When I was young, I was taken to see the film A League of Their Own. I still remember the excitement in watching the baseball teams go head-to-head, and the rush of leaving the theater, knowing I wanted to make movies. It took a lot of years – and a lot of movie watching – to find that same balance of blockbuster and pure entertainment factor in films I was watching; as an undergrad studying cinema theory and history, most of the films put in front of me were classics of early film history.
One day, a co-worker (at my then-job on the metal show Uranium) suggested that I check out the film Ong-Bak. I had no idea I’d be in for one of the most kickass action films I’d ever seen. I was reminded of why I got into movies to begin with – to make entertaining films that engage the viewer so much, they can’t help but leave the theater energized and excited about the moviegoing experience. Other films and TV shows that have influenced me since include District B13, The Raid, The Departed, and Banshee. Any time there’s great action and fun characters, I’m there.
As an action fan, it sometimes feels like we’re the black sheep of the film world; we don’t get the same sort of attention that horror and comedy filmmakers do, even when we show up opening weekend to Taken or San Andreas, popcorn in hand, ready to be blown away by the high-energy craziness on-screen. And stunt performers still have to advocate for a shot at the Oscar. But – that doesn’t make us any less passionate or devoted to our genre of choice.
I’ve long been a proponent of equality in the film landscape; obviously, my first favorite being an almost-entirely female cast influenced me towards finding ways to showcase diversity in my own work – but my prime goal has always been: be entertaining – and slip in some surprising cast members along the way, to keep the story fresh and engaging. To that end, I recently decided to direct a new project, starring Heroes’ James Kyson and Grey’s Anatomy’s Pia Shah, called No Trace. My film follows an undercover cop who robs a bank for the mob, only to find herself on the run from her former partners. There’s a killer fight scene, some great dialogue, and a surprise ending that you won’t see coming.
As a filmmaker, the biggest barrier to success in Hollywood is always financing. I’ve put together a killer team, including Oscar winner James Parris on VFX and Alex Sanchez in the edit, with Derek Bauer on camera. Our team started a crowdfunding page at gofundme.com/MirandaDirects to help achieve our goal of making this film a reality. We hope you’ll be a part of it, and support filmmaking in the independent action realm.
For more, check out our site, or follow us on Twitter:
@MirandaSajdak – Writer/Director
@IAmDellanyPeace – Producer
@JamesKyson – Lead
@piajune – Lead
@plasterofparris – VFX Supervisor