Welcome, intrepid students of The International Stunt Academy! As future stunt Performers and Stunt Actors, you are no strangers to risks, excitement, and pushing boundaries.
However, one of the most essential aspects of your training lies not in perfecting your acrobatics, parkour, or high-speed chases, but in embracing the power of failure.
In this article, we'll explore why sometimes, "to become a great student, we have to go be a bad student, but in a good way." We'll discuss the importance of seeing failure as a stepping stone to success and how becoming comfortable with it can help you learn and grow in your craft.
As an aspiring stunt performer or a professional seeking to improve your skills, it's crucial to recognize the importance of balancing physical prowess and acting abilities. By honing your acting skills alongside your physical training, you'll open up a world of opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls in the early stages of your career. In this article, we'll explore the reasons for embracing acting skills, explain the differences between dialogues and monologues, and provide you with examples to practice. Let's dive in and discover how to unlock your full potential as a stunt actor!
Active listening is a critical skill for anyone pursuing a career in the high-pressure, high-risk world of stunt acting. It's especially important for those with neurodiverse backgrounds, as it can help enhance their communication skills and improve their overall performance. This guide aims to explain what active listening is, its importance in high-risk and high-pressure work, and provide self-help exercises to help you become an active listener.
In the high-stakes world of stunts and performance, it's not uncommon for aspiring athletes and actors to encounter mental roadblocks along the way. These challenges can stem from various factors, such as fatigue, pressure to adapt, or confronting uncomfortable truths. This article aims to provide a soothing and supportive guide to understanding the reasons behind these mental walls, unpacking the inner workings of our minds, and offering advice on how to overcome these barriers in a calm, adult, and professional manner.
Welcome to The International Stunt Academy's guide to saying something without speaking... Today, we're diving into the world of non-verbal communication and exploring how stunt actors can leverage body movement, mechanics, and non-verbal cues to create distinctive, authentic, and interesting characters in film and television roles, without relying on voice or dialogue. By mastering these techniques, stunt performers can elevate their craft, leaving a lasting impression on audiences and filmmakers alike.
Unleash your inner action hero with our in-depth guide on alpha and beta type behaviors, designed for aspiring action actors. Learn key traits, characteristics, and seven powerful vocal and behavioral cues to transform your performance and dominate the screen.
To portray realistic characters in action films, actors need to understand the differences between alpha and beta type behaviors. In this guide, we will explore the characteristics of both types and provide seven vocal and behavioural cues to help you embody an alpha character or role.
Humour is an essential aspect of our daily lives, providing us with a way to connect with others, make light of difficult situations, and often, to mask our insecurities. While humour can be a valuable tool in various social settings, it may also hinder personal growth and obstruct learning experiences, particularly in acting classes. This article will explore why individuals use humour to cover up their insecurities, the impact it has on acting classes, and techniques to address this behaviour both in the moment and long-term.
Acting is a challenging and rewarding career that requires a deep connection with one's emotions and the ability to convey them through performance. However, actors often bump into inhibitions and barriers that can prevent them from fully immersing themselves in their characters. These barriers may stem from personal insecurities, fear of judgment, or a lack of experience in accessing intense emotions. In this self-help guide, we will explore some reasons why actors face these challenges, how to prepare to face them, and provide a list of exercises to help aspiring actors break free and find their own path to emotional freedom.
Effective communication is crucial for personal and professional growth. However, many people struggle to speak up due to fear, lack of confidence, cultural or societal norms, or past negative experiences. In this feature, we'll explore the causes of difficulty speaking up and provide practical tips for improving your communication skills.
Aspiring filmmakers and cinematographers need to have a deep understanding of the different types of shots used in movies. Each type of shot serves a specific purpose and can evoke different emotions and reactions from the audience. By mastering the use of different shots, filmmakers can create a specific visual language that enhances the storytelling and makes their films more engaging.
The Ghillie suit is a type of camouflage clothing that is designed to help military snipers blend into their environment. However, it has become popular among hunters, paintball enthusiasts, and even Stunt & Action Actors who need to remain hidden while performing stunts and action scenes. In this article, we will explore the history and uses of the Ghillie suit and provide a guide for Stunt & Action Actors to create their own suit. Let's get started...
