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All posts under category 'Fight Choreography'.

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

Eminem is the next Bourne in Phenomenal Music Video

 

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.

 

 

Screen Shot

 

Rapper Logic does Epic POV Stunt’s in “Under Pressure” Music Video

Def Jam artist Logic goes big with his latest music video for his newest album “Under Pressure”.  Logic, a self proclaimed movie buff, started story boarding months before actual production with Greenglow Films Director Stephen Wayne Mallett. Producers Alec Eskander and Kevin Lee oversaw production for Greenglow Films.

Using so many guns you really have to bring in a professional Armour like Mike Tristano. Mike is best know for films like;  310: to Yuma and Jeepers Creepers II.  Using so many guns we only used qualified Stuntmen that have had extensive training with weapons, fights and falls.  In this particular video Greenglow Films Contacted Jim Zahnd and TJ White to stunt coordinate the action in this first person shooter video game style music video.  T-Minus Productions’ Stunt Department cast all of the stunt performers for the video.  T-Minus Productions used some of the top Stunt Doubles in the business for actors such as  Bruce Willis, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Ashton Kutcher and Chad Micheal Murray.  Using these highly trained stunt performers allowed production to be able to rehearse the fight scenes and film the music video all in the same day.

Using an experienced Stunt Coordinator and the right amount stunt performers allows a production to save money in re-takes, safety from injuries, overtime, and equipment damages.   Proper planning allows the director, producer, and talent to acheive their vision. On set the Stunt Coordinator and his or her team can work with the Director and camera department to get something really dynamic action pieces. Take a look at Logic’s action packed Music Video “Under Pressure” below.

Logic : Under Pressure – Music Video for Def Jam Records

 

 

Stuntman Nicholas Verdi was also the Cameraman

Stuntman Nicholas Verdi was also the POV Cameraman

Stunt Team needed for Logic Music Video

Stunt Team needed for Logic Music Video

Action Stunts in Television Series

 

 

General Lee Jumping for the “Dukes of Hazzard”

When you think of action, viewers tend to only think of summer blockbusters.  Television was built on family shows, comedy, and variety shows all adapted from radio shows of the same genre.  Then came “Slap-Stick” which began showing falls and use of props to convey a unique story.  As the medium of entertainment started requiring more action, Stunt Coordinators stepped up to the challenge.

Shows requiring the talent and expertise of stunt performers started gaining the viewers’ attention.  Westerns, Super Heroes, and even quirky European Comedies allowed studios and producers to give the Stunt Coordinator more room to create dangerous looking, but safe action and excitement for the viewer.

In the late 70’s and 80’s, viewers were introduced to television’s transformation which opened many doors for the decades to come.  The A-Team, Hawaii Five-0, Dukes of Hazzard, Blue Thunder, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice, and of course, every stunt performer’s favorite… The Fall Guy.  All of these opened the virtual pallet of imagination for stunt coordinators.  Dukes of Hazzard used over 300 General Lees during production.  Flying cars, intense fights, explosions, aerial stunts, and everything you would see by going to a blockbuster in the theaters, were now seen in your own homes.

In 2012, we have seen on television an unbelievable amount of options over the past several years when it comes to deciding which of the over 500 channels of entertainment to watch.  Every network, production company, studio and show is looking for the WOW factor.  From Daytime Drama series, to Reality Shows, to every show that uses an Acronym (i.e. N.C.I.S or C.S.I. insert your city name here), and even comedies are relying on talented stunt coordinators to make their product POP and WOW.  Coordinators, such as TJ White, have the trust and admiration of those looking to excite and safely create television shows that viewers can’t stop watching.

 

The Savviness of T-Minus Stunt Rigging

 

Stunt Rigging for Chris Brown Music Video

It’s Rigged!!

Movies, commercials, T.V. shows, music videos, and live action shows all have a common thread, Rigging.  To the viewer, it looks like people are flying, floating, falling uncontrollably, or even made to be  string puppets.  The skilled Stunt Coordinator can envision such spectacular and visually stimulating stunts by knowing how to rig the set to accomplish the unbelievable.

The use of rigging in music videos for such entertainers like N’Sync and Chris Brown, allows the artists to transform into the vision of the director’s imagination.  Stunt Coordinators incorporate cranes, truss systems, wires, and countless other techniques to get just the right effect.  The importance of SAFETY is of the upmost concern when utilizing these elements.  The equipment used, such as wires and ropes are made of the highest quality grade materials.  Truss and securing devices are rated for load and stability to ensure safety at all times.  Attention to these details is what makes TJ White one of the most sought after Stunt Coordinators in the business.

