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‘Fast and Furious’ Driving Stunts VS. ‘Drive’ Action Stunts


These two films, Fast and Furious, and Drive have two different variables that make up their own unique story but both have one constant. One is a franchise based on amazing driving, the other is a story about a driver. Both have accomplished stunt drivers, but who was really behind the wheel?  And who gets to choreograph all those scenes?  Training actors to look natural while being pulled behind a truck, go-mobile, mic rig, process-trailer or on a green screen is one thing, but to get those intense, hart stopping, and precise stunts takes professionals.
Hours upon hours and sometimes even days go into the set up and filming to just get one shot or a series of shots to make up a 2 minute chase sequence. Stunt Coordinators, 2nd Unit Directors Action Directors and stunt drivers alike pride ourselves in that safety is first, and second would be to get the shot without mistakes.  Using a wide variety of vehicles adds complexity to any driving scene. The Stunt Coordinator works closely with the producers and directors to design a high octane chase scene while pushing the envelope on there stunt sequences.  On the last Fast and Furious film Dodge got involved early on to help design the look for some of the cars and rig them for the performance needed for the stunt drivers.

The Fast and Furious franchise started out with Veteran Stunt Coordinator Mic Rogers best know for stunt doubling and stunt coordinating for Mel Gibson for years.  The last couple Fast films have been Stunt Coordinated by Mike Gunther and 2nd Unit Director Spiro Razatos “Expendables, Total Recall, Death Race“.  On the film Drive, Stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott “Indiana JonesDukes of Hazzard” also served as 2nd Unit director giving this very stylized film a new way of filming car scenes.

These experts in the industry of filming car chases allows a production to capture the intensity needed for the audiences.
We know what looks good on screen and what excites the viewer. Whether its for a NASCAR commercial, Music video, or action film, we can produce the intensity needed for the project.


Blockbuster Film ‘Avengers’ films in Cleveland, Ohio

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders coined the phrase, “Way to go Ohio.” It seems appropriate today as Disney / Marvel’s The Avengers is getting rave early reviews and is prepped to take box offices by storm next week.

Many of the action sequences and battle scenes were filmed in beautiful Downtown Cleveland. Public Square, the Courthouse Building on Lakeside, Superior Avenue and many other locations around town gave director Joss Whedon the look and flexibility he needed.

With the support of the Cleveland Film Commission’s Ivan Schwartz and Jason Drake, The Avengers had a wonderful experience filming on the shores of Lake Erie. Great work, guys!

The Production flew most of the Stunt crew out from Los Angles to perform the technical stunts.  Stunt Coordinator RA Rondell “Matix, Superman, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” a Brand X Member over saw and designed the stunt sequences in the Cleveland area.

Here’s hoping more blockbuster films realize the value of filming in Cleveland. I know T Minus Productions can’t wait to film there!

 Way to go Ohio!

Check out the latest on The Avengers from www.cleveland.com




Justin Bieber Films New “Boyfriend” Music Video with the Help of T-Minus Productions Stunt Team

Stunt Driver Terry James on the set of Music Video “Boyfriend”

Justin Bieber Films New “Boyfriend” Music Video with the Help of T-Minus Productions Stunt Team

Fast Cars, Cool Stunts and Plenty of Celebrities Came Out for the New “Boyfriend” Video Shoot in Downtown Los Angeles

18 year-old Canadian pop sensation, Justin Bieber, has taken the world by storm ever since being discovered in 2008 by manager, Scooter Braun, of Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG). He continued his pursuit of greatness by filming his “Boyfriend” music video of the top rooftop of a parking garage in Downtown Los Angeles.

Bieber has earned several awards, such as Artist of the Year at the 2010 American Music Awards. He has been nominated for awards such as Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. To date Bieber has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide.

Bieber’s first single, “One Time”, and album, “My World”, were released in 2009 and was soon certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In March 2010, Bieber’s first full studio album, My World 2.0, was released and debuted in the top ten in several countries, and was certified platinum in the United States. The album’s greatest hit and music video “Baby” is currently ranked as the most viewed and most discussed YouTube video in history. In November 2011, Bieber released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

In early 2012, Bieber released his debut song “Boyfriend” from the album Believe, which will be released mid- summer. On Saturday, April 21, Bieber hit the rooftop of a downtown Los Angeles parking garage for a long day of filming the video for the #1 hit. It wasn’t long after his arrival to set, that fans and paparazzi swarmed the area, stood on ledges and balconies to snap a good photo of the pop prince.

Some of those on set for the making of the “Boyfriend” music video were his manager Scooter Braun, bodyguard Kenny Hamilton, dancer choreographer Jamaica Craft, Director X, Justin’s girlfriend, pop star, Selena Gomez, Herman Flores from Dub Magazine, actress Ashley Benson, West Coast Customs founder, Ryan Friedlinghaus, celebrity booking agent and entrepreneur, Ryan Totka and stunt coordinator TJ White who provided the car stunts for the upcoming video.

