Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tyler Jenkins

I was lucky enough to attend the premier in Calgary of the Documentary, Legend of a Warrior. It was a fine film that I really enjoyed. It's the autobiographical story of the director Corey Lee who films his attempt to reconnect with his estranged father, martial arts master Frank Lee. It is a finely crafted film with a moving story and compelling characters. ACAD alumni and comic artist Tyler Jenkins contributes the artwork for a series of graphic novel-esque motion graphic segments that work in historical and biographical story elements throughout the movie. These segments add to the success of the film by adding a level of narrative, excitement and texture to the film. Beyond telling a moving story about a father and son the movie also gave me a better understanding and appreciation of what motivates martial artists - and how appropriate and descriptive the term artist is in this context.

The movie is showing until Thursday at the Plaza.