Here is a short I made for my Producing/Directing I class. It was the first project that I was fully in charge of (acting, writing, producing, choreography, editing, directing [although the credit went to my cinematographer, Aaron Ward]).
I used the opportunity to experiment with filmmaking methods such as dolly shots, ADR and other sound designs, along with choreographed fight scenes.
It's not without its flaws. I wish I could've made the script less melodramatic since it's from a concept that I wanted to use for a full length feature film, but when I condensed it down, it became forced.
I worked with a cool stunt team from ATA Martial Arts on this project and filming took one day. I hope you enjoy!
Keanu "I know Kung Fu" Reeves is making his directorial debut for a martial arts movie called "Man of Tai Chi." Keanu is a huge fan of the genre (which is probably why 'The Matrix' was a dream for him) and I am excited for him to pull a Ben Affleck and become an amazing director.
I especially became excited when I saw this short behind the scenes clip that highlights a special camera rig they would be using for the fight scenes.
And now the teaser trailer. I thought it would've been a more period piece, but I'm excited for a contemporary martial arts film! The trailer, unfortunately, has a certain cheese factor reminiscent of direct-to-video movies, but he's got Yuen Woo Ping ("Matrix" choreographer) doing the fight arrangements, so the action will be top notch and Keanu is playing the villain! It also co-stars Iko Uwais of "The Raid."
Check it out!
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.