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Good Life’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drift Made Possible by T.J. White & Matt Powers

 

The Fate of the Furious: The Album had been as famous as the movie. There are 14 songs on the album and all of them are a feast for the ears and eyes. Particularly, the stunt driving in the Good Life by Matt Power is of interest.

By the look of it the stunt seems almost on the verge of danger and as a matter of fact, it is. Let’s look at it.

The Scene

In the video of the Good Life , the artist G-Eazy is seen standing in the middle of the hellcat drifting Dodge Challenger. The car is whirling around the singer at a safe distance without touching the artist. Indeed, making this kind of scene requires ample sophistication on part of the director Hannah Lux Davis , and most importantly the driver and the stunt coordinator. If it weren’t for them, the stunt would not have been possible.

The Driver

Matt Powers is known as the ultimate stunt driver with experience spanning years. Having received years of experience as a professional Drifter,  Rick Seaman’s Super Level 1 training, and driving for Nito tires. He is bound to make any stunt seem very easy. However, it is not.

With tens of projects under his belt—commercials, videos, and what not—this stunt driver has made a good use of his skills.

Even in the video of the Good Life, while G-Eazy is acting out his song quite contentedly, it is the job of the Matt Powers to hellcat drift around the artist. The stunt’s been done several times without any major damage to the car, singer, and himself. That is one hell of a skill!

The Stunt Coordinator 

It is an established fact that without an experienced stunt coordinator, any action scene could prove life-threatening. There had been many accidents on the sets of movies and music videos in the past. However, not in this video. The stunt coordinator of this video, T.J. White, has proven to be the right person for the job. He has coordinated the shot where Matt Powers drift a hellcat around G-Eazy. The credit of safe shooting of the scene, undoubtedly, goes to him.

How is stunt rigging done?

Stunt rigging is a job of extreme caution. The coordinator has to make sure that he is doing everything in order to help the director shoot a certain action seen such that no one involved in it gets hurt.

This is done by using several safety protocols and experience from the past ventures.

Where to find T.J. White?

If you have any project that involves action scenes like the one we have just reviewed, then you need someone like T.J. White. He has been in the business for years.

This is not just one time that he has served Hollywood. From Rock Star and Guess who? To Halloween and Angels and Demons, T.J White has provided his experienced stunt coordination services.

He can be reached on his company website T-minusProductions.com.

Stunt Coordination in Katy Perry’s “Hey Hey Hey”

 

Whether it’s Roar or Hey Hey Hey, Katy Perry has always put the stunt elements that are beyond imaginations. They define her uniqueness and that is why she has so many fan followings and her music videos get views in millions.

Initially, she had a career in gospel music. But now that we see her, she is much more than that. Her music, lyrics, and the overall videos dictate that she has some gravity in her personality. This is why most of her songs are based on challenging societal norms and empowering women.

We love her songs, but the one that we are here to talk about is Hey Hey Hey.

Where Are The Stunts?

If you have seen the music video of the song, you would have noticed that there are some scenes where Katy Perry is wielding a sword in the middle of the song. Even at the end, there is a guillotine which can be seen chopping off a head (eh! Of course, not in reals).

These stunts are not the only ones. Throughout the video, there are props and actions that otherwise put the lives of a person in jeopardy. However, not in this video.

And Why Is Everyone Safe? 

Simply because we have efficiently stunt coordinated whole of the actions that are performed. From the start to the end we have rigged this video with the help of our equipment.

The result of all of our efforts has finally paid off in producing such a delight to watch. It has garnered a total of 58 million views, as of 26 January 2018.

How Is It Done?

Well, there are CGI tricks one hand, and real situations on the other hand. We mostly deal with real situations. All of the scenes in this music video has been possible because of our expert input. If it were not for us, the stunts might have involved an element of surprise because anything could happen unless the scenes were properly organized.

“But, Who Are You?”

Oh, well, we forgot to introduce ourselves to you. We are T-Minus Productions. We specialize in multiple things along with stunt rigging.

When it comes to protecting the lives of the artists on the set, our stunt coordinators are there to help them plan and execute everything safe and sound.

Thus, you see how Katy Perry had been doing everything so smoothly?

“What Are Stunt Coordinators, Anyway?”

