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July 07 2013

Making 'The Wish'. The latest release from Buffy stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt, featuring close to half an hour of largely continuous uncut behind the scenes footage.

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Interesting video.
I don't know if it is the way the action is being filmed, or the scene cutting, but the martial artists look a lot faster in this video than they do in the final episode. The action looks a lot more impressive in this behind the scenes footage (even though the angles make it clear that no blows are being landed).
OneTev, I noticed that too. It's funny because you expect it would be the other way around! I get why it might appear a bit slower when they cut to the closeup of the actors throwing a punch etc. But when the camera is just on Sophia I have no clue why she appears slower than she does in this footage. Weird.
Totally a theory, but maybe at the absolute-fastest pace it just looks choreographed. It definitely (of course) feels that way in these vids, at least--I wonder if it maybe just looks too much like going through the motions of something.
@sumogrip: I understand that they don't have the weeks to film a 10 minute fight scene correctly. (Jackie Chan mentions that sort of time frame in his movie commentaries.) But I was thinking more of the speed of a single strike, or a graceful combo (like a low and high kick with the same leg). I was impressed with what Sophia was doing, the quickness and precision, and wanted to mention it was a shame that it didn't come through completely.

I suspect it is the TV "tennis angle". The overhead shot lets me see the whole court (and would help disguise the use of stunt doubles), but it also hides the fact that the tennis ball is going 50-100% faster than I would hit it.
One thing watching these videos certainly makes clear to me is a comment Joss makes in one of the Buffy commentaries about Buffy "strapping on her fighting boobs." It amazes me how well the stunt sequences work, on the whole, at fooling you into believing that the same person is doing both the acting and the stunts, despite the strikingly disparate physiques involved. All a matter of clever choreography and camera angles and so on. Plus, of course, a measure of "willing suspension of disbelief" on the viewer's part.
OneTev, I noticed that too. It's funny because you expect it would be the other way around! I get why it might appear a bit slower when they cut to the closeup of the actors throwing a punch etc. But when the camera is just on Sophia I have no clue why she appears slower than she does in this footage. Weird.

Choosing/shifting between different frame-rates during heavy action sequences is pretty much an art in itself is a film editing art form in and of itself (called Ramping.) There's even a compound trope for it. Virtually no cinematic action sequences are captured and then played back at a constant rate (unlike what you see in a video like this one.)


ETA:
On a personal note I really enjoyed just watching Pruitt's body language in this video as he directs - it brings back many fond memories I have of all of the various dance choreographers/stage directors I've worked with over the years (since it all really is just the same thing.)

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2013-07-09 16:37 ]

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