Breakfall Studios

Breakfall Studios Training for New York stunt performers and actors via regularly scheduled workshops. Our facility is fully equipped with a variety of pads, mats, prop weapons, a basic rig system, scaffold, and more.
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Hi all, wanted to share info about our space. We are a private intimate sized studio available for use as a location, pr...
02/19/2021

Hi all, wanted to share info about our space. We are a private intimate sized studio available for use as a location, previz shoots, auditions, rehearsals, etc. Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, we are well stocked with prop weapons, full kit of mats and pads, a small rig and scaffold, and martial art gear.

Past clients have included Spike TV, Matador Content, Roman Candle Casting, Bellator MMA, Burning Hammer Productions, and many independent film productions.

You can learn more about us here:
http://breakfallstudios.com/

Feel free to pm us or email [email protected] for more info.

Hey! If you're looking to diversify your sets or hire great PAs feel free to reach out to Harold Williams at hwilliams@b...
02/14/2021
"Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Program | Hire | BWI

Hey! If you're looking to diversify your sets or hire great PAs feel free to reach out to Harold Williams at [email protected].

Harold is the training coordinator at the Made In NY training program. They train and place PAs of color.

Need to hire production assistants? You can count on “Made in NY” production assistants to be pre-screened, trained, and experienced.

Congrats to all our peers involved in these productions! Well deserved honors by the SAG Awards for Stunt Ensemble in a ...
02/05/2021

Congrats to all our peers involved in these productions! Well deserved honors by the SAG Awards for Stunt Ensemble in a motion picture or television series.

01/05/2021

To our actor or rookie stunt friends, many have asked during the year about our basic falls workshop we generally offer during the year. We miss doing them terribly! Sadly, we are still not able to offer group classes. However, we can teach private lessons (distanced, masked, following all covid-19 protocol) for up to 2 people. If anyone is interested in booking a semi-private falls lesson for themselves and a partner (or has questions), shoot us a PM or email me at [email protected]

Several people have asked where the Go Fund Me for New York Combat Sambo had gone as they wished to donate. In truth, I ...
12/08/2020
NY Combat Sambo Covid Fundraiser Continued, organized by Stephen Koepfer

Several people have asked where the Go Fund Me for New York Combat Sambo had gone as they wished to donate. In truth, I had shut it down when we met our goal 6 months ago. However, the harsh reality is that we could still use some support. If you are one of the people who have urged me to continue fundraising and set up a new Go Fund Me, as much as I wish I did not need to, I thank you! If you have trained with us in the past and wish to support our studio, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. There is no pressure to do so. We have received so much love already. But, if you wish to, the option is now available.

Hi all, several people have asked where our Go Fund Me from March had gone … Stephen Koepfer needs your support for NY Combat Sambo Covid Fundraiser Continued

....the Academy has also added outstanding stunt performance by an individual or team in a drama, comedy, limited series...
12/08/2020
Television Academy Merges Variety Talk and Sketch Back Together, Among Other Emmy Changes For 2021

....the Academy has also added outstanding stunt performance by an individual or team in a drama, comedy, limited series or movie as a new category.

“This new award will recognize stunt performers themselves; previously, there have only been stunt coordination categories,” the org said. “The award will acknowledge actual stunt artists whose performances across the global television medium are integral to storytelling each season. Team entries will be capped at four entrants.”

The Television Academy revealed several rules changes late Friday for next year’s 73rd Emmy Awards, including the surprising decision to merge variety talk and variety sketch back into one ca…

Is that pandemic solo training driving you stir crazy yet?
12/07/2020
How's that pandemic training treating you?

Is that pandemic solo training driving you stir crazy yet?

Ready to stop solo training and get back to "normal" life in 2021? Be careful what you wish for. You may miss this when its gone ;)And I know you love ABBA, ...

Behind-The Stunts
11/26/2020

Behind-The Stunts

Sad news as we learn of the passing of Jery Hewitt. He started his stunt career back in the late seventies and had over 200 credits to his name including Fort Apache The Bronx in 1981, Crocodile Dundee 1986, See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989, Daylight 1996 plus over 200 episodes of Law and Order SVU.
For me he will always be remembered for this incredible fall in The Soldier in 1982.
Jery will be remembered in the stunt community as a teacher, a friend and a game changer.

