Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The End of Wire Frame

For those who don't know, wire frame is the use of a harness with two thin wires on the side to lift, spin, rotate, and otherwise move a person in a manner that is not physically possible. Wireframe came into use in Chinese Kung Fu Action Cinema, allowing the characters to do super natural actions in front of the camera. More recent movies such as the Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Kill Bill Vol. 1 have also used wireframe.

However, wire frame sucks. It's over used. It's just to obvious now and doesn't have the impact it once did. The fact is, it looks cheap now, even when it actually costs a shit ton to do well.

Fortunatley, wireframe doesn't need to be used like it once did. Actors such as Tony Jaa have taken modern stunts to a new level. Just rent the movie Ong Bak, or rent Tom Yung Goon, to see stunts that are mind blowing, and all real.

I found this clip on that shows some Russian kids stepping up to the challenge as well. This stuff jsut looks neat because it's real.

You tell me what looks better. Wire frame or this?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Banlieue -- started/pioneered in France, I think, where basically you just do this freestyle 'running' that involves climbing and or jumping out of buildings, that sorta thing.

Luc Besson made a movie that stars one of the founding folks in this sport. It looks a hell of a lot better than wirework, indeed.

But then again, when you're trying to paint a picture of people being superhumanly hardass, who aren't, then you have to use some sort of movie trick to doll them up -- right?

11:22 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Ah yes, District 13! I've heard of this movie and always wanted to check it out. I'll add it to my Netflix queue.

1:29 PM  

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