Act Tactical for Film DC Promo Reel

In November 2015, The DC Stunt Coalition and Annapolis Defense and Security hosted Matt Clanton’s skills-based film and television acting workshop, “Act Tactical for Film“.

Learn safely. Learn Realistically, Learn to play the hero and the criminal.

From the ATFF website:

All training with us is designed for those that have never held a weapon or thrown a punch. We welcome those new to this type of training and we welcome experienced professionals wishing to learn how to adapt what they know to film. Our goal is to make all our students appear on camera as if the characters they portray are seasoned with years of training and experience.

You can read more about our article, featured also in the Washington Post Express.

Our next DC area workshop will be March 5-8, returning to ADS.

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About the course:

The class was packed with over 20 performers from the Maryland, DC, Baltimore, and VA area. Over the course of 16 hours of training, students learned various best practices for handling firearms on set both safely and realistically, with a bent towards aesthetics used in modern movies and television. Students learned awareness, stances, grips, reloads, room entries, and various other tactical techniques.

There was also a significant portion of the Level 1 curriculum dedicated to modern hand to hand combat techniques, including moves from Krav Maga, Kali, and Dirty Boxing. Knife fighting, edged weapon awareness and defense was also a key part of the class. Students partnered up to learn how to move safely and efficiently to improve their on-screen fighting presence. Dylan Hintz, current head of the DC Stunt Coalition, assisted Matt out with training student’s reactions and fight acting.

Annapolis Defense and Security provided not only a fantastic location, already designed to simulate the kinds of tactical entries and movements ATFF teaches, but also provided it’s own instructors and coaches to help students work through Matt’s curriculum. It was excellent seeing so many experts in one room offering a lot of knowledge to ready participants.

Currently, ATFF is scheduled to return in March 2016 for more instruction, including a bonus class and Level 2 for more advanced movements and tactics.

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Video shot and edited by Miles Joyner. Filming provided by DC Stunt Coalition