Action Director TJ White on set of Amazon’s Grand Tour
Amazon’s The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May came to Los Angeles to make a statement of why they are the premiere car show on television. Using millions of dollars of vehicles from Aston Martin, Mercedes, Lamborgini, Rolls Royce , Mike Ryans Freightliner Race Semi, Porsche and one of a kind vehicles driving in the Mohave dry lake bed while the host comes blasting through the lines in brand new Mustangs.
This was done with professional drivers and some driving their personal cars. In doing so it took several hours of rehearsal to the over 50 plus drivers to be able to drive at a high rate of speed and hold there mark for several miles while the host come racing though the line. Action Director TJ White from T Minus Productions was brought in to supervise and design the action along with Safety consultant Adam Atella. Using experienced consults helps a production not only be safe of save time while actually filming. This saves a production money in the long run.
Revolutionary Mindovereye Productions takes a concept from inception to reality in this dynamic commercial for the new 2016 Honda Civic for there new ad campaign Dream Track created by the people on social media. This could be very complicated process but using a full service production company like Mindovereye allows an ad agency to follow the process in one location from concept, to shooting, to post productions. Mindovereye known for working with companies like Honda, Motortrend, Nike, Chevy, and Dodge. Their type of branded content allows the consumer to get a more intimate experience with the product.
Working with a brands like Honda allows everyone on the creative team to push the envelope on the look, style, and performanceof the new 2016 Honda Civic. When the creative team created these type of stunts they contacted a stunt coordinator to see what was safe and feasible for their shoot. On this particular shoot the stunt coordinator was able to assist with the SFX Supervisor the fabrication of the car to make this all possible. Working with the right Car prep company like LA Prep helped with the set up of the car to make sure the integrity of the car was not damaged while doing these type of stunts.
TJ White from T Minus Productions was brought in to over see the stunt driving. He brought in Professional Stunt Driver Matt Powers to drive the car. Designing the tracks and testing the equipment and cars was done before even trying to perform these stunts in these cars. Proper prep helps with understanding the car’s action and designing dynamic performance driving.
Watch and enjoy your ride with Honda’s Stunt Dream Track.
Stunt Driver Matt Powers driving around a full size pinball machine
Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions and Stunt Driver Matt Powers
Musical Artist like Weeknd are always trying to be as creative as possible in their music videos. In the Weeknd’s latest music video Party Monster the concept was all about neon light, a sexy woman and fast cars. Making these expensive cars drift and slide around is very difficult. These cars have computers in them to stabilize the drive and give you high performance while keeping the car in total control. When you are stunt driving you are trying to push the car to it limits while being in control while making it look dynamic in the camera.
This is only done with the supervision of an experienced Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Driver. A Stunt Coordinator over sees the stunt driving in the scene while helping the director and production pick and prep the right car for the shot. The Stunt Coordinator will also help the director design the action in the scene while doing is safely. This can take time and money prepping the car to make the car do what it does in movies like Fast and the furious. These skilled Stunt drivers have years of driving experience before they get the chance to do a driving stunt on camera.
London Alley Entertainment’s director Hannah Lux Davis best know for directing artist like Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj hits it out of the park with this new music video for Universal Studios “The Fate of the Furious:” with G-Eazy & Kehlani.
Dodge had a big part in this latest addition to the Fast and the Furious franchise. They also did on this latest music video for G-Eazy. Bringing out a 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat allowed Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus productions the ability to coordinate a drifting stunt around G-Eazy while he was performing at night in downtown Los Angeles. Having the horsepower the hellcat has allowed the Stunt driver the ability to be in total control of the vehicle while in a drift around the singer.
Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins was a labor of love for indie film company Coatwolf. Coatwolf got a lot of attention years ago with “Bellflower” at Sundance. This is their follow up film written, directed, and produced by the company. Using a very gritty and unconventional filming techniques these filmmakers do what ever takes to bring there creation to life. Early on in there development of the project Director / Producer / Actor Jonathan Keevil and Producer / Actor Evan Glodell knew they needed someone that could help them with the action. So they contacted TJ White at T Minus Productions to help with with there film. When meeting and developing the action scenes they all decided that it would be best for TJ and T Minus Productions to come on and produce the action scenes with them. Lead my T Minus ProductionsLauren Pacheco to associate produce the film and help facilite high budget film action on a modest budget indie film.
