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Hard Rush: Interview with Gianni Capaldi

Actor Gianni Capaldi was born in Motherwell, Scotland to Italian parents and always nurtured a real passion for film. Growing up with a strong work ethic and an eye for business, he managed a string of family owned businesses in Scotland and even trendy nightclubs in LA before taking his first step into acting. His debut was the Poker mockumentary, All In, and since then he has tackled a variety of acting projects on top of his work as a …

Mark Strange Interview in MMA Uncaged Magazine

Check out my new interview with British Martial Arts actor and good friend, Mark Strange, in the latest issue of MMA Uncaged magazine. We caught up on Mark’s latest news, training secrets and tips for athletes and fighters. Mark’s credits include acclaimed British fight film, 12 (Twelve), Bodyguard: A New Beginning, Best Laid Plans, The Medallion, Twins Effect and more. He’s also preparing for his next film which will be his most physically demanding to date. You can download the …

Mark Strange Interview for Vyomax Nutrition

Interview produced for Vyomax Nutrition‘s website and blog with British action actor and Vyomax sponsored athlete, Mark Strange. Mark answered questions on balancing work and training, nutrition and tips on how to improve and meet personal goals. Mark Strange is an action actor and Vyomax Nutrition ambassador well known to the UK Martial Arts crowd. He has competed internationally, won competitive titles and remains one of the most promising Martial Arts actors on the scene. Having racked up an impressive selection …

Ip Man: Final Battle – Interview with Leo Au-Yeung

Leo Au-Yeung is a Martial Arts instructor with the unique credentials of being the only appointed Wing Chun instructor for the hugely popular Ip Man movies: Wilson Yip’s Ip Man, Herman Yau’s prequel, Ip Man: The Legend is Born and now the forthcoming Ip Man: Final Battle. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Leo subsequently travelled to the UK in order to study at University. As a keen and heavily devoted practitioner of Wing Chun, he was able to train …

Action Overture: Interview with Alan Mak

Born in 1968 in Hong Kong, Alan Mak is a writer, director and producer best known as one of the team who penned and directed the popular Infernal Affairs trilogy. Gaining huge credibility all over the world, he went on to write and direct crime-drama, Overheard, and Martial Arts epic, The Lost Bladesman. Yet despite these recent successes, his career in the business dates back much further and can be traced through his humble beginnings watching afternoon film screenings at …

Gallants: Interview with Clement Cheng

Clement Cheng is fast-becoming one of the most recognised new names on the Hong Kong filmmaker’s circuit. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the young Clement became enamoured by the world of Kung Fu movies and after moving to Canada, enrolled in a filmmaking class with the Hong Kong Director’s Guild. Learning from some of the biggest names in the business, Clement kickstarted an exciting career in movies which led to a hugely successful partnership with fellow filmmaker, Derek Kwok, …

Karate Girl: Interview with Rina Takeda

Born on June 15, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan, Rina Takeda is one of the youngest new action stars in the movie business. Redefining perceptions of the on-screen heroine, she obliterates men twice her size and leaves nothing but a trail of semi-conscious bodies in her wake. As a teen, she earned her black belt in Ryukyu Shorin-ryu Karate and was subsequently invited to audition for the action-packed cult Martial Arts flick, High Kick Girl. This led to a successful new …

Filming Wrapped on The Thompsons

I recently finished work as assistant fight choreographer on the forthcoming horror sequel, The Thompsons. The film is directed by The Butcher Brothers and follows the After Dark Horrorfest hit, The Hamiltons, which was released back in 2006 and did very well! Once again I had the opportunity to work with my friend, Mark Strange, who is well known as an actor and producer but also works as a fight choreographer, having collaborated with some great names in action, including …

Filming Wrapped on Hood

I was very pleased to be asked by friend Okorie Chukwu to come onboard for his directorial debut, Hood, a gritty short film set in the urban metropolis of London. I worked as assistant fight choreographer and played a member of the Fallen Angels gang, essentially a bad guy – though I also got to stalk and kidnap a woman before getting into a 3-on-1 fight with the hero, so there was plenty for my villain to do! The scenes …

Donnie Yen: The Wing Chun Connection – Jade Screen

This was an interesting piece because other than being a huge Donnie Yen fan and loving the Ip Man movies, I trained in Wing Chun for a number of years so it brought a lot of interests together! Regardless of the specific Martial Arts styles on show in his work, action legend Donnie Yen has always demonstrated immense commitment to the physical role, spending months training for film and preparing to ensure the best performance possible. This level of work …

Filming Wrapped on World of the Dead

I recently completed assisting on fight scenes for the sequel to The Zombie Diaries – which is using the sub-title, World of the Dead. I was really pleased to be working with my good friend, Mark Strange, who was the lead fight choreographer on the film. It was a really good experience working with the actors and directors, ensuring the fight scenes were delivered with the right style and believability – all very brutal and hands on. The film is …

Jackie Chan’s Armour of God 3: Looking Back, Moving Forward – Screen Power

Jackie Chan fans all over the world will remember the original Armour of God as a film that redefined the Hong Kong action genre. Not only was this movie a spectacular, cinematic piece of filmmaking by any standard, it also reaffirmed Jackie’s reputation as a world class action star and stunt performer. In the now-legendary sequence which almost cost Jackie his life, the film stands as one of bravest, most daring pieces of action entertainment: a testament to getting the …

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