This was interesting. Independent film director Michael Wong was kind enough to share his latest creation with us, a trailer for a film that doesn’t yet exist, at least not past the conceptual phase of the trailer itself. In fact, the trailer isn’t actually for a film at all - but rather an intensely traumatizing escape room experience! Pretty bad ass if you ask me, and if the trailer is in fact indicative of what a customer can expect, The Tattooist looks to be a sweet alternative to the extreme haunts that have gained notoriety in recent years.
But why stop there?
The Tattooist - I feel - is a glimpse into what could be, not unlike those super cool mock trailers found in 2007’s Grindhouse (and just when the hell are we getting that Thanksgiving film you promised us over ten years ago, Eli?) - and we’re totally on board with the vibe being put out here. Outside of looking absolutely ace (competently shot with an Arri Alexa - so it damn well better), The Tattooist also feels heavy, deranged, and oppressive. Key ingredients in the concoction of feel-good cinema.
I love a horror film that feature business fronts for sinister dealings, they work so great to instill a sense of dread and paranoia in the audience, and this one looks like it has the foundation to deliver in much the same way. Hopefully Michael Wong sees the same potential and decides to flesh this thing out, even if in short form. Check it out below, drop a comment, and show Michael Wong your support by pushing for a feature on his official Vimeo page - http://www.vimeo.com/michaelwong
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Michael Wong is currently working as an independent film director, after having spent 16 years as an ad agency art director and creative director. In the late 90s, he left his native Malaysia and arrived in China, where he's worked at such leading agencies as Ogilvy, BBDO, TBWA, Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi. After more than a decade and having won over 50 creative awards, Michael decided to move onto the filmmaking scene as a writer/director with his directorial debut for Lenovo; a viral video campaign that was to be used in such markets as India, Russia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, South Africa, South East Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Since then, Michael has been making the truth appealing for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Citroën, Unilever, IDO Jewelry, Johnson & Johnson, Foton Daimler, Samsung and Mengniu, just to name a few. He is the kind of collaborative thinker who's especially good at expanding on little thoughts and turning them into big ideas, with a strong and steady eye on making the work look and feel fresh.
His directorial debut short film ‘The Story of 90 Coins’ picked up 60+ accolades from international film festivals; which includes the Best Direction and Best Cinematography at Malta Short Film Festival, Rising Star Awards at Canada International Film Festival, Best Foreign Short Film at Ukrainian International Short Film Festival, Best Drama and Best Cinematography at Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Foreign Short at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, among others.
Michael's works have been featured in Shots, Trendwatching and Graphis magazine. He has judged at the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards and Ad Stars Festival.