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.
In the world of stunts and action acting, the physical demands are far from ordinary. Long, grueling days, high-impact activities, and the need for quick decision-making are par for the course. Traditional nutritional advice often leans toward carbohydrate-loading for quick energy, but is that the most effective strategy for the unique needs of stunt professionals? The answer may actually lie in promoting fat burning for sustained and stable energy. This article explores why fat burning could be the superior choice for those in the stunt industry
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.
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.
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.
The International Stunt Academy's mission goes beyond basic Stunt Training. As an Academic Institution we are also committed to studying the impacts of training and performance on mind and body, and researching and developing better methods to help performers and athletes condition and prepare their body for what can be physically challenging career.
As part of our comprehensive series on training and joint/spine health for stunt performers and athletes this article explores the common problem of neck, upper back, shoulder, and rotator cuff issues. These complications often arise from repetitive stress and imbalances caused by weightlifting and linear training. In this essential guide, we'll uncover the underlying causes of these problems, discuss typical symptoms and affected locations, and provide practical solutions for prevention and recovery. By integrating targeted exercises and optimizing training techniques, our expert advice aims to enhance overall spinal health and athletic performance for those in physically demanding professions. Stay ahead in your fitness journey by understanding how to maintain a strong, flexible, and healthy spine.
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...
Developing strong risk awareness and identification skills is crucial for anyone entering the world of stunts. This section will provide guidance for students who are new to performing risk assessments and aim to cultivate good habits that will enhance their ability to spot and identify risks effectively.
Rappelling, also known as abseiling, is a technique used to descend steep slopes or cliffs using a rope and specialized equipment. It is a popular activity for adventurers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Learning the correct technique and equipment is essential to ensure your safety during the activity.
At The International Stunt Academy we work with mind and body. We don't just teach you how to perform a stunt or activity. We also help you with ways to mentally prepare and condition for it too.
We could write 5 books on this and only scratch the surface, but check out these 2 super short protocol lists, one from a shooting range and one from an armourer. Can you spot the differences? In stunt work we never assume...
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports, especially those that involve jumping, cutting, and quick changes of direction. It is also the most common we see in Stunt Training and Performance. So, here's a quick guide to Ankle Sprains and how you can train to prevent them.
"We are not in the Danger Business, we are in the Safety Business"
- Gavin Martin. Coordinator @ The International Stunt Academy
Some guidance for aspiring stunt people to help you improve your approach to risk assessment and safety measures in your stunt training and performance:
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.
The recent double-shooting on the set of Rust, resulting in the unfortunate death of one of the crew, has made headlines globally. We've been approached by many sources for comment and although this is a subject you could write many books on, we asked our own Weapons Guy, Gavin Martin, to say a few words about Firearms Protocols in productions and why they're so vital. Here's what he had to say...
In this article, we explore the origins and history of 'wirework' and share some important safety tips while also unpacking some of most common techniques used, and some of the best examples in film.
As an organization dedicated to training individuals in the art of stunts and action scenes, we recognize the importance of understanding the human body's anatomy and physiology. In this article, we will explore the difference between muscles, tendons, and ligaments and why injuries to tendons or ligaments can be more problematic to heal or recover from. We will also provide tips on how to stretch, train, and condition your body to protect yourself from ligament and tendon injuries...
What are breakfalls, why are they relevant to Stunt & Action actors, and what should you know before you have a go? Lets find out...
Performing a backflip requires a combination of strength, technique, and confidence. Here are some tips gymnasts use when starting to train, prepare, increase confidence and get better at performing a backflip...
As a leading provider of Stunt Training and Safety Courses, The International Stunt Academy is committed to ensuring the safety of all performers and crew involved in fire stunts. One of the key components of The ISA's Fire Stunt Safety Course and Certification (valid for 2 years) is burn identification and first aid. In this article, we will explain why this training is essential, as well as provide guidance on how to correctly identify the severity of a burn and take appropriate action.
This article explores and seeks to educate stunt performers about the fire resistance/flammability of various types of fabrics used in clothing and which fabrics are the best to wear for fire protection:
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