Fringe 365 Project – #114


TV is really not a very action-oriented medium. In addition to TV characters mostly standing around and talking to each other, even in action sequences they are usually only filmed from the waist up. And even the action sequences tend to fall into chases and gunplay. But “The Firefly” has a lot of interesting material for gesture sketches, including poor Peter being hit by multiple forms of abuse — cars, motorcycles, and Observer guns. (I didn’t even have time to tackle his grand mal seizure!)

The sequence with Peter darting into traffic is very challenging because he is both charging into traffic (going forward) and trying to avoid being hit (pulling backward) at the same time. Because he’s being filmed from the waist up, it’s sometimes hard to guess which leg he is putting his weight on, which is supposed to inform everything about your sketch.