Sunday, December 28, 2008

More on space; this time action

There's a nice article over at film art blog that talks about the difference between some Hong Kong and Hollywood styles of action. There's some talk of the herky-jerky quick-cutting action camera that I think we're all pretty tired of, and the sense of space that may or may not be established in some films. I think it is applicable to "Alperman" in a lot of ways -- we've always talked about how to make something playful and badass at the same time.

"The classic Asian approach also tries to make us experience how the action feels, but it starts by taking pains to show how it looks. Hong Kong filmmakers constructed a sequence on a firm foundation, and that meant making each shot impossible to misunderstand. They then built those crisp images into what I called the pause/ burst/ pause structure. This simple pattern, capable of great variation. creates a staccato exhilaration"

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