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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.

Rental and production services available.

Operating as usual

Today we hosted a complimentary meet & greet / fighting for film workshop specifically for newer SAG-AFTRA  #stuntperfor...
04/03/2022

Today we hosted a complimentary meet & greet / fighting for film workshop specifically for newer SAG-AFTRA #stuntperformers with 3 credits or less. We will certainly do this again as we did not get to everyone who expressed interest.

We recall what it was like to be new, not know many people in the community, and getting hit with the realization that getting in the union is just the very beginning. The high of getting in is so often followed by a low of not getting work or knowing how to get started, network, etc.

What a great day training, sharing knowledge and getting to know our new peers in the community. They busted their asses today!

#BreakfallStudios #Stunts #StuntPerformer

Check out this interview on Stunt Hustle with our buddy Jared Blake DiCroce!"You're part of an elite group of athletes, ...
03/30/2022
Stunt Performer Spotlight: Jared DiCroce - Stunt Hustle - Stunt Stories

Check out this interview on Stunt Hustle with our buddy Jared Blake DiCroce!

"You're part of an elite group of athletes, called upon to do the things that others aren't either willing to, or can't afford the risk of trying. Then, we get to show up and do it. And do it reliably, repeatedly, and with a smile. This means that you get to train to be a hero, and gather the life skills of a prepared individual, over a desk job. That's pretty amazing, to me."

Click the link for the full interview!

Featured Interview With Stunt Performer: Jared DiCroce

03/24/2022

We are seeking exciting action performers, puppeteers and actors. Do you have what it takes? 🦖 Click to learn more. https://feld.ly/jwltauditions

RE: THE TELEVISION ACADEMY STUNT PEER GROUP (Shared for Larry Rosenthal)We wanted to send you out a Television Academy m...
03/22/2022

RE: THE TELEVISION ACADEMY STUNT PEER GROUP (Shared for Larry Rosenthal)

We wanted to send you out a Television Academy membership flyer (attached) and QR code for you to share with your stunt community. The Emmys / Television Academy has lost a lot of membership due to the pandemic, so we really need to get back if not surpass the numbers we once had.

We currently have less then 175 members when pre-pandemic, we were over 400. Right now this should be our primary goal at least until the end of the month, as becoming a new member, you have to join by March 31st in order to be able to vote on the Emmys.

There is a QR code on the bottom of the flyer for direct access to the membership page. I believe membership is $200. a year.

Benefits include but are not limited to:
1. Up to 2 free entries(otherwise $250./entry) into the Emmy competition
- Outstanding Stunt Performance
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination for Comedy Series or Variety Program
2. Get to vote on the final Emmy nominations
3. Stunt networking along with other industry networking events
4. Stunt pre-Emmy party and ideally one other stunt networking event
5. Emmy magazine, member events, exclusive activities and services, professional development seminars, panels and virtual events that allow more people to attend, etc.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Lesley Aletter or Larry Rosenthal.

03/15/2022

Who do we know (in NY or frequents NY) that is new to SAG-AFTRA as a stunt performer and / or only has one or two (or none) stunt credits?

Great to host Simone Belli / stuntgymboutique_italia / NY Combat for Stage & Screen  / Jared Kirby for Simone's NYC work...
03/12/2022

Great to host Simone Belli / stuntgymboutique_italia / NY Combat for Stage & Screen / Jared Kirby for Simone's NYC workshop today.

#Stunts #Italy #PutInTheWork #SimoneBelli #NYCStageCombat #BreakfallStudios

02/18/2022
Jared Blake DiCroce on the thumbnail of our Movies Insider episode! Got get it!Check out the full episode here: https://...
02/11/2022

Jared Blake DiCroce on the thumbnail of our Movies Insider episode! Got get it!

Check out the full episode here: https://youtu.be/oe_pLp5iihc

Sweet :)https://www.designboom.com/architecture/bjarke-ingels-group-wildflower-studio-film-village-new-york-city-queens-...
02/11/2022
bjarke ingels teams with robert de niro to design new york's film village 'wildflower studio'

Sweet :)

https://www.designboom.com/architecture/bjarke-ingels-group-wildflower-studio-film-village-new-york-city-queens-02-07-2022/

supporting new york’s growing film industry with its floating, vertical village dubbed ‘wildflower studios,’ bjarke ingels group / BIG presents a milestone for the film industry in new york city. led by robert de niro, the studios are currently under construction in queens. the project will b...

