CombatCon Intensive Tracks

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Calling all fighters, actors, writers, filmmakers, and more!

New to CombatCon 2022, our four intensive tracks are an exclusive and immersive four-day experience that runs from Thursday, July 21st through Sunday, July 24th. Participants will delve deep into specialized, tailored curriculum designed to progress from introductory to advanced material. The tracks will overlap throughout this unique offering so that students may expand their knowledge across each of the different disciplines, and get a richer, fuller experience. These intensives will culminate into a series of “choose your own adventure” film projects that will allow you to put your new skills to the test.

Think of it as a series of masterclasses combined with a 48-hour film festival… with knives, of course!

The completed film projects will be presented during the closing ceremonies of CombatCon 2022 on Sunday, July 24th. Upon completion of their projects, limited edition commemorative patches will be awarded to the participants of each intensive track.

Registration for this experience is separate from the rest of the convention and, while intensive track participants will have the opportunity to attend classes and panels that are a part of the main convention, the intensive track classes are only available for those registered for the intensive tracks. This pass will allow you access to all the great programing at CombatCon (excluding tournament participation).

The Tracks:

Combat for Indie Filmmakers:

Our Filmmaking Track is designed for directors, directors of photography, cinematographers, etc, to learn how to film fights and violent conflict. Members of this track will explore opportunities to develop characters through fight sequences, create choreography, and explore the effects of camera angles, lighting, and other technical components when filming fights. As a part of this track, filmmakers will have the opportunity to direct, film, and edit a short scene with the members of other tracks to showcase the skills they have developed. Prior filmmaking experience is not required. Participants are responsible for bringing their own cameras (e.g. high-quality mobiles phones, DSLR cameras, or prosumer/pro camcorders and cinema cameras), computers for editing, and other equipment they may desire. 

Writing for Fighting:

Our Writing Track is for both creative writers and screenwriters looking to write more effective fight sequences. Participants of this track will explore the psychology of fighting, the history of fighting arts in the Americas, and have the opportunity to participate in physical classes where they can learn some of the basic principles of combat with weapons. Participants will be coached on applying this information to a manuscript or screenplay, and will then write a short script following our “choose your own adventure” guidelines that will be performed and filmed with the help of the other tracks. Writers are encouraged to participate in the filming process but not required to take part. Writing experience is not required. Participants will be responsible for bringing a computer, tablet, or other electronic device needed to write their scripts.

Stunt and Screen Fighting

The Stunt and Screen Fighting Track is for actors and stunt people interested in learning how to perform dynamic-looking combat and “sell it” for the camera. This track will take the basic principles of combat, including timing, distance, and proportion, then adapt their usage to meet the needs of performers. These skills will then be applied to scenes that will be performed and filmed in collaboration with the other tracks. Participants should be prepared to think, sweat, and go to the ground. Knee and elbow pads, water, and a towel are HIGHLY recommended. 

McLemore System / Frontier Arts

Our McLemore System Track is designed for martial artists. This track will explore the basics of Colonel Dwight McLemore’s system of combat developed for his School of Two Swords. The weapons and fighting styles explored in this track are based on McLemore’s teachings and will include tomahawk, Bowie knife, tactical knife, close-quarters combat, and ground fighting. Upon completion, participants of this track will receive a Basic Level Certification in the McLemore System of the School of Two Swords and an invitation to join the Monday master class, where they will be eligible to test for an Intermediate Level Certification. In addition to exploring the basics of McLemore’s system, participants will also work with the other tracks to explore how these historical systems of combat can be more effectively applied to writing and film. Eye, head, and hand protection are HIGHLY recommended.

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Participants in the Intensive Tracks will be contacted by Intensive Leads prior to arriving in Vegas. This will provide additional information and put participants in touch with each other. Please note: you do not need to purchase an additional Event Pass; this will be your pass.

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