Come Get Your Kicks At The URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE With Actor, Screenfighting Expert, JOHN NGUYEN
I've lived in LA and the bay area all my life and like a lot of Chinese kids I grew up on Jackie Chan. I started off in the mainstream with Hollywood, hustling for the agents and auditions and stuff. Came to realize I'm mostly here for the art and not the business so when the digital indie revolution came about (while I was in pharm school), I saw that it's really doable now. Some unforeseen life interrupting events came up and I just left my job up in SF and moved back home to LA. I'm taking it as a sign and opportunity to really invest myself into the passion again.
JN: Oh, no. That was just to keep moving and not stop and drown. My final goal is still ofcourse mainstream distribution type work. But I decided not to hustle for bit roles that DON'T expand my skillset (primarily acting). But that's always a slow thing going and especially while I was up in SF in school I wanted to just keep doing SOMETHING and tried out a niche I hadn't seen yet online. Particularly something I personally wanted when I was starting off and wouldn’t have had to spend so much time rediscovering things by myself that were already being used on HK sets. Then it just turned out to be kind of fun and a stress reliever. It also strengthened my friendship with Jeff (Lee) and we've been doing other business-type projects outside of it now. Recently the tutorial show's been getting me some contacts and offers so it's kind of opened up my eyes to great utility of it as a presence creator. Plus, it's just FUN, haha.
As for the workshop, we're pulling in directing, DPing (directing photography), stuntwork, EXECUTION of choreo (something I don't think I see emphasized enough), editing and others. It's really going to be geared towards the filmmaker who wants to work with stuntfighters but also for stuntfighters who want to learn the production side on the indie level. I also think a lot of established directors could learn a lot from it, too. I'm trying hard to emphasize the dramatic performance within the fight in a down to earth way, so that could be really useful for filmmakers who entered the field from the traditional route rather than the grassroots stuntfighter route. I hope to help them start seeing the fight break down into beats and evolutions and no longer just a blur of violence in front of their eyes.
So working with him on bringing that same level of depth to action sequences to blend into the narrative would be exceptionally rewarding.