If you’re a fan of swords then you should check out the documentary Reclaiming the Blade. It’s a great video narrated by John Rhys-Davies and talks about the western culture of swordsmanship and martial arts (yes, martial arts isn’t just an “Asian thing”). It deals a lot with stage combat and western martial art groups, and has interviews with the legendary Bob Andersen, and Viggo Mortensen, among others.
Well, Galatia Films is working on a sequel, entitled Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire. This documentary will concentrate more on the blacksmiths and sword makers, who help make the beautiful staged fights and reenactments possible. Here’s the group’s pitch:
While the first film focused on both European and Asian historical swordplay and offered an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen, the second installment, Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire, will take a closer look at the sword and bladesmiths who create real historical blades just as they were handcrafted from iron ore thousands of years ago.
These bladesmiths are the life-blood of this new movement and resurgence of the blade. They create not only replicas, but real historical pieces that the martial artist then use to train with, learning the techniques from the original fight masters.
Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire will also feature two phenomenal sword trainers from The Chronicles of Narnia films, Brian Danner (300, Master and Commander, The Three Musketeers) and Allen Poppleton (Wolverine, Spartacus, Avatar, Narnia). We are happy to announce that Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia) should be joining us as well for unique interviews.
Galatia Films is looking to raise $6,000 via Kickstarter to help fund Sons of Fire, so if this sounds like your cup of tea check out their Kickstarter page and think about donating. Would be cool to see another one of these documentaries produced.