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Action Scene Designer
When a writer puts the words "They Fight" in his script he imagines an amazing fight that is brutal and real committed and very entertaining. It is the greatest duel ever fought and the greatest fight ever written in the greatest story ever told!!!
From the writer "They Fight" is entrusted to someone to create the vision that the author imagined. The question: Is that someone qualified to create the writers vision? Or is "They Fight" just two words meaning they fight?
Can that someone bring the life and energy to the vision? Can that someone teach techniques that will allow the actors to understand and be confident with the movement, can they coach the actors and motivate them to preform the fight? Can that someone create fights that can be filmed in master shots showing the full physical power of the body and full commitment? Does that someone understand how actors and directors work? Can that someone instill attitude, motivation, timing, tempo, energy and commitment to the action scene that goes beyond the fight?
"They Fight" should be an experience for the audience. It is a moment in the life of these characters where they will fight to the death. Where they will pound a steel blade into another persons body, or feel that persons blade puncture their heart and slowly drowning in their own blood. It is the highest state of emotion a human can feel.
The fight is not about the sword. It is about a moment in the life of the character wielding it. Often that is confused and turned around.
Designing an action sequence takes talent, the ability to listen and create and an ability to see beyond the literal meaning of "They Fight". Being able to design scenes and train talent and see the writer and directors vision then to make it come to life for the camera or the stage is a rare talent.To capture that raw emotion, make the fight safe and yet entertaining with actors that are confident in what they are doing and prepared physically and mentally to preform not just a fight, but more importantly, a continuation of the main story and so doing, create a story of their own. Accomplishing this is not something just anyone can do.
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