It’s summer, and that means one thing, we’re in action movie season. This is the time of the year all the big budget Hollywood movies come out to kick you in the face with a good time. Car chases, superheroes, martial arts, explosions, and to end it all there’s always one person who can save us all from certain doom.
With “Mission: Impossible” on my mind, I decided to search for a great article on writing action movies. It just so happens that the best one I could find also uses “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” for all of its examples. Couldn’t be more perfect than that, as that’s my favorite film in the series.
It’s got a lot of great tips, but here are a few:
- Have your hero perform a selfless act early on to help the audience like them.
- Put a ticking clock in your movie. This doesn’t have to be a bomb, but it’s a great way to get the audience on the edge of their seats.
- Give one of your characters a mysterious background.
This article is full of great tips for writing an action movie.