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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Who, the What and the Where.

 

Classes highlighted in gold indicate that they are catered to the stunt or film industry. Classes highlighted in green indicate that they are open to all but recommended for any first time students to attend to ensure they're getting a proper foundation. As always, this schedule is subject to change. 

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Saturday, February 16th

 

Class Period 1: (9:00am-10:25am)

 

Anatomy of a Fight - Unarmed    UA

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Jon Rubin

Location: Trailer

Description: This unarmed class breaks down a fight into its component parts though fundamental principles: shifting and maintaining distance and measure, coordinating with your partner, clear cues of varying types, etc.

 

Total Recall: Choreography - Mixed Weapons    MW-STUNT

Skill Level - Intermediate

Taught by: Patrick Kelly

Location: Studio 1

Description: For large scale projects, time and money for rehearsal is limited.  Because of these constraints, performers must be able to rely on each other for support in the moment.  Being able to work effectively with the rest of the cast/stunt team is a valuable skillset for a performer to possess. This course will take students through the process of learning, recalling and teaching choreography as a team while troubleshooting issues that crop up “on the day”.

 

Talhoffer: The Long(&)sword of It - “Broadsword”    BS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jason Paul Tate

Location: Courtyard

Description: Grab your weapon by its cruciform hilt and learn the many facets of wielding it at varying degrees of measure or distance.

 

The Floor is Lava - Parkour    SP-STUNT

Skill Level: Open (Physically Demanding)

Taught by: Jacqueline Holloway

Location: Studio 2

Description: The best way (at least the most interesting way) to get from point A to point B is NOT a straight line. Using parkour, tumbling, and adapted combat methods, we will utilize the entirety of the space to create story, engage the audience, and heighten the senses in our attempt to NOT BURN IN THE FIERY PIT OF LAVA! 

 

Barroom Swashbuckling - Single Sword    SiS-EPEE

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Dale Girard

Location: Studio 3

Description: A madcap class that attempts to cram an entire unarmed SPT into a single sword SPT. Participants should be familiar with both unarmed and single sword as this class is an exercise in choreography and not a “techniques” session. Just imagine, the duel starts with the classic line, “Hold my beer, I got this!”

 

Shock! Horror! The Art of Losing - Single Rapier    SiS-RAP

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Sam Kahn

Location: VAB 132

Description: Over Commitment and Bad Choices - Why people actually lose fights.

 

Class Period 2: (10:40am-12:05pm)

 

Circus Balancing Tricks for Intimacy & Kicking Ass     SP-STUNT

Skill Level: Open (Physically Demanding)

Taught by: Robert Westley & Crista Jackson

Location: Studio 2

Description: Explore lifting, physical partnering and circus skills that translate to violence and intimacy.

 

Fighting for Film - Unarmed    UA-STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Dale Girard

Location: Studio 1

Description: This class explores the fundamental skills needed to sell an unarmed fight for the camera.  Using a camera and playback system, students will be able to use the video medium to see how techniques are practically applied, what works, what doesn’t, and why.

 

Rapier & Dagger    R&D

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Richard Ryan

Location: Studio 3

Description: This class will explore how to fight as if we're making it up in the moment by utilizing a pre-determined choreography and objective as controllable means to create a uniquely timed fight that is being created fresh each and every time.

 

Knife Fighting for the Novice    KN

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Don Preston

Location: VAB 132

Description: Teaching the basics of stage combat knife fighting and looking cool (read: deadly) while you do it.

 

The Reality of Do-eling - Smallsword    SS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Leighton Schlanger

Location: Trailer

Description: This weapon killed more nobility than any other during its heyday. It’s danger incarnate. But since it’s point-driven, it is sometimes difficult to get that POINT across to an audience. Tee hee. The solution? Do every little action with full reality and intent. Safely. Intent and the reality of doing drive the story of a smallsword fight. 

 

Whip Cracking in a Fight    SP

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Martin Noyes

Location: Courtyard

Description: Learning to crack a whip is one thing, but what’s to be done with all that know how? This class focuses on the application of whip cracking to storytelling by creating a workable and believable fight with whips.

 

*Single Sword Renewal*    SPR

Skill Level: I/A

Taught by: Patrick Kelly

Location: Rehearsal 1

Description: This class is for students who have passed a Skills Proficiency Test in Single Sword, who are looking to renew their certification over the weekend. Prior communication with coordinators must have taken place and students are responsible for $25 SAFD Renewal Fee.

 

Class Period 3: (1:15pm-2:40pm)

 

Return of the Revenge of the Walking Dead - Unarmed/Staff    UA/QS-STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Sam Kahn

Location: Courtyard

Description: How to Grab, Claw, Shuffle and Bite (Zombie Standards). How to Succumb to the Horde. Zombie do's and don'ts. Necromantic Regeneration.

 

Sword & Shield    S&S

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Richard Ryan

Location: Studio 1

Description: Exploration of Sword and Shield techniques focusing on the tactical errors characters must make and non-conformist ways of utilizing the shield to create or sustain choreography.

