We are two brothers (Harry and George), who run a video production company called K&K Productions. But more importantly, we are huge fans of Dragon Ball Z! We grew up on the anime and spent countless hours sitting in front of the TV watching Goku and the Z fighters battle it out with their various enemies.
Like many others, we were bitterly disappointed with the live action movie Dragon Ball Evolution. We feel it missed the mark on every level and it's what inspired us to want to make a live action adaptation of DBZ that the fans could really get behind and be proud of.
This led us to create a live action DBZ trailer back in 2012, which was based on the Saiyan Saga. We did it on a tiny budget, but with fan support, it's now had over 10 million views and went on to inspire other creators to make live action DBZ shorts of their own, some of which have really raised the bar.
Since 2012 we have progressed and learnt so much and now it's time to finish what we started by creating the 22 minute pilot episode for a six part live action DBZ web-series based on the Saiyan Saga. This will no longer be at a fan film level, but full Hollywood standards.
We have just released a preview scene to that pilot, which you can check out now!
We have created this scene as an example of what we can do and have launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to help fund the pilot.
The pilot will include all your favorite characters like Goku, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Tien Shinhan, Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Bulma, Chi Chi, Master Roshi and many more. We want to ensure that we can deliver at the highest quality across the board and make vast improvements on any live action DBZ that has come before, including our own.
Here is what we consider to be important when it comes to live action DBZ.
Actors - We will be casting actors that embody the characters both physically and in spirit and course give great performances.
Locations - A huge part of live action DBZ is recreating the amazing locations. We will travel to and scout out the best locations, from rocky mountains to deep canyons. These kinds of places will help create the massive scale and beauty that live action DBZ needs.
Visual effects - As you can see from our sample scene, we are going for a really high level of VFX. You can have the greatest actors and action in the world, but if the visuals don't match, it feels like a fan film and that's not what we want. We want to take the huge Ki blast attacks, explosions and flying sequences straight from the anime and translate them into stunning visuals, similar to what you would you would see on the big screen.
Costume, hair and makeup - We think these elements are a really important part of making the DBZ universe feel real in live action. We have an excellent costume designer, who has worked on projects like Street Fighter Assassins fist, so has a lot of experience with martial arts clothing and costumes. She we be able to take the over the top outfits in DBZ and translate them into something that feels authentic and that the characters would actually wear, whilst still staying true to the anime.
We are taking the same approach with things like Goku's hair, by adding a realistic twist. It will obviously have the same signature shape, but will just be a little smaller, so it doesn't look to ridiculous in live action.
Choreography and stunts - Such a big part of DBZ is the action and we want to deliver the huge fights on the same scale as the anime. We have an excellent stunt/fight team, who have worked on projects like, game of thrones, Star Wars and 24. They will be providing all of their experience and expertise to create huge choreographed set pieces, wire work and much more. This means you guys get to watch that fast paced, over the top, frenetic action that you'd come to expect from DBZ.
We'd love to hear all your feedback on the preview scene and if you enjoyed it, check out our IndieGoGo campaign and help to make the pilot episode happen!