Rigging requires skill and sophistication that can only be achieved with years of experience.  TJ White has been in the industry for decades and has an amazing resume of projects completed.  Trust is a key factor in a Stunt Coordinator’s mind when choosing the crew.  The typical team required to successfully rig a stunt needs to be able to work independently. As a unit they create the structures, ramps, or setting up wires needed for the stunt.  Only the best technology is used for stunts requiring pulleys, harnesses, sheaves, and all equipment used to design the needed effect.
Hollywood Stunt Coordinator takes great pride and steps to ensure the SAFETY of all productions.  Our team of talented stunt professionals has created many amazing effects with the use of rigging.  Movies such as Spiderman and Batman would not be able to make characters fly into scenes out of the sky, hang upside down, or jump between buildings without the talents of rigging.

Check out some of the videos we have been able to use the same effects to allow Chris Brown to float, Justin Timberlake hang like a puppet, or even have two people fly 100ft in the air for Ne-Yo.

 


Stunts in Day Time Television Soap Operas

Actresses with there Stunt Doubles on “Days of Our lives”

A soap opera, sometimes called “soap” for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers, as sponsors and producers. These early radio series were broadcast in weekday daytime slots, usually five days a week, when most listeners would be housewives; thus the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience.

Soap operas became a staple of daytime television in the United States in the early 1950s. Along with game shows, reruns of situation comedies, and talk shows, the soap opera was traditionally a fixture in the American broadcast networks’ daytime schedules. Christina S. Beck argues the significance of soap operas are based on viewers’ co-constructing narratives to show how both traditional and online soaps help negotiated the lived experience of people.
Many long-running US soap operas established particular environments for their stories. The Doctors and General Hospital, in the beginning, told stories almost exclusively from inside the confines of a hospital. As the World Turns dealt heavily with Chris Hughes’ law practice and the travails of his wife Nancy who, tired of being “the loyal housewife” in the 1970s, became one of the first older women on the American serials to become a working woman. Guiding Light dealt with Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) and her alcoholic husband Bill, and their endless marital troubles. When Bert’s status shifted to caring mother and town matriarch, her children’s marital troubles were showcased. Search for Tomorrow mostly told its story through the eyes of Joanne Gardner (Mary Stuart). Even when stories revolved around other characters, Joanne was frequently a key player in their story lines. Days of our Lives initially focused on Dr. Tom Horton and his steadfast wife Alice. The show later branched out to focus more on their five children. The Edge of Night featured as its central character Mike Karr, a police detective (later an attorney), and largely dealt with organized crime. The Young and the Restless first focused on two families, the prosperous Brooks Family with four daughters, and the working class Foster family of a single working mother with three children. Its story lines explored realistic problems including cancer, mental illness, poverty and infidelity.

While these soap have been airing for may years that have also made great stride on making there dramatic sense look as good as scripted prime time TV shows.  This is done by using highly qualified stunt coordinators in the business.  Because an average soap shoots an episode a day it takes a skilled stunt coordinator to effectively design and supervise action scenes.  There is not a lot of time to set up the stunt so production relies on the Stunt Coordinator and his or her team of stunt performers to come in to set prepared to do the stunt quickly and safe.  It is rare if a stunt performed will be able to do a second take due to the time constraints’ the production team and director have.

In 2011 the Academy of Art and Sciences of Television gave  day time Emmy to Tim Davison for Stunt Coordinating General Hospital.  In 2012 Stunt Coordinator Tim Davison is nominated for a second time for General Hospital along with Stunt Coordinator Terry James for Days of our Lives.  Terry James was nominated for two Emmy’s last year for Days of our Lives and Young and the Restless.  Terry is the longest running stunt coordinator for any day time television show  supervising all aspect of the Stunts for Young and the Restless for the past 25 years.

Making Commercials look “Badass”

Old Navy Commercial

 

Stunts in commercials have been making products, companies, and businesses look exciting and bold.  Adding such elements as bungee jumping (Bud Light), girls fighting in a water fountain (Go Daddy), high speed car/motorcycle maneuvers, drifting, even jumping over things (Fiat, NASCAR, Chevy), or a Sasquatch who gets picked on (Jack Links Beef Jerky).  Commercial stunts can be as minimal as riding a motorcycle into a Progressive ad to as big as doing a barrel roll in a Chevy Sonic for a Super Bowl Commercial.

Mountain Dew was one of the biggest Ad campaigns using exciting stunts to gain interest in their product.  Even Channing Tatum did a spot where he was in a Trans Am, does a barrel roll and grabs a Mountain Dew out of an unsuspecting patron’s hand outside of a convenience store.  Another great ad is for NASCAR, coordinated by TJ White, which shows being a FAN is fanatical, the precision driving and overall action made viewers notice how intense the sport of NASCAR can be.
Let’s not forget probably the most recent string of amazing commercials for Allstate Insurance, MAYHEM.  The use of actor Dean Winters, (OZ, Rescue Me, 30 Rock), has shown just how much you need to buy insurance.  The stunt coordinator,  Rene Mousseux, and rigging team have made that series of commercials unforgettable.  High falls, car stunts, pyrotechnics, and most of all… Safety, make those commercials successful and entertaining.

