Kung Fu Blog
- This marked the final day of production for our second film in the Lessons of Fate series, and although it was less physical than the rest of the process, everyone was introduced to a new, equally difficult part of the process – POST-PRODUCTION! A lot goes into a film making it off of the cutting room floor, including audio and video editing. One of the steps that we worked on today was audio recording with Dmitry and Jeff.
- Audio recording is done during post-production in order to make sure that all of the dialogue and video match. Otherwise, the lip-sync might make the film look like an old 70's style kung-fu Shaw-Brothers feature (we didn't want to go that direction just yet). Jeff Silberman had his work cut out for him as the Narrator. While he didn't have to match audio to video, the numerous lines and different intentions in each scene made it a challenge worth accepting.
- The heavy gusto was placed on the shoulders of Dima, who had to make sure not only that his English was intact, but that it matched what he was saying on the screen. Each dialogue took three, five, up to eight times, and some took even more! With such a pressing task, Dmitry met and excelled past expectations to help make our film professional and remarkable!
- The next installment promises to have even more dialogue, action, and excitement, as well as a pertinent and uplifting message. Here's hoping you enjoy all of our hard work!
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T'was the season for Kung Fu Fun! Here is a video compilation of our Kung Fu Winter Camp on December 22-23rd in Los Angeles. To say we had a great time would an understatement! The kids were excited to be so involved, and they ran the gamut on everything from relay races to training to fight choreography. We even had a guest appearance by Christmas' favorite malcontent, The Grinch (whohelped the kids get in shape). Be sure to join us next Holiday season for even more high-kicking yuletide festivities!!!
Our final day of shooting took place in the valet garage of the Brentwood Gardens Shopping Center. While they usually boast some of the best high-end fashion shopping in the area, today this marvelous bazaar served as the place where our main character begins his journey toward true dignity. After winning the title fight against the top contender, Dima's character leaves the fight with a swollen ego and the championship belt. Yet even through his haughtiness and rudeness, he can't help but notice when the master finally appears.
Our first shoot day on Lessons of Fate was all about action – fists flying, hip tosses and back-fists galore. Our second day of shooting in Bel-Air Los Angeles had our talent working just as hard, but this time the film's main hero, Dmitry Prosvirov, got to dabble in an art which was as fun and intriguing for him as it was difficult – acting. This day was a learning experience for all, and gave us a taste of everything that goes into the production process in front of and behind the camera.
This past October 31 marked Kung Fu of Golden Dragon's 1st Annual Kung Fu Terror Training. It was a hauntingly fun time for all the students! The festivities ranged from sharing treat bags and dressing in our favorite costumes to techniques and weapons drills (with the Reaper's Scythe of course). We look forward to even more fun and more family next year! Save the date... the next party will be TO DIE FOR!!!
Golden Dragon student Jeff Silberman sits down to tell about how kung fu has improved his life. One of the school's most promising pupils, Jeff shares his take on self-defense, the differences between various styles, and how kung fu has been for him a "Fountain of Youth".
Music - "Invasion of the Southern Barbarian Pirates" by Noriyuki Asakura
Tuesday was a full day for everyone at the kwoon. This would be the day that all of the drills, reps, and meticulous choreography would pay off. Master Valery's cinematic brainchild, Lessons of Fate, is a working series that tells the story of a young man on a voyage toward self-discovery and enlightenment, and of the obstacles he encounters along the way. While the main character's journey is rocky, he wasn't the only one suffering from bumps and bruises. In the few short hours we spent filming, we gained enough bangs and bumps to remind us why martial arts cinema is one of the hardest professions in the world.
Preliminary fight choreography for Lessons Of Fate starring Dmitry Prosvirov and Bohannon Orr. The upcoming second chapter, directed and choreographed by Valery Prosvirov, promises just as much enlightenment as action!
Today Basil Masters, the White Dragon, stopped by the school for a visit - and on all days, our 2nd year Birthday Party! Master Valery was honored to show his awesome acquaintance the lay of the land, as well as some lightning-fast moves on the Wooden Man and the renowned - and dreaded - Two Finger Push Ups!! The two were happy to celebrate this momentous event together after their first meeting almost a year ago at the Martial Arts Hall of Fame...
Basil and Master Valery are excited to be working together, and are looking forward to pushing through numerous creative projects soon. Aside from upcoming sizzle shorts, their next project, Lessons of Fate, will be filled with action and wisdom, and will also usher in more opportunities for Golden Dragon's new Action Theater class! Stop by, and don't miss out!