Saturday, June 15, 2019

fight choreography!

I'm a fight-choreography junkie, and I've watched plenty of videos that show snippets of fight choreography from various films, but I don't recall ever seeing a piece of choreography rehearsed from end to end before. Adam Savage, at his Adam Savage's Tested YouTube channel, spent a week in New Zealand at the Weta Workshop (known for doing the special effects for both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). Adam's goal was to create a comical knight-versus-monster fight, which required him to get into the nitty-gritty of costume design and manufacture, location scouting, practical effects (lots of spurting blood), and of course, fight choreography. The following video, from Day 5 of the trip, is mostly about Adam and his Kiwi counterpart, the hulking Shane, blocking out and practicing the main part of the knight-versus-monster fight. It was fascinating to watch the process unfold and to see the scene come together. Shane, who has done work in the LOTR films, managed the choreography, but it was a dialectical, collaborative process. Watch the video below and learn more:

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