Sniper’s Eye Dir Josh Sternfeld on his first action movie

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For Josh Sternfeldwork Fortress: Eye of the Sharpshooter was his first pure action film, which was a departure from his previous efforts in drama Winter solstice (2004) and crime thriller meskada (2010). He helps to work with the creative team of Alan Horscargotwho wrote the screenplay, with the story developed from Randall Emmet and Emile Hirsch with action veterans in the stars Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murrayand Jesse Metcalfe. I spoke with Sternfeld about how the stars aligned for him to work on the 2021 sequel Fortress and how its casting helped make the production a smash hit.

Chad Michael Murray and Bruce Willis in Fortress: Sniper’s Eye (2022). Image courtesy of Lionsgate

“I loved the script,” Sternfeld said. “I thought the combination of the character, the character development and its drama, combined with the fight scenes and its genre dimensions. It was really that combination that made me fall in love with the script. I thought it was great, and when they sent it to me, and I read it, I had wanted to do an action movie for a while. I had been looking for something to do for a while, and when I Reading that, I thought, “That’s definitely the first one to do.” Luckily, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, the main production company, and Lionsgate trusted me.”

Fortress: Sniper's Eye Directed by Josh Sternfeld on his first action movie
Kelly Greyson and Jesse Metcalfe in Fortress: Sniper’s Eye (2022). Image courtesy of Lionsgate

Sternfeld credited the stunt coordination team with making the sequences work. “It was a little harder than expected, but in a very fun way. When I went there, I was very focused on rehearsing the action scenes. It was mostly about the crew coordinating stunts, rehearsals, sending iPhone videos, going to rehearsals and doing all that stuff. What I learned, what the challenge was, is that once you’re on set and as you start shooting, it still takes a while to look natural. Even though they’re super well-rehearsed, you still have to do it. So it was a challenge to work into the schedule, but it was a super fun challenge, and I feel like I’ve mastered it now.

Fortress: Sniper's Eye Directed by Josh Sternfeld on his first action movie
Natali Yuri and Chad Michael Murray in Fortress: Sniper’s Eye (2022). Image courtesy of Lionsgate

The director mentioned how helpful the cast was throughout production. “They were all incredibly awesome and professional,” Sternfeld said. “I’m not just saying that. First of all, the fact that they knew the characters on a more or less deep level was helpful. They had this basic understanding of each of their characters, even if they wanted to make different things. with their characters from the first movie. Every actor is a little bit different. Chad and Jesse are super charismatic and passionate. They want things to be and look good. Working with the actors is by far my favorite part of directing. There’s nothing even close. When I first started seeing them working on set, Chad and Jesse, everyone was so great. The electricity they gave to their performance was so evident to me in Video Village. I was just like, ‘It’s going to turn out great. It’s going to be great. So working with professionals always helps.”

Fortress: Sniper's Eye Directed by Josh Sternfeld on his first action movie
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As for Willis, the film‘s lead star, Sternfeld, said he didn’t notice anything unusual in light of his retirement from the screen due to his aphasia diagnosis. “It went as planned,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about Bruce other than things you don’t know, little comments and remarks, but I never paid attention to it. I sure didn’t know anything. When I got on set, they told me said the shooting schedule. They told me how long he was going to be on the production. But even then, I didn’t find anything strange. Actors always want their scenes to be put together because they have d other commitments and do other things. When I worked with him on set, he was great. He was completely present. He was completely charismatic. I spoke freely with him. There was really nothing different. It was a great joy and honor to work with him.”

The experience on Fortress: Eye of the Sharpshooter provided invaluable experience for Sternfeld in the realm of acting. “Probably the thing that I learned most intensely was the thing that in some ways might be a little harder to articulate. It’s just that I now know how to visualize action scenes at a high level because that you do all the rehearsals, but when you have the camera you try to make everything work organically, and that takes time, so I was quicker in my ability to do that. as filming progressed i was better on day five than day 2 frankly i hope when i go out again to do a movie like this i will be much better at action scenes . I think they came out really well, and this movie, I’m totally proud of everything that went into it.”

Fortress: Sniper’s Eye Synopsis

Fortress: Eye of the Sharpshooter is a cyber action thriller which takes place weeks after the events of the 2021 film; Following the deadly assault on Fortress Camp, Robert (Willis) makes a daring rescue to save Sasha, the widow of his old enemy Balzary (Murray). But back in the camp command bunker, it seems Sasha has her own devious plans. As a new attack breaks out, Robert is confronted by a familiar face he thought he would never see again. The film arrives in select theaters, on digital and on-demand, on April 29.

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