Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Black Widow - Last Man Standing & Super Fights EXCLUSIVE

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Black Widow Promotions made history when two Legends of Muay Thai 'Frankie Hudders of England Vs Diego Calzolari' of Italy met in the ring on Saturday 23rd April 2016. It was obvious from the start that both fighters looked in great physical shape and had been training very hard. Both fighters had total respect for each other and showed great sportsmanship in the ring... True ambassadors to the sport.
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Director Edmahoo has worked with Yogendra Parekh on many occasions (they both have a great respect for each other as colleagues and have become great friends over the years) and was honoured when he was asked if he would film this spectacular Muay Thai event.
Yogendra Parekh a.k.a Yogi
(Click on Yogi's image to view his profile. Photo design and graphics by Edmahoo)
http://www.blackwidowmartialarts.com/trainers/yogi-martial-arts
(Filmed, Edited & Produced by Edmahoo)
 
 Tony Deane: MC, Commentator, Presenter
One person you may notice a lot on the Muay Thai circuit is Tony Deane. Tony has MC'd on many Muay Thai events and is renowned for his professionalism and flare that people in the Thai community have come accustomed to. Ed and Tony go back many years and it was Tony who introduced Ed to Yogi. Not only does Tony just MC, he has a huge library of knowledge on lots of the fighters in that head of his, he is also well schooled in the sport of Boxing and Muay Thai, of which he uses when he's sat in the commentary booth. Not only has Tony mastered the art in Commentating and MC'ing in front of thousands of people, he has taken his skills another step further (with the assistance of Ed) and started presenting.
Below is a News Round-Up/Review of a Black Widow show which is presented and written by Tony.
(Filmed, Edited, Produced & Directed by Edmahoo)

Tony has also worked with Ed on his film Jet Slade, click on the links below:

JET SLADE TV SPOT - INTERVIEW ONE

JET SLADE TV SPOT - INTERVIEW TWO

LAST MAN STANDING & SUPER FIGHTS
The event was held at the SUPREME Banqueting & Conference with a total of thirty bouts on the Fight Card. It was an all day event with the Junior bouts kicking off the show, with Last Man Standing, Super Fights and Main Fight in the evening. It also featured one MMA bout... If you've just watched Tony's Review above, then you will know what to expect when you go to a Black Widow event, as he explains it to a 'T'.
Because of the vast amount of fights, Ed has to decide what goes on the DVD and sometimes ring entrances are missed off due to the length of the show, with the show usually being on two disks. The advantage of writing posts like this and doing reviews, you get to see parts of the show that you might have missed if you weren't at the event on the day. With nearly everyone these days having a mobile phone or some form of Android device, sometimes the footage is already up online before Ed reaches home... that's social media for ya! But it's not the same as watching an edit from the show as you get the great picture and brilliant sound and commentary that comes with it... You're right in the action!
Diego's Ring Entrance
Diego Calzolari (Italy)
As Diego entered the walkway towards the ring, he was greeted with a rapturous welcome. He has visited the UK on many occasions, as most of his fighters have fought on Black Widow shows before. He looked very confident as he entered the ring and showed his respect to the judges. His demeanour was that of... he'd done this before on many occasions and showed no signs of  being nervous.
Frankie Hudders (England)
Alex Forman (on Commentary) had been talking about this fight all night, and he was just as excited as the audience to see the fight between Frankie and Diego!
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LAST MAN STANDING
 There were some great bouts on the night and everyone fought to the best of their ability.
The four man tournament 'Last Man Standing' was no exception!... With £1000 prize money up for grabs each contestant came to win, but there could only be one winner. Look out for the DVD of this spectacular event 'Coming Soon' in May 2016.

 Below (in no particular order) are all of the Posters used on the day to promote each  bout.
Click on each image to view them.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jet Slade Team!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Jet Slade: Phase III The Finale - From Script to Action

FROM SCRIPT TO FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY:

With Phase III - The Finale heavily into production, we take a sneak peak inside what happens when all of the actors have rehearsed their scripts. What it takes from imagining a fight scene when rehearsing a script to actually adding the action to a scene.

