TAKING ACTION IN THE OUTBACK: Award-Winning Director Johnny Balazs On NIGHT SHIFT, Filmmaking, Fandom And Fortitude
The last few years have proven helpful in discovering talent out in Australia, and not without some serious internal effort for that matter on the part of its select residents. Characteristically, Australia is just one example out of many in the world in which a demographic of inspired, up-and-coming creatives work and do their best to thrive in their field of choice, which is film. In parallel, however, the land down under also has its share of setbacks - specifically pertaining to the business stimulus of producing local action films. Melbourne-based filmmaker Johnny Balazs is just one out of the pressing handful of talents working and shaping himself around a lens to change this.
|Richard Norton (left) and Balazs during production of EARTHRISE|
Growing up in Eastern Europe, Balazs was motivated to make his fair share of ninja films in his backyard and even moreso to find his identity upon high school, and evidently by when he began attending JMC Academy and graduating in 2004: "I remember one assignment we were told to make a fifteen-minute film of our own choice, whatever we wanted to do. I made an hour-and-a-half action feature film. It really wasn't until my university days that I understood what it means to direct, the responsibilities and what it costs on a personal level. So in a sense I have always loved films, its in my blood, my every breath."
|Adele and Johnny behind the scenes of DANCER (2017)|
|Johnny and co. on the set of EARTHRISE|