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!

 

October 48 Hour Film Project

We made another 48 Hour Film! This time, the overall theme was Horror, and we got the sub-genre “Ghost.” This resulted in the newest DC Stunt Coalition 48 hour film, “Ghost Cop Part 2”!

Check out our trailer here:

Also take a look at our behind the scenes videos and pics!

 

A look at our ghosts, Tu-An Troung, Brian Labay, and Minh Huynh.

Minh Huynh, having some fun on wires (thanks to Rick Kain for lending us his awesome rigging skills)!

The power of a talisman!

Darin Hemmer and Patrick Boyer

Dylan Hintz getting a shot of our main character, Jericho (played by Wes Cianchette), getting ready to sword fight a ghost!

Our excellent make-up team.

Our cops, talking to Pat Nelson (the driver) about “suspicious activity.”

Such a happily possessed family.

Dylan Hintz, working out the shot for our ghosts.

Choreographing a supernatural fight.

Kara Kinsey, posing as a possessed “pinup” housewife.

We had so much fun shooting  this one, and had an amazing cast and crew. Not only did we get to work with some stellar actors (including our lead-DCSC member Wes Cianchette in his debut role!), we were also the beneficiaries of the amazing effects talents of Patrick Boyer (who also played our Final Boss Ghost) and Lauren Anderson – who came through and gave us some incredible ghost-effects that go way beyond the Beyond.

Our film screened at the Landmark Theater in DC on Halloween night, along with some other solid films. We are thrilled with how it turned out, and can’t wait until we get to participate in next year’s 48!

Escape Velocity 2017

We had such a great time at Escape Velocity this year! We put on our “sci-fighting” workshops everyday in the Exhibitor Hall, performed a stunt fighting show during Doomtastic’s trivia (featuring some…unlikely pairings), and topped it all off with a return of our panel “Phasers and Sabers.”

 

Instructor Tu-An Troung taking con-goers through some lightsaber combat

A group of young padawans working through the moves.

Instructor Anthony Parker teaching some Kali basics.

Instructor Elliot Merker, taking participants through some basic saber fighting.

Instructors Tu-An and Abra demonstrating the choreography.

Some younger participants, showing what they learned.

Our DC Stunt Coalition team on Saturday night, ready to get their fight on!

We are so glad we were able to participate in this year’s Escape Velocity! Thank you to The Museum of Science Fiction for having us back. We cannot wait until next year!

 

 

July at DCSC

At the very end of June, the DCSC wrote, shot, and edited a short film in 48 hours for the DC 48 Hour Film Project. Our film, “By Good Rights,” (a western) starred Aaron Supernaw, Abra Burkett, Brian Labay, and Tu-An Truong. It screened at the AFI Silver in mid-July. And yes, it featured some pretty cool stunts!

Test Fights

We have also been very busy at the gym, training hard and filming test fights. Here is one of our newer videos.

 

Coming Up…

We have a ton of projects and events on the horizon.

On August 5th, we will be representing at A Call 2 Action, a martial arts talent competition and boot camp. We will be demoing some fights we’ve been working on! We will also have a table at the event.

On August 12th, we will be at Heroic Aleworks for their Beer Release Party (co-hosted by the Museum of Science Fiction). We will be running our fight choreography workshops at 2 and 5 PM. Come by and learn a little but about our craft!

And, of course, from September 1-3, we will be at The Museum of Science Fiction’s Escape Velocity. Come and check out this “micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM education.” While you are there, stop by our sci-fighting workshops, enjoy our performance during Saturday night trivia, and watch our panel “Phasers vs. Sabers.” It is sure to be a blast!