Answer to Question 1.
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1. What is a Motion Picture Armourer and what is the function of the Armourer (Armorer) on the film set?
A. The provision of Firearms to the Film Industry is by way of a
licence issued by a state government to a person who is Suitably Qualified to be a Licensed Film Armourer.
Unfortunatly not all Armourers have the same level of expertise even though they may have a current Police Issued Film Armourer Licence.
The Armourer should have a working knowledge of the
film industry,the requirements of the Camera & Crew, all film set safety issues and be able to provide all types of weapons as a professional service to the industry.
At your first meeting with an
Armourer always ask to see the Armourers Licence and Other Required Permits and his
credits and verify them.
Check what the licence allows the Armourer
It must be Film and Television specific.
check the licence for every new film project.... Licences do
A professional Armourer will not mind you asking
questions or verifying any of his credentials.
The Armourer is your bridge between the law, the weapons and
the film set requirements.
of the Armourer is to provide the director with the
correct advice with regard to the types of firearms that
will suit the script, coach the actors in the correct
usage of the firearms, set up a safety brief for the
actors and crew and set up an "On Set Code of Practice" to eliminate the chance of injury to any
person on the "Film Set" when firing
blank cartridges, and to choreograph the gun fire action
sequences so that the edited footage will be both
realistic and believable.
All of this will be completed
in a safe and controlled manner.