Yesterday I shot the first fight scene I’ve done since finishing Death Grip. It’s a videogame parody where I play a Karate man taking on two other players played by fellow Stunt People and Death Grip actors Shaun Finney and Yun Lujhei Yang.

Stunt practices have paid off: I could still kick and punch pretty quick, and my bones took a decent amount of damage whenever hitting my forearm or shin against an elbow, but the lagging part was the later choreography, which came slowly once we hit the 4-hour point. In the past, I’ve usually muscled through these moments. The choreography gets more experimental, efficiency plummets, and suddenly one shot takes 45 minutes to accomplish. By the third shot I’m mentally drained and often cranky.

Instead, we played it safe. Rather than draining ourselves on two or three extra shots, trying to make weird choreography look good, we just did something fun and character-related, which ended the shoot on a good note. Now rather than dwelling on the frustration of a little test shoot, I get to remember how fun choreography can be. This makes me wanna jump back into doing short videos again, which will allow me to exercise that choreography muscle again in time for the next big project.

Hey everyone, Ed Kahana from the Stunt People here making a guest update!

Over two years ago, I began a project for a media class where we were to create a webisode series and produce at least one episode from it.  Of course, me being an indie martial arts action film guy, I came up with a webisode series featuring our The Stunt People and thus began “Ninja Gendai” (originally “9 to 5 Ninja”). What I produced for that class would become the second half of the first episode and was shot in 2006. There are at least 3-4 more episodes waiting in the wings that have already been shot.

In “Ninja Gendai”, ninja clans continue to exist in the present. Their descendants, ethnic ninjas, suffer like most third world minorities and some of them have begun immigrating to the United States.  These younger, ethnic Ninja-Americans use their ninja skills in the workforce to earn a living in modern times.

Episode One
While on a job for Ninjatel, Gunner gets a secret tip about some black market goods. In return, he must let the flamboyant criminal, Glimmer, escape.


Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp”
Stuntmen episode with Ray Carbonel and Eric Jacobus
(Extended Action Footage)

When Ray and I went out to Boston to do Time Warp we brought around a little Flip Video to shoot random stuff in Boston and also to shoot some extra footage while doing the segment. When the episode aired, we were so proud to be on TV, but they left out a few stunts, and they had edited the fight into a weird barrage of punches and kicks. Here it is, mostly unedited.

We’re hoping to get some extra slomo footage, such as my HK spin and Ray’s fall onto the metal table. And sorry but the video is a little glitchy. Editing 3ivx video is a pain in the butt, and the best I could do has some extra weird frames thrown in for no good reason.