Welcome to the Stunt Education Blog! Below are the highest viewed blogs of 2019. Do check back weekly for Educational Content and train your brain! Our content will focus on Stunt & Action Film Making! We will be bringing you insights from STUNT MASTERS & EMMY AWARD WINNERS.
Many stunt performers, be it new or established, still make many errors, when they present their reel to coordinators, action directors or producers. Reel 'Elevator Pitches', can cast you in a good light, or a bad light. Below are a few tips in this quick, 2 Part Reel Submission Series brought to you by Stunt Education, from the experience of Award Winning Stunt Coordinator, Andy Armstrong. (click here to view resume)
WHAT NOT TO DO:
Now, if you are up for a job, one that few are up for, still keep this in mind and submit a shorter reel. However, you may also accompany it with...
Common sense, but many still forget.
Many GREAT performers still fail on very basic conduct, all the time! One would think such things would be obvious, but they are not. There are many big, and little things that are vitally important, especially if you are a New Performer trying to navigate a new career. But, we have all seen many, respected, TOP STUNT PROS still make these same mistakes? Its mind boggling.
These ‘Rules of Life’ as a performer and the obligations you have, should be branded in your mind as to help you lead a better, more High-Performance Life & Career!
FIRST, BE EARLY:
Finding Film History Information and Gaining Knowledge has never been easier than it is today, so are you really studying as much as you could?
Nowadays, there is so much great film history available online for all to see. One night on google, you'll be able to read up and learn from directors, learn their history, what they like, and even what they dislike, etc. (Which is especially important to know should you find yourself WORKING for that Director)!
But you can also look a little deeper and start seeing a pattern. Learn what genres certain studios you may be working for tend to lean toward or produce. For example, do they use blood & gore, or are they normally pushing out more PG rated content? These are all important things to look at as you Study and Learn about your next project, or a project you may be interviewing for.
You may also learn about all this, even the development of...
You can only do something fresh or new, if you know what has been done in the past.
In the context of Stunt & Action Film Making, you need to know the history of film, as well as learn as much about the history of Stunts as well. This is a big reason why Stunt Education and Action Film Making Courses was created! (QuickLink) To not only bring forth general knowledge, systems, checklists and libraries, but to get you interested in learning more, overall.
You should always be looking to grow and to modify things! Its important to arm yourself with knowledge as to improve and flex your creative muscles. By knowing your field's history, by studying films / stunts from the past, you’ll be able to add, or remove, elements to certain action in order to make things better, or at the very least, more cleverly placed.
Make things fresh and new, but understand, that it’s ok to improve on the old.
If you do have an...