Firearms Safety & Handling
Actors Workshop

Professionals who are serious about their career should be serious about their safety. This advanced workshop will teach people how to safely and effectively use one of the common tools of the film and theatre professions.

Firearms Training for Film and Theatre
The Firearms Safety & Handling Actors Workshop is specifically designed for actors, producers, filmmakers and other industry professionals to learn about firearms safety, handling and authenticity on film and theatre sets. Participants will learn through demonstration, lecture, video examples and hands-on practice in a safe and controlled environment how to be safer and more comfortable when handling firearms on set.

This workshop is designed to raise awareness about firearms safety in the entertainment industry and explain basic safety rules and industry guidelines. Not just for actors, it is open to all industry professionals who may be dealing with firearms. It details how to keep cast and crew safe when firearms or replica firearms are being handled on set and discusses the ways productions can get the look they want, safely and within budget.

This advanced workshop will increase confidence, show you how to be more safe on set and demonstrate how responsible handling can help tell the story and add to the professionalism of a production.

The workshop covers:

This is a three-day professional-level workshop that is informative, challenging and fun. A small group of participants work one-on-one with experienced instructors to maximize safety and confidence.

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Next workshop:

April 26 - 28, 2019


Three-Day Workshop
$395 Cdn Total

Frequently asked questions:

1) In your workshop, you get to practice with both blank-firing firearms PLUS real handguns with live ammunition? Why not just blanks?

2) I'm nervous around firearms. Is this workshop for me?
3) We are not using real firearms in our production. We're only using replicas. What can possibly go wrong with that?
4) Why should I care about authenticity?
5) What is included?
6) What are some of the most common mistakes actors make with firearms?
Registration requires a non-refundable registration fee of $150. Balance of the course fee is due the first day of class.

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With 30 years experience teaching law enforcement and government professionals how to shoot, instructor Dave Brown is one of few civilians considered an expert in police weapons training. As one of the subject matter experts in the design of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, he helped literally “write the book” on firearms safety in Canada. Dave has had numerous articles published in national and international police magazines, been recognized by courts as an expert witness and been invited to the House of Commons in Ottawa to share his expertise with the standing committee on national security.

As firearms safety coordinator in film and theatre, Dave has been entrusted with the safety of hundreds of cast and crew. Known for a relaxed teaching style and an intense dedication to safety, he has coached some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Due to his vast experience in the industry, Dave has been invited to speak on the topic of firearms safety in film and theatre to workshops and conferences across Canada and the U.S., and helped design the firearms safety training module for all IATSE theatre and film technicians in North America.

"Incredible! The confidence it gives you is amazing!"

"... WAY beyond my expectations."

"Excellent instructors!”

"It provided everything I could have imagined and more."

"I went from almost fainting the first time I picked up a handgun to loading and firing one multiple times, and I felt safe at all times.”

“Movie stars are coming to Winnipeg for more than just the historic backdrops. One of the best gunslingers in the business is also here. Dave Brown helps big stars and aspiring actors learn how to shoot, and shoot back, in on-screen action scenes. Handling weapons and ammunition and making it look real is an art that doesn't come naturally to everyone.” - Global TV News, November 22, 2007

Read the interview with Dave Brown on L.A. Talk Radio’s program “Film Courage”