March 25, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, Technologies of Knowing ("TechKnow"), and Sony Pictures Classics, invite you and a guest to attend a conversation about stunts and fight choreography, followed by a screening of the highly-anticipated sequel to the acclaimed action film The Raid: Redemption

The Raid 2: Berandal

Written and Directed by Gareth Evans
Produced by Nate Bolotin, Ario Sagantoro,
and Aram Tertzakian

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The panel discussion will run from 7PM - 8PM, followed immediately by the film screening.
The panel discussion will include stunt coordinators and special effects experts, moderated by SCA Critical Studies Professor René Thoreau Bruckner. Students are encouraged to arrive with questions pertaining to the planning and execution of practical effects, safety issues on the set, the benefits of CGI, and the like. Guests include the creators of the hit web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, including Special Effects coordinator Larz Anderson, co-producer Marina Stabile, director Kevin Tancharoen, stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Garrett Warren, armorer Jon Haaz, and fight choreographer Larnell Stovall.

About The Raid 2: Berandal

Following immediately after the events of The Raid, Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun. Finding a way in through Bangun's son Uco, Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down.

Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. Not rated. Running time: 148 minutes.

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About the Panel Discussion Guests


Larz Anderson is a member of IATSE Local 44 Special Effects, and ATF High Explosives manufacturer, Member of the AMPAS and a Licensed Pyrotechnician in California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Louisiana, with more than 30 of experience in special effects for film and television. Larz has worked on such films as “The Abyss”, “Sneakers”, “The Alamo”, “A Serious Man” and most recently “Lone Survivor”.


Jon Haaz had been a master armorer for 8 years as well as a close-quarter combat instructor, prop master and grip for over 14 years. As an Armorer, Jon has worked in both film and television, on such projects as The Purge, Sunken City, My Own Worst Enemy, Triggers: Weapons that Changed the World, as well as on Season 2 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy.


Marina most recently co-produced season two of the MORTAL KOMBAT web series for Warner Bros. and served as the UPM on BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY, starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Jane Fonda. Other recent projects include the teen rom-com 16-LOVE and the forthcoming thriller TURQUOISE produced through her company, Act Four Productions. She has also produced numerous commercials. Marina?s AFI graduate thesis film, “The Response,” won the BAFTA/LA Student Award and was a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Previously, Marina produced documentaries for the United Nations, and worked at major production companies. She holds a BA in Film and International Relations from USC as well as an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute.


Born in New Orleans, Larnell Stovall is a former international champion in fighting, weapons, and forms with over a decade of experience in film. Larnell has choreographed fights for such films as The Raid 2 (as a guest choreographer), Snitch, starring Dwayne Johnson, Stolen, starring Nicola Cage, and both seasons of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, as well as Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, the short that originated the series. Larnell has also been a stunt performer on such films as The Hunger Games 1 & 2, Battleship, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Olympus Has Fallen.


Kevin Tancharoen is a multi-talented filmmaker, writer, producer and choreographer whose MORTAL KOMBAT series single handedly revived the live action format for the franchise.
Kevin came to the attention of Warner Bros. with the stealth release of his viral video MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH that re-imagined the videogame franchise in a gritty, real-world setting. Quickly garnering millions of views in its first 24 hours, Warners originally contemplated taking legal action against Kevin, but instead decided the better plan would be to work with someone who could generate that much positive social media attention. Thus, Kevin was hired to direct, co-write and produce MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This groundbreaking webseries is the most-viewed webseries in the history of YouTube and set a new bar for digital programming. Kevin also directed and produced the sequel to the MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY webseries that is currently airing on Machinima. His feature directing credits also include GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE for Fox and FAME for MGM.
Prior to his feature film career, he directed, co-created, and co-executive produced, “TwentyFourSeven,” executive produced by Ken Mok and “DanceLife” executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. These, along with his other gig directing the Pussycat Dolls project on The CW, represent just the latest in a long list of impressive credits that include directing Britney Spears’ “Onyx Hotel” tour, choreographing her “Me Against the Music” video, remixing projects for Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Tyrese, making creative contributions to Britney Spears’ “Dream Within a Dream Tour” and *NSYNC’s “Pop Odyssey Tour,” and even directing Michael Jackson’s 45th birthday celebration.


Garrett Warren began his career as a highly regarded martial arts champion and personal trainer, eventually moving into on-screen stunt work that included coordinating and performing stunts on feature films film and television projects. Warren has been the stunt coordinator on a number of high-profile films, including James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, and Tim Burton’s smash hit Alice In Wonderland. His recent credits also include: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and The Adventures of Tintin; Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master; Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol and Beowulf; and Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Real Steel, in which he also played a number of robots, including the lead robot Atom.

Warren regularly pairs his work coordinating stunts with second unit directing duties, and has done so on films like: Sylvain White’s Losers; Tom Hank’s Larry Crowne; the family sci-fi comedy Mars Needs Moms!; the Fockers sequel Little Fockers; and Tarsem Singh’s fantasy adventure Immortals.

In 2009 Warren won the Hamilton Award for Stunt Choreographer of the Year. And in 2010 he was nominated for the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award for Stunt Coordinator/2nd Unit Director of the Year for Avatar, as well a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his stunt work on Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen.

In 2000 Warren survived a fatal attempt on his life, which inspired a return to school at UCLA for cinematography and editing. Since then he has also immersed himself in the design and fabrication of several new camera and stunt apparatus’, specifically the flying tools used in the zero gravity environments of Ender's Game.

About the Moderator

René Thoreau Bruckner has been teaching in SCA’s Division of Critical Studies off and on since 2007.  He specializes in film history and theory, media archaeology, and visual culture, with a special attraction to places where commercial cinema coincides with technical innovation and creative experimentation. His areas of interest include pre-cinema and early film; martial arts cinema; experimental film; special effects; sound studies; and the time travel genre.

About Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Mortal Kombat: Legacy is an American web series anthology adapted from the fictional universe of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. It debuted on's YouTube channel on April 11, 2011. The second season was released in its entirety on September 26, 2013.

About TechKnow

The TechKnow speaker series is organized by the graduate students of Critical Studies and is part of a year-long conversation about critical approaches to media technologies in our culture. This event was co-organized by Marina Stabile.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Lot M at 34th & Watt Way, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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