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Editing fight scenes

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by gamescam, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. gamescam

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    Hey there. Anyone know of any websites, tips, or such relating to shooting and editing fight scenes (making it look realistic etc)? Mine all look totally rubbish.
     
  2. EvilMudge

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    Fight scenes are some of the most difficult to shoot and then edit of all, with the possible exception of softcore porn.:D
    Anyway, back to the topic - you don't mention what style of fighting you're trying to shoot.
    Traditional brawling is perhaps the easiest to shoot, although giving it 'impact' is quite hard. The usual trick is to position the camera so that the perspective fools the eye into thinking contact has been made - usually best done quite zoomed in and slowed down (the Rocky effect). Shooting at normal speed with a fairly wide angle makes it look like Grange Hill from the 1970s.
    For examples of how to shoot eastern martial arts, it's usally better to copy from the masters. Sadly it's not something that most of us have enough skill at to do in a safe yet exciting way.
     
  3. gamescam

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    Thanks Mark. Perhaps I should just film an actual fight. Probably save a lot of time.
     
  4. EvilMudge

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    If you have a dojo nearby they might actually be looking for someone to video their sparring matches - apparently it can be very useful in the runup to a competition/tournament for the sensei to show his entrants exactly how they are going wrong.
    You could then edit this footage to get a feel for how to edit fight scenes.
    HTH
     

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