That is a nice question to ask. Stunt coordinators or stunt riggers are the professionals who make sure the action scenes are directed in a safe environment. They help the director of a movie or any other video project to shoot the scene with minimal dangers involved.

We— at T-Minus Productions—have had the privilege of stunt coordinating various projects ranging from movies to music videos. Just like the songs like  Hey Hey Hey and Roar , there are many projects that we have stunt rigged.

Working with the director of the song Isaac Rentz was an unforgettable experience, and like allowing Katy Perry dance with a sword safely, we can also help you carry out stunts. Visit our website T-Minus or Hollywoodstuntcoordinator.com to know about us more.

Future’s Mask Off is an Epitome of Trap Rap

 

Rap music calls for seductive uniqueness. As much as this genre is open to everything, so has to be all the songs and music videos relating it. There are rappers who call themselves “Rap God” (Eminem, of course), and then there are those that are dominating this genre in these times. We are talking about Future.

His latest ventures have inspired people from around the world. Whether it is Young Thug, or Turn On The Lights, with his ultimate trap rap, Future has definitely made a mark for himself in the present and in the future (literally).

Just a few months ago, we’re talking about May 5, 2017; Future surprised his listeners with “Mask Off”. Directed by Colin Tilly from London Alley Entertainment.

The music of this song includes minimal instruments among which the flute is dominant and the sweetest. Likewise, in the music video, the minimal and dark production has added the flavor of indifference which does perfect justice to the lyrics of the song.

Well, since we are talking about the video, let us plunge in details of how the direction and the stunts together have made it possible.

Thanks to the Stunt Coordinators

Throughout the video, it can be seen that Future is driving in the midst of crime and turmoil. Fire is bursting here and there, people are robbing shops, shooting each other, and still, everyone (as of now) is alive and kicking.

The credit of this undoubtedly should be given to Epic Records, all the producers, directors, and the stunt coordinators.

These are the people that make it possible for the artists to get through any type of stunt scenes. Therefore, whether there is a fire around them or bullets, they can safely be recovered from them, all the while letting the director shoot the action.

Who Stunt-Coordinated This Video?

The music video Mask Off has been stunt rigged by none other than T-Minus Productions. They must be tapped on the shoulder for doing such a terrific job.

They have been in the business for quite long, and have worked on projects beyond this one. You must be thinking that stunt rigging can just be a matter of nothing but ropes and equipment. Well, the equipment and everything has its own place, but what really makes the stunt coordinators of the T-Minus Productions worthwhile is their ample experience in the field. Just like we said, they have made it possible for the directors of many videos to shoot a scene in secure environments.

Whether it is Katy Perry’s Hey Hey Hey or Dua Lipa’s Lost in Your Light, T-Minus should be credited for letting the former wield a sword, and the latter fly over the horizons.

Where Can You Find Them?

You can reach the masters of stunt rigging by visiting their websites T-MinusProductions.com

Audiences of today expect something innovative. They yearn for action scenes that can trigger their adrenaline right where they are sitting. Therefore, it is a personal advice, if you want your project to be safely carried out with all the action scenes, you must contact T-Minus Productions now!

TJ White From T-Minus Productions Coordinates Stunts for “Acts of Violence,” Starring Bruce Willis!

 

Brett Donowho Directing Bruce Willis

 

The new film Acts of Violence, released to theaters on January 12, 2018 from Lionsgate, is an action-packed wild ride from start to finish. Starring longtime action-movie veterans Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser and directed by Brett Donowho, the film is about three ex-military brothers who join forces with a police officer to save a kidnapped family member from a sinister human trafficking scheme.

Most of the time, moviegoers probably don’t stop to think about how those action sequences came about. But the reality is, a talented team of people is required to plan everything down to the last detail. It’s a process that takes months of planning and designing before the actors can even carry out the sequences.

In this case, the man behind the action scenes was TJ White, Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director. TJ and his team at T Minus Productions designed every action sequence in the movie. Stunt coordinators have to create action scenes that are visually stunning, fit within the budget, time constraints and location constraints, and that are safe for the actors at the same time. It’s a big job, designing action sequences for an actor like Bruce Willis—but it’s a job that TJ White was happy to take on.

