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UPDATED: Live Action Street Fighter 4 Ultra Combos

Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 8:12pm

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to show you all a test vid we put up yesterday. We thought it'd be fun and good practice to try and mimic the crazy stylistic ultra combos that are in Street Fighter 4 - Doing so, we've made up a few original ones for ourselves. If you're a Street Fighter 4 player or familiar with the game, these should hopefully ring a bell with ya! hah

Hope you enjoy!


#1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Sm444_zOw


#2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUI4CZZcT7A (Femme Fatale)


#3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR5wXrak2k4 (Final Round)



And later this month we'll be releasing a new original concept webseries **Drama/SciFi. We plan on only doing 2 episodes ourselves (15min each or so) because we plan on trying to pitch. When all said in done, it should be a series that hopefully no one has ever done/seen before (stylistically, especially). We're excited smile

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Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:07pm

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I have only played the demo of SF4, but you guys nailed the style. Your cinematography for these is always top notch. Great stuff, man!

Definitely looking forward to your new webseries concept. Sounds cool, and something more than some tests will be a nice change. wink
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:07pm

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That was pretty sweet.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 12:40am

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CX3

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Thanks guys!

Yeah we've been developing the concept series for the last 2 months. We can't wait to shoot and finally show it people.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 8:05am

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I certainly know where my "best cinematography" award will go to. smile
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 8:45am

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*Blushes* ... *Even though that's impossible*

Haha thanks, man!
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 10:19am

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Niiice.

Very much looking forward to this webseries.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 10:24am

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Awesome CX3 'Ya'll'

Although I'd love to that series of fights within different environments... and perhaps Chung-Li doing the upside-down bicycle kick.

Make these things happen, thanks.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 10:43am

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Very, very cool! Also, I'm thrilled to hear that you're returning to original material. I still miss the Komikarate days (sniff).

Looks like this vid has found a nice big audience already, too. Gaming-related videos seem to be the big thing on YouTube these days.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 7:39pm

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Yeah I can't lie... The response to this video was unexpected. We were just trying to put some small bits of content out before our next big short haha. The view count is cool but we're really happy with the overwhelming amount of subscribers that have well... subscribed...
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 10:05pm

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Very nice.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 1:05pm

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WOW that was fantastic. I love the use of blurring and judder when the hits connected and the KO graphics were seamless along with the camera work. Well impressive fighting aswell.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 8:11pm

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And now you're featured by Geekologie, Nice one! smile
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 8:17pm

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Haha that's awesome!
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 10:00pm

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P.S. Cool, fun stuff. If I had any criticism it would only be that some of the punches don't feel like they have weight/connect - what makes those animations in the game so fun is that the characters reaction to being hit is SO extreme, and that doesn't carry over very well to reality. I'm not sure how to fix!

Otherwise, awesome. My Real Life special move involves running away and hiding in a dustbin.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 11:27pm

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A while back, after renting the game and playing through all of the tutorials and starting a game on easy, I spent about 2 hours redoing the same guy, trying to at least chip away half of his life before being handed my ass back to me. After pondering the option of hurling my controller out the window, I promptly returned it and never want to play that evil thing ever again.

However, I watched this three times. So you beat out the actual game in my book smile
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2011, 7:33pm

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Hey thanks guys haha. And good note Hybrid. We'll definitely work on that!
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2011, 8:10pm

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I really loved this! Great work, the fighting and the overall style of your shots captured the game perfectly i feel. Some of the moves were especiially crazy and creative (The guy wearing the red fleece/sleeveless jacket thing was especially good) I look forward to seeing your future project!
Sam
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2011, 8:16pm

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You know how I generally feel about your fight videos and the plethora of them, by I'd be remiss if I didn't give you massive congrats on this. The technique and cinematography are both top-notch but in a wonkier, more original and artful way than I expected- and as always sound-editing and choreography are astounding. It's great that you're getting the views you are- you absolutely deserve them, congrats!

Content-wise, I'm still more indifferent- the whole videogame feel and look in cinematic sequences doesn't really phase me, but I can definitely appreciate and acknowledge when it's done with such care and prowess, and you've got that here. The lines and some cuts are super-cheesy-territory in my book, but I get what you're going.

And judging by your audience, you got there. Good job, bud!
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 2:26am

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CX3

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Hey thanks guys!


