Pretty Bird Pictures a Culver City California, Commercial and Music Video production company and it’s founder and director Paul Hunter best know for working with “Michael Jackon, JLo,Will Smith, Britney Spears” created this explosion of visual art closely with Pharell Williams “The Voice”.
Using a complicated wire system to fly a stuntman dressed in a astronaut suit 60 ft across the street in downtown Los Angeles in the middle of the night can be complicated. This takes a qualified Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Rigging company to design the rig to give the director the exact shot they are looking for. In this case the director wanted to have the astronaut float like the were on the moon across the street.
Many elements like water, height, wind were used in this video to enhance the the dynamic style of this director. People parachuting, free falling through the air to people sitting on the couch under water.
Blueman Groups calls Stunt company again to create death defying stunt to announce there return to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. The Blueman Group is 20 years old and they love to go big with everything they do. T Minus Productions did there live show in Los Angeles with a 189 ft decelerator highfall at there Hollywood Bowl Show. So it was not a surprise that when they were returning to the Luxor Hotel this year they wanted it to be an event people would talk about.
100 media corespondents listening to one Blueman play the drums to announce the opening of there new theater. Just then two spot lights pan straight up 28 floors inside the Luxor Hotel to see 2 Bluemen repel down to the theater level to open the curtain of the theater.
Live events are very hard to incorporate stunts and it takes extensive planning and rehearsal to pull it off safely. When trying to do stunt like this you should always use a professional. Stunts are dangerous and should only be stunt by experienced individuals.
Blueman repelling down 28 stories inside the Luxor Hotel in Vegas
Blueman Group with T Minus Productions TJ White and Lauren Pacheco
Blueman Group getting ready repelling down 28 stories inside the Luxor Hotel in Vegas with T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc. Crew
Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons wired up to wall up a building
Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons walking up the side of the building on wires
Grammy Nominated Director Colin Tilly from London Alley Entertainment does is again with this stylistic music video for DJ Snake ” Middle” Ft. Bipolar Sunshine staring Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons. This is just one of the many videos Colin has defied gravity with his actors while shooting the action live with very little visual effects. Using the action as a practical set piece gives him the latitude to get more out of the actor while filming and not trying to work it out in post with visual effects.
Colin collaborates with Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T-Minus Productions on his action scenes and always pushes the envelope on what is possible with his actors. In doing this they had one day to do 5 wire effects. By the way the car hitting Josh was real , but they did use his stunt double to do that scene. Josh Hutcherson has had extensive wire training from the Hunger Games franchise so it was very east for the stunt rigging team to put him in a stunt harness and let he fly through the air 10+ feet in the air. They also used a winch to elevate Josh and actress Kiersey so they could walk up the side of a building 40 ft. This wire system is very complicated and had the top stunt riggers in the business working it.
What do you get when you mix a world renounced Soccer player like Clint Dempsey, a soccer ball, professional stunt drivers, Sports Illustrated, and a 2016 Lexus ? Well if you watch below you will see what this talented soccer player can do with a soccer ball.
You see big companies embracing the viral phenomenon and pushing the envelop with the creative to attract millions of eyes balls to see there products. This is pushed through social media sites like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest
When a production company comes to a stunt company like T Minus Productions in Los Angeles California and says “We want to have a professional soccer player coming to LA and we want him to kick the ball into sunroof of a 2016 Lexus while it is speeds down the road with out using any visual effects of any kind”. This is the type of concept you have to scratch your head at and think how can we achieve this without movie magic ? There are lot of variables when doing something like this, The accuracy of the stunt driver , athlete and there timing. Well with working with such a talented athlete like Clint Dempsey its didn’t take more then a few practices for him to get the soccer in the sunroof of the Lexus with only an inch of clearance on both sides of the sunroof.
Expect companies to push the envelope with these creative ideas in the future.
Working with Green Screen can be tough. But with the right visual effects company and stunt team it can make your finished project look amazing. In this Promo for MTV the stunt Coordinator was called to float Miley Cyrus through the air to allow her to freely float and move around.
Check out Marshall Mathers / Eminem” exciting music video for the film South Paw with Jake Gyllenhall. Using high concept action you would see in a marvel film. This music video pushes the limit when it comes to action, stunts and octane in 5 minutes. Marshall did an amazing job doing his own stunts on wire flying over a flat bed truck after crashing on a motorcycle.
DNA films brought in veteran Action Director / Stunt Coordinator Andy Armstrong from Armstrong Action and TJ White from T Minus Productions to design and supervise the action for this music video. Using professional Stunt bike riders, Parkour, fight specialist, Wire Specialist and a stunt driver to safely perform these stunts within the 5 day shoot in LA. Andy Armstrong best know for the last 2 Spiderman films was able to show the production team a design of his action to be able to shoot in all in the time they had. Most films take weeks to achieve what you will see is this video.
MTV VMA 2015 nominated Kendrick Lamar’s latest music video “Alright” filmed mostly in San Fransisco and Oakland California and parts of Los Angeles has gotten over 16 million views on a little over a month. This visual piece is from the uber talented director Colin Tilly “Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Little Wayne” from London Alley a Music Video production company in la. Colin decided to go to his root in Oakland and create visual art that could capture Kenricks voice in the video. Putting Kendrick in very dangerous stops was done by using his Stunt Coordinator “TJ White” that he has worked with for years on such video as Chris Brown, Justin Beiber and David Guetta.
