Recently, I've been thinking more and more about how stories these days are written, choreographed and executed, and I think I have some good ideas.
Basically, play some Dungeons & Dragons in the storywriting process.
Yes, I know it sounds weird, but sometimes, being involved in making a decision, then thinking about the consequences of actions, really helps to tie everything together. D&D provides a way to do that, one that is incredibly interactive and allows you to flesh out things you might not even think of. For example, my friends and I played a quick little bit of D&D, and the resulting story was just diabolically hilarious. I'm having a friend animate a scene for me, and I already did the voice acting, but the end result is something you wouldn't expect to happen.
And that's the thing- unexpected things happen, and they can be the best of the best in a story, so long as it all flows together.
Additionally, choreography is a critical area to pay attention to. It goes beyond just looking at individual moves and overall timing, it has to do with the nature of each interaction, as well as the tone and "genre" of each style of choreography used. Compare Ozymandias, Night Owl, and Rorschach from Watchmen (the live action version).
- Ozzy is fast, direct and skilled. His choreography involves speed, strategy and intuition. The 'shock of skill', if you will.
-Night Owl is (by realistic standards) lack-luster in terms of mastery, but exuberant and grand, with the classic comic book smack-down choreography.
-Rorschach is simple, brutal and creative, with little consistency of pacing, and a ferocious and chaotic M.O. to boot.
The problem that this results in is... what happens when you throw different choreography styles at each other? The problem becomes that very pace-reliant choreography does not mix well with more chaotic choreography, and you have to take more than a few liberties for a classic beatdown character to beat a skill-based character.
Sure, there's a lot more to it than that (more styles, more ways to write a story), but what do you guys think?