imfdb.org  

Go Back   imfdb.org > The Forum > Guns & Movies

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-10-2012, 08:51 AM
Bugabear Bugabear is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 106
Default Not sure if this is the right place but How does one become an Armorer?

I'm interested in becoming an Armorer for movies and television. Does anybody know what kind of education one would need? Or the steps one would take to become one? I have some experience working as part of a backstage and technical crew for theatre, but nothing in film. I live in Vancouver, Canada, if that makes a difference.

Any kind of help you can give would be great. Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask this kind of question.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-20-2012, 09:42 PM
MT2008's Avatar
MT2008 MT2008 is offline
IMFDB & Forum Admin
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,506
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bugabear View Post
I'm interested in becoming an Armorer for movies and television. Does anybody know what kind of education one would need? Or the steps one would take to become one? I have some experience working as part of a backstage and technical crew for theatre, but nothing in film. I live in Vancouver, Canada, if that makes a difference.

Any kind of help you can give would be great. Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask this kind of question.
You'd do well to ask some of the armorers on here how they got started. But from what I gather (and I've talked to quite a few of them at this point), most armorers got into the business through two paths:

(1.) They served in the military, in some cases working at base armories. For instance, "Rock" Galotti (who has a rep as John Woo's favorite armorer) was a Marine Desert Storm veteran before he became a full-time weapons coordinator in Hollywood. You can read an interview with him here: http://www.movieweb.com/news/exclusi...r-rock-galotti

(2.) They trained as gunsmiths or some related field (engineering). Our own Steve Karnes got his start at Ellis Props & Graphics because his family has been in the gun business for a long time (if you talk to him, you'll find that he knew lots of gunsmiths and factory managers growing up).

Usually, the guys in category #1 work as on-set handlers only (which means that they supervise the use of weapons and train the actors to use them). The guys in category #2 usually work in the armory all day and convert guns to blank-fire or customize them in other ways. But there are plenty of armorers who are qualified to work as both gunsmiths and on-set handlers. So if you really wanted to become an armorer, the first thing you'd have to ask yourself is whether you want to be #1 or #2. If you want to be #1, go enlist, though only if you can get an MOS that is appropriate for the job. If you want #2, start taking classes.

Also, if you live in Vancouver, the big armory there is Tom Felcan's Felcan Enterprises, which supplies almost every movie and TV show filmed in British Columbia. Unless you plan to move to another province, that's probably where you'd want to work.
__________________
Cry "Havoc," and let slip the hogs of war.

Last edited by MT2008; 07-20-2012 at 09:46 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 04:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.