Action scenes are all about control and safety. No matter how risky the stunts are shown in it, people like T.J. White of the T-Minus Productions are always the ones behind the curtain trying to make sure everything stays in control and safety.
There is a general misconception about the stunt coordinators. They are always thought to design and coordinate action clips that are wild in nature. However, what people forget is that even in simple scenes like those described below, things can go utterly wrong to the extent where the life of people involved can come under threat.
California Lottery is known to everyone. As every business do, they also have their adverts. We have two of the commercials that we are going to peak into.
Let’s start with the credits. The commercial has been directed by Rich Lee and produced by Michael Angelos at the Native Content. The stunt coordination is done by us, by the way.
In the video, the commander of a seemingly waiting force is seen on a horse, while the others are holding spears and shields.
You might ask here: “What could go wrong, here?”
Well, there’s where the misconception lies. Any mishap could happen. The horse could go bonkers, and with a reverse kick, it could blow off the life of any of the scantily dressed soldiers standing behind. Or, by carelessness, one of the spears could harm the horse. Of course, these are just speculations. Reality could be worse than it.
This is another commercial that has been stunt rigged by us.
It has been produced by Arthur Gorson and directed by Alejandro Toledo at the Harpoon Pictures. Unlike the one talked about above, this one has a more abstract approach to the CA Lottery’s Black Premium Lottery.
When a commercial like this one is to be brought forth, the responsibilities of a stunt coordinator in no terms diminish. The approach we talked about is shown in the video as a floating catamaran and a dive into the water.
Here too, it is easy to say that there isn’t much risk involved. However, when we look closely at the matters, even a single wrong move could harm the actor in the commercial.
But thanks to the knowledge of the stunt coordination and rigging that we have accumulated so far and with the input of sufficient amount of experience of T.J., the commercials were shot without any damage.
How was that possible?
It was made possible by designing, supervising, and helping the director shoot the scenes in an environment made safe by the usage of different rigging equipment.
And that is precisely what a stunt coordinator does.
As you have seen in the above two commercials, and we’d reinstate that here, a stunt whether small or huge is something that involves danger. This has been beautifully put by Buddy Van Horn, the Clint Eastwood stunt double as:
“There is an element of surprise in every stunt.”
Each stunt counts. And without the proper utilization of the safety measures by a stunts coordinator like T.J. White, things could massively go wrong.
Stunt Coordinator TJ White showing Dua Lipa and Miguel playback of the stunt
Flying was once impossible. But thanks to the stunts coordinators like T.J. White these days who are making it possible for the artists to fly around, all the while making the viewer’s experience something new.
Hollywood is an industry that has spectacular potential to create movies and music videos that are a feast for the eyes. What makes all the content so visually appealing is the way the director, Henry Scholfield makes use of the science and technology. From Gravity to Mad Max Fury Road, and beyond, nearly every movie has some action scenes that, without the use of the two magic wands, wouldn’t have been possible in the real life.
Although there are green screens and computer graphics that can be used to create stunning impossible visuals, what makes the artists fly around are the stunt coordinators.
These people have immense experience and talent to make an action scene possible in the spheres of the director and the producer of the venture. Just like any other music video that can tingle your nerves with innovation, the director of “Lost in Your Light” has indeed made sure that the theme was as suited to the feel of the song as possible.
Let’s quickly break down the stunt aspects of the video which we helped shape into the form you see therein.
First: The Moves of DuaLipa
Beginning singing at an early age of 14, this multi-talented artist has made waves in the music industry with her floating around this time also. Just as she starts singing “Lost in your light, baby”, she gets weightless and the gravity gives her away to the thin air.
“But, how is that possible in real life?” you might ask.
Well, when you have our stunt coordinators, anything is possible.
This isn’t the one moment that DuaLipa soars high in the sky; she is seen getting lost in the air as she starts singing that chorus.
Second: Let’s Talk About Miguel
Miguel has added his bit to this song both audibly and visually. He is seen floating alongside DuaLipa when they both take on the chorus.
But do you know that this artist flew around by using his flight talents?
Of course, we are just messing around. He too was wired to the frames we had set up during the shooting of the music video.
What Did We Do?
That was about the artists and their ascent against gravity. What we did was add the security layers for the artists to perform the stunts, and also provide the right safety gear for it. We let Dua and Miguel perform their songs while making all the necessary arrangements for it including the supervision. The coordination of our technical and stunt rigging staff made it possible
For the artists to experience something new,
For the director to bring out the nature of the song,
For the producer to end the project in the budget allocated, and
For the viewers to see extraordinary stunts.
How Do We Do Projects Like These?
We have a team of professional stunt coordinators and stunt riggers who have been in this business for many years.
The Stunt Coordinators
You must have heard about T.J White. He is the leading coordinator that Hollywood has. With his, and other coordinators’ experience, we have been able to create, design, direct, and produce action sequences that are unique, thrilling, and encouraging.
The Stunt Riggers
Our stunt riggers know how to keep all those involved in the stunt alive and safe. Of course, the whole idea of the stunt diminishes when there is any safety lapse. For this to not happen when we are around, we have all the necessary contraptions and wire-works that you can rely on.
Around the world, many film industries are still struggling to keep their stuntmen and artists safe; however, not Hollywood.
Because it has people like T.J. White, and firms like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator (a division of T-Minus Productions), there is no way that the stunts be produced in a life-threatening environment. If you think you need to have a look at the project that we have done, or simply know about us, you can click HERE.
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.
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 Stunt Team with Blueman Group Team at Stunt Test
T-Minus Blueman Group Stunt Team
Stunt Double Lance Jemison Decelerating 190ft During A Test Run
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.