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 23rd

 

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

 

Upright Grappling Situational Snapshots - UA/STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jacki Watson

Location: TBD

Description: This class will use some upright grappling situational attacks to break down both the attack and defense in a way that should be safely adapted for use in unarmed stage combat choreography. No experience needed but participants will need to be comfortable working closely with their partners.

 

Beginner Smallsword - SS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Mike Chin

Location: TBD

Description: Students will learn the nuances and intricacies of fighting with this most dangerous of pointed weapons.

 

Mock Stunt Audition - STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Sam McDonald

Location: TBD

Description: Interested in stunts? Come see what it is like to "audition" for the tv/film industry. I will run you through a mock audition with some things you may run into at a stunt audition.

 

Fighting for You - UA

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Leana Gardella

Location: TBD

Description: Our bodies are unique, as well as our strengths, and weaknesses. How can we lean into those things and use it to our advantage? How can we play against it? In this class we will go over basic technique and focus on how different body dynamics affect how we fight. We will also layer character traits into our fighting style and see where it takes us!

 

Making Monsters - S&S

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Dave Gonzalez

Location: TBD

Description: Exploring physicality of different monsters in fantasy theatre like She Kills Monsters. This is less about stage combat technique and mostly about acting, vocals, and physical theatre.

Go the Distance - QS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Amie Root

Location: TBD

Description: Make your quarterstaff fights more dynamic with a study in expanding and contracting distance and changing rhythms. 

 

Gnarly Knife - KN

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ashley White

Location: TBD

Description: A detailed look at the dangers of one of the most brutal weapons, with a focus on realistic and contemporary storytelling. Come for the quick and exciting choreography, stay for the gore.

 

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

 

Martial Chokes - UA/STUNT

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Patrick Kelly & Jacki Watson

Location: TBD

Description: This course will take students through proper strangulation techniques adapted for stage/film. The material will be covered in a safe, yet realistic manner to better provide the students with the ability to execute a martially proper choke for a safe performance. Choking with hands, arms and clothing will be covered.

 

Sassy Single Sword & Champagne - SiS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ashley White & Amie Root

Location: TBD

Description: A fast and intense class focusing on storytelling and playing to the danger of the weapon within a swashy duel. What’s so sassy about it? You’ll have to come and see. 

 

Sword & Shield - S&S

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Roger Bartlett

Location: TBD

Description:  Pick up the preliminary attacks and defenses of this dual weapon system. Add to that greater awareness of your center lines, transverse movements and your core distal relationship through contract, expansion and perhaps an occasional, ill-advised "spin move."

 

Stage Combat & Comedy - Mixed Weapons

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Sydney Schwindt

Location: TBD

Description: Where does comedy come from? What makes something funny? In this class, we will explore the concept of breaking the expectation to create humor within the frame of stage combat. 

 

Kali Choreography - STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jake Guinn

Location: TBD

Description: Many people recognize Kali from its intricate double stick patterns. While they are very engaging, this class seeks to apply those patterns to the development of dynamic and rhythmic choreography.  

 

Compound Wounds - BS

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jon Meyer

Location: TBD

Description: This class will explore the intricacies of footwork and prise de fer to get inside an opponent's guard to effectively deliver multiple wounds. On the other side, we will explore reactions to receiving multiple wounds and how to effectively communicate that to your audience. 

 

Building a Strategic Fight, then Stir! - R&D

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Tiza Garland

Location: TBD

Description: This workshop will present a method of collaborative choreography, first investigating strategies of creating and learning a fight. The second portion will invite participants to explore the question “What makes this theatrical?”

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

 

Intro to Alexander Technique

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Dave Gonzalez

Location: TBD

Description: Students get a basic understanding of the Alexander Technique, as a means of recognizing and eliminating habit, their own power of choice, and releasing strain and tension both on stage and off.

 

Pick it Up: Choreo - UA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Sam McDonald & Jason Paul Tate

Location: TBD

Description: In this class you will be challenged. How quickly can you pick up choreography? How quickly can we create choreography that flows?

Don't Fight the Sword - S&S

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Sarah Flanigan

Location: TBD

Description: This class is focused on understanding and using the weight and momentum/fulcrum of the weapon to your advantage.

Getting a Handle on Quarterstaff - QS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Anna Newbury

Location: TBD

Description: In this hands on experience with physics and three dimensional space, you will expand your stick vocabulary with a staff and learn to apply this newfound physical command into theatrical storytelling, both violent and non-violent. 

Slap Me Silly - UA

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Lisa Kopitsky

Location: TBD

Description: The slap is one of the most common moments of violence seen on stage, and yet can be deceptively difficult to perform realistically. This class will focus on a variety of non-contact slaps for different types of stage, examining the angles and techniques behind slapping your partner silly.

 

Pummeling w/ Panache - SiS/STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jake Guinn

Location: TBD

Description: Cross applying Modern Arnis stick trapping with some good ol' fashioned swashbuckling. This class asks the deeply stylistic question, why stab them when you can punch them in the face? 

 

Juggling Tricks - SP

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: David Reed

Location: TBD

Description: Take a break from fighting and explore juggling. Tips and guidance provided for all levels.

 

Class Period 4: (2:55pm-4:20pm)

 

Talking Intimacy

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Ashley White & Same McDonald

Location: TBD

Description: An open discussion on the current state of the art, trends, and discoveries of intimacy directors with years of experience staging and navigating scenes of a sexual nature. No question is off limits.

 

Literally KICK Some A** - UA/STUNT

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Mark Rosenthal

Location: TBD

Description: Learn basic martial arts kicks, the progression to more advanced martial arts kicks, and how to adapt them for stage and film.

 

Fuhlen It - BS

Skill Level: Basic

Taught by: Amie Root

Location: TBD

Description: Glissade into action and yield to the fight with broadsword in hand.

 

Developing Reaction Time - UA/KN

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Taught by: Patrick Kelly

Location: TBD

Description: The ability for an actor to successfully portray martial competence on stage or film is heavily dependent on their reaction time. Regardless of how simple or complicated the choreography may be, if an actor demonstrates a lack of efficacy in their response to choreographic cues, the actor/character will read as ill prepared, or the fight will appear staged. In this course we will investigate how the body and mind work in response to visual cues, decision making and execution of choreography.

 

Movement & Flexibility

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Jacki Watson

Location: TBD

Description: This class will go through a series of dynamic range of motion movements including basic martial arts footwork patterns, common flow drills used in dance and grappling warm up drills, and sustained body weight positions to effectively warm and prepare the muscles and connective tissue for concluding with a sustained stretching session of the major muscle groups.

 

Comedy w/ a Single Sword - SiS

Skill Level: Intermediate

Taught by: Florian Federl

Location: TBD

Description: Specificity is at the heart of both successful comedy and inspired swordplay. Why not explore each of these skillsets through a shared lens? Savant or braggart, how do you wield your weapon for laughs?

See it, Breathe it, Feel it - R&D

Skill Level: Open

Taught by: Roger Bartlett

Location: TBD

Description: This class will use the popular double-fence style as a container for exploring staying in the moment. This includes where to place focus, both visually and physically and how heightened awareness affects character choice and relationship to partner.

 

*Skills Proficiency Renewals*    SPR

Skill Level: I/A

Adjudicated by: Mike Chin

Location: TBD

Description: During this period, those students participating in Skills Proficiency Renewal Testing will be given opportunity to rehearse before being adjudicated by FM Mike Chin. 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.

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