Stand in for actors when the script calls for anything dangerous or specialised to be done on a film or TV set.
You’ll use highly-developed physical and sporting skills to make them look natural and part of the action.
You’ll set up, plan and perform stunts, usually whilst being supervised by a stunt coordinator. Health and safety is very important as the work can be dangerous. You’d need to carry out a full risk assessment and complete detailed paperwork before you performed each stunt. Your tasks may include:
- gymnastics or high diving, for performing all types of falls
- fighting skills, possibly with weapons
- swimming or diving
- horse riding
- advanced driving techniques, for performing car chases and crashes
- Data base user interface and query software: e.g. FileMaker Pro
- Video creation and editing software: e.g. Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion capture software, YouTube
- Web page creation and editing software: e.g. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Website development software
- Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org
- 54,987 stunt performers are employed in the UK.
- New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
- Throughout the UK
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Route to Employment
There are no official training schemes or schools to train stunt performers, although some private ‘stunt schools’ offer short courses. You'll usually need to apply to British Stunt Register's Stunt Grading Scheme to get the right qualifications.
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