Watch: Cool Behind the Scenes Look at 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?