Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors
Statement regarding recent firearms safety issues
The Society of American Fight Directors would like to address the recent attention surrounding the discharge of a live round from a firearm on the set of "Rust" which led to the injury of Joel Souza and the death of Halyna Hutchins.
The primary focus of the SAFD is to provide the theatrical industry with training for the real-time safety of the working artist. This is why we have, since 1977, offered an extensive curriculum to train theatre artists in safe and effective techniques and protocols to create illusions of violence. The SAFD has spent more than a decade developing a Theatrical Firearms Safety course to better support and educate the professional theatrical community about firearms used in the entertainment industry. Whether a performer, crew member, designer, director, or producer, we believe everyone deserves access to the protocols for the handling of theatrical firearms so that everyone involved in a production can act in an informed way when there is a firearm present in the work.
There are many reputable organizations — national and local — that provide training in the safe handling of firearms. For those interested in more in-depth training, The SAFD Theatrical Firearms Safety Course has been offered routinely since 2010. It is a fourteen hour, two-day course with a balance of hands-on and classroom instruction, led by carefully-vetted Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors (http://ow.ly/CvAT50GJKfV). These courses are offered nationwide on a continuing basis.
We will soon make available a list of some of our protocols for proper handling of theatrical firearms. If you find this useful, have questions, or would simply like more information about the safe use of theatrical firearms, contact email@example.com.
We hope that understanding some of the basic safety tenets of handling firearms in a theatrical production can continue to keep each other safe, while engaging in effective storytelling.