Darryl Anka

Darryl Anka

Zia Films LLC
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Darryl

Darryl has over 30 years of experience in miniature effects, storyboards, sets and designs on three Star Trek films, Iron Man, The Aviator, Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End, I Robot, Live Free or Die Hard and Flags of our Fathers among several others.

Over the past 5 years, Darryl has shifted his career to writing, directing and producing and has had one feature film produced by Nu Image Entertainment, two scripts optioned by AMI Productions and the Mutual Film Company. As a writer-director-producer, Darryl and his producing partner, Erica Jordan, created a fictional documentary called "Dearly Departed" - shot as if the crew took a camera into the afterlife and interviewed the spirits of people who've passed on to get their insights on life after death.

"Dearly Departed" is now being distributed by Gaiam TV and Amazon.

Their second feature, "First Contact" is a documentary that tells the true story of a UFO encounter that led to the channeling of an extraterrestrial being. "First Contact" will be released in September, 2016.

Zia Films is currently developing other films and TV series in in the sci-fi, supernatural and horror genres, as well as asch-fi horror Halloween attraction called BIOSFEAR slated to open in Los Angeles in October, 2017.

Credits

  • First Contact

    First Contact (2014 - 2016)
    Documentary by Zia Films LLC (Documentary) Writer-Producer-Director After a startling UFO encounter, a man becomes a trance channel for an extraterrestrial intelligence.

  • UFOs: Insights from the Source

    UFOs: Insights from the Source (2014)
    Video (Short) Producer This video was produced as a demo for a unique documentary (or perhaps a series) about our extraterrestrial visitors. With all the documentaries being made about UFOs, there are still a great many questions that we humans can only speculate on: Where are they from? Why are they here? How do they cross the vast distances of space without aging or dying? And many more. The documentary exemplified by this demo was envisioned to answer these questions more directly. This demo was made with a cash outlay of less than a thousand dollars, although much effort was expended in post production to make it look more expensive. Because full-feature animation software was not available, the visual effects created for this demo are representative only. And a little fun was had with a few of them. With a real budget, the sophisticated animation and effects this project deserves could be developed.

  • Dearly Departed

    Dearly Departed (2013 - 2014)
    Film (Comedy and Family) Writer-Producer-Director A fictional documentary, shot as if the crew took a camera into the afterlife to interview the spirits of the dead.

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man (2008)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Special effects Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he's given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark's Humvee that he's riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives - barely - with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony's technology for other matters. Written by halo1k

  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Visual effects When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Visual effects After Elizabeth, Will, and Captain Barbossa rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from the the land of the dead, they must face their foes, Davy Jones and Lord Cutler Beckett. Beckett, now with control of Jones' heart, forms a dark alliance with him in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. Now, Jack, Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Tia Dalma, and crew must call the Pirate Lords from the four corners of the globe, including the infamous Sao Feng, to gathering. The Pirate Lords want to release the goddess Calypso, Davy Jones's damned lover, from the trap they sent her to out of fear, in which the Pirate Lords must combine the 9 pieces that bound her by ritual to undo it and release her in hopes that she will help them fight. With this, all pirates will stand together and will make their final stand for freedom against Beckett, Jones, Norrington, the Flying Dutchman, and the entire East India Trading Company. Written by J. Curcio

  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
    Film (Action, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Special effects Years after the Raccoon City disaster, Alice is on her own; aware that she has become a liability and could endanger those around her, she is struggling to survive and bring down the Umbrella Corporation led by the sinister Albert Wesker and head researcher Dr. Isaacs. Meanwhile, traveling through the Nevada Desert and the ruins of Las Vegas, Carlos Olivera, L.J., and new survivors K-Mart, Claire Redfield, and Nurse Betty must fight to survive extinction against hordes of zombies, killer crows and the most terrifying creatures created as a result of the deadly T-Virus that has killed millions. Written by Akoksum2003

  • Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    Film (Drama, History and War) Visual effects In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Deck the Halls

    Deck the Halls (2006)
    Film (Comedy and Family) Special effects Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1st, and is the official unofficial consultant for anything Christmas related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move in to the house across the street from the Finch's. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall - Steve's wife and Buddy's wife respectively - and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences. It begins with Buddy striving to have his house seen from outer space by decorating it as lavishly and brightly as possible. One of the results of Buddy's task his that he becomes the new go to guy for anything ... Written by Huggo

