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Firearms Safety for the Film Industry

October 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


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with Dave Brown

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm | $125

Gateway Gun Club, 871 Gateway Road


Firearms can be as safe as any other prop on a film set when handled correctly. But how do you know for sure they are being handled properly? What is an adequate level of safety protection when working with blanks? What are legal requirements when using firearms, and the legal and safety issues involved when using replicas? How far away do people need to be and what kind of notifications and permits are required to film gunshots?

Firearms on a film set impact nearly every department. This workshop is designed specifically to answer those questions, and more. Participants will not suddenly become experienced weapons handlers, but it will help answer many of the safety and handling questions around the use of firearms on a film set, and how safety and authenticity issues can be easily addressed. It will also explain how to get the look required by the director in both a safe and a cost-effective manner.



Each participant will also have a unique opportunity to handle various prop firearms and experience what they are like to shoot, with both blanks and live ammunition, in a safe and controlled environment.


During the workshop, participants will learn:

  • The “PROVE” safety checking procedure
  • Real vs. Fake: typical firearms used in film productions
  • Safety briefings: what everyone on set needs to know
  • The hazardous ranges of blanks: simple steps to keep your cast and crew safe
  • Due diligence: the nature of gunshots and how to apply “Brown’s Law” to hazard reduction
  • Modern image capture: how technology has changed how gunshots are going to look
  • Authentic handling: tips to help make your cast look like heroes
  • Replica firearms in Canada
  • How to pull off low-budget gun scenes: safely, legally, cheaply


About the Instructor

DAVE BROWN first learned rifle safety and marksmanship as a young Air Cadet in the basement of the Brandon armoury. Decades later, he would go on to a successful career as a professional firearms instructor. After honing his skills on shooting ranges across Canada, he taught advanced shooting to government, police and military units.

Dave has written over 80 magazine articles on handgun and shotgun training for various police publications and literally ‘wrote the book’ on firearms safety in Canada by helping design Canada’s federal firearms safety courses.

He was sought out by the film industry to work with actors and show them how to look like they know what they are doing with a gun in their hand. Now a key figure in the local filmmaking community, Dave is widely recognized in the industry for his skills in working with cast and his high standards on safety and authenticity.

Dave has taught workshops on firearms safety in film across Canada and been invited to speak on the topic many times, and as far away as in Los Angeles. He was recently featured on an episode of the Discovery Channel, and the Winnipeg Free Press wrote an article on his career titled, “Number 1 with a bullet.”



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.


Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy 

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.


Breaks and Refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


October 18, 2014
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Film Training Manitoba


Gateway Gun Club
871 Gateway Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2K 3L1 Canada
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