What Are Stunt Schools And Stunt Camps?
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION – What are stunt schools and stunt camps? That’s what we’ll answer in today’s video.
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Ok so we get asked a lot of questions specially about actors or even people who are new to the business and are interested in becoming a stunt performer stunt actor. And they ask about stunts, stunt camps and stunt schools and stunt training Atlanta. So we’ll answer some of the questions now.
Q1. What are stunt schools and stunt camps?
And that they are places are places where you go, just like they sound
where they have a curriculum that ideally is designed to help you learn the basics for getting started in the film and tv business. Usually, the, what you learn these schools or these camps serve as the foundation for your career. You know, they usually learn basics like falls, you know how to, how to stunt fighting or fighting for camera, you know. Your stunt reactions, how to fly through the air you know, ratchets, hand pulls all that sort of thing. Trampoline training more.
And because the curriculum is geared for people who wants to di this stuff in the film and tv business, this is why they are good investment. stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA, stunt training Atlanta.
One caveat and we’ll touch this a bit more lately. You’ll notice that when you’re looking them up, most of them don’t refer to themselves as a stunt school. They may use that in the description, yet their name they usually don’t have stunt school. And that’s because they’re, especially in the states. there is a stigma on you know, people saying that they attended a stunt school. So they’ll call them stunt workshops. You know, just stunt training or stunt seminars, that’s acceptable. But the moment you put school in that name’s that’s a bad thing. Go figure, there’s something to know. So we’ll touch this a bit more later on in this video.
Q2. Now the second question we get is What do you learn at stunt schools and stunt camps?
What do you actually learn at stunt schools and stunt camp training, you know, specifically. And uh, first of all, we definitely recommend you read our previous article that we did all this because we have a series of articles on this. These are the questions we get all the time. it’s called stunt performer training, the skills you need to become a stunt performer. And that article, like literally itemizes everything that you need and oftentimes, the stunt camps or stunt schools teach today. They all can’t provide it because they don’t all have expertise in everything, you know. Yet they usually focus on the basics, the found, foundational skills that you need, the general skills. You know the other more specialized skills you have to find with other instructors.
So one of the ways to think about this is as my stunt coordinator teacher and mentor once told me, there are, you pretty much do three things as a stunt performer. If you wrap your mind around this, you’ll have stuff performing down. There’s three that you do: you’re gonna get hit, you’re gonna fly through the air, and you’re gonna fall on the ground. That’s it. That’s your job. You get hit, fly through the air, fall on the ground. If you don’t enjoy getting hit, flying through the air, falling on the ground, stunt performing is not for you. I mean, it pretty much comes down to that because regardless of what the setup is that’s what’s going to happen to you. Somehow, someone that hit you whether you hit yourself by running into a wall or run into another person or someone punches you and hits you, or you get hit by a car, you’re gonna fly through the air somehow and if you find the deer, you ain’t gonna end up somewhere. And usually gonna be on the ground.
So a lot of the, of the skills that that uh that we’ll share with you next pretty much go under those three things, you understand? So now to itemize and give you some idea of the kind of things that that you learned at the stunt schools is there usually is some, they’ll usually cover, uh, what’s called fighting for camera or stunt fighting. And that’s an art form. Even if you’re an experienced martial artist. That will help you, yet you have, you’ll be starting from zero because it, it’s contrary to what your training is and you’re trying to hit targets and stuff right yet with fighting for camera you don’t make contact. You don’t hit the targets.
It’s totally different techniques and stuff for doing it. Yet fighting for camera is like the bread and butter for most young performers. the next would be, uh, you know, falls, different type of falls, how to do stair falls, high falls, low falls, you know, falling of like one-story buildings or off the top of car stuff like that. Different techniques, trampoline training so you learn air sense. Some of the schools some type of tactical firearms training. A very important skill for you to have now. Everything has tactical firearm training, a tactical firearms choreography in it. From tv shows to movies. It could also be stunt driving with a car, you know, or stunt driving with a motorcycle.
