When you receive a script the writer will have broken the book down into pages in the script, but sometimes it will be necessary to add pages to a scene – or even to remove them. Sequential action is about the pacing of the story and deciding how many panels to use to tell it. If I can tell it in less space then I will do so.
Controlling the movement
Working out the number of panels to give over to a particular story, or phase of a story, is a fairly gradual process. Sometimes there are times when I am not even aware that I’m thinking about it, and there are others that require a little bit of sketching. Sometimes I just can’t see it at all and it takes a bit of working out. One thing is nearly always for certain, however, and that is that the writer of the script will have asked for too many things to be happening in one panel, or they have asked for movie-tricks like camera pans that just can’t be achieved easily. So controlling the movement of the story, the panels and the composition of the panels is an absolutely crucial stage in the process and one that you must get absolutely right. Movement is not always just the physical movement of the objects in the frames; if people are talking while they are moving
Action in action
Sequential action happens on every page with the progression of the story, as demonstrated here in
where Cap and Bucky are on a mission to apprehend Baron Zemo. Having the conclusion of the action in the ﬁnal panel is a natural termination point. Carrying the action over a page, or having it earlier in the panel sequence would be less impactful.
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