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CHANNEL BLAST: Rossatron Dives Into The World Of Shaky Camerawork In His Newest Video
I think it's a terrific thing anytime someone comes out with a video essay critiquing how action is observed on film. Tony Zhou and Chris Stuckmann did it awesomely in 2014 and portals over at Film Riot and John Nguyen's Indie Action Tutorials are all exemplary in this matter among others as they each showcase their take on how action and fight choreography should be approached.
More notably, in nearly each case, the conclusion deals greatly in the consensus stemming from the proverbial elephant in the room: Shaky Cam. It sticks out like a sore thumb for many a film fan and critic, while it is inherently worth mentioning why the method of vigorously maneuvering the camera during a key stunt or fight scene has become so consistent in major motion pictures, and YouTube user Rossatron is here to delve quite a bit on that matter with his new video essay, Let's Talk About Shaky Cam.
By about the six minute mark, he leaves off with some terrific points and facts about how action is shot for major blockbuster movies, dealing with issues that mainly have to do with conserving money and expenses. By this, he also paints a stark picture that shows how action films are treated between large and small scale movies in an analysis that also sheds light on the importance of supporting smaller productions with artists who are apt on how to achieve quality action.
Personally, I have always felt there was a specfic formula that big movies abide by in shooting action and to be frank, it's also embodied why I enjoy reviewing smaller films a bit more compared to major films as you're basically weighing in on the studio's decisions and not so much as the immediate filmmakers. At any rate, this really is a must-see and is worth every second if you care about making coherent action design relevant again in action cinema. Watch and comment below with your thoughts on it!
When I first heard about The Foreigner back in the halcyon days of 2015, I was puzzled as to why anyone would agree to make it; it was a Jackie Chan movie, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), also starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)! This sounded like the worst idea for a movie since a Pacific Rim sequel not directed by Guillermo del Toro. Now, in defense of 2015 me, things weren't exactly bright and sunny for the three names above. Chan, still trying to hold onto his glory days, was making big budget duds like Chinese Zodiac and Skiptrace. Campbell was nearly 10 years removed from Casino Royale and was also recovering from the recent Green Lantern debacle. As for Brosnan, he was still reeling from the shockingly dull The November Man and the forgotten film Survivor. There was absolutely NO REASON for this movie to be any good, which is what made the act of seeing it such a pleasant surprise.
Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) is a retired Vietnam War special forces oper…
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
A few weekends ago I had the distinct pleasure of meeting journeywoman filmmaker Livi Zheng as she and a close associate made a stop in New York City. During our conversation we spoke about some of her current activity and it was much ado with her latest role as a spokesperson at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and the IMF Global Media Gathering in Washington D.C. several days prior. It was at these events the flegeling helmer hosted the latest teaser for her new documentary, Bali: Beats Of Paradise, themed centrally around Gamelan, a traditional style of Indonesian music which has also been used in James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster hit, Avatar. The film marks the latest follow up for Zheng who debuted in 2015 with a starring and directing role with actor and martial artist Ken Zheng in Brush With Danger, and will reteam with the one and only Yayan Ruhian in the coming months for the continued production of their next narrative thriller, Insight. During filming Livi …