Eminent 2015 Bibliography

Here is my bibliography for my eminent project.

For a list of all Jackie Chan’s movies hes been associated with, along with some fun trivia, click here

This is a detailed page about the life of Jackie Chan, I used it for gathering information about his life. Click here

Same as above, this page was used to match up facts to make sure they were accurate. Click here
I used this page to look up Jackie Chan’s most dangerous stunts. Click here
This video I used in my learning center, it shows basically the same thing as the link above, Jackie Chan’s top 10 most dangerous stunts. Click here
I used the next few links as a guide to how Jackie Chan spoke so that I could try and impersonate him best I could in my speech. They are mostly interviews or something similar. Click here for an interview where he teaches a stunt, here for an interview with TheEllenShow

Also, I watched Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3, all with Jackie Chan in them. This further helped my understanding of the way he speaks.

NotN Reflection

Eminent this year was absolutely amazing. All the hard work, all the stress, all the lost sleep, were all worth it in the end. It’s a whole different experience being a grade 9 on Night of the Notables to being a grade 10.

The speech was one of the most memorable and unmemorable things about TALONS. For my speech, I wasn’t very nervous as I waited backstage, but as soon as the person before me went, my nerves kicked in. Walking on stage was probably one of the scariest things I’ve had to do in my life. After I got on stage, I just started saying my lines. All the practice I did payed off, I recited my speech without error. While I was reciting it though, there were parts where I didn’t write to be funny, but the audience still laughed. That threw me off a little bit: I was wondering if I had said something wrong. But, I read through it, and the next thing I knew, I was off stage.The thing that surprised me the most was how fast time passed on stage. Near the ending, I even hesitated because I thought I forgot a huge section of my speech. BUT, why did I say it was unmemorable? Because even a day after my speech, I can’t tell you what I was thinking on stage, where I was looking, I can’t even say I saw any of the teachers. It’s almost as if my memory shut down for that minute and continued right after. Good thing there’s video recording though. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the whole experience, and I would definitely do it again.

I definitely met all my goals for this project. My time management was way better than last year, I felt more connected to my eminent person, and I had way more fun. When I started the project, I would have never expected it to end like this. I looked at NotN with dread and a little bit of excitement, but there was really nothing to dread about that night. Something like this can only be experienced through living it, not through words.

Now moving on to my learning center. My learning center for the night looked like this:

This was what I used to draw people into my room
This was the inside

My idea was to either make a fake movie set, or to have more of an interactive learning center. I moved away from the idea of the movie set because I found it extremely difficult to obtain the materials required to make it. So, I decided to do my interactive idea, using myself as the main attraction (I would talk and answer other people’s questions about myself) I managed to snag the last classroom available, and managed to borrow a projector from that room. Inside my room, I had a video on a projector playing a video of Jackie Chan’s top 10 most dangerous stunts. Through my laptop, I played some music that Jackie Chan sang. I used the mats in the center to demonstrate a few (basic) moves that stuntmen know like the shoulder roll and how to break-fall. I also offered to teach anyone how to do a shoulder roll on the mat. Overall, I felt like having an interactive activity like mine would have been better than if I just put up a few posters and props and talked to audiences. The only issue was that the room looked very bare and plain, a way to have fixed that would have just to have more pictures and filler material or to share a room with someone else just to fill up the empty space.

My roll (Thanks to Will for filming)

ALRIGHT, well that concludes Eminent! I would rate this year a perfect 10/10. It’s almost sad at the end of the night, as eminent marks the halfway point of TALONS grade 10 year (unless grade 11 TALONS happens). I will never forget the energy and excitement of this night. See you next time!

Eminent 2015 – Document of Learning

Night of the Notables is coming soon, and it’s time to look over what I learn and achieved through this project.

My first goal for my project was to figure out what makes Jackie Chan do all those crazy stunts. I found out that Jackie Chan puts his life on the line for his fans. I learned that his work ethic is what really sets him apart from other actors/stuntmen because Chan will shoot a scene hundreds of times until he is happy with it. My second goal for my project was to try and keep my stress levels as low as possible by managing my time wisely. This goal also relates to my IEP goals. Last year, I found that I procrastinated a lot, which resulted in me having to stay up late the nights before the project was due in order to get it done. This year, whenever I had time on my hands, I would finish something related to eminent. This meant I had a cushion so that if something went wrong, I would still have time to fix it. This eliminated a lot of stress for me.

I feel that I put in a lot of effort into writing and practicing my speech. First off, I spent a lot of time researching for my speech. I also tried to write my speech the way Jackie Chan would say it, and how he would say it: I briefly experimented with his accent, but I quickly dropped the idea because I couldn’t hold it for more than a few words, I watched a few movies and interviews with Jackie Chan in them to try and get a grasp of his speaking style, and I purposely wrote grammatical errors into my speech to try and replicate Chan’s broken English. Of course I needed people to understand what I was saying, so I only did minor mistakes. However, it was harder to memorize my speech because I would say the correct grammar when practicing. Here is the final copy of my speech (When I was actually presenting my speech, I went off script in some parts).

