Stunt School Day 11 – Through the Plastic Window

The heat wave is finally over… for now.  It still supposed to heat up towards the end of the week, but for now, we can enjoy the cooler weather.

Anthony is teaching us this week.  A couple of new people joined us this week – for their 1-week intensive class.  Two others were supposed to join as well, but one had a schedule conflict, and another person got bit by a dog, and had to back out.  Just goes to show – no matter how dangerous you think stunt work is – you can just as easily get hurt going about your daily lives.

With the new people, we started off with the basis that we went through in Week 1 – rolls, shoulder rolls, backward shoulder rolls.  We didn’t spend nearly as much time on those as we did, but I’m glad that we got the practice in.

Then we brought out the mini-tramp, and went through the falls – header, suicide, face-off.  The new addition is a big wooden frame – to simulate a window break.  Bob put some plastic sheeting to stand in for the glass.  Just having the obstacle there plays mental games with you.  Some falls such as suicides are nerve-wracking, because you have to tuck pretty tight, and you worry about either hitting your head up top, or whacking your legs on the bottom.  I felt most comfortable with the header through the window – you have a small cross-section as you pass through the window frame, and then you can flip and land on your back as normal.

We moved up to the bridge – for some mid falls.  Bob brought out a thicker blue mat to put on top, and that made it easier – that mat is pretty comfy.  I worked on the face-off, which I still have problems with.  The other falls were fine.

We finished up on the trampoline, working specifically on falling correctly – the back falls, and the face-off.  I think towards the end, I started to get the face-off fall a little better.

When we finished up, I got Bob and Anthony to check my burn clothes for Friday.  Bob said that the jean jacket is perfect – nice and thick, good for burning.  Apparently we’ll start off with an arm burn, and if that goes okay, then they’ll light up the back.  I’d love to get some video of the burn!


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