For Stunt Actors, conveying genuine emotion under physically demanding circumstances really is an art form. We have to be technical and perform stunts flawlessly. We have to be emotional and act as we perform the stunt, which changes so many things about our body movement, vocalisations and how the character would act in the situation. That's a lot for a brain to understand and get right, under pressure.
Among these emotions, Anger and Rage stand out. They are essential's for any action actor and for many they're the most challenging to portray authentically (or safely). This ISA masterclass article dives deep into the complexity of these intense emotions, exploring how stunt actors can effectively and safely express them on screen.
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 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.
At The International Stunt Academy, we pride ourselves on incorporating cutting-edge knowledge and techniques in psychology and learning to ensure our students excel in their careers. One such model, which forms the foundation of our approach to skill development, is the "Four Stages of Competence." This highly effective and widely recognised model is rooted in the fields of psychology, education, and learning and development.
Have a read and discover how to supercharge your development and enable yourself to push to new levels of awareness, knowledge and capability.
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!
The International Stunt Academy is renowned for training individuals to excel in stunt acting and roles that demand exceptional mental and physical strength, agility, and endurance. A common issue that arises among trainees is reaching their physical peak before developing sufficient mental strength. This can lead to mental fatigue, reduced self-awareness, and ultimately, a higher risk of injury. This article delves into the science behind mental fatigue and offers real-world examples to demonstrate its impact. We also provide practical tips on increasing self-awareness and mental endurance to help aspiring stunt actors and others facing similar challenges.
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.
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.
In the high-stakes world of stunt performing, pressure and challenges are part of the job. Anxiety can become an unwelcome companion for many stunt students, hindering their progress and success. This article aims to empower stunt students and professionals with essential knowledge about anxiety and equip them with practical techniques, including the transformative power of cognitive reframing, to manage anxiety and perform at their peak.
If you want to get ahead, get an open mind, or more specifically, a Growth-mindset. But what does that really mean? And even if we think we have one, how can we tell? And when our mind wants to close (it happens to us all at times), how can we learn to catch ourselves and prevent self-limiting thoughts and behaviours? The author of this article has delivered talks and lectures on this in all sorts of high performing teams and organisations, all around the world. It's been invaluable to them, now, its your turn to get a very valuable boost! C'mon, let's get started...
Cold training, also known as cold exposure or cold thermogenesis, involves exposing your body to cold temperatures to promote physical and mental health benefits. Not everyone is a believer, but consider the fact that humans adapted to the arctic circle, and every military in the world runs a Cold Training programme... So, chill, have a read and learn how to unlock some latent superpowers
At the International Stunt Academy, we're all about empowering stunt performers and extreme athletes to unleash their full potential, which means going beyond known and perceived limits to achieve something you never believed possible, and then making that as natural and easy as walking down the street.
Through mastering body awareness and ultra-precise body movements, we help you elevate your performance, ensuring both safety and breathtaking execution. Are you ready to explore our Neuro Conditioning programme and unlock the true super-powers that lay dormant within you?
Here's a taste of what's to come...
If you study the habits of successful people there's something you will come across time after time ... they wake up early. But why, and what 3 things can you learn from this to supercharge your performance?
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team