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VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION – How to do rifle for carbine to pistol transition drills for movies and TV techniques, one of two. That’s what we’ll answer in today’s video. Hi, my name is Dillon Wilson with CBT Stunt Alliance. Train hard, perform easy. We help actors, stunt performers, filmmakers and content creators on professional stunt training for use in film TV and live action performances.
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Before we get underway, if you’d like to add movie rifle carbine and shotgun training to your current actor or stunt performance skill set, check out our highly popular online master course at MovieRifleTraining.com. or click on the link below this video. You can learn all the movie said gun safety basics, how to properly hold and fire a carbine or rifle, how to present and and uh and shoot a carbine and rifle on all types of tactical movements, all types of amazing reloads transitions, even how to do scene work with rifles and carbines and more. All taught by Pro armor for the film and TV industry. You can sign up now and start training now. Go to movie rifletraining.com for more information. OK, so we get a lot of questions about tactical movie gun training for film and television, so we’re going to share a few tips with you.
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Okay so why use a rifle to pistol transition drill for film and TV? Well for two reasons: one high production value, it definitely boosts production value for any type of movie gun choreography and two is that is great for character development. The audience definitely believes your character when you can actually execute these techniques properly. Check out the clip from the movie John Wick to see this in action.
Now, I’m actually an experienced Stunt coordinator in armor for film and TV turned full-time director. This is something I plan to do from the beginning of my career. Even attending and graduating films, collection director. Along my journey, I noticed that being a stunt coordinator and armor made me a better director, and being a director, made me a better stunt coordinator armor. Now, how this benefits you is that I can share with you insights and experience from both sides of the camera as well through all phases of production.
Okay, so before we begin movie gun training, we always do a safety briefing. This is different than the one that we do on set since you’re at home and we’re not actually issuing any prop guns to you, yet with us, safety is always Paramount. This will serve as your safety briefing. Again, it’s different than the ones that we do on set since we’re not issuing you any movie gaps yet since we wish to instill safe practices into you, we modified it for your benefit. So pick up your movie prop gun, keep your finger off the trigger, make sure it’s on safe, as well as unloaded, so finger here and frame, unloaded. Same with this one finger here, unload it and it’s unsafe, now as a reminder, never do any movie gun training with real Firearms, you know. I do dry fire, make sure you invest in a good movie prop. If you need to find one, watch our video on how to get a movie prop gun for cheap, the link is below this video.
We’re going to cover some prop gun safety rules that you can use at home, these are different from gun safety rules that you use on a live fire range, you can learn more about the differences with our highly popular video, real firearms training versus movie gun training. The link to it is below this video. So I wish for you to memorize the acronym DIFU or DIFU. The DI stands for Direction. So we always want you, always want to point the movie gun in a safe Direction and never point it at another person, even if it’s a you know airsoft or something like that, doesn’t matter. You always, you always train the same way. So there are two directions that are, you are clear to point the firearm in. One is straight down into the ground, so if you’re up standing around, you’re between scenes or something, you can take the pistol or the carbine and just let it hang by your side and point straight down to the ground, that’s a safe Direction. carbine to pistol transition drills for movies and tv, rifle, for movies, for movies and tv shows, and gaming, submachinegun movie gun training academy, class, course, movie gun training, movie shooting training, heat movie gun training, movie weapons training, Dillon Wilson, Stunt Coordinator, CBT Stunt Alliance, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta.
Carbine to pistol transition drills for movies and tv Tip 1:
The second direction is whatever the armor determines to be downrange which is safe and for you, that’ll be a wall, so you choose a wall in your house or your apartment, make sure it is not a place that’s highly traffic where people can walk in front of you or something, it could even be aiming inside of a closet, right so whatever whatever place is good for you, for me it’s going to be a 180 degree Arc from this wall, all the way out to a camera to this wall. I won’t be pointing back that way because sometimes, I’ll have to show you like this and then sometimes, I’ll show you like this, so then this degree Arc is my is downrange for me, yet I won’t point it back that way and this is how you have to be, so you always are aware of where you’re pointing, your your movie product.
