Philip Burthem: Fight Director & Production Designer

Broadcast & Video
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Fight director: Phil Burthem
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Fight director: Phil Burthem
Special Weapons
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Fight Assistants
Fight director: Phil Burthem

Fight director: Phil Burthem

Phil Burthem is
a close quarter
combat fight master













Training unskilled extras | Stand in | Training Video | Weekly Training | Government Enactments

Phil Burthem: Fight Director


Personal training
Phil is often called in to train featured actors for major films and productions world wide. Photos top and below left show Phil working with untrained stuntman for Gladiators, broadcast in the UK nationwide, March 2004.

Philip Burthem: Fight Director and Production DesignerTraining unskilled extras
The system developed in Phils Fight Schools: The Jomsviking System, is designed to make extras and actors ready for choreographed fighting in big and small fight scenes as quickly safely and efficiently as possible. In training rehearsal time and filming this will save the production money.

Fight Assistants have spent at least 2 years training in the system. Instead of spending time rehearsing choreographed stage fighting techniques, the system prepares the subject for free style fight moves based on 6 principle moves. The advantage is that large numbers can be prepared by The Fight Director and Fight Assistants if required. Wwhen filming takes place, the time to turn a shot around is greatly reduced and the quality of foreground and back ground enhanced.

100 extras can be trained by 2-4 trained fighters in 8 hours to an adequate level. The longer the time that is available to train, then the better the result. If a small ratio of trainee to instructor is used then time is saved.

Fight Assistants can also stand in for a character or actor and do the fight scene using post production to edit the scene correctly. This particularly useful on documentary and small budget where trained fighting principles may not be available to train to fight due to the time available.

Training Video
Phil has produced the first of a series of video guides to train actors and enactors in the arts of fighting safely with steel sword and shield for the purpose of filming or recreation. For more details, please email him at

Fight director: Phil BurthemWeekly Training
Phil trains each week throughout the year, fighting in groups and on a one to one basis with master combatants using steel weapons.

Enactments for National Governments
Phil coordinates and trains a number of large scale enactment events for national governments and organisations around the world.