Full program description
Screen Fighting 101
Action genres are increasingly popular in local TV and films, and every actor has a possibility of performing in them. However, there are a limited number of directors who are educated in the ways of shooting action. Be it an aggressive fight scene, or even scenes of domestic abuse such as shoving, hair-pulling, slapping, they involved a certain amount of risk to the performers if executed wrongly.
Screen Fighting 101 Seminar is important in making sure each actor learns how to keep themselves and their fellow actors safe on set while performing their duties. And furthermore, equipping them with an arsenal of combative vocabulary commonly used for TV and films.
Who Should Attend
- Main target audience are actors who are looking to expand their range and develop competence in action genres
- Anyone who wants to learn how to perform fight scenes
Duration: 20 hours
Min: 10 pax
Max: 20 pax
Domestics & Combatives & Takedown/Breakfall
- Warm Ups and briefing of what is to come for the seminar
- Basic safety, domestics & reactions
Combatives & line-cutting principles. Boxing drills & panantukan/wing chun sticking principles
- Kicking introduction class
- Breakfall techniques & rolls drilling
- Cooldowns & debrief
Grappling & Wirework + Blood Squib & Choreography Teaching
- Breakfall techniques & rolls drilling recap
- Grappling 101, grip battling positions/principles. Takedowns & BJJ locks
Wirework & practical effects(blood squib) workshop
- Harness wearing
- Back pull + retaining wire tension + safe breakfall
- Bullet reaction + safe breakfall
- Squib machine rigging
Learning choreography made of everything we have covered & identifying the best pairs
- Cooldowns & debrief
Recap & Upscale & Shooting Day
- Warm ups, collective recap of choreography, selection of best pair, & upscaling of the best team
- Shooting of first pair, all participants watch how the shooting process is going to flow for everyone. Half way through, release everyone to go and do their own practice while the first pair continues shooting. Selection of 2nd pair
- Shooting of every other pair, while simultaneously helping the weaker pairs prepare
Wrap up the final pair, debrief & cool down.
Mode of Assessment
Each participant would take everything that is covered during the first 2 days, and perform them all together in a choreography. And that choreography would be recorded on the 3rd day, and shot in the same way which we would do on a set, and that would be edited together and sent to the participants after the workshop as a demo that they can use for their own casting purposes.
Participants to learn the essentials of the 3 main elements of hand-to-hand screen combat; Domestic, Combatives, Takedowns/Breakfalls. And how to keep both themselves and their partners safe in the setting of screenfighting performance.
Each student will also learn and experience wire pulls, how to properly put on a jerk-vest harness, how to maintain airform and how to fall safely. And they will be taught how to do reactions with gunshots, and experience rigging on and deployment of a blood squib machine. (Blood squib shall be filled with small amounts of plain tap water instead of sfx blood to keep participants and venue clean).
Medium of Instruction & Trainer
Trainer: Trainee Ratio is 1:20 (with 2 assistant instructors)
- Step 1: fundamental and technique drills
- Step 2: progressive speed increments
- Step 3: functional applications of skills
- Step 4: application into shoot-level performance
Your training will be conducted by Peps Goh and 2 other assistant instructors.
Peps Goh is a local-based actor and stuntman with 6 years of experience in the field, having worked with various stunt companies, from Mediacorps stunt directors, Action Horizons the hollywood-based stunt team running the Waterworld show in Universal Studios Singapore, to a Taiwanese stunt team during Jack Neos movie Killer Not Stupid that was shot in Taichung.
As a Parkour practitioner, he has 10 years of experience, and had won the 2nd Runner-up in Sydneys international Free Running competition held by Aapes Academy in 2016. Peps has coached Parkour & adult Gymnastics, certified under the A.D.A.P.T coaching certification held by Parkour Generations, a UK-based entity built by the founders of Parkour themselves.
He is also certified under the N.C.A.P coaching theory certification, alongside with the National Standards for Youth Sports for Coaching in Singapore Schools certification, both issued by the Singapore Sports Council that was released in 2013 as a requirement for coaching in Singapore Schools.
In addition, he has also completed The Safety Supervision certification provided by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications which allows him to function as a safety officer for rigging is involved.