TJ stated ” Working with Colin is challenging , He likes very dangerous shots that makes people think the stunt is fake or that we are not using the real artist, but in fact it is so real that many safety parameters have to be put in place to make it happen. In this video you will see the artist Kendrick Lamar on top of two light pole 2o feet plus in the air standing rapping. This is done through using cranes and specialized stunt equipments and a crane. It takes a team of stunt riggers to set up these gags so that the director will be able to shoot almost 360 degrees around the artist and keep the artist safe.
Colin also really wanted to see some high performance stunt driving in the video to capture the feel of this area and there car culture. This was done by using cars that were altered for drifting and having qualified stunt drivers for Los Angeles in San Fransisco to do the driving.
Fire is one of the most dangerous stunts people can do infront of the camera. Fire is unpredicable and the tempature and fumes can be deadly. No one should attempt to work with any type of fire without a professional.
In the Yogi and Skrillex music video there was to be a dancer in the ground dancing when someone throws a match out to ignite the dancer on fire. This was done in the middle of day in the middle of a blocked off street. It takes up to an hour to prep a person for a fire burn and uses a specific recipe of fuel for each burn. This particular burn was without air , meaning the stuntman “Hank Kingi” had to hold his breath the how time on fire.
Stunt Drivers take years of experience to get in the car and drive a car. There are many terms used for a Stunt Driver. Precision Drivers, Performance Drivers, Stunt Drivers just to name a few.
They are also background drivers and these specific drivers do not have the training or skill set to drive in front of camera as a principle. These are drivers that drive in the background of a shot on driving scenes. These drivers are extra or background drivers or even called extra precision drivers. They drive everyday vehicles to fill a frame. These drivers should never be upgraded to be a precision driver unless a qualified stunt coordinator or Driving coordinator is on-set to supervise and has OK’d the driver and their ability. These are not stunt drivers nor are they precision drivers.
Working with Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun” we were driving expensive cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini at high rates of speed in a tight area. This can make a director and producer very nervous. This is when experience takes over and hiring the right experienced stunt coordinator and stunt drivers for the job is a producers best option for a safe and exciting shoot. It could take 5-10 years of stunt driving for a stuntman or stunt women to get a chance to drive on screen. Stunt Coordinators do not let inexperienced people get behind the wheel. There is a lot to learn about cars and the technology that drives them.
Stunt Drivers rely heavily on the transportation department of a project to prep the car for them to drive. The right tire pressure, tires, breaking system, engine torque and suspension of a car will help the driver perform the stunt that the director wants.
When using very expensive fast cars, a lot goes into the prep of the car. Usually the stunt coordinator is in total communication with the manufacture of the cars. These cars are like fast computers on wheels. What you must realize is that new and luxurious cars don’t come off the lot being able to do 360’s, power slides, and drifting around corners. They must be De-programmed to shut off various traction controls, and safety parameters that are normally put in place for the daily driver. But if you want high speed action and stimulating stunt driving?, then you’ll need the proper mechanic that knows the specific vehicle. Car prep is vital and sometimes overlooked on the production side. Our Stunt coordinators work closely with car prep companies in order to tailor the vehicle to match the shots wanted by the director and producers. Safety is always top priority, and while stunt driving is one of the gags often requested, make sure your production hires the right stunt coordinator so then he or she can hire the best qualified stunt drivers. Your insurance will thank you and you’ll minimize your risk.
Stunt Driver Alyma Dorsey on set of Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun”
TJ White Stunt Coordinator on set of Riveting Entertainment Music Video
Stunt Driver Chris Nielsen Testing a 2013 Hot-wheels Ford Mustang from Galpin Motor Sports for a Justin Bieber “Boyfriend’ Music Video
Riveting Entertainment and Director Richard Shepard (“The Matador”, “Ugly Betty”, “Girls”) had a vision for this video that had high expectations and a dangerous situation for 5 members of the band “Bleachers”. Using Director of Photography Morgan Susser (“Paramore”, “Linkin Park”, “Christina Aguilera”) and his dynamic sense of space and color, production was able to capture the band in a vulnerable state. Using the ZCrane Camera Car they were able to shoot the band on top of an Ice Cream Truck driving down the road in a desert setting outside Los Angeles while playing their instruments.
Director Richard Shepard knew his budget restraints when it came to filming a big action driving scene with talent. This would normally be shot on green screen or a process trailer. But Richard was adamant to have his band on the top of the ice cream truck driving down the road. To achieve this an experienced stunt coordinator and stunt rigging coordinator is needed to pick the right vehicle , fabricate it, reinforce it to be able to hold 5 people on the roof, while being able to hold them in place while driving down the road.
T-Minus Stunt Rigging , and Stunt CoordinatorTJ White from T Minus Productions worked closely with producer Andrew Listermann and Riveting Entertainment. T-Minus was called in to design the rigging and safety for this video. Two days of design and fabrication was needed to satisfy the safety concerns of the stunt coordinator and stunt riggers. Once this was done the Stunt riggers wired in the band to the roof while they were wearing custom designed stunt harnesses much like the ones used for Cirque Du Soleil. These special harnesses helped keep the talent safe while being comfortable.
This video was shot in one day making it essential to use a precision camera car like the Z Crane Camera Car, which has a gyrostabilized remote system driven with a Mercedes ML 55. This system is driven by Founder Ross Jordan (“Wanted”, “Live Free Die Hard”, “Iron man”) who is a very experienced camera car driver, race car driver and stunt driver.
See All The Action Below In the “Bleachers” music video “Roller Coaster”.
“Bleachers” band waiting to start filming
The “Bleachers” trying stay cool on set
Stunt Rigger Terry James setting up for the stunt. Behind The Scenes safety work needed to keep the band safe.