In this episode I bring you behind the scenes of a classic Hong Kong style gunfight scene and show you how Gun Fu is used in Chinese movies! Subscribe to this channel here - https://goo.gl/v4VwHC
CONTENT of The Video : 0:00 Intro Live From the Movie Set
1:01 Opening Credits
1:23 The Different Stages of a Gunfight
4:34 Spicing Up the Gunfight
6:32 John Woo Influences
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With the well deserved success of the John Wick series, starring Keanu Reeves, Gun Fu has once again found his spotlight after being forgotten for quite a long time. After the rise of films like The Matrix series and Equilibrium more stylish and choreographed shootout scenes arose in different action films and even in great Video Game series like for example Max Payne, for then, once again, devolve back to more simple and classic gunfight style like in the 80's action films. In Asia, something very similar happened, and after the rise of great Directors like John Woo and Johnnie To, the so called Bullet Ballet genre roared in the 80's and 90's in Asia, to then disappear again and devolve into more generic action.
Talking about Chinese Action Films, the topic of gunfight and shootout scenes in movies, and the use of guns in general in films and TV shows has always been a very delicate one. There are very strict rules and restriction here, and also a very heavy control of what can and cannot be showed in movie theaters, and this made the Gun Fu genre always have a tough life. Even big movies like Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 3, which was shoot mostly in Shanghai, was banned from theaters fro showing people using gun in a modern day Chinese city. But sometimes, exception happens and so in today's video I'm happy to share with you a day on the set of a new action drama which involves heavy use of firearms and Gun Fu or Bullet Ballet. In the scene that we are shooting today I've been given total Directing freedom so that i can build the gunfight as I please and pay homage to the Directors that inspired me.
As for a Martial Arts Fight scene, also gunfights need to be set up properly, the tension needs to rise in the scene before the action begins and helps to make the Action feel more alive, so for this particular scene I took some rules from the Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns and add a bit of that style even in this modern day thriller. So the scene begins with a slow standoff like in a Western film where the two characters, in the case of this film a Cop and a Contract Killer, get to know each other for the first time. Later on they will team up together to defeat some bad guys but this is the first time they are clashing in the film.
So a slow set up, long shots and just a few lines, help create expectation for the gunfight. Then as the action finally begins first of all, an important rule that I advise everyone to follow, is necessary to catch the acting of the two characters. Show thanks to close up shots their mental attitude, what they are feeling inside as they are shooting at each other. Once you have all the acting so that the audience feels involved with the actors, we can finally think about the action itself. Here in Asian action movies, as you know if you are a fan of the genre, every kind of action, fights, shootouts, car chases etc, are always implemented with more stylish actions and choreography, that's why in Asian Gun Fu films you always find the actors flying in the air while shooting or using two guns at once and so on.
In the case of this film, I tried to keep everything look more real, so avoid using two guns etc but still I wanted the fight to be more like a dance. And also I wanted to pay homage to John Woo in particular. So as you will see in the video as the two characters are shooting at each other from behind different obstacles, there is space for having some Max Payne's style bullet dodge, some sliding on wheeled chairs and also a heavy use of slow motion near the end, that later on, together with the score of the film, will morph a simple gunfight into a ballet, a dance with guns. After the two characters will run out of bullets then, the scene will evolve into a Martial Arts fight scene but this we will explore in an upcoming Video.
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