The F is you always keep your finger off the trigger and you want to keep it on the frame of any movie prop gun that you’re carrying. Keep it, oh wait don’t put it here, some people put it here in a trigger guard or something like that, no. Keep it on the frame until the armorer tells you or shows you otherwise. The U stands for unloaded. So keep it unloaded. You can always check and make sure it’s unloaded. Once again, until the armor tells or shows you otherwise, okay, this concludes our safety briefing. Now you’ve done that, go ahead and insert one magazine into your movie prop gun and listen to the instructions given by the armor.
In this instructional, we’re going to cover how to perform carbine pistol transition. One or the first one that we teach in our Master course. We actually call it the pistol transition one with a sling and this is something that you’ve seen before. Movies that you know, require or feature a good amount of tackle firearms training. This one is very unique and very cinematic and when you can do it, you know, directors, DPS, you know cinematographers, you know, instantly fall in love with it, especially if you can do it and do it well. So why would you do a carbine epistle transition? Who in her right mind would sit this down and transition to this, because you know, you got to be realistic if you’re going to be playing this in a roll or something in a TV show or movie, you got to know why you would do it, not like these ridiculous B movies from like the s or something, where you know, two people face off and they sit their gun down on the table and they choose to Duke it out with their hands, you know it’s just ridiculous.
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So the reasons why someone perform a um a transition is because they’ve experienced a malfunction. Something’s happened maybe you got the carbine or rifle guy shot, hit against something and it no longer works or you’re in a CQB scenario and you run out of ammunition, it’s actually faster to transition than to load to reload with a magazine, so if you’re in a CQB, if you’re in close quarters battle and uh you have a carbine or something, it’s actually faster to transition to the pistol, so these are the legitimate reasons why. So even if you’re on a project and they haven’t written that into the script and it’s kind of like a ridiculous premise for the transition, you can kind of you know, kind of mention that right just so you know. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to demonstrate it first and then we’re going to break it down step by step, how to do it. Now, whenever we train, whatever we practice, we teach our students this, always say what you’re about to do first, and then do it. It kind of locks into your brain and really perfects your ability to retain it and recall it upon command. Pistol transition one, bang bang, click bang bang bang, all right. Now, what that was the the actual transition, later on we’re going to show you how to deal with movement because usually you’re going to be moving when you’re doing this, yeah right now, we wish for you to just be able to see everything so you can learn it. So here’s how we do a step by step, the thing to understand is the final position for the carbine is going to be here hanging around your neck, right.
Now there are pluses for this because there’s there’s uh like in our Master course we have five transitions, you know this is just one of them, each one is used for a different scenario, you know some people like to have the carbon off to the side you know, some have it over there, over the back, yet this one, there’s a benefit for doing it this way. carbine to pistol transition drills for movies and tv, rifle, for movies, for movies and tv shows, and gaming, submachinegun movie gun training academy, class, course, movie gun training, movie shooting training, heat movie gun training, movie weapons training, Dillon Wilson, Stunt Coordinator, CBT Stunt Alliance, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta.
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Now, the first thing you see is that the barrel or the muzzles point right down at the ground. Sometimes some of the other transitions. the carbine is facing back this way. right. what that means is if you’re in a stack or you have a team with you, the person behind you may be getting muzzled with and muzzling means when the the muzzle is pointing at them. So if there’s a negligent discharge, they can get shot, right, that’s why again if you’re a lone operator in a movie, it’s different, a lone operator, this is fine, that’s what you usually see in a lot of the movies or lone operated, so they’ll have the barrels pointed back there or something, yeah, you’re actually working with a team you you can’t really do those things, it’s not really safe.
So with this one, even as you’re firing with the, with the secondary, with the pistol, the muzzle is pointing at the ground. There’s no danger to your team. So even if you’re part of a stack, there’s no danger to the person to the side of you, be behind you in front of you. The the second benefit is from a combat perspective is, it provides you with some degree of ballistic protection, right. The bullet. Now, instead of just going right into your body, it’s gotta penetrate this car turbine first which means the bull is going to greatly deform if it even penetrates the carbine before it actually hits you, right. So there’s ballistic protection, so that’s the main thing to understand, is that the sling, that’s why the key thing is. This is done with this sling, is done differently if it doesn’t have a sling on it, this is the final resting position of the carbine. Now the one thing that’s not the greatest is that you can’t really run with it as effective that you can, if you see it’s kind of like bumping into my knees right, so you can kind of do a a smooth walk with it, all right which again is why you have different different transitions for different scenarios.