On Friday, November 27, we will have a small gathering from 4:30-6:00pm at the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick to bid our farewells. We ask that you respect all Covid-19 protocols. This spring we will assemble many more to celebrate this great man and his bright light. Until then, and in the meantime, we are all held tight by your warm embraces, born out of your love for Jery, and for us. To you, we return that love. We are thankful for you and for getting to spend our lives with Jery.



If you would like to make a donation in Jery’s name, he was quite fond of Beautiful People Sports, Adaptive Sports for children with Disabilities. Jery (no surprise there) was a frequent volunteer for them. Beautiful People Sports, 28 Railroad Ave # 4A, Warwick, NY 10990, or online www.beautiful-people.us or to Warwick Food Pantry, 135 Forester Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990 or any local food pantry.

March 6th, 1949 - November 20th, 2020

Great history and lineage here!
11/13/2020
Hollywood - Ep 5 : Hazards of the Game

Great history and lineage here!

This episode is all about the unsung heroes of the silent film era: stuntmen. It's a pretty fascinating look at how some of those stunts were done and it's t...

Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts
11/12/2020

Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts

#FSFF2020 Short Film #18 Rewind Directed by Stephen Koepfer, Paul Varacchi

Synopsis: Two men meet to settle a score, but there can only be one winner. Who will it be?

A little bit about the director:

Stephen Koepfer:
Stephen is a lifelong New Yorker and martial artist. He holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and a Master of Sport of Russia in Combat Sambo. As head coach of New York Combat Sambo, which he founded in 2003, Stephen has coached his team to multiple victories in both national and international combat sports. He was a Team Coach for the 2008 US World Sambo Team as well as Head Coach for the 2015 - 2018 US Combat Wrestling World Team. Stephen is an ABC approved MMA referee and judge. A SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, since childhood Stephen has dreamed of working in the film and television industry; even having attended film-making camp during several summers of his youth. As he grew older he continued to experiment with film-making. At first with an old super-8 camera of his father's and later with modern digital technology. After high school, where Stephen focused on visual art, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City on a full scholarship where he earned his BFA. Stephen later earned his Master's degree from Hofstra University. Recognized for his martial arts expertise, Stephen served as a technical adviser for The Human Weapon (history Channel), the season one finale of Dhani Tackles the Globe (Travel Channel), where he appeared as himself, Bellator NYC: Countdown to Sonnen vs. Silva, also appearing as himself, and has produced several award-winning documentaries. As a stunt performer, Stephen has been fortunate enough to work on John Wick Parabellum, The Blacklist (NBC), The Punisher (Netflix), DEVS (FX on HULU), Hunters (Amazon), and Ray Donovan (Showtime). In 2015 Stephen co-founded Breakfall Studios with his partner
and fellow martial artist/stunt performer Paul Varacchi.

Paul Varacchi:
Paul Varacchi has called many places home before returning back to Manhattan, the city that he loves. After studying International Hotel and Restaurant Management at Johnson & Wales Paul moved out West, which became the birthplace of Paul's 20 year long career as a chef. After returning to NYC Paul worked in many esteemed restaurants, including the Spotted Pig where he began pursuing his love of Martial Arts. Paul Varacchi is a certified Krav Maga Instructor, the only American to be certified by Professor Itay Gil of Protect Israeli Security Systems and the Director-in-Charge of Intelligence, CounterTerrorism and Homeland Security Studies at Hebrew University. In addition to representing Protect Security in New York, Paul is the owner and head instructor of Flow Krav Maga, Assistant Combat Sambo Instructor at NY Combat Sambo and a Certified Freestyle Sambo Official. In 2015, Paul made his start in the film industry, beginning to study/train fight choreography. He began working as a Production Assistant on all the Netflix/Marvel New York productions, where he built a large professional network in the New York television and stunt community, learned the ropes and culture of a film set. Shortly after, Paul joined SAG-AFTRA and began working as a professional stunt performer. He has appeared in The Blacklist (NBC), Bull (CBS), The Punisher (Netflix), Daredevil (Netflix), and Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC).

