I ran across this fun article from io9: 10 of the Most Awesome Sword Fight Scenes Ever.
Let’s face facts. No weapon is more badass than a sword. Fight scenes are often great in science fiction and fantasy movies, but fight scenes with swords? They’re the stuff of legend.
It’s true, isn’t it?
So what do you think? Is this the real “most awesome” list? Have they missed any of your favorites?
Let us know what your faves are so we can keep adding to the list.
What drew you to swordfighting and writing fight scenes in your stories (be they novels, short stories, or scripts)? I don’t remember when I started loving this stuff, but I’m pretty sure it all started with movies for me.
There’s something so romantic and thrilling about swordfights. They stir the soul and the imagination, and if we are storytellers we inevitably want to put them in our own tales.
So what’s so special about swordfight stories? It’s hard to pinpoint. Maybe it has something to do with swords not being something we see every day. Maybe it’s something to do with romanticizing the past.
Whatever it is that makes them so, swordfight stories are special. And swordfighting is a pretty specialized skill, too. Which of course means we need some specialized knowledge to get it right. (That’s where we come in, in case you were wondering.) And getting it right is important, but I don’t think those old stories and movies that don’t get it quite right are useless.
While we are working to get our fight scenes and sword lingo as realistic as possible, I think sometimes we also need to look at the classic stories that made us love swordfighting tales in the first place. We need to learn to capture that thrilling feeling we got when we first saw or read a swordfighting scene. Our fight scenes should have good technical info woven through them, but we need to put that magic, that stuff that got us fascinated in the first place, in there as well.
Where it started for me:
- The Three Musketeers (1939)
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
- The Mark of Zorro
- The Sea Hawk
- The Scarlet Pimpernel
Yep, it all started with movies for me. What’s your list of where it all began?
What are you doing this lovely weekend? How about coming out to play with swords?
Academia Duellatoria will be at Faire in the Grove at McMennamin’s Grand Lodge Saturday and Sunday. Both Swords for Scribes instructors will be on hand Saturday, and Matthew will be there on Sunday to answer any questions you might have about our workshops, plus you get a chance to take some free short classes to check out some of the swordplay. Come on out and visit!
Just one week from tomorrow we will be writing, swinging swords, writing, killing melons…Are you signed up?
To make sure we have time to get the last-minute supplies we’ll need for class, we will be closing registration at noon next Friday, April 12, 2013. Make sure to sign up before then so you don’t miss all the fun!
Finally, after a long bout of the Plague of 2013, we are back and ready to dive in to the next Swords for Scribes workshop, A Writer’s Introduction to Swords and Swordplay.
The workshop will be Saturday, April 13, 2013. Registration opens this Saturday, March 9, 2013. Tuition is $75. Check the info page for early bird discount info and details on the class.
Hope to see you there!
We are going to have to reschedule the first session of A Writer’s Introduction to Swords and Swordplay. Your instructors have come down with the flu–yuck! So sorry to have to cancel the first session, but the bodies (and doctors) say it must be so.
As soon as we are back on our feet, at least a little bit, we will pull out the calendars and get a new date set up. Stay tuned (subscribe to our very infrequent announcement list to get the latest info). Meanwhile, refunds are on their way, and we hope to see you soon.
Now, we return to our hot tea and resting.
Our first session of A Writer’s Introduction to Swords and Swordplay is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013. Head over to the workshop page (linked above) for details, and make sure to subscribe to our announcement list since spaces are limited, and we’ll announce the opening of registration on the list first.
Hope to see you in class!
We–Matthew Howden of Academia Duellatoria and Kim Switzer of MuseCraft™–are excited to announce that staring in January, 2013 we’ll be teaching classes on sword fighting and other combat styles for writers.
Want to know how swords really sound when they hit each other? Want to know how a sword really feels in your hand? Want to know what it feels like when you swing a sword and hit something solid? (Don’t worry–that last one will be things like melons, not your fellow students.) We’re going to be offering hands-on, small group classes coupled with writing exercises to help you write your best fight scenes yet.
Sign up for our announcement list for news on upcoming workshops and events and first access to registration when it opens. We hope to see you in class!