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February 2012

Weapons Master Doug Williams talks about Pistols

Screenfighting Workshop

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Hands-on Screenfighting Workshop!

On March 24-25, the Screenfighting Workshop will take place at S Films in the Studios121 building, 6125 Airport Freeway, Haltom City, TX.  To register, go to the store.  There are four classes at $49 each or take all four for $155.  If you take the special effects class, you can add a squib for $35 (this is where we’ll place a squib on you and you’ll experience what a bullet hit on screen is like).

Saturday, March 24

Screenfighting WorkshopWeapons 1 – Doug Williams Instructor – 8:30 to 12 noon

In this class, basic handling of pistols will be covered, with emphasis on the Law Enforcement techniques.  You will have hands-on experience with real weapons and will learn firearm safety, set etiquette with firearms, how to properly carry, present and fire the pistol.  The goal if this class is to give you the knowledge necessary to perform a law enforcement role and handle weapons like a seasoned law enforcement individual.

Weapons 2 – Doug Williams Instructor – 1pm to 4:30pm

This class will give you experience with a combat rifle, with emphasis on military and some law enforcement.  Different rifles will be discussed and handled and information given on what situation arise for different rifles and how they are handled differently.

Sunday, March 25

Screenfighting – Steve Krieger Instructor – 8:30 to 12 noon

This is not stunt training, but rather getting the actor to the point where a director can use you more in fight scenes.  You will learn what the basic types of punches are, how to throw them safely, and more importantly, how to receive a punch.  We’ll go over camera angles and how to best sell fighting to the camera.

SFX Coordinator Steve KriegerActing Around Special Effects – Steve Krieger Instructor – 1pm to 4:30pm

Special Effects coordinator Steve Krieger goes over the importance of being knowledgeable about special effects and how the actor can save a lot of money or cost the film a lot of money.  He covers safety and proper handling of items like breakable bottles and glass, as well as how to safely act in the midst of fire, rain and explosions.  For those that add a squib, you will actually get wired up and take a hit.  The experience you gain in these classes will help you go much further on the set.

For registration and to reserve your seat, go to the SFilms store.  The class size is going to be much more limited this time to ensure lots of hands on time, so make sure you sign up quickly!

Screenfighting Instructors

Meet Screenfighting Instructor Steve Krieger

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He blows things up for a living.

And he floods things, sets things on fire and smokes things.  If you need a gag on camera, you call Steve.  Steve has been a stuntman.  He is an actor.  But his day job is Special Effects Coordinator.

Some of Steve’s SFX credits include: Necessary Roughness, Bonnie & Clyde, Captain Ron, A Promise Kept, A Killer Within, Living and Dying, and work on shows like Walker, Texas Ranger and Wishbone.

The way it works is that Steve is sent the script and he goes through it, tagging what might be on-camera special effects (different than computerized “visual effects”).  If the script reads “it explodes” or “his body is riddled from the bullet hits,” Steve takes note and starts preparing.

Screenfighting Instructor

In one of the Serendipitous Film’s movie (“Striking Range” with Lou Diamond Phillips), Steve was called upon to rig a microwave to blow up, a grenade launcher to shoot and explode near Lou, and lots of blood effects. Since many gags are specifically crafted and created unique for that project, Steve has to test it to make sure it’s going to work when the cameras (and money) is rolling.  As a director, it’s always fun to watch Steve’s videos of his tests.  There’s usually a story behind how it went off, or how the neighbors freaked out, or how the barn was almost burned down.  Never a dull moment.

And when you come to the workshop on Sunday March 25, there will never be a dull moment.  Steve will go through basic screenfighting in the morning class.  This isn’t to teach you stunts, but to teach you the basics of how to give and receive punches and the types of punches a director might call for.  In the afternoon, Steve will go into the exciting world of SFX on the set and how it applies to you the actor.  As a director, one of the most frustrating moments is when an actor messes up an expensive special effects shot because their reaction isn’t right.

You’ll come through the day, able to offer a new savvy to the directors when you arrive on the set.  To register, go to the store.  Spots are very limited– we’re keeping the class sizes smaller this time to ensure personal attention and lots of hands on time.  Also, if you’d like to experience a squib, they cost $35 each and we’ll wire you up at the end.  Just add that in the store.

So what’s the class like?  Here’s a taste, which includes the weapons portion that will be taught by Doug Williams on Saturday March 24.