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

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What Exactly Is Martial Acting?

In martial acting, an actor externalizes his character’s emotions that occur right before, during, and immediately after a physical conflict. This functions as the emotional glue of the fight scene and aids in telling the narrative of the fight, holding it all together. Martial acting is one of the first things inexperienced filmmakers and actors usually neglect in their films. Without martial acting, you would not have a story to tell during the fight scene. When this is the case, you can easily lose the audience’s attention no matter how good the action you choreographed is.

World-class cinematic fighters, such as Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and so on, perform their fight scenes onscreen with grace, style, ...

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