Are you a stage or stunt fighter? Do you think you have the ability to tell a compelling story through your choreography, your movies, and your acting? How would you like to have all that evaluated by some of the top fight directors in theater and film today?
The Live Action Fight Scene Competition allows stage and stunt fighters to show off their skills, their creativity, and their talents by performing their best choreography in front of a panel of experts.
What weapons can you use?
Whether you use cutting weapons such as longswords, katanas, basket hilts, Calvary sabers, etc., or thrusting weapons such as rapiers, smallswords, foils, etc., we want to see what you’ve got. And swords aren’t the only weapons we want to see — we’ll take a look at everything from unarmed (fists, feet, and grappling), to military knife, tomahawk, gladius, Greek spear and shield, improvised weapons, flexible weapons — if it’s a weapon, this is the place for it. The only weapons not allowed are distance weapons. No guns, crossbows, whips, bows, slings, etc – if it deals damage at long range the answer is no. Otherwise, the sky is the limit!
How will you be judged?
There are three areas the judges will focus on: Technical, Artistic and Dramatic Action. Each team will perform their fight for the judges, who will then give notes of improvement. The contestants will be given time to incorporate the judge’s comments into their fight and will then perform a final time for the win.
Technical: To get top technical marks the fight must be well executed. The judges will be looking for good footwork, good targets, good body alignment and safety. Is it a martially sound fight? Do the moves make sense even within the context of the theme?
Artistic: This is where you get to show how creative you can be with your choreography. How unique is it, how ingenious are your moves? Were there great “wow” moments? Were costumes used and did they help or hinder the presentation? Music? You’re a creative group of people by nature, let it fly!
Dramatic Action: This is where the judges look at the story of the fight. Every piece of drama has a beginning, middle and an end, and so does a good fight. The judges will look at the dramatic arc of the piece. Was there a climax, did the story ebb and flow, did the fight move the plot along? We don’t need Act I, II and III to understand why the fight begins but we encourage everyone to set up the scene. Give the judges a peek into the lives of these characters so they know how to feel when someone wins or loses.
How do you sign up?
Simply send an email of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the number of people in your fight and the weapons with which you would like to compete. Please include any other pertinent information we should know (i.e. Will you be using music? Does your fight require something special?). It’s your fight, so tell us what you need. You can always change the details of your fight later – nothing in Vegas is ever set in stone.
A note on Safety:
This is a live action fight scene competition, and one of the foundations of a good fight is that it is repeatable and safe for the performers. The judges should feel fear and excitement for the characters, not concern for the performers. Once an audience member is afraid for the actor they are removed from the moment – and that breaks the illusion of the stage.
Should any participant perform in a manner deemed unsafe by the judges, that participant will be immediately disqualified.