Production Perks: How to Film a Fight Scene!

September 30, 2011, 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.

The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), Stage D, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Want to connect with your inner Woo? Need tips on how to slice an Orc? Then join us for 'Filming Fight Scenes' a hands-on experience in how to design fights from the most effective angles, keeping the performers and crew safe, and how to use action to drive your story in an exciting and meaningful way. Experienced stunt actors will perform action sequences with bladed weapons and firearms. (No participants will be harmed in the making of this seminar!).

Featuring members of The Academy of Theatrical Combat. Moderated by Professor Jennifer Warren.

This event is restricted to SCA students ONLY.

About the Guests

Action Choreographers and Coordinators:

Dan Speaker and Jan Bryant

Dan Speaker and Jan Bryant design action for TV, film and stage creating unique work for each project. They specialize not only in training stunt people and actors including Russell Crowe, Bruce Campbell, Charlie Sheen, Viggo Mortensen, and Paul Bettany to perform fights, but also in working with directors including Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir and Sam Raimi to make the action an integral part of the story. They can work from the beginning stages of concept through filming and all the way to the final edit, or provide any of the stages in between—including historical research, style consultation, cast-specific training and weapon design.

Dan and Jan designed fights for the films Hook, Army of Darkness, Hot Shots Part Deux, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Hidalgo, and a host of others. Their work can also be seen in numerous television productions, web series, video games and live stage projects. They created the Academy of Theatrical Combat to provide an ongoing training ground for anyone interested in combat and swordplay as an art form.

Kim Turney

Kim Turney is a native Ohioan. She received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A in Theatre with emphasis on Acting from The Ohio State University. Kim Co-Directed her first film, Bloodbath, using the first digital camera model produced by Canon. She was able to stay with the film through the editing process and became hooked on Digital Media. Kim has worked on several totally digital workflow features over the last few years. She was the director/producer on the 2 seasons of the webseries The Perils of the Pirate Princess. Kim is currently the director/producer/editor of the webseries Fight Class where classic movie, television, and cult film action scenes are broken down and recreated step by step.


About the Moderator

Jennifer Warren

Jennifer Warren started by directing the short film, Point of Departure, for the AFI Women’s Directing Workshop program and received the Cine Golden Eagle Award, Best Drama at Aspen Film Festival. She then co-produced the short documentary You Don’t Have to Die, which won the Academy Award in 1989, as well as the Cable Ace Award. She went on to direct two features, The Beans of Egypt, Maine with Martha Plimpton and Rutger Hauer, which won the Seattle and Boston Film Festivals and went on to the San Sebastian Film Festival. Her second film was Partners in Crime with Rutger Hauer and Paulina Porizkova.

About Production Perks

A speaker series hosted by the SCA Film and Television Production Division, featuring workshops, masterclasses and Q&As with top television and film directors and actors. Admission is free, although you must be a USC student, faculty or staff member to attend.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is restricted to SCA students ONLY. Reservations are required and you must have an SCA Community Account to RSVP. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:30 P.M.


The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC) is located at 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. The building entrance is around the corner on 32nd Street. Please note that parking is NOT available at the Robert Zemeckis Center Parking Lot Z, as it is for Trojan Transportation Parking Pass Holders ONLY. We recommend parking in the Shrine Auditorium parking structure on 32nd Street, directly across from the Zemeckis Center. Parking passes may be purchased for $7.00.

Contact Information

Name: Jennifer Warren
Phone: 213.740.3317