Emotional Contagion Review

By Elaine Hatfield, John T. Caccioppo, and Richard Rapson Have you ever noticed that some people are able to “infect” others with their emotions? Some can make a whole room melancholy, others have a catching laugh. People can be uplifting by just being present and others can extremely dispiriting. Emotional Contagion explores the scientific explanations […]

Creating Blood Spatter in GIMP

Today we bring you a couple of cool ways to create blood spatter effects in image files using GIMP, a free, open source tool for creating and editing images: Method 1 – Using GIMP’s built in tools Here’s a super easy way to use layers, the airbrush tool and alpha-channel correction to create a blood […]

Knife Fights

Not all knife fights involve two people with a knife. In fact, most knife fights have only one person with a knife. For stage, both people having a weapon adds tension and makes things interesting. In reality, someone who knows how to use a knife knows that it is extremely rare to escape without getting […]

Kill Bill

Kill Bill is an obvious entry in the “bloodiest films of all time” list but it’s, dare we say it, fun blood? This scene has it all. Spectacular, cartoonish fight choreography, beheadings, arms and hands sawed off, a dude cut in half, an eyeball pulled out, Uma Thurman treating a showdown with an army of […]

Raining Blood

Today we begin a new category of blog posts called “Covered in Blood” where we will be featuring some of the bloodiest scenes and moments in entertainment history. Our first feature comes not from a theatrical stage, but a musical stage. At the end of legendary thrash metal band Slayer’s live DVD, Still Reigning, is […]

Breathe or Die

There are many things that will keep you safe while performing stage combat. The most important is breathing. This may sound elementary, but pay attention to your breath the next time you are in a stage fight. In our attempts to add tension or to focus on parts where we are unsure we direct energy […]

Mind Over Body

The body is an extremely loyal and obedient tool of the mind. Whatever you think or imagine, the body does its best to fulfill. It has no other choice. The individual muscles, organs, bones, etc don’t have the capacity to think. They can only move when told to do so. Many imagine this to only […]

Desensitization to (Fake) Violence

There is a very well researched and constructed argument that violence in movies and video games desensitizes children (and adults) and leads to more violence/aggression. There is no way to argue that violence on stage or television/film and video games does not have an effect. Our goal in any entertainment medium is to get a […]

Meisner Repetition

Here’s a fun theory about Meisner repetition based on fact. The Fact: If you repeat a piece of information at least three times it generally starts to be accepted by your brain as truth. (If you repeat a piece of information at least three times it generally starts to be accepted by your brain as […]

Review: On Killing

The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman This book will not only give you great insight into how the military prepares soldiers to psychologically be ready to kill, it will get you lots of wonderful looks on the train! On Killing is a very easy and […]