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Interview / Updates Keoni Waxman!

#81
@ DiDa
I have to agree with JoshStern. We even don't know exactly HOW the contract between Seagal and Voltage is looking like. I am referring to the terms of work.

Another point is how far is Seagal's company of Steamroller involved in this? Since Steamroller has no means in contacting it, only rumors can be assumed. And this is - my opinion - a sad procedure. I am also wondering how an enterprise can even work with zero publicity.

I am no marketing expert, but without public relations an enterprise is about to bust. At least this was the "fact" I was taught in school, long ago.

Rumors don't help nobody, only facts. Secondary a broke-up between Waxman and Seagal is highly unlikely. Both were very respectful to each other. Their business was not like Seagal and Micheal Keusch. Keusch itself was - again my opinion - not the best director, even if his Seagal works are fun.
 

rastafari

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#82
Just because he is working with a different group does not mean that he has left Voltage and Keoni Waxman. But if that is the case thank god. We need alot more to go on!!
I am a bit wooried by this TBH......I know some people on here are not the biggest fans of Voltage but Seagals work improve hugely since he jonied them with DTK.

They also have worked on films like Hurt Locker,Dallas Buyers Club and Killer Joe which are all critically acclamied films...this new alot that were producing Code Of Honor looked like a very low budget company who work on small budgets so im not looking forward to movie

If he has left Waxman then thats a real shame(Again i know people on this site arnt that impressed with him) because he got the best of of Seagal and his budgets that he was given and made films professionally and with care and he was set to make a far east movie with Seagal that I was really looking forward to
 

Martin01

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#83
If he has left Waxman then thats a real shame(Again i know people on this site arnt that impressed with him) because he got the best of of Seagal
I think Fauntleroy got the best out of Seagal in UJ (I think this was the movie with the least fight and photo doubles) and Reiné in PW. But Waxman overall got decent performances from him too, I think.
Voltage also produced movies like Ambushed...I think a decent amount of the budget also came from Steamroller.
What I don't understand is that Binh Dang, who works for Steamroller, is now in Romania making a movie with Benjamin Sacks and Waxman. Is Steven not working with Dang anymore? I thought Steamroller is Seagals production company? Is Steamroller not co-producing "Code of Honor"?

this new alot that were producing Code Of Honor looked like a very low budget company who work on small budgets so im not looking forward to movie
Isn't it a bit early to judge about the movie? The estimated budget is 8mill according to imdb (I don't know if it's true), Winnick is a young director and after watching "Guns, Girls and Gambling" I got the feeling he cares about his products, so I don't see a new Michael Oblowitz / Michael Keusch here at the moment. We can't change that anyway so we just should wait and see if it turns out good or bad...;)
 

DiDa

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#84
Of course I know that it's not sure that he won't be working with Sacks and Waxman. But in the tone of the reply from Benjamin Sacks I have the feeling that they are done.
 
#86
@ DiDa
yep. Keep your amazing work, I am still appreciating it deeply. Maybe Mr. Waxman can tell us, when ABSOLUTION is finished. No offense to Mr. Waxman, but Voltage again is horribly slow in terms of advertising. There not even a preview page available. Yes, I am blaming the employer, not the employee.

@Martin01
Is CODE OF HONOR already in production? I can't see it on IMDB, since I have no account there. With "production" I mean already shooting the movie, not pre-production with cast audition, script re-writing, etc. You also asked a good question: what about Mr. Dang and Steamroller? Steamroller and Dang were first credited in 1990 with MARKED FOR DEATH. It could be the company of Mr. Dang, but again also my question is also un-answered. When Mr. Dang appeared in the last episode of Season 2 LAWMAN, his appearances looked like a good friend to Seagal. I can't imagine a broke-up here, too. Unless ABSOLUTION was the absolution with Voltage, Mr. Waxman, Steamroller and Mr. Dang.

@ DiDa again
You have no access to contact Mr. Dang, don't you? It would enlight us all a little bit more.
 

DiDa

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#87
@ DiDa
yep. Keep your amazing work, I am still appreciating it deeply. Maybe Mr. Waxman can tell us, when ABSOLUTION is finished. No offense to Mr. Waxman, but Voltage again is horribly slow in terms of advertising. There not even a preview page available. Yes, I am blaming the employer, not the employee.

@Martin01
Is CODE OF HONOR already in production? I can't see it on IMDB, since I have no account there. With "production" I mean already shooting the movie, not pre-production with cast audition, script re-writing, etc. You also asked a good question: what about Mr. Dang and Steamroller? Steamroller and Dang were first credited in 1990 with MARKED FOR DEATH. It could be the company of Mr. Dang, but again also my question is also un-answered. When Mr. Dang appeared in the last episode of Season 2 LAWMAN, his appearances looked like a good friend to Seagal. I can't imagine a broke-up here, too. Unless ABSOLUTION was the absolution with Voltage, Mr. Waxman, Steamroller and Mr. Dang.

@ DiDa again
You have no access to contact Mr. Dang, don't you? It would enlight us all a little bit more.
I have no acces to Mr. Dang. I am very curious what the hell is going on right now. Steven should be filming Foreign and Domestic right now. And he also quit Benjamin Sacks. Strange....I really hope there will be another project!!
 

DiDa

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#88
Something must have happened. I mean, Mr. Waxman told us he and Steven had some ideas about a story that takes place in Asia. He told us that Steven will shoot Foreign and Domestic first and after that, they start working on new projects.

