Panel: Movie Fight Scenes: Reality vs. Film (Phoenix Comicon 20

  • This was a very interesting and fun panel to attend. The East Valley Krav Maga hosted it and did a wonderful job of portraying demonstrations of different types of fight scenes between movie and real life.

    Fast Five Fight

    The group opened up the panel pretty quickly, discussing the difference between actual fighting verses the movies and how they did deliberately big motions in the movie while actors were a good distance away from one another and that camera angles were the key to all the big shots and heavy hits you see. They debunked things pretty quickly.

    Sword and Sheild

    Opening up to the floor they asked con goers what they thought were some things in movies that were annoying or troupey. Different views that were brought up were; Fast cuts, shaky camera, no shown repercussions of fighting, multiple attackers, choke hold taking forever when hero is locked in one, elements not being a bother or hinder, flashy moves like wall running/flipping, villains or lackeys being stupid at fighting, knives and guns in fights. To break these down, the instructor went over them one by one and showed different views between movie vs. life.

    Fast cuts make the movie more exciting and keeps the actors safe because they jump from shot to shot thus needing to use less film to convey a fight scene. Shaky camera while annoying provides more action and a jostle feel that makes you feel more "in the fight." A hero fights and gets hit, kicked, etc but comes back like he is He-man and isn't affected by the blows landed to him makes you feel like if you were the hero you would be amazing because you take no damage. With multiple attackers in movies, they wait their turn and usually get knocked out with one good hit or kick which wouldn't normally take a person out. Choke holds can take any person out in about 5 seconds when applied properly. Elements like rain and snow cause the ground to be slippery but you never see that with fights, it's usually an added effect to make the scene cooler to watch. Flashy moves like wall running or flipping only take away from a fight in life and cause you to be open to attack but in movies, it adds a coolness factor. Knives and guns in movies are shown in a flashier way by cool moves or sticking a gun straight in someone's face where they can easily move it out of harms way with proper training.

    Re-posted from 5/30/17