ABOUT CARTER FERGUSON
As a full-time professional Scotland based Fight Director I have 29 years of professional experience in staging safe dramatic action with actors. To date I have 900 credits film, television & theatre.
Although I am very often credited as stunt co-ordinator, I prefer the title of fight director as I was trained and mentored in that particular role over 7 years (1992-1999) by the eminent UK fight director and Olympic fencing coach, Prof Bert Bracewell. Bert was a founder member of what was the Society of British Fight Directors in the 1970’s. He set the highest possible standards and I am proud to carry on his legacy as Scotland main fight director. Please note that I am an BBC APPROVED and insured.
Carter is the go-to guy for everything fight-related in Scotland & beyond.
Martyn Robertson: Urbancroft Films
Safe staging of dramatic violence by a well-established, industry-recognised & BBC Approved stunt pro based in Glasgow.
FIGHT COORDINATION WITH ACTORS
Much of my work involves coordinating physical action with actors (and often SA’s) of all ages and levels of experience. I work hard to facilitate the vision of the director in creating safe, repeatable action sequences which serve the production, the character, and the abilities of the actor/s.
FIGHT COORDINATION WITH ACTION DOUBLES
A small percentage of my work involves bringing in doubles, or other stunt performers to fight with actors, or to replace the actors I usually teach to do the physical action themselves in action sequences.
I often coordinate larger action elements in film or TV. This role is often one of personnel management and communication. In this role I coordinate action/ fight scenes that interact with VFX, Live effects and/or armourers. An example of this sort of thing would be coordinating a police raid on a house, or a running gun fight.
I regularly sit in on auditions and assess the abilities of actors to be cast in certain action roles. In addition to this I am always on the lookout for local talent and more often than not will be able to suggest some options for casting based on who I know here in Scotland, what their skills are and their levels of reliability and acting ability.
ACTOR/ SA SKILLS VERIFICATION
It is not uncommon for actors and SA’s to exaggerate their abilities when it comes to getting a job. It is a good idea to verify their skills before they get on set. With skills verification, I will call their referees, and will often know who has trained them if they list fight or action ability as a skill.
SUGGEST ADDITIONAL STUNT TALENT
I will always suggest a fellow stunt coordinator with the skills required to do what you need to do. They will be based down south but come up to work in Scotland regularly. It is not at all unusual for me to take care of the fight and smaller action elements on a production, whilst a London-based stunt coordinator deals with car chases or crashes for example.