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Man Interview Part 2 Final Score
valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, as promised
here is part two of the massive 2 part interview with director Scott
Mann. Scott shares his thoughts in depth about Final Score, I know
that my readers have probably read other interviews with Scott about
this film, but I hope that this one gives a fresh perspective on his
thinking behind the action, not just the main characters. Scott is
really interesting to talk to thus I went long in our interview with
the PR person gently reminding me he had other interviews scheduled,
our call lasted 30 minutes not the assigned 15, sorry folks, I feel
that if a person has a lot to say I give them the opportunity. Get
ready to chat with the MAN! Scott Mann!!
Transitioning to Final Score, you have a very strong female character
in this movie who is a Villianess and she has a really good stunt
She does, wow I was thinking the same thing, I recently looked at the film
myself and thought yeah she is amazing.
Yes, not only is she a good stunt double but the stunts she has to
perform are not typical stunts a female performer has to work on.
agree, when we do things we try not to draw a line and say that stunt
is for a woman or that stunt or part is for a man, there is certain
kind of physical attributes you have to factor in. There are certain
ways which people with less physical mass can attack to gain an edge
and put their opponent at a disadvantage. We try to venture away from
the old fashion attributes of action and fighting. Don't divide it
what is the point, woman or man, the roles and action can be balanced
and fluid. We do not like to draw the lines between characters.
noticed that I see that Alexandra Dinu had a really amazing role and
of course her stunt double Rubie Planson.
Yes sir Scott! I did notice they are a great combination of acting
and action! In fact my buddy Lee Charles who is also in your film was
going to try to contact her for me. I really loved her work.
Yes the sheer amount of stuff she was pulling off fighting a big guy,
the physicality of it, she made it work, back to the other film I did
with Dave (Bautista) had Gina Carono in it. You have to consider
these things and it is interesting to watch the process of dynamic
action unfold. Using stress offense coupled with speed and agility
make the fights between her and a larger opponent look believable and
engaging. Back to Final Score, that is the way I envisioned the
character of Tatiana portrayed by Alexandra Dinu to be agile and full
of fight, but also diverse enough to handle the different situations
she was put in from Motorcycle chases to fighting to gun play.
the actress is very beautiful and talented, but I thought of her as a
man, in this film we stripped away Alexandra's femininity and with
her portrayal we see the raw character she embodies! It was a
conscious thing that rides throughout the movie. Alexandra embraced
that, and if you look at the transformation she worked on it is quite
astonishing, how her character took shape, Before and after, the
regular actor and her as the villainous Tatiana! Alot of it was
getting into that character, that spirit. It also was down to our
great make-up artist Jemma (Harwood) she did an incredible job to
help create the character.
when you are writing the idea is to give the characters places to go
physically and emotionally to convey a dynamic story. Dave Bautista
does you are right Danny get into a more emotional state and the bad
guys do get more reckless as the film progresses. It is hard as you
only have very limited amount of screen time to develop the
characters, so it is a hard balance between the action and the story.
Hats off to the people who always seem to pull this off. They are the
ones who make the characters come to life. I do think that they did a
great job on that.
Did you storyboard the action?
kind of mapped it out ourselves, and worked it out. The sequences, we
mapped out. We were using the stadium for real, so we had the
opportunity to do it on a big scale not in front of a green screen.
We tried to come up with the details about what we could do. With an
action film such as Final Score we wanted to stray away from
traditional set pieces. Now on the motorbike chase around the
concourse we did do an initial storyboard pass, we went through it
and mapped out where we could go. I think we did that for a couple
of the other sequences as well. It is good to start out with a
template but I personally like to leave a lot of headroom for the
reality of stuff. I like the visceral real action. I want to do as
much as possible on set in camera.
thought the action sequences that the team crafted were open ended,
is that your view Scott?
Yes I never cared for action sequences that are too stylized and set
in a rigid framework. It distracts from some of the fun you would
have in capturing a spectacle. Dave Judge the stunt rider, is amazing
and he did actually drive on the roof of the stadium! Yes that was a
real stunt! He had a safety cable, but still that was an amazing hair
raising stunt and one that was so hard to pull. Rob de Groot also
did an incredible job for doubling Dave. As a director I really
wanted to capture that. It is not like the HK style of films where
there is a lot of previz and every fight is choreographed down to the
minuscule detail. I collaborated with the stunt coordinators to keep
it free enough so the movements were fluid. I want to never force the
action, I want the characters to be in the moment. I am a fan of
action like that and for this film I felt it was tied to the fabric
of the characters and their development.
Chat about the character deaths of the various villains and good guys
in the film?
film more than any other I have been involved in there is an intense
period of writing, as we were writing the film as we were making it,
crafting the action. This has the consequence of the freedom to do
things that you will find along the way, and along the path of the
story. It can also be scary as we had to come to a conclusion of the
action, the culmination To keep the film flowing. We would have a
sketch of how things would go and how things would play out, but not
complete story boarding. It was movable, as I am a fan of adventure
in any script. Yes the fight on the lift between Lee and Dave, in the
lift (elevator) it was a small space. It was interesting to see that
type of fight between two huge guys in that compact space. I never
did a fight in that type of space before so we were trying to be
inventive. As a director, I am always looking to what is fun for me
to watch and hopefully the viewers as well. There is times when you
can do what you want to do, and there is times when you have a
specific idea in mind, we usually have a decent idea in mind going
into it but very much we like the dynamic
example of this is the kitchen fight where the actor gets his hands
in the fryer That actually was not in the scene with the knife in the
fryer and it was not even in the scene until Dave and the stunt guys
worked through it together and came up with the idea. I thought it
was a really nice moment in the film. Between the back and forth of
making things work, you get little bits of magic. I am really pleased
on how all if that turned out. The worst thing you can do on a low
budget movie is to constrain yourself to be to conscribed to one way
of thinking. Like the action, the electric wires, you can spend a
fortune on something that is not really important. We try to work
with things inside the set to our advantage, to use the moments we
have on set to get into the action and don't worry about the other
tings you did not get either due to budget or shot concerns. In Final
Score it is about embracing things you have to live with, and trying
to make the most out of it. I feel we pulled a lot off in very
How long was the shoot, principal photography?
had 4 weeks in the stadium and two weeks in London. So 6 weeks, I
thought it was a bit too short for a movie of this scale, but it is
always a balance. The truth is while it is nice to have a budget
there is less room in bigger budget stuff for do something
interesting all the time. The moments in the original scripts,
probably never would have been allowed in a studio film. The fact we
were a realivily small independent. It does not have to have a sequel
or be a remake, Final Score was its own original idea and a sequel of
course is not needed, the film stands alone, this allowed us the
freedom to explore the finality of things, in a stand alone original
you have any new films in the works?
another film that I plan to shoot in 2019 which is an action thriller
set in Chicago, that should be happening this year, but I have been
doing a lot of TV. I have been dipping my toes in the television
roles as it were hah, which I have been enjoying. I enjoy doing a lot
of things, actually Final Score came out of the blue. Like in Final
Score, it came up as hey we have the stadium lets do this! So we had
only 3 weeks to get it together ha, what a ride!!
Thanks again for the interview Scott I know we went several minutes
over our time.
Yes no worries, I had fun thanks.
really enjoyed the film Scott thanks again for going in depth for
Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix!
Thanks to you for taking the time to explore the film, and show it in
a new light. Def reach out to Pete as well if you want to find out
more about the action! Thanks again mate, cheers, have a great day.
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