We've all done it, right? Made a gun out of our thumb, index and middle finger, and pretended we were in the middle of a massive shoot-out. That we were James Bond or Lara Croft, the camera on us as we expertly wield our finger gun. I bet we've all made the firing sound with our mouths as we did it. If you were told that when you grew up, you didn't have to stop playing pretend, and you would actually get paid for it, you would jump at the chance, and that dream comes true for many of our skilled supporting artists and special action extras.
That's the dream though, the make-believe part, and the reality of performing with firearms is quite different. There's more to it than just pointing and shooting, and prop guns are far more dangerous than your index finger. So we asked Chief Instructor Andreas Petrides to give us his top five tips for performing with firearms ahead of our next Gun Rush: Firearms For Film course.