Sample Action Script #1
SPIDER-MAN: SHOCK VALUE
By Loston Wallace
This script begins with a battle already in-progress. The fight begins with the Shocker at an advantage over our hero. This script is a 3-page script designed to allow an artist plenty of room to draw some cool action scenes. I have kept the panel count low to allow the artist the chance to draw the occasional large panel or figure when it might be necessary to do so.
Panel One: As the villainous SHOCKER closes in on our favorite, web-spinning hero, Spidey struggles to rise from the pavement of a New York City street. SPIDER-MAN looks to be in a bad way here as he struggles to get to his feet. His costume is singed from the Shocker's recent onslaught, and shows rips and scorch marks from previous attacks. The Shocker also looks a little worse for wear. The lower part of the Shocker's mask has been ripped away, allowing us to see the lower parts of his face. His mouth and chin area are now exposed.
A small crowd of onlookers have assembled around Spidey and the Shocker to watch the two costumed combatants duke it out. The crowd should be a diverse lot of New Yorkers.
Panel Two: Medium shot of the Shocker, whose gauntlets begin to crackle with electricity as he takes aim at Spidey, who is currently off-panel.
NOTE: Make the Shocker look as menacing as possible here. The Shocker thinks he's finally about slay his wall-crawling nemesis, after all!
SFX: (Crackling noise around Shocker's fists) FZZSSSKKKTTT!
Panel Three: We cut to Spidey in this panel as he rolls out of the way of the Shocker's blast--and just in the nick of time! Shocker's Vibro-blast kicks up shards of concrete at the point of the electric impact. Good thing our hero's reflexes saved him from such a devastating jolt!
SFX: (Impact) Ka-THOOOM!
Panel Four: Both Spidey and the Shocker should be shown in this panel. From the right side of the panel, the Shocker releases another deadly blast of energy from his gauntlets. Once again though, Spidey is too fast for our electrified menace, and easily leaps over the Shocker's blast, showing off his dynamic, arachnid flare. Looks like the tide is beginning to turn in favor or our hero, doesn't it?
Panel One: Indeed, the momentum now favors Spidey's corner. The Shocker receives a jaw-jarring foot to the face courtesy of our friendly neighborhood hero! If possible, lets make it one of those "flying sidekicks" the kids rave about in the school yards. That should work nicely here. The kick should really ring the Shocker's bell in this panel, as our hero's kick lands solid. The Shocker has put ol' Web-head through the wringer already, so now it's time for our villain to pay the piper!
Panel Two: Cut to: We're skipping ahead just a second or two in time here. The Shocker is now down on one knee, wiping away a trickle of blood from his lower lip (remember we can see his lips because his mask is torn). Spidey's amazing kick has momentarily stunned his foe. For the sake of panel continuity, you may want to also show Spider-Man in this panel. Though he is staggered, the Shocker is now extremely hot under the collar, and his expression and body language should depict his anger. Even though the Shocker doesn't speak in this panel, his growing rage should speak volumes.
Panel Three: Spidey releases webbing from his web-shooters, completely covering Shocker's face.
SFX (webshooters): FFZZZZZTTT!
Note: Be sure to leave some web-line trailing back from the Shocker's face to our hero hands, as it's part of the set-up for the action in the next panel!
Panel Four: Spider-man in the center of the panel. Spidey, now holding onto the web-line, begins to swings our bad guy through the air, around and around in a circle! Spidey is building up centripetal force with the Shocker's body.
Panel Five: Spidey releases the web-line attached to the Shocker's face, sending the gauntlet powered villain hurtling towards the viewer! Make this as dynamic and as three-dimensional as possible--in-your-face action, Marvel-style!
Panel One: We see the Shocker's flying body as it crashes into a panel truck parked on the street. A truck similar to the type U-Haul or UPS uses will do nicely. There should be a huge impact as our villain smashes against the side of the truck. Onlookers gawk in the background.
SFX: (Shocker impact) THA-KRRUNGG!!
Panel Two: The wall-crawler isn’t out of the woods just yet, though. We cut back to a shot of Spidey standing near the panel truck. The Wall-crawler looks a little dizzy and dazed. Despite his recent advantage in this fight, he has not yet fully recovered from the severe beating the Shocker gave him earlier. Unfortunately for our web-swinging hero, his recent adrenalin surge, a boost created for self-preservation, has worn off! Spider-Man's knees begin to buckle and he seems about to faint. If possible, show some concern on the faces of the onlookers for our struggling hero.
Panel Three: (Large panel) From the wreckage that was the panel truck, Spidey receives a massive jolt of electricity! Despite being blinded by webbing, the quick recovering Shocker has managed to get off a very lucky shot. This is just one of those "happy accidents" in favor or our villain. It's just not Spidey's day. The impact of the Shocker's blast hits Spider-man square in the chest, sending him soaring backwards in agony.