In 2009, Anthony E. Zuiker launched a brand new media platform. The Digi-novel concept was featured throughout the entire Level 26 franchise, Zuiker’s first project after leaving CSI. Now, just a little more than two years since Level 26: Dark Origins was released, the book series comes to an end, and with it, a final installment of cyber-bridges, a video feature that takes you beyond the pages of the book. Level 26: Dark Revelations contains eight cyber-bridges, each directed by Joshua Caldwell. Born in Bellevue, Washington, Caldwell joined Zuiker’s Dare to Pass company in 2009, and has since taken the position as Director of Digital Media. In this interview with CSI Files’ Shane Saunders, the Dark Revelation director gives background to what his duties at the company involve, talks what it’s like working with the creator of CSI and being behind the camera for the epic conclusion of Level 26.
CSI Files: You were the editor on Level 26: Dark Prophecy, which was directed by Anthony, and on Level 26: Dark Revelations, you got to serve as the director. How did you get the opportunity to direct the third series?
Caldwell: That’s probably more a question for Anthony, but I feel like it was a combination of the work I did on Dark Prophecy, as his editor working to fulfill his vision, and him seeing [and signing onto as an Executive Producer] my short film Dig. Obviously as we moved into late summer, Anthony had turned his attention back to TV, and it was really up to me, once we locked picture, to coordinate and shepherd the bridges through post and bring him the music, color correction, and sound mixes that he would both like and approve of. Following that, I co-wrote, produced and directed Dig in an effort to show Anthony and Matt what I was capable of as a director.
CSI Files: Who are your influences for when you direct something like this? Were you inspired by what Anthony did before, or was there another director you’re kind of taking bits from to add to it?
Caldwell: You know, it’s interesting because I’ve reached a point where I feel like I’m less about trying to find how other directors do it and more about how can I do it. So I wouldn’t say that there are any directors that I referenced. Having directed a number of shorts and music videos over the years I’ve developed an aesthetic, a way of shooting, that works for me and delivers a specific result that, I feel, is unique to me and my vision. I think audiences are very smart, and they pick up on things consciously or subconsciously, and I like to use visuals in such a way that I’m tapping into that response. Beyond that, it’s an aesthetic that tends to work well with small budgets and short shooting schedules, because I shoot a lot of handheld and move very quickly. However, that’s a benefit of my way of shooting and directing, not a reason for it. Director of Photography Paul Niccolls, who shot this along with nine of my other projects, is a big additive to that as well. We know how to work together in a way that delivers that result I’m looking for, he’s looking for, keeps us on schedule but also, and this is probably most important, looks really good and interesting and different. I’ve reached a point where I’ve broken free from paying homage to or building off the aesthetics of other directors. Now it’s really about how I see it.
To see more of the interview, visit CSIFiles.com. And be sure to pick up your copy of "Dark Revelations: A Level 26 Thriller" today.
If you are CSI fan, you might know Anthony E. Zuiker. He is the creator of television’s hugely successful CSI franchise. He is one of the the executive producers for Cybergeddon, a digital movie about the growing threat of cybercrime.
As of this writing, you should be able to watch the digital release of this action-packed show. It consists of 9 parts and will be released in consecutive 3 days (3 parts per day).
Here is the show synopses
Cybergeddon follows agent Chloe Jocelyn (Missy Peregrym) as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber-attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker (Manny Montana) and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen (Kick Gurry). Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff (Olivier Martinez) before it is too late. In a world where everyone is connected, everyone is at risk….
I am honored to be invited by Norton to watch the premiere of this show last week (90 minutes of it). If you think that some movies are faking those hacking, cyber attacks or virus attacks, fear not, as this will never happen in this show.
This is because they have invited Norton to be a consultant for this show. Therefore, what you will experience in this show is possible in real life. BTW, you get a glimpse of the top secret Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC) (of course, it is a replicate).
Here are some stills from the show.
Interesting? I am not going to spoil the fun for you.
Here is the Press Release
ANTHONY E. ZUIKER’S DIGITAL BLOCKBUSTER CYBERGEDDON SET TO PREMIERE GLOBALLY ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25,
EXCLUSIVELY ON YAHOO!
