Erol is highly qualified in Health & Safety Management for Film & TV. With 100+ credits and over 22 years of experience in a variety of productions around the world and is a full member of Equity.
A Fight Coordinator - Stunt Performer with a passion to create and develop effective and safe fight action scenes. As an ex-London Firefighter, able to deal with highly intense situations.
My history includes a vast amount of work as a Fight Coordinator and Stunt Performer. I was an instructor at The Action Academy, teaching different styles of combat, helping people understand the many considerations and variables of a fight scene.
I have been part of the ongoing development and changes in health and safety for over 22 years, in the workplace and for productions. Understanding the moral, legal and economic responsibilities involved in a world where there is always an element of risk.
SCRIPT BREAKDOWNS AND RISK ASSESSMENTS…
I can do script breakdowns, risk assessments and create a budget for a fight action scene. Taking into consideration locations, sets, props and the capabilities of those involved. Making ample time for rehearsals and monitoring safety.
BEING PART OF A TEAM…
Whilst working in the UK and abroad, I have built my knowledge and developed different skillsets within the industry. Learning about the many aspects of a production and building relationships with those involved.
SUPPORT AND EXPERTISE
I enjoy guiding and supporting those who are involved in a fight scene, building their confidence and bringing out the best in them in a safe environment. Creating a controlled, monitored and adaptable routine to suit all. Supporting actors and the whole production team.
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**CERTIFIED IN CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS ON PRODUCTION TRAINING**
The use of shattering glass in production looks dramatic on the big screen. The methodology behind breaking stunt glass is really interesting and there are many considerations when using it.
This article is for people who are interested in becoming a stunt performer and want to understand the use of stunt glass in a production.
Here’s a good example…
I’m going to talk about the film Trainspotting 2 where I was privileged to be asked to put together an action scene with the Director Danny Boyle. The fight scene involved a fall back onto a glass table with the use of a detonator.
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'Health & safety in the film and TV industry'
Health and safety in filming is always a hot topic, now it’s red hot due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A ‘Production company’ is generally the ‘employer’ of crew, actors and stunt perfomers etc… So, it is their responsibility to make sure that there is a health and safety policy in place for a production. However, the health and safety responsibility doesn’t stop there – Producers, Production Managers, Directors and even crew members have a duty of care.
This is me performing a stunt in a scene from ‘Gangs of London’ with Stunt Coordinator Jude Poyer.
Why have I written this article?
This article is for people who want to get some basic insights into health and safety in productions. I have been in the filming industry for over 22yrs and I am qualified in Safety Management in Film and TV Production.
As an ex-firefighter, I also have a certificate in health and safety in the workplace. It’s an aspect of my life that has been an ongoing learning and training process, dealing with emergency situations and being aware of potential hazards was the major part of my work in the London Firebrigade.
Hopefully, you find some useful information from this article, that’s my goal.
Production companies are having to make big changes to their health and safety procedures. It’s not just a matter of the physical care of those involved in a production, we now have the extra challenge of dealing with a pandemic. Hygiene is of the upmost importance as is protection, both adding time and money to a budget and filming schedule. Whilst this extra pressure is rather daunting we have to remember the added restrictions from social distancing are temporary. It shouldn’t scare production companies, they just need to do extra planning. It appears they are and things are starting to move again in the industry.
Health and safety…
‘Health and safety policies’ - safety responsibilities are moral, legal and economic, by that I mean the well being of a person, the rules, regulations and costs.
It’s important to remember that different countries and locations may have different legislations, it’s also key to remember that each scene in a production will present itself with a different set of risk factors.
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