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!

DCSC at Escape Velocity 2018

DC Stunt Coalition had the privilege of attending and representing at Escape Velocity for another year! We always have so much fun teaching our Sci-Fighting workshops (this time from a stage!) and helping people look and feel like sci-fi action stars. We can’t wait to come back next year!

 

Check out our video recap and pics below!

 

 

 

On Saturday, May 19th, our short film, “A Culinary Deceit” was screened at the AFI Silver for the 48 Hour Film Project event. Check out the trailer here:

 

Our film was the first of the 15 films in Group D to be shown. We had a great time watching our little project on the big screen, and getting a chance to see the other fantastic contributions in our group. Thank you again to the 48 Hour Film Project for giving us the opportunity to push beyond our limits and grow as filmmakers. It is always a wonderful experience.

April and May 2018 at the DCSC

We have had a very busy and exciting Spring so far at the DC Stunt Coalition.

We spent the month of April involved in the filming of the action scenes for the upcoming feature film, Johnny Z. The film, directed by Jonathon Straiton, stars our very own Felix Cortes as a martial arts master in the zombie apocalypse. Our members had a fantastic time playing zombies, guards, and fighters. We look forward to the next few months of filming!

 

We also made a last-minute decision to enter into this year’s Washington, DC 48 Hour Film competition at the beginning of May. We ended up creating the short spy film, “A Culinary Deceit,” starring Geoffery Boggs, Abra Burkett, Dylan Hintz, and Darin Hemmer. It was directed by Dylan Hintz, and co-written and co-produced by Dylan Hintz, Brett Heidenreich, and Abra Burkett. It will premiere on May 19th at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring at 7:30. More info coming soon!

 

Awesome Con 2018

The DC Stunt Coalition had another awesome time at Awesome Con! On Friday, we put on a demo at the Backlot stage to give audience members a behind-the-scenes look at how we develop our action and stunts for TV and film. This was our first time doing a show of this sort, and it was a lot of fun for us!

Dylan Hintz and DC Stunt Coalition members explaining how to frame action with the aptly-named framing device, “Framey.” (This is literally just a frame)

Framing the action!

Demonstrating what a fight looks like in a wide shot.

We spend the rest of our weekend at our booth in the Backlot. Though we were unable to do workshops this time around, we were thrilled to be able to teach and play around one-on-one with people while representing the Coalition.

 

DC Stunt Coalition member Geoff Boggs playing with a cosplayer at our booth.

Member Abra Burkett training a young cosplayer in stick fighting.

 

 

 

 

We also got the chance to train with Stephen Amell of Arrow in some Kali!

Dylan is so excited to be doing Sinawali with The Arrow, himself!

Abra Burkett, Penelope Talleur, and Dylin Hintz with Stephen Amell

Thanks again, Awesome Con, for giving us the opportunity to come in and do what we love. We can’t wait to see what we get up to next year!