Michael Wolcott is a filmmaker currently residing in California.
Down With the King follows Elvis Sinosic as he prepares to fight Roberto Traven. The first time two UFC veterans clash on Australian soil.
At 02:55 on 04 Feb 2011
Elvis Sinosic – “Down With The King” DVD Documentary Elvis Sinosic “The King of Rock and Rumble” is the most accomplished and recognized mixed martial arts fighter ever to emerge from Australia: Elvis has fought top names in the sport like Jeremy Horn, Frank Shamrock, Evan Tanner, and Tito Ortiz. “Down With The King” is a unique and humanizing film by Michael Wolcott. The documentary has a running time of approximately 31 minutes, with an additional 20 minutes of special features. The special features include poignant interview segments on topics including: the use and value of the Internet for the MMA community, Elvis’ thoughts and experiences regarding taking fights on short notice, an explanation about the presence of mutual respect in combative sports, pre-fight training strategies focusing specifically on relative strengths and weaknesses, thoughts and discursive analysis about whether or not MMA is barbaric, and finally Elvis’ goals and plans to make it back to the bigger shows including Pride or the UFC. Additional special features contain a section of sparring extras, with both MMA sparring and Jiu-Jitsu training. The third and final special feature on this DVD is the full-length fight between Elvis Sinosic and Roberto Traven. This extra includes the voice of Anthony Perosh (Elvis’ training partner and corner man for the fight) as he shouts instructions and encouragement throughout the fight. During a UFC appearance many years ago, Elvis was eloquently and accurately dubbed “the thinking man’s fighter”. “Down With The King” is brief but compelling look deep inside the mind of the quintessentially cerebral Sinosic as he prepares for his showdown with Roberto Traven on September 3rd, 2004. Only minutes into the film it becomes obvious that Elvis is a dynamic and progressive personality well deserving of a project of this nature. There is a persistent theme pertaining to mental acuity and the required functional demands both physically and emotionally that elite fighters must meet or exceed. Elvis is refreshingly articulate and candid when expressing his ideas about pre-fight nerves and training protocols (among many other things). Conflicting emotions fade away once you enter the cage and engage your opponent: this is a calm and professional approach to MMA, this is Elvis’ approach. There is an introspective commentary by Elvis on the importance of difficult training. He goes into detail about the psychology behind the correlation between the pain and difficulty thresholds required for training versus the requirements for actual competition. The cinematography has a sort of free-flowing ambient feel. The primary focuses of different shots are framed nicely. Edits including slow motion and fade-to-black transitions soften what could be choppy or disorientating segments. There’s an element of satisfaction and depth to the film because of the use of multiple cameras. This artistic choice allows the audience to be in two places at one time; for example, watching Elvis wait out the final few minutes before his fight as his opponent Roberto Traven is called to the cage. Another meaningful technical addition is the use of a side-by-side feature that shows both an event transpiring while a second screen shows Elvis’ reaction to that very event as he watches it. “Down With The King” would significant augment any MMA fan’s DVD collection.