DMR: Talk about rehearsing the various fights: what are some of the new techniques and action you learned along the way?
EJ: We start with the story. Walter has a sword, these guys have guns. You can’t make a long, intricate fight when it’s a sword versus a gun. We could do “gun-fu” or flail the sword around for five minutes like a Rurouni Kenshin fight scene, but that would only service our egos as stuntmen. You lose people with that mindset, so as stuntmen who are creating from the ground up we have to pull back and ask, “What’s the story here? What are the key moments to capitalize on?” Takeshi Kitano made memorable fight scenes out of a single move – jamming the hammer on a revolver with his thumb, or putting a bullet in a guy’s mouth and socking him. This is smart film-making, so we start there. The choreography falls into place effortlessly then.
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As somebody who has now put together several films of your own, who have been your greatest creative inspirations? Who are your favorite directors or writers?
Aside from the Vaudeville and Hong Kong masters, I love the simplicity of the 80s genre film. We all love directors like John Carpenter. We love the movers of this era because good was good and evil was evil. There was no gray. … Clayton always told me, “Story, story, story,” and story must be built on truth, and truth is black and white, not grey. One needs a foundational rock to build from there, but that rock’s been cast out in favor of relativism and “personal truths”. But the audience likes Blindsided: The Game’s simplicity because we never succumb to this relativism. Walter might wear grey, but that’s his diversion. He 100% on the side of good.
You’re standing in a line with a bunch of other people who are all trying to do what you want to do. However, if you stand in that line and think that out of all those people ahead of you, you’re gonna be the one that makes it, then you’re just as trapped as the people in front of you.
Blindsided: The Game, directed by Clayton J. Barber and starring Eric Jacobus and Roger Yuan, is now available to watch for free. Enjoy, leave a comment, and please subscribe. There may be more adventures with Walter yet…
After blind man Walter Cooke (Eric Jacobus) prevents a local gang from shaking down his local grocer Gordon (Roger Yuan), Walter must reckon with the gang’s boss Sal (Joe Bucaro). The stakes are high, but Walter’s got an ace up his sleeve.
A Clayton J. Barber Film
Starring Eric Jacobus, Roger Yuan, Joe Bucaro, David William No, Nicholas Verdi, Luke LaFontaine, Khalid Ghajji, and Brett Sheerin
Presented by JB Productions in association with Furious Films