Suddenly Benjamin Sacks tells me that Steven isn't working with "us" anymore. Maybe there where some creative differences about the new projects between Steven and the crew he worked with for the last 6 years.
 

rastafari

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#89
Suddenly Benjamin Sacks tells me that Steven isn't working with "us" anymore.

He did not.....he said anytime soon so that means they arnt working together for the next 12 months

If he said never again then that would be worse but reading what Sacks wrote again i think we will see Seagal and Sacks/Waxman work together but maybe not for a year
 

Martin01

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#93
Thanks for the info.

Maybe Waxman just wanted to do something different and Seagal meanwhile moved to another company. I think there is still a possibility that they will work together in the future again.
 
#94
@DiDa
Everyone believe what you want....
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@Martin01
Moving to another company? I am not sure that your assumption could be right, but this again leaves my question of Seagals working contract unanswered.

Look in the very, very, very earlier history of movie-making and especially in Japan from the beginning to the 1970s each actress and each actor was bound by a contract established by the movie-studio she or he was working for.

Today the matter seems a lot of different. The agents are searching for a possible contract.
This leads me into CODE OF HONOR. If Seagal signed a contract with Voltage in starring for a certain amount of time, then it is possible that he left Voltage. But if he signed for working, than he is still in business with them. You can't work for two companies, unless your employers are signing an extra contract on this.

As I said, these are just my thoughts, which again can be interpreted as rumors.

@rastafari
Do you have contact to Mr. Sacks? If yes, please ask him how a contract (his for example) works. Every tiny bit from a person working/ was working with Seagal is heavily appreciated.
Mr. Sacks should know that at least we fans on this forum care, also about him in this regard.
 
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JoeDirt

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#95
Steven for sure is not an employee of Voltage. The days of movie stars being exclusively tied up to one studio are long, long gone.

It is possible that he had a multiple picture agreement with Voltage, since he's had similar contracts before in his DTV career.

However I think the most likely scenario is that they simply go movie by movie. He's been working mostly with Voltage in recent years because it's clearly been a mutually beneficial relationship between them.

Just like Stallone frequently works with Avi Lerner and Millennium, but he's not under contract for them.

I believe the same thing is happening with Voltage what happened with Nu-Image/Millennium, they slowly graduated from low budget DTV movies into bigger mid- to high-budget projects for theatrical distribution, simply because the DTV market is not what it used to be, so it's very hard for them to churn out low budget action movies like it's the 90's and still make money.

If Seagal continues to do action movies, I believe in the next few years we will see the projects get smaller and smaller, the budgets smaller, he'll be working with new independent producers, he'll start doing more cameos and supporting roles as supposed to lead roles.
I will also expect him to start making even more commercials, appearances, maybe signing at conventions etc.

It's all cyclical. Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Bruce Willis etc. are now doing the movies that Seagal, Van Damme and Lundgren used to make 10-15 years ago.
 

DiDa

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#96
We will have to wait and see what he comes up with next....and maybe it's good to see Steven working with someone know. Fresh ideas maybe...
 

DiDa

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#97
New update from Keoni Waxman (it seems nothing is wrong between Steven and Waxman & Co.)


Sorry for the delayed reply - been super busy prepping a new project. I'm just back in LA to finish post on 'Absolution' now - hoping to deliver it within the next few weeks - then back to my other project... I'm not sure about the status of 'Foreign and Domestic' other than it is supposed to be shooting in Alabama but I will ask Steven when I speak with him next...
Hope you guys liked 'A Good Man' and all the sword play. 'Absolution' has more hand to hand and gunplay/explosions and Steven and Byron Mann are great working together again. There's a bootlegged market trailer kicking around the internet somewhere that you may be able to find. It was slapped together before we finished cutting the film (for sales purposes) so it's not a proper trailer - but you guys may get a kick out of some of the action in it. Check in later for more updates.
Peace.
K
 
#98
@DiDa
THIS IS AWESOME NEWS. I finally was able to watch A GOOD MAN and the zangeki was top-notch. Seagal and Ma did an incredible job.
If you want DiDa, say him that I enjoyed the movie extremely well.

So there are only two questions.
1st. Who is responsible for the "bootleg" trailer?
2nd. Why has Mr. Waxman to finish post-production? I thought the post-production was officially concluded and it was Voltage who again turned to the slow moving procedure.

Mr. Waxman will do it again. An entertaining Seagal movie! Hope we can see an official trailer soon.
 

DiDa

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#99
@DiDa
THIS IS AWESOME NEWS. I finally was able to watch A GOOD MAN and the zangeki was top-notch. Seagal and Ma did an incredible job.
If you want DiDa, say him that I enjoyed the movie extremely well.

So there are only two questions.
1st. Who is responsible for the "bootleg" trailer?
2nd. Why has Mr. Waxman to finish post-production? I thought the post-production was officially concluded and it was Voltage who again turned to the slow moving procedure.

Mr. Waxman will do it again. An entertaining Seagal movie! Hope we can see an official trailer soon.
1. A bootleg trailer is only to sell the movie to a distributor. It's just a promo for the distributor
2. I also thought Absolution was out of post-production. Probably it's just the finishing touch (music and so on)
 
@DiDa
sorry for the mis-understanding. Question No. 1 was purely rhetoric. Mr. Waxman explained it by himself that the footage was just promotion.

2nd. If it is just the music, then he and his editors will probably need just two months. And once they are finished everything else is up to Voltage. Since I expect a relative late release, I already set up my mind.