Talk about down to the wire… this Hit List article was almost a no-show today as I was getting other things done in the process. Thankfully it IS here, and as alway, it’s choc-filled with goods from the web. Before I begin though, if you missed the trailer for the upcoming short, Temple, then please take a look at it. It’s poised for presentation to hopeful backers of a feature-length expansion and you only need to see the teaser once to be convinced why it deserves your attention and that of sales’ agents…
As for the Hit List, well…let’s get things started in here with a small grouping of stunt reels from folks like stuntwomen Janine Parkinson and Eileen Weisinger, and others from Omid Zader, Ogiwara Satoru, Johann Ofner, Sergei Dmitriev, John Sharpe, Jack Hansen and a fresh new, and Kombatastic reel from LBP Stunts Chicago!
As far as teasers and trailers go, there are a few more worth highlighting here, one from the Asians On Film YouTube channel for a new webseries titled Gun Girl from Asian Cinema Entertainment and In Yo Face Films featuring femme fatale character, “Diona Bran”, played by actress Rebecca Grant. Gorby Shih directs and it looks like it will premiere some time in July but I advise following the channel for more info just in case. The trailer below that is for a new shortfilm from the growing workload of the folks over at Fight Factory Stunt Team titled Deliver(ed) with Vaughndio Forbes and Oscar Leiva among its cast.
And now, we get fighting, and the first of our action finale in this chapter of our Hit List begins with Mathew Lorenceau‘s most recent working of the lends for a skeletal pre-viz lightsaber battle concept. The second is a good old-fashioned test fight to initiate performer Daniel Sim into the ranks with Leroy Nguyen over at Rising Tiger Films; both starred in Nguyen’s recently-celebrated short, Black Scar Blues which is still making the festival rounds so feel free to check out their channel for more info as well. Beneath that is the latest video from the fellas over at Beat Down Boogie titled Kung Fu Avengers, released days beforehand in celebration of the weekend U.S. premiere of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, while the other three come from Mikko Lopponen, Germany-based Noobtown Monkeys and Aracade Killers Cape Town, respectively, with Samurait Kalassatamassa, Girlfriend VS Boyfriend, and Mission Staircase.
And to finish, some slightly longer content, beginning with the usual comedic action styling of Fernando Jay Huerto in Tim And Michael Go To Canada, performing with Anthony Noceda, DL MacDonald and Alex Chung among others. The remaining two include a fresh new episode from the darkly-lit, comprehensive martial arts webseries drama, The Way: Fighters Twitch, and Joshua Zacharias’s latest Donnie Yen-flavored action short, Deception!
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The next is a second trailer for an upcoming webseries called The Terminal, a sci-fi action packed story filled with detailed intrigue and espionage starring Jonny Caines with Matthew Bennett directing. I spoke with Bennett and cinematographer Sasha Moric about the project earlier last week and you may read more about by clicking here for further info.
As many of you all know in partaking in our collective readership, I also try to share the spotlight with all the various talented performers out their presenting their own short test fight samples online. I do try to cover as much as I get my hands on or whatever comes my way, although it’s challenging at times to lend individual coverage for each project I spot. So, in the spirit of keeping up with independent artists, I’m now presenting clusters of micro articles like this. It probably won’t be a weekly thing, but if it helps entertain and grant folks an opportunity to share their craft more, then all the better. So, here goes!
An active team since 2010, Kung Fu Heroes recently unveiled a new promo reel to headline some of their previous and upcoming work. A few of their members I know of already have projects of their own, including D.Y. Sao’s latest creation, Cambodian Killers, now underway as a limited series. As for the reel, “Not Giving In” by Rudimental is the song of choice, a lively song for an otherwise livelier reel. Take a look!
South Africa-based indie film and team, Arcade Killers first came on my radar back in August. With screenfighting also on their agenda, I took notice at the time, and they have some cool stuff on the way as well. In the meantime, their latest skit is now online spoofing Capcom’s Street Fighter in Slogat vs. Chun Duy, with principle performances by stuntman Slobodan and stuntwoman Duy Panouvic. It was a project they tried to complete in time for Halloween and ultimately couldn’t. Still though, silliness, comedy, action…good times!
The next clip comes straight from Thai action and screenfighting group, The Action Guys. It’s a three-on-three malay and another short example of some of the amazing talent overseas worth taking note of, assembled at the behest of its founder, actor and stuntman Charlie Ruedpoknanon back in April. They have a page where you can find more of their awesome material which you can check out by clicking here!
Next, filmmaker and action veteran Jeff Centauri, fully immersed in nurturing the action industry in the Philippines has another fun little video on his YouTube channel titled Pinay Rival, a spin on his previous short from a few weeks ago that is also on its way to a second. Here, perfomers Andrea Lee and Rev Salmanca take on each other, and while Ms. Lee remarkably manages to switch so quickly between outfits. It’s silly and entertaining, and it’s worth a look.
And lastly, straight from indie director, martial artist and stuntman Bryan Sloyer comes his latest step in the evolution of his craft behind the camera with the new short One Rule. Jerry Quill, Eric “Jay Kwon” Jeong and Jeremy Tristan also star, and the one rule seen here is probably the best, most creative thing I’ve seen from Sloyer‘s channel yet. That, on top of some of the detailed editing and shots between techniques shows the level of intricacy he’s paying attention to, which makes watching these all the more fun to watch.
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