OF THE DRAGON
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Raider III is a Go!, but Lara's third
silver screen incursion might not be quite
what you're expecting. Gone is the 100
million dollar budget, a leading Academy
Award winning actress and enough pyrotechnics
to ignite the Eastern Block, and in their
place stands Valerie Perez, star of Tears
of the Dragon - a low-budget fan-film
shot with panache and enough bottled passion
to elevate an army.
Perez stopped by www.tombraiderchronicles
armed with an exclusive new trailer for
her upcoming motion pic, and fended off
some tough questions from rogue reporter
is Valerie Perez?"
am the only child of a single working
mom so I was a pretty lonely kid.
enjoyed Archery and reading. After graduating
high school I had a ton of fun working
with a neuroscientist's research group
that was applying virtual reality to physical
therapy. I was then headed for Med School
until realized I liked hanging out in
the computer labs better than the chemistry
labs. That's when I went through a period
where you would have found me day or night
locked in on a sublevel of Harvey Mudd
College surrounded by PC monitors. From
there I worked as an Information Technology
geek for a few corporations and now I
am one for a Southern California City.
To help counter the fact that my job keeps
me on butt all week, I like to get plenty
of exercise hiking, climbing and mostly
from Krav Maga (Hebrew for "contact combat")
self defense classes in which I'm a green
belt. I also love to play my harp and
the art of pyrotechnics.
did the 'Tears of the Dragon' project
idea was shortly hatched after I started
to enjoy Tomb Raider Photoshop manipulation
and I asked my buddy Nick to help me to
take pictures. He had just graduated from
film school. Nick called me up one day
to ask "What about doing a Lara Croft
Music Video?" I must have been feeling
ambitious because I said without thinking
"What about a Tomb Raider short film?"
But he said didnít want to do it unless
a few key things happened and, thankfully,
they did. Many people have since offered
to help and a lot fell into place. A fantastic
synergy got going and we've let nothing
inspired you to take on the daunting role
of Lara Croft?"
don't think I needed much inspiration.
It feels quite natural stepping into Lara's
shoes because I identify with her a great
deal. It is daunting when I realize I
am trying to measure up to an extraordinary
person such as Lara but overall it's just
being me... but with guns.
did the title of the movie come from?"
penned the title. 'Tears' relates to the
struggle and blood shed over the 'Dragon'
is the synopsis of 'Tears of the Dragon'?"
on the quest for an ancient Dragon artifact,
Lara crosses paths with a Triad mob boss's
son with whom she has unfinished business.