Specialist Performers: Military Supporting artists
Bare Arms Specialist Performers are coordinated teams selected from an elite roster of current and former serving military personnel, complimented with trainee stunt performers and professional actors. They fill a niche for skilled performers with credible tactical training that is in demand from high-end productions and games.
All of our performers are firearms trained to a high standard, either through military service or training via the Bare Arms in-house Theatrical Firearms Courses. By using highly trained and experienced personnel, usually combined with a firearms and tactics adviser, our teams can put together complex sequences with the minimum amount of planning and rehearsal time. This has often made the difference between finishing on schedule, or moving into costly overtime.
We have numerous specialities within our roster; police, close-protection and bodyguards, dog-handlers and dogs, drill instructors and marching troops. Pilots and drivers with specialist licences such as large trucks, tanks, 4x4s etc. In the unlikely event we don’t have what you need, we have a great military network and can find it quickly.
Our teams can portray soldiers, armed police and security services of any era and nationality, adapting tactics and training to suit the scene. As members of the team frequently have real-life combat experience to draw upon, they can easily enrich a sequence by adding a large amount of realism and detail. Most importantly, they are safe and professional during high intensity sequences where real weapons and blanks are being used in close proximity to lead actors. Producers and directors often comment on our performers’ ability to take direction well, to adapt to the rapid pace of film sets and their discipline and professionalism throughout arduous shoots.
As our teams contain professional actors, our performers are often asked to take on walk-on roles, small roles with dialogue (scripted and improvised) and on some occasions, minor cast parts at short notice. Frequently stunt coordinators will utilise our performers as a reliable buffer between the action and background, or close to their stunt performers if required. Overall they bring a level of quality and adaptability to a production that is unparalleled. They are equally at home on sound stage, overseas or in a motion capture/mocap volume.