Stunt work is acting too!
by: Blue8 Productions
Yes, you read correctly. Action tells a story! Amazing stunt men and women know that fight sequences are not just a string of kicks and punches, but a great story telling device that can reveal a lot about the character. It takes incredible artistry to it pull off.
As actors, we are constantly looking for more ways to express ourselves, tell the story, and enrich the character. Wouldn’t it be awesome to lend more of your physicality to your work? We aren’t saying everyone needs to go practice high falls or set themselves on fire, but training yourself to be physically able to perform basic stunts and fight sequences will indeed help you to become a more versatile artist and performer.
Action drives the story forward.
How boring would some of our favorite blockbusters be without the amazing action sequences that had you sitting at the edge of your seat, white knuckling the arm rest, laughing, then crying, gasping, then sighing in relief?! Remember that awesome “hell yeah!” feeling you got at the beginning of The Avengers when the Black Widow kicks a supreme amount of ass from a chair? Not possible without action actress Heidi Moneymaker doubling for Scarlett Johansson. Anyone see Lone Survivor? Their actors went through an actual Navy Seal training program, where they did special operations conditioning and tactical training just so they could portray an incredible story.
As our own Blue8 Tactical Advisors say, “Legitimate creativity is rooted in reality.”
Looking to get started? Wanna dip your toe in the stunt pool? Come on in the water is fine! Here at Blue8 we train multiple disciplines to ready our bodies for anything the entertainment industry can throw at it! From Kung Fu to Yoga, Dance to Parkour and Military Tactics; we love it all and practice on a regular basis. Throw in a few specialty workshops and you are well on your way to feeling more confident in those action film auditions, not to mention the built in physical fitness benefits that come along with it.
Now go clear out some space on the special skills section of your resume! You’re going to need it! 🙂