Great article found here: http://bittergertrude.com/2013/05/08/get-it-together-and-hire-a-fight-director/
Here’s an excerpt (answering the question “why hire a fight director”):
They’re better at it than you are. I know you totally think you can stage that fist fight based on your many viewings of Star Trek TOS, but believe me, you can’t. Or, rather, you CAN; it just won’t be safe or look anywhere near as good as if you had brought in a professional. Here’s the deal: Ideally, you know the look that you want. But the road to get there is not necessarily a straight line. You don’t, for example, set up a stage punch exactly in the same way you’d set up a real punch. It’s not as simple as just not landing your punch. Additionally, every fight has a narrative. Do you know what the story of your fight should be? Do you know how to tell that story clearly? A fight director does. Nothing is more annoying, or pulls you out of a moment faster, than watching badly done violence. It can take a beautifully acted scene and throw it straight down the toilet. You can have all the honesty you want, but if your violence looks cheap and crappy, it’s going to obliterate all that honesty immediately. So, for the same reason you hire any other designer whose entire job is to know more about their area of design than you do, hire a fight director. It’s the difference between a badass fight and this.
[The "this" referred to is the Kirk vs. Gorn fight scene I've posted myriad times here on this blog.]
All theatre people, read this completely. It’s very important. ~Jenn
Some shots from the one I wrote, the one Jas acted in, and both that I did fight choreography for. ~Jenn
I wrote a
Star Trek totally not containing copyright content themed play called Adventure in Space, for which I also got to choreograph the fight scene. I was heavily influenced by this: Captain Kirk’s Guide to Fighting. Especially this: ~Jenn
Some pictures have surfaced from the first Bolder Acts production. Some of them involve me in nothing much more than a racing bra. So…
Any of you local lurkers who enjoy patronizing theatre, you can see Jason in Almost, Maine in Lafayette, or Jenn in a 24-hour theatre project called Bolder Acts. Both should be pretty gosh darn entertaining.