The Prop Gun Safety essentials workshop is accessibly priced at $325, including all materials, refreshments and swag.
(Film school and University Theater study Students may be eligible
for special discounts. Please ask to see if you qualify.)
WHAT CAN I DO TO RESERVE MY SPACE IN A WORKSHOP?
Place a request for a space in an upcoming workshop through the "Inquiries and Applications" section at the end of the home page.
Then we will send you a link to make a refundable* $50 deposit to reserve your space.
(*Deposit is refundable for any reason up to 48 hours from the start time of the workshop you have reserved.)
ARE THERE OTHER WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE?
We have upcoming workshops for advanced prop gun handling, out of the ordinary and antique prop guns and another to learn about the role of advanced studio armorers, handling specially licensed firearms as Assault rifles, Destructive devices and full-auto Machine guns.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO ATTEND A WORKSHOP?
ARE WORKSHOPS HELD ANYWHERE OTHER THAN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?
Yes! We hold workshops in film-industry hubs as New York, Atlanta, Albuquerque....
(And can stage one in your U.S. region should you help host it, fill reservations and coordinate location needs.) Minimum 18 participants for workshops held outside SoCal.
18 years of age minimum*
(*Prerequisite If under 20 years old: must be in a college film program or currently working in theater, film or TV.
Proof required, such as a call-sheet or letter of recommendation from department supervisor, UPM or Producer.)
WHAT EXPERIENCE LEVEL MUST I HAVE TO ATTEND?
This workshop involves loud noise. Hearing protection is available during the course.
Covid practices are in place including regular handwashing/ sanitizing and the option of personal masking at your discretion. Be advised, this workshop involves the handing off of objects from person to person.
First and foremost, we strive to create a safe space in which to learn together as a team. Participants are encouraged to support one another during this exploration process. We build a sense of connection so we know that as we may stumble a bit while learning, we can do so with the confidence that mistakes made in the classroom only help build the muscles to avoid them on stage and set.
Participants bring with them a wide range of film and gun experience. We adapt the program to all levels of experience. So far we've worked with a wide range of skill levels from novice film students and first time gun handlers to 30 year veteran movie pros and even well seasoned firing range instructors.
Whatever your level of experience, you'll fit right in!
Private tutoring is available for individuals and small groups for hands-on firearms training involving modern and period shooting techniques, actual live fire range time or "Total-Pro" individualized programs to hone your on-stage Armorer knowledge and skills to be their peak.
A deep-dive into a wide array of gun models, terms, procedures, practices, firing and cleaning to build your safety muscle and confidence to the max.
WILL THE PROP GUN SAFETY ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP QUALIFY ME AS A STUDIO "ARMORER"?
The Prop Gun Safety essentials workshop is a basic 8 hour introduction to the craft of prop gun handling as a prop professional for theatrical productions and does not in and of itself certify attendees to be fully qualified as studio "Armorers" for motion pictures, television and stage.
Participants are invited to build the essential knowledge, skill and mind-set to safely identify, manage and store prop guns for theatrical productions. Graduates completing this course will receive a Prop Gun Safety Essentials certificate and will be considered capable per our program standards for basic on stage prop gun handling.
Due to time constraints, advanced scene choreography, budgeting, managing a department and acquiring work are among subjects not covered the PGS essentials workshop.
(Prop Gun LLC is NOT a certifying agent for, or connected in any way to the AMPTP or CSATF.)
IS THIS WORKSHOP AVAILABLE TO CRAFTS OUTSIDE PROPMASTERS, THEIR ASSISTANTS AND ARMORER/GUN WRANGLERS?
Yes, of course! The core crew who are most likely to be near a prop gun during a scene are invited to learn the ropes along with us. We invite and have had Camera Operators, Key Grips, Set Medics, Set Teachers, 1st AD's, Stage Managers and a few others attend and learn what to look for when working around prop gunfire.
We feel it is important for these fellow craftspeople to have a sense of just how safe prop guns are when managed according to the methods we've developed in Hollywood over the past century. And to know how to spot careless handling and potentially dangerous situations on set.
This workshop, above all, helps build a set-safety muscle to integrate into our existing practices and tiring, long days on set.