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Action Filmmaking Decoded- The Story of Action Films

43 EpisodesProduced by Darren Tun & Mike MessinaWebsite

This is the Action Filmmaking Podcast, the show dedicated to pure action analysis. Our passion for action films and martial arts has led us here where we do in-depth analyses and breakdowns of choreography and fight sequences as well as interviews with action filmmakers around the world. Join us to … read more

43 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Halloween Action Movie Breakdowns feat. Jerry Horror! - Blade, Aliens, Freddy v Jason

October 31st, 2021

1:27:33

Happy Halloween! Today, we’ll be diving into three of our favorite action horror films, and helping us accomplish this spooky task is Jerry Horror, host of “The Offering” podcast!

In this episode, we break down the …

Justin Eaton Pt 2: Falcon and the Winter Soldier Fight Breakdowns, Stair Flips as Scott Glenn for Daredevil, Bolting Dr Strange’s Cape

October 22nd, 2021

46:14

Re-Introducing: Justin Eaton, stuntman and double in Banshee, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, and Punisher. He was Emmy nominated for his stunt performance …

AFD News: Scott Adkin's One Shot Film, Animated Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Sanak, & Squid Game Riot Breakdown

October 16th, 2021

42:16

Welcome to AFD News!

Today's news includes a trailer for Scott Adkin’s no-cut military action film “One Shot,” Demon Slayer Season 2’s announcement, and Daredevil’s showrunner parts ways with Marvel

We also discuss Will …

Justin Eaton Pt 1: Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s John Walker Double (Emmy Nominated), American Horror Story’s Bloody Face, Dr Strange Stunt Double

October 8th, 2021

1:09:20

Introducing: Justin Eaton, stuntman and double in Banshee, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, and The Punisher. He was Emmy nominated for his stunt performance …

AFD News: Trailers for Matrix 4, Cobra Kai, Hawkeye, and more! + Matrix Shootout Breakdown

October 1st, 2021

38:12

Welcome to AFD News for 10/1/21!

Today's news includes a new action BTS video of Jason Momoa in Dune, new Russo Brothers comments about a precarious future with the MCU, and Shang Chi making bank as the highest grossing …

Andy Cheng Pt 2: Shang Chi Arena Fight, Making Rush Hour 1 and 2, & Dwayne Johnson Action Scenes

September 26th, 2021

1:14:16

Welcome to the final stretch of Shang Chi Week! This week featured Joseph Le and Vi-Dan Tran. Today, we are…

Andy Cheng Pt 1: Shang Chi Fight Coordinator, Jackie Chan Horse Fights, & The Beauty of Hong Kong Filmmaking

September 17th, 2021

1:15:17

Welcome to the final stretch of Shang Chi Week! This week featured Joseph Le and Vi-Dan Tran. Today, we are…

Vi-Dan Tran & Joseph Le Pt 2: Shang Chi Bus Scene Changes, PlayStation Controlled Cameras, & Action Orgasms

September 15th, 2021

50:48

Welcome to Shang Chi Week! We’ll be releasing Shang Chi action team interviews today, Wednesday, and Friday!

Introducing: Joseph Le & Vi-Dan Tran. Both were action designers on Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten …

Vi-Dan Tran & Joseph Le Pt 1: Shang Chi Action Designers, Jackie Chan Stunt Team, & Making an Action Musical

September 12th, 2021

1:09:37

Welcome to Shang Chi Week! We’ll be releasing Shang Chi action team interviews today, Wednesday, and Friday!

Introducing: Joseph Le & Vi-Dan Tran. Both were action designers on Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten …

AFD News: Spider-Man NWH Trailer, Matrix 4 Resurrection First Look, Cowboy Bebop Live Action Photos, Shang Chi Breakdown

September 3rd, 2021

42:48

Welcome to AFD News for 9/3/21!

We discuss the newest Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, the recent Matrix 4 Resurrection first look from CinemaCon, and the latest photos released from Netflix's live action Cowboy Bebop.

