Topic: Tips for a fight scene?

As for an upcoming film,I want to have two fight scenes in it. I haven't made a decent
fight scene , so I wanted to ask you for some tips on the topic.:D

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Re: Tips for a fight scene?

I'd say the things to keep in mind for a fight scene is to pick your frames carefully. Too many will make it look to slow and if the fight involves punches for example, will not look like they are hitting each other.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BarOk2p38LQ

This video talks about frames and in-betweens in great detail.

I'd also say practice before you film, never hurts to do a few practice rounds before you get stuck in.

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Re: Tips for a fight scene?

Go through some brickfilms like Grace and The Profession frame by frame to get inspiration/learn some techniques.

On youtube you can use the ',' and '.' keys to go frame by frame on a paused video.

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I'd also say practice before you film, never hurts to do a few practice rounds before you get stuck in.

I second that. And, if you do some practice tests with the actual minifigs on the finished set, you may be able to just use some of that footage in the end!

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Re: Tips for a fight scene?

Same as what these guys have said, also make sure to add SFX, as they can really sell the effect. Some other tips I have would be to give momentum (pulling back the arm/leg before the guy punches/kicks with it) and, if you can do it well (probably worth practising this first though) you could try and add some shaky cam mini/smile

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Re: Tips for a fight scene?

I agree with Dragon Brick, it's all about momentum. The actual hits go by so fast, you really have to sell it with a strong anticipation and strong follow through. I think it was Richard Williams in his book "The Animators Survival Kit" who said "Show them what you're going to do, do it, then show them that you did it." Or something to that effect. Big wind up, quick punch/kick, big recoil from getting hit. It's all about momentum.

For stronger impact on the punches/kicks, don't show the actual frame of impact. For example, if one character punches the other on across the chin, go from the frame where the fist is almost about to hit the face, straight to the frame where the fist is past the face and the face is already turned. If you include the actual point of contact it will soften the effect, giving you more of a "you're alright, kiddo" type of playful punch. I've heard that in old live action westerns of the 20s and 30s, they used to actually cut out the frame where contact is made to intensify the action.

And of course, study what others have done. Find what works well and what you think could be improved. This scene came to mind for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2KfxGoTz1E
A really excellent fight scene, very clearly staged action, everything that happens reads well and is believable and fun.

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Re: Tips for a fight scene?

Thank you all for the great tipps.I will use them,for sure.

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