It’s very common for many productions to have their actors perform simple low risk stunts and action sequences. Many producers and directors don’t realize all of the hazards involved with taking this approach. The best solution is to always have a professional stunt coordinator as part of your production team.
The stunt coordinator will let you know what the safety hazards are and recommend the perfect safety plan that you should have in place. In many instances, this may consist of actor training, stunt doubles, stunt mats, knee and elbow pads, spine protectors, body harnesses, prop weapons, foam sleeves to go over or around electrical conduits, etc..
What you may not realize is that in addition to the stunt mats and body padding, you may also need to ‘pad up’ your set as well. This usually consists of using closed cell foam mats as well as open cell foam mats (that can conform around corners and sharp edges), cardboard boxes and paper/cloth filled garbage bags to absorb and cushion falls, even furniture pads to provide a protective cushiony layer on sharp corners and hard surfaces that are around or near the impact area of performers doing stunts.
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Padding up or ‘childproofing’ your set will prevent injuries from happening thus proving the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.
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