Sunday, 28 February 2016

Marc Stimpson Brings The Fun Back into Martial Arts for Kids!

Every so often we like to tell you what's
happening behind the scenes.

Director Edmahoo has trained in Martial Arts
for nearly 40 years, so it was no surprise to him
when fellow training partner Marc Stimpson setup a kids
kickboxing class at his gym along with Sifu Reg Jones
(the founder of Leeds Freestyle Kickboxing).

 Click the links below to watch Marc's Weight Plate Workout Trailers
(Filmed, edited and produced by director Edmahoo)

Gym Pro is where the cast and director Edmahoo get to rehearse their fight choreography and action scenes.

 Marc seen here below with the lead cast of Jet
Marc seen here as stuntman with actor Humphrey Casely-Hayford

Marc has a background in:
Martial Arts, Boxing, Sport and Physical Science.
Although a huge supporter in Martial Arts, he believes 
that martial arts should be practical and work!

Kids are our future and we all know how they
can be unpredictable at times, so Marc has come up
with a brilliant and genius way of  keeping them active,
interested, entertained, fit, strong and flexible in a fun
and entertaining way... Still teaching them the discipline
and respect that every martial artist should have.

So what is this ingenious new technique?
 Marc's student demonstrates a typical
example of a Primal Movement.
Marc believes that as we get older, we forget the simple
things like crawling and doing all the natural kid
movements we did as a child. (He has even introduced it to his
advanced adults classes)... So by adding these
Primal Movements, it becomes a 'Multi-Functional' exercise,
you're working more than one muscle group at once,
naturally building strength, flexibility and your core at the same time.
Marc has even given each Primal Movement a name and uses it as a
way of testing the kids and making sure they're understanding
and listening to what he's teaching them. So it's a beautiful sight to see
when their arms start raising to answer his questions.

Below are a few more examples:

Still keeping to the traditional discipline and way of martial arts,
Marc teaches the kids the ethics of respect and shows them
and their parents how it can really help to improve their
confidence and self respect.

We really hope you enjoyed reading this post, as we like to help promote
some of the people we work with and who have helped us in the making
of our film 'Jet Slade'. If you haven't seen our first exclusive trailer then click
on the link below, and look out for more posts and news updates about our film.

(Directed by Edmahoo)

Thanks for reading...

Jet Slade Team!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Jet Slade - Phase III News Update

With Jet Slade kicking into gear for 2016 for the finale, rehearsals start again in March.
Director Edmahoo has been working frantically getting the scripts together
and casting new members to complete his action packed thriller!

Introducing Rochelle Goldman 
 (Click on her name to follow her on Twitter).
 Roch' is really looking forward to getting into action and
meeting the rest of the cast members, she has the right calibre
to be a Chief Slade Enforcer and has what it takes to be a tough leader.
She'll need to be, as she'll have to contend with one of her trusted
and loyal agents 'Jet' Slade.

Roch lives in Leeds UK and is from a Musical and Theatre
background and has been involved in performances such as
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
Although her character isn't someone she'd usually portray,
she envisioned it as something totally different to what she
is used to and jumped at the challenge.

Roch leads a busy lifestyle, but in her spare time likes to meet 
and catch up with family and close friends which is very important to her.
With frequent weekend visits to the Lake District (UK) with her husband,
she likes to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life
and walk her dog Tilly in the country side.
A keen cyclist, Roch likes to get out and about touring England and Spain.
Fitness is also a big part in her life and is very proud of one of her biggest 
achievements, and that was to run in the London Marathon.

We are very pleased to have Roch on board and look forward
to working with her in the up and coming next few weeks.

"Welcome to our world Rochelle Goldman".

Rochelle Goldman as Chief Slade Enforcer.
   Look out for more exciting news from Jet Slade.
If you still haven't seen our trailer yet, click on the link below.

Thanks for Reading,

Jet Slade Team!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Just a few 'Behind The Scenes' images of some of the cast on the set of Jet Slade.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Emma Fights for Charity

Cast member Emma Preston has been training hard for a charity boxing event,
which will be held in York UK on Saturday 5th March 2016. It is for a good
cause as it's for 'York Special Baby Care Unit' a charity run organisation.

There is also a 'York Special Baby Care Support Group' on Facebook.

We wish Emma all the best for her charity bout!

Jet Slade Team!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

1000 Followers on Twitter - Winner Announcement

A Time to Celebrate!
We are delighted to announce that director Edmahoo
(seen here holding the camera rig)
has reached 1000 followers on Twitter.
This might not sound very much but it does to Ed,
as he has always wanted the right kind of followers
to follow him on his journey... People who have a creative flare
and who are full of talent, but most of all are interested in his work.

