By the by, the Hit List is back and fashioning another round of great stunt reels and some of today’s best in independent online action. Caitlin Hutson jumpstarts the week with her latest parkour reel followed by actor Tien Hoang brandishing some sharp weaponry in his new training demo. Rounding out this segment are reels courtesy of Aaron Hawley, Kaiser Tin-U, Lloyd Pitts, Justin Yu, Chase Penny and Spidey Turner, and choreography reels by Indonesia-based Ultimate Stunt Fighter, and Atlanta’s own J.A. Crooms.
The weekend didn’t bring much to offer in promotional materials, but I’m pretty certain Zack Snyder had that covered by Monday. The man helping to bring DC’s Justice League to life at Warner Bros. Pictures teased netizens over the weekend with a different kind of audience for the upcoming shortfilm, Snow Steam Iron.
Actress and stunt woman Samantha Jo (Mortal Kombat Legacy 1 & 2, Man Of Steel, 300: Rise Of An Empire)
shared a few stills via Instagram while Snyder left fans a hearty poster on Twitter to mull over. Nothing more, nothing else. Just images of something eerie, gripping and intriguing enough to get your attention… And then Snyder obliged fans with a brand new teaser on Twitter ahead of the shortfilm’s release on mobile social media app, Vero.
Peep the teaser and poster below.
At long last, it’s time to get the action going and we begin with a vimeo exclusive from HeliPOV and 3RUN with the new action short, Savages
, from Dave Young, Adam Brashaw and Chase Armitage.
Travis Wong starts the playlist up just beneath with a parkour/bullet ballet mix led by Paul Whitecotton, and Joseph Roark goes head to head in two recent videos lensed by Dominique Smith with Troy Butler, Chloe A. Gingold and Tristan Hall. Jourdan Barnett and Gee “Lil Bomb” Jay gear up for Kamen Ramen‘s DC-inspired fight piece featuring Kid Flash and The Rival while Shai DeBroux goes three-for-three in Bryan Sloyer’s new practice fight vid along with Jay Kwon and Jerry Quill, China’s own Troy’s Team grants Beijing-based Canadian-Chinese actor Chelsea Mark his moment in the spotlight for an action demo of his own and outnumbered Felix Betancourt evens the odds in Ty Hunt’s new short, The 22.
Darren Holmquist goes pound-for-pound with a little ground-and-pound over at his channel opposite Bryan Dodds and Donovan Law, right before Angela Lynn settles a score with David Norton in the name of chivalry in James Couche’s new short, Iron Jade, Dante W Ha contemplates renegade justice with virulent resolve and Korean cinematic aesthetics in David Conk’s new thriller, Havoc, and Bruno Prilip Do Carmo takes on a hungry hitman with a connoiseur’s taste for steak in Renan Da Silva Medeiros’s newest Online Action Project entry, Cook Or Kill.
Rounding out the playlist is actor and filmmaker Robert Samuels (H.K.S.A.), fresh this week from the most recent trailer debut in Newark, New Jersey for his upcoming feature action thriller, Jun, starring Cheyenne Tang. In the meantime, he’s leapt from the dailies of Hong Kong cinema and onto the on-set shenanigans of the action-tethered independent film crew of Art School Dropouts with their new short, I Need A Hero, with performances by Joey Min and YouTube personality Chi Kayla a.k.a. VietEnglish with bearded girldudes Angela Jordan and Stephanie Pham, and real-life dudes Eric Fuchs and Moses Opawumi.
Of course, making great action on film is a universally difficult and challenging process, but the results can be rewarding. The easy part afterward would be emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to send us whatever badass delight you’ve concocted for the enjoyment of the interwebs and action fans alike.
Stay humble and safe, be creative and good luck!
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