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Screenfighting Workshop is Back!

By January 24, 2012Seminars
Learning to fight for the camera

The most feedback we’ve ever gotten with the seminars and workshops has been for the screenfighting one.  So we’ve scheduled a full weekend course for the Screenfighting Series.  Coming Feb 18-19, time to get your fight on and come on down to the Studios121 for some workshopping.  Class size will be limited (we had too many the first time), so it’s first come first serve.

Weapons for Actors

Weapons Master Doug Williams talks about PistolsPolice officers do not hide behind the corner pointing their pistols up into the air… that’s not where the bad guys are.  They don’t have a tea-cup hold on the gun either.  Unless they’re idiots.  In today’s television and film, the quest for authenticity is in full gear.  And if you look like you know what you’re doing in that audition for the law enforcement character or the military character, you’ve got a better chance of landing the role.

In Saturday’s first class, our weapons master will teach you how to properly handle a pistol.  He’ll go into the why’s so you know what backstory to build in to your character.  Do you stand in the Weaver or is the current training for the isoceles?  You’ll know the answer by the end of this class.  It begins at 8:30 and ends at noon.  We’ll bring the weapons.

After lunch, for those that register for Weapons 2, we’ll go into the longer weapons– the rifles and shotguns.  How do you hold them?  How do you carrying them?  Is there a difference between law enforcement and military?  Again, you’ll find these answers.

Screenfighting

We’re not teaching you to be stunt people, but there are many times that the director might need you to throw a punch or take one.  It adds to the production value if you the actor can do it versus bringing some one else in.  In our Sunday morning class on Feb 19, we will go through the basic punches, the angles that are best for cheating, and the most important– how to take the punch, because the receiver is the one who sells it.  I learned in some of my earlier movies that it’s important to cast actors that know a little bit of fighting if their character mixes it up a bit in the story.  Sure, I’m going to use a stunt person… but you’ll need to be able to pull off getting to that point.

Special Effects

Lots and lots of money is on the line when a special effects shot is in play.  And if you mess it up as an actor, it can be extremely expensive.  Or dangerous.  In the afternoon workshop on Sunday February 19, a licensed special effects coordinator will talk about how to do your job as an actor around effects in a safe and effective manner.  For those who want to know what its like to take a bullet squib, we’ll be doing that as well (extra fee involved).

Want to come learn and play at our Workshop?  Sign up at the store.  You can pick which classes you want or take all four for a big discount.