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If you can’t move with it, just not really you know, just know it’s going to bang against your knees if you’re still running or something right, so that’s how you start out with is you you start it out by taking this sling knowing that’s going to end up hanging from your neck and you drape the sling over your head like this, so it’s already around your neck and that’s how you’re going to start firing, you see this so this is the starting position. Now, the other thing is to have your pistol stage wherever it’s going to be, so if you have a drop leg holster, if you’re you know the character has a holster down here on your thigh, with the holsters up here or if the holster is in here or you’re doing it you know, it’s just here at the hip, stage it wherever you’re going to be drawing it from, because that’s what you want to practice. The same, the firing hand is going to uh be the same hand that will fire the pistols. Whoever hand you’re using to fire the carbine is going to be the same hand that is used to fire the pistol and another transition that we teach you. It’s the opposite, so just know for this one, it’s going to be the same hand. So we’re all staged.
Now pistols, there carbine is hanging from slinging around my neck, I already know where I want it to to end up, so now we’re going to go ahead and get into a good Crouch position and we’re going to start firing, you’re shooting Cadence’s bang bang click, right and on the click, you’ll notice the barrel does not raise, bang bang click. Now what we’re going to do, at this point, the finger is going to go straight away from the trigger, this is very important. We’re going to rotate it up like this, see that, so from here, you rotate it up and we’re going to look here at the ejection Port, see what’s going on, hey, is there is something clogged in there or you know some vent casings in there? Am I out of ammunition? So we’re going to look there, at this point, we see whatever it is, you know, it’s not something we can just quickly fix and resume shooting, we’re going to do a transition, so at this point, we’re going to take the left hand, release the foregrips, we’re going to come over here and we’re going to come over the top and grab it like this and we’re going to guide it right down to our Center Line.
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We don’t want it to drop smash, ow you don’t want that man or woman that does not feel good, so you want to bring it right down to here. Now at this point, as this hand grab and comes down, the right hand releases, doesn’t because you don’t need it anymore and goes to the pistol, you got it so from here, it’s just like that right. So once again, from here, we’re here, we’re here, this hand comes up and just like, we you know, you learned in another video how to do the draw, it comes in and then we’re here and we’re firing, bang bang bang, all right. We’ll do that again. This time, we’ll do it a bit more smoothly Bissell transition one, actually we’ll do it from this angle, pistol transition one, bang bang click, bang bang bang. You see that? Now everything that we do on the right, we always do on the left and we we do this for our stunt team and we always have our students do the same exact thing and there are a variety of reasons why. carbine to pistol transition drills for movies and tv, rifle, for movies, for movies and tv shows, and gaming, submachinegun movie gun training academy, class, course, movie gun training, movie shooting training, heat movie gun training, movie weapons training, Dillon Wilson, Stunt Coordinator, CBT Stunt Alliance, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta.
One is that sometimes, as production is shooting it, depending on the location or something, it may not be, it may not work you know, from the uh doing it from from the uh with the right hand right. The Deep, he might say, look it’s not working the way the lighting is whatever you do on the other side and you need to be able to do that, sometimes, especially if you’re a stunt performer. The actor that you’re stunt doubling may be left-handed right and especially if you’re a stunt performer and you’re called upon to do something on the left side and you can’t do it, that looks really bad because that’s your thing, you’re like if anyone should be able to do it, it’s supposed to be you, that’s your job, so you want to make sure that you’re able to do this on both sides. I’ve actually stunned coordinated projects even on other projects, director projects, where style coordinators had stunt performers rather had to perform on the left side and and there was a qualitative difference between how they did on the right side and the left side. Now I can tell they were someone embarrassed, so you don’t want that to happen to you. So we’re gonna do the same thing on the left side. Now, hey everyone make sure everything is stays right okay you know. It’s going to end up here. All right, boom boom boom, ready, here we go.
