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Watch: Cool Behind the Scenes Look at Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi'

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June 22, 2012
Source: Twitch

Keanu Reeves / Man of Tai Chi

Last August we learned that Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, in which The Matrix star will also appear in as the villain, had finally rounded up financing. The plot of the film isn't known yet, but Reeves has said it will have tons of kung fu fighting, maybe as many as 18 fights totaling 40 minutes of screentime. And now we have a cool glimpse at how they're going to capture some of these fight scenes. A behind the scenes video of Reeves getting ready to shoot by testing out a motion-control camera called Iris from the company Bot & Dolly, that looks to make for some pretty impressive cinematography. Watch it!

Here's the behind-the-scenes look at Keanu Reeves' Man of Tai Chi from Twitch:

The camera is attached to a boom arm, which is in turn controlled by a computer programmed with a set of complex movements that allow the kind of fast-moving camera angles you can't get from a regular crane, steadi-cam or even handheld work. Essentially, it's the kind of shots you would only get with computer generated elements. It's amazing how quickly and smooth the camera moves in, out and around these fight scenes, and would allow for some great single take fight sequences if that's how they come together in the editing room. The film is shooting right now in Hong Kong, so stay tuned for more updates. Interested?

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  • Danimal
    that's frikkin awesome!
    • http://shiftlocal.wordpress.com/ Marc Callado
      It's amazing to see how fast they're going at it behind the scenes.
  • http://twitter.com/NeoSlyfer D 'Dawk Lawd' West
    Ok I want to see this
  • Horseflesh
    Nice!
  • B.Walsh
    "I know tai chi."
    • Ted
      "Whoa."
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cleide-R-Silva/1201590098 Cleide R Silva
      "whoa"
  • DoomCanoe
    that looks really good
  • Gotham2002
    WOW!!!, very nice. Coupled with a talented cinematographer = awesome cinematic experience. I look forward to seeing this in a theater and not direct to DVD...
  • Rain Spider
    Reeves, would you mind getting your hands wet on that Cowboy Bebop project that's been rumored for ever now?
    • http://shiftlocal.wordpress.com/ Marc Callado
      Yes please! I can actually picture him in that role. As a fan of both Reeves and the anime I couldn't be any happier if this pulls through.
  • JustDownloaditintoYourHead
    Before I scrolled down to see the comments, I said out loud the exact same thing Danimal said. That's my new dream job, working on a kung-fu movie set! WHAT!
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Genius & Noble Dir-Actor He Wana demonstrate his Black Belt is Real , He Wana told Asian Fighters don't FuCk with him , He Wana show Tarantino we don't need Kill Bill vol 3 (a little kidding) and say solace to soul of beloved David Carradine. He Wana made Jet li & Jacki cry really hard. He Wana show Ong-Bak was Ass-Back and seriously kick-ass of Tony Jaa. He Wana instruct real karate to 2or3or?!? Billion Chinese people! He wana show will smith he dont must allow his child play in " REAL" Kung Fu Movies because maybe after learning Jaden give Uppercut to his Beloved Father! He Wana resurrect soul of " Bruce Lee " The Grandmaster He know the moviegoers thirst for Marshal Arts and Nowadays entertain themselves with Panda or some other kind of wierd animals! (love jet/jacki/tony)
  • jah p
    If Reeves is involved, that means alot of wire work! so sick of these type so called martial art films, we need to support more films like The Raid, without no wire work, just plain badass professional martial artist instead of this garbage....
    • Kaim
      There are countless classics from HK with wire work.. including many of Jet Li's movies. Over doing wires is annoying but they can be incorporated into action instead of taking it over if done right.

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