We got help from some amazing actresses and professional stuntwomen to make the Knockouts Concept Trailer. These women punched and kicked each other, were flipped off of a bar, and had bottles broken over their heads! They put their bodies on the line to bring the vision of our director, Leo Kei Angelos, to life, and we all had fun creating this action-packed video. Watch the Knockouts Concept Trailer, and then find out more about the awesome women who made it below.
MICHELLE LEE - SUN TZE
Michelle Lee (also known as Michelle Charlene Lee and Michelle C. Lee) is a Chinese American female martial artist, stuntwoman and actress. Since early 2000s, Lee played and provided stunts and motion capture for dozens of films, series and video games, including for the roles of Ada Wong in Resident Evil 6 and Mileena in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. In 2006, Lee was nominated in the category "Female Action Performer of the Year" at the Action On Film International Film Festival for her role of a ninja in the short film Girl with Gun. In 2007, she, along with the others stunt performers in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, was nominated in Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture". In 2010, she was featured on the cover of Inside Kung Fu.
She has performed stunts in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Ninja Cheerleaders (2008) , Crank: High Voltage (2009), The Last Airbender (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), and many others. In the video game world, Michelle has had various roles in Gears of War (2006), Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (2008), Resistance: Retribution (2009), Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010), God of War III (2010), Sleeping Dogs (2012), Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012), God of War: Ascension (2013)
Check out her Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Lee_%28actress%29
Michelle’s Official Website: http://actressmichellelee.com/
KRISTEN BRANCACCIO - CASSIDY
Kristen Brancaccio is film's version of a triple-threat: actor, writer and director. "Day One", a post-apocalyptic short Kristen starred in, wrote and co-directed with our own Leo Kei Angelos, was a Top 10 finalist in HBO's Project Greenlight competition. She is a regular cast member on the hit webseries, "The Key of Awesome" (notable roles include playing Lorde in their "Royals" parody with 15 million+ views on YouTube and portraying Hermione in a Harry Potter spoof that HuffPost called "cathartic"). She wrote, directed and starred in "Intern Diaries", a comedic webseries for barelypolitical's second channel, that has amassed nearly half a million views. Besides acting and filmmaking, Kristen enjoys traveling, watching The Walking Dead and snowboarding.
CARRIE LYNN CERTA - HELEN
Carrie Lynn Certa is not the typical action star, but in 2011, she won Best Lead Actress in the action-comedy ”Plain Jen,” awarded by the Accolade Competition. Ms. Certa has been acting in various theater, TV and film projects for over 2 decades. She is better known in the industry for her producing, but continues with her first love of acting whenever the opportunity arises. Being able to play such a fun character as Helen, where she is able to “let it all hang out” and flaunt her curves, is definitely one of her favorite roles.
Check out her IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1395850/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Watch her Acting Reel: https://vimeo.com/89873015
PEIPEI ALENA YUAN - ALPHA ALPHA ALPHA SISTER
PeiPei Alena Yuan, aka "Peppa" is dedicated to inspiring the World through her work as an Artist of Movement and Entertainer. Peipei has a background in Competitive Gymnastics, Springboard Diving (Columbia University), Martial Arts, and Break Dancing. She has been blessed to have travelled around the world Performing, Competing, and Teaching. Combined with her love for Action, Sci-Fi and Kung Fu Films, her passions for creativity inspired her to pursue Work in the Entertainment Industry. As a Pre-Visualization CG Storyboard Artist and VFX Artist, PeiPei has worked on feature films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Spiderman III. As a Stunt Woman and Actress, She has been featured on Commercials, and TV shows like "Numb3rs", "CSI-NY" , "Workaholics", and "Trophy Wife", as well as on Films like "Star Trek : The Future Begins", and "Step Up 3D". She also is featured in a UCB Theatre Film called "Freak Dance,” as Silent Girl. PeiPei has also choreographed and danced with artists like Pink, Usher ("Somebody to Love" music video) , Rihanna ("Princess of China" music video), and choreographed for Britney Spears' (Femme Fatale Tour) with Rino Nakasone(Beat Freaks). Peipei has also appeared on "Dancing with the Stars", and in Disneyland's ElecTRONica Stage Show.
In her spare time, PeiPei also enjoys Directing, Choreographing, and Producing shows and videos with her company, Outer Circle (OuterCircleCrew.com). Peipei continues to train in Acting, Stunts, Martial Arts, Film Making, and Dance, and desires to continue working in Film, TV, Media as an Entertainer, and Filmmaker.
Check out PeiPei’s website: www.PeipeiYuan.com
Watch PeiPei’s Stunt Reel (Jan 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJXugeC9VSs&feature=youtu.be
View her Stunt Profile: http://StuntPhone.com/viewprofiledetail.php?id=403
Check her out on IMDb: http://imdb.com/name/nm1482700/
TARA MACKEN - STUNT COORDINATOR
Tara Macken is a SAG-AFTRA actress and stuntwoman with over 50 credits in film and television. From blockbusters such as The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7, to award winning TV Shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, Agent Carter and NCIS LA. Macken's full filmography can be seen on IMDB.com.
Born in a car in Kuwait, Tara has lived all over the world, from the Philippines, Brunei, Kuwait and now Los Angeles, California. Macken's athletic background of gymnastics, dance, martial arts and rock climbing, paired with her years of studying theatre, has made the transition into acting and stunt work seamless.
Macken is extremely honored to be apart of the Knockouts concept trailer as the stunt coordinator. Creating and choreographing the action was a fun collaboration from first rehearsal to final action on set. Macken is excited to see what this project has in store for the future!
Check out Tara’s Official Website: http://www.taramacken.com
See all of her credits on IMDB: http://www.imdb.me/taramacken
See some of her work on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user1283389