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The JokerThe year 2000 didn’t just usher in a brand new millennium, with bursting Dot Com bubbles, trucks like dumps, and fears of Y2K, it also marked the beginning of a wave of superhero films that has only been growing in recent years. But why? Why are we seeing so many of these types of films being made? Is it because Hollywood has just run out of ideas, or is there something else going on? Well, PBS’ Idea Channel aims to answer that in this enlightening video that explores the history of comic book heroes; how superheroes have changed from unstoppable rebels to law enforcing authority figures, as well as the historical trends in superhero cinema and how they correlate with society and culture. More »

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Fight SceneShooting a high octane, action-packed fight scene can really have an impact on your audience, but really only if it looks realistic and — well — truly painful. Tuts+ offers some excellent tips and tricks on how to achieve a believable brawl between your characters, including which lenses to use, tried and true blocking and choreography, as well as an editing trick that will speed up your strikes, making them more impactful. Check out the video after the jump. More »

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Jean ClaudeHave you always dreamed of working with a huge action star, like Arnold, Sly, or Chuck Norris, but thought you’d never have the opportunity? Well, now you do — kind of. The Funny or Die team has made it possible for filmmakers with a little visual effects knowledge to work with the Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD’s Make My Movie Challenge. Funny or Die provides you with pre-keyed shots of the famous kickboxer. You provide the final product, and enter to win some great prizes. We’re closing in on the deadline, so continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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Real Gun TutorialAt one point or another, one of your films is going to call for the use of at least one gun, and unless you’ve already got your own arsenal of real firearms, getting your hands on some is going to be a touchy and expensive undertaking. If you’re more keen on the cheaper alternative, stockpiling plastic toy and airsoft guns, it’s important to make sure that they look realistic on-screen. In this helpful tutorial, filmmaker Tom Antos shows you how to ensure that your shoot ‘em up film doesn’t lose its verisimilitude by applying a weathering technique that is not only used by professional prop makers, but is also less expensive than a couple of cups of coffee. More »

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Action FilmWho doesn’t like a good action flick, right? A bullet-dodging, time-bombing, impenetrable hero that doesn’t know the meaning of the word physics is one of my guiltiest pleasures. But, over the years it has become very apparent that action films have changed significantly into two hours of sensory overload from the entertaining run/jump/climb jaunts they once were. In this three-part video essay, Los Angeles scholar and filmmaker Matthias Stork takes a deeper look into the changes in filming and editing in the action genre, which, according to him has birthed what he calls “chaos cinema”. More »

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Vashi low budget editingIf you’re a no or low-budget filmmaker, making an action flick oftentimes means having to forego top dollar visual and special effects for more affordable options. If your lack of high-octane explosions and car chases finds you feeling like your film is falling flat, talented filmmaker and editor Vashi Nedomansky has shared three no/low-budget editing tips that will give your action sequences and dramatic moments the (believable) big impact you’re looking for. More »

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Die Hard 2 BTSWord play may not be my thing (I warm the bench mostly,) but it must count for something that I would circumvent my limited vocabulary by smashing “explore” and “explosion” together to describe my experience of watching these videos. The behind-the-scenes footage of Die Hard 2 will give you an inside look at the stage combat, stunts, exploding squibs, and a heavily padded Bruce Willis. The video commentaries by director Renny Harlin are less commentaries on his film specifically than on filmmaking as a whole. It’s basically like sitting in a film school lecture, only better — because your professor directed Die Hard 2. Hit the jump for some excellent moviemaking lessons! More »

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Break Media Prototype CompetitionIf you’ve had a dream of making an action, sci-fi or effects-driven film, but lacked the funding and resources to make it come true, you’re in luck. Break Media and New Regency Productions have teamed up to bring you the Prototype competition, which will award 8 finalists with $20,000 to make and distribute their short films. One of those lucky filmmakers will go on to win a feature film development deal with New Regency. All you need is a short film script and a vision for the feature version. Details on how to submit after the jump. More »

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on-story-austin-film-festivalScreenwriters are undoubtedly propelled by the question, “What if…?” Many times when writing a screenplay, however, we are tempted by the question, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” This question can certainly lead to dramatic action sequences or hilarious set pieces, but may not reveal the true nature of our characters or propel the story forward. Thanks to yet another episode of On Story, the PBS series presented by the Austin Film Festival, we can watch the screenwriters of Wanted, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Snitch discuss how they write thrilling action sequences that define the characters in their stories. More »