This is The Business of Action. Each week we take a look behind-the-scenes of the stunt and stage combat world. Please tune in every Friday afternoon for a new edition.
This is our first podcast!
I am really happy to have as my very first guest Michelle Ladd. Michelle is a distinguished member of the action world. She worked as a motion capture director for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003, The Chronicles of Narnia, Flags of our Fathers, Night at the Museum, and many others. She is a stunt performer, whose work can be seen on The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries, Quantico, and Outcast. (You can find a complete list of her film credits on IMDB.) Michelle is senior faculty at the United Stuntmen’s Association training courses, and is a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is married to Thom Williams, Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director. They live in Atlanta with their three sons.
The Business of Action is sponsored by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, The Spears School of Business, and Oklahoma State University. Without their support this podcast would not be possible. We want to thank Craig Watters, Julie Wilson, Maddy Cunningham, Ed Harris, Kevin Inouye Thrupti Konanur, Eric Wolfe, Michael Kirkland, Daniel Levinson, Kevin McCurdy, Larry Mullins, Dan Crutcher, and the crew at ITLE. Without you this podcast just could not have happened. And I want to thank you, our listeners, for tuning in to The Business of Action. We’ll See you next week, when we’ll be talking with Andy Fraser, Fight Director from Perth Australia. You won’t want to miss it. Until Then!
- Lloyd Caldwell
Episode 1 - Michelle Ladd
The Business of Action is a behind-the-scenes podcast providing a thoughtful and in-depth view of the stunt and stage combat world. Lloyd Caldwell believes that a series of interviews by leading artists and craftspeople in the field will advance the art through wider dissemination of information and opinion. He has collected a fair amount of materials over the years amounting to over 80 hours of recorded interviews. It was in reviewing these interviews that the concept of a podcast was born - here was a way to broaden and deepen the research and to share it broadly with colleagues around the world.
There is currently no podcast devoted to the art of staged violence and slapstick. You'll find podcasts about of Fight Directors, Stunt Coordinators, Stage Weapons Makers, HEMA practitioners, FX professionals, Stunt and Stage Combat Performers, Educators, Producers and Directors. The project is international in scope.
Episode 2 - Andy Fraser
An interview with Andy Fraser, a Fight Director and Motion Picture Director
from Perth, Australia.
Episode 3 - Jean Francios Gagnon, Simon Fon, and Daniel Levinson (pt. 1)
This is part one of a four way conversation with Fight Masters Jean Francois Gagnon of Montreal, Simon Fon of Toronto, and Daniel Levinson of Rapier Wit.
See you again next week.
Episode 5 - Paul Steger
This week we have Paul Steger as a guest. Paul is a fascinating man. He’s had extensive experience as a street performer, mime, actor in the Regional Theatres of the US, and as a fight director. Most notably, Paul was the first director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at Nebraska, and was instrumental in raising over $60 million for the school. His life journey is very interesting, to say the least. Let’s listen in.
Episode 4 - Jean Francios Gagnon, Simon Fon, and Daniel Levinson (pt. 2)
This is the second part of the interview with Fight Masters Jean-Francios Gagnon, Simon Fon and Daniel Levinson. In this podcast we discuss the movie industry in Canada. Of particular interest is the information on the movie industry in Quebec, especially Montreal. Simon discusses martial arts in action work, and we round out with a look at future action work in film.