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Jackie Chan, Master of Action Comedy

Chris Higgins
YouTube / Every Frame a Painting
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Jackie Chan is a master of the Action Comedy, the movie genre combining two seemingly disparate elements. In this installment of the excellent film critique Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou explains why Jackie Chan is so good. Hint: it has a lot to do with him getting punched in the face (intentionally). Now jab that play button:

Zhou adds this summary in the YouTube video description:

The 9 Principles of Action Comedy 1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE 2. Use the ENVIRONMENT 3. Be CLEAR in your shots 4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame 5. Do as many TAKES as necessary 6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM 7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit 8. PAIN is humanizing 9. Earn your FINISH

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