Action + Sci-Fi + Movie + Wing Tsun = Passion Project “Quantum Shock”
First, let’s back up a bit. In 1995, it was only my second year in Canada; I went to several auditions for TV commercials. I remember one of them for a ticket special for the Vancouver Canucks. None of the meetings with casting agents panned out. It wasn’t my time. I was also way too busy with my work at the first Canadian WingTsun branch, which I had founded only a year earlier in 1994. Press coverage of this work prompted a local video company to contact me, wanting to produce an instructional self-defense video. This didn’t work out. Read my Facebook note “The Self-Defense video story”. For many years any movie aspirations were on ice.
Several members of our trainer team have been filming my seminars and classes for years. But that’s another story for another day! Back to Quantum Shock.
Quantum Shock is the brainchild of Anselm Meyer (executive producer, writer, actor) and Dave Campbell (director, producer, camera man and grip), described by CHEK TV Vancouver Island as British Columbia's smallest film crew.
Anselm will tell us in his words about the origin: “Well, this is how Dave and I meet. Originally we just started talking about making a film that he has written called "Operation Risk." I found some actors for the roles, but at the end almost everyone canceled. So I came up with an alternative film project featuring a story that could be made with the minimum of characters and a flexible story concept that is unique yet entertaining. And so Quantum Shock was born. The early version was supposed to consist of only 2 actors. Dave would be Josh, while the rest is all me, Colt Stahl. Originally we planned on using Dave's 480i SD camera and maybe shoot only in Black and White to make the non-HD resolution not as obvious. So, already back then we were fairly pragmatic how to get the best quality using the smallest resources.
However then Ben and a few more actors showed interest, and of course you Sifu, and then we invested in a Blu-ray Camera and Act 1 of Quantum Shock was in the works.
We also have hours and hours of Green Screen Footage that will probably never see the light of day.”
Anselm has been for many years the trainer of my Wing Tsun Kung Fu branch in Victoria on Vancouver Island. Initially we talked about producing better, more realistic fight scenes, also introducing WingTsun to the movie world. I ended up playing the part of German general Conrad Matheus, a character with a questionable East German past.
Now, let Dave tell us a bit about the project: “Like Anselm said, we did meet because of a script that I had written titled “Operation: RISK” back in the spring of 2009. I always knew I wanted to film the story but never really knew of anybody wanting to commit to a 120 page story and little budget. I had the knowledge and 2 1/2 years of film school backing me up. Well, add my Love for the camera since I was a young child.
I have said since the beginning of this project my intent was to always capture the movie reminiscent to director Paul Greengrass of “The Bourne Trilogy” especially for all of my action sequences.
Once Anselm and I were all board we needed actors, that in itself did present many challenges. In fact, the first 6 months of production was very difficult with scheduling, camera & lighting issues, sound and Green Screen. As Anselm mentioned, there is well over 100 hours worth of greenscreen footage that is on the cutting room floor.
The level of commitment that Anselm has for this amazing project is staggering for me as a director/friend to witness, but also to see how recurring characters such as Ben (Josh) Tracey (Rebecca) and you Ralph is phenomenal and I am deeply grateful for everyone's efforts.”
The future movie Quantum Shock is currently being released one webisode at a time on YouTube. Four out of six episodes are online as of October 2012.
Act 4 "Bitter End" features a long scene with 15 members and friends of Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver; scene starting at time mark 8:08. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLvjeHEaBK8
Watch the Quantum Shock 'Fight Scene Teaser' with Anselm Meyer & Ralph Haenel (preview act 6):
Also, watch Quantum Shock, the Movie - 'Behind the Scenes' with Ralph Haenel & Anselm Meyer:
CHEK TV interview with Dave Campbell and Anselm Meyer:
- Quantum Shock - Act 1 "Hollow Hope"
- Quantum Shock - Act 2 "Empty Justice"
- Quantum Shock - Act 3 "Dark Origin"
- Quantum Shock - Act 4 "Bitter End"
Credits for Quantum Shock Act 4 “Bitter End”:
Colt Stahl - Anselm Meyer
Josh Thompson - Ben Gerbrecht
Conrad Matheus - Ralph Haenel
Agent Darren - Rick Lee
Garret Tyram - David Mackenzie-Kong
Rebecca Conway - Tracey Roath
CIA Team Leader - Edward Fong, imdb.com/name/nm2383997/
“Kato” The Driver - Brian Yam
Nosey Neighbour - Gary Kaiser
Safe house owner - Rafael B. Apodaca
CIA agent with gun - Chris Davy
Attacker with knife - Hanson Zhang
- Stick team backyard
CIA Attacker #1 - Robert Grylls
CIA Attacker #2 - Sebastian Molnar
- Back alley
CIA Attacker #1 - Philip Lee
CIA Attacker #2 - Paul Buckley
CIA Attacker #3 - Paul Williams
CIA Attacker #4 - Tristan Gillon
CIA Attacker #5 - Adrian Law
CIA Attacker #6 - Tony Leung