Back in the 80's, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was the end all and be all for television documentaries. In many respects, that continues to hold up even in today's television landscape. This collector's item BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight gives a really cool inside look at how 'The Corporation' went about making the best television on television. That said, action scenes didn't have to be limited to just feature films.
Presented in a simple but comprehensive format, After Tea We'll Do the Fight... is a step-back-in-time look at a how-to approach to filming action scenes including working with stuntmen, filming with animals, duels & car chase sequences and the obvious, fire and smoke scenes. What are the roots of these $200 million dollar action budget films? Look no further than BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight.
Then Senior Instructor of BBC Television Training, Mike Crisp (see About the Author below), has compiled everything you need to know to film the perfect car chase, duel or shootout. When asked to create his first kung-fu scene for Steptoe and Son, Crisp was hooked on getting action sequences right.
The manual begins with the initial groundwork before production even begins with step-by-step instruction on Lens and Camera Height, Undercranking & Overcranking, Archival Footage and Model Shots. From there, we move on to the cool stuff of fire scenes, smoke and visual effects. Unfortunately, you can't go any further until that ever-important evil 'Budget' discussion comes in to play.
With today's technology, there are a limitless number of aspiring young television producers eager to, well, produce. BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight is a nostalgia look at the laying of the groundwork for even the most seasoned and confident documentary producers who will remember a time early in their career when 'they didn't know what they didn't know'.
BBC Training Manuals: Filming Action - After Tea We'll Do the Fight is an out-of-print must collectable for anyone that owns a television, watches television or produces for television.