We put out a Femme Fatale pack today haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUI4CZZcT7A

The girls wanted in on some of the action as well.
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 3:43am

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That is some jaw-dropping editing and shooting, right there. I thought that one was in fact much better than the first one smile
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 4:00am

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That was fan-f*cking-tastic, CX3. I agree with Pooky. Totally kick ass.
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 4:43am

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Really great stuff! The camera quality on these (not the cinematography, but rather the DSLR-luminance-ramp-and-micro-shakiness) seemed a little lower than the other 7D-shot videos I've seen from you, but seeing as I dunno how you even shoot stuff this precise in the first place, it's still extremely, extremely impressive. biggrin

Great stuff as always, man.
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 10:05am

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CX3 - how do you go about choreographing the camerawork? Do you improv as you go, or is it all strictly storyboarded, or a mixture, or what?

As Ben says, your fight cinematography style of so precise, while still feeling entirely fluid and natural. It's amazing! It's also pretty much unlike anything else that I can think of.
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 10:10am

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It's true. Alcohol does make you sleepy...

Awesome stuff CX3. As I said before having a bit of lighting and more atmosphere around the characters would be awesome.. so you just went and did it, the final fight in that last video was brilliant because of the darkness around the characters and streetlit scene - smack that together with your high octane completely seemless fighting and yes, brilliant. I do wonder if a full 5-10 minute fight scene would get a bit too much in this style though? It works for short bursts because you can follow what's going on...
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 1:24pm

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Amazing, best one yet. I actually love this.
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 6:02pm

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Hey many thanks everyone!

Tarn - Thanks man! Yeah everything was just made up as we went along for these. We have storyboards and exact choreography for our upcoming bigger projects but for stuff like this, we just have fun. There's a good few shots I wish I could re-do but overall I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

Er-No - Thanks! Yeah on the final video we definitely took note and shot at different locales for each combo (except for 2 - Time issues ha). It definitely adds more for sure though. But yeah, there's no way I could actually do a long lasting fight in this style.
It'd just be too much for the viewer crazy haha
Posted: Tue, 15th Feb 2011, 7:55pm

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This stuff looks top-notch, once again.

As always, I want to offer a caution you not to shoehorn yourself into something specific (in this case the wide-angle-close-up-fish-eye-ish fight-cinematography-style) to where it becomes all that you do- but if you're enjoying it and continue trying new things, I wish you the best of luck at it.

There's something very slick and intriguing about your style in these things. It's all very same-y for me, but not in a bad way- more with just a general consistency of quality and solidity. Still, I think things like your Tag Team fight video are more alluring to me, because they stick to a more varied style of cinematography and pacing, and are really, really well done. So congrats on that front.

I still feel like you're not quite breaching that level of 'profoundly cool' cinematography just yet- but that's more a matter of sticking with a specific style of shooting for these things, and less to do with technique or skill.

As always, I'd like to see more from you. But these are still really cool and well-made, and it's nice to see you get the audience and views you've always deserved! 5,000 subscribers, nice!
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2011, 6:19pm

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Hey thanks man!

Just letting you guys know the final vid has been put up. Hope you like!
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2011, 6:20pm

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Just saw it and loved it! Haha! My favorite of the 3(?)
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2011, 7:35pm

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Hey thanks man smile
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2011, 8:31pm

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These are all awesome, but the third one is best. It's the most visceral of the three.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 12:33am

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Yeah, the new one is ultra wicked. My mind was blown by some of those shots, CX3.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 3:37am

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Beautiful and sexy at the same time.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 9:28am

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Wow, that latest installment really takes it up a few levels. More imaginative fighting, even tighter camerawork and editing, and you found some beautiful locations. The beach and mountain road in particular are stunning.

I've really got no live action reference points for this stuff. It feels like you've created a whole new approach to shooting fights.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2011, 9:54am

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Hehe, brilliantly shot and the beautiful backgrounds really do lift it all up immensly. There would be MORE to be had in that area though, if I'm going to make a specific suggestion. Some shots really give a taste at how utterly stunning this could become if the background sets were even more used and more prominent.

I'm no fan of martial arts per se, but the way this is shot is really cool and I wouldn't even know where to begin to approach something like this. Really really awesome stuff.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2011, 11:51pm

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Hey thanks a ton guys! I'm glad they're getting better. Amazingly this series has landed us a lot crazy offers. I can't wait to share the information with you all! biggrin
Posted: Fri, 4th Mar 2011, 12:10am

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I'd love to see a video of you recording these haha. Just how you move the cameras, adjust the zoom and what not. It'd certainly be entertaining to watch and learn.
Posted: Fri, 4th Mar 2011, 1:03am

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Yes, I will marry you if you make a making-of for this kind of shooting.
Posted: Fri, 4th Mar 2011, 1:54am

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Haha I'll do what I can!

Pooky, don't skimp out on the ring size. snooty
Posted: Fri, 4th Mar 2011, 2:22am

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My next movie is going to put people to sleep compared to this...