a solid credibility creator would be to decide on a ratio and then creatively stick to it.... say 3 bad guys dead for every 1 good guy, now when setting your scenes all you have to do is decide how many bad guys you want to see killed to determine how many disposable good guys you'll be creatively killing off.
5 good guys have to die for a movie to have any real impact...... that's right for a movie to have an impact we the viewer cannot know who will live and who will die and that includes the really good guys.... a few of them have to go, sorry.... it's the difference between a great movie and a crap one, an epic movie and a typical piece of homogenous blandness.
"terribly bad idea"... "terribly"..... ? now Direwolf explain how showing action involving both sides dying makes scenes less intense, is less credible, is less compelling especially when the alternative is a 180 reversal involving the previously threatening bad guys suddenly becoming entirely incompetent and getting slaughtered.Terribly bad idea. Your´re just mass-adding redshirts to the story, completely defeating your own stated purpose.
yes they do have to die... many of them, their is no other option if you want the threat to be real.No they don´t have to die, but the threat has to be credible, or perceived as such.
don't put them in red shirts, or more to the point don't make it obvious....and btw how exactly is it completely defeating my own stated purpose... exactly how Direwolf?
yes they do have to die, not all but some if they don't the threat is the opposite of.
both sides losing during epic action scenes by your measure is a "terribly bad idea"...
do you have any idea how close minded that response is?...... this is how you formulated your "terribly bad idea" response..... sigh.So instead of knowing that all the good guys are going to live, everyone will be able to say "those guys are going to die, the other good guys wont".
whether no one dies or if almost everyone dies that mystery remains the same, the problem with not allowing the battles to have some honesty in them is that now the movie is contradicting it's message, undermining the threat the Covenant are supposed to be not just by the end of the episode but now throughout the entire episode because the failures are ongoing, the menace is lost leaving only the stupid.The audience doesn´t know WHEN or HOW someone might get killed.
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