In 2018, the UK recorded a £3.1 billion spend on film and television, with a 10% increase in spending on film, and an 18% increase in spending on high-end television. This has only increased in 2019. It was also revealed earlier this year that Netflix had entered a deal with the Pinewood group to turn Shepperton Studios into their production hub, with a huge expansion expected. It's an incredibly exciting time to be part of the film and television industry in the UK.
So we know there is a huge amount of opportunity to get involved with the Screen Action industry in the UK, and the next question is how? How do you get involved? The answer is relatively simple... you need to have the right skills. If production is looking for skilled performers, then you need to be skilled. The bread and butter of action performers are fight scenes, and that's where the Warrior Masterclass course comes in, teaching the essential skills in the art of screen combat. Over the four phases of the course, you will train to become an Advanced Screen Combatant, an elite group that contains some of the industry's best screen action performers.
The British Action Academy also runs an Action Agency, which supplies skilled performers to the film and TV industry. Our students and agency members have worked on a huge range of productions in the UK, from Marvel and Star Wars to Pennyworth, Giri/Haji, and The Spanish Princess. Our Agency has also seen the demand for Skilled Performers rise, and have taken the decision recently to re-open our agency books to meet this growing demand. Our Agency is an invite-only agency, which is exclusive to our students, and we are looking for those with the dedication and passion to become the best screen action performers in the UK. However, it is worth noting that there is never a guarantee of getting work in this highly competitive industry, as we say time and time again to our students, if you are talented and keep your skills to a high standard then you will stand out from the crowd.
Does this sound like you? If it does, what are you waiting for? The opportunity is there... grab it!
If you are interested in becoming a Skilled Supporting Artist or Action Performer check out our Warrior Masterclass course HERE for more information on how to start your training!