Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I ran, and then I fought, and then I had sex... on paper

Today I wrote a page-long chase scene followed by a page-long fight scene followed by a page-long sex scene.

Hm. In retrospect that seems short to go from chase to fight to sex in three minutes. I'll have to draw that out some more. What do you think, more chase, more fight or more sex?

Anyway, it was one of those situations where your male and female protagonist kick the crap out of each other until finally they can't take the sexual tension anymore and hitting turns to tonguing and ripping each other's clothes off. Yes, I confess I borrowed heavily from the Buffy/Spike episode "Smashed" where they fucked a house to the ground. Except there was more love and less hate and it was on a boat so there were no chandeliers.

Luckily I have a whole plan for that kind of thing. For the chase scene I put on "I'm Not Okay" by My Chemical Romance. And then for the fight scene I put on Lo Fidelity Allstars' "Battleflag" and then for the sex scene it was "If It Kills Me" by Jason Mraz followed by Gavin Rossdale's "Love Remains the Same." Because getting in the right mood is important.

This does make for a strange transition. You don't often follow "Battleflag" with anything by Jason Mraz.

After this whole thing I was spent. It's weird how sitting on your couch can be so emotionally exhausting you feel like you did in fact just run through some trees and jump over boats and then have crazy sex with your sworn enemy on a fishing vessel.

That was fun.


  1. hehehe... this reminds me of Mr. and Mrs. Smith... I enjoyed how they inserted sexual tension into their action sequences... or maybe that's just cos Brad and Angelina ooze with so much sex appeal.

    sometimes I also feel exhausted after writing a screenplay, but I've never written a sex scene following an action sequence!

  2. I'd say use lots of foreplay and very little graphic nudity. See my blog for why.

  3. Personally I feel like a sex scene needs to push the story forward the same way a good action scene does. Not gratuitous, but not prudish either.

    I also think that in an action film, viewers expect a certain level of sex. A flash of boob is somewhat necessary. And in this case, the foreplay IS the fighting. They're not snuggling and caressing each other - they're punching each other in the face.

  4. I don't think a boob ever needs to make an appearance in any movie, but that's just me.

    I do like those see through bras though. They're the best of both, boobs for the nerds and clothing for the actor.

  5. Christian I think you're a rarity in that regard. Most men who watch action films expect nudity. They expect a steamy sex scene.

    I'm actually not that big a fan of sex scenes, but I know my audience and my audience is.

    That's why I always make sure my sex scene meets me personal criteria of advancing the plot.


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