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All posts under category 'High Falls'.

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

 

Blue Man Group Performs Stunts At The Hollywood Bowl

Working a live stunt show has it own set of dangers, but The Blue Man Group, known for their awestruck behavior, wanted to add danger to their set.  Closing out the concert season at the Hollywood Bowl The Blue Man Group, one of the most successful live shows in the world, decided to add an exponential stunt to their show.  The creative team at the Blue Man Group contacted T-Minus Productions to design and create a stunt that would not only be dangerous but have the audience believe that they would be dropping their orchestra conductor Thomas Wilkins 190 feet into an air bag so that they could use his body to paint a picture.  This stunt would take weeks of preparation and design to make it exciting while keeping it safe.

VP of T-Minus Productions Lauren Pacheco would take lead on this project coordinating logistics and producing the stunt.  Planning and coordinating the prep and logistics took weeks working with creative to give them exactly what they wanted.  Live shows like Broadway’s Spiderman took months of rehearsal to set up safety protocols and still had problems in that department.  So Lauren working with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and used T-Minus Stunt Rigging company to draw up a plan on how to properly rig this stunt in the tight space given at the Hollywood Bowl.  The team at T-Minus knew they had to not only set a Stuntman to fall 190 feet in the air from a crane but do it multiple times for several shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Working with heights and using heavy equipment you always have to find companies that are production friendly. Crane company Champion Cranes (“Terminator 3″) was used for this project.  They have worked with T-Minus Productions on several projects and are very selective with which companies they work with in the film industry.

 A decelerator wire system was used to hoist up Stunt Double Lance Jamison 190 feet in the air and drop at a high rate of speed landing into an air bag.  If you had a chance to watch this live show you would have seen the tom trickery of believing that the Conductor went up in the air and landing making his painting splat. The loud gasps from the audience were heard wide and far, followed by applause when the Conductor came out to the stage with the Blue Men and their painting. Another Live Show success for T-Minus Productions & T-Minus Stunt Rigging.

T-Minus Productions Getting Ready to test at Champion Crane

T-Minus Productions Getting Ready to test at Champion Crane

T-Minus Stunt Team with Blueman Group Team at Stunt Test

T-Minus Stunt Team with Blueman Group Team at Stunt Test

 

T-Minus Blueman Group Stunt Team, TJ White, Zac Henry, Tim James, Lauren Pacheco, Chester Tripp, Lance Jemison,

T-Minus Blueman Group Stunt Team

Stunt Double Lance Jemison Decelerating 190ft During A Test Run

Stunt Double Lance Jemison Decelerating 190ft During A Test Run

Behind The Scenes Shot of Blueman Group Stunt

Behind The Scenes Shot of Blueman Group Stunt

 

T-Minus Stunt Team TJ White, Zac Henry, and Tim James at Blueman Group Show at Hollywood Bowl

T-Minus Stunt Team TJ White, Zac Henry, and Tim James at Blueman Group Show at Hollywood Bowl

 

 

Renting Stunts Pads for your next Film Project

Watching stunt professionals fall out of a building, off of a horse, down a flight of stairs, or even just knocked down to the ground while standing up there is always going to be a pad of some sort to protect the stunt professional or actor from actually hitting the ground.  Especially in fight scenes when you see a performer get knocked down, or fall from a balcony, or even fall over three stories to the ground, a fall pad or “Pit” is utilized to ensure the safety of all involved.

Depending on the height of the fall, the size of the area, and the style of the fall will determine the pad needed for the stunt.  Some stunts just require the stunt performer to wear elbow pads, knee pads, hip pads, and a gator-back to protect the performer when “Hitting the Ground”.  But, good stunt coordinators like TJ White will require additional “fall” pads or “Pits” to ensure the safety of the stunt performer or actor.

Fall pads or “Pits” come in many different sizes and depths.  These pads can be very expensive and like any item used for protection, they need to be replaced after duration of time or how often they have been used.  For this reason, most production companies will try to save costs by utilizing stunt companies like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator, that offer Rentals of these “Pits”.   Cost of “Pits” can range brand new from the smallest $250 up to nearly $2000 for the large.  The most expensive being an Airbag, which allows stunt performers to fall from higher distances. Smaller budget projects find that the ability of “Renting” pads/pits for just a few hours or days, helps save money but also protect the performers.

Renting pads, Pits, and airbags and utilizing the experience of a seasoned stunt coordinator, like TJ White, helps reduce costs and mostly protects the stunt performer/actor from injury.  Safety is the most important element when performing any stunt.  Having the proper equipment and coordination secures that Safety is achieved.

 

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.

 


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.

 

 

 

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: