Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Working Through a Fight Scene

I was working through a fight scene with Jena Walsh yesterday. The scene is part of a big, climactic moment in the first episode of the upcoming High Heel Samurai: Power Trio.

It’s looking incredible, and packs so much literal punch, you’ll feel it coming through the screen! Jena has been training hard for this. And when I say hard, I mean that she has been refining her technique for over a year. When you see her on screen, you’ll be seeing some incredible martial arts action!

It’s one of the reasons I love pure live-action stunts so much. At the end of the day, what you’re seeing on screen is real.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

High Heel Samurai: Power Trio - Now in Pre-Production

On July 15 we announced that High Heel Samurai would be returning January, 2015 with the all new High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio. 

The new scripts are written, the new sets are nearly complete, and just today, some very important casting decisions were made.  In short, HHS:  Power Trio is inching closer and closer to production.

All this new HHS action has me thinking back on the original High Heel Samurai.  It was an exciting time.  Production took place over the course of several years, nearly every weekend.  Long hours, lots of locations, and so many behind the scenes stories that never made it on camera.

I think one of the hidden joys of working on a show is looking back and remembering fondly all the moments I couldn’t while I was in the middle of production.  As I get ready to begin production on HHS:  Power Trio, I can’t help getting excited for the new moments.

In name, HHS:  Power Trio is a different show from HHS.  As the creator of both series, I can tell you without a doubt, the shows are connected.  To illustrate that, I thought I’d end this particular blog with a spoiler.  Since announcing HHS:  Power Trio, I’ve been asked over and over about whether or not there would be any returning Samurai Girls from the original series.  In short, the answer is yes!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Style vs Action

As I type this, a rather impressive thunderstorm is raging on outside.  I’m at the studio, waiting for an actor I’m working with to arrive on set.  He’s part of a documentary I’m filming, all about the martial arts.  

As a practitioner of traditional Shotokan Karate for over twenty years, I’ve always wanted to showcase what it takes to be a skilled martial artist.  Not so much what a martial artist can do, but how it’s done.

The actor I’m waiting for intends to bend large pieces of metal like a real-world superhero.  He says that his own chi-energy is what gives him the strength to get the job done.  It’s not exactly what I would call traditional training, but it’s visually impressive, and to be perfectly honest, I’m just plain curious to see the feats of strength in person.

Between the storm, the chi-energy, and the feats of strength, the entire atmosphere is taking on a real-word superhero vibe that I’m completely enjoying.

A good superhero story needs atmosphere.  It’s why Tim Burton’s Batman will hold up better than Christopher Nolan’s Batman, and why the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be remembered more fondly than the 2014 reboot.

Right now, the hollywood standard is all about action.  As much as possible, as big as possible.  But on the quest for the highest number of CGI explosions, style is getting lost in the editing room.  It’s time to bring it back.