T-Minus Production’s Stunt Department brought in Stunt Coordinator, TJ White, to design and over see the safety for the high octane stunt driving needed by renowned music Director X and DNA Productions. TJ has worked with X on a Ricky Love and Usher music videos, using expensive cars and fast driving in tight, enclosed spaces. TJ expressed, “X is a great director. He knows what he wants and is passionate about it looking exciting and authentic.” This is the second time TJ has worked with Justin. Previously, he stunt coordinated the video for Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber for the hit song “Next to You.” In this current video for Bieber’s single “Boyfriend” TJ said, “We did more dynamic stunts and really showcased precision stunt driving and drifting. I think after this video Justin will be ready to do the next Fast and Furious film.

Written by Dana Damato

Using Live Stunt Shows For Brand Development

Live Driving Stunt Show Presentation

HollywoodStuntCoordinator.com is one of the leading websites in the world helping marketing entities, public relations houses, car conglomerates, and production companies bring live action stunt shows to life.  Curtis Koller, VP of Development, stated “Working as head of casting for Disney Animation for years has helped us at T-Minus Productions utilize our creative outlets here in Hollywood to produce dynamic live stunt shows.  We use the same artist at Pixar and Disney to storyboard the show to give the clients an idea of the possibilities of how our show will run. With our resources of Directors, Stunt Coordinators and high-tech stunt equipment we are able to create an original stunt show or reenact stunts that has been played out before in a film or television show of your liking.”

CEO TJ White has over 20 years of experience in front of the camera as well as behind bringing his expertise to heighten the energy in a live stunt show arena.  TJ’s experience of working with some of the biggest artist in the world like Britney Spears, JLo, 50 Cent, and the Foo Fighters gives your clients the professionalism and capability to pull off a show of the highest caliber in the business.

High Speed

The capabilities are endless on what T-Minus Productions can achieve to make your live stunt show the jaw-dropping production to remember. Regardless of how modest or how massive your budget is, T-Minus can ensure that they provide you with the ultimate experience to fit your needs.

Live stunt shows are the opportune way to show of your product and make the audience remember who you are. With the talented and innovative minds of this team working with you there isn’t anything that you cannot achieve. Top companies all over the world consistently call upon T-Minus Productions to create a fantasy of stunts to indulge their spectators in a bevy of wonderment.

Ring of Fire Car Stunt


American Idol’s Daughtry Stunt Driving in “Out of My Head” Music Video

Flamingo Films produces music video for Daughtry’s newest single “Out of My Head”.  Directed by Shane Drake, Executive Produced by Sandy Hadadd and Produced by Brandon Bonfiglio they brought in the very best to shoot a high octane action video using BMW ‘s RT 1300 motorcycle and Dodges RT8 Challenger.  Co- Staring in this action video was actress Kelly Hu “Martial Law, Young Justice“.

Shane Drake directs Daughtry for  “Out of my Head” Music Video

The Production being under a time constraint brought in Stunt Driving expert and member of Generation x Driver TJ White and T Minus Production to create and supervise the stunt driving.  TJ White is not a stranger when is comes to stunt driving performing and directing some of the memorable action scenes for N’Sync, Fuel, Bon Jovi and Static.

TJ stated working with a director like Shane was a pleasure, i have been a fan of his work for a while and know he has had extensive car work working with Ford and American Idol.  So i knew when we went over the concept the best way to shoot the Fast and The Furious style action we would need the equipment  they used in those films like the Z Crane.  The Z Crane with his great handling Mercedes ML 55 and there customized one of a kind remote head makes is easier to get the kinetic shots this video will need.


Z Crane getting Reading for a Shot with Stunt Driver Jim Zahnd


Dodge Challenger Hero Car and the Z Crane Camera Car on set of Chris Daughtry Video

Behind the Scenes on Chris Daughtry Music Video


Stunts in the Blockbuster Film ‘Hunger Games’


Sci-Fi action thriller The Hunger Games (directed by Gary Ross) proves that audiences want to see action, drama, and perhaps more importantly, great stunt work!

To date, the film has grossed nearly $500M worldwide.  Critics have compared THG’s staying power to that of Avatar and Titanic. The film’s female centered cast and compelling action sequences have been credited as the key elements to the film’s success.

The Hunger Games’ stunt performers, as well as stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Hemsworth, have called their THG stunt training the most intense of their careers. Stage Combat moves are abound in the film, with actors taking each other on with knives, bow and arrow, and seemingly anything they can get their hands on! The chaotic fight sequences keep the action moving and the audiences hearts pounding .

Action reigns supreme in this box office smash – as is the case with nearly all of the top grossing films in history.

 Hungers Games Stunt Coordinator Chad Stahelski best know for doubling Keanu Reeves for the Matrix Trilogy and Stunt Coordiantors for such blockbusters  “Expendables 1 and 2, Rambo, Safe, and Tron

Chad Stahelski Talks Hunger Games Stunts

Stunts on the Set

Check out some of the preliminary stunt sketches:

And here’s what some of the stunt performers did to prepare: