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.
Ever wondered how to become a Stuntman or Stuntwoman? The answer is closer than you think. It's not just about learning how to do daring or risky things. It isn't about luck either. The answer is a journey of transformation.
Discover the disciplined path to mastering stunts, the commitment to continual learning, and the unwavering focus required to turn your dream into reality. Your first step begins here, with insights and guidance just one click away. Read this, and it will lead you to your dream, then all you need to do is take action to turn that dream into a reality ... So, we'll see you on set soon
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.
Today, we're looking back to remember those who came before us and explore the thrilling history of stunts. As we chart this daring journey across the decades, we'll recognised some of the iconic names, mind-blowing moments, and pivotal breakthroughs that have defined the exhilarating world of stunt work. Buckle up!
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.
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 pays tribute to the trailblazing women who defied the odds and broke barriers in the world of stunt acting, inspiring a new generation of fearless female performers. A tribute to the trailblazing women who defied the odds and broke barriers in the world of stunt acting, inspiring a new generation of fearless female performers.
Gun-Fu has not only redefined action cinema but also inspired countless filmmakers and choreographers to push the boundaries of creativity. Let's explore some of the exciting ways in which Gun-Fu has evolved and influenced the industry. Lock an load, its time to get messy...
This guide is designed to help stunt performers better understand the shoulder and clavicle, typical soft-tissue injuries that may occur, and how to manage them. While this guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, it aims to provide insight into injury identification, management, and prevention. Let's begin with the basics, then move into injury identification and some advice...
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...
Kali is a unique martial art originating from the Philippines. In this article we'll explore its origins, what makes it unique and why it can be a fantastic discipline for Action Actors and Stunt Performers to explore. Let's get started...
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...
There are many different roles open to people who want to work in the Stunt Industry. Here's a quick guide to some of the terms you'll hear used and a quick explanation of what each does when they work together as a unit on a film or production.
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 ensure you train with a leading stunt school, gain your certificates or a formal qualification, and learn all you can 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 Stunts and Action 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!
There are so many training programmes and ideas out there it can become overwhelming or confusing. At The International Stunt Academy we strongly recommend Stunt Performers explore and embrace the discipline of Calisthenics. Read on to discover why...
At The ISA we incorporate Yoga, flexibility training and advanced body awareness methods into our weekly classes and training routines. Sometimes people are unsure but everyone quickly finds the benefits of this ... but why? Let's explore that...
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.
The decision to pursue higher education is a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Many students enter Schools, Academies, Colleges and Universities with the hope and expectation that they will graduate with a guaranteed job or a successful career at the end of their study. However, this is not always the case. Lets take a moment to consider why, and why any students should confront the honest truth, especially in the performing arts and entertainments sectors
'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?
"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:
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.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team