Some folks disagree — see the comments at the end of this post. This is my take on screenplay structure. Structure is the key to a successful screenplay. Act 1 is the beginning, or the set-up; Act 2 is the middle, or confrontation; and Act 3 is the end, or resolution.
His body flops with a wet, fleshy THUD onto the ground. Writers have many tools at their disposal, but few things have the ability to transcend the words written on the page like a fight scene. Two people in a brutal struggle against each other is one of the most dramatic scenes a screenplay can have.
But, what things should you consider before you set your characters against each other? And, more importantly, how do you write a fight scene?
When deciding that you want a fight scene in your screenplay there are three primary concerns you must address.
The first is why do I want to have this scene? The second concern is how long should it be? And, the third concern is what purpose will it serve?
When addressing why you want to have a fight scene you must decide on whether a fight fits within the scope of your story. A fight scene needs to grow out of the plot. It needs to be nurtured much like a sex scene. If a writer just adds a fight scene or sex scene for the sake of having one in the script then it will undoubtedly detract from the overall product instead of being integral.
The second thing to consider when deciding why to add a fight scene is if the characters would even resort to physical confrontation.
Some characters clearly would never fight another human being and forcing them to do so makes the entire story seem phony. It would have been so outside of his character that the audience would never have bought it.
How long should it be?
One page of screenplay equals one minute of screen time. Even the most novice screenwriter is aware of this fact. So, what do you do if you want a three-minute fight scene in your story?
What if you want more than one? After deciding that a fight scene fits with your characters and story, a writer must then decide how long it should be. One problem with this is that the writer then has no creative input into the actual combat.
Another problem is that the producer has a more difficult time budgeting for a one-sentence fight scene that could take two weeks to shoot and three minutes of screen time.
The other way is to lay out the fight scene on the page. This method solves both of the problems above, but leads to some problems of its own. By laying the fight scene out on the page the writer maintains some creative input.
They can determine that the fight is to last three minutes on screen by filling three pages of the script with the fight. However, this runs the risk of boring the reader. In order to keep a reader interested the fight must accomplish something.
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What purpose will it serve? After deciding that the scene fits in the story and that you want to control it creatively and length wise, the writer must decide the purpose of the scene. Does it further the story? Does it reveal character? In order to keep the reader of your three-page battle interested, the scene should contain important elements like story and character.
Most of the actions should have an element of necessity. Another way to keep the reader involved is by revealing character in the scene. How to write it. Make sure that the scene carries the story forward by including events that have been set up earlier.
For example, in Rocky, Apollo Creed has never been knocked down in a fight. Stallone keeps his reader interested by lacing this element into the fight.Killer Scenes.
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