Category: filmmaking tips

BDB’s Favorite Fight Choreographers

Posted on February 4th, by Micah Moore in Articles, Beat Down Boogie, filmmaking tips, Inspiration.


I love stylish action and creative fights. It takes more than fast hands and flashy kicks to wow me. I love a fight that:
*makes clever use of the environment;
*reveals the mindset of the characters; shows their strengths and weaknesses
*establishes themes such as ‘strong vs fast’ or ‘skilled vs determined’
*has meaning and contributes to the overall story

Choreographers that embody all these qualities are rare. But here are some of my favorites:

JACKIE CHAN. Sure, this is … Read the rest

Mario Warfare – Costume Guide

Posted on August 16th, by Micah Moore in filmmaking tips, Mario Warfare.


We’ve gotten a lot of questions about Mario Warfare Costumes. Here’s our breakdown, including links. (NOTES: The links are the closest items I could find at the time of writing this guide. In some cases the original costume might have minor variations.) Of course, you can always do your own spin on these costumes, too.


MARIO:
Red Newsboy Cap
Rocky Balboa Wig
6-Way Mustache
Red / Black Shemagh Scarf
Red Underarmour Shirt
EA Gear RAV MOLLE Assault Vest *Spray-painted BlueRead the rest

The Making of Mario Warfare Parts 1 and 2

Posted on July 5th, by Micah Moore in Beat Down Boogie, behind the scenes, filmmaking tips, Mario Warfare.

Hey everyone, if you’re interested in seeing how our small crew makes films, here you go!  Thanks to Mike Leonard for filming and editing our behind-the-scenes.

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What We’ve Been Up To!

Posted on April 1st, by Micah Moore in Beat Down Boogie, behind the scenes, filmmaking tips, Mario Warfare.


Several fans of Mario Warfare have asked us about our production schedule for upcoming Mario Warfare episodes. I wanted to take a second to share our insight on the film-making process. It’s a long process filled with lots of effort. Even for Hollywood films with a 100 million dollars, and 100’s of crew members working full time, it can take years to finish a film. We have like, 3 crew and work around our day jobs, lol. Here’s what we’ve … Read the rest

The Prop Weapons of Mario Warfare

Posted on January 2nd, by Micah Moore in filmmaking tips, Mario Warfare.


I have to admit, bashing each other with sledge hammers in Mario Warfare was every bit as fun as it seemed. Of course, this is because the realistic-looking sledgehammers were actually safe prop weapons made by http://www.specter-studios.com

When we started making action movies, we did a lot of stuff wrong. For one thing, we frequently hurt each other during fight scenes. At the time, we though really hitting each other would make our scenes more realistic. But it was very … Read the rest

What We Learned By Making a Fan Film

People tend to have mixed feeling about fan films. Some people think it’s awesome to indulge in your passion for a franchise. Other people think it’s cheap and unoriginal.
After making Modern War Gear Solid, we’ve come to one conclusion; making a fan film was the best film school we’ve ever experienced.

CHARACTERIZATION

Snake Plissken.  Han Solo.  Nathan Drake.  John McClain. Wolverine.  Indiana Jones.

What makes these characters so awesome?  How can I create an awesome character?  By directing fan … Read the rest

The Making of Modern War Gear Solid

We wanted to give you a peek of how we run things on the set. It’s hard work, but we keep it fun. We’ll have some new outtakes and bloopers up soon!

Usually we have a 3-man crew (with the lead actors helping out as well), but for more ambitious scenes we get a couple more volunteers. When we started out, the only real gear we had were the monopods, tripods, and Rick’s SmallHD monitor. But a few equipment companies … Read the rest

Filmmaker Spotlight: Blame Society

Posted on March 14th, by Micah Moore in Articles, filmmaking tips, Inspiration.

While MWGS part 5 is in post-production, it’s a good time to pay tribute to the awesome filmmakers of the YouTube era. Next Up: Blame Society Productions



Most of us have heard of Chad Vader, the YouTube parody of a certain Star Wars villain. But many people don’t know that Matt Sloan, the voice of Chad Vader, is the actual voice of Darth Vader in the games “The Force Unleashed,” “Soul Caliber IV” and “Empire at War: Forces of … Read the rest

Filmmaker Spotlight: HMCindie

Posted on February 22nd, by Micah Moore in Articles, behind the scenes, filmmaking tips, Inspiration, Short Film.

While MWGS part 4 and 5 are in post-production, it’s a good time to pay tribute to the awesome filmmakers of the YouTube era. Next Up: HMCindie.

If you’re a video game blog addict (guilty!), you may have seen this trailer last year:



Our Finnish friends over at HMCindie have made film homages to Duke Nukem, Fallout, Tomb Raider, Army of Two, and even the Playstation Move. We sat down with Mikko Löppönen from HMCindie to discuss filmmaking and video … Read the rest

Filmmaker Spotlight: Clinton Jones

Posted on February 3rd, by Micah Moore in Articles, filmmaking tips, Inspiration, Short Film.

While MWGS part 4 and 5 are in post-production, it’s a good time to pay tribute to the awesome filmmakers of the YouTube era. First up: Clinton Jones.

You might know him as Pwnisher on YouTube, or as the director of CBE films. But most of you know Clinton Jones as the maker of Cardboard Warfare.



The idea for Cardboard Warfare started innocently enough – Clinton and his friend Tyler wanted to make a full-sized tank. But steel plates are … Read the rest