For those of you who are planning on producing an action movie, here is my handy-dandy list of do's and don'ts: (please feel free to add your own)
My action movie:
- Will have bad guys who can shoot weapons as accurately as the good guys.
- Will not have any scene where the hero, or anybody, must frantically download or upload something. Also, I will not attempt to build tension, or waste screen time, by showing somebody typing information on a keyboard.
- Will not show a woman sitting in bed, with the sheet pulled up over her breasts. Also, when a woman turns over in bed, or reaches for something, the sheet will not move with her, as if it’s taped to her breasts.
- Will have vehicles that conform to modern-day physics and laws of gravity. When a flying-through-the-air car lands hard, damage will occur. If the damage is serious enough, the car will stop running.
- Will have a bad guy who is not compelled to divulge his plan/genius to the trapped and/or defeated hero. If the hero gets caught, he will most likely die.
- Will have bad-guy-lackeys who are capable of free-thought. That is to say, not all bad-guy-lackeys will be willing to die for whatever the bad guy cause is.
- Will have characters who are indeed dead when the other characters believe they’re dead.
- May have vehicles crashing into other ‘civilian’ vehicles, into glass buildings, and even into fruit stands. But my movie will give such incidents real weight and repercussions. Having the Lieutenant yelling at the yahoos responsible is not enough.
- Will have characters who are at least as smart as the people in the audience. If we can figure something out, given the same information, so can the characters.
- Will not have a character who is near retirement.