It is sometimes impossible to have all of the actors in one place at the same time, whether it be a script rehearsal or fight/action scene. Ed (the director) has to coordinate his diary to suit everyone and let us tell you, "It's not easy!" He even sometimes acts as stand-in and plays many different characters just to fill in the gaps, and that's also for the action scenes too!


SAFETY
Ed is particularly vigilant and high on safety, which is a huge factor when rehearsing for a fight scene.
He writes his fight scenes to suit each particular actor and what they're capable of doing, never any more than that. He believes that if they put in the time to rehearse, train and condition themselves, then they will shine on screen.

He has a great stunt/fight team that understands his fight curriculum, which makes his life so much easier when explaining a fight scene... This is very important for any director or production team!


FIGHT/ACTION SCENE REHEARSALS AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Before any actor/actress gets to the physical stages of any action scene, they have to go through a vigorous training regime, and even before they get the part (depending on what role they're playing) Ed puts them through a fitness audition test to see how fit they really are exactly. He asks them a few personal questions and whether or not they have had any injuries in the past or at present, he tests their heart and recovery rate and how well they handle certain exercises to determine their fitness. Be aware, some actors will tell you they can do certain things just to get through the front door or to get the part, but this isn't always so. You don't want to waist your time having to train them when they say they fit the credentials and don't. This technique is a good way of weaning out the fakes.

Milja is originally from Finland and has been very fortunate to travel to some fantastic places around the world. With a fitness background and in kickboxing, which she studied in Brazil, Milja attended Ed's advanced Kickboxing Class, so he knew what her capability was when he asked her if she'd like a part as a SLADE Enforcer in his film Jet Slade.
Since starring in Jet Slade, Milja has come on in leaps and bounds. She is very keen to learn and comes alive when it comes to learning anything that involves physical conditioning or fight scenes. Although the type of training introduced to her is new and which she says "Very difficult!" She always gives it her all and tries her best!
Some of these exercises help to strengthen the actors ligaments and prepares them for any physical activity they may have to perform in a fight scene. Especially anything that has a martial arts element.
To really get an example of what some of the cast have to go through in training, especially Wag Doll (our lead actor who stars as Jet), take a look at the video clips of her working out below:
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY AND TRAINING LOCATIONS
Sometimes a fight scene can involve a much bigger cast and fight and stunt team, and though Ed trains each cast member privately, there comes a time when you have to get all of the actors together in one place. So having a bigger location to rehearse is essential. Check your local area for gyms with a studio. Most gym owners can be quite helpful and supportive of what you're doing and can sometimes offer you a reduced studio hire rate or sometimes even for free, so it doesn't hurt to ask. (You may have to book in advance).

We are very fortunate, as Ed is very good friends with the gym owners of Gym Pro and they are very supportive of his work.

Gym-Pro is situated in the heart of Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, and is owned and run by Marc and Sharon Stimpson. It is a family run and friendly gym and has clients from all backgrounds such as: Doctors, Nurses, Solicitors, Teachers, Accountants, Students and much more. They pride themselves by knowing their clients on a personal name basis.

The Face of Gym-Pro: Sharon Stimpson -  Sharon is beautiful, tall, slim and slender and has an amazing figure. She also participates in some of the classes held at the gym and also works  out to her own personal fitness regime... Seen here below.

Marc and Sharon believe  that if you own a gym, then your body must be your business card and they both take pride in their appearance.
 

