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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir: Yes, if you can't tell what's going on it becomes meaningless ...: Edit Log

Mari D.

Apr 17 2019, 7:33pm

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Yes, if you can't tell what's going on it becomes meaningless ...

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Sword Master Bob Anderson said every fight should tell a story. Unfortunately, most fights in films today are so badly edited you can't tell what's going on, who's fighting whom, or where the participants are located in relation to each other. (Plus most fights take place between dark clothed individuals, at night, in an ill-lit location.) Many blame directors for over-using a flurry of cuts in an attempt to convey action and excitement. But it really goes back to Anderson's statement regarding storytelling. If you feel bored during a fight scene it's because the filmmaker has failed to utilize the fight to communicate a story. That is, the scene is "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

... and also, I get bored by such scenes if they are so fast I can't tell what the stakes of an individual move are. Then, for me, the fight moves become meaningless.

Brutality or mere display of physical power or skill in martial arts don't fascinate me anymore. The repetitiveness. (Also if it were a battle of wits, or fighting to by finding the right reaction/words defuse a verbal fight ... then I could at least learn something, but when am I ever going to be in the position of an action hero?)

I like fight scenes when they actually advance the plot and you see the strategic significance of both the moves within a fight and of the fight within the plot. A fight that interests me actually needs to tell a story.

> Non-native English speaker. If you reply to one of my posts feel free to help me improve by quoting + correcting the quote in CAPITAL letters :-)
> Thanks everyone for your kind answers to my many questions! It's a delight for me to read them.

(This post was edited by Mari D. on Apr 17 2019, 7:42pm)

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