CC Ice: Scarlet Witch & Black Widow Stunt Double (Wandavision, Infinity War, Endgame)

August 27th, 2021

57:00

Introducing: CC Ice. CC is a professional stunt woman known for doubling Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is the owner of Space Cat Stunts …

AFD News: Brad Allan Passes Away, Captain America 4 Contracts, & Jackie Chan's Gorgeous Breakdown

August 21st, 2021

30:25

Welcome to AFD News!
Today's news includes the unfortunate passing of action film legend Brad Allan, Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network finds a new home, casting announcements for Witcher prequel series, live action My …

Tim R McAdams Pt 2: Avengers Infinity War & Endgame, Black Panther, The Wire, & Atlanta

August 13th, 2021

24:48

Introducing: Tim R McAdams. Tim is a business consultant, enrichment speaker, and professional action stuntman. When he isn’t behind a podium, he’s …

AFD News: John Wick 4 Cast, Shang Chi Trailer, & Kingsman Breakdown

August 7th, 2021

39:23

Welcome to AFD News, the new series from Action Filmmaking Decoded.
Today's news includes casting announcements for John Wick 4, a trailer for Marvel's Shang Chi, the new action series 'Take Out' from Randall Park  and …

Season 2 Announcement | New Release Schedule, AFD News, & Patreon!

August 6th, 2021

0:56

Hello! Quick announcement from Mike and Darren about the show moving forward...
We'll be releasing episodes every Friday, alternating between our signature filmmaker interviews and news / breakdown episodes.
We also have …

Tim R McAdams Pt 1: Salesman to Stuntman, POC in Stunts, & Being Set On Fire

July 30th, 2021

50:59

Introducing: Tim R McAdams. Tim is a business consultant, enrichment speaker, and professional action stuntman. When he isn’t behind a podium, he’s …

Sundance Film Festival’s First Action Comedy: “First Date” with Director Manuel Crosby

July 2nd, 2021

1:01:54

Enter: Manuel Crosby, co-director and co-writer behind the new action comedy ‘First Date’ that premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year. The film description reads: “Conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, shy …

The Paper Tigers: Bao Tran & Ken Quitugua | How to Direct a Kung Fu Action-Comedy Feature Film

May 21st, 2021

1:23:31

Introducing: Bao Tran and Ken Quitugua, two badass action movie masters. For their new feature length film The Paper Tigers, Bao directs and Ken action direct a Kung Fu action-comedy about three aging martial artists …

Black History Month Special: Black Panther, Django Unchained, The Last Dragon

February 12th, 2021

48:45

Happy Black History Month!
This week, we’re celebrating by breaking down some of our favorite action films that feature Black heroes and action filmmakers! We’re talking Black Panther, Django Unchained, and The Last …

Vlad Rimburg Pt 3: Jane Wick & Shaky Cam Secrets

February 5th, 2021

44:51

Reintroducing: Vlad Rimburg, the bad boy from Belarus. Vlad is an action / 2nd unit director, fight coordinator, fight choreographer, editor, and …

Vlad Rimburg Pt 2: Lucifer, Brothers, Sultan, Unlucky Stars

January 29th, 2021

45:05

Reintroducing: Vlad Rimburg, the bad boy from Belarus. Vlad is an action / 2nd unit director, fight coordinator, fight choreographer, editor, and …

Vlad Rimburg Pt 1: From Indie to Hollywood, Making Fighters Look Good

January 22nd, 2021

1:06:13

Introducing: Vlad Rimburg, the bad boy from Belarus. Vlad is an action / 2nd unit director, fight coordinator, fight choreographer, editor, and …

Best of AFD - 2020

January 16th, 2021

1:10:59

Introducing: the best of 2020. It’s been a great year for Action Filmmaking Decoded, so today we’re taking a look back at some of the most interesting clips from our episodes thus far. You may even hear a bit from …

Garrett Warren Pt 2: Choreographing Logan, Avatar, & Alita: Battle Angel

January 8th, 2021

44:04

Introducing: Garrett Warren. Garrett is the self proclaimed “best one-eyed, balding stunt coordinator / 2nd unit director in all of Hollywood.” His …

Garrett Warren Pt 1: Street Fights & Leading Stunt Teams

January 1st, 2021

43:21

Introducing: Garrett Warren. Garrett is the self proclaimed “best one-eyed, balding stunt coordinator / 2nd unit director in all of Hollywood.” His …

Christmas Action Movie Breakdowns - Die Hard, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, Home Alone

December 25th, 2020

37:03

Welcome  to AFD’s Christmas Special! Join Darren and Mike as we explore some of  the best holiday action and stunt films of all time: Die Hard, Kiss …

Emmanuel Manzanares on Logan, Gemini Man, and 87 Eleven Action with Chad Stahelski Part 2.

December 18th, 2020

1:06:53

Introducing: Emmanuel Manzanares, prolific action choreographer and stunt performer. You can see his handiwork in Logan, Gemini Man, and Batman: …

Emmanuel Manzanares on the Fight Choreography Process, Cinematography, and Film Directing Part 1.

