' Tara Donovan - Animator: Stage Combat Fundamentals at Academie Duello

Stage Combat Fundamentals at Academie Duello

March 2017


Watch out! I'm certified in pretend combat! If you need someone to punch someone really hard but miss by at least 2 feet I'm your girl. I took this 4-week course at Vancouver's premiere stage combat school, Academie Duello. We covered a lot of ground very quickly with an emphasis on safety. They taught us basic moves with bo staves, knives, swords, kicking, punching, shoving, slapping, hair-pulling (!), falling, rolling.. all pretend!

It was an ideal course for animators. The concepts overlap quite with animation principles, for example - staging, silhouette, timing, action-reaction and follow through.

It was great for preparing to shoot reference or mocap, and for animating fight scenes that pack maximum impact to the camera. Lots of fun!