A Weekend of New Cons and New Friends!

Last weekend, the DC Stunt Coalition dropped in on Virginia’s newest fan event, the All-Star Comic Con. We had such a great time! On Friday and Saturday night, we attended The All-Star Comic Con Film Showcase, hosted by The Forge Studios and the Fantasy Network. Among the several amazing films, our own film, “Ghost Cop Part 2” screened as an official selection of the event.

There were over a dozen shorts, and multiple feature films including Baltimore-based horror comedy, “The Night Watchmen”,  the Canadian fantasy-action flick, “The Rangers: Blood Stone,” and the U.K.’s own indie hitman-revenge-thriller, “AMBER,” that screened throughout the weekend. Dylan represented stunts at the DMV Filmmaker Panel, alongside local talents Dan Franko, star of “The Recursion Theorem” and “The Night Watchmen,” and Phil Cook, director of the “MALICE” film trilogy. Each panelist contributed their expertise and experiences about building a filmmaking community the DMV area, including topics like looking for talent, raising standards, and creating a strong network of committed professionals in our own backyard. We would like to thank Ron Newcomb and the Forge Studios for inviting us to participate, and for selecting our film as part of the showcase at this great event!

We even got to meet a brother stunt-performer from across the Ocean! On Saturday night, we attended the screening of David Newton’s new hitman movie, “Amber.” David is a stuntman from the U.K., who has worked on loads of impressive shows and movies such as “Game of Thrones,” “The World’s End,” and even “Wonder Woman!” It was an absolute pleasure to see his action-packed directorial debut, especially with him in the room. The cast of this film was made up largely of stunt people-who performed their own bad-ass fights-and it shows in the action, which was right up there with the best of Hollywood blockbusters!

After the screening, David was gracious enough to spend a few hours chatting with members of the DC Stunt Coalition, and even came to our gym on Sunday to give everyone an impromptu education about the nitty-gritty of the U.K. stunt industry! David provided a wealth of knowledge, setting up some big expectations for how DCSC members should train and educate themselves for their career aspirations. We’ll be sharing that experience in a future post!

On Saturday morning, we hosted a demo and workshop for congoers in the atrium space at the hotel. Presenting a new format, “Action Hero Academy”,  not only did we show off some of our pro-wrestling moves (thanks to Wes Cianchette), we invited participants to duel with us with lightsabers, take us down with martial arts moves, and even knock us out with some big hits! We are always super excited to share a taste of what we do at these conventions, and we are glad we were able to provide the stunt team to turn these congoers into action heroes!

 

 

Thank you to All-Star Comic Con for letting us represent the DC Stunt Coalition at your con! We were thrilled to be there, and had an excellent time. We cannot wait until we get to do it all over again next year!