved.
Wilson states, “I know from first hand experience that enabling students to make a connection between classroom information and the practical world as early as possible provides a good environment for motivating them to learn. I created Nephilim based on the concept of a franchise which includes a complete comic book series, film trilogy, action figures and video game. There is huge potential for other spin offs which will naturally develop as certain characters achieve their followings.” Wilson has worked with a variety of seasoned and emerging artists to create the graphics and concept art. He is continually looking for new talent to add to his team.
Continuing their tour of campus visits will be a full day at Fox Valley Lutheran on Friday, October 10th were they will present film making from development to post production, writing, directing and producing as well as the business and graphic design elements to completing the process. Moses, a Fox Valley Lutheran alum, states, “Having taught actors, middle-school English and at a University film school, making the connection to students is something I appreciate and take seriously. There is an insatiable curiosity about film, which is a good hook for students to latch onto. Teaching students to plan, develop and execute their plans is a process they can apply to other mediums and industries beyond film. I look forward to working with students of all ages wherever time and circumstances permit me to do so.”
On Oct 27, they will visit the UW – Green Bay campus for a panel discussion, graphic novel signing and extras casting session. Joining Wilson and Moses at some of the campuses will be Art Director Cynthia Sweetland and lead actress Huyen Thi.
If you are interested in having this program visit your school or campus, please email:
Call Bob Parker (920) 857-9927
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 30 – 2 p.m.
Location: K & K Warehouse, Sound Stage for Nephilim
201 South Pearl St., Downtown
Introduction Brad Toll
Comments: - What is Film Green Bay
- Importance of industry growing locally –
- Community involvement – sites & vendors
Comments: - Local talent pool to support film projects
- We welcome the industry with open arms
Film Wisconsin, Inc. Jay Schillinger and/or Scott Robbe
Comments: - What
Movie Producer Susan Moses
Producer of “Nephilim”
Comments: - Why bring the film to
Comments: - Accolades for
seeking out the film industry, recognizing thebenefits and utilizing State legislation.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
|Director Danny Wilson's brings his crew to Wisconsin this September to film "Nephilim," a sci-fi thriller based on his comic bok series.|
|By Julie Lawrence |
OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writer
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|Published July 21, 2008 at 11:02 a.m.|
If you notice Nephilim giants, purple robed gargantuans and a litany of interesting characters looming about the state this September, that just means the system works.
Thanks to Wisconsin's newly implemented film tax incentives -- which helped bring Johnny Depp and the "Public Enemies" crew here for filming earlier this year -- creator / director Danny Wilson chose to work with the Green Bay-based Pulse Studios for his 2009 sci-fi action thriller "Nephilim."
Wilson and producer Susan Moses, a Wisconsin native, had been scouring Eastern Europe for the perfect film location and had settled on Bulgaria before the US dollar fell and costs rose.
Seeking other options, they flew into Green Bay and Milwaukee with director of photography Bern Heinl, who was the cinematographer on 2003's Wisconsin-shot "Milwaukee, Minnesota," and decided that the "beautiful old structures and wonderful river system" supported the film's look, says Heinl.
The team is opening its production offices in Green Bay this week and hopes to start filming by September.
According to Wilson, "Nephilim" is part of a trilogy and began as a comic book series he created before graduating from film school. The film will utilize local crews, talent and the state's film and production infrastructure.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Bernd Heinl returned to
Heinl began his long career behind the camera in
Nephilim is the 3rd film Heinl will be doing with Producer, Susan Moses, and the 1st with director, Danny Wilson. The trio have considered dozens of locations and have spent months working on storyboards, production planning and location scouting.
As Heinl stepped off the plane in
Friday, August 8, 2008
While Danny Wilson spent 4 days in LA this week meeting with the LA cast, (David Charvet, Danny Nucci, Hayley Marie Norman, John Savage, Noah Blake, G Anthony Joseph and Ryan “Rhino” Michaels), costume designer (Swinda Reichelt) , CGI/VFX company “Pixomondo”, SFX and Make up Department Head (Danielle Saunders and DRAC Studios), DP (Bernd Heinl) and Producer (Susan Moses) things moved ahead all full speed at the base camp production office in Green Bay.
