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Jack Ritter

Editing Fights Scenes. Jackie Chan Shows how its done

There's this trend of hiding the action in an action scene to make shooting "easier" or less time consuming, but if you're going to hide the action, why have an action scene to begin with? It's entertaining. I want to see it. Anyway, this video is great. Jackie Chan gives his thoughts on editing a fight and shows how to put comedy into your action scenes as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PCtIaM_GQ

D Marcus

The obvious answer to " if you're going to hide the action, why have an action scene to begin with?" is the stars of action films cannot do what Jackie could do. Same with musicals. In the past there was no need to cut, cut, cut because Kelly and Astaire could actually dance. Today musicals are made with stars who can't. I know a lot of stunt guys. They can still kick ass but the stars of the movie can't. And in the US there are many regulations. That's why Chan didn't make many movies in the states. US regulations wouldn't allow him to do his own stunts. He was a master for sure.

Jack Ritter

That's very true. I like the analogy to musicals. You don't need to cut around Fred Astaire, you can just get the whole dance.

Andrew Hoffman

hey Jack I'm always looking to get into this kind of editing I need help doing it and was wondering if you needed any support let me know I could always use some extra work thanks bro

Karen "Kay" Ross

LOVE this series, "Every Frame a Painting". I'm so sad it's ended. Ying Jie Wang It depends if you do martial arts yourself. Not everyone in America is familiar with martial arts so Jackie Chan still seems extraordinary because of that "mystery". But I would contend that he is also just so fun to watch, so his popularity is more about his likeability and not just his stunts/martial arts. We also have a TON of films, and martial arts films aren't as common here as they are there. Actually, that's a great question - how common are martial arts films in China? I'd love to learn from your experience!

Rohit Kumar

For me every action movie got it's own director's and cinematographer's style charm to it, and it's unique for their own good and one shouldn't imitate it but learn from it to make it better.. Filmmakers got to find their own uniqueness in my opinion. Be it Jackie Chan's movies or Bruce Lee or Taxi Driver or Bourne series. Each director, cinematography got to bring their own style I feel. It can't be same throughout every action film how to shoot them IMO

For example people got to watch Indian or South Korean/Asian movies though, in fact South Indian movies. We have no this way or that way to shoot. You have all liberty to do many things. We recently had a blockbuster film called "KGF Chapter 1", which had so many cuts in fight choreography. And for an American or most European audience it's hard to comprehend but it was a blockbuster hit in India. People went crazy watching it's style of action scene.

You can check it on youtube anyone reacting to "KGF HAMMER/mining fight scene" where the protagonist/antagonist uses hammer to fight inside a mining cave. And it's cut in such a way that it looks over done and hard to watch too, but it's done so in a way to hide the brutality involved but also feels and bring that scare, impact on the enemies.

Or if you are fan of Christopher Nolan, his movie Memento was remade in South India (Gajini movie)(Tollywood industry) and than again remade in North India's film(Bollywood) by same director and you can see the fight choreography here in this video with American stunt man's reaction inputs to that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHukkm_TFKIIt got cuts, different camera shots, and techniques we use. So in my opinion, Action movies are all about experimenting and finding your own sweet spot of what looks good for that script. What Jackie Chan or any legends did is their own technique suiting fitting that audience and tempo and we have to be open about that experimentation.

Gajini fight scene direct link for reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8P8ftmjrBQ

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