Friday, May 25, 2012

Check out our fight practice inspired by the hit foreign film "The Raid: Redemption"!

Recently during one of our stunt practices, we played around with the idea of utilizing CQC, or close quarter combat techniques in a fight scene, and relying less on full on exchanges, and more on self-defense or realistic situations. You see this quite frequently since the start of the Bourne series, leading up to the reboots of James Bond (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace), and more frequently, the films Taken, Book of Eli, Man From Nowhere, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

With the release of the recent foreign hit, The Raid: Redemption, we decided to try our hand at this type of choreography, and mix some concepts used in this film (CQC/Silat/SWAT Self-Defense) and mix it with other concepts used in the referenced films above and here's what we came up with:

Shawn Bernal (SWAT GUY)
Brendon Huor (ATTACKER)

Fight Choreography by
Emmanuel Manzanares

Shot/Edited/Directed by
Emmanuel Manzanares

We shot this in about 3 hours, with fight choreography and story concept made up on the fly. Nothing was sped up or tampered with in post (this was shot in 24frames, 720p HD video) besides color correction, and this is our first time attempting this type of action design.

Here's some of the examples we based our concepts off of:

Hope you enjoy and let us know what you think of it! We'd definitely like to do more in the future.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Check out our 2012 Team Action Reel!

We've updated our team reel, and hope you enjoy! View it below:

Also don't forget to check out the newest stunt reel by team member Emmanuel Manzanares! Peep it below:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fight Scene Monday! Check out some recent postings of fights below!

A mix of older fights posted (and newly posted fights from last year) round out today's post. Check them out below!

Don't forget to check out our homepage for more info about the team!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Check out our live Parkour performance for the Accenture company, held at Navy Pier!

The team was contacted a few months ago by WPI Event Partners and Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, to put on a live Parkour performance for their upcoming corporate event in May, known as "Outperform!".

Utilizing our resources through our affiliate Parkour community, Aero Chicago Parkour, the team went on to create and coordinate an intro video for the performance, as well as performing a quick 1 minute performance for an audience of over 3,000 people, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel himself!

Check out the full video with intro and live performance included, and many thanks to Michael D. Scimo from Accenture, and Marcy Manley and Jessica Weinberg from WPI Event Partners for being such great folks to work for. Hope you enjoy!

 Traceurs Featured:

Parkour Stunts and Live Performance Stunt Coordinated By

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FINAL DAY TO DONATE! Please support the completion of the action comedy homage to Hong Kong Cinema, "UNLUCKY STARS"!

We're down to the final 8hrs of this campaign fundraiser, with over 7K (!!!) in support, and we couldn't have gotten this far without you!

We here at LBP Stunts truly appreciate the tremendous amount of support from the fans of HK cinema, to all around general audiences, and even to new fans and supporters alike! Again, even a dollar donation helps, and most importantly, SPREAD THE WORD! The most important thing you can do next to donating is to donate, and SHARE THE LINK!

That's it! Super easy, huh? :)

You can share the fundraising page here:

And view our fundraising campaign video here, with the cast and crew!

As always, feel free to share this on your blog, film listing, facebook, twitter, whatever! And check out the sites below!




As an added BONUS (!!!) if we reach the TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR mark by tonight's end, we will show you the first MINUTE AND 45 SECONDS OF THE FINALE!

How cool is that!? :D

Again, we thank you all for the support, and please continue to share what you love about the film and with others who will enjoy it all the same. From the bottom of our hearts, you better believe your money and support will be well spent and used! :)

Finally, here is an important and heartfelt message by our fight coordinator/choreographer, as well as supporting lead and executive producer, Vlad Rimburg:

"Way before the days of youtube, people downloaded video clips that others posted online. The only way to spread word of this was through web forums, AIM, or other chat services. Back in 2001 a group of young stunt men put together a video called Title Pending, and people went nuts. This group of talent would be known as Zero Gravity."

"The video inspired others to do the same. And slowly an independent stunt community began to form throughout the world. From The Stunt People in Northern California, to The Young Masters in Germany, young talent began popping up online (still before youtube). As time passed, more groups (Reel kick, LBP Stunts, Magnificent Fighters) began to form and "everyone" began making short fight clips, which would then lead to short films, and a very limited amount of features (There are currently less than 5)."

"Hollywood can be a scary place. It can take a beautiful vision, and change it into a disfigured pile of nonsense. Not very often will the production crew agree with a previz that a stunt team put together. Angles are changed, cuts made to the action.." 

"The indie community has always had freedom when presenting it's final product, and in 2001 I shot a fight scene for the very first time. I had 4 camera angles. All wide and all on a tripod. Shot on tape, and edited with 2 VCR's and no way of putting in sound effects. I really had no idea what I was doing. Throughout the years, I became a student of martial arts filmmaking and was determined to progress. I traveled all throughout California, from San Diego, to Redding, to meet fellow indie makers and film with them. I studied, and continue to do so, movies from Hong Kong, China, Korea, Thailand, and Japan, because to be versatile in choreography, one needs to be aware of what's going on."

"Fast forward to 2012. Dennis Ruel and I decided a couple years back that it was time to make something of our own. I've been given full creative control (choreography, camera, editing, action directing) to showcase what I can really do. "Unlucky Stars" is 70 percent complete. Not only are we bringing back Hong Kong 80's, but we're also uniting a group of people who are/were a part of the indie martial arts community, or helped get it started (This is my hint that faces will appear in the movie for all you people following indie action, that haven't been seen in some time). Granted, some of these individuals are top players in the stunt business, I feel that Hollywood doesn't give every stuntman a moment to shine and bring out the best in them; which is what I want to do."

"So, as I conclude my rant, I am asking the stunt/fight community for one last push. Everyone complains about Hollywood, why not give some fresh blood a chance to show Hollywood how it's done. Spread the link and donate if you can."

"Thank you all, who read all of this. I bow humbly to you and I promise that you will not be disappointed with our final product. And in case anyone here is wondering, you can visit my youtube page (, and see why I am confident in our vision."

-Vladislav Rimburg