Take One, Action! takes you behind the scenes of swordplay in film – written by professional swordsman and film director Andy Wilkinson who has appeared in over seventy-three films, including many Hollywood blockbusters.
Part memoir, part film and swordplay manual, this is a must-read for all aspiring actors, swordsmen, fight choreographers and film directors. It will also appeal to theatre, film and fencing students, entertainment historians and those who thirst for an insight into the world of swordsmen and the art of making movies.
It also incorporates intriguing nuggets of information from both swordplay and film worlds, such as:
– Why do spiral staircases rise clockwise?
– Which Hollywood star was a British Army fencing champion?
– Where did the term slapstick originate?
With advice, anecdotes, a valuable guide to fencing terminology and illustrated with photos, this is an unusual guide to a greatly misunderstood art.
Andy Wilkinson is a film swordmaster, film and theatre director, writer and radio executive. He won the Artistic Fencing Championships, is an Honorary Professor of Theatrical Fencing and a member of BAFTA. Andy is the only UK swordmaster to win the world title at the prestigious International World Artistic Fencing Championships organised by the Federation Internationale d’Escrime and the Academie D’ Armes Internationale. He now runs a radio production company and lives in Hertfordshire.