|Photo: Agent Odyssey by Shaun Charney|
Getting right down to the nitty-gritty, feel free to click here to take a look at some previous entries of test fights now available online. Hopefully you’ve been keeping up, because there’s nearly a ton more you’ll find just below, including some competitive short projects, fan fights and even some pre-viz stuff, all of which are worth looking at, and hopefully we’ll see plenty more from these amazing folks. Carry on!…
As it stands, actor, stuntman and director Alex Chung is the reigning champion of schizophrenic fight choreography, greatly and comically personified so well in his earlier short, Hit Me, inspired by the 1999 cerebral crime thriller, Fight Club. Now, Chung is back and upping the ante once more this week in the brilliant sequel follow-up, Hit Me Twice, wherein our central hero is forced to team up with his reluctant imaginary self to take down an elusive beautiful crook after involuntarily helping her get away.
Should this haphazard mission fail, well…let’s just hope our hero doesn’t beat himself up ab-…..oh nevermind. Check out the first one in case you missed it, and be sure to watch the new one just beneath!
If the most recent trailer for director Ben Ramsey’s upcoming superhero short, Black Salt, left an impression on you, then you may like this little tidbit illustrating some amazing pre-viz work for the project. Martial artist and stunt performer Donovan Sheehan stands in for actor Kinyumba Mutakkabir who stars in the short, and while this bit of action choreo won’t be used in the final product, it certainly lends some worthy credibility to the vision, as well as the work of action director Ron Yuan, and Ramsey himself. Take a look!
That said, while all the projects posted look very stellar, I mostly enjoyed the four you’re about to see below — A dystopian future where a privately-employed punching bag fights back, a lone warrior with questionable motives defends a helpless desert village against raiders, two women thrown into espionage with video technology and special armor as their only means of protection, and Elon James – a bounty hunter whose organic tortilla chips are something not to fuck with. The rest, of course is history (Personal Note: If at any point this year, you’ve ever watched the Showtime drama, Ray Donovan, you’re pretty much into James by now. Great acting on his part.)
The Liar’s Chair
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