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Uncategorized Oct 17, 2020

Free movie hosting and streaming and 100% of the profits.

Well minus bank charges, but you keep the rest. We don't want it, we want you to have it.

We were doing a 70/30 split in favour of producers but you know what, we have changed our minds and that is the awesome thing about being outside of the system and having your own system. We can keep changing how we do things to make it better for our members and community.

Yes you have to be a member to have your film up but you can be a free member, we just need to have your contact details and work out how we will pay you. It's really that simple.

Why would we give away 30% profit? What's in it for us?

We are a membership and education channel and we have many resources available for members to use for free including, film paperwork (over 75 documents), free stock footage, free special effects, free products to help develop personal and business skill, free action and stunt tutorials, yearly free upgrade to their show reels, free...

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No stunts after lunch!

Uncategorized Oct 15, 2020

Come on seriously we are begging you, stop scheduling stunts straight after lunch.

Why?

We are hungry too and now we cant eat much if any in case it makes us sick during the action.

You try doing 100 back flips or throw yourself on the ground 50 times with a full belly.

How can we get around this travesty?

Schedule us into the production as a skill set requirement. This happens because the stunt team and action department are tough with a can do attitude, so production doesn't think too much about it because we will get on with the job and just do what needs to be done. 

OK calm down and breath...it's OK i'm fine.

Let's really talk about this though because it has happened on nearly every film I have worked on and the other stunties in the action crews know exactly what I mean when I say that we would love it if we could work together on this.

Action people are used to training in the morning or on a relatively empty stomach. Scheduling in the morning for fighting action...

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When should you walk away from a project

action action movie Oct 05, 2020

It's a tough decision but let's get the safety aspect out of the way.

If they are not being safe and they are wanting things to be done or performed in a way that puts you or others at harm then you should not be in that project. Ultimately we all make the decisions if we think we can do a stunt or not and we are ultimately the final ones to decide if the safety protocol has been met. If you are not sure then don't do it and put more measures in place.

Make sure that the action is right for you. Just because someone else can do something doesn't mean you can also do it.

I have a set of three criteria to decide to be in a project or not.

1 - Money - If I am being offered so much money that I can put up with a few issues then I take the job but then I make it as safe as possible or distance myself from those on set that I may not want to be associated with. You know the ones to avoid if you have been in this game long enough. Watch the ones who talk about others to you because you...

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What makes an action movie?

action movies comedy stunts Sep 21, 2020
Action films illicit a response like no other. People can't wait for an action movie to come out but only a few are waiting on this drama or that romance, our only competition is comedy.

According to the Wikipedia definition

Also yes we left in the links if you wanted to have a good old wiki search

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of events that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in the victory for the villain instead).

While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts...

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I don't know what to write?

Just sitting here looking at a blank screen and thinking, what to write about this week.

Yes I have ideas, we all have ideas but I just can't decide what to write about. What is my approach, my angle and from whose point of view will I tell this story.

This is what I think writers block really is. It's not that we don't have a thought but the idea isn't convincing enough to warrant siting down and taping it out through the keys.

It really doesn't matter if it's an article, a book or a screenplay, writers block is just a horrible thing.

So how do we fix it?

There are plenty of lists out there and on the list is a list, it's always nice to know where the story will end when you start to write but this is not always the case.

I'm going to quote one of my art teachers, when I was sitting there with a blank sheet paper in front of me and I didn't know what to draw. I'm not a good drawer but I do like to try it is relaxing and really not relaxing at the same time.

"Draw and inspiration...

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Facing Death with Honour

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2020
 
Imagine knowing that your life was taking off in a big way and you are fighting stage three cancer and rather than giving up you went to work on these films until your final breath.
 
