Filming the Fight Rehearsal

This is a fight scene from the movie Serenity, as the fight director designed it. The stunt woman’s name is Bridget Riley. Chad Stahelski was the stunt coordinator. The Value of a Fight Director One thing you notice about this clip that is different from demo reels of most stunt teams is this: editing. A […]

Humans Evolved to Fight

The following article is based on a the 25 April 2009 episode of Quirks & Quarks on CBC radio. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), otherwise known as “Ultimate Fighting” is the fastest growing spectator sport on television. Many find it the most exciting thing to watch. Stage combat is often the most engaging part of a […]

Big Year for Cyril Raffaelli

Most of the mainstream world has never heard the name Cyril Raffaelli. Even among fans of action films, he’s not a common name in North America. In my opinion, he’s one of the best things to happen to action films in recent years. Here’s a short promo of him: Just another parkour nut? The kind […]


The famed Broadway and Hollywood casting director reveals everything an actor needs to know to get the part. When Streisand, Redford, Vereen, Tomlin, Midler and Hoffman got their first breaks, Michael Shurtliff was there. Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus […]

Actor’s Survival Kit

The Actor’s Survival Kit has been the backbone of Business of Acting courses and a constant resource for its many readers across Canada. But, after seven years and two editions, the business has changed. Peter Messaline and Miriam Newhouse have revised the original Actor’s Survival Kit and addressed a number of issues and areas of […]

CNN: Actor Shot in Head on Stage

Embedded video from CNN Video Check your props. Always. Community theatres and amateur productions usually don’t even consider hiring a fight director or having a props master who has lots of experience working with guns. The actor who was shot was even a veteran… he should know haw to safety a gun. The important thing […]