Little did viewers know when they arrived at the screening last Wednesday evening that they were about the see one of the most intense scenes of a Duck TV show ever filmed. Secret agent Kelsey Jones, the Jaguar, exchanged punches, hits and roundhouse kicks with the villain Snake, played by Nicholas Maurer. The suspense drew the audience in quickly and evoked a loud round of applause at the end.
The Jaguar, the brainchild of Thor Loutzenhiser, has all the characteristics of a classic action show. “I would say that it really isn’t that unique,” he admits. “But it’s also for entertainment. I don’t want to bore people. That’s probably the main thing I’m afraid of and the main thing I want to avoid.”
The scene itself was a lot of improv, which Loutzenhiser attributes to the help of his cast and crew. “They helped me think out where to go with it, use the fridge – that sort of thing,” he said, referring to a moment when the Jaguar smashes Snake’s head in the refrigerator. “We went through the choreography a few times at a slower speed… then we did it with [the actors] at different angles.”
“A lot of work is put into the actual choreography,” said Maurer, who works as a writer for The Damned but was asked to help as an actor on the Jaguar. “It moves forward and you rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. Practice makes perfect in the end.”
Unfortunately, even with practice, injuries can occur in scenes like this. “I got hit by the fridge, which sucked,” said Maurer. “I actually got kicked in the stomach on the roundhouse kick because that’s the only way they could do it. There was no other way to near miss it. You get roughed up but it was nothing huge.”
Casting Kelsey Jones as the Jaguar was an obvious choice. “She struck me out of everyone else,” Loutzenhiser said about her audition. “She’s cute and very small, but she could be a bad-ass.” He cites Kill Bill as a major inspiration for his action-genre films. “I’ve always had a liking for girls who kick ass,” he added.
Loutzenhiser has been interested in film for most of his life and has taken a special liking to the action drama. He generally likes to work alone or with one or two other people on films, but now he has the chance to work with and entire cast and crew, which he describes as a learning experience. The action scene has been his favorite scene to film. “I would really enjoy continuing making these fun action movies.”
Maurer describes his experience with the cast and crew as energetic. “When they’re on set, they’re having fun. And in the end, that’s what Duck TV’s all about.”
Loutzenhiser hopes to continue producing action-filled episodes for his audience to look forward to. “That action scene was the first of many and we’re really going to be amping it up in the last few episodes.”