 2020Ma Rainey's Black Bottom as Levee
 2020Da 5 Bloods as Stormin' Norman
 201921 Bridges as Andre Davis
 2019Avengers: Endgame as T'Challa / Black Panther
 2018Avengers: Infinity War as T'Challa / Black Panther
 2018Black Panther as T'Challa / Black Panther
 2017Marshall as Thurgood Marshall
 2016Message from the King as Jacob King
 2016Captain America: Civil War as T'Challa / Black Panther
 2016Gods of Egypt as Thoth
 
Honestly that is pretty dam impressive, I don't know if faced with the same choices if I could have been that brave and compassionate to myself and others, but Chadwick Boseman has shown himself to be a great man both on and off...
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SFX vs VFX and Action Movies

 

Is SFX better or is VFX better?

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on set with explosions and guns firing blanks, well it's awesome. Pretending that there is an explosion or muzzle flash is less fun, but in many ways much better.

There is a feeling and a look that you get with SFX which is live or onset effects. The moments before a shot is called and you all know that the explosives are now live. In a few seconds there is going to be a fireball just off to your left and you will get flung in the air and land just over there in the dirt. Magic, that's what we live for. When the elements of the stunt and the crew come together to make a great shot, there is a feeling when we watch the playback. In that moment everyone on set is connected, it's just magic.

Then you reset and go again.

 

1st AD

No time for your feelings

We have 3 hours left on this location and we still have 5 shots left and the plate shots

 

The PA screamed at the crew, they were having a bad...

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Money Makes Movies

action movie funding money Aug 19, 2020
 

What's the biggest hurdle with making an action movie?

You can pick the star or the script or director, you also need a great producer and every role in the production is included in this list.

There is one thing that makes that happen. I don't want to beat around the bush with you on this one, it's Money.

Yes we all do love projects or favours or even a barter deal working on each others films and commercial gigs so that we can get our movie made.

The truth is that all of these problems can be solved with money. That's it. Get some money and you can make whatever you can afford.

Are you now screaming out, yeah well what about I just grab a camera and go out and just film something. Yep of course you can and even if it's you and your camera filming you doing stuff. It's not free. Your time is worth something and equipment and props have a cost and I know you are going to want something to eat and probably a coffee.

You see even the lowest budget you can think of still costs...

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How does a film shot work

How does a film shot work

We can't all work at the same time so you will have to learn the process but it is basically something like this.

  1. Art Dresses the set, the Gaff and lighting team light the set.

  2. The camera department set up the shot and everyone has a look.

  3. Lighting and art move things around and they keep referring back to the DOP and the Director.

  4. Sound woks out where they can stand or how they will mic the performers.

  5. The actors come in and they run through the lines and the action and everyone has a few dry runs at the shot.

  6. 1st ad will call for last checks and make up will come in and touch up the on screen performers.

  7. Everyone will double check their roles and get ready for the action.

  8. The 1st will call out to roll up or something similar.

  9. The camera will start recording and a call out speed or rolling.

  10. The sound will start recording and call out rolling or speed. (speed is a reference back to the early days where film and sound would have to roll...

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John Saxon has passed away, dam it, 2020 sucks

bruce lee john saxon Jul 27, 2020
 

John Saxon and Jim Kelly in 'Enter the Dragon.'

John Saxon has been in the film industry for a very long time. He was a teen idol after his role in the movie Rock, Pretty Baby in 1956. This was his break out role that cemented his position in the industry. By 1958 he was receiving 3,000 fan letters a week, which was a bucket load back then.

Sadly Saxon died Saturday July 25, 2020 at the young age of 83. Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as it has been announced by his wife Gloria. Saxon has a son, Antonio.

Let's get to his action side. He was an avid martial arts student and trained in Judo and Shotokan Karate, which is a traditional Okinawan style.

He was known for his rugged good looks and charm, which made him a natural fit to play the play boy American in Bruce Lees "Enter The Dragon".
This was Lees first mainstream American movie with Warner Bros and of course his last full film before Bruce died at age 32, way too young.
Saxon played Roper a degenerate...
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