Punching in Movies

What’s your favorite fight scene? The fight scene from Fight Club, that we don’t talk about? Perhaps Rocky or Kill Bill is more up your street? A particular favorite around the office is a punch from The Boy Who Could Fly (yep, I still remember that film). Punching in movies is a thing of beauty. Not because of the violence, unless that is all you watch films for. Although if that is the case I’m not sure why anyone like that would be on a site all about filmmaking, unless your next short film is actually a short fight film? Anyway, what makes a punch a punch? How are they choreographed and what does it all mean?

Punching in Movies

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Patrick (H) Williams put this video essay together, all about punching in films and it’s an excellent look into the logistics of a punch. If you’re working on a fight in your film, you’ll know that it’s not as easy as giving actors a few beers and telling them to fight. How do you want the shot filmed? Is it going to be a close-up shot or a POV shot or a slow motion or flash frame? These are all important questions that need answering.

Source: Patrick (H) Willems