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

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The Importance of Rhythm in a Fight

Bruce Lee was the cha-cha champion of Hong Kong. Cheng Pei-Pei was a trained ballerina. Jeff Imada is a classically trained pianist. Some of Jackie Chan’s influences are American dancers Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire. John Woo watches dance musicals for inspiration before he choreographs his action sequences. Oscar-nominated film editor Frank Urioste (Robocop) was a music major in college, with aspirations of becoming a music composer. Director John McTiernan (Die Hard) sees the script as a lyrical form.

What is my point, you ask? Does this mean I have to have a music degree to choreograph a fight scene? No, not at all. What these people all have in common is an innate sense and understanding ...

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