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Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Savviness of T-Minus Stunt Rigging

 

Stunt Rigging for Chris Brown Music Video

It’s Rigged!!

Movies, commercials, T.V. shows, music videos, and live action shows all have a common thread, Rigging.  To the viewer, it looks like people are flying, floating, falling uncontrollably, or even made to be  string puppets.  The skilled Stunt Coordinator can envision such spectacular and visually stimulating stunts by knowing how to rig the set to accomplish the unbelievable.

The use of rigging in music videos for such entertainers like N’Sync and Chris Brown, allows the artists to transform into the vision of the director’s imagination.  Stunt Coordinators incorporate cranes, truss systems, wires, and countless other techniques to get just the right effect.  The importance of SAFETY is of the upmost concern when utilizing these elements.  The equipment used, such as wires and ropes are made of the highest quality grade materials.  Truss and securing devices are rated for load and stability to ensure safety at all times.  Attention to these details is what makes TJ White one of the most sought after Stunt Coordinators in the business.

Rigging requires skill and sophistication that can only be achieved with years of experience.  TJ White has been in the industry for decades and has an amazing resume of projects completed.  Trust is a key factor in a Stunt Coordinator’s mind when choosing the crew.  The typical team required to successfully rig a stunt needs to be able to work independently. As a unit they create the structures, ramps, or setting up wires needed for the stunt.  Only the best technology is used for stunts requiring pulleys, harnesses, sheaves, and all equipment used to design the needed effect.
Hollywood Stunt Coordinator takes great pride and steps to ensure the SAFETY of all productions.  Our team of talented stunt professionals has created many amazing effects with the use of rigging.  Movies such as Spiderman and Batman would not be able to make characters fly into scenes out of the sky, hang upside down, or jump between buildings without the talents of rigging.

Check out some of the videos we have been able to use the same effects to allow Chris Brown to float, Justin Timberlake hang like a puppet, or even have two people fly 100ft in the air for Ne-Yo.

 


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Film Tax Incentives Keeps Filming Movies and Television Shows in the States

Film Tax Incentives State by State

 

Film Tax Incentives are the new backbone of film financing equations.  Tradable tax credits, refundable tax credits, film tax rebates, and reductions in state taxes all figure into the equity investors exit strategy… and make green lighting films more attractive.
To deal with Runaway Productions taking their cash flow overseas, state and federal governments created tax based incentive programs to keep the jobs at home.  The theory is, if Producers find it more beneficial to film in a particular state economically, they will.   And they were right.

California’s film tax credit program gave taxpayers a bang for their buck. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. reported that the state’s tax credit program pumped $3.8 billion into the California economy and created more than 20,000 jobs in a two year span.

Michigan, Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico and several other states have reported positive economic contributions from similar programs.

 

The World of Water stunts in Film

Universal Studios Waterworld Stunt Show

 

The best water movies are films that involve water as a major thematic element. Typically set on a major body of water, such as an ocean, river, lake, pond or creek, these compelling and entertaining stories that just happen to take place or involve water.
Water Stunts are probably one of the most difficult to coordinate and control.  To the average viewer, they have no idea of the highest concept of complexity involved in stunts requiring any aquatic motorized vehicle.  First and most important, there are NO brakes.  So the individual that is piloting the vessel must understand completely the speed, angle, and ability of the craft.

Movies such as Face-Off, Speed 2, and Miami Vice all used very talented stunt professionals to captain all the watercraft needed to give the excitement needed in each scene.  Water World used an enormous variety of vessels and had a very successful safety record during the entire filming.  It requires a very talented Stunt Coordinator and team to achieve the high quality action and precision desired by directors and producers.

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