All departments are currently hiring.
Local casting will begin within a week.
Locations are being locked.
Sets are being developed and prepped.
Stunt Coordinator, Gary Morgan and Fight Choreographer, James Lew are planning to audition stunt team members within a few weeks.
Comic book fans have saved August 22nd for the Nephilim Comic Book and Movie promotional party in
Who said that
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Filmmakers share many things in common, but none more so than the passion for bringing their stories to the screen. Danny Wilson discovered his passion when he was given the assignment to write a daily journal in middle school. For him the tedium of what could have been another boring task transcended into a foundation for storytelling.
In high school, armed with a consumer video camera, his obsession turned to the capturing of family vacations and poignant moments with his friends. In due course, he was directing short scenes with his school mates who were often unwittingly cast in the roles he created. Writing, filming and directing provided eventually moved him to editing of necessity. Within a few years his home movies and shorts became more elaborate incorporating clever camera tricks and homegrown special effects. His friends and family tagged him “Dawson” after the aspiring director character in
His love for reading short stories and novels inspired his fantasies and his early characters. For Danny, there was not enough time in the day to satisfy his appetite for books. Conversely, and to his parent’s horror, he made no secret of his complete distaste for math. He was frequently busted for using math class as his time to read science fiction/action adventure novels. He accomplished this by placing his novel within the math book. Unfortunately that ploy only worked for a short time. When called on to participate in the class discussion, he rarely knew the question and was clueless about the answer. More books than he can recall were tossed into the large pile which also included confiscated remote controls, watches and rubber bouncy balls behind the teacher’s desk.
After losing a myriad of books, he decided to try another approach. He was a student at a
He could not think about anything other than developing short stories, and characters, to construct his interpretation of the weird universe he imagined as a result of his biblical inspiration. Eventually, he made his decision to dedicate every waking minute to not only telling this story all the way through but to do so in the medium of film. Thus began the long journey to directing Nephilim.
In addition to performing multiple roles on the production, he also found it necessary to improvise his equipment. He took a trip to a local hardware supply store, with crude drawings, and within a short time he and his younger brother were welding parts for a dolly, crane, steady cam, and tracks. He also improvised the filming of scenes with camera special angles. He wanted shoot a scene through a car windshield but had no way to rig the camera. Finally, necessity was the mother of invention. Using rock climber’s gear, he strapped himself to the front of the car. On a freezing cold
After completing Darkest Days, his decision to create a trilogy was an easy one because the story he had in his head naturally played out in three parts.
After nearly three years of working with producer, Susan Moses, the project has grown from notes and conversations to fully developed franchise project which has attracted award winning
Friday, August 1, 2008
Ina holds degrees in Economics & Sinology , is fluent in Chinese, is a classically trained pianist and avid equestrian. Hard work and research are familiar to her. After several days of scouring the Internet and making phones calls across the
Through European connections to a manager in
Between the second cup of coffee and dessert, it was very clear to everyone that Ina’s hunch held great prospect. She made it through the 1st meeting and the director agreed to hear her audition the following day.
“I could see the passion in her eyes immediately. It was clear that she wanted the role. She had a great look, and excellent training. But what convinced me of her complete passion for the project and the role, was the extent of her research into the Nephilim, my background, the YouTube interviews about the project.”, according to Danny Wilson.
The polyglot did a screen test, demonstrated her athletic prowess and discussed her experience with hanging from wires in a stunt harness. Within a week of arriving in
After a short time in the US, and armed with Nephilim comic books, character breakdowns and notes from the director, she headed back to
Ina will return to the
Ina-Alice Kopp is Semyaza.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Who could ever forget one of the most famous card games ever played on film which landed the handsome and sultry, Danny Nucci character, Fabrizio, a spot onboard Titanic? The ship sank, but that was not the case with Nucci’s dynamic career. He has worked with many of the most acclaimed directors on indie and studio pics including Tony Scott and Oliver Stone. The highly regarded and 5 time nominated actor will step into the role of Dante when the Nephilim cameras roll in September.
