Question by Catherine: How would you choreograph a realistic fight between a woman and several men?
I’m preparing for a role in a small budget independent film. Since this is such a small budget film, they don’t have a fight choreographer. I do martial arts and am an amature in kickboxing and some MMA lessons so they ask me to help with the choreography. I play a business woman sent to straighten out a well site/base for a large Oil and Gas company. The settings in northern Canada in the winter months and we’re about to film an important fight scene.
The back story is that I’m there to demand production and will be firing many of the rig hands. An arguement starts and many of the rig hands start a fight with me. The fight starts outside the rig in the snow as I’m walking away to a hellipad after firing many rig hands at a town meeting. I’m attacked by three middle aged man in the snow. It’s suppose to be a very brutal fight where I’m tackled and thrown into the snow, against equipment, and very beaten with a lot of blood. However, in the end I’m suppose to win the fight and humiliate the three men by beating them convincingly in front of their friends, children, and wives. My question is how I can make the fight brutal and still as realistic as possible. There should be a lot of blood, broken bones, and torn clothes.
The back story on my character is that I’m an high level executive that is also an extremely trained athlete. I’m about 5’11” and am suppose to be an imposing figure though I’m model thin at only 125lbs. Though the scene will be filmed in the snow, I’ll be in a black business dress suit and in heels. I’m about 6’3″ in the rediculously high heels they’re asking me to wear so I sound look very imposing on film.
My thought is that I would be tackled and thrown against the drilling equipment. The screenplay has me being beaten up with several punches until I’m very bloody.. this happens for about a solid 1 to 2 mintues of the fight. Slowly i’m suppose to get the upper hand by fighting back against the men by slugging it out with them using hard kicks. I won’t be kiccking any men in the crotch and there won’t be martial art style attacks from me… just pure slugging and a majority being kicks and knees.
How can I put together a 8 minute fight scene that would be realistic. Would it be hard to make a fight between an extremely in shape woman in her late twenties and three out of shape but extremely large men in their 40’s realistic?
Answer by runningafterantelope
An industrial chain, or some similar combat prop, would give you an advantage, or at least even things out.
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