PROFESSIONAL STUNT PROGRAM: ACTIVITIES AND SKILLS
The 14 day course for the Professional Stunt Program runs from Monday to Friday. All essential skills and activities are covered. The program includes many theoretical and practical elements a Professional Stunt Performer needs. Featured Activities are Tumbling, Low & High Falls, Motorcycling, Abseiling, Firearms, Fire & Human Torches, Car Hits and Drags, Window Penetrations, Stair Falls, Wire Work, Aerial Awareness, Climbing, Swordplay and Fight Choreography. You will work out with professional Stunt Coordinators, Stunt Professionals and Elite Athletes during this option.
Professional Stunt Program Activities
The highly acclaimed, 2 Week Professional Stunt Program is our premium locally based Gold Coast based option, run at quarterly intervals. It is an exhilarating experience that provides you with the ultimate in adrenaline pumping action. You will be professionally coached to perform amazing and spectacular stunts that will simply blow your mind.
This premium stunt coaching opportunity is so more than just a Stunt Exercise. You will benefit from the Team building, Confidence Building, Self Development, Personal Challenges and most of all, Life Long Friendships with Like Minded People from all over the world. Fancy yourself as a daredevil? Do you think you have what it takes to perform stunts? Do you wonder where to learn real stunt skills and do activities? Well, wonder no more as this option has it all.
How Do You Become a Professional Stunt Performer?
Being a stunt performer in the entertainment industry is hard but rewarding work. Essential skills are required to produce visually exciting sequences deemed too physically dangerous for actors to perform.
Colin Handley, Founder, Stunt Park, and international expert, believes that martial artists are well suited to stunt work. “Most of the martial arts styles can be applied …. taking falls, dive rolls and shoulder rolls, which are all important parts of stunt work.”
Interested in learning more? Check out Colin’s guide for prospective stunt performers
There are several components of the professional stunt program:
- Group discussion
Our program covers all the required theory components including:
- Stunt Acting
- Getting Work
- On set etiquette
These components can assist a professional stunt performer with their:
- Acting Skill
- Marketing and Performance
You will be shown, taught and practise a variety of Fall and Dive techniques.
Using Rubber Landing Mats and Air Bags, you will try to perfect these techniques so they can be done Safely, with Spectacular results.
Agility and Tumbling
During the coaching option, you will use:
- Cargo Nets
You will enjoy using your physical professional stunt skills.
Then you will learn and practise:
- Break Falls
- Shoulder Rolls
- Dive Rolls
- Improving your Aerial Awareness
- Body Rotation and Spin
These are important skills for a professional stunt performer.
When these skills are practised regularly, they can get you out of trouble.
For example, when you need to ensure a safe, trouble free landing.
Or sometimes when things go unexpectedly wrong and you might prevent yourself being injured.
Trampoline, Mini Tramp and Air Ram
Professional stunt exercises include using medium size Trampolines and gymnastics Mini Tramps. You will practice launching into an array of flips, spins and dive rolls, onto Large Crash Mats.
These Aerial skills are very useful when flying, falling or being propelled into Props. Air Ram and Hydraulic Ratchets are now included in the curriculum, making this class one of the most high tech in the world.
The Air Ram is a catapult that is designed for stunt rapid aerial movement.
For example, it is used to jump and simulate explosions:
- A pneumatic device triggers the Air Ram.
- Air pressure is used to set the intensity of the jump.
We use a variety of cars and motorcycles at Stunt Park to improve your precision for safety, and quality performance.
The goal is to improve your driving skills to safely execute Action maneuvers such as:
- Reverse 180’s
- Handbrake and foot brake turns
- Precision driving etc.
You will be carefully shown and allowed to practise roping techniques that are useful to the Stunt Industry.
These tried and tested techniques include:
- Advanced Abseil
- Forward Rappelling
- Inverted Abseil
- Attaching Ropes safely
- Rescue Techniques and so much more
You will be taught how to safely and successfully perform:
- Fire burns
- Human Torches
The class session covers:
- Setting up
- Special protective clothing
- Latest fire technologies and techniques
During several sessions for the class, you have the opportunity to work with:
- Hand Guns and Rifles
- Firearms Safety
- Pistol and Rifle Handling
- Clearing Buildings and Strategies
Knowing how to look experienced with firearms on set is important.
In addition, knowledge of safety is advantageous.
Stage Combat/Theatrical Fighting
Several of our professional stunt coaching sessions include fight scenes using street skill, martial arts, weapons and gangs. It is important for you to have an understanding of film fighting. This will help you give a more realistic performance for a variety of Stunt Fighting Performances.
An action scene can be made believable, spectacular and very entertaining. This is done by using creative Camera Angles, coupled with exciting and skillful fight techniques, talented acting by the performers, and appropriate wardrobe, props and dramatic Direction.
Wire work and Ratchets
In the latest Action movies, stuntmen and stunt women performers use Wire Work Technology to pull off spectacular flying or falling sequences that are filmed. This is especially useful for movies incorporating Super Humans, huge powerful creatures, and many more situations where Aerial Movement is required.
You will experience Jerk backs, Static Stops, Flying, Flipping and Spinning on our specially designed Rigs, Harnesses and Vests.
Our facilities include a specially designed Breakaway Window.
You use this to learn and perfect techniques.
- Breaking through forwards
- Breaking through backwards
from kicks, punches and explosions, landing on soft mats.
We have a purpose built set of padded stairs.
You will wear protective padding and use these stairs to learn how to safely roll down both forwards and backwards on stairs.
Then you will combine these skills with a short chase and fight scene filmed for your showreels.
Ever dreamed of starring in your very own action film? Here’s your chance when you do the Professional Stunt Program!
At the end of the two weeks, we film a major Action Scene using the skills that you have learned during the program.
A spectacular Gun Battle incorporating:
- Explosions, Squibs, SFX, Fire Burns
- High Falls
- Car Stunts and so much more
What Do You Get With the Professional Stunt Program?
You will be richly rewarded at the end of the Professional stunt coaching. We provide you with the following hard earned achievements testament to your time doing this program:
- Graduation Certificate highlighting your competencies in the areas of Stunt Performance
- DVD of your edited Action Scene and important exercises
- Advanced Abseil Certificate
Professional Stunt Program Information
This coaching option is ideal for individuals who are interested in performing stunts.
Please contact us for details.
Stunt Park, Nerang, Queensland, Australia
Stunt Park is located behind the Prana Centre, corner Price St and Brisbane Freeway,
7027 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang
Exit 69 off Pacific Motorway M1
Wear comfortable clothing.
Takes place in all weather conditions.
Spectators are welcome should you wish to impress a captive audience.
You will be required to sign a waiver on the day prior to participating in this experience.
Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The Stunt Skills Manual
Purchase a copy of the manual written by Colin Handley