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.
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.