John Balazs

John Balazs

Prima Lux Films
Director and Producer

Melbourne, Australia

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April 2018
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About John

John graduated from JMC academy in 2004 where he received the best short film award for his debut short "Fallen". Shortly after graduating, he went onto produce a variety of commercials and music videos for various production companies in Melbourne. In 2007, he entered network Television as a production assistant on various game shows. By 2010 he was a producer, writer and editor of Kids WB, producing over 20 hours of television per week. During this time he was also a casual News exchange operator for Nine News.

2009 saw John direct and edit two short films - "The Ice Cream Man" and "Short Black". Both films were well received in the local film festival market.

In 2012 he went onto become the senior online editor for a global network for educational and documentary videos within the Australasian region.

John joined forces with writer Shane Joseph Willis in 2014 and together they completed the script for Alpha Dogs, a project that John is very passionate about. Alpha Dogs is currently in development for production in Melbourne, Australia in 2019.

In 2016, John wrote, produced and directed action film Dancer, which was the first project that he had complete creative and financial control over. He oversaw all aspects of production as well as producing and managing the film’s post production. The film earned a total of 24 Awards and 11 nominations at various International Film Festivals in 2017

Loglines

  • Alpha Dogs

    Alpha Dogs Budget: $1M - $5M | Action A mild-mannered tech expert estranged from his wife and son is forced into action when an injured assassin takes his family hostage and forces him to complete her assignment

Credits

  • Night Shift

    Night Shift (2018)
    Film by Prima Lux Films (Action and Short) Director A guilt ridden police officer is forced to tackle her inner demons and rely on her training to survive and fight her way through 5 floors of a drug lab.

  • Earthrise

    Earthrise (2017)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Producer An astronaut returns to earth only to find that the world is slowly being destroyed by a mysterious anomaly.

  • Dancer

    Dancer (2016)
    Film (Action and Short) Director When a disconnected hit man develops an infatuation with a stripper, he uncovers the violent and corrupt world she is enslaved by and takes it upon himself to rescue her from her downward spiralling life at any cost.

  • Ninja Immovable Heart

    Ninja Immovable Heart (2014)
    Film (Action and Drama) Editor Reeve is a member of an elite covert group thought not to exist anymore, he is captured, beaten and brutally tortured, by the very Governments he used to work for. With the help of his old mentor John Carpenter, Reeve must strip away, and rid himself of the emerging demons of his past, so that he may understand the core essence of Ninjutsu, the Ninja's Immovable heart, in order to remember how and why he was captured, and what he is meant to do, before time runs out and his captors discover why he is really here. Written by Rob Baard

  • Gauntlet

    Gauntlet (2014)
    Film (Short and Action) Editor A Data Runner must escape an ambush by a rival to deliver his payload to an even deadlier enemy - his employer.

  • What a Gun

    What a Gun (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Fantasy and Romance) Visual effects 'What a Gun' is a romantic comedy and fantasy short film. It centers around lovable loser Bernadette 'Bernie' Brown, her talking dog Bourke and crazy co-workers at the Trickett Press magazine house. Bernie just delivers the mail, but dreams of being a successful artist, if only she could stop her mind wandering. Her biggest distraction is the Head of Creative at the Press, and Bernie's perfect man - the confident, handsome and somewhat dapper, Adam Hunter. Bernie's imagination gets her unstuck at most things in life, but when Adam asks her out on a date, a wild night on the town proves a turning point for Bernie. Written by Brims

  • Ninja Infinite Ways

    Ninja Infinite Ways (2012)
    Film (Short and Action) Editor 72 hrs after the Prelude, Reeve, in a mentally dark place after being betrayed by his closest friend and loved one, follows the signs the universe provides. This leads him to helping a captured lady being led to torture by the Hungarian mob boss. It is there the signs bring Reeve new insights into himself, and how the universe works. Written by Rob Baard

  • Surviving Georgia

    Surviving Georgia (2011)
    Film (Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Surviving Georgia is a heartwarming romantic comedy about family and finding your own identity in the world. About realising that sometimes to move forward, we have to let go of the past. Heidi and Rose must find love but in doing so must first reconcile with their feisty, vivacious and slightly alcoholic mother. Written by Anonymous

