Bollywood Samurai

This is a short film by our Digital Film Making students. The purpose of this film is to study the techniques and principles of producing choreographed action scenes… and to have some fun!

WolFang Digital's Digital Film Making Course students on location for Bollywood Samurai

WolFang Digital's Digital Film Making Course students on location for Bollywood Samurai

Due to the nature of the fast paced action, we paid close attention to the concept of ‘Line Of Action’ and adhered closely to the 180˚ rule. This was done to help the viewers keep track the of events unfolding rapidly on screen.

Baron teaches Shanker to look the part of a deadly sword wielding warrior

Baron teaches Shanker to look the part of a deadly sword wielding warrior

Our students prepared for the shoot by rehearsing the sword fighting moves. They also practiced the unarmed duel many times to keep their moves as precise as possible. This reduced the amount of NG takes.

The Glidecam Smooth Shooter is used to produce smooth footage even while running

The Glidecam Smooth Shooter is used to produce smooth footage even while running

We also made used of the Glidecam Smooth Shooter to move the camera and cross the Line Of Action. We had to cross this line to show the audience a better view of the action. This is also a HDSLR film making project. Cameras used were Canon 550D and 7D accessorised with RedRock Micro products. Audio was recorded live through the HDSLR mics.

Shanker (from Sri Lanka) prepares himself for his speaking scene while the others operate the camera

Shanker (from Sri Lanka) prepares himself for his speaking scene while the others operate the camera

The film was then edited with Edius 6 on a MacBook Pro running Windows. Colour grading was also done with Edius 6 using Chrominance and 3 Way Colour Corrector.

Thiyaga checking the business end of the blade doesn't remove parts of him during the action

Thiyaga checking to make sure that the business end of the blade doesn't remove parts of him during the action

The unedited footage will be given to all our Digital Film Making and Video Editing students for their tutorials. Don’t be surprised if you are editing Bollywood Samurai if you join us!

The team who made Bollywood Samurai a swashbuckling reality, now understand the concepts of action film making

The team who made Bollywood Samurai a swashbuckling reality, now understand the concepts of action film making

Now our students know how much effort it takes to create a short action scene. They had a lot of fun but they realized that a detailed storyboard, choreography, teamwork and lots of rehearsals are the key to making an action scene realistic… and to bring sun screen when shooting outdoors!



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