INSIDER - We took part in a gun course to see how firearm scenes are shot in movies

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INSIDER - We took part in a gun course to see how firearm scenes are shot in movies

INSIDER - We took part in a gun course to see how firearm scenes are shot in movies

  • TV-G
  • 2019
  • 5mins
The British Action Academy runs several courses in high-octane stunt work. 'Gun Rush' is a popular course aimed at rising stunt performers who want to learn how to safely handle firearms for use in action sequences. We took the full-day course outside of Woking west of London to find out how firearms stunts are co-ordinated. Founder Andreas Petrides has been working in the industry for over 28 years. He has worked on Gladiator four James Bond movies Band of Brothers and Star Wars to name a few. As part of the course Andreas runs through safety drills and shares his industry experience. Training is done with rifle 8mm hand gun Uzi and M4.Movies use a range of weapons during filming. ‘Blanks’ are working weapons loaded with blank cartridges. These produce a big muzzle flash or a loud ‘bang.’ There are replica guns or for less detailed dummy guns — ones made of rubber. Actors need to know how to adopt a convincing gun stance. Two of these examples are a Boxer stance and a Weaver stance. The prop guns themselves go hand in hand with sound design. When a gun fires you're hearing three acoustic elements. The muzzle blast sound the impact point and the 'crack' sound of the bullet traveling through the air. Without this layering a movie just doesn't seem as realistic.