PHOTOGRAPHER – GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Rania is a Sydney based Photographer and Graphic Designer.
As an avid fan of storytelling and self-expression, through music and the visual arts, she spent most of her time songwriting and drawing since the age of 6. A passion to play music and produce art became therapeutic, and an appreciation of creative expression through different artforms began. It was around the last year of High School that she volunteered in a youth committee called LOUD! Tribe that organised local events, and started to design festival posters, namely for the Bring it On! Festival as part of National Youth Week. This lead to more Graphic Design jobs for film festivals, cultural events and organisations.
In 2009, she discovered her love for Photography while studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design. Once understanding the technicalities of using a Digital camera, to get more familiar with using it manually, she decided to shoot Parkour/Freerunning during its infant stages in Australia, leading to her love of capturing ‘the moment’, and interests in cinematic films and video games influenced her Photographic style.
A year later, she started up her own creative business called Thoradox Creations – working with a varied client base including city councils, music studios, theatres and youth centres. This opened up the door to photographing theatrical plays, live performances and behind the scenes production stills – which were perfect for her love of ‘the moment’. Since then, her passion for capturing candid, narrative stills filled with emotion, movement and energy has grown – and a constant drive for creative expression continues.
Michael Lira – Is a Los Angeles based Australian born composer legendary for his work with seminal experimental bands Vicious Hairy Mary and Darth Vegas, Michael Lira has been a fixture of Australia’s edgiest music since 1990.
His film and TV scores include Wyrmwood (2014), Rake (2013), The Slap (2012), The Hunter (2011), Staines Down Drains (2006) and The Einstein Factor (2004), and he has also performed live scores for the silent film Nosferatu to a sell out crowd at the Sydney Opera house (1922) and the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of A Comedy Of Errors (2013). Lira’s scores have won numerous awards, including the Tropfest Tropscore award (Apart, 2013), five APRA/AGSC awards for television music (A to Z of Contemporary Art (2013), The Slap (2012), Rake (2011), Staines Down Drains and The Einstein Factor (2004)) and an Australian Film Institute Award for The Hunter (2011).
With a keen ear and creative drive, Michael was able to find the identity of Circle of Ninja and infuse modern elements with traditional Japanese instruments.
ACTOR / HISASHI TANAKA
David Vuong is best known for his performance as Hisashi in Hunt For Hiroshi. Prior to this he had spent time at the Powerhouse youth theatre also known as PYT studying and understanding the craft. It wasn’t long until after he’d eventually joined a young group of performers at PYT known as “The Ensemble” for a short period of time.
He has also spent time studying film as a medium, that led to a small producing role on Hunt For Hiroshi.
David is also a practitioner of the martial art Wushu and has used his physical discipline to be a part of countless live physical performances during his time as a member with Team 9lives. This also helped him fulfill the physical demands of his role in the film.
He hopes to work in a wide variety of genres and although he is not completely closed to the idea of doing more action films, it is not the only realm he wishes to work in. His love for all kinds of films creates desire to act in all kinds of stories, expanding his art and craft.
Kiriako Nedelkos is a composer, producer and instrumentalist with Greek origins. He studied piano, songwriting and music production in Netherlands. He founded 2007 the Lucid Studios in Germany were he produced artists from Dance, Lounge, Reggae and Pop.
2009 he produced a Lounge version of the jazz standard “The Autumn Leaves” with the singer Cecile Bredie which was published on the famous Cafe Del Mar Sampler from Ibiza and reached in the iTunes charts Top 1 in Spain and Top 10 in Germany, Switzerland and England. 2010 he produced her album “Imagine Toi”, a chilling mix of lounge and electronica, published by Oreole Records. Two songs of the album, Circles, featuring the guitarist Mickey Meinert, and Bang Bang, a Lounge cover of Nancy Sinatras version from the 1960s, were released on many compilations such as Café Del Mar 30th Anniversary, DPI Collection, Diamonds&Pearls from Germany, and Rosé Noche from Dubai.
2012 he started scoring commercials and short movies like “U Wanna Battle” from Özgür Arslan, a comedy about typical prejudices of Germans and Turks with the actors Maxwell Richter, Sammy Ounis and Ralf Richter. Since then he scored also different image movies for companies and creating sound design and FX for films.
Kiriako was excited to join the Circle of Ninja project, and collaborate with Michael Lira. Hard work created a unique score that truly gave Hunt for Hiroshi its identity.
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Sam has always been into films since an early age, mainly interested in the action film genre.
He joined Team 9Lives in early 2000, and was one of the first members. Over the years he trained in martial arts, parkour and break dancing- providing the exposure to real life action.
In 2010 Sam started showing an interest in film making, as he began to question why certain choices were made as he watched on in the cinema. It had begun…
In 2011 he decided to put himself to the test, and thus begun his first foray into the film making world. Needless be said, he learnt the hard way that it isn’t as easy at pointing the finger at a cinema screen and making claims.
In 2016, Sam completed his ambitious first chapter to ‘Circle of Ninja’, a story about the choices people make and the futures that come about as the consequence- even for ninjas.
“If you ask any aspiring director how easy is it to make a film, or write a script- and they respond with anything other than %#$&*^! then they are not going to get very far in this occupation. All I wanted was to put action on the screen when I started. By the end of Hunt For Hiroshi I came out caring about putting a film on screen. For this I am forever grateful, because now I respect what film making is about- quality story telling with characters that matter. All the action in the world cannot make up for one second of genuine connection to the audience.”