So much fun having Movies Insider shoot one of our trainings at Breakfall Studios & spend some time talking about how we...
02/04/2022
7 Stunt Falls Used Over And Over In Movies And TV Shows | Movies Insider

So much fun having Movies Insider shoot one of our trainings at Breakfall Studios & spend some time talking about how we train to fall! Huge thanks to Paul Varacchi, Jared Blake DiCroce, Charles Haskins, E. Calvin Ahn, Nicole Voulgaropoulos & Kristen Mary for coming out and taking a beating!

Professional stunt performers show us how they execute the falls we’ve seen in movies over and over again. Lead performer, Stephen Koepfer has worked on movi...

Concrete and Crashpads is now live on Burning Hammer Productions Youtube! Movie Link: https://youtu.be/WsE6eS-L9_w"Concr...
01/19/2022
"Concrete and Crashpads: Stunts in New York" - FULL DOCUMENTARY

Concrete and Crashpads is now live on Burning Hammer Productions Youtube!

Movie Link: https://youtu.be/WsE6eS-L9_w

"Concrete and Crashpads - Stunts in New York" is a documentary short film that offers a glimpse into the invisible world of New York's booming stunt community. The life of a stunt performer is lived in the shadows, without fanfare or recognition. This film peeks into the lives of some of the men and women who put their bodies and lives on the line, or aspire to do so, for an audience that may not know they even exist. Directed by Stephen Koepfer and Matthew Kaplowitz, edited by Matthew Kaplowitz, and starring some of New York's finest stunt performers.

"Concrete and Crashpads was a great sneak peek of the industry and overview of the basics. To someone that has no clue about what a stunt performer does, or is, it's an insightful look at the nuts and bolts of our work."
- James Armstrong, Stunt Coordinator (Fear The Walking Dead, Amazing Spiderman 2)

Produced by Burning Hammer Productions and Breakfall Studios

Official Selection:
2016 HBO/Cinemax's Urban Action Showcase
2017 New York State International Film Festival
2017 Iron Dragon Actionfest
2017 Action On Film Festival
2017 Rahway International Film Festival
2017 IIPM International Film Festival
2017 Manhattan Independent Film Festival
2017 Movies4Movies Summer Festival
2017 YofiFest International Film Festival

Nominations and Awards:
Winner - 2017 Best Shorts Competition - Award of Recognition
Winner - 2017 Audience Award - Iron Dragon Actionfest
Nominated - 2017 Action On Film Festival - Best Editing of a Documentary

Non-festival Screenings:
2017 SAG-AFTRA Foundation "The Business" series
Check out our post screening Q&A: youtu.be/hLZj8EY_124

PRESS:

9/13/2017 - Film Independent features "Concrete and Crashpads" and interviews Co-Directors Matthew Kaplowitz and Stephen Koepfer.
filmindependent.org/blog/concrete-crashpads-behind-scenes-insight-top-stunt-performers/

10/13/2017 - Caution Spoilers takes in in depth look at Breakfall Studios and some of their stunt team.
cautionspoilers.com/stunts/breakfall-stunts-interviews-stunt-world-performers-nyc/

6/27/17 - Everlast In Fighting Shape Podcast interviews Co-Directors Matthew Kaplowitz, Stephen Koepfer and cast member/stunt performer Tina McKissick.
teameverlast.everlast.com/ifs-fitness-podcast-ep-20-hollywood-stunt-artists/

5/8/2017 - Caution Spoilers - Co-Director Matthew Kaplowitz interview.
cautionspoilers.com/interviews/interview-film-director-matthew-kaplowitz/

2/16/17 - Caution Spoilers - Cast member Joanne Lamstein interview.
cautionspoilers.com/interviews/fire-fear-favourite-stunts-interview-stuntwoman-jo-lamstein/

1/21/2017 - Caution Spoilers - Co-Director Stephen Koepfer interview.
cautionspoilers.com/interviews/coming-out-of-the-shadows-interview-director-rookie-stuntman-steve-koepfer/

1/15/2016 - ActionMovieFreak.com Review.
actionmoviefreak.com/index-2017.php#concrete-and-crashpads

1/18/2017 - Caution Spoilers Review.
cautionspoilers.com/film-reviews/concrete-crashpads-stunts-new-york-short-film/

11/2/2016 - Film Combat Syndicate Review.
filmcombatsyndicate.blogspot.com/2016/11/review-concrete-and-crashpads-stunts-in.html?m=0

"Concrete and Crashpads - Stunts in New York" is a documentary short film that offers a glimpse into the invisible world of New York's booming stunt communit...

