gareth_evans_pre_vis 2The world is full of surprises, some good, some bad. The Raid’s Gareth Evans’ just uploaded a brand new short film, and its indeed, a good surprise. Having not picked up a camera for a few years, he got together with stalwarts Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Hannah Al Rashid, to create a short sequence testing some killer moves and ideas. The results prove how Evans is truly one of the best action directors out there right now. The details in his choreography are human, building his characters as he pulls our eye in and out of each shot with precision, and there are very few that can build and maintain tension in the way that he does. via

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From Evans: In a time of civil war, a young warrior is given the task of delivering a treaty between two rival lords. During her journey through the woods however, she finds herself hunted by two assassins intent on intercepting her message of peace in a bid to maintain the fear, instability and violent rule of their leader.

Production Details:

The following is a test action sequence designed by Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Gareth Evans. It was designed in a bid to create choreography that maintains the style and rhythm set out in their prior work (The Raid 1&2) while staying within the parameters of a PG-13/12A audience friendly certification.

Designed in under a week, it was shot over the course of 3 days on location in Hirwaun, WALES. The short sequence was shot using a Sony NEX-7 with only the Director and Cast on location. No other crew and cast worked on this project during the shoot.

Post production was handled in-house with Gareth Evans handling the offline edit while Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi continued their collaboration by providing an instrumental score tailor made to the project that would call upon cultural elements (the mix of Japanese and Indonesian instruments) inherent in the design of the film.

They have also undertaken the recording of ADR with the cast, foley and editing all sound FX before completing a final stereo mix.

SG