Lauren and TJ’s first order of business was to get the actors into shape and train them to be fighters. They didn’t want to use Stunt doubles for the fight scenes so they would have to train to be able to do the moves that would be needed for these fight scenes. After weeks of training the actors they went into pre-vis with TJ’s stunt team to design the fight scenes that fit there script. After all the pre-vis and training the team sat down with there Director of PhotographyJoel Hodge and storyboarded the action scenes . This was a very detailed process planning out all the action so that every moment on set would be taken advantage of. Take a look at the first official trainer below.
Cast and Stunt Crew for a scene on Chuck Hank and San Diego Twins
Director Jonathan Keevil with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and Fight Trainer Kelly Carter
Ele Bardha a local Detroit Michigan Stunt Coordinator helped bring to life a Stunt concept for Quick Loans marketing department for there latest product Rocket Home Mortgage. These commercials were filmed in the suburbs of Detroit giving local film crews the ability to produce a great commercial there getting over 400K views on Youtube.
A zero gravity levitation rig can be very difficult to set up. We used the same system, much like what they did in Sandra Bullock’s Gravity or Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar film. Using a state of the art body harnesses, a levitation system and experienced stunt riggers we were able to give the audience the same look as they did on these big budget films.
Chevy has been an agressive American car company leading the charge in advertising there new line of cars and trucks across all platforms of Print, TV, and internet advertising. This bold move has increased there vehicle sales and has gotten them more exposure around American and Latin markets this last year.
Chevy’s ad agency tapped director Zack Merck at Make Productions to create and oversee these productions getting the attention of millions of people. Using amazing sets and production design, while traveling around the United States for these commercials gives a director many options when it comes to look and style. One thing this production team knows is that to show of the trucks and cars in the best possible way they have to use professional stunt drivers. This is what they did on these commercials below by bringing in T-Minus Productions and there professional drivers. Using Professional drives helps the Director and production crew display a car or truck the same way you would display a painting at a museum or show horse at a competition. It takes years of experience to have these skilled drivers even set foot on a set like these scene in the commercials below.
Not all extreme athletes are right for action scenes in Film and Television shows. It takes the right skill set and experience on a film set to achieve a specific action scene. When doing a stunt it takes a lot of planning and design to create a scene that not only tells a story but entertains the audience. Extreme Athletes have a specific outlet and training regimen to perform a stunts. They warm there body up in a specific way to get ready for a specific event they may compete in. While filming on a film or TV set, these stunt are usually shot the last shot of the day. So the stunt performers usually have a lot of down time before doing a stunt. This can cause fatigue and tightness in the muscles and cause injury.
Using a qualified Stunt Coordinator can design a Stunt that can utilize an Extreme Athletes skills while keeping it safe. Below you can see two Stunts that were designed by a Stunt Coordinator but fabricating specific stunt ramps to do a specific jump with a BMX. Knowing the specific trick in the air and the trajectory that the director and camera operator wants is very important. The placement of the camera, lens used and framing is so specific that without the correct stunt performer and stunt equipment they would not be able to perform the stunt and make it repeatable. It is very important to repeat a stunt multiple times for the directors. Many athletes do night like to performs stunts multiple times, due to increase percentage of injury. Stuntmen and Stuntwomen train to performs stunts multiple types so that the camera department can cover it at multiple angles.
Many Extreme athletes after retiring enter the Entertainment Industry. MMA UFC Champions like Randy Couture, Quinton Jackson, and Don Frye have made the transition into the industry using there athlete training to actor and performs stunts in feature films.
Stunt BMX Guy on Lil Wayne Music Video
Stuntman Danny Downey doing his thing on Will I am Awesome Music Video
It can be difficult hanging on wires wear in a stunt harness. But this Haifa Wehbe latest music video “Breathing You In” she not only wanted to hang in the stunt harness but flew in the air much like Sandra Bullock did in “Gravity”. Being able to shoot Talent in a scene like this helps a director show to the audience the realness of space.
Using a Stunt Rigging company can help you design the shots you want to be dynamic and effective with your time on set.
Flying Wire Rig on Set
Haifa Wehbe – “Breathing You In” music video staring Casper Smart