“Superwoman? I wonder if she can jump off a cliff and land on a hot air balloon. I used to do stunts like that, not anymore. Why? Because things change. They make stunts very differently back then. Different rules. Stunts used to be actually done for real! When I made movies back in Asia, 20 years ago, i could do anything i wanted. I fell down a 21 story building, no wires, no tricks. Jackie Chan does all his own stunts! But now, half the time, I am not allowed to do my own stunts anymore. When I am allowed, it’s all green screens and wires. Recently, I have to climb a simple tree, no more than 20 feet tall. I climb this tree 3 times without camera, but when the camera is here, what do they do? they bring in safety wires, they bring in mats. If I fall, so what? I only break some bones. I break many bones in my career you know. No big deal. Oh well, I’m starting to get too old for this anyway. Hopefully, they’ll still be doing real stunts after I’m gone.”

 

 

Interview Post!

Unlike last year, I actually got an interview this time! As my eminent person is Jackie Chan, I decided to try and obtain an interview from someone familiar with the stunt industry. I started by googling stunt schools around Vancouver, hoping to find someone I could interview.  I eventually stumbled upon this website. I decided to email Peter Kent asking for an interview. He had the experience, as he was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal stunt double for over 14 years! He has appeared in : Terminator 1&2, Predator, and Total Recall, just to name a few. Quite the impressive resume. To my surprise, he responded within 30 minutes of me emailing him! The problem now was, I hadn’t come up with all my questions yet. So I had to send him my questions the next day. I was so anxious for his reply that I checked my email every couple of hours, and was ecstatic when he finally answered.

Here are the questions I asked and his answers:

1. How did you personally get into the stunt industry? What was your first job as a stuntman?

I went to Los Angeles from Vancouver in 1984 and by accident met James Cameron right and he was doing the movie Terminator. That was my very first film and it led to 14 more with Arnold 

2. What type of training did you have before you became a stuntman?

I was into track and field and running and some minor martial arts like judo  

3. What was your most dangerous stunt?

The freehand truck transfer at 60 miles an hour in Terminator two or the 20 story high fall on last action hero. 

4. Has Jackie Chan influenced you in any way? If so, how?

I would have to say just in the entertainment factor I know he does quite a few of his own stunts but he also has his own stunt professionals. 

5. As stated in your IMDb page, you have been in the stunt industry from 1984-present. Have things changed since then?

Yes 90% of the stunts these days are done in front of a Greenscreen and very little is done practically as we did in T2. 

Is it more difficult now?

In my estimation it’s about the same but the element of danger has been mitigated by a lot of green screen work and less practical big stunts due to cost. 

Was there a different way of getting in the industry?

I can’t speak for other people but for me no one will ever follow the path I’ve taken,  it was just being in the right place at the right time.

I am pretty happy with the amount of information I received. The answer to question 5 will be especially  helpful to me. Unfortunately Kent didn’t have much to say on Jackie Chan, but since the purpose of this interview was mainly to see how the stunt industry changed over all these years, this was an extremely successful interview. If I do this again, I would definitely have researched for more potential interviewees in case my first one failed. I was lucky this time as Peter Kent answered so quickly.

When I was doing my research, I didn’t really know the evolution of stunting. Now through the words of a stuntman who’s been in this line of work for 20 years,  I know how things work now. This also ties in with the fact that Jackie Chan doesn’t like the American movie industry because they are too restrictive of his stunts. Like Peter Kent says, a lot of the actual stunt-work is taken out of stunting.

Although the answers I got were quite short, I’m happy with them, as Kent is currently running a stunt school and probably doesn’t have too much extra time on his hands. The information I received will help me when I impersonate Jackie Chan on Night of the Notables, as  it further educates me about the stunt industry.

This is the full conversation I had with Peter Kent:

Dear Mr. Kent,

Thank you for taking the time to read my message. My name is Kevin Fang, I an currently a grade 10 student at Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. The reason I am reaching out to you today is because I am currently working on a research project around Jackie Chan and his career in stunting. After doing some research around stunting, I discovered yourwebsite. I know you have a lot of experience with the stunt industry, and I was wondering if you can answer a couple questions of mine about stunting. It would really help me out in my project.
Thank you very much for your time,
Kevin
Sure Kevin. What can I do for you?

Thank you for responding so quickly, I have a few questions about the stunt industry that I would like you to answer.

1. How did you personally get into the stunt industry? What was your first job as a stuntman?
2. What type of training did you have before you became a stuntman?
3. What was your most dangerous stunt?
4. Has Jackie Chan influenced you in any way? If so, how?
5. As stated in your IMDb page, you have been in the stunt industry from 1984-present. Have things changed since then? Is it more difficult now? Was there a different way of getting in the industry?
Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate everything and this has helped my project out a lot.
Peter Kent’s answers to my questions are posted above.