'Gunshot reactions - say hello to my little friend' by Erol Mehmet
Many factors have to be taken into consideration when reacting to a gunshot in a fight scene for the big screen, TV or other productions. This article is ideal for someone who wants to understand the basics.
Are you thinking about becoming a stunt performer? This is for you.
**“Say hello to my little friend.”**
It’s that famous quote from the movie Scarface starring Al Pacino, a movie that is jam-packed with gunshots and good reactions.
*Spoiler alert (if you haven’t seen the movie).
At the end of the film, Tony (Al Pacino) knows that he won’t survive, so he decides to get as many bad guys as possible before they get him. He takes a grenade launcher-equipped M16A1 and shoots many before he is taken down too. Find out more about the movie here.
Reactions to a bullet shot are clearly explained by Andreas Petrides, a Stunt Coordinator, founder and instructor for the British Stunt Academy. Andreas explains, “wherever the bullet shot hits you, that should be the first reaction point. It’s like being punched.”
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