by wjw on June 23, 2008

Here’s a video showing what clever amateurs can do these days.

Ryan vs Dorkman 2.

Okay, they can’t act, and they don’t know how to sell their kicks and elbow strikes, but honestly— when was the last time you saw an action movie climax that was as good as this?

halojones-fan June 24, 2008 at 4:27 pm

I saw this before, and the thing that struck me was how much craft is still needed to make something look like a professional production.

Indeed, maybe that’s the result of the digital-effects revolution. We’re past the point where you can distinguish high-budget from low-budget by the effects work. Lighting, editing, camera work, makeup and wardrobe; all of these things are where individuals can make recognizable contributions.

Michael Bernstein July 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

While they are certainly actors, and arguably amateur film-makers, they are both actually digital effects professionals.

Check out the FAQ interviews here:

The site also has other behind-the-scenes info and higher quality downloads.

Michael Bernstein July 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Argh. “certainly *amateur* actors”.

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