A Specialist One Stop Shop for any Productions!
Highly Skilled, Trained and SAFE Extras
Training - Consultancy - Talent Agency - Armourer - Fight Choreography - Stunts - Action Coordination - Safety Officer.
All members of Extra Specialists Agency Pty. Ltd. have, but are not limited to, the following training:
Weapon Handling - Abseiling/Rapelling/Fast Rope - Close Quarter Combat
Drill Formation - Basic Stunts - Falls - Fight Choreography/Stage Combat - Riot Contol
Tactical Vehicle Movement - On-Set Etiquette
Film Terminology - And MOST importantly:
REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE
For a full list of skills available, please contact us.
SHAUN BARRY MIExpE, MAICD, MAIPM
Founder | Managing Director
Shaun was a career soldier with fifteen years in the Australian Army both as a Corporal Combat Engineer and as a Lieutenant Infantry Platoon Commander. Deployments included Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations.
Other roles after leaving Army included Operations Manager, Safety Officer, Training Manager, Shotfirer in Open Cut Coal Mines (which solely involved large explosives works), Business Chamber Vice President.
After a year of Stunt training on the Gold Coast, Australia and Hollywood, Shaun was employed as an Instructor and Safety Officer at the Australian Stunt Academy.
Shaun created Extra Specialists in Feb 2017 after being in a number of films and seeing a way to utilise Veteran's skills and save production costs.
Shaun is a Member of the Institute of Explosive Engineers, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Project Managers.
National Projects Manager
Luke Gillam served for 8 years as a Rifleman in 41 RNSWR and 5 Royal Australian Regiment with deployments to Solomon Islands and Afghanistan.
Luke began working within the Entertainment Industry in 2017 and has since been in a number of films and documentaries.
After completing several professional stunt courses, Luke has been employed as an Instructor at the Australian Stunt Academy for the past year.
Luke has now taken on the role as National Manager for Extra Specialists in Australia and is dedicated to promoting and utilising Veterans within the Entertainment Industry.
National Accounts Manager
Jack served in the RAINF for 4 years and deployed alongside his brother in Afghanistan in 2012. He was medically discharged in 2014 from a back injury.
In 2017 Jack walked the length of Norway which took 5.5 months and covered over 2700kms. He raised money for Team Rubicon and had Veterans from the USA, UK, Australia and Norway all participate throughout the exhibition. The main objective of the exhibition was to prove too veterans that mental health issues and physical injuries are not a set back in life but rather an opportunity for self progression and growth.
Jacks first taste of the entertainment industry was on the set of Danger Close, after being posted in 6RAR Alpha and Delta Company it was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. He worked along side the art department and eventually became an extra in the movie.
He now takes on the role of National Accounts Manager.
Guy Williams is an actor, writer and fight choreographer with a focused emphasis on close quarters bladed weapon work.
He is an ex 2RAR infantry soldier and Private Military Contractor that has operated throughout Iraq both in the public and private sector.
After finishing up his last contract in 2011, Guy decided to give acting a go and has continued to roll the dice ever since.
His main purpose is to raise the bar with the Extra Specialists team within the film industry and in doing so help as many people as possible realise their own potential whether that be in film or elsewhere.
KERI ANDERSON MNZM
New Zealand National Manager
Keri served in the New Zealand Army as an Officer in the Royal New Zealand Engineer Regiment.
With a background in emergency engineering, Keri has held leadership roles on operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sinai, Egypt.
Keri is terrible in front of the camera, however brings unique skills to our team, including her skills as a senior project manager, extensive military experience, and passion for advancing veteran's affairs.
Armourer | Owner of The Rifleman's Armoury
Owner and operator of The Rifleman's Armoury, Dan is an ex infantry section commander, and has served in Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
Dan entered the Australian film industry in 2014. After working on a number of feature films and documentaries as a military advisor, Dan felt that what the industry needed was film armourers with significant real world weapons handling experience.
The Infantryman's profession is weapons handling. That kind of experience, built over years of training and operations overseas, can't be replicated in the civilian world.
In 2018, The Rifleman's Armoury was established. We deliver a professional service, by veterans who have spent years safely handling weapons in high stress environments. As well as a licensed film armourer, Dan is also a licensed firearms instructor.
US MARINE Consultant
Matt served in the US Marine Corps Infantry for ten years, attaining the position of Platoon Sergeant. He served in five deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Middle East, including the Battle of Ramadi in 2004 where he served as a team leader for “Joker One.”
Matt also held several instructor roles within the Marine Corps, training Marines and allied militaries. These included Marine Corps Martial Arts instructor, Urban Warfare, and Close Quarters Battle Marksman instructor.
After the Military, Matt completed a degree in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. In this he found his passion for helping Veterans recover from injuries, and helping them regain their strength and confidence. Other civilian roles include Wellness Coordinator and Operations Manager.