Short Choreographed Martial Arts Fight Sequence

In advance of principal photography for the martial arts film, Lao Warrior, I had the opportunity to practice shooting a fight scene. The short sequence here which I shot and edited (minus a score and sound design) was created as part of an acting reel for Kenji Saykosky:

I had no knowledge of the choreography when I came on set so, before any real shooting began, I asked the actors to perform their routine several times (minus the props) and recorded those rehearsal performances from several angles to get an idea what would work.

Despite the planning, some elements of the shoot weren’t expected. For example, the table had some its support taken away and was expected to collapse when the actor was thrown onto it but instead it slipped out from underneath him–running into me. Fortunately, neither the camera nor myself got hurt and the way it made the screen go black provided a really nice editing transition.

In all, the sequence was an enjoyable shoot and I had a fun time working with everyone involved.

CREDITS:
Kenji Saykosy (martial artist)
Kerry James Leen (opponent #1)
Jonathan Carvajal (opponent #2)
Sean Pollock (DP/Camera Operator/Editor)

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2 Comments on “Short Choreographed Martial Arts Fight Sequence”


  1. thanks, Sean for your fine work, Kenji.

  2. David Nelson Says:

    Great scene. Well done Sean, Kenji, Kerry and Jonathan.


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