It's always been a dream of mine to make kung-fu movies like the ones made out of Hong Kong back in the 1970's and 80's. What I liked so much about those films was that they employed true martial artists and the action was raw. One secret to making great action films with a limited budget is the effective use of fight choreography, matched with sound design and effects.
The accompanying video was my first attempt at fight choreography going back to 2006. Originally I had additional fighters and stuntmen scheduled to join us that day but only Juan showed up. Being that I only had one fighter to film, I decided to shoot him practicing and try to achieve a nice POV shot of an imaginary opponent. I think it works. This was merely a test so I wasn't concerned about what was going on in the background, just the action in front of the camera.
I edited this bit of stick fighting practice with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and used Adobe SoundBooth to create the music and sound effects. I've got to say that Juan's display of stick fighting technique is impressive, however with the included music and sound effects the viewer is really pulled in to the action.
Many thanks to Juan Sanchez who let me film this incredible display of stick fighting technique. Just think this was nearly seven years ago, Juan's technique must be truly mind bending by now!
I hope to create more martial arts films in the future, one day maybe even a feature film. We'll see.