Marc Stimpson of Gym-Pro seen here below advertising his Weight Plate Workout Regime and also Modelling a Jet Slade T-Shirt, we like that!
 Click on 'Marc's Weight Plate Workout Image' to view his Trailer. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrbLi0yPoFw
For more information about Gym-Pro, please click on their links above.
SCRIPTS
Once the scripts have been rehearsed, we've still got a long way to go as the actors have to get used to adding action to there lines. Even the opening of a door can throw them while they're talking, so can you imagine when they have to jump around or get into a scuffle on set. This is why rehearsals are so important! No actor can just arrive on a set and expect to film a scene, without knowing their lines or the  storyline. Ed wouldn't even allow it!
  
With Milja, Ed focused more on the scripts and the acting side of things, especially the language barrier, although her English is excellent. He knew the physical and fighting side of things would come more naturally to her.

Milja has really enjoyed the experience working with us and the fight team, a shy person she has really come out of her shell and her confidence has grown.

Though a very quiet and reserved person, when it comes to the physical side of things she is not... She comes alive when it comes to fighting, training or fitness. She has taken on so much in such a short time that she's been with us and we have no doubt that she'll be continuing the sport when she leaves us. Yes that's right, she leaves us to go back to Finland four days after we film her scene. She will be sadly missed.
With her time spent with us, she has been introduced to a different side of kickboxing, perfected and understood the importance of technique, stretching, self defence and much more ethical parts of the sport. Below are a few images of her and Stunt Coordinator Chris Dresser:
 
Chris Dresser: Stunt and Fight Coordinator
with Ed (Director of Jet Slade)
   As we drawer closer to filming day, we fine tune the fight techniques and make sure the actors look and perform their scenes as best as they can. It's a long process from rehearsing their lines to fight choreography, but it's a crucial and well worth process when everything runs smoothly and every performs well on the day of the shoot!

Here's a very first exclusive look at 'Behind the Scenes' footage of her going through part of the choreography for her fight scene. Director Edmahoo acts as stand in and Chris is on stunts. What a great time she had rehearsing.
We want our cast members to really enjoy their time with us, and we want to share this journey with you. We really hope you've enjoyed reading this post and hope it helps in some way and gives you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

Look out for more exiting posts from us.

Thanks for reading,

Jet Slade Team!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Actor Profile - Hena Mikael

Hena Mikael
Hena, seen below in the middle (Ayesha Latif,left and Wag Doll, right) is having so much fun starring in Jet Slade. This will be her debut appearance as lead pathologist to the S.L.A.D.E agency. Hena has always been intrigued in Forensic Science, so when Ed the director approached and asked her if she'd be interested in taking on the role as lead pathologist, she was ecstatic!
With no prior acting experience and through the guidance of Ed, Hena has performed fantastically in script rehearsals and aced her first film shoot on the set of Jet Slade, showing that she's got what it takes to be part of such a great cast.
Hena is seen in a screen grab (below) on the right with Jet played by lead actress Wag Doll on set of Jet Slade, as they both investigate a crime scene.
Here's another shot of Hena (below) as lead pathologist capturing a few shots of a crime scene.
Originally from Leeds, West Yorkshire UK... Hena has had experience working in the criminal justice system and Ed knew that she would be the perfect casting for the lead pathologist, and with her being a keen fan of the American TV crime drama C.S.I, it was the perfect role for her.

Hena is a very shy, polite, kind and quiet person, but you would never expect it especially when in rehearsals and on set...  and isn't afraid to speak up when questioning scripts and how Ed wants her to portray her character.

She has made friends with some of the cast and has really grown in confidence. The promotional poster below shows just that... seen here with actor Stephen Johnson.  
With Phase III - The Finale heavily into production, Hena has a few more scenes to film and can't wait to start rehearsals again. She can been seen in the second Teaser Trailer for 'Jet Slade: Rise of the Black Hood' right here:
Hena is a beautiful and intelligent woman and is a strong believer in her faith and is very close to her family, and yet still is very knowledgeable to what's happening in the world around her.
 
We hope you've enjoyed reading our 'Actor Profiles' as much as we enjoy working with them. Look out for more profiles coming up in the near future as we get closer to the the final stages of Jet Slade.

Thanks for reading...

Jet Slade Team!