You are high in the air, looking down. It is a long way to the ground. Why are you there, what are you doing? Write a foot chase sequence for a book or film in which your character has no choice but to go forwards, whatever the risk.
This is a writing prompt from the Writers’ BLOCKbusters series.
For inspiration, analyse chase sequences from these films:-
Titanic – Jack and Rose being chased around RMS Titanic by Cal’s manservant, Spicer Lovejoy;
The Pelican Brief – Darby Shaw and Gray Grantham being chased around a multi-storey car park by Stump;
Police Story – this Jackie Chan film is packed with chase scenes;
Bullitt – watch this not only for the car chases, but for the final foot chase as Steve McQueen and Pat Renella’s characters stalk each other across San Francisco airport;
There are six steps to writing a great chase scene:-
Set-up – build the suspense, tension and risk from the beginning;
Build-up – make the goal important, who is chasing who, what is to be gained and lost, what risks are the chased and the chaser prepared to take;
Climax – add some emotional pressure;
What to leave out – the detailed, dull facts that slow down the running;
Ingenuity – include a pause when it looks as if the pursuers are gone, see Leonardo di Caprio’s chase sequence on foot in Tangiers in Inception;
Develop character – show the reader something new about your character.
© ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby
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