Kristy Hocking in “Quarry”

Australia's Kristy Hocking in "Quarry".
Australia’s Kristy Hocking in “Quarry”.

Quarry takes place in a post-post-apocolyptic world where humanity, pushed to the brink of extinction has now rebuilt itself into a new society. Writer/Director Michael Ortiz started creating the world of Quarry close to thirteen years ago. Upon collaborating with fellow writer Sammi Leigh Melville, one year later, the script for Quarry was born. “Quarry incorporates cyber punk elements, distopian mentalities and post-apocolyptic aesthetics,” describes co-writer/director Sammi.

Mike adds, “A lot of the themes of this world involved things like corporate totalitarism, old and new technologies and ideas clashing together, as well as the exploration of a familiar yet alien world.”

The film focuses on Dakota, a former security officer now turned bounty hunter. She takes on what seems like the job of a lifetime, to hunt down one of the remaining Dragoons. However her quarry turns out to be more than she bargained for and their game of cat and mouse soon turns into something more complicated.

The hardest part of process proved to be casting the role of Dakota. “We needed very specific traits for the actress we chose.” Mike and Sammi are both in agreement, “we needed a British or Australian accent that was believable and natural. We also needed an actress who had been trained in stage combat and was not afraid to use firearms. Then aside from these major points, we needed an actress who could believably create this world and react to it. This last part being the most important, we needed an incredibly accessible actress who could portray the varying emotions attached to this desperate world while still maintaining an edgy exterior.”

“The actual casting process was extensive and took a lot of time, but it was necessary, as the actress to play Dakota was going to make or break Quarry. Kristy was initially brought into audition from her material that was sent to us; she had the look, the appropriate training, and the accent, so we were very interested to see what she would bring to the table.”

Kristy Hocking is an Australian film and theater actress who’d been working in LA for over a year before earning the role as Dakota.

“We were absolutely blown away from the initial read. Kristy nailed the feel we were going for with the character and brought an exciting edge to Dakota that we were desperately hoping for. Kristy brought back that energy and insightful interpretation to the call-back and we were sold. It’s important to have an understanding between director and actor and Kristy was so amazing to work with, she understood precisely the feel we were going for and took direction with ease. There were some really intense scenes within the script which called for high endurance and concentration, and we couldn’t have cast a better actress to deliver.

The footage we managed to capture in a short production period really is outstanding and we owe a lot of that to Kristy’s performance.”

 Quarry is currently in the final stages of post-production and will be out for release in summer 2013.