New Orleans, LA

Our Philosophy

After years of working in high-risk, high-stress environments as operators, handlers, and instructors, the team at Dark Thirty Film has taken their comprehensive background in private military operations and law enforcement and applied it to work that’s a bit more … laidback and fun. Much like our experience in the military, our philosophy is defined by honor, dignity, character and respect. We are highly skilled and knowledgeable at what we do. We take this and each and every job that we have done and addressed it with the highest level of care and professionalism.

Economy of motion is our goal, and we have a streamline-to-task mindset. Our job is to make every aspect of a scene involving weapons or military/law enforcement maneuvers look, sound, and feel 100 percent authentic for audiences.

MEET THE TEAM

Bryan W. Carpenter

Bryan W. Carpenter

 

Armorer/Weapons Master/ Trainer

        

Bryan is a veteran private military contractor currently working in the film industry as an armorer, trainer, stunt performer and producer. If you can’t find him rescuing a stray cat, drinking a fine cup of coffee on Magazine st., or enjoying 80’s night in the French Quarter, he’s probably at the range or off the grid. A Mississippi native, Bryan spent 20+ years immersed in strategic operations and has undergone extensive training during his time there.

Bryan holds instructor level certifications in numerous special operations and tactical fields and logged thousands of hours training military, federal/state agencies, private military contract firms and corporations in ‘unique’ courses of study.

Dawn Carpenter

Dawn Carpenter

Managing Partner / Training Coordinator

    

We’re ignoring Dawn’s “don’t list me anywhere” directive. We can’t help ourselves; she’s just too awesome – a cool chick with great taste in T-shirts and wine. Dawn has worked in the private contracting community for more than 10 years as an administrative coordinator, senior executive department lead, and project manager. She is calm, cool, and can work out the differences when no one else can. (In other words, she excels where others in our field fail!) Dawn is trained in tactical shotgun, handgun, rifle and unarmed combat. She also serves as a close protection agent in the film industry, specializing in keeping the ladies safe. Dawn has earned respect on both sides of the game.

Dawn currently works as a managing partner of Dark Thirty Film Services and as training coordinator for Sphere Logistic Solutions.

Billy Helmers

Billy Helmers

Billy has made a career out of serving our country. Graduated BUD/s Class 175 then served twenty years in the US Navy/NSW earning a Bronze Star with Combat Valor for his service in Iraq. A fun, handsome dude with a winning smile and personality, in fact, he’s kinda like Richard Gere…. except he’s a Master Chief Navy Seal, a total badass, and owns a tortoise named Ruby.

Michael Krikorian

Michael Krikorian

Vice President of Operations

    

Michael, a professional actor with more than 10 years of film and television experience, started working with Dark thirty film and Sphere Logistic Solutions’ training division to improve in his on-screen work. Turns out,  he’s pretty damn good at it! He’s a valuable asset to both companies, and we just like him hanging around. In his spare time, Michael brews beer, cooks hamburgers and sells houses. That’s how he rolls.