A site dedicated to discussing a variety of action & martial arts film entertainment. The written and expressive work of the author(s) of Film Combat Syndicate is/are protected by Copyright Law. To send us scoops or share your inquiries, email us at email@example.com.
It's been a quiet weekend, folks. So, it's good to be back and sharing some content for this week's installment of the Hit List, packed with new feat and jewels of action to celebrate, along with a sweet little webseries jewel to boot.
Kicking things off in sharp form is a fresh new reel from stunt player Chris Yong, followed by the high-flying/falling Jenna Hellmuth, the tumbling and freerunning feats of Remi Bakkar, the electric fight and might of stuntwoman Katie Eischen, and seasoned hardball stuntplayer and avid Southeast Asian foodie, Philippe Vonlathen! Rounding out the playlist is a new reel from multi-faceted performing artist and Film Combat Syndicate favorite, actress Jessica Wolff and Wushu impressario Bryan Cartago, along with a quick martial arts-packed demo by Dylan Rampulla, the walking inferno that is Frederik Blom, T. Ryan Mooney with a sampler of some of his practice feats in pre-viz action and fight choreography, martial artist and actor Tim Neff, team K Dynamique, and the latest Team Farang video diary showcasing traceur Jason Paul's latest visit to Japan.
Time to promote a few projects and first up in our next playlist, we start by introducing a quick teaser for a project featuring actor and martial artist Daniel O'Neill who intially caught my attention close to a decade ago for one of the most exhilarating trailers I had ever seen for the film, Bangkok Adrenaline, a movie hugely sold on blistering stunt and fight action at a time when Thai action productions were growing in popularity due to the proliferation of stars like Tony Jaa and Dan Chupong. Thus, it is actor and stuntman Matt Routledge's who returns O'Neill to the fray once more for the new short, Fixer, which centers on a man tasked with bringing an important brief case to its rightful owner. The project itself just had its premiere at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival back in July and you can follow the project by clicking here for more updates.
Following that is a project by our very own Khalil Barnett. He's been a talented writer on our blog for a while now while also working toward building his own vision for action and storytelling, and as of late, he's going bold for a workable cinematic, darkly lit, gritty and powerful tale centered on his latest original superhero iteration, Blue Heron. Details will follow, and probably a bit more, so check out the teaser and keep reading Film Combat Syndicate for further updates.
Last in the playlist is an action highlight teaser for a new concept short titled Alpha from On Camera Combatives and Monolopolous Productions and shot in Atlanta, Georgia. Plot details are forthcoming as is the shortfilm itself for which its teaser has been up since earlier this month with actor and stuntman Ryan Monolopolous starring and directing. Jake Guinn and Josh Flaugher also star with lensing by Jeremy Cournyea.
Press play and get excited!
Next and capping things off for this segment is a project that prolific film entrepreneur, action director extraordinare, actor and stuntman Eric Jacobus and his team have kept undet lock and key for quite a while now, save for a few photos. Blindsided is the project, a short duration homage to the action stylings of characters like Daredevil and Zatoichi from debut helmer, actor and stunt professional Clayton J. Barber best known for his signature work on Ryan Coogler's acclaimed Rocky spin-off, Creed, and William Kaufman's festival favorite, Daylight's End which saw a limited release over the weekend.
The team behind the project is ripe with stunt talent and also marks the latest reunion between Jacobus and Barber, the latter who produced two of Jacobus's online shortfilm hits, Rope-A-Dope (2013) and its lively sequel. A quick YouTube search will bring you to both projects which offer spectacular blends of memorable comedy and martial arts. If you're new to Jacobus, check out his movies right now as a preamble to this latest venture, now immortalized in a brand new poster below.
On an entirely separate note, Rising Tiger Films's own Leroy Nguyen and Edmond Shum are working on another project of their own this week. As always, it involves the usual ass-kicking thrills seen in their long list of videos online, and it's just way Nguyen himself like to celebrate his birthday!...
Happy 30 Leroy!
And we're off to finish things with some fresh action, comedy, suspense and thrills, starting with a quick camera test of the Cannon 1DX Mark II by lensman David Anthony and producer Chung Dha, and two test fight videos by YouTuber Michael J. Rye, followed by Pokémon GO player Rustic B.'s one special move to finish off cocky street brawler Darren Holmquist, and the latest live-action stage stunt show featuring X Limit Entertainment ahead of 20th Century Fox's latest video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed!
Last and far from least is a webseries that rests pretty experimental in nature, but boasts some nifty action design and concepts from the mind of Beijing-based actor, martial artist and stuntman Troy Sanford. Front and center at the helm and leading in The Challenger, brings our lead character toe-to-toe with a number of talented fighters around the world and skilled in various styles.
Spanning a year of uploads, all of which were filmed with no money and in the course of less than a day, Sanford's labor of love finally ended this summer with all 13-portions now available online in the following playlist. Enjoy!
Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield. It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.
"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…
Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.
Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.
Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…
The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god.
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …