THE HIT LIST - November 16, 2015
The last video in the playlist is one that deserves a SPECIAL bit of attention, and it comes courtesy of actor, stuntman, fight choreographer and filmmaker Eric Jacobus who has been making a killing in the last few weeks with drills and samplers mimicking the moves of respective characters of the popular Namco/Bandai fighting game, Tekken. Keep this in mind while I remind you that it was back in July this year that a Tekken remake was announced and time will tell when that will happen. When it does, however, it's going to need a good fight choreographer next to a good director, and apparently it's Jacobus leading the charge for either, perfectly arguing that these moves don't need to be made up or retweaked to be effective on film. Joey Ansah proved this with Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and Jacobus is back to prove it again for Tekken, and you're going to see exactly how at the end of the playlist below. So press play and enjoy the reels!
The second is a trailer I shared last week for a project from a really great team over at Baek Ho Productions titled The Destined King (and you can read more about it here), and the last is a 30-second teaser for Zach Livingston's five-minute one-take all-action short, Charger with UFC veteran Shonie Carter ahead of its day and date online premiere and at Chicago's Music Box Theater next week.
Up next is a stunning new shortfilm out this month with Demetrius Stephens leading writer and director Ivan Kander's latest, Spider-Man Lives: A Miles Morales Story. I think this shines a light to the fact that famed Marvel Comics character is much more than the longstanding Peter Parker persona and I love the fact that Marvel has been changing things up a bit lately in its vision for certain characters. Sure, it pisses on the racist expectations of bigoted fans, but so what? Give me a Black Heimdall and a female Thor anyday as well.
Stuntman Stephon Reynolds performs the amazing feats doubling Stephens opposite The Misfits Of Mayhem with action and stunts coordinated by Jeff Wilhelm and David Van Tassell.
Here, we now have a brand new sci-fi experiment from the folks at SG Action with actors and stuntmen Lawrence Nicklin and Jim Key. Mantis is the title which centered on a future cop who travels back in time to catch a rugged, elusive kung fu killer. Post production has had well over its share of stumbles with a little over a year or more since it was filmed but its finally out for all to enjoy. It's got a few flaws here and there but I've always enjoyed following SG Action as of 2013, and the footage and work they put out speaks to why.