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What Makes a Fight Scene Badass

What Makes a Fight Scene Badass

Fight scenes are what make action movies awesome. Making one work is a different story. So what separates the good from the bad? Too much going on can cause the viewer to be confused by everything and not enough will bore them. Knowing the emotion you want to convey from the fight scene is as important as the work in crafting the scene itself.

Youtuber Aaron Field takes a look at the Kingsman and explains what works about its fight scenes.

DP Henry Braham on Work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

DP Henry Braham on Work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a great film filled with incredible Special FX and great camera work. A big part of the good camera work was from DP Henry Braham who chose to use a RED Weapon 8K Vista Vision as his camera of choice. The camera was a prototype at the time, which means it was a big risk to use it.

Read more about this and other techniques used for the movie in an interview with Henry Braham in filmmaker magazine.

School: Harnessing Shadows

School: Harnessing Shadows

There's so much that goes into crafting the perfect lighting or lack thereof. Often times the focus is on how to light a subject for a scene, but what about whats not lit? What about the shadows? Ever wonder how this contrast created? How some movies and TV shows can get so dark yet still contain so much detail? Or how silhouettes are created while the background is still well lit? The technique is actually similar to well lit scenes: It's all about the placement of the lights in relation to the subject.

Check out the video below from Rocketjump Film School to find out more:

School: The Secret Behind Chase Scenes

School: The Secret Behind Chase Scenes

Car chase scenes are always insane to follow, yet somehow we can always understand whats going on. The series Fast and the Furious is filled with these. I wonder how the movies make any sense at all. Well there is an art to creating these scenes. Using fast cutaways and multiple angles the visuals enhance the action on screen.

With all this action and chaos it's important to know how to keep the viewer engaged and not confused. Youtube series Frame by Frame crashes head first into this chaos in the video below:

Tips: How to Film An Epic Battle

Tips: How to Film An Epic Battle

Epic battles are often the climax of fantasy movies. take a look at Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, 300, or a Game of Thrones episode to see what I am talking about. These scenes of mayhem are carefully crafted and have a structure to them.

Youtuber Nerdwriter made a video explaining how these intricate scenes are created and strung together. Check it out below: