Advanced Stunt Training in Hollywood!


Posted on May 28th, by Jessica in The Blog. No Comments

It has come to the end of the most intense, exciting, fun few weeks of my life!

Since arriving at Rancho Indalo in Southern California, I feel like I have been living in another universe, like on a true American Western movie set.

Home to legendary Hollywood Swordmaster & Action Actor, Anthony De Longis & his wife Mary, the ranch was out of this world.  Complete with horses, training materials galore & a spectacular view like nothing I’ve ever dreamed of, we were made to feel right at home straight away with our hosts’ beautiful hospitality.

Every day was made the most of – up early tending to the horses, helping in the kitchen & preparing for the day’s activities ahead, we were straight into training after breakfast up until the last light of the day, and sometimes also into the twilight.

A mixture of training with Anthony & his assistant instructor Kendall Wells at the ranch & day trips around LA to train with some of the country’s best Stunt Coordinators, there was never a dull moment & sooo much to learn!

Some of the incredible people we trained with include Scott Leva & Bob Yerkes at Bob’s “Backyard Circus” – the “MECCA” of Stunts, Lane Leavitt, Dale Gibson, Tony Snegoff, Matt Anderson & Gregg Sargeant.  Some of the skills we trained include advanced fight & swords/sticks, weapons, firearms, air rams, ratchets, wirework, highfalls & of course, horse stunts – when in Rome!

I have so many new skills to practice & some great footage I am looking forward to going through when I return home to Australia.

As I write this, in a Starbucks overlooking the ocean in lovely Manhattan Beach CA, I am sitting next to legendary Stuntman Eddie Braun, in his home away from home. Of course I introduced myself – we are now buddies! (He made me write that!) Amazing how the universe works.

Feeling super lucky to have met & trained with some serious Stunt Royalty on my trip.  I can’t wait to come back to LA one day!

 

 

 





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