|Michelle Alvarado Martins and Bryan Sloyer|
Fans and followers of independent action and Film Combat Syndicate readers might remember industry stuntwoman Michelle Alvarado Martins from her previous gig with filmmaker and stunt coordinator Geo Corvera on his first online shortfilm for the new year titled Triumph. Well, this week, Martins continues to expand on her craft, showcasing her screenfighting talents for the first time with independent filmmaker and LBP Stunts Chicago founding member Emmanuel Manzanares and fellow stuntman Bryan Sloyer on a new fight demo now available for viewing on the official LBP Stunts YouTube channel.
Sloyer, a purveyor and student of Filipino Martial Arts now ten months into his professional stunt career, met Michelle back in October of last year, and now offers his services for a second go-around for LBP since last year’s fight practice short, The Fixer. Both performers had their own share of positive words for Manzanares, including Sloyer who also spoke to Film Combat Syndicate, explaining what he enjoys most about his profession. “Well, I’ve always been a ‘fighter’, in a sense, and so performing it as an art form is better for me rather than through violence,” he says. “If I can tell stories using martial arts, stories that matter or personal messages or lessons that I’ve experienced to an audience through all the Filipino martial arts, I know then I will be happy. I would love to bring a little more Escrima to the screens anyways as well. But for now, performing it is a craft that I love to use to be able to tell a stories.”. Sloyer also shared his thoughts on what it has been like for him to create fight action with Manzanares at the helm. “Manny is always fun to work with, simply because he knows what he is doing, and is also quick and efficient with our time. We have some good laughs along the way as well,” Sloyer writes. “It was also fun doing something a little rougher with Michelle other than just training for once. She is easy going and learns quick.”.