Notes – What makes a good action sequence

  • Fast cuts, this adds to the suspense but can sometimes disorientate the audience.
  • Music, helps the mood and builds audio (Music and sound effects)
  • Shaky camera, this makes it feel like you’re in the scene because the camera is reacting to the surroundings.
  • Multiple camera angles, this emphasises the way something is done (E.g. a backflip or explosion)
  • A lot going on, despite the fact the narrative may be simple, the editor has made it seem more is going on to add drama and suspense.
  • No transitions. Editors don’t add in any crossfades or other transitions because it will kill the drama and suspense.
  • Most action sequences are predictable because you know the main character is not going to die. However you still believe the action because of the willing suspense disbelief.
  • Conflict is always the main part of an action sequence, it wouldn’t be an action sequence.
  • Energetic
  • Silence, this can speak louder than audio because we are scared of complete silence.
  • Slow motion – time remapping.

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