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

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The Buildup

The buildup includes scenes and situations in which characters are involved with one another to move the story along, building up to the finale, when the hero meets the villain. Proper buildup is key to getting an audience frothing at the mouth and on the edge of their seats in anticipation. Training sequences serve as buildup in many fight films.

Training Sequences

A training sequence develops a character by enhancing his sense and scope of awareness. It also improves the character or gives him a physical skill set he did not have before the training sequence. Although a training sequence is not necessary in every instance, it justifies the character’s newfound skills to the audience.

To the audience, a training sequence might initially ...

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