Today he reached 1000 viewers and the winner that took him there
was the 1000th follower:

(Click on the link above or their logo below to visit their Twitter account)

"Building successful networks, communities and audiences for
Women Filmmakers of Color and their allies.
•Diversity is Film in Living Color•"

Thanks, you win a Jet Slade T-Shirt!
Director Edmahoo's selfie modelling a Jet Slade T-Shirt.
We have already been in contact and your prize will be in the post asap!

Not seen our Trailer for Jet Slade yet?
Check it out below!

Thanks, Jet Slade Team!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Cutting Room Floor


It's not just in the big Hollywood blockbuster movies that we don't get to see that deleted scene, it also happens on the small screen, and let's not forget the indie film maker too.

With DVD and Bluray containing special features and deleted scenes, you can't help but ask yourself, "Why was that scene cut from the film?"

Maybe the pacing wasn't right or it just didn't fit, or the storyline and script had changed slightly? The director has a vision when making a film and it's usually his decision when and why scenes are cut from a film. It's only until you start making your own film you realise the reasons for this.

Making Jet Slade has been a roller coaster of a ride and an experience. I've come across countless hurdles, but I've used this to my advantage and learnt from and overcome it. Sometimes these things happen that are totally out of your control and that's it, learn to accept it!

A really good example of this is... The cast had rehearsed really hard for weeks for a scene, the location was arranged, the costumes were all organised and the date was set. The  cast were excited to film as it was a very dramatic scene. Two days before we were supposed to film I was let down for the location! My heart sunk... If you've every been in this situation then you'll know that feeling. The thought of having to ring the cast to tell them, "All their hard work they'd been rehearsing for for weeks was going to be rescheduled for a later date." This definitely was not going to happen!

To cut a long story short, I managed to sort out a new location. I converted my garage which worked out even better than expected.

So why am I telling you this?

Well, the moral of this story is... Whether it's an actor, storyline, script, location or film shoot. Always have a backup plan, you never know when that 'what if' will happen.

The advantages of writing, producing, directing and editing this feature has really been a test of my patience, endurance, people skills, temperament, time-keeping and let's not forget... keeping a hold of my sanity... It takes a special kind of person to take on a big responsibility, so if you feel like you're in over your head, do your research and find people who can help and fill the weaker points you think you may struggle at.

You're on your own but you are your own boss, you answer to yourself (this can also be an advantage too)... There's no time for rest, the responsibility, organisation and planning is all yours so be prepared to work hard as it can feel like a long haul... But don't give up as it will prevail in the end, there is a light at the end of that tunnel.

Having all of these skills and a vision of how you want your film to look is crucial, don't go straight into a project without having no idea of what you're doing. Planning and preparation is key and most of all, be passionate about your project. Don't get sidetracked, keep focused!

Unfortunately due to a few changes to the storyline of Jet Slade, this scene had to be cut from the film. Although part of it featured in the trailer and was very effective, it won't be featured in the film.

A lot of hard work goes into the preparation of filming a scene and it can sometimes seem like a big let down for the cast involved, but you have be harsh and make that decisive decision and think about the storyline and the direction of the film. This is the 'not so nice' part of being a director, but you have to get used to it.

In this scene, an agent is tuning into a conversation... His partner is wearing a wire of which his cover has just been blown. The agent in the car hasn't realised this because he's being distracted by a beautiful lady who turns out to be an assassin. (The scene is supposed to inter-cut with another scene at the same time).

Our first exclusive trailer featuring this scene can be seen below:

How we used the Rotolight to light the scene.

Jet Slade is a dark action thriller and director Edmahoo wanted to use as much natural lighting as possible. This scene was filmed on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, where there are some amazing locations to shoot. The Rotolight came in handy for this scene as it lit the area perfectly. You can see how the Rotolight was used in this next clip 'The Cutting Room Floor: Behind The Scenes - Deleted Scene.
At the opening of the scene, you can see how dark it is but as soon as the Rotolight is placed into position, it brings the scene alive. There is also a great scene where one of the actors is sat in the vehicle, and as soon as the Rotolight is placed on him, the scene also comes alive. See the clip below:

Jet Slade: The Cutting Room Floor - Behind The Scenes:

The Rotolight is a vital piece of lighting kit director Edmahoo always has in his camera bag, it's very light to carry, easy to use, the batteries lasts for about two hours if used constantly, it's bright and gives that really nice illuminated white light effect enhancing the scene. It's tough and durable and has been dropped a few times and is still going strong!

Just to recap: A lot of time, effort and hard work goes into filming a scene: Planning, organising rehearsals, story lines, scripts, costumes, locations, props, lighting, filming, editing, visual fx. So it's very important to plan your scenes. It doesn't matter if you're working on a huge or small budget, a scene can still be cut from a film.

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We hope you've liked this blog post and found it helpful and
thanks for taking the time out to read this post.

Jet Slade Team!