The other thing is free running. Some schools and there’s not many that the stunt camps that teach us that some, there are pride, some that do. It’s not as is as big a lot of the bigger stunt, stunt camps or stunt training places. yet free running applies to uh, to our industry a lot more so that parkour. Also, let’s see here. Gymnastics you know does help so I would definitely say more free running than gymnastics if you have a gymnastics background, it will definitely, it can definitely help you.
And uh, also horseback riding. You know, when they need to have somebody who knows how to ride a horse, even if the char, if you don’t fit the character, you’re the only one around, guess what they’ll change the character. For you so some of the stunt school and this is why you check around different stunt camps and stunt uh schools offer different stunt training and they’ll list on their website usually what they’ll what they’ll offer though by and large the majority of them offer like really basic stuff you know just like the fundamentals of what we shared with you before that some of them may even do some sword fighting and usually it’s going to be like probably some variation on like stage fight uh stage combat training and stuff yet a lot of times a lot of schools don’t have that expertise so with the advanced skills you need to go to other places teachers that specialize in those things and usually that’s how that’s how most stunt performers progress they’ll get their basic training from and maybe a stunt coordinator mentor or a stunt camper stunt school and then they’ll add on additional skills as they go along especially as they start realizing what skills are needed.
Q3: Should you go to a stunt camp or stunt school if you want to become a stunt performer?
Should you go to a stunts camp you know stuntman school or stunt school USA if you want to become a stunt performer I got this long drawn out answer for you yes all right because you know you’ll learn more as you progress this industry yet there really is no substitute for a standardized proven curriculum that you start out with it’ll save you so much time because the only other alternative is to try to piece it together yourself I’ll try to learn this from this person and learn that from that person and learn it from this person who’s not even in the film business and you know and then you you have this you don’t even have a foundation you got a bunch of let’s hodge podge medley of skills that don’t even mesh together and don’t even apply to the film and tv industry. most of the stunt camps and stunt schools are owned and operated by actual stunt coordinators.
some that are still actively in the business and some that may have aged out which means they no longer really work for whatever reason yet they have all these years of experience so you’re going to learn from people who’ve been there done that and can actually offer career advice so it’s an invaluable investment and you again a lot of times you’re going to go to multiple stunt camps and stuff schools anyway so it’s not like you’re just going to go to one and that’s it you know. usually you’re only like a day anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days long, some maybe a week. so a lot of times it’s good to go to several because you’ll learn a lot more the skills especially you know when you’re starting out. stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA, stunt training Atlanta.
Q4: Should you use any stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA, in marketing your career?
Now this is very important to understand you know we touched on this you know with the first question yes we’re not going to say yes and no we’re going to say yes i guess we do need to say yes or no all right so yes so when you’re talking to production. production or you know is the company that is producing the movie or the tv series you know or the short film or web series or live action event because remember live action events are they’re very common and lucrative i mean some people have joined live action events kind of like the ice capades they go around and travel all around the place they’re ones that do that for stunts you know the there was some marvel show that goes on now that’s very popular and they do all all the stunts live right so there’s all sorts of things you can do and that’s not including the theme parks that you can do even with live action stuff so um when you’re communicating with production or management you want to tell them about your stunt camp and stunt class training and any certificate some of the schools will issue certificates ours to our school uh we issue certificates graduation certificates that lists actually what you what you’ve learned and been tested in and so production or management will want to see that like any other industry any other job because they know people alive yeah I’ve had their training and they’ve had no training right so they if you have proof then they want to see that so when you’re emailing them your information you include certificates that you got from your stunt camp or your stunt class and then production will say hey if they have the choice comes down between you and one other person for the part and you have demonstrable skills one that you can demonstrate ideally if you’re real and two that you have credentials who do you think you’re going to give it to the other person doesn’t you know you have credentials the other person doesn’t who do you think they’re most likely going to give it to?
