Sharad said their latest project, Kilat: Tale of the Keris, is set to make an impact internationally.
“As the world turns to South-East Asia for martial arts-themed movies, we are here to cater to their needs. Kilat is a tale of brotherhood, faith and revenge that promotes silat and its philosophy,” he said.
The US$4 million project will feature some of the biggest names from Hollywood, including renowned production designer and art director Ian Bailie, who has worked in films such as Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Reign of Fire.
Another big Hollywood name is Takamatsu Ogawa, who had composed music for motion pictures such as Back to the Future and Gothika.
Director Renu Sharan said Malaysia was blessed with an abundance of local talents.
“We worked in India and Indonesia before coming to Malaysia in 2005, and we are very happy with the talent here.
“Whether they are in front of the camera or behind it, local talents are very good. They are willing to work hard and learn,” she said.
Local talents will also benefit from Tarantella’s global expansion as Sharad recently met with Jack Waltzer, a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, and his former student, Thierry Blue-Picard.
Waltzer has trained extensively for many years with America’s foremost teachers and directors of the Stanislavsky System such as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Bobby Lewis, Uta Hagen and Elia Kazan, among others.
He has also coached veteran Hollywood professionals such as Dustin Hoffman and Roman Polanski.
Blue-Picard will also be part of Sharad’s future projects as an acting coach.