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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!
There's a ton of things happening right now with all things John Wick. The origin comic, as well as two spin-offs are among the raft of projects already in development as Chad Stahelski now looks toward bringing the third film in the canon to life for next year.
For this, casting is already underway and with exclusive reporting from That Hashtag Show which reveals the addition of actor Sanada Hiroyuki to the movie. Sanada, whose international career has seen him work with legends like Fukusaku Kinji, Corey Yuen, and stars like Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Reuniting with 47 Ronin lead Keanu Reeves reprising the title role of the John Wick franchise, Sanada will star the head of a crime syndicate with a score to settle with our stoic assassin now on the run from his former fellowship of clandestined assassins. The two will reportedly be rejoined by actress Ruby Rose and actor Common following their appearances in last year's sequel in which both go toe-to-toe with Reeves.
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…