Death Grip Sneak Peek – Knife Fight HD

Who’s excited for the approaching Theatrical Premiere and DVD/Blu-Ray release of Death Grip?

Well we certainly are!

We’re so excited, in fact, that we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from the movie with you all. So if you weren’t bursting with excitement before, you definitely will be after you watch this. In previewing Death Grip to early audiences (which is just fancy talk for our cast, crew and investors), we discovered that everyone’s favorite fight seemed to be the Knife Fight.

It’s an extremely technical and fast-paced fight featuring Eric Jacobus and Alvin Hsing that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!

So give it a gander — and if you dig it, make sure you get your tickets to see it on the big screen at our Theatrical Premiere on June 30th.

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Death Grip Official Trailer – Watch Now!

Well folks, we’ve finally done it –

We’ve released the Official Trailer for Death Grip!

…and man does it pack a punch!

If you liked the old trailer, just wait till you see this one – it totally kicks the old one’s ass. But be forewarned: This new trailer is exponentially more action-packed & awesome, and it might just blow your mind!

We are so damn proud of this trailer (which we cut together in one day btw), so we’re aiming really high for the view count on this one!

Please watch it, “like” it, comment on it…

and then SHARE IT – put it on your Facebook, Tweet it, Blog it (or just re-blog this post), email it, write it on a post-it and stick it to someone, anything!

And as always, a huge thanks to everyone who made this a reality.

Eric Jacobus in “Ness”

While we continue to slave away at the final edit in post-production, we wanted to make sure we continue to share cool videos and fun fight scenes that give you a taste of what you can expect from Rise And Fail. While we can’t show you the final film yet, we can show you some of the great stuff Rise And Fail writer & director Eric Jacobus has also been doing.

Check out this sweet fight scene from the short film “Ness”, starring Eric Jacobus along with other Rise And Fail cast members Alvin Hsing, Edward Kahana Jr, Lucas Okuma and Victor Repizo.

And if you’ve got a few more minutes to spare, you can watch the whole movie here! It’s definitely worth it.

The Value of Pickups

After over three months since the completion of principal photography, we discovered we needed a few more shots. So we decided to film some pickups this past weekend, including an entirely new fight scene.

The beauty of filming pickups is that it allows you to set up jokes or explain action you didn’t “sell” enough later in the film. You can strategically place a significant prop that will be referenced later in the story, or use a specific martial arts move that has meaning for a character. Now it can be tempting to do this too much – i.e. “let’s reference that pitcher of water in the background at the end of the movie too!” – but you run the risk of becoming hokey. We did manage to hold ourselves back reasonably well though, and only did it with a few things, so hopefully that means that we’ll come off more “witty” than “hokey”.

That is of course provided the new footage looks exactly the same as with the rest of the film. To ensure this, that meant renting about $600 worth of equipment for two days of filming, plus hiring 7 people for cast & crew, at a cost of over $1,000. Continuity isn’t cheap, but the last thing we want is for the film to become disjointed at the 8-minute mark.

And this is also all provided you forget you read this post (and the corresponding post on The Actionist) when you see the film. 🙂

How Many Takes it Takes: To Get One Long Shot

If you’re a connoisseur of fight scenes, then you’d know that many fight scenes in this modern movie making age are a compilation of cuts and edits that highlight the actor’s movements. Some times the edits are to emphasize certain movements, but most of the time they are done in a way that makes an actor (who doesn’t know how to fight) look like they know how to fight. True martial arts prowess is not demonstrated through a fight scene with all these jarring cuts and edits, but rather through wider angles and (if you dare it) longer shots.

Since we boast that Rise And Fail’s action centers around fights that do showcase martial arts ability, we tend to prefer these long shots that allow the audience to fully grasp the extent of our actor’s skills.

While this sounds like a great idea, the problem is that with longer shots, there are a lot more places to make mistakes – one wrong move and you have to start the whole sequence all over again.

Watch this video to see for yourself the effort (and number of takes) it took to make a single long shot.

Really makes you appreciate these long fight scenes a lot more, doesn’t it?

The Stunt People and Speed Ramping

Throughout their history as a stunt & fight choreography team, The Stunt People have often heard the line:

I bet they sped that up“.

This would imply that the people in the fights in question aren’t actually moving as quickly as they appear to be, and require the aid of post-filming effects to achieve the speed and effects ultimately seen in the video.

However, The Stunt People are proud to say that they do not actually use such post-filming effects in their fight choreography. Every video and fight sequence you see from them were really filmed as fast as they look. In fact, insisting that the fights are sped up is actually a compliment to how fast they are.

That said, there are times in which the process of “speed ramping” does produce quite an awesome effect. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, “speed ramping” is the process of changing the frame rate of a shot to speed up or slow down the action. It produces a sort of “time slowing” or “time speeding-up” effect. You see the effect used in movies like “The Matrix” or games like “Max Payne”, in the form of “bullet-time”.

While The Stunt People don’t speed up their fights, there are times in which the “speed-ramping urge” kicks in. And when it does, this is what we get:

BTS: The Makings of a Stuntman_Part 2

Continued from Part 1…

Read Part one here: The Makings of a Stuntman Part 1

If you think of stuntmen, your image of them generally equates to something like this:

Also known as the ultimate stuntman,

Which makes sense when you think about Stuntmen as basically the ones who take the hits the falls and the damage in the filming of a movie: essentially the Whipping boy of movie actors. When the stunt comes out, the action star is replaced by a double who takes the hits and the damage. If you were to equate to to a role in an online game, the stuntman would be the tank.

Given their job description, you’d think that the stuntman just needs to overcome the fear of pain and rush mindlessly and recklessly into a feat that looks extremely dangerous. However, it’s not the case (at least on our set).

Fighting:

Naturally not all Stuntmen are the kind who do choreographed fight routines. You have stuntmen for action shots in cars, others for doing motorcycle tricks, and those whose specialty is getting thrown out a five story window and landing on a pile of cardboard boxes (they’re cardboard boxes because it’s Hong Kong). However, most if not all the stuntmen in this movie are the type who can fight.

For instance, as you can see in this behind the scenes clip, this stuntman has practiced Wushu.

Lightsaber does not actually show in the film.

Others have studied styles such as Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkido…etc. However, what I’m trying to get across is not so much that “the people on our set do martial arts” as much as the idea that martial arts is often a good transition into stunt work, which is why so many of our stuntmen are martial artists (I believe there were a few exceptions, one of which was a non-martial artist who did Parkour, but that just proves my point).

A good stuntman doesn’t just jump into a stunt and believe his body is invincible, but rather practices falls, trains them, prepares mentally, and takes the jump. Martial arts is often a good tool to get used to using your body in such a way, which is often why so many stuntmen are also martial artists.

But don’t take my word for it… (Reeaaading Raaaaiinnboowww)

To be continued in part 3…

-Lujhei out.

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