My Interview With Filmmaker FRANK T. ZIEDE On His New Online Action Series, BLACK
IMDb page. As of this summer, however, Frank has turned to the internet to showcase his brand new military action webseries, Black, which has aired as of August 26. With five episodes of its first season now available online and thousands of subscribers already lining up, the series has begun earning appeal among viewers for its true-to-form style of entertainiment similar to films like Act Of Valor and television shows like 24, in addition high production scale and value, taking viewers into the battlefield where all the action is, in addition to an eclectic cast of characters led by actor and military veteran Mikal Vega.
Frank Ziede: I’ve always been a fan of cinema, specifically action. Not just action for action’s sake, but action with real story and character. I started as an actor, attending the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, which has Alumni such as Robert Redford, Danny Devito and Paul Rudd. Once I met my wife and moved to Chicago, I decided to follow my true passion, which is story telling. I started directing shorts about 10 years ago and since then I’ve been trying to shoot as much as I can to learn as much as possible.
FZ: Michael Mann’s HEAT, Luc Besson’s THE PROFESSIONAL, Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, Mann’s COLLATERAL, James Cameron’s ALIENS and many, many others. These guys know what great action mixed with great story can really do.
FZ: Of course with a project of this scale and such a limited budget, we encountered some real challenges. We wanted to have as much production value as possible but with only roughly $10,000, we had to be truly creative. We found people who responded positively to the concept and that wanted to support the show. Let’s just say that we pulled in lots of favors.
FZ: Being able to shoot the scenes on the Chinook helicopter was a truly amazing experience. I was also incredibly impressed with our cast and crew. They truly came together under some tough circumstances and became a family. We came in on schedule and on budget and that was the most memorable moment for me!
FZ: As I stated before, Mikal is a leading man, period. He has been a part of several A-list films such as TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and G.I. JOE: RETAILIATION. I was pumped when Mikal agreed to be a part of BLACK. Not only is he a great actor, but a 22 year military veteran and a former Navy SEAL. He truly cares about who the character of Carnahan is and what he represents.
FZ: We are working on the details for a possible season two at the moment. The call for more episodes seems to be out there and we have a plan to answer it. Mikal has signed up to return as Carnahan and we plan to surround him with some more top level talent, bigger explosions and a more in depth storyline for the next chapter of BLACK.
FZ: First off, so looking forward to the new films for both those projects! We’d love the opportunity to turn BLACK into a feature length film project eventually, but for now we felt like a TV style series was our best method to get the story line out to our fans.
FZ: We can’t mention any names, but we have three of the four new actors we’ve already been talking with to be a big part of season two. These people have been a part of many different A-list feature films, countless television shows and one has even been a series regular on a well known cable show. But for now, these names are top secret. We’ll share all the details about season two in the next Kickstarter campaign we launch to help get the next episodes going.
FZ: They can expect high production value, compelling characters, real life military operators and much, much more. Thanks to our fans for their incredible support!