QUESTION: Fight scenes – are they really worth it?
ANSWER: YES! OH GOSH YES!
Okay, so without showing too much excitement, and keeping my composure… I am quite font of fight scenes (when they work)! Poor Kitty – which you all have read so much about – has an epic (a word I don’t like to use unless an emergency) but yes, an EPIC fight scene!
But the only problem is… it almost didn’t turn out! BUM BUM BAAAAA! So without making anymore sound effects, let’s divulge into Week 10, 11, and 12 of Poor Kitty!
So this fight scene, as mentioned nearly never happened. Well it was always going to happen but never to this creative extent! So lets discuss what happened…
We had about five litres of fake blood, anxious minds, and well a very very sunny day (not good). After running around, getting the scene prepared, the day got hotter, and the end was getting lost in all the lost chatty chatter of pointlessness. Persistent as we are, soldiering on to the finale it stuck like a tonne of bricks. A migraine too b, aided by heat, and stress – copious amounts!
We called it a day. Failure. No, but we left there with our tails between our legs and dreams shattered – well for a couple of hours at least. We got up and reassessed, reflected, and planned every last detail. We were not going to lose the next time.
It’s a lost battle if you don’t know what you’re going to do. If you have the chance go to the location before the shoot, and map out every step. Don’t let people wait – they’re like kids; once they get the chance to get distracted they will. Storyboard if it helps, list the shots, wireframe, or act it out with puppets – JUST DO IT! We’ve said it here before, and for the most part this is a learning experience for everyone, but without some plan you’re wasting time you cannot get back.
This is your scene. Sure the entire film should be great, but this is the hook, line and sinker shot (the money shot). The super star celebrity who boosts sales (but in the form of a scene not personally – if that makes sense). Talk to your crew, ask them, what is one thing you would like to put into this movie? Do you have something that you always wanted in a film? You might get a straight out no. You might get a whole new exciting idea which allows you to take the film to a whole new level. Remember you are limited to the amount of effort put in. You wont receive rave reviews, or congratulations unless you actually try to get them. And on a side note, there’s no point making something that’s not out there to benefit others.
If Stuck in Quicksand, Try Not to Fight It
Okay so the title of this doesn’t really match, but of you hit a wall don’t fight it for too long. I’ll explain our dilemma in the final paragraphs – but this is the most fundamental thing for film (besides the passion that is embedded into yourself in the first place). Remember your teachers in high school when they told you for your final exams, “If you get stuck on a question for more than a couple of minutes, move on”? I do. And the funny thing is it means a lot more than the physical pressure moment overwhelming you. When time is a key factor in the production of any project, you cannot afford to waste it. Never. If it doesn’t work the first time, step back and try again. If that fails well it may need more time than just a quick fix – that moment in time is not the time to do it. On average the attention span is approximately 20 minutes before the mind begins to wander and information isn’t captured correctly. What does this mean? The longer you take to execute a shot the more distant your cast and crew will become – especially if they are not professionals (as we had discovered).
So by these three points, what does it mean? Well these are meant to be the greatest scenes of your film right? Well don’t waste it. Plan, get creative, and don’t waste time. It’s important to have an answer to everything – if people see you in the filmmaking mode, they will react to you and be prepared too!
So continuing our story, we reassessed the week. The layout of the location, and it’s surroundings. We had to cram an entire production groups work into one week, and between two people. But we did it – and we should have had it down pat after our first mistakes. Matt returned with storyboards, shot lists, and it was planned seamlessly. Despite the rain – which seemed to be there to attempt crush our spirits – we soldiered on and by 1pm we had completed three quarters of the final scenes. So as previous posts, plan plan plan! These are just worth it if pulled off, and when you come out of it people will remember you for your AWESOMENESS!