So in those instances the stunt camp and stunt training and stunt classes uh are important and they will help you further your career you can also put them like in your the actors profiles and some of the casting sites to stunt performer profiles even on your uh some of your social media profiles you know where casting directors other people are searching and that and it can be a plus so that’s the yes part of it for the for the market. here’s the no part of it. don’t tell stunt coordinators that you went to a stunt camp or a uh or stunt school and this is what we were talking about earlier so here it is this is definitely the way in the united states in some countries other countries like this too because they follow after the us don’t ask me why it sucks it is pretty darn stupid yet because the nature of the people in the industry were before a lot of people who got into the industry were not college graduates they may have been it was like you know think of like a plumber it’s it’s a skill that you acquire and then the more you do it the better you become at right plumbing now i mean you know there’s all types of schooling and stuff you go through yet is it it’s that type of skill it’s not one where it’s your degree helps you to get the job it’s more so your ability to do stuff and then the relationships that you have and so a lot of the stunt coordinators who’ve been around for a long time that’s how they came up that’s how you want to keep it they also view new people coming into the industry as a threat a lot of them not all yet many of them and especially ones in key positions they view new people coming in as a threat because their competition and they’re not wrong you know you coming into the business is means that there’s one less job for someone who’s already been there yet so what right that’s that’s the nature of a free market right that’s supposed to be the case they talk you know one thing one one moment and then something different the next so.
And they’ll so they’ll have uh so if you what they’ll do is it’s better for you to just say that you’ve had training that you have these skills because if they hear that you attended a stunt camp or a stunt school, they view that as a bad thing because they view the stunt school as churning out competition like the stunt school’s producing the negative you’re producing all these people you know like a production assembly line who are just going to become flooding into the industry and you know possibly make it bad for the rest of it that’s how they view it you know now again everyone can have their own opinion on it it is what it is right so what everyone learns to do is when if you have went to a stunt camp or stunt school when you’re talking to stunt coordinators or emailing stunt coordinators don’t mention it just tell them the training that you’ve had so I’ve been trained in ratchets and high falls and low falls fighting for camera.
I got training in this and training in that do not mention the stunt school or stunt camp that you went to and that’s all you do so just know that distinction so when it comes to you know leveraging your your time at a stunt camp or stunt school for production and and uh and management hiring managers and stuff they operate like every other industry they want to see your credentials that you graduated from something that you actually invested in time send them that., yet for the stunt coordinators they’re going to be more interested in your real because the real shows you can do and the fact that you said you know you say i have training this and training in that and if you happen to train with any stunt coordinators uh you can mention a stunt coordinator’s name if not it’s as best as to stay with your real and what you trained it because you they may not like that particular stunt coordinator you never know so just stick with it here’s my real here’s what i can do I’d love to work with you I’ve seen some of your work before i think what you do is awesome yada yada yada so that’s what you can do uh that’s how you leverage this your experience and your certificates from stunt camps and stunt schools.
Q5: The last question we’ve been getting is how does our unique stunt training work?
So we launched something called the CBT stunt alliance online action university and it’s pro stunt training for newbies and pros or stunt training for newbies and pros and we are the first one that we can tell on planet earth provide training like this it is online uh stunt performer training. one of the reasons is uh we want to help more people because I just explained to the dynamic that happens I might even go into the rest of the dynamics that can happen there are a lot of wonderful stunt coordinators out there who are wonderful people have wonderful hearts and will do everything they can to help you if you find one they’re a blessing to you you know and make sure you know tell them thank you and and treat them well. there are some out there who are not, all right. and you know you’re going to meet people who want to help you with your career and people who want to hold you back in your career so one of the things that we did was we want to say forget all that right because who the heck are you to stand in the way of someone else’s dream realizing their dream right so we provided uh classes and training so it doesn’t matter who you are what gender you are what age you are what you look like you can learn the skills that you need to become successful this career regardless of latitude and longitude alright. once you get the skills and you know what to do there’s nothing holding you back because you can market yourself you know you know how to market yourself the right way you have the right skills you reach out to production reach out to stunt coordinators and then it’s on you. if you can never say no you know stood in your way to hold you back or no one was here to actually even give you a hand because it’s not even the thing about people holding you back is they don’t even tell you what you need you know and that’s what happens sometimes.
