Behind the scenes training for the Teaser Trailer: Stunt training with Shane Rangi.
Two brothers growing up in the 18th century jungles of Borneo dream of growing up to be great warriors like their father. After the murder of their parents they must adjust to the constant threat from nearby warring tribes and come together as a family, search for justice and defeat their enemies.
BEHIND THE SCENES - TEASER TRAILER
The people of Penampang in Borneo live together in separate villages, or kampungs, throughout the district. Up until just before the period of the film, the district had been in a state of almost total war, with revenge for past injustices or infractions causing what seemed to be a never-ending spiral of fighting and vengeance between each kampung. It wasn’t until everyone united under the banner of the Huguan Siou, or Supreme Leader, that the fighting in the region stopped and a time of relative peace and tranquillity was entered. Raids into the district by outside forces occasionally broke this, but as a unified group, the Kadazandusun could repel this with relative ease. At this time, around 1790AD, the area was under the control of the Bruneian sultanate, which controlled most of the coastal regions of Borneo and up into some of the larger rivers. Elsewhere around the world at this time in history, Constantinople falls to the Turks, Christopher Columbus arrives in the Americas, the Incans and Aztecs are at their peak, Leonardo Da Vinci is painting the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo is painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
COSTUMES and PROPS
Pangazou is a period drama and as such we have been extremely mindful to remain authentic. We have worked with high profile Sabahan designer, Nancy Jullok, who first graced the world international stage when she brought her fashion collection P'Lo to the runway as part of New York Fashion Week in 2018. Nancy has added a subtle twist a to the traditional costumes to ensure that authenticity is balanced with gorgeous costume design.
In terms of props, our mission was to also remain authentic and so we employed the work of Props master Joe Sulaiman. Joe has had many years researching the various weapons and props from this region and he recruited a village team of weapon artisans to create the weaponry. All weaponry was made from materials found in the village that we filmed pirates Lair. We were also fortunate to have at our disposal the props from the Sabah State Museum which we used during Day 2 filming.
HAIR, MAKEUP and SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP
The talented team responsible for developing hair and special effects makeup was comprised Yuri Faizis Mejal, Shirley Mejal, and Ayie Hazrin. Once again authenticity on a tight budget was the name of the game. The tattoo that Dalit and Dansip wore was based on Murut tattoo designs. Being a warrior film, a fair amount of blood was also required to be liberally used.