I had the pleasure a couple of weeks ago to work on a great little project. It was a competition in-house for Foxtel. The channels received a brief and they were to make an action film a couple of minutes long. We had a day to film, which is not a lot of time with action.
1st things 1st. We had a morning of fight choreography with director John Masiello and fight teacher Igor Breakenback at his MMA gym (!). Just the idea that I was doing a fight rehearsal (which I can do) at an MMA gym (which scared the pants off me) was a challenge. Seton Pollock (the Newman to my Seinfeld) was skipping rope like Rocky when I entered the Octagon (no exaggeration). Of course I can’t skip rope but I gave it the old college try. Ahh college was a good 16 years ago but hey I’m not total fairy floss.
The fight lesson went well. We had bags of fun and did some great work but it was a lot to remember. Fight dialogue is as hard to remember as regular dialogue… except if you get it wrong you are slightly more likely to sprain your face.
The next day we filmed. It was a torrential weather outside but nice and cozy in the deserted Foxtel building at North Ryde on a public holiday. The warmth came from the crew and cast. Such a great gang and ridiculously talented. We did a LOT of work in the office. I was clocked with a stunt coffee mug which looks great and worked brilliantly. Seton and I fought under the caring guidance of Igor (a kinder guy you cannot help to meet) and we were safe and looked after.
John emulated a load of camera styles that came together fantastically. The final product looks amazing. A visual feast. I hope that it sees public viewing someday. Also would love to work with any of the crew again in the future.
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