DEMYSTIFYING STUNTS

June 21, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

A workshop with professional stuntwoman and stunt coordinator, Maja Aro

Presented by WIFTV, Cineworks, and Creative BC

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LOCATION: Brittania Beach (address provided once registered)

TIME: 10am to 4:30pm

Maja Aro will take the mystery out of stunts in this full-day workshop at her studio. From the basics of what is considered a stunt to examining how to successfully film stunts on budgets great and small, Maja will explain it all. The day will include demonstrations, video examples, breaking down scripts, and other ins-and-out of projects that involve stunt coordination and stunt performers.

 

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Maja Aro

Maja Aro (previously/aka Maja Stace-Smith) is a professional stuntwoman/stunt coordinator based in Vancouver BC. Maja’s decade long career has taken her around the world working on well-known Hollywood blockbusters (Red, Twilight Saga, The Cabin In The Woods, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and hit TV shows (Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, Smallville) alike.

Maja grew up in Williams Lake BC, and as a child and young adult was an internationally competitive downhill ski racer, national level downhill mountain bike racer and provincial level equestrian. Such skills gave her a good base when she began pursuing a career as a stuntwoman. She originally was pursuing a career as a fashion designer as making a career as an athlete didn’t seam like a viable option until she discovered stunts, and then promptly changed the direction of her training and career path. She still sews for passion, and usually designs and creates her event outfits.

Maja has been nominated for two UBCP awards for “best stunt”, in 2012 for her work on True Justice, and in 2014 for her work on The Tomorrow People. Maja was also nominated for a 2014 Taurus World Stunt Award for “best stunt by a stuntwoman” for her work on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. In 2015 Maja was honoured with the Stunt Warrior Award from the Artemis film festival celebrating her work as a stuntwoman.

Maja is currently filming season one of Amazon’s Man In The High Castle as the lead stunt double and developing her own feature film project.