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The Paper Tigers: Bao Tran & Ken Quitugua Action Filmmaking Decoded- The Story of Action Films

Introducing: Bao Tran and Ken Quitugua, two badass action movie masters. For their new feature length film The Paper Tigers, Bao directs and Ken action direct a Kung Fu action-comedy about three aging martial artists when they’re brought back into the fight game to solve the death of their former master. In this episode, we discuss creatively navigating the constraints of indie filmmaking, the difficulties of crowdfunding films, and why both of their directing is focused on characters rather than scenes. We also debut our newest show segment ‘Five Second Fight Club,’ so be sure to listen til the end! Join us as we chat with Bao Tran and Ken Quitugua: action director. *Spoiler Warning* Major plot points and sequences are discussed in depth for The Paper Tigers in the breakdown section of this episode! Film streaming services can be found here: Edited by Luigi Hernandez If you enjoyed this episode, you can support us at Subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or the podcast app of your choice Find us at or on Instagram at @actionfilmmakingpodcast Until next time, thanks for listening — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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