When a movie thrills you, you don't think of the engineers who made the city look destroyed, the stuntmen who made the punches look real, or the makeup artists who made the actors look alive. Learn how to wow from behind the scenes with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $125 for a five-hour workshop in special effects and pyrotechnics for film for 18 and older (a $250 value)
- $199 for a basic-stunt party for up to 10 kids at the Stunt Ranch (a $399 value)
In the special-effects-and-pyrotechnics workshop, students get an introductory lesson in orchestrating fiery spectacles for film, creating five controlled explosions by the end of class. Under the direction of stunt effects professionals, they learn the basics of firing circuits, detonation methods, using squibs, and igniting fireballs from liquid, gas, and powder-based propellants. During the basic-stunt party, up to 10 kids get two hours of supervised play on the Stunt Ranch's zipline and low-rope courses. The party also includes use of the ranch's picnic area, and buyers may add recreation such as paintball, a climbing wall, or a live stunt-and-special-effects show ($195+). Additional guests may be added for $15 per person, additional time may be added for $100 per hour.
Special FX Int'l at Stunt Ranch
According to his bio, Stunt Ranch owner Steve Wolf specializes in "professional training for people who like to play with matches and run with scissors." Or at least, how to look like they're playing with matches and running with scissors. Throughout his 25 years in television and film production, Steve developed an affinity for stunt work and special effects, supplying his expertise to shows such as MTV's Call to Greatness and feature films such as Hustle & Flow. Still active in the industry, Steve also shares his passion for throwing spectacle-laden events through heading up multiple enterprises that include Special FX Int'l, Stunt Ranch—which also encompasses paintball and an all-ages stunt camp—and Science in the Movies. Through these companies, Steve's experienced team of special effects professionals is able to stage professional fireworks shows, train people in creating controlled explosions, and applying special-effects makeup to help zombies look human again.