Pyrotechnics are an essential component of the movie magic we witness on the big screen. From action-packed blockbusters to heart-wrenching dramas, these special effects bring stories to life and engage audiences like never before. The International Stunt Academy not only trains people in stunt and action acting but also offers education in practical special effects, including pyrotechnics. This article serves as an introduction to pyrotechnics, exploring their usage, main types, and iconic examples in action films.
Practical vs. CGI Special Effects: Exploring the Art of In-Camera Magic and Post-Production Wizardry
In the world of film and television, creating spectacular and visually stunning scenes often requires the use of special effects. These effects can be achieved through various methods, two of the most popular being practical (in-camera) effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI). As the International Stunt Academy continues to train action actors and stunt performers, it's essential to understand the differences between these two techniques and the reasons productions may choose one over the other. This article will delve into the world of practical and CGI special effects, exploring their unique characteristics and the factors that influence their selection in the industry.
If you ever want to start a fight, try asking a group of epic martial artists and fight choreographers what the the best Martial Arts film ever made is? We promise it'll be a lively debate! It's ok though, being trained stunt professionals, we did this so you don't have to ;)
Sword fighting has been a staple of action movies for decades, providing audiences with thrilling action sequences, epic battles, and larger-than-life characters. From swashbuckling pirates to legendary samurais, there have been countless movies that have captured the art and beauty of sword fighting. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best sword fighting movies of all time, as voted for by some off the best sword fighters and instructors today!
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.
Virtual Reality, Real Action: How Gaming and Motion Capture are Revolutionising the Stunt World
As we prepare for our show and live displays at Norway's SPILLEXPO we thought we'd share a few words on why we think the explosion in gaming is an exciting new opportunity for our students. Its surprising how many people overlook this line of work but with huge production budgets and mo-cap being a popular way to bring realism into animated characters, we think this is a hot topic...
celebrating women in Action
"No fate but what we make?". Studios and writers are finally evolving to build a better future, that said, we still can't forgive what they did to Wonderwoman. But it does warm our hearts to see better female characters and role models becoming more of a thing in action cinema. Join us as we look back and remember some epic female characters and the actors that played them
We run regular 'film weeks' and encourage all our students to explore and understand, even at a basic level, the roles of the people who will work around them. Until you've handled cameras, worked with sound or had to spend time perfecting lighting, you just cannot appreciate the complimentary crafts that operate around you on a set. Recently we hosted students from a Film School and we asked them to share their 5 top tips that could help anyone create a better outcome when making a student film. Here's what they had to say...
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