The biggest stage for any commercial is the Super Bowl, when companies pay up to $3.5million for a 30sec spot.  Even non-sports viewers will dial in to watch just the commercials.  Most will Google Super Bowl Commercials just to see them, which is why companies will strive to get the best bang for the buck.  That is where we come in, to exceed the imagination and limits to a campaign by integrating amazing stunts and add the WOW factor.

 

 

 

Blockbuster Film ‘Avengers’ films in Cleveland, Ohio

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders coined the phrase, “Way to go Ohio.” It seems appropriate today as Disney / Marvel’s The Avengers is getting rave early reviews and is prepped to take box offices by storm next week.

Many of the action sequences and battle scenes were filmed in beautiful Downtown Cleveland. Public Square, the Courthouse Building on Lakeside, Superior Avenue and many other locations around town gave director Joss Whedon the look and flexibility he needed.

With the support of the Cleveland Film Commission’s Ivan Schwartz and Jason Drake, The Avengers had a wonderful experience filming on the shores of Lake Erie. Great work, guys!

The Production flew most of the Stunt crew out from Los Angles to perform the technical stunts.  Stunt Coordinator RA Rondell “Matix, Superman, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” a Brand X Member over saw and designed the stunt sequences in the Cleveland area.

Here’s hoping more blockbuster films realize the value of filming in Cleveland. I know T Minus Productions can’t wait to film there!

 Way to go Ohio!

Check out the latest on The Avengers from www.cleveland.com

 

 

 

Using Live Stunt Shows For Brand Development

Live Driving Stunt Show Presentation

HollywoodStuntCoordinator.com is one of the leading websites in the world helping marketing entities, public relations houses, car conglomerates, and production companies bring live action stunt shows to life.  Curtis Koller, VP of Development, stated “Working as head of casting for Disney Animation for years has helped us at T-Minus Productions utilize our creative outlets here in Hollywood to produce dynamic live stunt shows.  We use the same artist at Pixar and Disney to storyboard the show to give the clients an idea of the possibilities of how our show will run. With our resources of Directors, Stunt Coordinators and high-tech stunt equipment we are able to create an original stunt show or reenact stunts that has been played out before in a film or television show of your liking.”

CEO TJ White has over 20 years of experience in front of the camera as well as behind bringing his expertise to heighten the energy in a live stunt show arena.  TJ’s experience of working with some of the biggest artist in the world like Britney Spears, JLo, 50 Cent, and the Foo Fighters gives your clients the professionalism and capability to pull off a show of the highest caliber in the business.

High Speed

The capabilities are endless on what T-Minus Productions can achieve to make your live stunt show the jaw-dropping production to remember. Regardless of how modest or how massive your budget is, T-Minus can ensure that they provide you with the ultimate experience to fit your needs.

Live stunt shows are the opportune way to show of your product and make the audience remember who you are. With the talented and innovative minds of this team working with you there isn’t anything that you cannot achieve. Top companies all over the world consistently call upon T-Minus Productions to create a fantasy of stunts to indulge their spectators in a bevy of wonderment.

Ring of Fire Car Stunt

 

Stunts in the Blockbuster Film ‘Hunger Games’

 

Sci-Fi action thriller The Hunger Games (directed by Gary Ross) proves that audiences want to see action, drama, and perhaps more importantly, great stunt work!

To date, the film has grossed nearly $500M worldwide.  Critics have compared THG’s staying power to that of Avatar and Titanic. The film’s female centered cast and compelling action sequences have been credited as the key elements to the film’s success.

The Hunger Games’ stunt performers, as well as stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Hemsworth, have called their THG stunt training the most intense of their careers. Stage Combat moves are abound in the film, with actors taking each other on with knives, bow and arrow, and seemingly anything they can get their hands on! The chaotic fight sequences keep the action moving and the audiences hearts pounding .

Action reigns supreme in this box office smash – as is the case with nearly all of the top grossing films in history.

 Hungers Games Stunt Coordinator Chad Stahelski best know for doubling Keanu Reeves for the Matrix Trilogy and Stunt Coordiantors for such blockbusters  “Expendables 1 and 2, Rambo, Safe, and Tron

Chad Stahelski Talks Hunger Games Stunts

Stunts on the Set

Check out some of the preliminary stunt sketches:

And here’s what some of the stunt performers did to prepare: