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.
Isaac Florentine: It all goes back to the dance movies of the 1930’s and 40’s. When you see Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dancing, you see them from head to toe with no cuts. When you are working with talented people like Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White or Marko Zaror and you’re working with great stunt performers and a cinematographer that you trust…. you say “why cut?” Let’s push the envelope! Make a fight like the old days!
Lance K. Jemison and Amy Sturdivant trade fists and feet, directed by Bryan Sloyer
Upon sharing his previous independent screenfighting endeavors with stuntwoman and actress Michelle Martins for LBP Stunts indie action lensman Emmanuel Manzanares back in February, it was then during my discussions with fellow stuntman Bryan Sloyer that he briefly mentioned taking interest in dabbling behind the camera for his own experimentation in the field of action direction. On Monday this week, netizens and action fans alike got a small glimpse of those newfound, early efforts in a brand new one-minute test fight featuring performances by Lance K. Jemison and Amy Sturdivant.
I reached out to both performers and was fortunate to get in touch with Sturdivant, a Seattle native now living in Los Angeles. who has been training in stunts for a year with five months of career work also under her belt. “It’s definitely a challenge unlike anything I’ve done.” she says. “I feel like there will always be something new to learn as a performer and I enjoy being a student in that aspect.”.
Having acclimated herself with various stunt coordinators and other professionals, she expressed her appreciation for each individual vision and style that coordinators apply to their craft, as mutually, and significantly beneficial to her own growth as an up-and-comer in her field; Such was the case for her latest collaboration with Sloyer (pictured left) for whom she shared more words of praise. “He really takes the time to look at his performers and understand their strengths and weaknesses and push us beyond our comfort zones just before the point of us breaking so he gets everything he can out of us and we grow beyond our own expectations.” she says. “If we are ever reaching a plateau then he has a way of explaining techniques that will draw it out of us. With that, I really enjoy working with him!”.
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