Eric uses Google Glass to learn to defend himself against a Terminator from the future, who’s set on killing him before he can become President of the United States. Sound far-fetched? Not so fast…
Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe from The Young Masters came out to the West Coast and we teamed up to create Future Boss. With Shaun Finney behind the camera we decided to do a callback to the style of mid-80s Hong Kong action cinema, where we minimized camera movement, used editing generously, and choreographed pretty linearly. We did takes until we eliminated any mess in our moves and stuck to using the best angle for every move. If a move in the sequence wasn’t just right for the angle, we’d usually just cut to the next angle. While I was at it I came up with a shorthand term for this style – “no mess“.
We shot everything at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, where security tends to be notoriously strict but for some reason found no reason to bother us. We shot most of it on the trusty Sony NEX-FS100 and the first-person stuff on the GoPro Hero3 Black. Lorenz says we shot it for 4 nights but I seem to remember it taking 5. Each night was cold and sometimes wet, and Lorenz got sick in the middle of it but pushed through for about 3 hours a night, totaling (by my memory) 15 hours of filming.
A Stunt People and Young Masters co-production.
President – Eric Jacobus
Terminator – Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe
Tutorial Guy – Felix Fukuyoshi Ruwwe
Bum – Shaun Finney
Choreography – Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe & Eric Jacobus
Cinematographer – Shaun Finney
Directed, Edited, and VFX by Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe
Written and Produced by Eric Jacobus
Check out The Young Masters at http://www.youtube.com/user/youngmasters