 

iFight - Filming Reel Material - Unarmed/Knife    UA/KN-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Martin Noyes

Location: Studio 2

Description: Stage and create unarmed and knife fights specifically designed for filming on your iPhones, generating quick content for promo reels, internet, and website needs.

 

Choreographic Logic - Rapier & Dagger    R&D

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Jon Meyer

Location: Trailer

Description: Brush up on your skills as a choreographer by investigating variables you may encounter in a professional context, while exploring the challenges inherent to a double-fence weapon system.

 

Swash, Swash, Buckle, Buckle - Single Sword    SiS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Ben Porch

Location: Studio 3

Description: This class will give students new to stage combat a taste of what choreography was like on set during the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

 

Consent & Creating Safe Spaces    SP

Skill Level: Open (Emotionally & Mentally Demanding)

Taught by: Jacqueline Holloway

Location: VAB 132

Description: This class will utilize exercises and group discussions* to discover how to integrate consent into both the rehearsal and performance process. Explore what it means to create a safe space and respecting others’ boundaries while still taking artistic risks and creating art.
*Participation in every activity is not mandatory to take the class 

 

Class Period 4: (2:55pm-4:20pm)

 

Intro to Rapier & Dagger    R&D

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Nicky Jasper

Location: Studio 1

Description: Two weapons for the price of one! Start your journey into the world of this classical two-weapon fighting style by building the basics from the ground up.

 

Hwarang Warrior Whirlwind - Katana    BS-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Dale Girard

Location: Courtyard

Description: This class explores the fast and flashy martial arts movie style of blade-play where one fighter holds their own against two assailants.  Looking specifically at rhythm, timing and the needs of technique embellishment to make everyone to appear to be fully in the moment while remaining connected as partners.

 

Biomechanical Brawling - Sword & Shield    S&S

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: David Reed

Location: Trailer

Description: The shape and execution of an act of violence can leave a lasting impact on an audience. Building a fight is more than simply choreographing some neat moves. Utilizing the movement theories of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, the class will explore the dramatic build toward the conflict, the aesthetic shaping of the violence, and the architecture of the fight itself.

 

Garroting Chokes & Where to Find Them     UA-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Ben Porch

Location: Studio 2

Description: Borrowing from Brazilian Jiu-Jiu-Jitsu techniques, this class will explore “costume-assisted” chokes, demonstrating how to safely and effectively portray them for both stage and screen.

 

Fight Direction and Arrangement for a Contemporary Audience    SP

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Robert Westley

Location: VAB 132

Description: Examines the challenges and expectations of today’s fight director, choreographer and arranger in the theatrical arena. The instructor will speak to involvement with productions on and off Broadway and answer questions based on his experience bringing shows like Hand to God, A Bronx Tale, Bernhardt/Hamlet and Teenage Dick to life.

 

Guns and Dummies    SP

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Robert Aronowitz

Location: Studio 3

Description: We’ll explore safe practices and storytelling opportunities with a firearm. No experience necessary and we’ll be using non-functional and dummy props only.

 

*Unarmed Renewal*    SPR

Skill Level: I/A

Taught by: Lee Soroko

Location: Rehearsal 1

Description: This class is for students who have passed a Skills Proficiency Test in Unarmed stage combat, who are looking to renew their certification over the weekend. Prior communication with coordinators must have taken place and students are responsible for $25 SAFD Renewal Fee.

 

Class Period 5: (4:35pm-6:00pm)

 

Sword Fighting on Film    SiS-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Richard Ryan & Patrick Kelly

Location: Studio 1

Description: Stage combat often doesn't read on film as believable and appears to lack intent. This class will explore the essentials of fighting for film and how to adapt your technique from stage to screen.

 

Lazy Smallsword    SS

Skill Level: Intermediate (must have prior small or single sword)

Taught by: Jacqueline Holloway

Location: Trailer

Description:Work hard on not working very hard. If you’re working hard, you’re doing it wrong. Students will be introduced to all the “tricks” that make smallsword look so good without breaking a (mental) sweat. 

Death and Dying - Knife    KN

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Don Preston

Location: Studio 3

Description: Using martial knife techniques and choreography we will explore the act of killing and being killed on stage and the effect it has on an actor.

 

Today’s Heroes Rolls: Basic Jiu Jitsu You’ve Seen on Screen    UA-STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Robert Westley

Location: Studio 2

Description: Explore techniques used by characters in actions films such as John Wick, Iron Man II, G.I Joe, and many others.

 

Reverse Choreography - Quarterstaff    QS

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Sam Kahn

Location: Courtyard

Description: Attacking whilst going backwards and Defending whilst pressing forwards - coloring in the gaps.

 

Roll for Initiative - Mixed Weapons    MW

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Martin Noyes

Location: VAB 132

Description: Create choreography for your fight using the D20!!  Each student will be assigned an AC and we will role against that number.  Based on the D20 role we will organically create a fight.  Good way to engage the imagination, as well as staying in the creative moment.  Let fate decide what the outcome will be for your character.  Great for mass battles, like the Cardinal's men and the Musketeers fight in the 3 Musketeers.