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1980’s Action in a 2017 Film with Indie Film Company Coatwolf

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 Productions Lauren 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

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

Director Jonathan Keevil with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and Fight Trainer Kelly Carter

Quicken Loans Using Stunt Rigging in there Commercials

Quick Loans Commerical Stunt Crew on set

Quick Loans Commerical Stunt Crew on set

 

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 using Professional Drivers to Show off their Cars and Trucks

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.

 

 

BMX Stunts, Danger, and Working with Extreme Athletes for Film and TV

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

Stunt BMX Guy on Lil Wayne Music Video

 

Stuntman Danny Downey doing his thing on Will I am Awesome Music Video

Stuntman Danny Downey doing his thing on Will I am Awesome Music Video

Stunt Driving Audi’s RS -3 Car Commercial in Valley of Fire Nevada

Getting Ready to shoot in Valley of Fire Nevada

Getting Ready to shoot in Valley of Fire Nevada

 

Stunt Driver TJ White waiting to take the car out again on Set.

Stunt Driver TJ White waiting to take the car out again on Set.

Haifa Wehbe – Breathing You In using Wire Work

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

Flying Wire Rig on Set

 

Haifa Wehbe – “Breathing You In” music video staring Casper Smart

Filming in the water takes time

 

Water Safety Tim Soergel with Stunt women Jessica Harbeck

Water Safety Tim Soergel with Stunt women Jessica Harbeck standing in for Nora Jones – Miriam Music Video

Swimming and enjoying the water is one thing.  But filming in it is something different.  Films like Waterworld, that was said at the time to be one of the most expensive water films to be made, had it hiccups during production.  One  was losing the main set that was floating on the water sank.  When filming on land a production crew can work faster by walking equipment to and from set up while setting up a shot.  When working in or around water you have to have special equipment to work with also protect your self and the equipment you are using.  By doing this it slows down production taking it longer to shoot.

For instance many people don’t think about when they was watching water films like Blue Crush, Point Break or even TV shows like Baywatch how long it take to film a specific scene.. When Filming an underwater scene a person will get colder faster and will decrease there energy even faster.  This can cause a dangers situation if the proper safety precautions are not taken.  When a person is typically in the water the stunt coordinator and his water safety team are very safety conscious. Only using water safety personal that have years of experience in the water either coming from the military, being a dive master, scuba instructor, commercial diver or even

 

Working in the water for the film Dark Summer

Working in the water for the film Dark Summer

Norah Jones – Miriam

Motion Capture Stunt and Wire Work can be used for Films, Television and Commercial

 

T Minus Productions and Stunt Coordinator TJ White Mo-Cap Stunt team on the set of DUST 514

Stunt Coordinators and Stunt performers are brought in to help Motion Capture companies get the action they need for their projects.  Motion Capture is a technology that recorded an actor or stuntman’s movements in a specific space with accuracy.  Then that information is recorded and transferred into their systems letting the editors able to put the structure of the performance body on anything like a robot, monster, or even an animal.  This technology is used primarily for video games and more recently made it more prominent in feature films like Avatar, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Mo-Cap filming is very specific. Every movement the talent makes is recorded exactly as they are doing it in real time.  The talent uses their body as an form of acting just like an actor uses dialogue.

 

 

Mo Cap Flying rig set up at Universal Studios

WatchDogs Viral Video using Stunts to Punk People

Ad Agencies, Productions Companies and Brands seem to be doing more viral campaigns than commercial lately.  When you could produce a video that can not only entertain a viewer but engage them enough for them to share it on some or all of there social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

The newly launched video game WatchDogs by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, with a Wii U game consels hires Los Angeles Production company Lifeboat Productions to create this prank  video for unsuspecting people.  As scene below in the behind the scene video it take alot of preperation to produce a punked or candid camera style prank.  All of the filming must be hidden and all safety concerns have to be addressed in the planning stages of prodcution.  All of these beats help the crew pull off this prank so that the mark can be suprised when theyt reveal that they are being films.

When doing this particular video production used Special effect and stunts to enhance the shock factor to the mark.  As you will see in this video, the mark is asked to push a button that changes the traffic light from green to red causing a car accident.  This is planned for the beginning with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and his Stunt crew. The cars are prepped with special seat belts and safety fuel tanks.  Stunt Safety crew are standing buy with fire extinguishers in case they are needed.  They stunt cars were prepped days before this actual shoot so that they were safe to crash in the middle of the road.  Stunt Drivers were hire to crash each other in the middle of the street all the while controlling the cars to not go toward the actors and mark.

 

Behind the Scenes of the Filming of WatchDogs

 

Stunt Driving training and schools

When wanting to be a Stunt Driver a person should have extensive training.  It take years of experience for a Stunt Coordinator to hire a Stunt Driver to perform a stunt on film. One should start driving as an extra or  back ground driver.  This will give you valuable set experience working with a film crew.

Stunt driving school to start your training.

Rick Seaman Driving school, http://www.rickseamanstuntdrivingschool.com

Dirt Fish www.dirtfish.com

Bobby Ore Motor Sports http://www.bobbyoresports.com/

Drivers East driverseast.com.

 

Stunt Driver perform stunts on Boyfriend Music video set

Stunt Driver perform stunts on Justin Bieber “Boyfriend” Music video set