  • Stealth

    Stealth (2005)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war... Written by austin4577@aol.com

  • Nature Unleashed: Volcano

    Nature Unleashed: Volcano (2005)
    Video (Action, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Writer Add a Plot »

  • The Forgotten

    The Forgotten (2004)
    Film (Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Visual effects In New York City, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of Dr. Jack Munce for fourteen months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam Paretta, one of six children in a plane that went missing, the plane and the bodies never recovered. In the words of Telly's husband, Jim Paretta, Telly has been holding onto the past like a "death grip", which has hindered her therapy. Telly does not appreciate that characterization as it makes it sound like Dr. Munce and Jim want her to forget Sam. Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing that grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam disappears, personal as well as public, such as all media stories of the plane disappearance. Subsequently, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she and Jim have/had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for any evidence of the existence of Sam, the only person ... Written by Huggo

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator (2004)
    Film (Biography and Drama) Visual effects Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress Katharine Hepburn. From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. Written by garykmcd

  • I, Robot

    I, Robot (2004)
    Film (Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects Set in a future Earth (2035 A.D.) where robots are common assistants and workers for their human owners, this is the story of "robotophobic" Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner's investigation into the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning, who works at U.S. Robotics, in which a robot, Sonny , appears to be implicated, even though that would mean the robot had violated the Three Laws of Robotics, which is apparently impossible. It seems impossible because.. if robots can break those laws, there's nothing to stop them from taking over the world, as humans have grown to become completely dependent upon their robots. Or maybe... they already have? Aiding Spooner in his investigation is a psychologist, Dr. Susan Calvin, who specializes in the psyches of robots. Written by Austin4577@aol.com

  • The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 days, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them. Written by John Wiggins

  • K-19: The Widowmaker

    K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
    Film (Drama, History, Thriller and War) Visual effects The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. Written by Anonymous

  • The Time Machine

    The Time Machine (2002)
    Film (Sci-Fi, Adventure and Action) Visual effects Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. Written by Tim1370

  • Star Trek: Nemesis

    Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Special effects On their way to William Riker and Deanna Troi's honeymoon, the Enterprise is sent near the Neutral Zone to Romulan space, and picks up a prototype twin of the android Data. Immediately, they are further sent to Romulus, where the new Praetor, Shinzon, a human cloned from Captain Picard who lives on the slave planet Remus, appears to want peace with the Federation. But then the crew detects a break-in on their computer systems, and Picard is captured by the Remans because Shinzon needs him as his only matching supplier of genetic material. Picard and the Enterprise can escape, only to find themselves battling Shinzon's completely cloaked Warbird, who is after the complete destruction of Earth. Written by 42/103

  • Red Planet

    Red Planet (2000)
    Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. Written by Anonymous

  • The Apocalypse

    The Apocalypse (1997)
    Film (Action and Sci-Fi) Visual effects A salvage pilot and a bartender go up against a crazed computer programmer and the head of a criminal gang who have equipped a spaceship with nuclear warheads and plan to crash it into Earth.

  • DragonHeart

    DragonHeart (1996)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Visual effects The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. Written by Anonymous

  • Adventures in Dinosaur City

    Adventures in Dinosaur City (1991)
    Film (Adventure, Family and Fantasy) Art department A scientist's kids are sucked into a TV screen and wind up in the Stone Age with cavemen and dinosaurs.

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Visual effects It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise--now a training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise does not make him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh--infamous conqueror from late 20th century Earth--appears after years of exile. Khan later revealed that the planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, and shifted the orbit of the fifth planet as a Mars-like haven. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a top secret device holding the power of creation itself, and schemes the utter destruction of Kirk. Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

  • Lifepod

    Lifepod (1981)
    Film (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects The first interplanetary cruise ship malfunctions halfway to Jupiter, forcing most of the crew and passengers to abandon ship. A handful of people are trapped onboard.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Visual effects A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise--after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been there years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise... is he up to the task of saving Earth? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

  • Project U.F.O.

    Project U.F.O. (1978 - 1979)
    Television (Sci-Fi) Visual effects In the style of Jack Webb (Executive Producer), stories were taken from the USAF's "Project Bluebook" files and dramatized. The producer of the program, Col. William T. Coleman, USAF (Ret.) was the former head of "Project Bluebook". Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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