To Buy a Day Pass for Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020: http://bit.ly/dpfsff20
Ticket to Buy Tickets to the Screening of Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020 Short Films Part Two: http://bit.ly/sfiifsff20

To all our friends in London and surrounding areas! Our action short REWIND will screen at the Fighting Spirit Film Fest...
10/28/2020

To all our friends in London and surrounding areas! Our action short REWIND will screen at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival: All Action Martial Arts on November 7th! We will screen during the Part 2 short film block. If you can, please support this festival and all the filmmakers represented! We wish we could be there!!

Hey Everyone,

Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020 is set to take place on the 7th of November at Premiere Cinemas in Romford Premiere Cinemas Romford so book your tickets now!

The Schedule for Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2020:

10:30 Short films part 1 (18) (162min)

13:35 Short films part 2 (18) (164min)

16:30 Dead End trilogy (18) (70min) + Q&A

18:30 Fighter in the Wind (15) (121min) & dir intro

21:10 Tribal (15) (86min) + Q&A

Check out our Website for more information about the short film line up and also about the feature film line up for this year: https://www.fightingspiritfilmfestival.com/

Please see Premiere Cinemas Romford’s website for guidance for COVID 19 regulations, if you are going to buy a ticket for the 7th of November.

We hope to see you there!

To Buy a Day Pass for Fighting spirit Film Festival 2020: http://bit.ly/dpfsff20
To Buy a Ticket For the Short Film Line Up Part One: https://bit.ly/sfpifsffi
To Buy a Ticket For the Short Film Line Up Part Two: https://bit.ly/sfiifsff20
Link to Buy a Ticket to Dead End Trilogy along with a Q+A: http://bit.ly/detqat20
Link to book a ticket to Fighter in the Wind: http://bit.ly/fitwyhy20
Link to Buy a Ticket to Tribal: Get Out Alive + Q+A: http://bit.ly/tgoasqa20

Please support our friend Charles Haskins reach his kickstsrter goal for his film Leatherman. If you have ever taken any...
10/23/2020
Now On Kickstarter, Leatherman, A Short Sci-Fi Fantasy Film | ABNewswire

Please support our friend Charles Haskins reach his kickstsrter goal for his film Leatherman. If you have ever taken any of our Guns for Reel Tactical Workshops, you know Charles ;) Please check out this link and consider supporting him!

Now On Kickstarter, Leatherman, A Short Sci-Fi Fantasy Film Posted on October 20, 2020 by admin Now seeking community support via Kickstarter, a short film about a dark wizard who comes to our reality to spread the madness of a supernatural master. Charles Haskins, a screenwriter and filmmaker with....

Check out Stephen Koepfer on Wrong Reel podcast talking about some of his favorite fight scenes, training martial arts, ...
10/19/2020

Check out Stephen Koepfer on Wrong Reel podcast talking about some of his favorite fight scenes, training martial arts, his experiences as a freshman stunt performer, and a whole lot more. Please subscribe and give a listen!

WR522 - Stuntman Stephen Koepfer joins us to analyze some of his favorite action scenes in film and television from the last 25 years: https://bit.ly/349QnXR

10/05/2020
2020 STUNT MEMORIAL VIDEO

2020 Stunt Memorial. Please spend a few minutes watching this video and honoring these fine people.

This is one of my many passions for the stunt community, to remember our mentors and peers that have passed. A big thanks to Stephen Koepfer, for his help in...

On a roll! REWIND was named a semi-finalist at the Best Short Fest! Congrats to all our cast & crew AND all the films in...
09/19/2020

On a roll! REWIND was named a semi-finalist at the Best Short Fest! Congrats to all our cast & crew AND all the films in the festival! The love that is being shown to our short is so humbling!

This was a nice surprise that arrived in the mail today! Super stoked that our action short film REWIND is a finalist fo...
09/19/2020

This was a nice surprise that arrived in the mail today! Super stoked that our action short film REWIND is a finalist for Best Action Film at the Austin Micro Film Festival! Congrats to all our cast & crew AND all the nominees for Best Action Film! We wish we could have been in Austin this weekend for the drive in screenings at Doc's Drive In Theatre! Sounds like it was a blast!

