Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Swordplay and Storyboarding

I hate exercise. Getting to the gym and pumping iron, running, I hate it. Why? It feels like a job. And its boaring. BUT WAIT!!! theres something better. Swordfighting combine cardio with strength training and you can't get bored when steel is being swung at you. So I love exercising now. I've been fencing for 13 yrs now all types, olympic three weapon, rapier dagger, broadsword, kendo. Its a blast and peels off the pounds. Larsen ( the guy featured opposite me in the photos) is my workout pal and he is just learning but gives me a run for the money. below are photos of broadsword action but I will post Rapier action as well. We wear armor while rapier fighting and go full tilt. Its awesome.

Oh yeah by the way PIXAR is looking for board artists so get your portfolios in asap!!!!

Fighting after lunch
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Proper stance is important( notice Larsen and I have switched to Rapiers)
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Typical ward ( typical on lookers)
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broadsword in action
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more broadsword action
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Larsen and me fighting on Skye- were all the great celtic warriors trained ( so what if we're using plastic swords)
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Mandrews out

23 Comments:

Blogger Rob A. said...

Do you have a claymoor too!? man am I jealous. I used to be a member of the SCA but they got too weird for me. Maybe I'll start up something like this.


Chan ann leis a’chiad bhuille thuiteas a’chraobh.
It is not with the first stroke that the tree falls.

Words to live by.

10:12 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

I do have a claymore- basket hilt and two handed. SCA huh....there was a time they weren't weird??? I d give my arm to get into one of those huge melee's they do. Two armys charging each other.....what a rush.

You totally should start up something like this. There are sword schools poping up all over it seems like.

Ya hiya chowhada!!!!

Arakeen for- Long live the fighters- dune



Mandrews out

4:16 PM  
Blogger Marmax said...

There's a fencing school sort of near where I live, in Burbank. I'm always thinking about checking it out...

9:03 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

I don't know, I've always wanted to weild a sword, but it might not be the best idea... I almost lost a finger playing with my nail cutter the other day. ;)


Say Mark, you mentioned you're looking for story artists, is the info in the pixar site? Any internships available?

10:03 PM  
Blogger hojlander said...

There can be only one. Mark you work is incredable, I really like the new
Dartangion stuff, the aireal move where he chops off the arm is the coolest thing ive seen in a long time.
I am in mike tracy's class, you worked with him on iron giant. I have him for background and layout. I was wondering if from time to time i can ask you some advice on drawing, i need it. i have finished two years of school now one more to go.

2:55 AM  
Blogger hojlander said...

ps i'm crushed i didn't get to swordplay with you in scotland!!!!!!! What about the robin hood sword fight, was not the best ever??!!!come on man!

7:42 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Marmax----- Swordplay is a great school i used to fence there for years. there is also Swords on glendale ave and olive- tigran is the instructor there and is amazing ( my old coach) go have fun



Idiot Circus boy----if you're having issues with nail cutters than absolutley do not play with large bladed weapons. As for the Pixar site. it should have info. inters are avilable but in summer only. good luck


Hojlander---- ask away man i'll be honest and forthcoming with any help I can offer. As for best sword fights on screen ever Robin Hood is okay but you have to check out Scaramouche- 9 minute dule.Awesome.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

haha, that's really cool! Thanks for posting these. Its looks like it's fun as hell, probably just as difficult, too!

4:43 AM  
Blogger Rohit said...

That is extremely cool...

I remember some time back, reading this article about famous swords in movies.

Here's a list of a few of my personal favorites:

-Green Destiny from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
-The Power Sword from He-Man
-Narsil/Anduril and Sting from LOTR
-The Samurai swords in Kill Bill
-All kinds of Lightsabers.
-Arthur's sword in Disney's The Sword in the Stone.
-Mai's sword in Sin City.
-Morpheus's sword in The Matrix Reloaded.

But my all-time favorite would be the plastic telescoping lance that I got when I was 8. It was bright and multicolored but gave me a lot of joy!

-Rohit

9:32 AM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

I used to practice this sort of thing with foam wrapped swords years ago and loved every minute of it.

Glad you're loving it!

10:34 PM  
Blogger St John Street said...

Looks like loads of fun Mark the only thing that comes close to that for me would be when I was growing up in Trinidad and we'd make them out of wood e old fashion style you know the up side down cross but I would always try to crave mine up a bit add some designs kool stuff like that. thanks for sharing the info about story board artist can super fresh rookie's apply as well. hope the weekend is good to u take care!!!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

Looks like loads of fun!

7:41 AM  
Blogger chris chua said...

Mark, you are the craziest, coolest MOFO I know!!! Just make sure you don't hurt yer storyboarding arm! It was good chatting with you at work a few weeks ago. I'll see you in a few months!

12:30 PM  
Blogger hojlander said...

marksan did you eat fried mars bars in scotland????it is the official candy of the god of war

10:39 PM  
Blogger hojlander said...

your bro and i are doing another comic he's back in the saddle dude

6:24 AM  
Blogger MisterZoobadoo said...

nice to see you can stab people at Pixar too. A very helpful thing to do in the animation industry.

2:05 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Dave----- it is fun and difficult but thats the fun. more ta' come


Rohit---- My light sabre was a broken off broom handle painted blue. A movie you have to watch for awesome sword action is SCARAMOUCHE longest sword fight ever.


UrbanBarbarian---- I love it. Ive been doing it for almost 16 yrs. much fun, cant get enough

St John Street----- carve it up , like adding magical runes and stuff. Totally did the same thing. After me and my brothers watched conan when kids we'd go outside and swing pipes around doing the Conan sword Kata. Boys will be boys.

Bobby Chiu---- it is!!!


chris chua---- surely not the coolest, but if so you need to get out more man. It was great seeing you. when you get here I'll teach you the noble way of steel!!!


hojlander--- it is not the offical candy of the god of war, i know cause i am the god of war. And i like M&M's. and no I didnt eat a mars bar fried. Another comic eh? awesome. can't wait.



MisterZoobadoo------ its a great place to work. Pixar is very accomidating. and as for a helpful thing in the industry is concerned.... it has its benefits.


Mandrews out

4:35 PM  
Blogger RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Hey!!! That looks like fun!!!
Ever try any Chinese or Korean sword forms?

10:03 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

SCOTLAND? The Western Isles? Damn.

I really, really want to go to Mull, Iona and Skye baaaaadly. Only ever been to Edinburgh(I first wrote "Edinborough", ah, well, that's how it's said, right?). You lucky so and so. The fencing sure looks like a hoot(I know it's a workout; my brother does fencing--yikes. I can take about 5 minutes).

11:17 AM  
Blogger Skribbl said...

Ha! Look at Brian go! You're okay too Mandrews. :-P And I totally agree with your thought about working out.

I was just reminicing the other day about the stage combat class I took with you and I wanted to thank you for teaching me how to do the dive roll. I use it every day when I get to work. BTW do you know what A.C. is doing?? He was one of the cooler teachers at CalArts.

5:04 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

RoboTaeKwon-Z------- very little. like them very much. I mean most sword forms don't think about guys attacking you from behind.

Jenny----- I highly recommend anywhere in Scotland. Mull and Iona are etherial places but you gotta check out Harris and Lewis as well. Hell ALL of Scotland


Skribbl---- I'm glad the dive roll comes in handy. I don't know what AC is doing but I think his wife is on BattleStar Galactica as Col. Paul Tighs wife!!!


Mandrews out

4:44 PM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...

The streets are rough where you live if the muggers have swords !! :)

8:23 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Andrew Glazebrook------Tell me about it heh heh


Mandrews out

9:14 PM  

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