Last week we were contacted by Zack Drisko regarding their upcoming Kickstarter to raise money and support for their web series Ava Snow Battles Death. I’m a huge supporter of creativity and love the idea that there are people outside of Hollywood who genuinely love film and are willing to spend a TON of their own time and money to create something. Action isn’t dead yet!
Ava Snow Battles Death is described as “A fantasy-romantic-horror-comedy about a badass named Ava Snow and the overlords from another dimension who want to steal her soul.” Yes please! Sounds awesome. And the
Last but not least, as a big time martial arts and MMA fan I was excited to hear that “The fights are choreographed by a stunt coordinator who worked on “The Dark Knight Rises” and “No Country for Old Men.” Plus, our fights were heavily influence by mixed martial arts techniques, so our lead actress trained with pro fighters at Werdum Combat Team and Kings MMA, home to UFC fighters like Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, and Shogun Rua.”
Make sure to check out their Kickstarter and website and throw a few bucks their way if this sounds as cool to you as it does to me.
Official Press Release:
Oct. 1, 2013 – LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Web series “Ava Snow Battles Death” is set to launch its Kickstarter fundraising campaign in four days, the evening of Saturday, Oct. 5. The series is a fantasy-horror-comedy about a knife-throwing heroine named Ava Snow and the overlords from another dimension who want to steal her soul.
“We’re asking for five thousand, which is enough to make our pilot,” said Zack Drisko, one of the series creators, “but we’re hoping to achieve some of our stretch goals and make the entire five-episode series we have planned. We have a great story to tell that we’d love to share with people.”
“Ava Snow Battles Death” was created by Drisko and Arielle Davidsohn. They premiered four sneak peek clips on YouTube and Vimeo last Friday, Sept. 20, which have been met by positive reactions.
“We were really fortunate to have a great team,” Davidsohn said. “They were the ones who made our ideas possible.”
The cast and crew includes people such as Daniel Scruggs, a VFX artist from “Game of Thrones,” Russ Glasgow, promo editor for “Tron: Legacy” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Steve Rizzo, stuntman from “The Dark Knight Rises” and “No Country for Old Men,” Andrew Parkhurst, director of photography for Ridley Scott’s “Prophets of Science Fiction,” Robert C. Jackson, sound designer on “50/50” and “The Expendables,” Christopher Jenkins Holmes, who had a recurring role on “90210” and YouTube star Sam Proof.
Davidsohn, who stars in the series as the title character Ava Snow, underwent extreme training to pull off the fight scenes. Davidsohn trained mixed martial arts with professional fighter Cassiano Laureano, who trained at Kings MMA and Werdum Combat Team, home to UFC fighters such as Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Davidsohn also trained knife-throwing with world champion Carl Geddes.
“I was never athletic or coordinated, so learning how to fight Muay Thai and throw knives almost killed me,” Davidsohn said. “Even though I still have a long way to go until I’m pleased with my skills, I feel proud of how far I was able to come and look forward to honing my skills as the project continues.”
More information on “Ava Snow Battles Death” is available on their Web sitehttp://www.avasnowbattlesdeath.com, and their uploads are on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/avasnowbattlesdeath/videos) and Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/74853518).