THE AERIAL INTENSIVE COURSE

ABOUT THE AERIAL INTENSIVE

With the ever-expanding aerial demands of high profile stunts in cinema today, it is important for aspiring stunt performers as well as professional stunt men and women presently working in the business to become more familiar with all aspects of the aerial arena. We want to offer additional training in these highly recognized skills to stunt performers who want to specialize in aerial work as a means of expanding their knowledge base and marketability in the industry. The Aerial Intensive offers 50 hours of advanced training in several different aerial skills: Wire Work, High Falls, Air Ram, Ratchet, and Rappelling.

The aerial techniques of each student will be refined and strengthened, allowing for greater heights in High Falls and greater pressures on the Air Ram. New aerial forms will also be introduced for each of these disciplines. Similarly, Ratchet will explore several types of harness pulls for different effect, while Rappelling with teach a variety of zone entry techniques including “Aussie” rappels and “fast rope”, used by military and SWAT teams.

The bulk of the training will focus on "Wire Work". This discipline in particular has become ubiquitous in the film industry. We see countless examples of it in films such as “The Matrix”, “Spider Man”, “Casino Royale”, “Avatar”, “The Avengers”, and “The Hobbit”. We, as the premier stunt school in the industry, realize that it must be an integral part of any competent stunt training.

Students will explore both the physical performance skills and technical application of wire rigs as they pertain to the motion picture industry. New and varied rigs are assembled each day and participants are taught the theories, terminology, rigging, safety considerations, and aerial skills that allow a pull team and talent to create the look of effortless and dynamic acrobatic movement on screen. There will be daily hands-on experience with harnesses, spreader bars, pull lines, tag lines, mechanical advantage and disadvantage, knots, splicing, and all the various hardware and synthetic ropes associated with wire effects. A special unit of instruction is also dedicated to performance on aerial silks, which has become a student favorite.

All of the students in the class will be actively involved in the process. Students will be given the opportunity to work directly with the instructors when setting up and operating the individual rigs, while gaining invaluable insight from years of practical rigging experience into the building of anchor points, load characteristics, rig design, rigging practices, and lift operation. When you are not flying, rappelling or being thrown, you will be controlling the equipment (and your colleagues) under the guidance of the school instructors. You will be acting as safeties! You will be there to support one another completely, building a relationship of trust that is essential to all stunt teams.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this course, class size is limited to 30 participants and all applicants must have taken our Utility Stunt Course before attending this class. Please keep in mind that the session may fill quickly and you would be advised to submit your application in a timely manner to guarantee your spot on the roster.