5th September 2011
From fan to fighter
On set with Chronicles of Syntax
ID Fight Unit member Dita Tantang reflects on being cast as Shia and filming fights for sci-fi series Chronicles of Syntax, written by Susan E Clarke.
“Having met some of the cast prior to the shoot as they are also in the ID Fight Unit I got to meet the rest of the cast on set. The whole COS family are such a lovely bunch, so friendly and welcoming and omg, it's a crazy world to be caught up in!
It's strange because I was a fan of Primary Faction / Chronicles Of Syntax before getting the part. I had read as much as I could about it, been all fan-girly with the synopsis, plot, promo shots, then I got to do the Tycan trailer, the in-series game - probably the closest I got to be part of it, yet it still wasn't that close to the actual world of COS. Then when I did get the part of Shia, I was allowed to read the whole of the Primary Faction (i.e. season one of COS) and it is so so so awesome!!! (Haven't finished reading it all yet!) It was so hard not to get excited by everyone, the cast, their costumes, their props, guns, weapons... 'twas très cool.
The set was a wasteland, literally, barren land with spots of empty beer cans and crisp packets. The weather was baking hot (I have a noticeable tan line from where my t-shirt sleeves ended... as well as a humorous pattern on my thighs from wearing fishnet tights).
I had to fight a boxer-type character. He was built like one too, so tall and muscley - he kept yelling "just hit me, it's fine, you're small, just hit me, harder, I can't feel it, harder" *lol* then he takes me to the ground!
It was great that I helped out with the fight choreography in preparation for the trailer a few weeks before because then I didn't have to learn a new fight from scratch, I could remember what we did before. There's also a two-on-one fight with swords we worked on (and so jealous my character wasn't part of it) that the actors performed incredibly well - it was so frickin' epic that it brought the writer to tears! Happy tears!”
Other ID Fight Unit members in the production include: Anna Scott-Stephenson (Trystanne), Daniel Tyler-Smith (Brammers), Kaitlin Howard-Krupinski (Fenway), Richard Roberts (Chell), Ronin Traynor (Hemlock & fight choreographer for the series), Stuart Boother (Killer) and Tara Muir (Falkon).
You can view behind the scenes footage, the Tycan trailer and listen to part one of the Primary Faction radio episode on the ID Projects page. Further information and the full radio series can be viewed via www.facebook.com/ChroniclesofSyntax