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The Screen Combat Handbook

A Practical Guide for Filmmakers, 1st Edition

By Kevin Inouye


314 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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The Screen Combat Handbook is an essential guide to navigating the unique challenges of putting combat on screen. Explore the process from the early stages of preproduction planning all the way through to editing and sound design, and everything in-between.

This book uses practical instruction, examples, interviews, and illustrations to show how to plan, shoot, and assemble safe and effective fight sequences. It includes sections on thoughtful and practical design choices in set, wardrobe, props, and effects, preproduction planning, on-set protocol, fight choreography and coordination, shot planning and technical tricks, acting choices, effective cinematography, and impactful editing and sound design.

It provides an invaluable resource for all those involved including directors, fight coordinators, actors and stunt players, and any filmmaker attempting to shoot an exciting action scene safely. Whether working on a no-budget indie production or on a professional set, this is your ultimate guide to screen combat and fight choreography.


Fight Director and Action Designer Kevin Inouye provides an excellent resource for the filmmaker wishing to become more intimately knowledgeable on capturing action on set and treating it in post-production. Likewise, the aspiring stunt-performer or actor looking to explore stunting for will find the book rich with practical advice in advance of that first call to set. Dr. Michael Hill-Kirkland, SAFD Certified Teacher and Professional Fight Director

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Working on Set

Chapter Two: Designing for Action

Chapter Three: Unarmed Combat Skills

Chapter Four: Weapons

Chapter Five: Acting

Chapter Six: Coordinating Fights

Chapter Seven: Cinematography

Chapter Eight: Editing

Chapter Nine: Closing Thoughts

Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

About the Author

Kevin Inouye is a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, a fight coordinator, and armorer/gun wrangler through Fight Designer, LLC. He’s Assistant Professor of Movement, Acting, & Stage Combat at Case Western Reserve University, a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Certified Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association, and author of The Theatrical Firearms Handbook.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Film & Video
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General