Aug 7 2011


Matt and I have been working the smallsword fight that I used in Estonia to see what we can discover. Like the Longsword fight, we’re finding many nuances in the kinds of attacks and responses we’re making, not to mention how important it is to be specific in the time of your actions. In addition, because the time in smallsword is so short, it’s of the utmost importance to be completely focussed on your partner, actions and intents. As soon as we do a run “just to go fast”, the whole thing falls apart, and with a quick weapon like smallsword, there’s no saving it. It’s like doing dialogue comprised of one word responses. Stop listening, and it’s so obvious that nothing is really happening.

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May 25 2011

The Hobbit is closing

Tomorrow, Thursday May 25, 2011, is closing night for The Hobbit in London, Ontario. I had the distinct privilege and pleasure to be fight director on this show. Director Susan Ferley brought together a fantastic group of people, and made my job much easier (and I daresay, more exciting) for it!

Part of my excitement, though, was being able to use my studies from the past year and half in a professional environment. Now, it’s not difficult to get a room of 13 men to play-fight, but play-fighting with connection and intent, that’s the next step. The exercises we did in our first hour together were instrumental at establishing that process. One of the cast members specifically noted that the first day’s work made the rest of the time so much easier: “since we’d been in that personal space already, learning the fight choreography was not a big deal.” By establishing both a method of working and physical familiarity, we could get past those introductory stages get right to the intensity and intricacy of the fight scenes.

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Sep 13 2010

Points to Ponder

It never ceases to amaze me how I start to think about stage combat in random situations. Well, what I really mean, is that we’ll be chatting about something completely different and it’ll apply to my work. I’ve decided to start posting “Points to Ponder” whenever these ideas come up. Feel free to comment and discuss!

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Jun 17 2010

Wine, whiskey, cheese, and stunt coordinators?

Wine, whiskey, cheese, and stunt coordinators? « Thems Fightin Words.

Good post by Kevin Inouye on “craftsmanship”: standing up for your opinions and safety, vs being a loudmouth or misplacing your energy (and actually holding things up in the long run).

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