What do jedis and martial arts have in common? If you ask our friend Noah Fleder, he’d say Star Wars.
As a 3rd degree black belt and self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatic, Noah often wished jedi lightsaber combat adopted techniques from traditional martial arts as opposed to theatrical performance. It’s what inspired him to create Star Wars fan-fic on YouTube, demonstrating the head-height kicks and fast spinning techniques he wished were on the silver screen. Fast forward twenty years and Noah is now a leading stuntman in Hollywood with big dreams to act and make blockbuster films.
We got a chance to chat with Noah about his latest project and what fans can expect from him at InterGalactiCon. Here’s what he had to say:
IGC: Noah, tell us, how’d you get started in martial arts?
NF: I started tae kwon do when I was 4 years old. I trained in several fighting styles at some of the best studios in Los Angeles, including Bruce Lee’s martial art style Jeet Kune Do. I’ve also been fortunate to train with some truly amazing instructors, including stunt coordinator Simon Rhee. He taught me how to cater my movement to the screen, and as soon as I turned 18, he put me in blockbuster films.
IGC: Have you ever hurt yourself doing stunt work?
NF: I’ve gotten injuries from training, but precautions are always taken in movies. There’s pads to fall on and lots of people watching. It’s a super detailed process. I’ve been clunked a couple of times, but no big injuries. Though, I did break my pinky while pulling something out of my pocket.
IGC: Ha! Classic. What’s the future hold for Noah Fleder – more martial arts or…?
NF: For the past two to three years I haven’t been doing much stunt work. I want to act and create my own films.
IGC: Do you credit your stunt work with getting you into filmmaking?
NF: I actually got started in filmmaking through my Star Wars-based YouTube channel. I’m a big geek. When I was 18 years old, I was hanging out in my buddy’s garage, talking about how much I loved Star Wars but hated how the movies portrayed action scenes. I started interpreting what the fighting would look like if it were up to me. A year later, I released a YouTube video titled “The Betrayal,” a Star Wars fan film. It went viral. Even JJ Abrams noticed it.
IGC: So, what are you working on now?
NF: I’m working on a brand-new series called “Legend of the Kickmaster.” It’s about a young martial artist that sets out on a journey seeking an internal truth. With only the resolve of his spirit, he’ll have to discern dreams from reality in order to form a team that can shake the fabric of human potential. He pushes his team forward, always chasing the promise of adventure and conflict.
IGC: That sounds awesome! Please tell me fans will get a taste of this new series at InterGalactiCon?
NF: I will be previewing the first three episodes of “Legend of the Kickmaster” with InterGalactiCon fans. My film crew, cast members and more will be joining me for a discussion about the series and what’s next for us.
To learn more about Noah Fleder, visit his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDEU2vCl7b2pYRwr-N74Nlw