December 11th, 2020

1:04:00

Introducing: Emmanuel Manzanares, prolific action choreographer and stunt performer. You can see his handiwork in Logan, Gemini Man, and Batman: …

Mad Max: Fury Road - Keir Beck on Stunt Rigging for Film

November 19th, 2020

1:04:00

Introducing: Keir Beck, award-winning Stunt Coordinator, Director, and writer. Keir is well known for his remarkable work on Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix, and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few.   We talk about …

The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception - Tom Struthers Part 2

August 28th, 2020

25:30

Introducing Tom Struthers: international stunt extraordinaire. We had the pleasure of discussing his tales of Bollywood, tremendous impact working …

Tom Struthers on Salman Khan, Bollywood Action Filmmaking, and The Dark Knight Trilogy Part 1

August 19th, 2020

33:51

Introducing Tom Struthers: international stunt extraordinaire. We had the pleasure of discussing his tales of Bollywood, tremendous impact working …

Scott Adkins on Ip Man 4 & Boyka Undisputed III Fight Breakdowns and the Importance of Good Director Relationships

August 5th, 2020

56:18

Introducing Scott Adkins: actor, producer, and martial artist to the core. In this episode, we were graced with Mr. Adkins presence as we went down the line of his entire career in the film industry. In the realm of …

Mission Impossible Franchise- Wade Eastwood on his Creative Process in Stunt Coordinating

July 29th, 2020

42:45

We had the privilege of interviewing Wade Eastwood: one of the biggest names in stunt coordination, most famously known for his work on 'Mission: Impossible Fallout' and 'Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation'. He has worked …

Michael Lehr on Extracton Fight Scene Breakdowns and Rocket Jump Part 2

July 16th, 2020

54:40

Introducing part 2 with Michael Lehr: Professional stuntman who has worked on Rocket Jump shorts, video game mo-cap (Star Wars The Force Unleashed, …

Michael Lehr on John Wick 3, Mulan, Fast and Furious 9, Diversity in Stunts, and Video Game Motion Capture Part 1

July 9th, 2020

1:08:19

Introducing Michael Lehr: Professional stuntman and actor who has worked on Rocket Jump shorts, video game mo-cap (Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Sleeping Dogs), the John Wick franchise (John Wick 2 & John Wick 3) …

Who is Mike Messina? - Action Filmmaking Decoded Update Episode

July 1st, 2020

14:40

Today we introduce our newest podcast co-host, Mike Messina. As Skylar Tun steps down from more traditional interviews to focus on fight breakdowns, Mike will be co-interviewing guests with Darren. Mike is the former …

Mike Moh on Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Martial Arts Training, and Asian Representation in Film- Action Filmmaking Decoded

June 30th, 2020

40:28

Introducing Mike Moh: actor, martial arts master, and Bruce Lee aficionado. We had the absolute privilege of discussing his role in Quentin …

Tyler Witte on Stunt Driving for Black Panther, Baby Driver, and Extraction.

June 22nd, 2020

33:07

Introducing Tyler Witte: stunt double and stunt driver. In this interview, we discussed his start in the stunt-driving industry, approach with performing dangerous scenes, and the mindset of this daredevil. Join us in …

Sam Hargrave on Extraction, Captain America, and His Most Dangerous Stunts - Action Filmmaking Decoded

May 8th, 2020

46:03

Introducing Sam Hargrave: Professional stunt coordinator, stunt double for Captain America, and now, director. We've had the pleasure of asking him some questions about his martial arts background and the action in his …

John Wick - Part 2 - The Subway Fight - Action Filmmaking Decoded

May 6th, 2020

29:58

Today, we're diving into the dark, neo-noir world of John Wick and the underworld rife with assassins and crime families. We will be examining some of our favorite fight scenes from over the course of John Wick 1 and 2. …

John Wick Part 1 - The Red Circle Fight Scene - Action Filmmaking Decoded

May 6th, 2020

18:51

Today, we're diving into the dark, neo-noir world of John Wick and the underworld rife with assassins and crime families. We will be examining some of our favorite fight scenes from over the course of John Wick 1 and 2. …

The Ip Man Franchise - Action Filmmaking Decoded

May 6th, 2020

35:38

Today, we're exploring the choreography of the Ip Man franchise, known for its legendary fight scenes with Donnie Yen and company. This is an …

Action Filmmaking Decoded Introduction- Who are we?

May 6th, 2020

7:54

In our first episode, we give a little background on who we are and why we do what we do. Our passion is placed in the creation of action films and the intricacies of fight scenes. In the future, we'll be exploring the …

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