People often ask me what goes into creating a fight for film. There are a lot of different answers to that, but this video describes my ideal process. For more information go to: jaredkirby.com
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Ideally, you’ll have a rehearsal process prior to shooting. I try to get the Director and Director of Photography into that process at the beginning so that I am sure the violence we are creating will tell the story that they envision and that the actors are on the same page. This helps ensure the violence becomes a seamless part of the film.
After working through some basic choreography I leave the actors with it for a few days to run it. When I return we discuss if the choreo is still working for them and if any problems have popped up we start fixing them. Having a few days away from the fight also allows me to watch it with fresh eyes and see if we have really made the strongest choices to tell the story. Often we can add a movement here or cut a part to tighten up the fight and make everything more concrete.
Once the choreo is set, my assistant stunt coordinator and I will shoot different angles for each part of the fight and cut together a sample of the complete fight. This gives us a launching pad to review with the Director and Director of Photography so we know what the final fight should look like before we get on set or location. When we are all on the same page it lets us go into the shoot days with a clear common vision in the production team.
Once we’re on location (or get to set), many things will change. I’ve never worked a shoot that went as planned. Many times this is exterior influences like weather or background noise. Sometimes it works out to our advantage. In this fight you are watching the plan was to film as much as possible during the golden hour which is about an hour before the sun set. When that window opened we had to get everything fast and furious. You’ll see towards the end how beautifully the sun is coming through the trees. Totally worth it!
There is a lot that goes into every shoot. You can imagine there are two dozen crew members all around behind the camera. They make sure the fog stays at comparable levels, the makeup and wardrobe is consistent through each take. Sometimes we can get it in just a few takes, but sometimes it will be dozens to make sure we get the right shot. We have to do it until we nail the shot in order to make sure the story is being told through the violence.
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Ibchen…………Sam Finn Cutler
Russian………….. Ross Corey
Screenplay Writer………….Uri Shatil
Stunt Coordinator………….Jared Kirby
Asst. Stunt Coordinator..……Chris Pytlak
Rehearsal & Film Footage from
The March of Ibchen