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Don't leave movie off the action search

Ever looked up action on the internet to find that action movie, actor or info how to get into the action film industry.

I know I did and what comes up is things like action plan or take action, you get the picture. So I got to thinking about why action movies got called that. Was it just that there is action on the screen.

The Beginnings:

This film genre actually began with the silent era's serial films around the time of Edwin S. Porter's classic action-western The Great Train Robbery (1903), and it has remained strong throughout all of cinematic history. Action films then expanded in the 80s and 90s, with the growth of special effects tech (https://www.filmsite.org/actionfilms.html)

Yes probably but I think it has evolved into a more socially and business definition of action.

Now before you right me off as being crazy hear me out. 

This is a definition of a business action plan.

An action plan is a checklist for the steps or tasks you need to complete in...

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How to cut a Movie Trailer that sells

 

Do most filmmakers get it wrong?

Is your trailer an after thought and once you have shot the film you then decide that you need a trailer because that is what you do.

Have you really considered what a movie trailer actually does?

As a filmmaker you tell a story and many cut a trailer that tells the same story that is in the trailer and after watching the trailer you realise that you now know the story and understand that all the best bits have been condensed into the 2 min trailer, so then you only watch the film if it has an actor you really like, but here is the key. You may not be a big Hollywood producer, so chances are most people wont know anyone in your film if you are independent.

What your trailer actually does is to sell the movie to sales agent, distributors and the audience. It is a sales tool and not designed to tell the whole story but to get people interested into watching the movie.

It is as sales pitch so treat it like that and know your market. Yes the story...

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What is the Superman Dilma

Let's chat about characters and tension in movies.

What makes a hero character someone that you are invested in?

We love a strong hero, they have to be strong because they are more than a normal human. They can jump higher and fight harder and they need to be smarter. They are the Hero, if they are just like us then they are an extra and who wants to watch a movie about extras...oh wait there is a couple of great films about the lives of extras and even a TV show. However we are talking about the main hero character here.

The hero should have a solid moral status like Batman who never kills and with the exception of Deadpool, who is a self proclaimed anti-hero. We want them to be better than us. We want them to make the choices that us normies wouldn't make because of their strength of character. After all integrity is what you do when no one is watching (ignore the cast and crew on set, lol)

Is there a risk for the Hero?

Thor as indestructible as he is can still have his eye ripped...

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Action Directors in the edit suite

 

Directors and Editors it's time we had a heart to heart from the Action Directors

We love you and we love that you want to make action movies or have great action in a dramatic film but there is something that we really need to talk about.

The one thing that hurts action directors is not being invited into the edit suite to assist with the action sequence. We get it that it is a budgetary thing but I can almost say with 100% certainty that most of us would happily tag a edit day into the cost of having us involved in the project. If you don't have the budget then getting us in on post makes even more sense as we want the action to look amazing as that is the job we do. Who doesn't want to finish a job.

Imagine being a landscape gardener and you've removed all the rubbish and brought in what you needed and rebuilt that yard and you've dug all the holes and the turf is ready to lay and then you get sent home. Your job ends and someone else comes in and finishes it, even though they...

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Filmmakers get 100%

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!

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

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 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

 
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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