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    Three Musketeers!

    Hi All,

    It was the Lester films which inspired me to become a Fight Director, it was William Hobbs' realistic and character-driven choreography that most influenced my style of stage combat, and...
  2. Tony, Congratulations on the new book (great...

    Tony,

    Congratulations on the new book (great subject!), and the creative release party. History is best viewed through history...

    Cheers,

    Michael Cawelti
  3. I was back East for four years, doing things...

    I was back East for four years, doing things un-related to stage combat, althouh I did work with Tom Leoni often.

    Yes, I would think the culture creates lots of acceptable forms or conventions. ...
  4. Hi Kevin, Nice to be back... I thought the...

    Hi Kevin,

    Nice to be back...

    I thought the movie's script and pace was the problem more than cultural appeal. I think foreign audiences are very interested in American expressions of genre. I...
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    Hi All, I'm back on the Left Coast and looking...

    Hi All,

    I'm back on the Left Coast and looking forward to stopping by more often. Isn't the History Channel fun, Dave?! Who produced that one?

    As for me, I'm starting to recruit new students...
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    Hey Bob, Congrats on getting it out! You've...

    Hey Bob,

    Congrats on getting it out! You've put a lot of work into this project. I have watched it on the DVD you gave me and it's good stuff!

    I'm back on the Left Coast again, so perhaps...
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    Congrats Kim! It looks good. Say hello to Jan...

    Congrats Kim! It looks good. Say hello to Jan for me when next you talk with her, I know her from the old days.

    Would love to see it sometime, I am on the East Coast though...
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    Jessica, Always good to have a system...

    Jessica,

    Always good to have a system explained by those who do it.
  9. Movie Fight Favorites

    Good idea to revisit... These are not in any order

    Best use of swordplay with characterization/story in film:

    Lester's 3&4 Musketeers
    The Duelists
    Scaramouce (Granger)
    Lord of the Rings
    Le...
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    Indeed, my friend. And I have noticed the...

    Indeed, my friend.


    And I have noticed the perticular penchant of film directors to change location, set up, blocking, story line at the drop of a hat, and at the last minute. Whereas on the...
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    Jessica, Well said, context is everything....

    Jessica,

    Well said, context is everything. That, solid technique, and lots of practice within an ensemble could be effective indeed.

    I'd also like to amend my earlier comments (written in the...
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    Hey Mario, Good to be back. I guess I...

    Hey Mario, Good to be back.

    I guess I misstated my position a bit. I have know actors who find the footwork helpful in memorizing their choreography. BUT, I tend to emphasize footwork the...
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    Re: Flamberge blades ...

    Hey Mario, Kevin,

    How are you guys? Long time...

    Just to throw my 2 cents in... I held a flamberge rapier in the Tower, and it was much nicer to feel than the repros I've held. Not sure if...
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    Graham, Another way of putting it ... When I...

    Graham,

    Another way of putting it ... When I train scholars to be swordsmen and women, the footwork is the first and most basic building block of understanding how to fight. Your feet get you...
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    Hi all, I did a lot of gun work for stage in...

    Hi all,

    I did a lot of gun work for stage in the San Francisco area for 25 years.

    If you don't trust actors (or yourself to train properly) with black powder weapons, there are some other...
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    Choreographed vs. "Freestyle"

    At the risk of repeating what my esteemed colleagues have said, in my experience, it is training and expertise make the difference in the effectiveness of either of these styles of presentation.
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  17. Thanks Mario!

    Thanks Mario!
  18. Middleton, Good English name...:-) Welcome...

    Middleton, Good English name...:-)

    Welcome to the forum, from an acknowledged anglo-phile.

    And yes, this is a great forum with great participants!

    Cheers!

    Michael
  19. Re-joining the World of the Living

    Hello to all!

    It's been awhile now since I've posted. My appologies! I've missed your collective cyber-company. This is due to not only a couple of heavy back to back performance seasons, but...
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    I second Luke's enthusiam about Dave's work! He...

    I second Luke's enthusiam about Dave's work! He just finished two pirate cutlasses for me for a show and they are gorgeous! I can't say enough about Dave's work, many of my students own his blades...
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    Chen Swords

    I heartily agree about the quality of Dave's weapons, my students and I own a lot of them and are VERY pleased with how they hold up.

    As to use in choreography, since an actor doesn't make a cut...
  22. Pirates!

    Hi all,

    I'm back from a long series of performances. Good to see the discussions in full furvor!

    As to Pirates... The fight sequences did exactly what the director intended, they conveyed...
  23. Kevin, I sometimes agree with them too! ;)

    Kevin, I sometimes agree with them too!
    ;)
  24. The Duellists

    Anthony,

    I agree with all my esteemed colleages, yes, this was a different way of looking at fights in context at the time. For those of us who had seen our fill of Danny Kaye and Errol Flynn as...
  25. Realism

    As William Hobbs, oh yeah, and that other William said before him:

    "Suit the action to the word"

    The source of choreography should be the characters of a piece, this is defined by the script....
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