How Top TV Producers Staffed Amid Coronavirus and Ongoing WGA-ATA Issues
09/16/2020
How Top TV Producers Staffed Amid Coronavirus and Ongoing WGA-ATA Issues

How Top TV Producers Staffed Amid Coronavirus and Ongoing WGA-ATA Issues

Michelle and Robert King, the creators and showrunners of “Evil” and “The Good Fight,” typically start each season of every show they run with dinner and drinks with the writers. One of the best th…

International Stunt Association
09/16/2020

International Stunt Association

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you all that our ISA brother, Merritt Yohnka passed away this morning.

Merritt was loved by so many in the film and television community and also had a significant impact on many of our careers as stunt professionals.

We want to thank everyone who donated through City of Hope to help with Merritt’s treatment and also to those who donated financially.

Given that this just happened, we do not have any information on services yet but if we hear anything we will keep you all informed. Please respect the Yohnka family and their privacy at this time.

Merritt will be missed tremendously!

A Day on a Film Set in the Time of Coronavirus
09/12/2020
A Day on a Film Set in the Time of Coronavirus

A Day on a Film Set in the Time of Coronavirus

As Hollywood crawls toward some version of normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, we at Variety have been curious about how the day-to-day work of film and television production would resume. Afte…

Super stoked that our action short film REWIND is a finalist (4 nominees) for Best Action Film at the Austin Micro Short...
09/07/2020

Super stoked that our action short film REWIND is a finalist (4 nominees) for Best Action Film at the Austin Micro Short Film Festival! Congrats to all our cast & crew AND all the nominees for Best Action Film! We wish we could be in Austin this weekend. But, all our Austin peeps should go! It sounds like it will be a blast at Doc's Drive In Theatre!

Sunday, September 13th, 2020!

Here is the link for the festival:
https://info.filmfestivalcircuit.com/blog/austin-micro-short-film-festival-2020

Pick up tickets here:
https://www.docsdriveintheatre.com/tc-events/austin-micro-short-film-festival-2020

09/05/2020
Breakfall Studios - Training for Stunt Professionals

As productions begin to gear back up in New York City, we wanted to leave a friendly reminder that Breakfall Studios is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. Available for rent, our space is very convenient for auditions, rehearsals, training for your actors or as use as a location. We are glad to work with large and small productions, and will do our best to work within your budget.

You can learn more about us from our page or our website - www.breakfallstudios.com

Feel free to message us here or e-mail us with any questions at [email protected]

*It should go without saying that industry standard, NY State and our facility's Covid-19 safety protocols will be strictly enforced.

09/05/2020
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Special thanks to Scott for his insider secrets!
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All our best to the family of John Nolan."The untimely death of a crew member highlights the conflicts faced by filmmake...
09/02/2020
Crew death renews concerns over film set safety amid COVID-19

All our best to the family of John Nolan.

"The untimely death of a crew member highlights the conflicts faced by filmmakers and workers on sets as they resume production. While many in the industry want to return to filming, with thousands of jobs lost in the hiatus, they have to balance the risks of exposure to COVID-19 as sets are typically crowded locations. Producers, unions and health officials have been working together for months to create a series of safety protocols for sets."

John Nolan, an assistant director who died last week after a battle with COVID-19, worked on a commercial shoot in Texas.

Austin peeps!! Fear not! If you missed the IDTV Action Fest screening, our action short REWIND is also an Official Selec...
08/28/2020

Austin peeps!! Fear not! If you missed the IDTV Action Fest screening, our action short REWIND is also an Official Selection at Austin Micro Film Fest. The festival will be held as a drive in at Doc's Drive In Theatre in Buda, TX. The date is Sunday, September 13, 2020. Tickets will be available to purchase soon. We hope you can go see it on the big screen!

https://info.filmfestivalcircuit.com/blog/austin-micro-short-film-festival-2020

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Would love to get in on a sesh soon 🙏