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Fight Choreography: The Art of Non-Verbal Dialogue by John Kreng

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Horror Stories

The following two sections relate horror stories and experiences of some stunt coordinators (who shall remain nameless).

Horror Story #1

The stunt coordinator for the film was not on the set one day—the producer told him he was not needed because no action sequences were going to be filmed that day. But naturally, the director came up with an idea to spice up the scene and asked the lead actor to take a running start and do a simple butt slide across a desk. The director demonstrated the move the best he could. The actor told the director that he felt uncomfortable doing the scene. The director then pressured the actor: “Aw, come on! If I can do it, you can. Jeez! Anyone can do this!” After more whining and pressuring by the director, ...

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