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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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Sunday, February 17th

 

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

 

Juggling Tricks    SP

Skill Level: O

Taught by: David Reed

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Description: This course will take you through some basics of juggling while learning some nifty tricks along the way.

 

Rock & Roll Rapier & Dagger    R&D

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Robert Westley

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Description: Explore Rapier and Dagger techniques and footwork with continuous action and movement while working awareness of choice and effective movement.

 

Basic inversions: Taking a Hit Upside Down    SP-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Crista Marie Jackson

Location: Studio 2

Description: This class introduces fighters to using their hands as support. Handstands, dive rolls, cartwheels, and back/front walkovers are basic gymnastics moves that greatly increased a combatant’s ability to diversify choreography.

 

Sword and Shield    S&S

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Jon Meyer

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Description: New to Sword and Shield? Not to worry! In this course, we will explore fundamental principles of technique by putting it into use through choreography.

 

Defeating the Drill - Knife    KN

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Sam Kahn

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Description: Incorporating Technique, Safety and 'Reality' into Drills and Rehearsals so that we Practice what we want to Perform.

 

But They Made Me Do It - Unarmed    UA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Leighton Schlanger

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Description: Act, react, react, react, react... As combatants we have to stay fully engaged with our partners to effectively tell the story of a fight. We're going to take that to the Nth degree, and build a fight that will be absolutely impossible to complete without full and active connection to your partner’s every move.

 

Quarterstaff vs. Broadsword    QS/BS

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Don Preston

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Description: This class is designed to explore the many different ways to use these two weapons in effective and eye pleasing manner.

 

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

 

Smallsword for Screen    SS-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Sam Kahn

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Description: Adapting Techniques without being bound by Historical Context/Accuracy to create an Impressive Swordfight that retains a Flavor of the Period. Inspired by the most recent 'Count of Monte Cristo' film w/ Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce

 

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up! Making Sense of the Ground Game    UA

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ben Porch

Location: Studio 2

Description: This class will provide students with a hierarchy of understanding in regards to grappling positions on the ground. This knowledge will make their choreography more dynamic. 

 

Spear & Shield    MW

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Martin Noyes

Location: Courtyard

Description: A choreographic exploration, this class focuses on learning a Staff/Spear and Shield fight, bringing it up to speed and performing it for your camera reels.

 

Sword Fighting for Film    SiS-STUNT

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Richard Ryan

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Description: This class will cover the fundamentals of fighting on film. Moves that work on stage don't always read on film and can often look lame!….so what do you do instead....coming to this class would be a good start.

 

Combat’s Simple Machine -Broadsword    BS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Jon Rubin

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Description: Exploring one of history’s most deadly weapons and simplest machines – the sharpened lever. 

 

Don’t Bring a Clown to a Knife Fight    KN

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Joz Vammer & Jason Paul Tate

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Description: First, we’ll work to unleash the inner child in each of us before unleashing you on one another with blades in hand. Think Chucky with a bucket of laughs.

 

*Broadsword Renewal*    SPR

Skill Level: I/A

Taught by: Nic Santana

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Description: This class is for students who have passed a Skills Proficiency Test in Broadsword, 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)

 

Intro to Whip    SP

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Rob Aronowitz

Location: Courtyard

Description: Ever wanted to learn how to crack a bullwhip? Now’s your chance! In this class we’ll learn basic whip cracks and have fun doing them. POP POP!

 

Talking Stunts    SP-STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ryan/Kelly/Girard/Jackson/Kahn/Westley

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Description: This class is a panel discussion on various aspects of the stunt industry featuring members of our staff who have performed and coordinated around the globe on a variety of projects. Discussion will culminate in a question and answer period.

 

Rapier & Cloak: Dressed to Kill    SiS/SP

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Jacqueline Holloway

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Description: At the Intersection of couture & violence , high fashion meets high adventure as we explore historical and theatrical cloak & rapier techniques (and look fabulous doing it.)

 

Beginner Smallsword    SS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Don Preston

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Description: The subtleties of the small sword and all its glory can be yours we just have to work together. Partnering will be a big emphasis in this class.

Die Like a Samurai - Katana    SP

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Ben Porch

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Description: This class will demonstrate the style of kireyaku, or chopped-up actor, as seen in samurai classics from the Golden Age of Japanese cinema.

 

Oh, the Pain - Broadsword     BS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Nicky Jasper

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Description: How can we use all of the tools at our disposal--our breath, our vocals, and our bodies - to communicate pain and fear to the audience? Let’s give life (or death) to our weapons!

 

South Florida Sword & Shield Soiree    S&S

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Lee Soroko & Nic Santana

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Description: This beach ain’t big enough for the both of them. There’ll be no fighting in the shade. These two fight in the sun. Slap on some sunscreen, arm yourselves and prepare to soak up some knowledge.

 

Class Period 4: (2:55pm-4:20pm)

 

Flexibility for Fighters    SP-STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Crista Marie Jackson

Location: Studio 2

Description: Explore exercises that increase mobility and active flexibility. Active flexibility is essential for quick, safe, and efficient movement. As physical performers injury of some kind in inevitable. It’s important that we keep our bodies as actively flexible as possible so as to prevent easy to avoid injuries and support our bodies through recovery should an injury occur. In this class we will discuss safe active exercises to increase active flexibility and movement availability.

 

Hit ‘Em with a Toaster: Found Weapons    MW

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jacqueline Holloway

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Description: A toaster, An umbrella, your neighbors cat! Who cares- It’s a weapon now! This class will explore the range of storytelling through found weapons. We’ll discuss the different categories, safety procedures and techniques of fighting with... anything! 

 

Jason Bourne to Knife Fight:Rhythm & Impact in Close Quarters    KN-STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Robert Westley

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Description: Explore working within the confines of lens limitations and tight theatrical spaces while responding to impact, and working on consistency, performance choice, rhythm & tempo.

 

Best Defense is a Good Offense - Compliance Techniques    UA

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ben Porch

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Description: Using law enforcement tactics for unarmed compliance techniques, this class explores how to deal quickly and efficiently with a 1 v. 1 type encounter with a focus on being aggressive and dominate in defense.

 

Queue up for Q-Stick    QS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Martin Noyes

Location: Courtyard

Description: Learn and practice fundamentals of Quarterstaff fighting. Class includes putting together a small fight for an end of class filming and presentation.

 

Double-Fence with Dale    R&D

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Dale Girard

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Description: Come explore the language of Double-Fence with Rapier & Dagger from the guy who wrote the book on it! *Dale Girard is the author of Actors on Guard: A Practical Guide for the Use of Rapier & Dagger for Stage & Screen*

 

*Skills Proficiency Renewals*    SPR

Skill Level: I/A

Adjudicated by: Richard Ryan

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Description: During this period, those students participating in Skills Proficiency Renewal Testing will be given opportunity to rehearse before being adjudicated by FM Richard Ryan. Prior communication with coordinators must have taken place and students are responsible for $25 SAFD Renewal Fee.

 

Class Period 5: (4:35pm-6:15pm)

CINEMATIC MASS BATTLE!

Skill Level: O

Taught by: ALL

Location: Studio 1

Description: A tradition which has now become the closing ritual for the Tourist Trap, we will bring together what we’ve learned and apply it to a filmmaking process. A variety of choreographers create with the entirety of the student population and we shoot a movie before we part ways. Additional details will be released throughout the weekend, but this year’s theme should make for an incredibly fun time.