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The Jackie Chan´s secrets: How to Do Action Comedy Movies

12/03/2014 Matt 0 Comments

Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan. Let's see how he does it. (Note: to see the names of the films, press the CC button!)

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The 9 Principles of Action Comedy
1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
3. Be CLEAR in your shots
4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
8. PAIN is humanizing
9. Earn your FINISH

Five Jackie Chan Fights (An Introduction)
Wheels on Meals - Benny vs Jackie (
Police Story - Mall Finale (
Police Story 2 - The Playground (
Miracles - The Rope Factory (
Drunken Master 2 - Finale (

Jackie Chan - Police Story Theme
Ash - Kung Fu
Chow Fu-liang - 8 Drunken Gods (Main Theme)
Jackie Chan - Who Am I? Theme
David Tao - Fantasy Mission Force

Interview Clips:
Jackie Chan interview on filmmaking & Miracles:
Bey Logan talks about Project A:
An Evening with Jackie Chan:

Jackie Chan - My Stunts:

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