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Nunchaku (2006)
DV Anamorphic,Super8

Nunchaku is part of a series of films produced in London, UK by The Astbury's.

Jake and Daniel Astbury made Nunchaku as a response to their experiences as teenagers on the streets of London in the 90's and early noughties. Bruce Lee was a key inspiration for the films theme both as a martial artist but more importantly as a philosopher.

The film is a visual narrative whose protagonist is given the choice to take revenge on an attacker and the impact of this choice could effect his life path there after.

The film was shot across the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham as well as parts of East London.

This was the first film that Jake Astbury employed an anamorphic lens across DV and Super8 cameras after numerous tests with other aspect ratios.

Jake and Daniel shot the film one day a week for 6 months between 2004 and 2005 and accumulated four hours of footage for the 10 minute film. Post Production was completed early 2006.

There was no actual budget for the film. The actual money spent on the film went towards travel, food and paying for the Super8 stock, development and professional telecine of film.

The most challenging scenes were the fight scenes as no other crew members were employed on this film. Jake and Daniel took both performing and crew roles to make this film, using a tripod and key marking points to set compositions prior to both of the brothers being in front of the camera.

For the end action scene two sets of cardboard Nunchak's were made so that body contact shots could be filmed.

Written and Directed by Jake Astbury and Daniel Astbury
Part of a series of films produced in London.
Format: 2x Anamorphic Mini-DV and Anamorphic Super-8.