Sam now helms Resilient Pictures, his own independent production company that aims to take Circle of Ninja to the next level.
CINEMATOGRAPHER (2ND UNIT)
John is an aspiring cinematographer and photographer who studied a bachelor in film and television production in the heart of Sydney. He also has skills that go beyond working behind the camera as he has knowledge on studio and location lighting and audio recording.
As a creative problem solver and a very hands on technician, he explores many styles and techniques to improve his skills and is never afraid to go above and beyond his comfort zone to get the shots.
John has worked on many projects ranging from music videos, documentaries, short films and corporate productions.
ACTOR / HIROSHI TANAKA
Taki (Takehiro Abe) was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan on 26 June 1976.
He Grew up in the beach town of Chigasaki, Japan. Studied Chemistry at University in Yokohama then left before graduation to seek a new path overseas. Visited Australia in the late nineties as a 22 year old with little to no English, but decided to stay and live in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. After the first acting role in Bondi Tsunami in 2004, it sparked a new passion and interest which has increased with each new project.
In 2004 he was cast as the lead role of ‘Shark’ in Australian Japanese Road Movie ‘Bondi Tsunami’, as spotted by the Director whilst competing in a surf competition. Little did he know he would be playing the lead character ‘Hiroshi’ in the action short film Hunt For Hiroshi (2014).
After various other small film projects, he received first minor speaking role in a Hollywood feature, The Wolverine (2013), followed shortly after by a speaking role in Angelina Jolie’s World War 2 biopic Unbroken (2014).
Taki has enjoyed the opportunity of playing Hiroshi Tanaka, showcasing a stern but troubled character. It was a challenge to show his ideas and passion for the scenes, being limited to the ‘box’- technical reasons / limitations that come from an independent film.
Taki continues to secure roles that allow him to reach to that artistic utopia. He would love to commit completely to acting as his profession and not have to worry about life’s other responsibilities.
“There is a type of indescribable feeling that comes from seeing a beautiful landscape, or having a certain type of experience. When I am fortunate enough to receive a role, the challenge of trying to reach my own peak inside myself whilst creating that emotional response inside another person through my performance- this is the art that I am a part of, this is what I love.”
TYLER DE NAWI
PRODUCER / ACTOR / SIMON
Tyler has worked as a live performer for over 10 years specializing in Dance and acrobatics. Trained in Gymnastics and forms of martial arts such as Capoeira, Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing. He decided to continue this passion for performing arts by studying acting, soon after graduating from The Australian Film and Television academy, he starred alongside Aden Young & Alex Dimitriades in a gripping SBS drama mini-series “The Principal”.
Tyler is also starring as a lead on a brand new outrageous comedy “Here come the Habibs” in 2016. Tyler’s most recent stage appearances include a sword fighting warrior in Nigel Jamison & Gavin Robins international production “Clusters of Light” and “Bring It On” the musical Directed by Rod Herbert.
Hunt for Hiroshi was Tyler’s debut role which catapulted him into the pursuit of acting greatness. He is now a Producer at Resilient Pictures and instrumental in the next phase of Circle of Ninja.
JOHNSON ‘JONO’ KONG
I started out doing creative writing when I was 14.
I have so many stories I wish to put on paper. And with every new project I start, I will do extensive
research on what other authors have done to make their stories engaging, and I apply them to my story projects. CoN and HFH would be my first step into screenwriting.
Every time I get into writing, I always imagine how the story would be like if it became a feature film. This helps me to capture emotions from the characters, and it helps keep my mind in the universe that I have created.
In almost everything that I do, I always have stories being played out in my mind, even as I am
writing this biography. It is never ending. It is exciting, as it is frustrating as I know that I cannot put
ALL my stories on paper in the time that I have. I grow attached to these stories and it is painful to
decide which ones I will not focus on. But it is exciting to move forward with the stories that do
make it. After this biography is done, the creative process will continue, and it will not end.
I have written plenty of short stories; some were for writing competitions. I am
now in the process of writing three novels. I am also working on a music soundtrack.
Aside from creative writing, I have done a few short films during my time in high school. I did a short
film for Visual Arts titled ’10 Dollars Worth of Karma’. It was also an improvisation experiment, as all the lines were improvised.
I enjoyed exploring the development of Hiroshi and Hisashi’s journey, and how it affects all the other characters. There’s so much to tell in the feature film and we are just being introduced!
I aim to become a successful author and screenwriter. One of my goals is to see my other stories adapted into feature films. I am also aiming to write for video games as well, and be a creative advisor for the development process.
ACTOR / DALE HAMMOND
French born, Laurent is an American Australian actor. Over his life, he grew a love for storytelling, and found his fire in the world of acting.
Early in his career, Laurent was cast in a television series pilot called SoulKeeper, where he played a young exotic warrior in a massive science fiction universe. It was then that he found his calling in a mix of genres that found their core in action. And having trained in martial arts since he was a child, there was no denying of what his future holds.
Accompanied with his recent credit last year on Channel 7’s Australia: Story of Us where he played John Wilson, a famous historical convict – Laurent has also been hard at work with the emergence of his larger independent roles being released this year, of which are from titles Hidden Peaks, Hunt For Hiroshi, and LARP: The Crowblade Chronicles.
For more information, you can visit his official website at www.laurentboiteux.com