The Stunt People

Wake Up Juice Short Film

Why Watch? A clown, a flower girl and a pizza delivery guy walk into a building to kill a man. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Stunt People is back with an excellent display of bludgeoning fight choreography, colorful absurdity and a credit card maxed out by bulk fake blood purchases. The whisper-thin plot involves a hacker and a MacGuffin, but the meat here is an aggressive battle with some serious bodily damage. It’s a recipe for fist-pumping tossed into a blender with a shot of whey protein. If that doesn’t sell you, you need to get a new pacemaker.

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First Person Darth Vader

Why Watch? The Stunt People have done a lot of cool stuff, including teaching John McClane krav maga, and their new First Person Darth Vader series is a thrilling display of fight choreography and GoPro camera work. With a wisp of story, this short exists almost solely to put you into the fight– often behind the wheezing mask of Anakin Skywalker himself. The transitions are smooth, and the design of the lightsaber clash has enough downtime to intensify the midi-chlorian-fueled battle when it overheats. Experimental, yes, and it’ll probably be jarring for some, but it’s definitely a cool project that deserves some attention.

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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

Early on in the pre-production phase of A Good Day to Die Hard, the team at Fox approached The Stunt People about putting together a roof top knife fight between John McClane and a baddie with a brutal knowledge of Krav Maga. Eric Jacobus, Alvin Hsing and coordinator J.J. Perry were happy to oblige, and although the scene was ultimately cut, it’s still a fantastic example of fight choreography and of the action filmmaking process. Things have gotten ridiculously out of hand since the success of first John McClane outing. It’s clear to some that the franchise itself is a meta exercise in exploring McClane’s super powers, and while throwing a car at a helicopter is crazy, so is the idea that McClane is now an expert-level fighter who can take on a martial artist like this. It’s tempting to assume that they cut it because of how much more cartoonish McClane would become, but having seen the movie, that seems unlikely. So let’s just be content to know that John McClane can do everything. Even krav maga.

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