The Theatrical Firearms Handbook

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Focal Press, 2014 - Performing Arts - 325 pages

The Theatrical Firearms Handbook is the essential guide to navigating the many decisions that are involved in the safe and effective use of firearm props for both the stage and screen. It is an invaluable resource for fight choreographers, props designers, backstage crew, directors, actors, stage managers, and more, at all levels of experience. Written in an informal and entertaining manner, with over 100 illustrations, it establishes baseline safety protocol while empowering performers and designers to tell their story of conflict in a way that makes the most of both established convention and current tools of the trade.

Within these pages you'll find practical instruction couched in the language of theatre and film, making firearms technology and concepts approachable to dramatic artists without any dumbing-down of the subject material. This handbook is equally at home within the worlds of academic training, professional performance, and independent or community theatre and video productions.

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About the author (2014)

Kevin Inouye has over 15 years' experience in theatre, film, prop weaponry and especially stage combat choreography. He holds Teacher Certification and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor rank with the Society of American Fight Directors, an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy, SAG-AFTRA union performer membership, is sole proprietor of a prop weapons rental business, and has taught acting, movement, and stage combat at colleges, theatres, and workshops across North America. He is now based in Laramie, WY where he serves as Assistant Professor of Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat at the University of Wyoming.

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