Again a lot of wonderful people out there but also people that aren’t so wonderful. so our courses were designed for that we wanted everyone to be able to have a clear chance so with our courses are designed to teach you exactly what you need to know for film and tv. I myself an experienced professional stunt coordinator i have a laundry list of accolades you can check out our website this way to my military veteran i got all kinds of special forces training and stuff so you we we teach you how to be a all the basic stunt performer stuff the falls the fighting for camera we teach you martial arts training with two-handed sword one-handed sword you know tactical firearms training all type of stuff you see behind me and you know the movie posters that that our stunt team has been in and the great thing is it’s for anyone who wants to be a professional stunt performer or even an actor who wants to add more skills to their skill sets so they become more marketable to productions the classes are like taught in instructionals.
You know the different videos which you can rewind and watch over and over again they’re very simple and easy to use the designs that you remember retain stuff everyone loves them and we have a certification program at the end of it if you want to get a certificate this is for all of our classes right if you want to get a certificate you have to take a online quiz and it’s a video final exam that you submit to us and we watch that video and we grade you on it right and when you if you got a retest we tell you to retest redo this you didn’t do that part right and so by the time you finish it you know you’re good because you see your videos like i did that right this time that i that’s I’m impressed with that you know and then you know we’ll you pass you’ll get issue your certificate and that’s one that you will send to production we’ve been covering the course is how to market yourself what to say in the emails everything else everything you need from a to z from soup to nuts how to grow a successful career as an actor you know leveraging stunts as a stunt performer as a stunt actor you know what have you.. plus there’s ongoing support. stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA, stunt training Atlanta.
We have you know online social community that you’re part of you can network with other stunt performers get together work out with people you know we’ve been post gigs in there you know people book stuff from gigs that are posted in our online social community plus you get ongoing support. you want to upload a new reel or fight scene you’re working on or something you know ask us we’ll give you feedback on it you also you can send us emails we’ll answer them you know this is all included when you invest in in one or more of our class online classes and the classes are there as a reference for your entire career because it’s so common that you’ll learn something in the stunt camp or stunt school now and you won’t need it until nine months from now how many people remember something nine months from now that they learned nine months ago the only thing you can do is pay to go back to the refresher if they’re even offering the class which a lot of times they don’t because the classes aren’t offered on a consistent basis it’s usually when that stunt coordinator is not working right so with our system that’s why we designed it that way anytime you need a refresher it’s right there it’s like, ” oh I forgot that one move how do I do it?” you pull it up on your phone and you can go in and just start practicing right whether it’s you know some tactical firearm maneuver or you know sword thing or anything it’s always there you know with your career you know uh whenever you need it so we designed everything with our with our our stunt uh camp and stunt training to help you grow with every step of your career and we got classes that you know start at only $99 and then each course is like four to six months worth of training it’s not one or two classes it’s like it’s a course so of course could have like you know multiple classes in four to six months worth of training and you’re talking 99 dollars starting at $99 so that’s the uh that’s the thing with our that’s what’s different with or what’s better really with with our training.
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stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA and stunt training Atlanta
Q: When attending stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA and stunt training Atlanta, does it take a long time?
A: It doesn’t take long to complete your training. The schools last anywhere from 1 day to 1 month on average.
Q: How much do stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA and stunt training Atlanta training cost?
A: Prices vary across the board. Yet on average they cost anywhere from $75 to $5,000 per class or course.
Q: Where are the stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA and stunt training Atlanta located?
A: They are scattered throughout the USA. Some in Atlanta, Florida, California, Washington, New Jersey and New York.
Q: Who teaches at the stunt schools, stunt camp, stunt school USA and stunt training Atlanta?
A: Usually the instructors are a combination of stunt coordinators and they’re former students and current helpers.