*UPDATE* Video added
We dropped in on Ken Abbott and his band of volunteers as they were rigging up a jerk-back ready for next fight in their latest short film. Ken is a director, shooter and editor as well as a very talented martial artist.
His previous work includes the impressive Scavengers of the Scarlet Wastes short film and web series which he describes as:
Tank Girl meets Mad Max meets Mighty Boosh. Scavengers of The Scarlet Wastes is a post-apocalyptic comedy packed full of bewildering humor, ridiculous action and a sprinkle of geeky pop-culture!
These productions are all very low on budget but high on enthusiasm and imagination. Ken and his friends are regular cosplayers and make their very impressive costumes from scratch. They are also adept at finding interesting and varied locations.
On this occasion Ken and friends were in the middle of the bush where a huge armored night was going to be fighting a rapier wielding hero. Rope was being thrown over branches and secured with safety line. Crash mats were laid down and spotters were in position. For a no budget production there sure was some exciting action going on.
Some of the stunts included a whole bunch of choreography and acrobatic moves as well as the aforementioned jerk-back, where a cable is rigged up to a high point behind an actor wearing a harness. When the team pull hard on the other end of the cable the actor goes flying back and up. Some crash mats and a controlled release of the cable is what keeps the actor safe.
Check out the interview with Ken Abbott below and checkout the links to his web series.
You can follow Kens’ current project here.
Here is the completed video:
This post will continue to be updated with more information as well as Kens’ new short as soon as it is available. We will also be sure to check back in on Ken and see what he has planned next.
In the mean time take a look at some of the pictures from behind the scenes on Kens’ shoot and take a look at the Scavengers of the Scarlet Wastes below:
The Scarlet Wastes
Kens’ previous works Scavengers of the Scarlet Wastes is a post apocalyptic sci fi short filled with fights and after effects work:
The behind the scenes show Ken and his friends doing what they do best, making the most of some cool locations, working with limited resources, bringing multiple skills to play to make something very cool:
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