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In Spring 2005 Tim directed "Déjà Vu", a short Sci-Fi movie, for Robert Michael Conrad Productions. Garrett Wang and Chase Masterson are the stars. Garrett plays a guy, who buys somebody else's memories in a black market auction, and Chase plays his girlfriend. Of course Garrett's character gets into trouble following the purchase of these memories...
The movie is available on DVD.
IRVINE, CA November 16, 2005
Tim Russ, in association with Jim Nestor and Robert Michael Conrad Productions, has released his latest short film titled Déjà Vu, starring Garrett Wang and Chase Masterson, this sci-fi thriller takes place in the future where the selling of memories is neither legal nor illegal, just yet. Unusual consequences are a result of this particular purchase which brings special meaning to those immortal words "buyer beware."
Filmed at an abandoned helicopter base in Tustin, California, Russ used vast open areas as well as small nooks and crannies to achieve his vision for this film. "The feel and openness of the site added great production value to the film", said Russ.
Sci-fi fans will enjoy this film written and directed by Tim Russ, best known as Tuvok, the Vulcan security officer on Star Trek: Voyager. Other Star Trek notables featured include Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager and Chase Masterson from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Along with Déjà Vu, another of Russ' endeavors, Art Police: Toxic Art, is included with the DVD that will be promoted at conventions around the world. It will also be featured on fan-based web sites.
Russ' other credits include working as writer/producer on the feature film, East of Hope Street, which has won several film festival awards. Tim's directing credits include an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, several episodes of the cable TV show The Heartbreak Café, The FBI Files, and recently an independent film titled Rodenberry on Patrol.
Over the past 10 years Robert Michael Conrad and Jim Nestor have produced several cable television shows including The Heartbreak Café, Hotel Vegas, and Haunted Crossing, as well as independent short films including Blue Skies, Actor, and The Routine. Conrad and Nestor have teamed with Russ on several of these projects. They have also collaborated with other sci-fi notables over the years including Walter Koenig (Star Trek, TOS), Roxann Dawson (Star Trek: Voyager), Dominic Keating (Enterprise), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Dean Haglund (X-Files), and Anne Lockhart (Battlestar Galactica).
The movie runs about 14 minutes, and it has a nice twist in the end. There are some really good visual effects, like e.g. the use of black and white footage for the flashback sequences or the split screen showing Del's obsession. There are some interesting camera angles as well, I particularly like one towards the end, where one actor blocks the view on what goes on behind him - you will understand when you watch the movie, I am not giving away the entire story! Garrett Wang and Chase Masterson are both at their best and very different from their respective Star Trek characters. Brad Watson, who plays the buddy of Garrett's character Del, also puts in a solid performance.
The DVD also contains lots of bonus material. The outtakes and interviews are about as long as the movie itself and give a very good idea of the making of "Déjà Vu". Both producers, all three main actors and Tim comment on the film, we see short sequences of how some of the key scenes were filmed, and there are also some bloopers and goofing around, especially by Garrett.
An additional bonus is a new episode of "The Art Police" - written and directed by Tim. This is a different team of policemen, though, Tim did not reprise his character for this new episode but the concept is still the same and the story is fun to watch.
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