“Working with the actors is great, but one of the best parts of this project was that the movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in Ohio, so it was great to see my home state represented. Filming in Cleveland offered the perfect gritty backdrop for the film. –TJ White 

White is also responsible for casting local Cleveland resident and UFC champion Stipe Miocic to fight Bruce Willis in the film. Miocic is a professional mixed martial artist who is the reigning champion in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s also a former Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and a fantastic all-around athlete. If anyone is worthy of fighting Bruce Willis, it’s definitely this guy.

Another great Cleveland resident who assisted the film is Ivan Schwarz. Schwartz runs the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, a private non-profit that works to bring film industry jobs to Ohio. Working with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission allowed the film to make a positive impact on NE Ohio.

Those weren’t the only big advantages to working in White’s home state of Ohio. The state also offers a Motion Picture Tax Credit that gives a refundable, transferable tax credit of up to 30% on production cast and crew wages along with in-state expenditures. Designed to bring more Hollywood films to Ohio, this program has been very successful in creating jobs and helping the Ohio economy.

So if you’re looking for an action flick, you can now head to your local theater to watch it on the big screen. You can also purchase it on-demand. And while you’re watching, take a minute to think about the intense planning that went into designing action sequences, and the team of people who made them possible.

 

Stunt Coordinator TJ WHite warthog Bruce Willis, Tim James and Schyler White

Director Brett Donowho, UFC Campion Stipe Miocic and Stunt Coordinator TJ White

Action Designer – Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions

Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions is a 2nd Generation Stunt Coordinator  2nd Unit Director.  He entered the Stunt Business professionally in 1991 right out of high school.  This Action Designer is the CEO of T Minus Production a production company and stunt company in Los Angeles California.  T Minus Productions produces action scenes for some of highest profile talent in the entertainment business.

Check TJ White’s 2017 Stunt Coordinator Reel below. This is just his most recent footage clink the youtube link to see earlier pieces of his work.

 

 

 

Amazon’s The Grand Tour filming in Los Angeles

Action Director TJ White on set of Amazon's Grand Tour

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.

Honda Stunt DreamTrack calls Stunt Coordinator to Help with Shoot

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 Driver Matt Powers driving around a full size pinball machine

 

Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions and Stunt Driver Matt Powers

Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions and Stunt Driver Matt Powers

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

Art, Music Videos, Stunts and Olivia Somerlyn – Parachute

Director Ryan Pallotta has an artistic eye to create beautiful music videos much like you see on high profile fashion exibits.  It was his wish to levitate Olivia with wires to give her a weightless dream state sequence.  Being able to fly an artist makes it even more special for a director so that they could see the artist face and body language in the same shot.

Some people may think floating a bed in the middle of a dry lake bed would be impossible.  But to Stunt Rigging Companies like      T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Action Design Company T Minus Productions lead by Stunt Coordinator   TJ White it is all in a days work. Fabricating a steel frame to enforce the bed for the first hurdle had to overcome.  With out changing the integrity of the bed and not damaging this expensive piece of furniture.  Every cable, clamp or fitting was custom fabricated to be able to levitate this bed up in the air from a crane.

This particular project was Production Designed by Alex Delgado “Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj”.  In working with such a busy and talented production designer like Alex, a person needs to be able to create an action sequence that is safe while giving him the shot they want.

 

 

 

Olivia Somerlyn on a bed floating in the air in the middle of the desert

Olivia Somerlyn on a bed floating in the air in the middle of the desert

T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up

T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up

 

 

Stunt Riding Motorcycles on a Commercial Set of Lee Jeans for France

Lee Jeans Commercial went big with Stunts to show off there jeans. Using a stunt rider to drive a Harley Davidson down the road  at 65 MPH and then standing on the seat while being filmed.

 

Working with motorcycles can be difficult.  Different bikes have a different set of problems.  Contacting someone knowledgeable in motorcycles can help a production source the right bike, the right rider and customize it to do what you want it to for the shot.

 

Setting up the next shot Tyler House

Setting up the next shot Tyler House

Stunt Rider Tyler House

Stunt Rider Tyler House

 

Tyler House keeping his bike warm.

Tyler House keeping his bike warm.

TJ White getting photo bombed by the Director

TJ White getting photo bombed by the Director