Director, Danny Wilson, confirmed that, “The addition of Mr. Nucci to the hero’s team will be an asset to the cast.”
A funny story – which Susan actually mentions on your blog – is the fact that while Susan and I were talking – Susan in LA and me in
We’re beginning to line up local press coverage so everyone in
"Days of Our Lives" cast member Yuval David (www. YuvalDavid. Com) has joined the cast of Nephilim in the role of Angel Gabriel. On Days, he plays the quirky Frenchman, George, the love interest of Melanie. Yuval can also be seen broadcasting behind the scenes quirky moments from the Beijing Olympics.
He is fluent in several languages, a dialect master, martial arts practitioner, and down right cute as can be.
In addition to turning heads when he enters the room, his personality is infectious and engaging.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
As I ran down the agenda for the conference call from my LA office to the Pulse team prepping the film, Jay Schillinger and I were discussion various camera package options,
Stunt rigging gear and crewing up with
Jay asked, “Are you there. Susan, is everything ……” I responded, “Earthquake, we are having an earthquake.” He passed the news to everyone in the room. And I said, “It’s still going, the darn thing is still shaking. “ It seemed to go on for an inordinate amount of time.
I have been through many quakes. Usually they last for a few seconds. A jolt or a few hard rocks, but today’s quake was long and rolling waves. However, we had work to do, so I returned to the phone call and the business of making decisions about the best way to create a fantastic film.
Susan Moses, Producer
Monday, July 28th: The morning began with some good news. Over the weekend our director (Danny Wilson), UPM (Michelle Hammond) and Crew member Peyton Myrick (who might just be the funniest man I know) found a very important location for our movie – a night club. In the script it’s called The Black Dove. And it’s important because we shoot there for almost an entire week. Well, these poor three had to hit all the
Monday, July 28, 2008
For cast and other crew information, check us out on www.imdb.com
Day player and extra casting will begin very soon. Please check our Blog often for updates and casting director information.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The main villains gathered at the internationally famous Flavor Of India restaurant in
Seen in the photo are, Noah Blake (James), “G” Anthony Joseph (Senator Harden), Gulshan Grover (Azazel, Ryan “Rhino” Michaels (Beshwa) and Ina-Alice Kopp (Semyaza). Mr. Grover flew from his film set in
Friday, July 25, 2008
As word of Nephilim spreads, people are contacting us from all over the country to help out. It's great to see the enthusiasm people have for films. And Nephilim isn't going to disappoint. Personally, I can't wait to see Danny's vision come to life! That's it for this Friday from Green Bay,
Wisconsin. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
World renowned and acclaimed composure, Mesha Segal has signed on to compose the musical score for Nephilim. Born in
After studying music with Israel's foremost composers—Paul Ben-Haim, Noam Sherrif and Isaac Sadai—as well as film and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, Misha apprenticed under 20th century master composer Dieter Schöhnbach in Germany; studied composition and conducting at the Guildhall School of music in London; then graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Starting out, Misha was especially influenced by jazz, Elton John and The Beatles. His interpretation and application of these and other western music influences to the Israeli cultural scene—as arranger, composer, songwriter, producer and recording artist—was vital in the redefinition of popular, theatre and film music, garnering numerous #1 hits. Furthermore, his classically-styled compositions were performed by the Israel Philharmonic and the Israel Chamber Ensemble. All this occurred over a very short 5 years, yet the impact was so great, Misha is considered one of the leading figures in Israeli culture today. He continues to do projects in
Misha also enjoyed a successful career in
Upon moving to
Misha has created, composed and conducted scores in many different styles for a variety of feature films including The Phantom of the Opera, which received wide critical acclaim for its originality and scope as well as the all time favorite kids' movie, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Also to his credit are numerous works for the small screen, which earned him an Emmy award and an Emmy nomination. His work with up-and-coming film directors has encompassed everything from short films (Paul Ratner's King and Angel in the Rain featuring music available on Misha's Female CD) to the feature-length Un Secreto de Esperanza, Mexican diva Katy Jurado's last movie.
