Portland-Based Actor Wins “Spirit of Comic Con” Award at Wizard World
Philippine-Born, Portland-Based Actor and Stunt Coordinator Wins “Spirit of Comic Con” Award at Wizard World for Video Game-Inspired Short Film
"I am so happy and proud of what this little project has accomplished so far. Everyone who helped out did so with pure love and belief that we could put something together that would get attention, and it did!" Juson states. "I play Jack, the protagonist who sets out to save his captured friend. We based the story and the idea off of the successful game franchise Splinter Cell from Tom Clancy and Ubisoft. We chose this game to make a live action fan film for two reasons: 1. Both Jason, the director, and I both love the franchise so much! 2. We wanted to make something that had a built in fan base so the popularity would be easily achieved (if done right)."
"All the hard work everyone put into Splinter Cell - Extraction came to fruition! Not only are we so proud of the job everyone did, we won the "Spirit of Comic Con" award from the Wizard World Portland Comic Con Film Festival! I couldn't be happier, and the sky's the limit for this little fan film!" Juson observes.
Satterlund, who enjoys crafting dynamic action stories, created this homage to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell books and video games with Juson. "I see in Aris a star in the making. He has the full package of what it takes to be a successful actor. He is extraordinarily talented, good looking and perfect leading man material. What's more, is he has something that can't be taught. Charisma," Satterlund asserts. "I believe in Aris. We make a great team!"
"Winning an award at Wizard World Portland Comic Con is an honor we never expected. Once we saw the competition's work, we knew we'd be lucky to even place. When we heard the announcement, we were completely floored," Satterlund admits. "But on further reflection, I realize that Aris's amazing stunt choreography gave our film an edge over the others."
Watch Splinter Cell - Extraction at http://www.youtube.com/
The Wizard World Film Festival judges found the project to be "a very professional action piece. Something right out of modern movies. These filmmakers have studied their craft and apply it here very well," Jeff Wexler, the Film Festival Coordinator for Wizard World reports. "The Spirit of Comic Con is awarded to films that truly capture the essence of Comic Con, and is typically the Wizard World staff favorite. The combination of over-the-top action, irreverent humor and incredible production quality made Splinter Cell - Extraction a perfect pick for the Spirit of Comic Con award."
Wizard World Comic Con is a traveling festival, with 15 more Wizard Cons taking place in 2014. Juson and Satterlund’s film will screen at each festival.
About Aris Juson:
Aris Juson is an actor, producer, stunt coordinator, stunt performer, and the co-content creator of the YouTube channel Hot Glass Creative with Jason Satterlund and Levy Moroshan. He is known for Splinter Cell - Extraction, The Record Keeper, Counter Measure, Leverage (on TNT) and Grimm (NBC), as well as numerous commercials, print ads, and independent films and projects. He has excelled in athletics his whole life, and is passionate about combining his physical skills with his creative talents on screen. Juson parlays his love of all things geek and nerd related, and vast knowledge of new media, into opportunities to connect with and entertain people.
Juson was born in Cavite, Philippines, and now lives in Beaverton, Ore.
About Jason Satterlund:
Owner of Big Puddle Films, a full service production studio, Satterlund has been directing films for over 25 years, traveling the world filming underwater sea life in the tropics, high-end political candidates in the United States and Russia, street children in third world countries, and top country music artists in Nashville, Tenn. Satterlund’s client list includes: Warner Brothers, The National Republican Party, George H.W. Bush, Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Jack White, Don Knotts, CNN, YMCA, The Oak Ridge Boys, Word Records, Hallmark Entertainment, and the country of Jordan. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Additional information is available at: http://www.bigpuddlefilms.com/
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
Dates and locations for the 2014 Wizard World Film Festivals can be found at www.wizardworldfilmfestival.com.