Action Star is your opportunity to break into the action film and television industry. The event is conducted as a competition/audition to find performers with the right talents. The winners of the events and many of the participants will receive recognition, great prizes and the opportunity of a lifetime to break into film with professional stunt training courses by Australia’s premiere Stunt training facility at Stunt Park on the Gold Coast, a Movie Studio Contract with Anima Studios.
The Action film industry is crying out for new talent and is very keen to see what Australia has to offer, and this competition series is the vehicle to deliver new talent to the industry.
The aim of the Action Star series is to offer a launching pad for the Nation’s top new talent with specialist action training and a Movie Studio Contract…..To make Action Stars!
The competition series will also be produced into a reality television series so your audience can share the excitement you experience as you prepare and compete at selected audition events and the National finals.
WHATS ON OFFER
There are multiple prizes up for grabs including actor training (Anima Studios - Sydney) and stunt training (Stunt Academy - Gold Coast) with many Movie Studio Contracts (Total number of contracts is at the discretion of the Studio). There is only One Ultimate Winner who will be flown to Hollywood for advanced stunt training, auditions as well as a Movie Studio Contract
All Finalists will have all training, coaching, international flights, accommodations and some food including any international travel & accommodations paid by the production. (You should expect to cover some or potentially all of your own food requirements whilst on location as you would at home)
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR
This competition is NOT just for martial artists. We are looking for anyone who is fit, healthy and agile enough to demonstrate their ability to deliver on the requirements of a real-life Action Star.
As such the show is looking for people from the following backgrounds (but not limited to):
The competition is designed to identify the right people (males or females over the age of 15 years) and then groom them throughout the finals series (Reality TV series) into future action stars. As one of the finalists you will be coached by some of the very best in the world for Acting, Stunts and action Choreography on your way to becoming an action performer.
REALITY TV COMMITMENTS
Those who reach the finals via auditions competition (the Finalists) will progress through to receive an intensive action star development program. Your progress throughout this program will form the basis of the Reality TV series. As a part of being a Finalists in Action Star 2017 you MUST commit to the following development program as part of the conditions of entry to the competition. If you are unable or unavailable to commit to the following dates and production schedule please do not apply as audition numbers for the competition series will be limited. Accordingly, please read the following schedule carefully prior to applying for the competition:
We suggest you register early to secure your spot but it will also get you in the right mindset to prepare yourself / your team for the auditions. (NOTE: See the Action Star Facebook page for tips on preparing yourself for action stunt and techniques)
ARE YOU READY? - 2016 Pilot TV Series
ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN ACTION STAR COMPETITION
The first Australian competition was in in 2006 and was part of a global search for the next Jackie Chan / Jet Li. The competition / audition process drew candidates from 10 countries taking the top 18 from around the globe to join the top 18 in China. Winners were offered a Hollowood Movie contract.
Funded by Shenzen TV and CC TV from China with a US$3million budget it became a top rating TV Series with a viewership of over 300 million. Graham Slater was responsble for the Australia leg and ran the competition in Melbourne although contestants came from all over the country. China provided the film crew alongside Graham's crew to capture the amazing moves of Australian talent. Three Aussies won the top prize of beng sent to China for the Global Competition and in the running for the Holloywood film contracts. How did they go? We have some of the videos in our RAW TV section so check it out.
'Well Graham is 2016 Action Star different / better than 2006?' Its hard to compare the Action Star then to now. The main different in the 2006 version was more focus on the entertainment value by using the contestants to act as performers in various regions of China. After 2 months of touring and many live performances the top three winners were announced. Our new competition will be continuously evolving to show competitors what is really required to work in the industry and train them to work in it. We have laid it all out and made the pathway much easier. The 2016 version has much more on offer in my opinion as it is more focused on Australians and the prizes are much more relevant.
WMAC was founded in 2007 in Australia by Peter Mylonas, Shihan of Kempo Ryu International Karate Organisation. The Australian national arm of WMAC (AMAC – the Australian Martial Arts Championships) had already been established in 1995, and had been a popular and successful annual event.
Initially, AMAC was the National Championships for Kempo Ryu, based in Sydney, Australia. This event was attended by all styles of Martial Arts and was one of Australia’s fastest growing events.
In 2007 AMAC became a National Circuit and WMAC was formed as the parent body, both for AMAC and any other countries that would like to develop their own Martial Arts Championships (xMAC) circuit.
In 2007 Shihan Mylonas invited Shihan Doug Turnbull (IFK Kyokushin) to join the WMAC team – they had shared many years of friendship in the Martial Arts world and it was deemed right for the two to work on a worthy cause such as WMAC.
Both teams of Shihan Mylonas and Shihan Turnbull became involved to ensure the growth of WMAC.