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So we’ll do it like this, this will transition, one bang bang, click, now here’s the thing, we don’t rotate it this time like this way, this time like with the other time, on the right we rotated this side on the left. We don’t rotate it so we still rotate it this way because what we’re looking at is the ejection Port, the ejection Port does not change position just because we change your shoulder. So just know that’s why you got to practice, when you’re here and you go bang bang, click and you you know the finger again goes straight and goes to the frame, when you rotate it here, you’re going to rotate it like this. Now and look at the ejection Port, everything else is the same, Bang Bang that’s the key thing, there are little subtle differences when you do stuff on the left when you and then when you do it on the right, there are some firearms that are you know everything’s ambidextrous.
So nothing changes, these are more the modern ones, yet a lot of the Firearms still there are differences and so you need to be able to know how to do them, so we’re gonna do it one more time. It can be a different angle on this, maybe we’ll do it directly and maybe a three-quarters view, give me a three-quarter view of it, here we go pistol transition one, bang bang click, bang bang bang and there you go, so take your time, uh do a step by step, do not rush it. The main thing is to do every step, picture perfectly, step one step, two step three and then as you start doing it more and more your body learns it and actually, your body will memorize yourself to the point where you don’t we only be thinking about it, which is where you need to be in a production, because you’re gonna be thinking about your lines, dialogue, moving all kinds of stuff and then you’ll you’ll have it broken down step by step to make it easy for you to understand. Lastly we’ll finish up by sharing some tips for character development film and TV production recommendations and more yeah.
So we’ll worth the investment if you’re serious about adding rifle carbine and shotgun movie gun training to your current acting or stunt performance skill set. And I understand that most other performers and actors don’t invest in movie gun training, a small percentage invest in real gun tactical training and learn the most basic of skills, also local movie gun training classes are very rare and virtually, never teach this type of stuff. They focus more on you, walking around, looking tactical and none of the other skills, so you’ll have a significant Advantage when auditioning and Performing. Now we’ll finish up by sharing some tips for character development, film and TV production recommendations and more.
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Alright, some helpful tips, once you have this perfected, once you have it smooth, you want to practice it, doing it with a slow walk, because a lot of times, when they, when production shoots it, you’re going to be in motion, you’re going to be moving, when you do this, usually it’s going to be like a um a cowboy shot. We call it a cowboy shot in the state because you know it was a framing that was made popular when cowboy movies were all the rage here, yet if they don’t call it Cowboy shots, but you are you’re looking about mid thigh, so from mid thigh on up is usually where they’re going to going to uh they’re going to shoot it because obviously they do a medium shot from the waist up the pistol is not in frame, right, this is why they have a cowboy shot because the Cowboys will carry the pistols and the revolvers rather and their holsters about right here, so they had to always want to have a shot with a revolver, is in a shot so just know they’re going to shoot it where the framing is, going to be down here and above your head.
So all this shows usually it’s also going to be like a three-quarters view of some type, so as you’re moving like, you saw on the clip earlier, the uh the video earlier you’re going to be moving with it right, it could even be a profile shot as well, it’s usually going to be a a cowboy shot when you’re doing it, so crack is doing it with movement and we’re going to demonstrate that. Now it’s going to be kind of challenging for me to stay in frame while I’m doing it yet, I’m going to go really slowly just so you can see it. So here’s ultimately, where you want to be with, it actually, I’ll do it towards camera and that might be a little bit better and I’ll slow it down a bit, so you see how I’m moving while I’m doing that. I’ll do it one more time, from this direction, I’ll go I’ll go even slower here we go and that’s it. So again, once you have it down smoothly, the technique works out. That’s what you want to practice, is just practice walking around your apartment or your house and doing the same thing. Do it slowly, you don’t have to be fast you know it the speed is going to come, remember to do to practice a movement on both sides.
Heat Movie Gun Training Tip 8:
Now when it comes to character development, this one works across the board. It can work for you know, Elite military soldiers of some regular soldiers for a SWAT, even for Mercenaries, again police officers. Usually for the most part, you’re not going to see them, you know doing stuff like this, yet for pretty much everything else, this is a very versatile technique and it instantly says that the character that you’re portraying has been trained, you know. So if it’s elite military, if it’s an assassin, if they’re supposed to be some executive protector, it instantly uh tells your audience that this person has had serious training.
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