Welcome to Camo School! Camouflage is an essential tool for stunt and action actors in film and TV productions who are looking to add authenticity to their performances. The ability to blend into the surroundings and remain undetected is crucial in many action scenes, and using the right type of camouflage can make all the difference. The International Stunt Academy understands the importance of camouflage in the film and TV industry, and has created this guide to help stunt and action actors understand how to choose and use it to enhance the realism of their performances. From choosing the right type of camouflage to improvising with natural materials in the field, this guide will provide essential tips and tactics for using camouflage in film and TV productions. Get your Ghillie on and lets go...
The International Stunt Academy presents a short guide to SWAT and how Stunt & Action Actors can train for SWAT roles in action films & TV. Let's start with what SWAT actually is...
We have all seen a movie where an actor breaks the moment and the magic is gone. Even the pro's get it wrong. Sometimes it is subtle, a fascial expression didn't match the moment, the body language was wrong for the emotions portrayed, or perhaps you just couldn't see it in their eyes and 'believe'. A common issue we often see is that talented people initially struggle to blend both the physicality of an Action performance with the ability to really 'act' the character and what they would actually be experiencing and expressing. Don't worry stunt family, we've got you! Here's a short guide and some activities anyone can try to aid greater authenticity in their actions and reactions. Read on for tips...
There are Stunt people. There are Actors. Then spanning both of these we have the Action Actors. People who can combine and display both skill sets in a very unique way, creating a new discipline in its own right within the world of entertainments work. Here's The ISA's guide to Action Acting, to help you understand the difference and why studying acting or stunts separately is not guaranteed to set you up for success as an 'Action Actor'.
Let's get stuck into the details...
One of the most common questions people ask when we meet them is how they can get into Stunt Performance and Action Acting? The answer is to do it properly and attend a leading stunt school, gain your certificates and qualifications, and learn about the industry before you try to make your name. In this article we share some good tips and advice that should help you start a career in Stunt Acting.
While we perform and act out of a passion for the craft and the industry, its always important to ensure we are taking care of business and maintaining a healthy income, so we can afford to continue! In this article we'll explore the concept of 'Residuals' and how they work. Let's dive in...
In this post we explore some tips for any Professional Performer working as a freelancer in the entertainments industry. Why? Because you are going to be running yourself and a business and no amount of acting classes is going to teach you the fundamentals of good business management, or get you out of a situation if you fail to set aside taxes you need to pay at the end of the year!
Getting started can feel like a massive, confusing and daunting task. So, lets explore a few things that any aspiring actor can do to help ensure a strong start.
The decision to pursue higher education is a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Many students enter universities or academies with the expectation that they will graduate with a guaranteed job or a successful career. However, this is not always the case. Lets take a moment to consider why, and why any students should confront an honest truth...
'Action Actors' are a unique breed within the world of acting. This doesn't mean they are any better or any worse than other types of actors, but it is a specialism ... lets explore why that is?
For aspiring Action Actors and Stunt Performers, there is no better place more dedicated to the art, craft and science than The International Stunt Academy. And, what sets this academy apart is the caliber of its teachers, including Hollywood legend Eric Roberts and his wife, Eliza Roberts.
While The ISA specialises in training Stunt Performers and Action Actors, we always recommend some general study and classes to improve the craft and learn the history, foundations and origins of the most common acting techniques. It's also why our Diploma course starts with the basics. Each has a long history and a purpose. Versatile actors will arm themselves with many different methods and techniques to ensure they can deliver the best possible performance.
There's a world of great articles and resources to help you understand and explore method acting. Here's some of our top tips to get you started or inspire your own journey of discovery...
The stunt industry is constantly evolving and adapting to changing technologies, regulations, and production demands. In recent years, there have been big changes that have affected the way stunts will be performed in the future, and who will be performing them. In this article, we'll explore some of these changes and how the industry is adapting to stay current and meet the fast-paced demands of the global entertainment industry.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team