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Lawrence Ribeiro

Director & Action Design Expert


With over 100 action sequences under his belt—from fist fights to car chases—Director and Action Design expert Lawrence Ribeiro is an international man of action.

In 2019, Lawrence released his latest book, “Action Realism: The Art of Action.” Using the art and science of an innovative new approach, “Action Realism” gets to the heart of creating action.

MovieMaker Magazine reviews, “Action Director Lawrence Ribeiro’s new book goes beyond its scope as a technical production manual to become a holistic treatise on creativity… Action Realism is a great overview of an intimidating aspect of the moviemaking process.”

In 2017, his film “The Chase” won 8 Best Action and Cinematography Awards. Originally conceived as a camera test for JVC, it exemplifies what can be done through raw stunt work, camera movement, locations, sound, and the editing of extraordinaire Rick Pearson (The Bourne Supremacy). Adforum cited, “Lawrence’s personal style combines art with grit.

Now as a consultant to a major Silicon Valley company, he’s designing a Formula 1 driving program for next-generation drivers. And in seminars at ProMax, Film Independent and Art Center College for Design, he teaches: How to maximize action on screen. How to cut costs in the creative process. And, how to be safe on set.

Adforum states, “Lawrence’s mission is to educate clients, agencies and production companies about how a combination of the right team and the right techniques can result in genuinely thrilling content that doesn’t cost a fortune.”

You can look forward to his bold collaboration with two cinema legends. A unique project with Hollywood VFX legend Doug Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner)—an experience that will set the bar for what can be done with revolutionary Maji technology. An exceptional artistic endeavor with cinematographer legend Chris Doyle (Hero, In the Mood for Love) that will combine action principles with aesthetic movement.

Lawrence is a contributor to BCMA (Branded Content Marketing Association) and MovieMaker and Filmmaker magazines. He serves as a finalist judge for the Emmy Awards and the Venice Television Awards.


Session: The Language of Movement

Story is only one driving force.

And the language of filmmaking is not written.

The language of film and television is the language of movement. Its components are camera movement, editing, fight choreography, and more. This language brings viewers to tears and to the edge of their seats. It gets their heart pumping and their pupils dilated.

Visualize these different dialects of movement. The Whirling Dervish in Turkey. The Bollywood dance sequence. Bruce Lee swinging his nunchucks. LeBron dunking. All of these movements tell a story.

Conveying story onscreen demands a fundamental understanding of this language.

When you understand the language of movement, you start to understand action. The art of action. As a result, this talk will give the audience a better idea for creativity as well as the budget.

This talk will take you on a kickass ride. From the language of movement onto the art of Action!