  • Changes: Based on True Events

    Changes: Based on True Events (2011)
    Film (Short and Drama) Visual effects Based on the true and tragic events of the Black Saturday bushfires, Changes tells the story of one Australian family, the Millers. Anne and Michael Miller have carved out a little piece of paradise for their family in the bush, but it quickly becomes far more complicated when their youngest, John, is diagnosed with autism. Struggling with John's special needs and the teenage angst of his older sister Alexandra, two decades pass while Anne and Michael fight to keep their family together. Life proves both bitter and sweet, as their choices lead to one hot and infamous summer that changes their lives forever. Inspired by true events, Changes is a reimagining of resilience, and forgiveness, in the face of horror. Written by Brimsmeveld

  • Ninja Prelude

    Ninja Prelude (2010)
    Film (Short and Action) Editor Reeve, an ex member of an elite covert group, enters a powerless and evacuated city, after receiving a distress call from Erika, a fellow member of the group he use to work for. Together they have 60 minutes to extract a "priest" who has valuable information about the cities demise, before the military move in and cover up the incident. Written by Rob Baard

  • Short Black

    Short Black (2009)
    Film (short) by Inception Films (Crime and Short) Director Add a Plot »

  • The Ice Cream Man

    The Ice Cream Man (2009)
    Film (short) by Inception Films (Drama and Short) Director Add a Plot »

  • Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune

    Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune (2008)
    Television (Game-Show) Miscellaneous Crew Add a Plot »

  • Dirty Laundry

    Dirty Laundry (2008)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Producer What is in the dryer? Three unlikely housemates try to figure out what crawled through their laundry in the night.

  • The Mint

    The Mint (2007)
    Television (Game-Show) Miscellaneous Crew Australian phone-in game show.

  • The Nation

    The Nation (2007)
    Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Add a Plot »

  • Kids' WB

    Kids' WB (2006)
    Television Editor Children's variety show featuring various Warner Bros. cartoons.

  • Fallen

    Fallen (2004)
    Film (Drama and Short) Director Add a Plot »

  • Alpha Dogs

    Alpha Dogs
    Film (Action) Director An injured assassin takes a family hostage in order to force the father to kill her remaining targets before midnight.

Awards

  • NEW YORK FILM AWARDS Best Narrative Feature - DANCER
    (2017)

  • NEW YORK FILM AWARDS Best Action Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • NEW YORK FILM AWARDS Best Actor - DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Narrative Feature - DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Crime Film- DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor- DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Supporting Actor- DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Supporting Actress- DANCER
    (2017)

  • FESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Score- DANCER
    (2017)

  • LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS Best Narrative Feature - DANCER
    (2017)

  • LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS Best Action Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • LOS ANGELES FILM AWARDS Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • L.A. SHORTS AWARDS - Best Short Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • L.A. SHORTS AWARDS - Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPETITION - Best Feature - DANCER
    (2017)

  • HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPETITION - Best Director- DANCER
    (2017)

  • NYC INDIE FILM AWARDS - Best Short Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • NYC INDIE FILM AWARDS - Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • INDIEFEST 2017 - Award of Recognition Feature Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS - Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT MOVING PICTURE FILM FESTIVAL - Best Action/ Thriller Feature - DANCER
    (2017)

  • SYDNEY INDIE - Semi Finalist - DANCER
    (2017)

  • MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - Official Selection - DANCER
    (2017)

  • LOS ANGELES CINEFEST- Semi Finalist - DANCER
    (2017)

  • TOP INDIE FILM AWARDS- Best Feature Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • TOP INDIE FILM AWARDS- Best Score - DANCER
    (2017)

  • TOP INDIE FILM AWARDS- Nominated / Best Cinematography - DANCER
    (2017)

  • TOP INDIE FILM AWARDS- Nominated / Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • BEST FILM AWARDS - Nominated / Best Feature Film- DANCER
    (2017)

  • ONIROS FILM AWARDS - Best Action Film - DANCER
    (2017)

  • ONIROS FILM AWARDS - Best Fight Choreography - DANCER
    (2017)

  • ONIROS FILM AWARDS - Nominated/ Best Director - DANCER
    (2017)

  • ONIROS FILM AWARDS - Nominated/ Best Producer - DANCER
    (2017)

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