Rachel Herriman, one of the reporter for www.teenink.com, had been given a huge opportunity to interview the Stunt Coordinator for The Hunger Games movie, Allan Poppleton.

He’s also known as a Stunt Coordinator for The Chronicles of Narnia and as a Stuntman on Eragon, The Lord of the Rings and, more currently, The Hunger Games.

Here’s the interview:

You have been a stunt coordinator for all three of Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia adaptions. tell us about that experience.

Yes, I was a stunt coordinator and fight coordinator on all three Narnias; I helped create the different fight styles for the creatures. I also doubled different characters in each film:

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I doubled Peter Pevensie when his unicorn got taken out by an arrow, and he got thrown off.

In Prince Caspian, I doubled King Miraz when he fights Peter at the end of the film. (We shot the one hundred-thirty beat fight over eight days.)

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I doubled Drinian for a stair fall on the ship, in the serpent attack.

How does choreographing a fight or battle scene for a fantasy film such as Eragon differ from those of a realistic film?

They differ usually by props, costume, character powers…Normally fantasy films are just that…And we have to keep it real for contemporary films.

Explain the process of creating a fight scene from rehearsal until filming close.

It starts with script/treatment, which would outline the fight. I would gather information from different departments, like armory, costume, art, location, ect. From there, I throw in my intellectual property and then take that along to meet with the director.

From there, I will start choreographing; then teach the doubles or performers, and then film the rehearsals to then show to the director. Once he has signed off on the fight, I begin to teach the actors. Once they have learned it, I see it through on set with the filming of it.

Has there ever been an accident during filming? Or something went awry yet ended up in the finished project?

Through my career, there have been a couple of mistakes, that I have seen, that have been used in the finished product. Our job is a lot safer than what people think; risk management and risk assessing sequences is a big part of a coordinator’s job.

Aside from The Chronicles of Narnia and Eragon, you have also worked on the film adaption of The Hunger Games; what can fans expect to see?

Hunger Games is going to awesome! I am still working on it at the moment, so am unable to say anything about it…Sorry! But make sure you check it out!

Tell us about the project you’re currently working on.

I’m {working} on Hunger Games in North Carolina at the moment, and I’m still consulting on Spartucus: Vengeance in New Zealand.

What advice do you have for aspiring stuntmen?

If you’re keen, get training! Join a Martial Art, start horse riding, bike riding, gymnastics, high diving, free running; anything that will help with body awareness, timing and conditioning. Try and get Extra work so you can start to understand how the filming process works. Have a play with making your own short films.

Check out the full interview here!


About Komunitas Indo Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Indonesia, known as Indo Hunger Games, since September 8, 2011.

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