As a recording artist, Misha's first CD, Zambooka, was endorsed by Quincy Jones and Bob James and featured legendary artists Chick Corea and Freddy Hubbard. His next CD, Connected to the Unexpected, was picked up by over 200 college stations and enjoyed heavy rotation on the top NAC stations across the country. Don't Say It's Over, produced and co-written by Misha, features vocalist Randy Crawford. This CD spent three weeks at No. 1 on the NAC charts.
His latest solo release, the Red, White & Blue 'Female' CD package, is a 3-CD piano collection of mostly improvised original music and cherished, familiar love songs. The style is described by fans as a cross between Chopin's Nocturnes and a laid back Keith Jarrett. Female is the core of Misha's Beauty Found in Unlikely Places concert series. The concerts and the music were inspired by his mother, a woman with an unbreakable spirit who died after a 6-year battle with lung cancer on Mother's Day 2001. Through these concerts, associated media interviews and Public Service Announcements, he forwards his mission of educating the public on lung cancer awareness issues and raising the quality of life of those fighting the biggest battle of theirs.
When Misha isn't making music, he's listening to it while cooking up a storm and sampling fine wines from around the world. He also enjoys flying single engine planes.
Thursday, July 24, 2008: Well today was just another “normal” day in the life of pre-production. “Normal” being the operative word. But in the crazy world that is film production, normal is a good word. Today, we signed our line-producer. A big step. And even bigger since he’s a
Here’s hoping tomorrow is just another “normal” day…
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Charvet launched his acting career on the world's most watched show of its time, "Baywatch," in which he developed a strong international following playing lifeguard 'Matt Brody' for three seasons. He continued to expand his fan base with his role of 'Craig Field' for two seasons on "
As a Universal Music recording artist, Charvet spent five years in
Charvet has traveled extensively throughout Europe and
Although his music career has taken center stage in recent years, Charvet has always sought new creative challenges. He has now returned to the
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The petite, Vietnamese, action star, Huyen Thi will again step into the role of Sue Lynn when the Nephilim cameras role in September. Huyen played the character in the Nephilim prequel, Darkest Days. Her power resolve and determination to bring the strong female role to the screen convinced the director that she would be the perfect choice for the entire Nephilim trilogy.
Huyen was been working on martial arts training and character development in preparation of returning to the role. She will arrive in
“I am looking forward to working with all of the amazing actors who are playing key roles in the film. In particular, I am excited to work with Mr. Grover who has over 400 films to his credit. He has a wonderful sense of humor and great work ethic.”
Hollywood and international actors are preparing for filming in
He may have lost the challenge to play the villain to James Bond in Casino Royale, but Bollywood's ace villain Gulshan Grover never gave up. Gulshan's character is the leading villain Azazel.
"I was zapped when they approached me. But when I met them in LA and after they explained the concept to me, I was game for it," says Gulshan, during a recent pre-production trip to
Keeping in mind Gulshan' s physical features , various artists worked on the artwork for the comic to create the powerful Azazel. Susan Moses, Producer said "We decided to cast Gulshan because he has a universal demographic appeal. We wanted to introduce a powerful Indian character and he was the best choice. He's also a known name in the Western market."
Monday, July 21, 2008
After learning from the representatives from
Having grown up in Wisconsin Moses knew that the state had been settled by German, Polish and Flemish populations which meant that there would be practical locations similar to the Bulgarian architecture scouted for the film last year. For the DP,
Unlike large studio films, Nephilim will rely heavily on local crews, talent and the state’s film and production infrastructure. Cameras, lighting and electrical equipment will be rented locally in addition to other goods and service purchases which will infuse fresh capital into the local economies.
The film’s lead and supporting actors are from
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