Human Weapon Documentary Series Overview (2007)


Introduction

Human Weapon is a television show on The History Channel that premiered on 20 July 2007.

The hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, travelled across the world studying the unique martial arts, or styles of fighting, that have origins in the region.

Outline

In the ultimate search for a human weapon, mixed martial artist Jason Chambers and football pro Bill Duff put their bodies on the line as they train in the most lethal forms of combat before going toe-to-toe with masters of each fighting style.

Each episode usually consisted of a brief introduction regarding the featured martial art, including footage of established fighters sparring. The hosts would then travel to various locations, learning several strikes, blocks, or other techniques valuable to the particular art from various instructors and/or masters. Along the way, they learned about the origins and cultural history of each fighting style. To help the viewer understand the moves the hosts learn, each technique was visually broken down with a motion capture element. Creator Terry Bullman also acted as stuntman for motion capture. After practicing featured aspects of the art, the hosts typically assessed the various skills and their effectiveness. At the end of each episode, one of the hosts would fight a representative of the episode’s fighting style.

The show is similar to a later programme called “Fight Quest”. Lucie Bertaud also had a similar show called Face a Face which was aired in France.

The show was cancelled in August 2008.

Human Weapon Series

May have been a 17th episode “Battle Ground: Holy Ground” (but could be another name for episode 14), with sources varying between 15, 16 or 17 episodes.

Human Weapon: Military Combat is a DVD of episodes 07 and 08.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s):
    • Jason Chambers.
    • Bill Duff.
  • Director(s):
    • Jeffrey Woods … (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Patrick Leigh-Bell … (1 episode, 2007).
    • Todd Moss … (1 episode, 2007).
    • Jonathan Berman … (unknown episodes).
  • Producer(s):
    • Stephen Land … executive producer (16 episodes, 2007).
    • Dana Devonshire … format producer (13 episodes, 2007).
    • Robert Twilley … coordinating producer (10 episodes, 2007).
    • Zak Weisfeld … executive producer (10 episodes, 2007).
    • Todd Moss … series producer / producer (6 episodes, 2007).
    • Gary Pierce … producer (4 episodes, 2007).
    • Brian O’Connor … field producer / producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Eric Wetherington … field producer / producer (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Cecile Bouchardeau … field producer (2 episodes, 2007).
    • Jason Chambers … co-producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Christie Elwin … post producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Rudy Fischmann … producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Elizabeth Gibson … post producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Antonio Graceffo … associate producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • David Lane … producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Matt Shelley … field producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Randal Shuptrine … producer (1 episode, 2007).
    • Ric Lawes … line producer (2007) (unknown episodes).
    • Adrian Maher … field producer (2007) (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s):
    • Terry Bullman … (creator) (16 episodes, 2007).
    • Terry Bullman … (creator) (16 episodes, 2007).
    • Kieron Barry … (writer) (6 episodes, 2007).
    • Todd Moss … (4 episodes, 2007).
    • Todd Moss … (writer) (4 episodes, 2007).
    • Eric Wetherington … (writer) (4 episodes, 2007).
    • Cecile Bouchardeau … (writer) (1 episode, 2007).
    • Rudy Fischmann … (writer) (1 episode, 2007).
    • David Lane … (writer) (1 episode, 2007).
    • Brian O’Connor … (1 episode, 2007).
    • Adrian Maher … (2007) (unknown episodes).
  • Music:
    • Brian Langsbard … (1 episode, 2007).
    • Justin Melland … (1 episode, 2007).
  • Cinematography:
    • Paul Foster … (unknown episodes).
    • Eric Futrell … (unknown episodes).
  • Editor(s):
    • Brad Kurtz … (5 episodes, 2007).
    • Scott W. Lee … (5 episodes, 2007).
    • Dave Whittle … (5 episodes, 2007).
    • Ryan Hardison … (3 episodes, 2007).
    • Justin Hardison … (2 episodes, 2007).
    • Danny Downing … (1 episode, 2007).
    • Dale Fisher … (1 episode, 2007).
  • Production:
    • Jupiter Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s):
    • History Channel (2007) (USA) (TV).
    • Polyband (2012) (Germany) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 20 July 2007 to 21 December 2007.
  • Running Time: 44-45 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-14.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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