THE RAID 2 (event poster for Picturehouse Podcast’s early preview screening at the The Ritzy, Brixton)
I’m a huge fan of martial arts action cinema, so I got a huge (flying) kick out of creating this. The original movie was utterly incredible, and Gareth Evans is clearly a brilliant director and choreographer, with an amazing team around him. Cannot wait to see this movie. if you’re in London, or close enough to travel for the event, you’ll find the full details here.
It was great to come back to this after creating this flyer for their Hard Boiled/The Raid double bill for their 2nd birthday. Which I made before I had any idea that Mr. Evans (in my humble opinion) had just made the most exciting martial-arts-based action flick in at least a decade.
Thanks to podcasters Sam Clements and Simon Renshaw for the opportunity.
”This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.
At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.
Whenever I edit a film - every scene feels like a precious moment. “No fucking way can I cut this” is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it’s final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it’s when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.
But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time - here’s a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn’t make it.
As a huge fan of the original (I think it’s easily in the top ten martial-arts based action films of the last decade, maybe longer, and that Gareth Evans is basically a genius), I’m thrilled to be creating an event poster for the Picturehouse Podcast preview screening of the sequel at The Ritzy in Brixton (for their 4th birthday) in a few weeks time.
I’m revealing details of the poster as I progress over on Twitter, and here are the 3 parts I’ve shared so far.