Thanks! Under less pressed circumstances, I might have considered doing a locked off shot in between there, but it just didn't happen for us. Glad you liked it.
Thanks! Actually we filmed with the SLR MAGIC 1.33x ANAMORPHOT on the GH4 in 4k 16:9 mode. So it was all filmed in anamorphic. All the framing and composition you see is done on purpose, its my preferred filming style. The only crop is done on the DJI OSMO shots. to match the GH4. Personally, I don't like tripods, I find them cumbersome and in the way, we had one on set, but the speed at which we had to move, I didn't even look at it.
Ooops! Here you go- https://youtu.be/yEk3fVm1-X
It helps to have actual fighters/martial artists on set to help. They are invaluable to help achieving a really effective fight sequence. Rehearsals are key as well. Here, check out this short I made for a 48 Hour film Challenge. The genre was zombie, but we managed to effectively incorporate some action into it- https://youtu.be/yEk3fVm1-X8
I would argue that it is the cyclical nature of mankind's storytelling, as it happens in ancient mythology all the time. The rule of a great threat, the rise of a young hero, their journey, the finding of the legacy power/weapon, the final battle and then the story resets, generations later. We've been telling that story for thousands of years, all the way into contemporary cinema. The Force Awakens knows this, but adds a few new wrinkles to keep things interesting, for example, Kylo Ren's struggle to resist the pull towards the light, will that come into play later? (most likely it will, but how or when is yet to be seen) Is Rey a descendant of a powerful Jedi lineage or a new emergence of the chosen one? What will Finn's role be in the grand scheme of things? It was also nice to see the handing off of the guard, from the previous generation to the new one. It both celebrated the original trilogy and yet invited new viewers into a world and journey that would be theirs. And in time, I'm sure it will happen again. But for now, I'm thoroughly enjoying it..