Official Trailer Now Live At sg.cybergeddon.yahoo.com
Cybergeddon Stars Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) and Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue)
Singapore – Sept. 13, 2012 – Anthony E. Zuiker, the visionary creator of the CSI franchise, and his production company Dare to Pass in partnership with market leader Dolphin Digital Studios announced today the official worldwide premiere date, September 25, for Cybergeddon, a new digital blockbuster about the growing threat of cybercrime starring Olivier Martinez and Missy Peregrym. The official trailer is now live at sg.cybergeddon.yahoo.com.
Cybergeddon follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyberattacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late. In a world where everyone is connected, everyone is at risk.
Cybergeddon will debut exclusively in over 25 countries and 10 languages on Yahoo! in a series of nine digital chapters – three per day over the course of three consecutive days.
The experience on Yahoo! includes an immersive site featuring additional clips that provide a deeper narrative with the characters, exclusive on-set photos, behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the cast and crew. It will also host a special section where people can go to learn more about the stark realities of cybercrime.
Zuiker, Bill O’Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Digital Studios, and the film’s creators made a firm commitment to ensuring the storytelling around Cybergeddon was not only highly compelling and suspenseful, but also inspired by real-life cybersecurity concerns. To that end, the Zuiker team partnered with online security expert Norton by Symantec throughout the creative process to lend technical insights.
“Cybergeddon is a cinematic experience that breaks traditional rules. With the global distribution arm of Yahoo!, we will give viewers a way to have more to do after watching the segments to gain more knowledge and further interact with the storyline and cast,” said Zuiker. “The best part is that all of this can be experienced on any device, anytime and anywhere, day and date with the launch of Cybergeddon.”
Cybergeddon is a first-of-its-kind film co-produced, distributed and financed by Dolphin Digital Studios in a deal brokered and packaged by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Director: Diego Velasco (The Zero Hour)
Writer: Miles Chapman (The Tomb)
Executive Producers: Anthony E. Zuiker, Bill O’Dowd, (CEO, Dolphin Digital Studios).
Producer: Matthew Weinberg, (President, Dare to Pass)
Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) as Gustov Dobreff
Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue) as Chloe Jocelyn
Manny Montana (Breakout Kings) as Frank Parker
Kick Gurry (Speed Racer) as Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen
For more information please visit “Cybergeddon” on Facebook or follow @cybergeddon on Twitter.
Cybergeddon is a digital blockbuster from the visionary storyteller and CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, set to debut this fall on Yahoo!. In a first-of-its-kind distribution model, Cybergeddon will roll out sequentially and will engage audiences through an immersive storytelling, social media and gaming experience. Norton by Symantec has been tapped to lend credibility and security insights that will help guide the narrative. The project is produced in partnership with Dolphin Digital Studios in a deal brokered and packaged by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
About Anthony E. Zuiker
Anthony E. Zuiker is one of the most creative and multifaceted individuals working in Hollywood today. He is the creator of television’s hugely successful CSI franchise, and in July of 2011, Zuiker, and his production company, Dare to Pass, signed a three-year first-look deal with ABC Studios. In addition to expanding his film and television efforts, Zuiker continues to delve into the worlds of gaming, publishing and cross-platform storytelling. He is a pioneer of the “Digi-novel” genre and author of the Level 26 series published by Dutton/Penguin Group, and the final book in the series, Dark Revelations, was released in December of 2011. Around that same time, Zuiker also released a personal memoir, MR. CSI: How a Vegas Dreamer Made a Killing in Hollywood, One Body at a Time, published by Harper Collins. Zuiker is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and CAA.
About Dolphin Digital Media, Inc.
Dolphin Digital Media, Inc. is dedicated to the production of high-quality digital content. With the launch of Dolphin Digital Studios, the Company is at the forefront of the growing digital entertainment sector. Dolphin Digital Studios is committed to consistently delivering best-in-class entertainment and securing premium distribution partners to maximize audience reach and commercial advertising potential.