Progression within the first hour
Over this past weekend I had the privilege to conduct some choreography for an upcoming film. I have to say without a shadow of doubt that I really love working with Actors and Actresses. The reason I say this is because they have the drive and the passion to really get into their roles and make the roles that they play come to life. That same drive and passion is not only transferable but is a prerequisite for one to become a Student of the Gun and a Student of Violence in general.
What I enjoy the most is watching the wheels turn and the light come on in their heads as they put together the pieces of the puzzle or in other words merge and solidify the Character that they are playing with the skill sets that they are learning to further enhance the Character that they will be playing on screen. In this case the skill that is being learned is the use of firearms.
Now even though I cannot give specifics into what the name of the movie is or what’s it even about, I can tell you this: I had nothing less than a great pleasure to work with, educate and train the Actors and Actresses in this movie regarding firearms and the use of firearms in general to enhance their roles.
The mere fact that I was allowed to be a part of something bigger than myself is the reward in and of itself. The Director and the Cameramen were not only flexible but had a deep understanding of what it takes to bring not only the Characters to life but they a very firm grasp on what it takes to develop a Character from the ground up so that the Character being portrayed can be perceived as real on the Big Screen. This is was something that I was very proud to have witnesses.
But in hindsight there is a variable that Shooters, Gun-Fighters and Civilian Operators™ should take note of and that is the dedication that these Actors and Actresses exhibit and put into their roles. Memorizing lines, having and great understanding of movement and expression, body language and the biggest thin – management of their emotions. This is something that we should take note of. Remember, everything is connected – and I do mean everything. Keeping things like this in mind are key when trying to build the authenticity of a Character.
Of course you know that the lighting and the camera angles means a lot when shooting a film. But there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes so to speak. I like to focus on the inter-personal and professional relationships of the Actors and Actresses in relationship to the Charters that they are playing (I'm a Sociologist remember). Some things I have to consider are: is the Character scared or does the Character have experience with guns? Is the Actor or Actress playing a Police Officer or a Criminal?
Does the Character being played have any physical or cognitive limitations? What are the behavioral characteristics and mannerisms of the Character being played? Even more importantly, what is the cultural and psychological make up of the Character being played? All of these questions and so much more have to known and understood when working with firearms and choreography in the Film Industry.
There is more that I wish I could say but I won’t, I rather let the footage that was captured do the talking. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. But I think camera footage can be worth so much more. This is only stage one of the choreography and gun play session for this movie. Moreover, it must be known that this is the first time this Actress has undergone any training regarding firearms.
This footage was captured within the first hour of her going hands on. I can see the growth and development already. This is yet another reason why I choose to stop being simply an "Instructor" and took the path to became a Firearm Education and Training Consultant.
I guess it's Hollywood here I come!
There is no telling where the Gun will lead you.