The Project: “Dominique” Feature Film
Genre: Action Thriller – (in the style of Leon The Professional, Nikita, The Equalizer)
Logline: A female assassin, wanted by the Russian mob, comes out of hiding to take on the sex traffickers who have destroyed the lives of two young sisters.
Director/Writer: Michael S. Ojeda (Avenged, Lana’s Rain, Deadliest Warrior)
Exec Producer: Deborah Del Prete (Enders Game, Green Street Hooligans)
Producers: Jason Gurvitz (Avenged, The Perfect Witness, Broken Kingdom)
Philip J. Day (The Amityville Terror, Euroclub)
Roy Kurtluyan (A Power of Few)
Start Date: Late December 2016 till late January 2017, based on talent schedule
Film Location: Los Angeles, Mexico
Since I was a child I loved going to all kinds of movies; action, scifi, horror, powerful drama's. Yet, the movies that affected me the most, the ones I want to create, are stories that engage audiences on a wide spectrum of emotions; love, hate, sorrow, joy. Adrenalin charged action scenes are great, but they are even better when driven by raw emotion.
CLIP FROM THE MOVIE "JOHN WICK"
CLIP FROM THE SHORT "DOMINIQUE"
DOMINIQUE - PROOF OF CONCEPT TEASER
11Min 30 Sec
9 Min 40 Sec
DOMINIQUE - Synopsis
In the vein of Leon The Professional and La Femme Nikita, Dominique tells the story of a female Russian assassin who survives an executioner’s bullet to the head and escapes to Mexico.
While working in a café, she befriends a nine-year old homeless girl, Karma, whose sister has been kidnapped by human traffickers. Forming a bond with the girl, the former assassin dusts off her guns and wages a war against the traffickers to rescue the sister.
But as the bullet lodged in Dominique’s head causes her to go blind, she must teach the nine-year old how to become a sniper if they are to survive.
THE DIRECTOR'S VISION
EXECUTING ACTION ON A BUDGET
"Dominique" is packed with intense action scenes, but instead of relying on explosions or the big budget chaos of a Die Hard movie, our film will focus on the artistry of death, by creating hyperkinetic gun battles, knife fights and slick fight choreography like in “John Wick.”
OKSANA ORLAN as DOMINIQUE
THE CHARACTER: "Dominique" grew up in Moscow amidst the gangland turbulence of the nineties. After seeing her parents gun down, "Konstantine" a mafia crime-boss took her under his wing and taught her the art of death. She became known as "The Phoenix" the most feared assassin in the underworld.
THE ACTRESS: Oksana Orlan is an award-winning Ukranian actress, taekwondo black-belt and at six feet tall, the ex Miss-Ukraine is not only striking, but brings a raw authenticity to the role Oksana made her English speaking debut in the feature film "Lana's Rain", which took a best actress award at the Milan International Film Festival.
DANNY TREJO as PEPE (IN CONSIDERATION)
THE CHARACTER: "Pepe" is Dominique's confidant and her boss at "Melena's Cafe." In his youth, he was caught up in the gang life, until meeting his wife Melana, who helped him find God. They opened a cafe and were happily married for 22 years until she died of cancer. Pepe continues to mourn her, but finds good company in Dominique who's become the daughter he never had.
THE ACTOR: Danny Trejo has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, often as villains and anti-heroes, which include Heat (1995), Con Air (1997), andDesperado (1995), and is most recognized as the character Machete.
THE POPULARITY OF THE GENRE
We realize the following films have budgets significantly higher than “Dominique.” However, the list reminds us of the popularity of the female assassin genre and especially stories when a professional killer teams up with a child, or must save one. These films have a strong audience base and perform extremely well, time and time again.
MICHAEL S. OJEDA
DIRECTOR • WRITER • CINEMATOGRAPHER
Michael S. Ojeda is a multi-talented filmmaker, whose credits include the critically acclaimed action-horror movie "Avenged" (aka Savaged), which premiered at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelonaand has been sold and distributed worldwide.
Michael also directed, edited and shot "Lana’s Rain", which took a Best Actress Award at the Milan International Film Festival and received maximum stars from Roger Ebert. In 2010 and 2011, he directed the fantasy battle scenes for Spike Tv's "Deadliest Warrior," the most successful series in the networks history,
DEBORAH DEL PRETE
Deborah Del Prete, is a veteran film producer, who’s producing credits include the Columbia Pictures comedy The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey; Lionsgate’s The Spirit, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson; Green Street Hooligans, starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, just to name a few. She served as executive producer on Paramount Classic’s Mean Creek, and “Enders Game” starring Harrison Ford, and many, others.
JASON GURVITZ pga
Jason Gurvitz produced "Avenged" with Michael S. Ojeda and they have been developing a slate of films together ever since. His other producing credits include The Submarine Kid, starring Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, American Horror Story) and Emilie de Ravin (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Broken Kingdom, directed by Daniel Gilles (Vampire Diaries), and starring Rachel Leigh Cook (Josie and the Pussycats, She’s all That) and Seymour Cassel, The Perfect Witness starring Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Hunger Games) and The Three Hikers, the feature documentary about the three American hikers imprisoned in Iran.