I’m finally one of those late bloomers that got to see Mission: Impossible – FALLOUT this weekend! Pretty much my highlight thusfar next to managing to screen BuyBust and with another review coming later this week, in addition to another offering of THE HIT LIST…
Indeed, the work had been cut out for me. And that no less included collecting all the essentials to help engage stunt performance and demo reels from today’s best and brightest.
Kicking off that effort is Ed Nathan Mecate via Vimeo, followed by our first playlist of the week showcasing the work of stunt coordinator Sergi Subirá, and stunt professionals Claire Hoogenboom, Younes Boutinane, Torrey Vogel, Santino Ramos, Jason Elwood Hanna, Natasha Rose, Gibran Robinson, Samjai Daniels, Daniel Bodlák, Alexandra Filimonova, Jackson Rozario, Brandon McClary and Nishimura Tomonari.
There’s only one item on the list of things to promote this week and for that, we turn to a new motion poster for Prateek Parmar’s upcoming webseries, Raging Fist. There isn’t much known about the series but several things are certain – mainly including the veracity and sheer talent on display in the teaser that launched a while back, and from Parmar who already has a few local TV and film credits to his name. He’s assuredly rising as a favored talent and this series premiere ought to land him a bigger spotlight with netizens and with any luck, more eyes will have the right people looking in his direction to put him onto greater prospects.
Raging Fist has a cool new motion poster ahead of its premiere on Parmar’s YouTube channel this Tuesday!
Time to weigh in with some short film and practice action gems from around the web and we begin with a quickie featuring Shawn Bernal and Chris “Jynx” McClure, and two recent vids from filmmaker and fight choreographer and online tutor Rustic B. with performances by Tim Neff with Girvan Bramble, and Chris Quan Yong with Sari Sabella (Rustic is currently revving up his latest collection of entries for his new Fight Scene Challenge which live-streams this weekend.)
Yessenia Cossio defends her home against Chris Bogdanski Shore while Fight Master David Wooley gives Jon Beal and Kai Young a run for their money in three-way fencing short, Hostile Take Over, and Jon Chan offers up his own anti-home invasion fun in his latest My Røde Reel 2018 entry, Slow Night.
Akbar Hasri leads a group of four for an experimental fight short inspired by stunt impressario Damien Walter, and Shaun Charney makes a delightful return to The Hit List with Film Combat Syndicate favorite PeiPei Alena Yuan in sterling Dragon Phoenix kung fu comedy fashion.
Bookending the playlist and making his own entry into The Hit List is actor and filmmaker Michael Hoad alongside Soner Metin and actress Heather Choo Ai-Yi for sci-fi proof, Insurrection, centered on a detective’s incursion into the hideout of an elusive London terrorist Organization.
Last and WAY far from least is Michael Doneger’s most recent action comedy, Couples Therapy. The project was apparently shot in one night after going down the YouTube “rabbit hole” learning what he needed and colluding with as many talented guys and gals as possible, including performers Robert Dill and Katelyn Brooke. The setup encircles a tale of a married couple teetering on the brink as they live out their monthly arrangement to beat the snot out of each other to sort their differences to the sounds of their favorite music, and this one pays humble tribute to a late legend.
That’s about as far as I’ll go lest I spoil the enjoyment, and special thanks to stuntman James Croak for pointing me in the direction of this crazy, bone-breaking gem.
Last week’s offering is still available if you guys need more action to catch up on. Until then, feel free to sub to the channels and SHARE the Hit List with friends! And, if you or someone you know has a badass stunt reel or fight practice, or a short that needs promoting and/or sharing, link to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Native New Yorker. Lover of all things pizza, chocolate, pets, and good friends. Karaoke hero. Left of center. Survivor. Fond supporter of cult, obscure and independent cinema - especially fond of Asian movies and global action cinema. Author of the bi-weekly Hit List. Founder and editor of Film Combat Syndicate. Still, very much, only human.