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This was the only normal picture I managed to take with a straight face. The struggle is very real.
It's not everyday that I bring my "other work" home...or in this case to my work.
Rather, it's not everyday my "other work" walks up to my door and gives me a great big hug before shooting the breeze. Such is what happened on Thursday at the tail end of stuntman Dylan Hintz's recent visit to New York City for a few seminars, including Chazz Menendez's Quiet Storm Training Group workshop with Person of Interest Coordinator Tony Vincent this past weekend. Dylan returned that week to train at Chazz's newly established facility, UATW Stunts in New Rochelle which Hintz encourages both aspiring and current stunt people to check out HERE.
Hintz hails from the D.C. area bordering between Maryland and Virginia, and operates his own stunt training and performance group called D.C. Stunt Coalition which I have covered off and on for a few years now. He's also friends with independent filmmaker James Couche, both of whom contribute to our site here in some capacity, with Hintz starting with help the establishment of our YouTube channel, uploading trailers and so on.
Hintz kept himself pretty busy during his time here, staying with fellow stuntmen in the borough of Queens, while hitting up and training with several people I became familiar with in the past year, including Stephen Koepfer and Paul Varacchi of Breakfall Studios at New York Combat Sambo. He even hooked up with Hector Soria and his HektikZone team to shoot a short test fight with Andrew Kim in the Bronx earlier this week which I'll host in the Hit List on Monday. On top of this and the typical stunt guy hustling, he also managed to stake a visit to New Jersey last weekend during events at the Hall Of Honors Martial Arts Expo thanks to the invitation of fellow stunt guy and HoH inductee, Michael Carey. A huge gathering of stars, instructors and fans alike, Dylan got to pick the brains of action movie legends like Don Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Benny the Jet Urquidez, and Michael Jai White, for some of the same kinds of questions you'd expect out of an FCS interview. I've happily stolen some of his photos to share with you below.
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…
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!