We've all seen so many of them over the years but have you ever thought about just how complicated it is to shoot an action scene?
Forget about the large scale pyrotechnics for a moment and consider that every angle has to be staged and lit, every wound created and dressed by the makeup department. Physical special effects have to be crafted and work on the day, costumes have to be created which serve the scene and also allow the performers to do their work. And then, on top of the demands of acting for a camera the actors are required to learn and perform complicated and physically complex choreography, often multiple times! It's no wonder that only certain filmmakers are adept at bringing great action to life and that high quality action films are few and far between.
If you want to get a better idea of what it takes to bring action scenes to your cinema screen, you should definitely come along to Scene on the Square on Saturday the 14th of March 2015. As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, JDIFF has teamed up with Dublin City Council, Lovemovies.ie and The Church to bring a cinematic duel to life. You'll see what every member of the crew is responsible for, check out the process of the actors and watch as the camera rolls and the rapiers fly. It might last a little longer than this face off in Kubrick's classic...
The event is free and will take place at Wolfe Tone Square, which is just next to the Church pub off Jervis Street in Dublin 1 - yes its the one with the cows on it. The work will be displayed on large cinema screens on the day, so come along and check out some movie magic first hand.
Barry Lyndon will also be playing in the festival, with Kubrick's 1975 film - famously shot in Ireland - back on the big screen in gloriously lensed fashion. It's a long film but a very good-looking one, and star Ryan O'Neal will be along for the screening - that's at the Savoy cinema on the 21st of March from 1.30pm.
There are a number of other workshops and events during the festival this year, which goes beyond just movie screenings to draw you into the world of cinema. You can get some background information on shooting with Kubrick thanks to some of the crew who worked on Barry Lyndon, hear from the award-winning animators behind The Secret of Kells and find out what happens when a group of film critics have to provide instant reviews for three films.
For everything JDIFF related, head to the official site.