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It sure sucked being sick this past week. It's what slowed down a lot of content going into the weekend on top of work (yes, having to work while sick is a thing that exists. Call your Congressman and let's end this atrocity! 🤣)
Well, at least not right away. Thankfully I'm on better straits and this week's Hit List is back and ripe with all you love and enjoy about this site and what and who we try to discover and keep up with. Heather Woods is one of those very people as we kick off this week's playlist of stunt and demo reels followed by the performances of Austin Durden, David Russell Graham, Airon Armstrong, Kate Mah, David Lavallee Jr., Fernando Jay Huerto, Ai Ikeda, Gee Alexander, Alex McCaslin, Kate Cochran, Stephon Reynolds, freerunner Sydney Olson's most entry for Red Bull Art of Motion 2017, and a new temp fight coordinator reel by stunt professional Michael Lehr.
We won't lag too much here but it'll be enough to help keep the hype going for another project we caught a glimpse of in its poster and for which its official teaser has now arrived. Eden Grey is the name of the project for UK-based Tyrone Samuels whose second narrative shortfilm serves as the launchpad for fledgeling film group, Decoded Theory.
The upcoming short has actress Mhairy Calvey starring as soldier gone rogue with sensitive information regarding the clinical trials and experiments being conducted at the black site from which she's escaped. Marco Torrens, Keith Porter, Timothy Hofmeier, Gately Freeman, Hannah Chalmers and Al Roye also star and there's more info at the official website.
Thankfully week's round of online action isn't a huge endurance run but still comes with a LOT of meat to its bones and I'm starting it off with some stellar pre-viz work by this week's Monday night creature T. Ryan Mooney, and a double-up from filmmaker/stunt fighting auteur Vlad Rimburg. Thereafter, actor and martial artist Noah Fleder returns to the director's seat and thus to his ever-vigilant YouTube Star Wars fans at Force Storm Entertainment premiering the first of a new three-part miniseries, Lost Tales Of The Republic: The Purge - Part One, and WWE star David Otunga gives his son's kidnappers a run for their money in his recent Father's Day outing, Love, also starring David Otunga Jr. and from directors J.A. Croom and The Blasian Twins.
The next comes from filmmakers Shian Wen and its star, Kasimir Poh Cieslak who sent to me several weeks ago on social media and I weirdly didn't get the notification until last Tuesday and I'm glad I caught on to it soon enough to share with fans still fawning over for stylish action that belovedly echoes traces of The Raid for the hardcore niche. That said, the score for slickly-edited one-take knife-wielding action thriller, Stream, is unmistakably on a loop and some of the shots are really tight but you'll get a kick out of the amount of effort endurance Cieslak commits to in this piece.
Rounding out the playlist are two of the most high-powered shortfilms you'll see online. They're from Neill Blomkamp, a man who needs not a huge introduction for the fan acclaim he's since extended with the launch of Oats Studios with the releases of sci-fi action gems, Rakka and Firebase. Rather, what he needs, resoundingly, are people who won't throw red tape in his face the second he comes with a good idea in mind that any studio and its suits would be LUCKY to juxtapose themselves with, and with all rolling out from Oats Studios and its Volume One releases, you will amass reasons why aplenty.
I'll leave the rest to you fine people. Hit the play button and let 'er rip!
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Next year will soon see the premiere of the CW's latest superhero serial adaptation, Black Lighting. That hasn't hindered actor and award-winning filmmaker Choice Skinner from installing his own seal of approval on the popular DC Comics character and as it stands, lending a spotlight to two major superhero IPs in the same universe.
For this, Skinner's own independently-produced and non-profit fan film project, Black Lightining: Tobias's Revenge, is finally set to air its finale on Tuesday at 9:00am PST/12:00pm Eastern. The news comes following the release of the first part back in April from Darkan Entertainment, LLC., and self-funded with sponsorship by Action VFX, with Skinner directing as well as starring and sharing writing duties with actor James Moten Black. Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super v…