Hollywood – In town working on Paramount’s “Bumblebee”, a new entry into the massively successful Transformer’s franchise, Mike Gunther sat down and shared some thoughts on his approach to action design:
On action in general – “It has to fit the story, the tone of the film. Cartoon or serious? The action has to flow within the film’s approach both visually and in intensity.”
On fight scenes – “It has to tell a story within the action, it shouldn’t be just a bunch of signature moves strung together. It should be like music, a melody, beginning middle and end. Rhythm and pacing to it. Depending on the genre, if it is comic I go for more comic book moves, if serious, a more street and down and dirty feel/look. It always has to fit the tone of the script.”
Mike Gunther is one of the industry’s top action directors and designers. With worldwide grosses on productions he has been responsible for approaching over $3 billion dollar’s in revenue, there’s a reason all the major studios turn to him to design and provide the jaw-dropping action fueling their flagship franchises.