01/19/2022

It is not too often that worlds collide like this! Most of our followers know that Sambo is a huge influence in our style of fight choreography. In the case of Kino Lorber's BRIGHTON 4TH, our loves of Sambo, wrestling and film is combined and rolled into one! And, it takes place in Brooklyn ;) It is a must see!

In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic Freestyle Wrestling and Sambo World Champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire.

Lensed by Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Nebraska), Levan Koguashvili BRIGHTON 4TH won three major awards at the Tribeca Film Festival – Best International Film, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay – and is Georgia’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards®.

The film premiers at the Village East Cinema (in NYC) on January 28th and Beacon (NY), Detroit, and Los Angeles on February 11th.

Pick up tickets and screening information at this link:
https://kinomarquee.com/film/venue/61b7c7e6e308390001c89035

“A gentle, naturalistic story of parental devotion and sacrifice… balances rueful humor with genuine sweetness.”
– Alissa Simon, Variety

“Touchingly absurd and absurdly touching… A slow-burn family drama infused with welcome doses of deadpan dark humor.”
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realised snapshots of Georgian manhood."
– Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Congrats to all the coordinators and teams nominated in this year's SAG Awards! Bravo!!👏👏👏👏#Stunts #StandUpForStunts #St...
01/12/2022

Congrats to all the coordinators and teams nominated in this year's SAG Awards! Bravo!!
👏👏👏👏

#Stunts #StandUpForStunts #StuntEnsemble #StuntCoordinator #StuntPerformer #SAGAwards #SAGAFTRA

01/01/2022
Please take a moment to read and consider donating to our friend Crystal's GoFundMe. We could not be more excited to hea...
11/20/2021
Cancer Survivor Visual Fundraiser, organized by Crystal Granville

Please take a moment to read and consider donating to our friend Crystal's GoFundMe. We could not be more excited to hear she is cancer free and can't wait to train with her again! Crystal has been a picture of courage!

Hi! I’m Crystal Granville. I’m a stunt woman and model living in Los Angeles, … Crystal Granville needs your support for Cancer Survivor Visual Fundraiser

After many years on Amazon Prime, thanks to their new policy of dropping short films, ours and Burning Hammer Production...
11/17/2021
Concrete and Crashpads: Stunts in New York

After many years on Amazon Prime, thanks to their new policy of dropping short films, ours and Burning Hammer Productions's 2016 documentary Concrete and Crashpads - A Documentary is up for free on vimeo (and soon Burning Hammer's youtube). We can't believe its been 5 years. If you have not seen it, please enjoy!

"Concrete and Crashpads - Stunts in New York" is a documentary short film that offers a glimpse into the invisible world of New York's booming stunt…

11/10/2021
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Here is a video highlight of Stephen Koepfer's Koepfer's recent appearance on Adrian Paul''s Sword Experience "Hollywood Experience" podcast. Download the full episode where you get your podcasts! We chat a bit about how we founded Breakfall Studios

11/10/2021

November 19th Firearm and Tactical class with Charles Haskins at Argus Film Works is sold out. 5 slots left. 10 spots open for the 20th. Hit up Charles to register!

10/14/2021

IATSE:

We have been made aware that in response to the strike announcement, some employers are scheduling unplanned sixth and seventh days and additional overtime. It is telling that during a negotiation focused on unsafe hours and other abusive working conditions, some AMPTP companies are intentionally choosing to risk the health and safety of our members to serve their own selfish interests.

If you feel unsafe or unable to perform services due to the long hours and extra workdays we strongly encourage you to report this to the appropriate Studio Safety Hotline immediately and to request a ride or a room at the end of each day to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Studio Safety Hotlines:
Fox – 310-369-3000
MGM – 800-631-5975
NBC/Universal – 818-777-2153
Paramount – 323-956-8955
Prospect – 800-699-4870
Sony – 888-833-7233
Turner – 404-878-8774
Warner – 818-954-2800
CBS – 818-655-6078
DreamWorks – 818-733-6500
Netflix – 844-222-1739
ABC/Disney – 800-832-3389

PLEASE BE SAFE FRIENDS! I know that many of you will be working a 100+ hour week. Do whatever it takes to make it home alive on Monday. 

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Would love to get in on a sesh soon 🙏