STUNT DRIVING COURSES
Drivetac is the brand new BSR accredited precision stunt driving school. This course has been developed by precision driving experts to ensure it delivers the specific needs for Film, TV, and all media platforms.
Upon completion the course will obtain the Stunt Register Driving Certification, Group C (2) qualification.
Driven to succeed
The standard course comprises of three, 3 day blocks and one test day. On this course you will be taught specific precision driving skills and manoeuvres, as well as important on-set and car safety information. This course will be taught by Sam Maher-Loughnan and a pool of hand-picked industry leading professionals, who are all from stunt driving or racing backgrounds. These individuals are equipped with a huge amount of experience and bespoke techniques that they will share with the attendees.
We have our own fleet of vehicles, workshop, classrooms and dedicated skid pan. While we have multiple surfaces to train on, for the acredited BSR stunt course we focus on one area of tarmac and concrete, both wet and dry with the use of water bowsers
This surface is what you will encounter 99% of the time when you start you journey as an ND driver (nondescript) so the ethos of the BSR course is to get you ready to to take your first job on set with the knowledge and confidence to perform at the highest level.
What You’ll Learn
We will teach you the ‘why and the how’ of stunt driving; the physics, safety systems, control systems and even mechanical sympathy – to avoid downtime on set. All of our training and techniques are specifically applicable to the world of film; from forward slalom and hand, feet and eye synchronisation, to hand-braking techniques, manual or hydraulic – all bases and disciplines are covered.
There is a 2-1 ratio for instructors and trainees and on average you will be driving for 6 hours per day. You will leave the course with integral Film and TV specific precision driving skills.
Cars in the fleet
4×4 SUV type
- Personal vehicle safety checks
- Tyre knowledge
- Failure points: Chassis, brakes & tyre
- Area risk assessment: Understanding vehicle weight & trajectory
- Understanding drive train dynamics: Front wheel, rear wheel, 4wheel drive
- ESP safety systems: Stability management, traction control, yaw control
- Understanding car dynamics on a film set
- Understanding and being taught how to foresee problems and how to fix them
- Understanding safe driving distance between cars and artist.
Film set etiquette
- Onset terminology
- How to use a radio correctly
- Understanding equipment required for specific stunts
- Different steering techniques that will apply to different skills
- Hand brake technique: Hydro & normal
- Understanding handbrakes & handbrake maintenance
- Basic car evaluation & test (prior to accepting vehicle)
- HB Turn: box park, forward 180, stopping on mark at different angles, i.e. from 45 – 90
- J Turn: Timing of the J turn in relation to the camera angle and understanding what the camera will pick up.
- Reverse 90
- Stop on mark / up to object
- Drive through restricted width opening and also with blind direction change beforehand.
- Drifting for film sets, delivering what is asked for.
- Sliding under an inertia, sliding under throttle, sliding with minimum revs (i.e. keeping the noise down for Sound Department), understanding the surface you are sliding on from a safety point of view (kicking up gravel, understanding where crew are based, where video village is etc.)
- Driving in a multiple car convoy, learning timings and distance, maintaining timings and distance. With the size of our facility, you will be in a in a car convoy with up to 10 cars, with the instructors applying real world and film set issues and experiences along the way.
- Camera tracking
Advanced stunt driving courses are avaialable for current BSR members and drivers with a proven CV.
On these specific courses we will advance your skill base and teach you how to perform the high energy driving stunts seen in the movies.
- Simultaneous reverse 180s inward and outward.
- Reverse 180 into a box 90
- Tandem drifting
- Stopping on a mark with extreme precision. ie. Another car and actor
- High speed driving. Increasing the speed on all skills learned to offer the camera more energy.
- Lift off oversteer
- Power sliding through an apex
- Chase car
- Camera car driving (classroom and practical)
- Driving in different seated positions
- High speed reversing
- Flying 360 front and rear wheel drive
- Racing technique with close proximity driving
- Driving with weapons. Shooting at a vehicle and shooting from a vehicle.
- Understanding safety equipment. ie. checking harnesses, roll cage (classroom)
- Understanding airbags (classroom)
- Understanding tyres and pressures (classroom)
- Driving different vehicles. ie. SUV, convertible, pod car, race car.
Designing a drift course and learning the physics of how to create the desired shots. Understanding the rear wheel drive vehicle you are operating and classroom work on the various types of differentials that each vehicle will have and how to maximise the potential of that particular diff.