Last weekend I went out filming with Spearhead Films again. We decided to totally re-shoot the whole sword fight from beginning to end using a different set-up for the camera. We pumped the frame rate up and opened up the shutter more. We wanted plenty of depth of field so many of the close-ups were shot a fair distance away and then we zoomed in on the subject. We also went for a much lower camera angle which gave a much more dramatic effect and added some camera shake. Of course some clever editing has added to the pace and drama.
The final version will involve actors in futuristic clothing and ancient armour in a fight to the death for a future sci-fi film. This sequence is to test camerawork, angles and fight choreography and was shot and edited in approx 6 hours. We used Apple Macs for editing and Sony HDV cameras for the filming, the quality of the YouTube video does not reflect the quality of the final video.The sound is all stock from the camera as this is a camera and choreography project. We would record sound separately on our final feature project.
This time when we went out the leaves on the trees had turned more yellow and brown and gave quite a striking background to the fight. As this is simply a test shot sequence for a much bigger project there is not really much of a story here but basically the hero prevails! My take on it is that these two men trained together but that one of them wronged the other in such a way that only a fight to the death would settle the matter and restore honour. Anyway, I would be interested to know what you think of the video, especially compared to the first test clip. Also, what is your take on what happens? I'd love to hear your view!