With Halloween around the corner, the spotlight is on horror films and the actors who bring terrifying creatures to life. Often Stunt Performers / Actors overlook the value of mastering their creature acting skills but consider how many times Zombies fall, hit or get killed ... its a whole genre and area of work that's perfect for Stunt People!
Creature acting is an art form that goes beyond regular acting, requiring a unique set of skills to portray non-human entities convincingly. This article delves into the world of creature acting, offering tips and insights from renowned creature actors.
Mindfulness often seems like a buzzword now, but it is a science, and and art form, and its applications in high-pressure or high-risk activities like Acting and Stunts are invaluable. This article aims to be a standalone resource while also serving as a follow-up to our previous piece on the Psychology of Fear in Stunt Work.
Following the success of our previous article on Colour Grading, we're diving deeper into the practical aspects of Color Correction, Balancing and Grading.
This article aims to guide you through the process of utilising Colour Correction to balancing all the footage in your sequence before and adding a final grade to your film, with a focus on how different colours can really affect your faint film and impact audiences emotionally.
Imagine standing on the edge of a building, preparing for a High-Fall Stunt. Or even just repeating a simple movement that might aggravate a previous injury .... Fear can set in. Your heart races, palms sweat—fear sets in.
But what if we told you that "Fear is just a lack of knowledge", and by understanding and managing this fear it could be the key to not just performing the stunt successfully but also performing even better, and more safely?
Imagine watching your favourite action-packed movie scene - let's say, its the car chase sequence in "Mad Max: Fury Road" - but you're watching it with the sound turned off. The roaring engines, screeching tires, and heart-pounding music are all missing. Suddenly, a scene like this loses its thrill, doesn't it? You don't engage in the same way, because you don't feel the action.
That is the power of Sound in action sequences. So often sound is overlooked, because we can't see it, but there is no doubting the truth that we really feel it!
In this article, we'll explore the crucial role sound plays in stunt work and action film-making and how you can harness this invisible actor to really enhance the power of your scenes and sequences.
In a previous article, we explored the role of macronutrients and fat-burning in Stunt Work and Acting. With so much advice orientated towards short and intense bursts of energy and performance we often see people deploy methods that are actually detrimental to maintaining the physical and mental performance that is required by Performers who need to sustain their energy on long sequences or long days on set.
To go deeper into this, today, we'll focus on two equally crucial aspects: hydration and micronutrients. Also we'll look at the role of ATP energy and Creatine in improving physical performance.
Unlock the secret weapon of successful action filmmaking with our Guide to Action Previsualisation. Whether you're a novice action filmmaker, an aspiring stunt performer, or an experienced Director of Photography, our comprehensive guide lays out the crucial steps for prepping jaw-dropping action scenes.
Learn how to maximise efficiency, enhance safety, and make every shot count, all while discovering why the The International Stunt Academy (The ISA) should be your go-to hub for Action Previs. Jump in and let's get started...
Welcome to another ISA feature article. Today, we're diving deep into a topic that often takes a backseat in the adrenaline-filled realm of action and stunt filmmaking ... colour grading. If you wonder, "Why focus on that when there are high-octane explosions and heart-stopping stunts to choreograph?" The answer is simple: colour grading is an unsung hero of Film that amplifies the visual impact and sensory experience of those very elements, giving your audience an unforgettable cinematic experience instead of bland / realistic colour and tone.
When executed correctly, color grading can heighten the tension in a chase sequence, add depth to a dramatic standoff, or even enhance the raw energy of a fight scene. Just like a well-timed stunt or a meticulously choreographed action sequence, colours on screen play a crucial role in storytelling. Whether you're a filmmaker, editor, or anyone involved in the creative process, understanding the nuances of color grading is indispensable.
In this comprehensive article, we'll demystify the art and science of colour grading. You'll learn about its significance and some iconic uses in film, and even get hands-on advice to start grading your own sequences. Step into the edit suite and let's begin...
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team