With the launch of Stunt Legends Training Academy by Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), the country will soon see the first all-Malaysian STUNT LEGENDS performers in Southeast Asia.
The Academy, in collaboration with PROTON Holdings Berhad and KTM Malaysia CKD and located in PROTON Tanjung Malim, is established to groom local talents in becoming professional stunt performers.
The Academy is targeting some 120 participants. An audition will be conducted in November whereby 50 participants will be shortlisted. At the final stage, these participants will have their mettle put to the test in the selection for the top 25 who will be employed full-time by MAPS for the STUNT LEGENDS show.
STUNT LEGENDS is South East Asia’s first car & bike ‘live’ stunt show, a key highlight among the forty attractions featured in MAPS, Asia’s first animation theme park scheduled to open in mid-2016 in Bandar Meru Raya, Ipoh, Malaysia.
Darren McLean, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MAPS, was excited about the development thus far. He enthused, “We are truly honoured to establish the first Stunt Legends Training Academy in Malaysia, providing local talents the perfect opportunity to learn from the best stunt specialists in the industry.
“Essentially, we hope MAPS will inspire more Malaysians to ‘live their dreams’ in pursuing full-time careers in this exciting industry and making them the pride of the nation in STUNT LEGENDS.”
Stunt Legends Training Academy will offer three key modules, namely Body Control, Precision Driving and Stunt Riding. All three modules are guided by lead trainer Cameron Ambridge, who can be seen in Mad Max: Fury Road and currently working on the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.
Sharing his thoughts on safety, Ambridge said, “Safety is paramount in this industry. While spectators’ heart skips a beat when a stunt is performed, it is a controlled performance, carefully thought after at every step of the stunt.
“In training, the stunt individual thoroughly marked and tested each step and procedure of the stunt, ensuring the safety aspect is not compromised. Stunt individuals are taught to break falls as part of their basic training, hence minimising injuries and avoid untoward accidents during the performance.”
PROTON Holdings Berhad are contributing to the Academy through the use of PROTON Tanjung Malim facilities in Perak and their vehicles. According to Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of PROTON, “PROTON Holdings Berhad is honoured to be a part of this exciting collaboration. We are pleased to be the Official Partner of Stunt Legends Training Academy with MAPS.
“It is a great opportunity to be associated with internationally renowned Stunt Legends who will be training our local talents in Proton cars. With the opening of MAPS in Perak in 2016, I believe it would definitely drive more tourists to the state of Perak and we are happy to contribute to the development in this sector.”
KTM Malaysia CKD, a long standing influential player in motorsports and product innovation will be sponsoring bikes for the Stunt Legends Training Academy.
Commenting on the partnership, Yeoh Teik Poh, Financial Controller for KTM Malaysia CKD said, “We look forward to a great partnership with MAPS by combining our strengths and passions in local talent development and hope to elevate the position of Malaysia in this exciting industry.”
One of the female participants at the Academy is Ilia Iryani, 29, from Seri Kembangan, Selangor. She said, “It is a dream come true for me to be part of this. Going through the basic training thus far, there is no doubt that there is much more to learn in this predominantly male-driven industry.
“I look forward to the final outcome of this journey and the opportunity to perform in MAPS’ STUNT LEGENDS show. I am grateful to have MAPS providing this platform to realise my career potential.”
For more information about enrolment in Stunt Legends Training Academy, check out MAPS official website at www.mapsperak.com.
Event: Launch of Malaysia’s Stunt Legends Training Academy
Venue: PROTON Tanjung Malim, Perak
Date: 19th Sept., 2015
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