Renting Stunts Pads for your next Film Project
Watching stunt professionals fall out of a building, off of a horse, down a flight of stairs, or even just knocked down to the ground while standing up there is always going to be a pad of some sort to protect the stunt professional or actor from actually hitting the ground. Especially in fight scenes when you see a performer get knocked down, or fall from a balcony, or even fall over three stories to the ground, a fall pad or “Pit” is utilized to ensure the safety of all involved.
Depending on the height of the fall, the size of the area, and the style of the fall will determine the pad needed for the stunt. Some stunts just require the stunt performer to wear elbow pads, knee pads, hip pads, and a gator-back to protect the performer when “Hitting the Ground”. But, good stunt coordinators like TJ White will require additional “fall” pads or “Pits” to ensure the safety of the stunt performer or actor.
Fall pads or “Pits” come in many different sizes and depths. These pads can be very expensive and like any item used for protection, they need to be replaced after duration of time or how often they have been used. For this reason, most production companies will try to save costs by utilizing stunt companies like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator, that offer Rentals of these “Pits”. Cost of “Pits” can range brand new from the smallest $250 up to nearly $2000 for the large. The most expensive being an Airbag, which allows stunt performers to fall from higher distances. Smaller budget projects find that the ability of “Renting” pads/pits for just a few hours or days, helps save money but also protect the performers.
Renting pads, Pits, and airbags and utilizing the experience of a seasoned stunt coordinator, like TJ White, helps reduce costs and mostly protects the stunt performer/actor from injury. Safety is the most important element when performing any stunt. Having the proper equipment and coordination secures that Safety is achieved.